Proof on Main

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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded 2 days ago

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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good.

Proof on Main
Responded 2 days ago

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
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 2 days ago

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 5 days ago
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 2 days ago

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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I
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I believe this is the best restaurant in Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded 2 days ago

Wow, we really appreciate hearing such high praise! Thank you very much for visiting Proof. We try to hold ourselves to very high standards at Proof on Main, and it's always wonderful to hear that the work is paying off. Be sure to stop by and see us again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!!

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Responded 5 days ago

We're happy you enjoyed your visit to Proof! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing the whole atmosphere of it all is what makes such a great place to take somebody on a date

Proof on Main
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the feedback! We're happy you enjoyed your visit to Proof, be sure to stop by and see us again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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L
Louisville
147 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere!! Great for special occasion and chic surrounds..

Proof on Main
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks a ton for the feedback! We love when people decide to spend special occasions with us at Proof on Main,, and we hope you come back to see us soon! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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HM
Louisville
60 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another great meal at Proof. The only complaint would be that the entree chicken was a little salty and a wee bit overcooked. Everything else more than made up for it.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks Max! We're always glad for feedback-- we always have room to grow. We hope you return to Proof soon and get a chance to try the rest we have to offer! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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K
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as expected. Food was terrific as it always is. Very consistent and good restaurant .

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Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks Khearne! We're glad you had a great time-- be sure to come back regularly, we always have new dishes to try. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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m
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I would suggest Proof for a friends get together. It’s lively and long wait times between courses. It’s a wide open space, so it is not romantic in the slightest. I went for a date with my husband and we were so close to other tables that we could easily hear everyone’s conversations around us. For date nights we like something a bit more intimate and don’t plan to return for a date again.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks for the feedback! We're sorry we missed the mark with your visit to Proof, but we do hope that you return to visit us sometime soon. Our apologies for the noise! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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R
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!! Good food and great service along with great art!!!

Proof on Main
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks Ricardo! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit to Proof! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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PB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there before a play at the Kentucky Center. The drinks were great. The food was excellent and the service was perfect. I am looking to going again.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 14, 2020

Thanks Perry! We're happy to accommodate pre-theater guests, be sure to stop by before your next show! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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LB
Indiana
36 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate here several times (two dinners and two breakfasts) while staying at the hotel. Food was very good - recommend the scallops and charcuterie, burger also excellent. Egg white, mushroom, and spinach frittata sounds like it should be a light breakfast but I think there was a half a stick of butter in it so instead felt very heavy. Chef kindly made some adjustments for me the following morning. Service good and friendly but inconsistent. Felt like I was looking for or trying to track down our server too many times either for water or the bill. Atmosphere, like the whole hotel, super fun.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks so much for the feedback Lisa! We're so happy you enjoyed the food. We apologize that you had a bad experience with our waitstaff, but we do hope that you return to 21c and Proof on Main to see and experience all we have to offer! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The restaurant was not very busy but it was 40 minutes after we arrived before we were served.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks for the feedback Andrew! We apologize that we dropped the ball during your visit-- we hope that you visit Proof on Main again and that we can give you prompt five-star service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AL
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to NYE dinner. The planned menu and food was amazing. The timing was slow but we had a good time. Would welcome it again on a next trip.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 8, 2020

Thanks for spending your holidays with us, Ann! We do hope that you come back to see us the next time you visit Louisville. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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PO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dinner with friends we an amazing experience. It was a Christmas present for our friends they loved it

Proof on Main
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks for the kind words Paula! We're so happy you decided to spend part of your holidays with us at Proof! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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J
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh rocks, he was very helpful, funny, and attentive. Food and drinks were fantastic, ambiance was fun. Will definitely be back the next time we visit Louisville!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 30, 2019

Thanks a ton for your kind review, Joshua! We hold our service staff up to high standards at Proof and we're very happy that your meal reflected this-- be sure to return to Proof on Main and see us again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Birthday food was mediocre at best

Proof on Main
Responded on January 8, 2020

We apologize that we missed the mark with your desert, but we hope that you come by to see us again and that we can provide the five-star service you deserve! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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BI
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the menu were excellent as always. It is one of my favorite restaurants In Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Bill! We're glad you are a repeat visitor at Proof on Main and hope that we see you again soon. Remember, there's always something new to try! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were happy to get a reservation at the last minute on Christmas eve. We were seated at 5:30p in a booth where one side was much wider than the other. My sister and husband switched sides so he could be more comfortable. When the meal costs more than $300 I kind of expect to be at a table, not a booth but as I said, it was Christmas eve. Food was great and server was professional. It was our first time dining here but I would go back. Loved that we could build our own charcuterie and pick our meats and cheeses. Just lovely. Restaurant got a little loud as more diners arrived but overall we were happy.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 26, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Regina! We're so happy you enjoyed spending your holiday at Proof on Main. We hope you come back and see us again. Apologies for the placing of your party, next time feel free to remind us that you'd like a table and we'll do our best to accommodate! We hope you have a happy New Year! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my reservation, I requested a romantic table for a special holiday date. Not only did they accommodate us, but the service was excellent the entire time we were there. Absolutely astounding ambiance and food. Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 26, 2019

