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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Proof on Main will be offering a special Thanksgiving family style menu for $45-$50/person (price dependent on entree selected). A children's family style menu will be offered for $25/child.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal. Service was a little slow and I felt like you were not sure which wait person had our table. People on each side of use were seated after us and ordered drinks and meals before us. Once that was figured out the service was acceptable.

TL
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent bourbon bar and restaurant to complement it. It’s eclectic without feeling too trendy and maintains an atmosphere elegant enough for a date night but also relaxing enough for a dinner with friends. The food is excellent (chicken liver mousse was one of the best appetizers we have ever had) and the service was exceptional. Alex, our sever, was super sweet and very helpful. She was also patient as we took some time to decide on dinner. The prices are a little high ($13 glass of wine is about the cheapest you can find) but the overall quality level was impressive. Also their bourbon bar had some nice private selection offerings and the best single cubed ice for rocks drinks.

H
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great suggestions from our server and loved the seasonal dessert - s’mores cake.

M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar for brunch and had a great bartender. Food was delicious and served fast.

OT
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience at Proof on Main. Our server guided us to some great dishes and the bourbon list is extensive as well as reasonably priced. I know we will drop by on our next visit to Louisville.

LM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I tried Proof on Main while visiting Louisville on vacation, we loved this place. From the decor, to the service and incredible food this place is a must! We ordered the Liver Pate, Octopus appetizer and shared the “Shrimp Boil” (not called that), all were spectacular. Of course, the cotton candy dessert was a sweet surprise as the end. Get there now!!

w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sean is great, food is great!!!!!!

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Put 2 of us at a tiny table when 4 tops were open everywhere. They never filled. Entrees came out way too fast. Apps came out with entree. Food was mediocre definitely for price. Won’t be back.

e
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The hostess was pleasant and accommodating however from there the service was awkward, lacking, and disjointed. It took an exorbitant amount of time for drinks to be served, and even longer to be asked for our food orders - 4 different servers over the course of the meal, one clearly put in the dinner orders incorrectly, and one of our guests was served the wrong entree so we had to wait for what he actually ordered to be prepared and served while the rest of the party's food sat. Also when approaching us to take our orders, a man awkwardly just came up and asked without context if we "had any questions" - we didn't know he was meant to be our server or what was going on at first and he continued to be short and awkward about the questions we did ask, and suggested octopus when someone inquired about vegan options he would recommend. It's also disappointing that the only vegan option for desert is a bowl of berries with bits of mold on them. For the price point and hype I do not recommend taking your guests to Proof.

Proof on Main
Responded 7 days ago

Elli, Clearly we did not perform up to our standards when you visited, there is no excuse for it and I sincerely apologize. I appreciate you bringing the service issues to my attention so that they can be addressed. Chef is working on a new vegan dessert as I type. We hope you give us a second chance. Charlie Cronin, Food and Beverage Director

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool atmosphere. A bit squeezy. Staff were very on task.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 9, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you enjoyed our ambiance and had a great experience. We will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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SG
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I like Proof a lot, but they were clearly having an off day. Kitchen couldn't handle the crowd and waiting almost an hour for our food when we had let our server know we had theater tickets. Not her fault, but really disappointing that they weren't better prepared to handle the crowd.

JT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Sunday brunch was overall very nice but front of house staff had issues today. No one was bussing tables so hostess had to before she could sit the crowd at the door who all had 1115 reservations. Waited a good 20 min to be seated. Took 30 more to get our food which was very good. Then we didn’t see our waitress for 15-20 min after she dropped off check had no idea where she went so long.

Would probably try somewhere else next time in town due to iffy service.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Small portions and one meal was cold but overall experience was delightful.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 7, 2019

We are so very happy to see that your overall experience was delightful. We are truly sorry that one dish wasn't to your temperature preference. We sincerely appreciate all of your feedback so we can make the necessary improvements. We hope to see you again soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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BH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Neither my wife nor I could eat our entree. Her chicken was so dry, she couldn’t eat it and my catfish was spoiled and inedible.

