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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Come ring in the New year with Proof on Main! We will be offering a coursed menu at a set price per person (ranging from $68 to $78 per person, price dependent on entree selected).

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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GL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing chicken and biscuit

Proof on Main
Responded 5 days ago

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 2 days ago

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
3 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 5 days ago

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 2 days ago

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
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Red fish awesome. Pork belly appetizer the best.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 23, 2019

We're glad you enjoyed your experience at Proof-- we hope that you come back to see us soon, we have lots more to try! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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DB
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was easily the best part! All the food was flavorful with some unique twists (e.g., the pork skins in the shrimp and grits).

Proof on Main
Responded on November 21, 2019

We're so happy that you enjoyed your meal at Proof on Main! We stand behind the great wait staff that we are so lucky to have and hope that on your next visit we can provide you the same five-star experience you had the first time. Be sure to come by again and try something new! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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ST
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food for breakfast. Also loved the atmosphere!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thanks for the feedback STLgirl! We hope you stop by to see us again sometime soon. Our dinner menu has a variety of great dishes as well-- come back and try something new! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Food not that great.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 21, 2019

Thank you for your feedback-- we always want to share guest experiences with our chef team to ensure that the quality of our dishes will take your dinner to the next level. We hope that you come by and try Proof on Main again and that the next dish we serve to you knocks it out of the park. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittany (blue hair, 90% sure I got the name right) was honestly one of the best servers I’ve ever had. Absolutely made our meal, which was also great!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback. Our servers at Proof are consummate professionals, and we are proud to stand behind them. I will be sure to relay your satisfaction to Brittany, as well. Please stop by and see us again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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PA
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice kitsch restaurant. Reminds me of my time spent living in Portland.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thanks for your review, Peter! Proof tries to maintain a pleasing atmosphere and aesthetic by carefully selecting our art and decor-- and we try to compliment that with exciting dishes and cocktails as well. Please be sure to come by and see us again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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KR
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Good food. Fun interior. Service was pretty perfunctory by a young male server with an attitude. I could see it was him however as the other servers all seemed to be much more hospitable.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 21, 2019

Our apologies for your service experience at Proof. We clearly missed the mark on your first visit, but we hope that you stop by again sometime soon and we can deliver a five-star dinner. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof on main was as good as all the reviews said. I had chicken that was delicious!!!! I usually don't order chicken out at restaurants but this was definitely worth ordering! Would recommend to a friend!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you very much, Laura! We are so very happy to see that you enjoyed your meal and hope you'll be back again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! 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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KM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I can't say I was totally impressed with Proof on Main. I was disappointed in the wait time when I got to the door despite having booked a table. No-one seemed to notice I was there for a good few minutes, in fact servers walked right passed me without even saying hello. Service was ok and our server got our order correct although I had to ask for syrup for my pancakes which were getting cold by the time it arrived. So not anything major to knock the restaurant, just a few picky things that were a little disappointing. The gallery is a lovely addition.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback KarenM. We clearly did not live up to your expectations or our own. Hearing from our guests is the best way for us to continue to improve so thank you bringing your concerns up so that we may work on getting better. Charlie Cronin Food and Beverage Director

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LR
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative food that was well prepared. We loved everything but in particular their carrots were sensational. In addition the physical space is a beautiful palette of of red and orange shades, very striking. Throw in great service and the night was perfect.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you very much, Lynne! We are so very delighted to see that you loved everything. We can't wait to share your compliments to the chef about the carrots. We are so happy to see you had a great experience and we will look forward to your next perfect visit with us! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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DC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you kindly, Diane! 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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OT
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Waiter was not very attentive. Very cool restaurant. Food was really good but not hot

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was less than expected not very friendly

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for sharing your feedback, Anonymous! We are so very sorry to see that service missed the mark. We always strive to provide our guests with warm and hospitable service and are truly sorry we didn't deliver. We sincerely hope you will give us another try and visit us again! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Our server was very unpleasant. We arrived a few minutes before 2 o’clock before the kitchen closed and were made to rush our orders and told the kitchen was closed if we wanted dessert. She took away my silverware before I was done we were rushed through and she was very unpleasant and never smiled and had no sense of humor. I had brought people from out of town and I was very disappointed!

