Proof on Main

4.6
3149 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
The ingredients in our menus reflect the region’s sustainable farmers and producers with a soulful and honest approach showcasing the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Housed in five historic buildings in downtown Louisville, Proof on Main is part of 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group. The dining room is one of the most striking public spaces in the city, with rotating, contemporary art exhibitions by local and internationally-acclaimed artists alike.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3149 people are saying
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vipBobS
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. The art in the restaurant was beautiful. Our server Zack was very personable and professional

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Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much the kind words BobS. Food, atmosphere and service are the three main areas we strive for and it's great that you enjoyed all three. We look forward to serving you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was super cool! The food is some of the best we have had in a long time. Definitely recommend! The art in the hotel are a must see and the creative bathrooms. lol

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Responded on April 30, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. We're thrilled you enjoyed everything...including our bathrooms. ;) -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal. I had the beet salad and duck entree - two of my favorites to order when dining out. I must say the best of both I have had to date. Dessert and my partner's meals were just as fabulous. Enjoyed the dining space with art work as well. Great place for food and art lo vers.

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Responded 7 days ago

Anonymous, Thank you so much for your review. The duck and beet salad are some of our favorites as well. Nothing is more fun than a good meal with good people. Hope you join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!!

Proof on Main
Responded on April 30, 2021

Anonymous, So happy you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us! Hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Proof! The octopus is the best we have had anywhere. The pork chop was delicious. Our waiter couldn’t have been more helpful without being intrusive. We will definitely be back again.

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Responded on April 21, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. We can't wait to share your experience with our team. We'll see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team.

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Francesca
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the artistic ambience of this restaurant; a lovely experience with attentive waitstaff and delicious food. If you like brunch cocktails, try the "No Spectators".

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Responded 7 days ago

Francesca, Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. You'll have to join us again soon and try our newest cocktail on the list. The Ted Damson is also great for brunch. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Margot
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing- you truly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The service was friendly and attentive. The cocktails were fantastic. For gin & tonic fans, MUST try the house made tonic water!

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Responded on April 21, 2021

Margot, Thank you so much, we're thrilled you enjoyed everything! Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipFoodlove
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and tasty brunch menu. Love the potatoes and breakfast sandwich especially.

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Responded on April 22, 2021

Foodlove, Thank you so much for your review. That breakfast sandwich and hashbrown are our favorites too! Can't wait for you to join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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WillM
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was impeccable. We really enjoyed it.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

WillM, Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to having you join us again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I am being generous with my review because I think the place has potential and the food might be good if it was freshly made- My cocktail, the tamarind, was watery and nondescript. Had neither enough tequila/mezcal nor spice/tamarind. I had a vegetable platter (after reading all the rave reviews) but it was cold when it arrived at my table (hardened greasy cheese & oil- gross) I mentioned to our waitress who took the dish back only to bring back another cold platter.

Proof on Main
Responded on April 20, 2021

Anonymous, We are so disappointed that your experience fell below our standards. Thank you for your feedback as we truly feel it is the best way for us to learn and grow. We hope you join us again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipTSReston
Washington DC
147 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch. Good menu but not extensive. Lots of bourbon. Art on the wall that makes it a unique experience. Service was great and friendly. Food was wonderful and the cinnamon bun was worth the calories. I have been several times and each time has been good. Sometimes just sitting at the bar for a drink and a snack or having a good meal. Recommended!

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Responded on April 20, 2021

TSReston, Thank you for your review. So happy to hear you enjoyed everything. We are definitely looking forward to our guests being able to sit at the bar top in the near future. Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipMsBetty9
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Honestly, I don't think it is a restaurant problem I think it's a Louisville problem. Service at restaurants is terrible. The service was slow, the servicer was attempting to be funny and it wasn't taken as funny. The food was very good, but not outstanding.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

MsBetty9, We hate to hear your experience was not up to our standards. We have shared your feedback with our team to know areas where we can improve. -The Proof on Main Team

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Andrea
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Fine food, fine atmosphere, great cocktails, HORRENDOUS service.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

Andrea, Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal but so disappointed that you did not have an enjoyable service experience. Truly, than you for your feedback. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. But I’ve never had such a bad experience from a service stand point. Our waitress was short, dismissive, and non attentive. Felt like there was a prevailing attitude from staff in the restaurant of entitlement and distaste for customers.

I will not be returning anytime soon.

Proof on Main
Responded on April 20, 2021

Anonymous, We are so disappointed to hear your service experience was not nearly up to our standards. Thank you so very much for your feedback. We will certainly share it with our team to improve our standards. We hope you join us again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience! From the careful Covid protocol to the exemplary service and truly amazing cuisine, one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. Hope you join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipCookie
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine, coffee and art.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

Cookie, Thank you so very much. Our coffee comes from a local roaster, Good Folks. We're so glad you enjoyed it! -The Proof on Main Team

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DanielleF
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe and decor. Drinks are amazing and the menu outstanding. Everything was delish!

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Responded on April 20, 2021

DanielleF, Thank you so much! We look forward to you joining us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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DejiL
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and priced well for the experience.

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Responded on April 20, 2021

DejiL, Thank you so much for your review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipheatherb
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

small selection but food was delicious and our server was great!

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Responded on April 15, 2021

heatherb, So glad you enjoyed yourself! We hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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LB067
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an amazing experience!! Our server was so nice and knowledgeable. The ambiance, including the music, was amazing. And the food fantastic! This restaurant is a must visit!

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Responded on April 20, 2021

LB067, We're thrilled to hear you had a great time. Thank you for your feedback and we will certainly share it with our team. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipAmanda7144
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are excellent and interesting (for adults). We brought our 2 kids and the kids menu is limited, but ok.