J
Louisville
48 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner...great white gazpacho and salad and really good pasta and burger. The prices of the entrees are just too high, in my opinion. That makes this place a special treat instead of putting it in the regular rotation.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Jennifer and for giving us this valuable feedback! We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed all of the dishes. We are so happy to see you had a great experience and we will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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F
London
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The shrimp and sausage dish featured seriously overcooked and tiny shrimp. The rest of the dish was just OK with the exception of the house sausage, which was quite good. My friend got the cauliflower entree, which looked very good.

K
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Left a noisy place to go where one could have an actual conversation. Great food and service, conversation friendly.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you kindly, Katie! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and that you were able to enjoy a conversation in our establishment. We will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious entrees. Lori (sp?) was a fun waitress. The presentation of the food and atmosphere were unique and enjoyable.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you had a great experience with Lori and found your entrees delicious. We appreciate your compliments to the chef and we will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! From the charcuterie to the cornbread to the spaghetti and dessert and cocktails...it all was wonderful! Would recommend to anyone visiting Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so delighted that you enjoyed your entire meal from start to finish. We are happy to see you had a great experience and we will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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SF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Lunch the day before was great but there were big groups, private events and many conference attendees the next day. I’d go again since the food was outstanding the day before — I think they just got slammed when we ate there a second time. The manager was very accommodating when we had an issue with a dish and made things right immediately - that was wonderful service. And it’s the coolest inside - be sure to check out the hotel lobby.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for another meal, Sharon! We always want our guests to have the best experience even when we are at our busiest. It's great to see that the manager was very accommodating and provided you with such wonderful service. We will absolutely look forward to your next visit and hope to see you soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and one of the most vibrant places in Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 26, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and enjoyed the ambiance along with our food. We will absolutely look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience. Everything was fabulous!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you had a wonderful experience and we will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the whipped ricotta for appetizer, which was a surprising treat for us. We would have eaten it without the toast, it was so good. The pork chop and the scallops were entrees ordered for our table, and both were very good with surprising flavor combos. Our waiter was knowledgeable, but not haughty. Drinks were great, and as a bourbon lover, it was all the more wonderful by the selection available. This was not an inexpensive meal, but it was worth the money.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you kindly! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and are delighted to see that you enjoyed our bourbon selection and the whipped ricotta so much. We appreciate the kudos to your server and our chefs! We will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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LB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex was an amazing host and very knowledgeable about the restaurant and its sister locations. We all enjoyed her as part of our meal. The food was outstanding - all of it!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Lisa! We also sincerely appreciate the shout out to Alex and love seeing how she elevated your experience. We will absolutely look forward to your next visit and hope to see you soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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CK
Puerto Vallarta
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an exciting place. Excellent food, ambiance, and staff! Everyone is"at your service".

Proof on Main
Responded on September 24, 2019

We are happy to be at your service, Carol and appreciate your review and rating. Please come back for another visit soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and drink were both amazing.

BUT, Bar service very slow and it took over thirty minutes to get a drink. Sunday brunch hostess was rude and unfriendly.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 24, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you enjoyed our menu but are so very sorry that we missed the mark with service. We will be sharing your feedback with the team so that we can make the necessary improvements with our hospitality and service. We will look forward to your next visit with us! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First time here. Food was good but service was slow and terrible!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Anonymous and for taking the time to give us this feedback. While we are happy to see that you enjoyed the food, we are sorry that service wasn't to your liking. We sincerely hope that you will give us another try. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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CJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The bartenders were very friendly and accommodating. They help my wife select a bourbon she would enjoy. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. She checked in at just the right times.

The food was a bit disappointing. My wife had the shrimp which came out greasy and dry. I went with the pork chop medium rare per chefs recommendation. The pork chop came out medium well and was over salted. The best part of the meal was the appetizers. We shared the beet salad and the white gazpacho. Both were solid dishes. The gazpacho was our favorite!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for providing us with this feedback, ChefJ! We are so very happy to see that you were pleased with the hospitality and service you received from the bartenders and your server. We are sorry that you were not delighted with your entrees and will be sharing your feedback with the team. We sincerely hope you will give us another try! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Proof on Main is a must visit for anyone visiting Louisville and of course the local regulars. We usually have several meals here every time we come to Louisville and each time we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The hospitality is always first rate and the food top notch.

