Proof on Main

4.6
2827 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JB
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I made dinner reservations to celebrate my husband's birthday, alerting the restaurant twice as to the special occasion. The server never acknowledged or made any sort of mention of this fact during our visit. We ordered a bottle of wine, but after pouring us each a glass, took the bottle back to the server area, leaving us without the ability to refill our glasses. We received our entrees from a different server who did not follow up with us once we had an opportunity to taste our food. I ordered the scallops and the meal was so salty that I was not able to finish half of my meal; this fact was not acknowledged by our server when she returned to collect our plates. Friends of ours who recommended the restaurant had told us that we would receive cotton candy at the conclusion of our meal, however none arrived and we were not offered dessert menus. All in all, a very disappointing visit and we would not recommend to others.

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l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great breakfast there. Dinner, sweet corn risotto was nearly flavorless and could not taste any corn. Disappointing and expensive. Did enjoy my salad and the warm bread and salty butter. Service friendly and attentive.

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HD
Indiana
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very unique dining experience that you will not find anywhere else. Charred octopus one of the best appetizers of all time. Califlower entre very large.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my birthday dinner, and I was very happy with everything! Our waitress was friendly and helpful with our selections. My steak was perfectly cooked and I have to say this is the only place that I have ever eaten cooked carrots and liked them! My husband and I were impressed and will be back next time we’re in town.. Very well done!!

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MM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We normally love Proof but this experience was definitely lacking. EVERYTHING took forever! We weren't greated for a solid 10 minutes, our drinks took just as long, and the food even longer. We hardly saw our server and it took over two hours to have lunch. I am a server/bartender so I tend to be very understanding when there are issues while dining out, so I get it, we all have bad days, I just wish someone had come by to explain what was going on. Hopefully the kinks get worked out because we love the food and would love to enjoy more of it.

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BE
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre-theater Brunch before going to Kentucky Theater. Nice selection of brunch items. We both had egg sandwich with really good eggs and potatoes were not greasy. Did not have drinks since going to theater, but Bloody Mary's at next table looked yummy :-) A little too noisy and tables very close together.

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F
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and spirits!

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my 60th and a nice celebration with good friends.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Cute place! Service was slow. Food okay but not worth the price. People nice!

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a
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable meal at Proof. Excellent service and top notch, creatively prepared food.

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FT
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service in a wonderful atmosphere. Wandered around the art gallery, had drinks in the bar and then dinner. Only drawback was the extravagant air conditioning. They kindly moved us to another table but we still needed extra layers.

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Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

First we arrived 10 mins early and as told we could have a seat till our table was available. We took a seat in the bar waiting area and after a few people were seated before us I approached the host again. He said he didn’t know we were waiting and stated he had a table we could have. After at our table the server came took our drink order, she came back in few minutes with my husbands OJ and took our meal order (an egg sandwich and French toast casserole) it took 15 minutes for her to arrive back at our table with my Mimosa. It was the Sunday brunch and truly not that busy, however we did not receive our food for 30 minutes. She did not stop by to tell us why the delay nor did she refill our water, she would not even make eye contact because I tried. I think she could be a very friendly girl because I saw her talking to other servers, joking and laughing she just need to do that with her clients not coworkers. The food was good but not as good as the food at their Lexington location. I’m sorry if we had a different server my review would be different, poor service can make of break.

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MR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

I had high hopes for this restaurant however it fell short in everything but ambiance and service. The food was not good enough to be priced at what it is.

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WC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our night at Proof. The menu and wine list had lots of variety and the preparation and presentation were excellent. Our sever was knowledgeable and very personable. A wonderful evening.

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D
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Proof on Main! The service was excellent and our waitstaff were extremely friendly and helpful. Great experience!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner, food was exceptional.

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S
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun times!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch customer service--our waitress asked about us dining with Proof on Main and then explained menu items and made great suggestions for our first time. Perfect walking distance to KY Center, with accommodations made to adjust our reservation to an earlier time for on time arrival. Food was fresh and original. Would highly to others.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal in an extra cool environment- highly recommended

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly delicious food and drinks!

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MB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. We had reviewed the menu before we came and picked our items based on that and recommendations from previous diners. The food did not disappoint, from the appetizers to the dessert. We had made a reservation, and sat down at our appointed time. The wait staff stopped by several time and offered helpful recommendations. We’ll definitely be back.