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Responded on April 15, 2021

Amanda7144, Thank you for you review. We're so happy you and your family enjoyed everything. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This is definitely not kid friendly although they have a kids menu. We felt like our server was annoyed we were even there. Food was okay. It’s in a hotel. Would not return.

Proof on Main
Responded on April 21, 2021

Anonymous, We are so disappointed to hear your experience did not wow you. Thank you for your feedback, we will surely share this with our team as a learning opportunity. -The Proof on Main Team

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JamieW
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friends birthday! Food was AMAZING. Drinks were ok. Vibe was SO COOL! We loved it.

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Responded on April 15, 2021

JamieW, We're thrilled to hear you had a great time! Thank you for your review. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open on Mondays - Louisville doesn’t have many options on Monday nights

Proof on Main
Responded on March 31, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars, we hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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jamesn
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was great. Social distancing and screening in place so we felt safe and were extremely satisfied!

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Responded on March 31, 2021

jamesn, Thank you for your kind words. So happy that you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to you visiting us soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Diner12345
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server was rude, uninterested, and hard to hear. We were there for a birthday celebration, but this was totally ignored. Food was decent.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

Diner12345, We are so terribly sorry that your experience wasn't nearly up to our standards but thank you so for your feedback so that we can share it with our team. We hope you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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ParisR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience and it was my partner’s first time and he agrees that Proof is excellent. Our server and our food were wonderful,there isn’t one reason for not coming to this amazing restaurant.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

ParisR, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves so much! We hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipAngelaD
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

*Edit 4/15/21 (I saw a reply and realized I must have submitted this without finishing - sorry!!)

This *had been our first trip to Louisville, and part of a birthday/date weekend, which was lovely since we haven't made it out of our house, let alone out of town a whole lot over the past year!

The food, service and ambience at Proof were beyond reproach and I can't say thank you enough for all of it. Our server (I want to say Brandon, for some reason, but it has been three weeks and I know that isn't correct) was kind, attentive, knowledgeable and happy to give an honest review when I was torn between several options - he did not steer me wrong! I had the mushroom risotto and my husband enjoyed the the salmon special that was offered that particular Friday evening - both were mouthwateringly delicious.

If by chance we ever find ourselves in Louisville again, we will absolutely return. If you're looking for a great dinner - just book it now.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

AngelaD, Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted to hear you made us a part of your celebration on your first trip to our fair city. We hope you join us again next time you're in town. -The Proof on Main Team

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CarrieW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Proof on Main felt like it was trying to be a boutique experience, but I found the Native American decor theme a little ham-handed. We read good things about Proof, so were expecting a really high caliber experience, but the food was overly salted and overpriced in our opinion. Service was friendly, but a little lackluster. I’d recommend trying somewhere else for a night out in Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on March 31, 2021

CarrieW, We are so sorry your experience didn't "wow" you but truly thank you for the feedback. We have shared this with our team in order to improve our guests experiences. We hope you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cool vibe, great service. I think the menu may have been reduced due to COVID but would definitely go again!

Proof on Main
Responded on March 27, 2021

Anonymous, Happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! With Spring upon us, keep on the look out for some exciting menu changes. Hope to see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique location and decor, and fantastic foot!

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Responded on March 27, 2021

Thank you so much! Glad to hear you had fun! -The Proof on Main Team

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Shandy
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for my grandmother's funeral and Proof on Main was absolutely wonderful to us. They even gave us a little champagne toast at the end which we really appreciated. The bartender and host/bar area assistant were so sweet and fun! That carrot soup! Amazing!

Proof on Main
Responded on March 27, 2021

Shandy, So happy to hear we were able to lift your spirits. We have shared your fantastic feedback with out team. Hope to see you next time! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been in Louisville for 10 days visiting/working at our daughter and son in laws place. Come Sunday we were ready to visit downtown and have breakfast. Oh my ... daughter mentioned Proof on Main..we had no idea what to expect...the food was masterful. Hash w brisket burnt ends...and the best cinnamon bun we've ever had...and we know buns.
We ended the meal w a shot of Pappy Van Winkle...omg...go ..the setting is eclectic posh...set in a museum/ hotel. These 2 California kids will be back next year..

Proof on Main
Responded on March 31, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you join us and look forward to seeing you on your next visit! -The Proof on Main Team

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Nicole
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for cocktails in Louisville! When in town, we love to stop in for drinks and dinner.

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Responded on March 27, 2021

Nicole, Thank you for your kind words. So happy to hear you enjoyed the fruits of our bartenders' labor. We look forward to seeing you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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ErichH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff attentiveness and service was exceptional. We genuinely felt like they were excited to welcome and host us. If we lived in Louisville, we would be regulars. The atmosphere and art were so fun, staff added personal touches and conversation like we were old friends, and the food was phenomenal. We had the risotto and the porkchop and shared with each other, and knowing we wanted to do that, they even plated it for us that way without us requesting!

It's hard to find places like Proof and we told everyone we know hitting the bourbon trail, they need to make sure to have dinner there!

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Responded on March 18, 2021

EricH, Thank you for your kind words! We will certainly share your experience with our team. Next time you're in Louisville we look forward to you joining us again! -The Proof on Main Team

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JennyN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in downtown Louisville.
Be sure to try their biscuits. Best I have ever had!

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Responded on March 18, 2021

JennyN, Thank you! It's definitely a test of strength not eat those biscuits for every meal. Hope we see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipmsfoodie
Louisville
24 reviews