Proof Restaurant
Proof Restaurant

Proof Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.proofdc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 737-7663
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Haidar Karoum
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Although we do not have a private space, Proof offers seating for large groups in our dining room with a contract. For parties of 9-20 guests, we offer a 3 course menu beginning at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For groups of 20 or more, we require a food and beverage minimum, which depends on the date and time you are looking to host the event. A full restaurant buyout is available for groups of 50 or more, where we can offer both a seated dinner, or a passed hors d'oeuvres/cocktail style reception.

    Proof can seat up to 15 guests at one table in the dining room; groups larger than this will be split into tables seated next to each other. We are able to seat 85 guests, with room for 125 standing.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Burke--kim@proofdc.com 2027377663

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and G
  • Public Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
A word from Proof Restaurant
Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.

The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef Haidar Karoum’s menu. Proof showcases the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients in clean, beautiful preparations, an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a wine list containing over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottles.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Proof Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (154)notable wine list (147)special occasion (102)romantic (64)neighborhood gem (41)hot spot (38)great for outdoor dining (32)good for groups (31)great for lunch (22)vibrant bar scene (22)late-night find (11)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Always a Great Meal
    waterfrontlocal
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Proof as always was great. The food was excellent, and service although busy was polite, and efficient. The Gumbo first course was amazing, and was great on a cold night. We were originally sat in next to a server station, but were able to move when we requested it. I would recommend you ask not to be sat in either of these areas(there are two) where servers are constantly going back and forth to put in orders, which can be annoying when having a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good First Time Experience
    1stTimer
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This was our first time in Washington DC and dining at Proof. The main reason we wanted to try this restaurant was that they have seared fresh fois gras on the menu, which we love but it is banned in California. The food and wines we ordered were excellent. Our waitress (Katie) was attentive and very patience. The host/hostess team seems to lack on the attention-to-details area. But overall, we really enjoyed our first dining visit at Proof.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An European visiting for the third time
    itsthejane
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    whenever I'm in DC I try to arrange an evening out on Proof. Went there first time 6 years ago and have revisited several times since them bringing new colleagues, family and friends. Great food, excellent service, cosy interior and a massive selection of wines. What more can you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service
    AReed13
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Our server was one of those gems who managed to be funny, helpful, and attentive all while giving us plenty of space. Her help selecting entrees and drinks was invaluable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Proof has delivered yet again! The food is always creative and well-executed. This time I enjoyed a very tender braised octopus over beans and a Vietnamese beef carpaccio that had a real kick to it! Both were phenomenal. Be sure to try a selection of their charcuterie also. Proof is a great place to relax with friends over wine and small plates--or you can do regular entrees too. But I like the variety of the smaller dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent but servings were too large.
    FairfaxFoodie
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Service was excellent - courteous yet friendly. The waiter and the somelier were very helpful. The wine is very extensive with entries from all over the world. The food was very creative and delicious, but personally I found the portions too large. After an appetizer and main course, I was overly full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for dining!
    COB1
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This will be my new favorite restaurant! The food was tasty and there were enough choices for folks who like variety. The cheese plate and chicken meatballs were a great place to start. The pinot noir was also a great choice with dinner. The lamb was delicious down to the last bite. I will definitely return to Proof!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite DC restaurant!