Our thanks go out to those lovely folks who served us this last visit.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

What a wonderful review, Midas! Thank you very much for your kind words. We are so very thrilled to see that we are your go-to spot here in Louisville and love reading your compliments about our hospitality and food. Thank you for giving a shout out to our teammates. We will sincerely look forward to your next visit and hope to see you soon, Midas! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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KK
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fun friendly service in a very interesting space. Love the museum!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for the kudos, Kimberlee! We are thrilled to see that you enjoyed your meal and our hospitality. We are also glad you got to tour the museum and hope you'll be back again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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D
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Appetizers were good but small. Had the salmon with summer squash while my hot Asian temptress had the steak with carrots. It's was good but pricy. Deserts were honestly bad! Mint chocolate cake way too minty. My berry cobbler was dry and bland. Drinks all around were light on taste.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and rating your experience, Drew! We appreciate your feedback so that we can use it to improve upon your dining experience. We will look forward to the next opportunity to serve you. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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RM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & it is wonderful to be surrounded by Fine Arts. Excellent service!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

We are ecstatic that you enjoyed the art that accompanied your meal. Thank you for dining with us and for giving the service you received a shout out. We hope you'll be back and look forward to your next visit, Rod! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Louisville
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you very much, Anonymous! We are so glad to see that you enjoyed our food and hope you'll be back for more soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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FT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a restaurant I would recommend based on flavor profile! There were a few things on the menu that was unavailable at 9pm on a Friday night so I would suggest getting there early. The scallops were delicious and it is an eclectic setting that is fun and inviting. However the lack of menu items available, the waiter messing up the drink order, and the complimentary bread making it to our table about 45 minutes in leads me to rate this restaurant middle of the pack. Side note on the bread....when it finally arrived to the table on a cutting board with delicious butter the server grabbed it with his hand (no glove) and laid it on the table without a plate!🥴

Proof on Main
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We use all our reviews to continue to improve. I’m sorry there were some service issues and I can promise you we will learn from our mistakes and hope you give us another opportunity to see that things have changed. Charlie Cronin- Food and Beverage Director

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JD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

It was absolutely horrible. Do not eat there! The food was way overpriced and not good, I went safe and had a new your strip and it had a big tendon in it and was coould the way I ordered it. The steak tartar was on top of some hot potato and it was so awful

Proof on Main
Responded on September 28, 2019

JonathanD, I’m sorry to see that you didn’t enjoy your experience at Proof on Main. Our menu has changed for the season and I hope you can give us another opportunity to give you the quality of food and service we strive to give all our guests. Charlie Cronin-Food and Beverage Director

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MM
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is fabulous, fun decor, excellent service, etc. The food was really good, especially the whipped ricotta appetizer and also the Gazpacho. So good.
Our entrees were delicious.
However, the second cocktail that I ordered (which was recommended) was honestly the worst cocktail I have ever had in my entire life. I don't think I've ever sent back a drink before, but this was not worth even choking down. The lady at the table next to us overheard my friend and I talking and rightfully felt the need to chime in, saying she ordered it as well and also thought it was positively terrible. How that drink won an award is beyond me.

I very much look forward to going back, but from now on will be ordering traditional cocktails that I know are good.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 20, 2019

Thank you very much for dining with us and for all of this feedback. The whipped ricotta appetizer is definitely a popular appetizer and we are so happy to see that you enjoyed your entrees. We appreciate your feedback about the cocktail you ordered and will be sharing your feedback with our beverage director. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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BS
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to enjoy a great meal with fresh food sourced locally.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Brian! We appreciate the rating and review. Providing our guests with fresh and locally sourced food is so very important to us and we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. Please come again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and out of the world atmosphere!!!

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for this stellar, review, Michael! We are so very happy to read that you enjoyed both the food and our hospitality. We will look forward to your next visit! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you very much, Anonymous! We appreciate the kudos and hope you'll be back for another great experience soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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J
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

food was terrible.
menu is poor

Proof on Main
Responded on September 12, 2019

We are sorry to see that you did not enjoy your meal with us, Jk5097. Locally sourced, our menu does change frequently and it is our sincere hope that you will find something you really love during your next experience with us! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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