G
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing. If I could give 10 stars I would. The ambiance nothing like I've ever experienced. The service was fantastic. The drink selection is perfect. The food was spectacular. I would love to go back tomorrow!!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for this 10-star review, Greatplaces! We are thrilled that everything was spectacular and we will absolutely look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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AW
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came here to celebrate our 8th Anniversary and had a wonderful experience. The food was great, the service was excellent and the cocktails didn’t disappoint! We will be back.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Happy 8th Anniversary, Amelia! We are so very pleased to see that you chose to celebrate the occasion with us. We sincerely hope you'll be back soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was very slow coming out

Proof on Main
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Anonymous! We sincerely appreciate your feedback and are sorry that speed of service was an opportunity. 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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L
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great art, and great service. The brunch potatoes are a must have. Be sure to check out David outside and the word wall by the elevator.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 28, 2019

We sincerely appreciate your patronage, Luv2winendine and love reading your comments about your meal, the art and the service you experienced. We are so happy to see that you especially loved the brunch potatoes and that you had a great experience. We (along with our famous David) will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience starting with drinks, to our wonderful meal and including our great server! Will definitely go back next time in Louisville!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to rate and review your experience with us, tiny! We are so happy to see that you will come visit us again the next time you are in Louisville. We will absolutely look forward to your return! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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B
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Disappointing meal. Chicken was dry tasteless and overpriced. My friend had a spaghetti with tomatoes for $26. This place is all about the drinks but there are ALOT better places to eat in Louisville

Proof on Main
Responded on October 23, 2019

We are sorry to have disappointed you. We will be sharing your feedback regarding the chicken and hope that your friend enjoyed our house made spaghetti. While we do have a quite extensive selection at our bar, we do also take pride in our locally sourced kitchen and chef-driven menu which does change frequently. We sincerely hope you will give us another try and hope you'll come back. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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SB
Charleston
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A trendy restaurant located in downtown Louisville. Our server was incredible and was very knowledgeable about the wine a champagne options as well as food offerings.

I loved my shrimp with house made sausage. My friend really enjoyed the pork chop .

Proof on Main
Responded on October 25, 2019

We are so very happy to see that your server was incredible and that you and your friend enjoyed your meal. We sincerely hope you'll be back again soon and will look forward to your return. -Team Proof on Main

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D
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food, and ambience were AMAZING! Service was good - our server was very personable, professional and friendly. There were a couple of things upon meeting our guest, and it took awhile to get a cup of coffee, but neither of these would cause me to not return or not recommend. We had a great business luncheon with enjoyable food. Thanks!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for dining with us for this business luncheon! We are so pleased to see that your food was amazing and appreciate all of your feedback regarding your experience. We hope to see you soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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WS
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to dine when I am in Louisville, KY. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and just all around yummy.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 22, 2019

We are so very delighted to be your favorite place to dine in Louisville, WSGRunner! Thank you for the shout out and we will absolutely look forward to your next visit to Louisville. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you had a great overall experience and do apologize that service could have been more efficient during your visit. We will look forward to your next visit with us and hope you'll give us another try so we can wow you with our hospitality. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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TL
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

What a stellar review, Todd! We are delighted that you enjoyed the ambiance, your meal and our hospitality. We will absolutely look forward to your return and hope to see you soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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H
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Heather! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and that your server gave you great suggestions. You absolutely can't go wrong with the s'mores cake and we hope you'll be back for more as we will be looking forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you kindly, Minko! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and enjoyed brunch with us. Thank you for the shout out to your bartender and our chefs. We will look forward to your next visit with us, Minko! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you kindly, Anonymous! We are so happy to see you had a great experience and that your server was so helpful. We hope you will drop by on your next visit to Louisville and we will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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LM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you kindly, LindsayM! We are so happy to see you gave us a try while on vacation and loved your experience. We will look forward to your next visit with us. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Proof on Main
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you kindly, William! We appreciate the shout out to Sean and hope you'll be back again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. We can only get better when guests share their experience with us. We sincerely hope you will give us another try as I know we can impress you with our hospitality and service. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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e
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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 on October 10, 2019

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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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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