    LucaBean
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    This is my favorite dinner spot in DC! I discovered it a few years ago by chance and Now i come back every time I travel through the Washington D.C. area. Nice ambiance with outstanding food. Can't beat it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as before
    Hutthr
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I've been to this restaurant several times over the last few years, and was excited to celebrate a big occasion here. It was disappointing. We enjoyed the wines we had, but were left on our own to make by the glass selections. The tofu napoleon was nothing distinctive, just a standard-fare sweet chili sauce that overwhelmed the vegetables and some over-fried tofu slabs. My companion's brisket, which was sold as "delicious and juicy" to him, was overcooked and dried. The noodles were plopped down in the bowl sticking together as if they sat a long time waiting for the sauce. We ate the recommended desert, the sticky toffee thing, and it was pretty awful. The toffee sauce was granulated, i think from not preparing the sauce correctly, and it was a chore to eat. We hardly saw our server except when she came by to promote or upsell. Oh well. Lots of other places to go.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • To Die For
    veggiegrl
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    I'm a foodie, I eat out often in DC, and I've eaten at Proof before. The first visit was memorable. The second visit was to die for. The best meal I've had in a long time. The butter lettuce salad with crispy quinoa is perfection. The gnocci was literally the best I've had, and I usually order gnocci wherever it is offered. Each piece was soft and pillowy, while at the same time crisp from being pan-fried in browned butter. Amidst the butter sauce were a variety of gourmet mushrooms, squash cubes, greens, and Brussels sprouts, in a generous entrée-sized portion. Even the dessert, which my group agreed to split and I didn't think I'd care for, was heavenly. Service was outstanding. There's not a thing I'd change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic yet hip
    AFN21VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Went here for date night with my boyfriend. We ordered the gnocchi to start. The appetizer portion was actually pretty large. It was served in a light broth, which was absolutely incredible! I ordered the scallops for dinner. They were small, so only order if you plan on getting something else with it (appetizer, desert, etc.). They were seared to perfection! We ordered a bottle of Pinot Noir which was also really wonderful! The wine list is huge, however primarily with many expensive wines. The ambiance was wonderful.. loved all of the wine bottles everywhere! Next time I will go back and order some cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Six in a booth?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Proof is one of my favorite restaurants, but I was quite dismayed when they put our party of 6 in a booth. While the booths are relatively large, we have four people over 65 with us, and it was quite difficult for them to get in. Looking across the restaurant there were plenty four-party folks who were seated at tables. Why they didn't manage to book them in the booth and us at the table, I'm not quite clear why. It was an important dinner too. My fiance's parents and my parents were meeting for the first time. Disappointing, Proof. Disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Birthday Dinner
    Deri
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I went out with nine of my closest friends for my birthday. The wine and cheese was delicious and we were happy to have the chef select a good blend of recommendations. Three of us tried the duck specialty and it was amazing. One of my most favorite meals I've ever had. We all appreciated the recommendation from our server. I would recommend Proof for anyone visiting the city looking for a memorable night out with friends, family, or a significant other.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food!
    LetDCVote
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The charcuterie and homemade terrines and pâtés were phenomenal. The roasted duck breast was outstandingly prepared, as was the veal sweatbreads, which can go terribley wrong at some places. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food, service, and ambiance were all top shelf. The waiter was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Food was amazing. Would love to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    While the wine selection is fabulous and the appetizers (chicken meatballs and prosciutto) were good, I was stunned that my scallops were tough and chewy. Aside from the wine, nothing we had was exceptional or would inspire us to go back. Aside from the tough scallops, the meal was fine; but If I'm going to pay $400 for dinner at the #8 restaurant in DC, I expect more. If I had it to do over again, I would just order the wine and charcuterie and call it a day.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Charcuterie
    barbaras
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We shared the full charcuterie board and were very impressed with the variety and quality of the meats. Our first and second courses were also very tasty, and the cocktails were interesting and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The service here was terrible and the portion sizes were small! The waiter completely forgot our bread and didn't bring it until 2 minutes before we got our meals. He also forgot my dad's beer. It was hard to get a hold of him to remind him of what we needed. The food was absolutely amazing, but portion sizes were small. My meal was $27 and I was starving after.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Our Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Proof doesn't disappoint. This was our third time eating at Proof and its still our favorite restaurant in DC. Everything we ordered was amazing.
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  • Great Experience
    DeltaDawn
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Four of us dined on a Sunday evening. Service was excellent. Food was very good. Tuna tartar was excellent. I had the scallops, which were slightly overcooked, but two had the sable fish which was superb. My only complaint is the lighting. Once the sun goes down, it is very dark - not because they don't have lighting, but because it is turned down so low, you can't see 15 inches in front of your face. There was a large group seated near us, and the waiter had to use his flashlight to illuminate the menus for every single one of them. It would have been so much easier to just turn up the lights a little. I had to use my cell phone to see what was in my dish. It was literally too dark to make out what was on the plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • proof
    sushiVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a wonderful meal!! The waiter was just so so. He didn't describe our chaucuterie board and the sommelier did not come on timely time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't believe we hadn't been yet
    Julie123VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was great, came out quickly - glad we waited to put in our dinner order until after we finished our first course. A little too dark in the restaurant - I love ambiance but once the sun went down it was hard to even see a menu without taking out our phones with the flashlight app. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food, great service!