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Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, my risotto was delicious, my friend ordered her bison burger medium rare and it was overcooked and a bit dry. Disappointing, as I ordered one 3 weeks ago and it was perfectly prepare.

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MF
Jacksonville
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an excellent meal and service.

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ashley was excellent wait staff.

Proof on Main
Responded on June 8, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I am very happy to see that you had a wonderful time here at Proof. I'd love to share this review with Ashley later today. Experiences like the one you describe are what we strive to give each and every guest. Thank you again, and have a fantastic day today! Dean Prewitt Restaurant Manager - Proof on Main Office: (502) 217-6377 dprewitt@proofonmain

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TY
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We ordered 2 different bottles of wine, both were bad. They gladly took them off the bill. Entree Salmon was delicious, the veggies were weird and not cooked enough

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from out of town

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TD
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Choose Proof to have brunch when my brother and sis-in-law were coming in from Indiana both for the location and unique atmosphere. The service and food was fine but not exceptional. The brunch menu has very few choices but is much less expensive than dinner. Overall we had a good meal but my boyfriend said the Bison Burger upset his stomach. Not sure I'd go back for breakfast but the dinners I've had there, while expensive, were delicious.

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DH
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Excellent service with phenomenal options for even the most discriminating taste. The food and service are of the caliber of a high-end steak house but more relaxed, which I prefer.

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SG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience & food was fabulous ~ except that we ordered potatoes, but they were out.
Only down side was that they failed to let Open Table know that we honored our reservation, so I had to
go through the trouble of responding to Open Table that we did, in fact, show up. Open Table cleared up that misunderstanding.

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CC
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, waiter was terrific! Fun and what he didn’t know about the wines he wasn’t ashamed to admit and brought over the steward.

The art gallery/restaurant vibe is wonderful interesting and informative. Indeed I felt I was in a hip Nyc location the people the food (sans the country ham YUCK! Def southern), the art was a great and refreshing experience. Okay some may think that sounds silly but we relaxed and really had a good time, good food good wine good art what could be better?

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f
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service (especially our server) was fabulous. It wasn't a crowded night, though, and they seated us right next to a big, loud table. There were 3 of us and if there had been a 4th, there would have been very little room for that person. My chair got hit every few minutes by staff. We'd have been much happier if we'd not been on top of other people. It was very difficult to have a conversation. The ricotta toast was so good. I had the salmon. My coworkers had the scallops and the cauliflower steak. All very good.

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OM
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the octopus starter, and your the museum after!

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Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was good and presentation was beautiful. The artwork is really cool and the location is great.
The service was incredibly slow. There was 11 of us for brunch and we waited an entire hour for our food after ordering. The wait for our food is my only complaint.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, art, and drinks. Bar was a little slow, but the rest of the waitstaff made up for it.

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LS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous. You must try the cornbread. The server was very attentive.
Dinner ends with a dish of cotton candy. A must try when you are Louisville.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent meal. started with grilled octopus appetizer (tender and tasty) , my wife had the salmon, crispiest skin i've seen without overcooking the fish, excellent. i had the grilled pork chop, juicy and flavorful. one of the most extensive bourbon lists i have seen in a long time. the entire meal was superb.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting Louisville for a long weekend and were referred to Proof on Main and we are very grateful for the suggestion. The menu had a nice mix of classic dishes along with options not commonly found. We shared three starters, the charred octopus, bone marrow and house made sausages. All were delicious. As a main everyone had the diver scallops which were perfectly prepared.

Being in Louisville we of course tried some of their signature bourbon cocktails which were fantastic.

The service was perfect with our server having great knowledge of the menu and giving us the right amount of attention.

The restaurant is connected to a museum which had lots of fun quirky exhibits, even in the restrooms!!!

We for sure would go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a must if you are visiting Louisville! The food, service and atmosphere were all amazing. I highly recommend it.

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TS
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food overall was good, but several dishes lacked the deep flavor I come to expect of a top restaurant. Service was fantastic and elevated the overall experience. Cocktail menu was a bit smaller than I was hoping for, but the ones we tried were good. The Pork Cheeks were the highlight.

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at Proof starting with the cocktails which were amazing! The charcuterie board was so good!!! The entrees were also very nice ( I think too over priced, sorry...) they were all well prepared and but in the end we would absolutely go back, but maybe just for drinks and appetizers! Thanks so much Proof!

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