We love to hear that, Joshua! We hope the date went well and that we'll see you again! Have a happy New Year. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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DF
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good meal with pretty good service. If I am being picky, for the price I paid for the pork chop I would have expected a leaner cut of meat. I had a huge section of fat and grizzle in the middle while another in my party had no fat on theirs at all. Flavor and pairings were delish

Proof on Main
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thanks for the feedback, we're sorry about the Chop but we're happy you were satisfied with your overall experience at Proof on Main! We hope you return to see us and have a happy holidays! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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MD
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

A once special spot disappoints. Hate to report this but our waitstaff experience detracted from an otherwise solid meal. Examples- missing the first drink order; disappearing for long stretches; removing the wine from the table; and generally appearing indifferent throughout the meal. Tough to review like this when the food was quite nice but the service experience was wanting

Proof on Main
Responded on December 17, 2019

We apologize for your experience with our service staff, and we're very thankful for your feedback, Michael. We always address guest feedback with our waitstaff, and we always have plenty of room to grow. Hopefully the next time you return to Proof your experience will be stellar. Thank you! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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MP
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Bison burger was sent back to get reheated to medium well, flavor very good
Scallops were very flavorful, but at $38, not a great value
Good truffle fries
Pork a little tough
Nice ambiance and service was very good

Proof on Main
Responded on December 17, 2019

We apologize you didn't get the five-star experience you deserve at Proof on Main. We clearly dropped the ball with your meal, and we hope that on a return trip we can execute cuisine that better represents our standards and price point. Thank you for the feedback, Michelle! We know that we always have room to grow. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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K
Argentina
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening! The food was delicious and our waitress, Kelly, was personable, and efficient. She got us served in plenty of time to get to the Ballet on time!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 19, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Kathleen! We will be sure to let Kelly know that you were satisfied with her service and that you had a wonderful night. Be sure to come by and see us at Proof! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There are better restaurants in the area. The atmosphere and decor are the only things this restaurant has going for itself

Proof on Main
Responded on December 17, 2019

We apologize that your experience at Proof wasn't a five-star one. We have high standards for ourselves at Proof and it's clear that we didn't meet those during your visit. We do hope that you come back and give us another try the next time you're in Downtown. Thank you for the feedback! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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LT
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Location excellent. Food delicious! Service was quite poor. A food runner seemed overwhelmed to be asked for a beer menu and responded quite abruptly ... but then apologized and brought it. The waitress had almost no personality and seemed quite unfamiliar with the menu (said things like the menu item “looks good” - perhaps new at the job.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 10, 2019

Leanne, We appreciate your feedback! We're happy you enjoyed the location and the food, and we apologize that service fell below our standards. We hope that you stop by to visit Proof again and that we can provide you the five-star service you're due! John Templeton, Restaurant Manager

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GL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing chicken and biscuit

Proof on Main
Responded on November 30, 2019

Thanks for the feedback Gabriel! Be sure to stop by for some of our other options during Dinner Service as well. Hopefully on a return visit we can give you the five star service you deserve. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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H
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was good and the food covers our expectations thank you!!!!!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thank you jjHempel! We love the feedback. Be sure to swing back by! We'll always have new things for you to try. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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DH
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience1

We enjoyed Thanksgiving lunch at Proof. Our waiter, John was very good. The food was excellent. We chose the turkey entree with sweet potatoes stuffing carrots and collard greens. My favorite part of the meal was the appetizer plate with biscuits country ham deviled eggs with Apple butter and pimento cheese. I ordered 2 of the prime rib entrees to go and was disappointed that one dessert was missing and the country ham was omitted from the appetizer tray box. Overall I highly recommend the restaurant and we have already made reservations for Christmas eve.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 30, 2019

DrHope, I'll be sure to commend John for giving you great service on Thanksgiving. We're so happy that you enjoyed your meal. Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for us, so we'll be happy to tell the staff they did a wonderful job serving our guests. Please be sure to come by sometime soon, we have so many more options for you to try on our regular menu, and feel free to bring the family on Christmas Eve, too! Thanks again, John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner and it exceeded expectations - food, service and the whole experience. We plan to make it a tradition! The service was not only attentive, but so kind and friendly. Lots of smiles - thank you!! The food - Everything was delicious - it all exceeded expectations. I appreciate that we could have a traditional Thanksgiving meal that was so well executed! It was as good (better if I’m being honest) than what we would have had at home.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks so much for your feedback! We're happy that you enjoyed your holiday with us at Proof. Thanksgiving is a labor of love for us at Proof, and a lot of care goes into our holiday feast! We hope that you come to see us soon and that when you do we can wow you with another five-star service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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EF
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I felt that the food was very overpriced for the quality. Our server was nice but was not trained very well in service. I would not return here.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 26, 2019

We're sorry that your experience at Proof on Main was disappointing, Mary. We do hope that you return, and the next time you can try something that will really wow you. Every guest deserves a five-star dining experience, and it is clear that we missed the mark with your meal. Thanks for your feedback, John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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MB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and unique dinner items. Would come again!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thanks so much Mary! The menu receives tweaks weakly and changes seasonally-- be sure to come back and try everything Proof has to offer! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OT
1 review