    Shones
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The menu is great, so much choice! I had the pate platter, then 3 cheeses and would definitely recommend. Reasonably priced too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in the area. Great food, service and very close to the Verizon center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!! We loved Proof!!
    mcjacobs4
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The cheese board to start, Duck Risotto, and the sides of cauliflower and brussel sprouts made for an amazing meal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Oli321
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Disappointing, we're crossing this one off the list...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LBLDRL
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Wonderful Carpaccio, Foie Gras, Alaskan Sable, extremely knowledgeable service and excellent teamwork. Very good wines by the glass. Innovative, Exciting, Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Jojo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Simply put, the service and food made our date night splendid. We had reservations at 6:30 and arrived a little over, but were seated immediately. The menu was described to us well and when our main courses arrived, everything looked and smelled wonderful. I had the duck and my boyfriend had the pork chops. Both dishes were so perfectly cooked, we were very pleased! We plan on coming back to try other items on the menu for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious
    DJillD
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lunch at Proof was fantastic, as usual. The gnocchi is my favorite dish and has spoiled me from eating it most places because it's so superbly done here. Proof is consistently high quality and fresh. The only criticism on this visit was the service was a little slow, particularly in receiving our cappuccinos, and the cappuccinos weren't particularly good. They weren't as creamy as I am used to and were a bit weak. The three of us ordered it and none of us even finished half the cup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overrated & Overpriced
    ConnergoldVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Yes, the food was OK. Yes, the place is very attractive. No, you should not have a wine list that large where $50 is the least expensive wine on the menu, & the average is closer to $150. No, the server should not be so obviously pushing to turn the table for another seating or two. Most definitely not worth over $100 per person.
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  • Date night after 26 yrs married!
    DocMom2nana
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love this restaurant! We find the ambience incredibly conducive to relaxing together for our Friday empty-nester date night! Food was outstanding--great appetizer with veggies on flatbread which was so very fresh. Great main courses -- swordfish and salmon. Perfect service--our after Tyler was the best waiter we have had in our 2 years of weekly Friday date nights....so attentive but not intrusive and so polite and pleasant. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Proof was way SNOB
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The hostesses were simply unpleasant and not one single smile was given while asking to be seated. The tall black girl was certainly the most unpleasant of all. I asked to speak with the manager and he simply nodded and didn't really show to care about our concerns. His nose was so stuck up in the ceiling that looking at customers and paying attention to service probably were the least of his concern that night. (don't remember his name) But again, coming from a 5 star establishment you do get a certain spoil that unfortunately not everyone knows how to provide. I am so sad that Proof will be taken out of my list. And from hostess to manager this place was a disaster last night. Or maybe it is because Sebastian left.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service,location & wines
    GreenCandy
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was good too! Only recommend additional diversity on menu. Couple of vegan - or vegetarian dishes that could be veganized would have made it a grand sweep 5 star
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Proof
    DateVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been here 8 times. Always fun and the food is very tasty
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall but some misses
    SEinQueenCityVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Ate here with a couple friends the other night. It wasn't terribly busy and we were able to get seated right away despite being early for our reserved time. I've eaten here before and my meal was quite tasty. I had two small plates for my meal - the gnocchi and sweetbreads and both were delicious. My friends followed suit but had salads as one of their two dishes (quinoa and butter lettuce) and both complained that theirs were a bit dry as if no dressing had been added at all. Their other dishes (pates and gnocchi) were delicious. I love that Proof has a really good wine list, even for wines by the glass, and that they allow you different portions at different prices in case one wants to taste several different wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another wonderful experience
    Fletch
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I only go here once a year to celebrate a special birthday, but I love this place and would come back more, but it can be a little pricey. Not that I mind, the food is worth it. I never order from the menu, but always get something that the chef would recommend, and the food is always incredible. Including the drinks and the ambiance. I love Proof and it remains one of my favorite restaurants. Thanks for the incredible service, food, and time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold Food
    DinerXVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I had been to Proof many times and chose it to celebrate a friend's birthday but this was the wrong night to introduce her to this restaurant. The server was bad and the food was cold, which was presumably related. I complained twice to no avail. When this restaurant is good, it is very good but it is not the reliable place I thought it was and when it's bad, no one cares enough to make things right. There are many better alternatives.
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  • excellent
    markdcVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Wonderful meal. Relaxed but exceedingly high quality. Great help from the sommelier. Highly recommended
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RonnieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    menu reading device was perfect, a unique wonderful addition and a surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DCeater
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The atmosphere was the best part, and the hostesses were friendly. Our waiter was stiff and unfriendly and he had no personality. Our food was so small, and yet so expensive for what we received. The charcuterie was very tasty but the main dishes were a huge disappointment. It's true that they had a great wine selection and our cocktails were great, but without a solid meal to follow, the night was a bust. The restaurant was so dark that we could barely read the menus, and we are in our 20's! We were sad to have such an experience at Proof, since we had heard good things. My fiancé (who loves meat) said his steak was chewy and I couldn't event tell what was under my salmon because it was too dark to see and it just tastes like nothing.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate