Proof on Main

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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.
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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful vegetarian option!

MS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite meal at Proof is their breakfast - amazing eggs benedict with arugula salad!

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Michelle-- I'm so happy you enjoyed breakfast! We truly appreciate the recommendation and hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome food

m
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went for brunch on a Sunday before catching a show. We have been several times before and have really loved the food but this time not so much. However, the drinks and service were great!

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for the recommendation, Mayree! Very pleased to hear that you had a great experience at Proof-- we hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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BR
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Valentines 3 course Dinner was simply marvelous. We started off with the Rock Shrimp Risotto it was delicious. My pork chop was probably the most tender one I’ve ever had. The scallops that my wife ordered were perfect. We finished off with the Olive Oil Cake. The atmosphere was wonderful.
I can’t wait to go back.

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

Love the review, Brian. Thank you for spending your special evening with us, and we'd love to see you in the future. I must add, the Rock Shrimp Risotto is a big favorite of mine, too! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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FC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We always enjoy Proof, and this time was no exception. We were staying overnight celebrating a birthday and the meal was part of the celebration. In our case, Valentine’s was the day before and we were not aware that the restaurant was carrying over, and only offering, a pre fixe V-day menu (which was a little disappointing). They did, however, allow us to add their grilled octopus which is an absolute must for any repast in either the restaurant or the bar. Overall the meal was very good, although my pork chop was a bit over-done and my wife’s scallops a tad under, but neither blip was enough to ruin the meal. Our server seemed a bit befuddled early on, but got more into the flow as the evening and meal progressed.

We opted for an early seating, something we did not regret. The noise level was low when we arrived, allowing us to enjoy a more intimate conversation, but by the time we were ready to leave (about 2 hours later) the room had filled with quite a few folks who were happy to share their stories and phone calls with everyone present. Even so, I still recommend Proof for the celebration of any special day... or just because you would like to enjoy an evening out.

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks, Fred! We're sorry you weren't adequately informed about the Valentine's Day prixe fix menu, but I'm happy we were able to accommodate you. Thank you for your recommendation, and thank you for spending your special day with us. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and food was outstanding. Will definitely be back soon and reccomend !

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

That's so great to hear, Asia! Glad that we were able to offer you a five-star experience and would definitely love to have you return to dine with us at Proof. Love hearing positives about our waitstaff! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was a little off this time but amazing on my last visit. The atmosphere is always great and the service is prompt. I would always recommend this place.

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for the recommendation, Amanda! We apologize that your food experience fell a little flat during your most recent visit, but we hope to wow you in the future! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentines Day and was definitely the most I’ve spent on a meal, but wow was it worth it. The food could not have been better. Loved the artwork in the dining areas and the music playing. Was an all around great experience.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

We're glad you enjoyed your meal, and happy that you chose Proof on Main to celebrate your special day! We hope to see you again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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QB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience2

Came here on Valentine’s Day. Was surprised first by very close seating with two loud couples close on either side so it was hard to focus much on my date. I was surprised secondly by only 4 entree options. Apparently they told people before hand of a special valentines menu, I was never given notice. Despite this, the food and drink were both very very good. Just quite pricy. Overall, food was amazing, but the collective experience was lacking to say the least.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Quinn. We apologize that we did not confirm that you were aware of the prix fixe menu, and will relay this to the team in order to prevent this from happening again. The next time you visit Proof, we can absolutely do our best to give you a more intimate table! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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JL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They had a fixed menu for Valentine's Day. It was a good, simple selection. Service was exceptional. One of the best Old Fashions in town. Highly recommend it. Had the Brussel Sprout salad and loved it. Steak was ok. I've had better. Ordered it Med but it was deliver med-rare. I chose not to return it. The sauce and grapes that accompanied the steak were fantastic! Desert was ok. The atmosphere in Proof is great....lots of amazing pieces of art work and a very please experience to walk 21C art gallery before or after dinner. This is a top notch restaurant in town. It will remain on my list as a go-to choice for a special night.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

Wow, thanks for the feedback! I'm happy to hear you chose Proof for a special occasion, and we love the constructive criticism-- we will always have room to grow, after all. We hope to see you again-- keep in mind, we change the cuisine and museum exhibits frequently! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great quality while the environment was fascinating in the concept. Staff was prompt, attentive and well versed on the history of the establishment. Reservations recommended.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the great feedback! We're proud to be a part of a seasoned and professional waitstaff, and they're always happy to hear that they've done a great job executing service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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DT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good and unique selections. Service was just the right touch and got us to theatre on time with no fuss. Would definitely recommend.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks David, I'm happy to hear that you had a good time! We get a great deal of pre-theater guests, and we're always happy to accommodate. We hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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TY
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I dine out several times per week, and this was the worst service I remember having in years. It took forever to even get water and a drink order in, and I had to ask for silverware TWICE after my food arrived. I will not be returning.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Todd, and we're very sorry that we dropped the ball during your stay at 21c. We value the concerns you raise, as we always have room to grow. We hope that you return to try Proof on Main again; although we clearly missed the mark with your meal, on a return visit we can be sure to mitigate these problems on your behalf! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, modern decor. Delicious, carefully prepared fresh takes on the classics. A little pricey, but you pay for the ambiance.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Judy! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Proof and would love to see you in the future. Keep an eye on the art gallery-- new pieces are installed all the time! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had brunch with my mom and overall we had a great experience. The service and the food were fantastic. I will be returning for future brunches. And recommend the Eggs Benedict. So tasty!

Proof on Main
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thanks for the feedback! We would love to have you back for brunch, but don't forget to check out what we have to offer for dinner! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING and the ambiance inviting!!! Enjoyed every minute!!! Thank you Nina!!!

Proof on Main
Responded on February 10, 2020

Happy to hear you had a wonderful time! We'll be glad to tell Nina that she provided wonderful service. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Weird menu and slow service

Proof on Main
Responded on February 17, 2020

We regret that our menu items did not appeal to you, and of course that you received slow service. We do change the cuisine at Proof on Main quite often, so we hope that on a return visit we can cater better to your taste and provide five-star service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, courteous and prompt. They answered all of our questions and we fast with service. The food was very good! Would definitely go back.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 10, 2020

We're glad you had a great experience at Proof on Main! We're always glad to hear from happy guests, and we do hope that you return to dine with us again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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KB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was great and the environment was cool. Our server was rude and didn’t have any personality. The hostess was not friendly either. Very disappointed in the service of the staff.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Kristie. We're so happy you enjoyed the menu but very much regret that your service fell flat. We hope that you give Proof another visit-- there will always be new menu items to try-- and that you receive five-star service like every guest deserves. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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f
Las Vegas
41 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated immediately. The wine was so good we needed 2 bottles. And those brussel sprouts were awesome! Service was excellent, not distracting but attentive.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Fuelmaker! We hope to see you again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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l
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family and friends Sunday Brunch. We are definitely Team Proof Benedict! Great service!

Proof on Main
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, I'm a big fan of the Benedict and am happy you loved it as well! Be sure to stop by and see the rest that Proof on Main has to offer. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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PE
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Proof was absolutely fantastic. The clients I was entertaining were very pleased with the experience. All of our party left satisfied and agree we will dine at Proof as a group again. A special thank you to Liz B. for taking great care of us. The service was above and beyond and the extra touches were noted and appreciated by all. I highly recommend this restaurant to my friends, family and colleagues. Looking forward to our next visit!

ML
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place one of our favorites!

Proof on Main
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thanks Margaret, we're so happy to hear that! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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KJ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I don't know. The restaurant was very nice. The service was excellent. The appetizer was very good. My wife's food was good but I was very disappointed with my lamb dish. 3 or 4 spoonfuls of lamb and 16 lbs of pasta. I don't understand.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 31, 2020

We apologize you didn't enjoy the lamb pappardelle, but we hope that you return to try the rest of what Proof has to offer! Thanks so much for the feedback. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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C
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went to Proof for special occasion and was disappointed with the service and food. The server was impatient and terse, and while the food wasn’t terrible, it did not meet our expectations considering the extravagant prices.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Cookie! We apologize that your experience at Proof fell flat. We try to set the bar high at 21c but we clearly missed the mark during your visit. We hope you return to Proof and receive five-star service. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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P
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food. Nice service. All ok. No real Wow factor.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thanks for the positive feedback. Our menu changes quite frequently, so we hope that on a return visit there will be something with more wow factor for you! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Freezing cold, waitress was bad, food was average, bill was of course high. Did not get my money’s worth, won’t go back.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 24, 2020

We're very sorry your experience at Proof fell flat, we do hope that you return to give us another try and that we can give you five star service as you deserve. Thanks for the feedback! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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S
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I took my mother to Proof on Main to lift her spirits - she has had a really rough couple of weeks and I thought 21c and PoM would be perfect for her. We had a terrific lunch - honestly the best lunch I've had in a really long time - and walked around the galleries in the hotel's front lobby. The only qualm I have with our experience is our "too cool for school" waitress. She was perfectly cordial, but I could tell she did not have a lot of patience for my mom's questions and, when asked questions, I could tell she was purposefully trying not to roll her eyes at the peons sitting in front of her. Honestly though, she didn't say or do anything outright rude, and even if she had, this place would probably still get 4 stars from me on quality of food and ambiance alone! I will definitely be recommending this place to my friends and family when they visit Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 21, 2020

We're so happy we were able to lift your mother's spirits, and we hope that she has good news coming her way! That's always such a wonderful thing to hear. Our apologies for your server's attitude, we hope from our end that it was an off day and that the next time you visit we can give you a warmer welcome (as you and your party deserve from us). Thanks again for the feedback! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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ZN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The experience at Proof on Main was fine but my perception, along with my entire group, was that the restaurant was trying to be way too provocative and edgy rather than just coming about it naturally. Food was expensive, which I expected, but their selections are limited. Drinks were more expensive than what I would normally order from elsewhere. The bathrooms are pretty weird too.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 21, 2020

We're sorry that your experience at Proof on Main was sub-par. Our menu does change quite a bit, as does our art, so we do hope that on a return visit we can give you an experience that is better catered to you and your party! Thanks for the feedback. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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PE
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Italian Baron and his Baroness were your guests invited by us. The egg Benedict was considered papally terrifically delicious better than they ever ate in Italy. My grilled octopus was heavenly, and alone for that I will come back, even without my famous visitors.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 21, 2020

We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Proof on Main, and we hope you return to visit us again! It sounds like there's a lot of dishes for you to try, maybe join us for dinner. We have a great deal of options, but, I must admit, the Octopus is my favorite as well! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh food, top-notch ingredients and outstanding service. Will definitely be back.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thanks so much for the feedback Stephen! We're glad that you enjoyed your visit to Proof. We try to hold ourselves to very high standards at Proof, and we love to hear that we were able to show that! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! We hope that the next time you visit Proof we can provide you the five star service you deserve.

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T
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the cocktails were well made. I had the homemade pasta with lamb, and I really appreciated the richness of the dish and the flavors. The butterscotch pot de creme was a fantastic dessert.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Teacher! I'm so glad that you enjoyed your visit to Proof on Main. It sounds like you have a lot of menu items left to try, too! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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CH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since we had eaten at Proof and in that time I have become a Vegan! They had a small selection to choose from but was willing to remove cheese and such to make it so. I got the Beet salad with no feta and it was FABULOUS and so tasty with many flavors and textures, would definitely choose this again. my entree was the spaghetti squash dish which was also very delicious, could not eat it all and had to take half home. The only thing I did not like was the glass my martini was in. I would prefer the traditional V shaped glass. the short squat glass gives the impression that you are not getting much of a drink. This might be a trend because another place serves them like this also. I hate it. The drink was good but presentation was very lacking.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 19, 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Claudia! We will happily do all that we can to accommodate all dietary restrictions at Proof. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal! Our menu changes quite often, including our vegan options, so hopefully there will always be something new for you to try at Proof! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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San Francisco
6 reviews