Proof on Main

4.6
3160 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3160 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was extremely pleased with everything I had the pleasure of trying. The food is expensive, of course, but the experience was priceless. If a loved one is in from out of town, and you’re looking to leave them with a memory of Louisville they won’t forget, Proof is a safe bet.

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vipCowboy
Louisville
88 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I have been here many times before and not sure if this was a off food night but it was not the usual "great meal". The service was excellent as always! I will go back and try again due to the many great meals I have had here but this one was very disappointing!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Small portions. Taste was bland and way to expensive for what you got

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DougP
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was good but not great. Service was good. Ambiance is fun. But probably try other restaurants in town before going back.

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vipLCampbell
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night I went to proof for the second time and realized that it’s my favorite restaurant in Louisville. I come here often from L.A for work and will be looking forward to coming back for all of my special and celebratory occasions. The service is impeccable, the food delicious and the right amount of incentive, and the setting is divine. So much art throughout! Come here for a high end experience all around.

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vipDebbie
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Proof before the plays and orchestra downtown

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Would definitely recommend!

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vipJill
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosemary is always an amazing server and the pre fix dinner for nye was great!

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Kellie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We did the NYE prefix meal. All in all the cocktails as well as the 1st and 2nd courses (cauliflower soup and pasta dish) were delicious. However, we were disappointed in our entrees. I got the pork shank that didn't end up having a lot of meat and was a lot of bone. My partner got the strip steak and ordered it to be medium-rare. Yet, about halfway through he noticed it was very rare, would even say borderline raw as he got closer to the bone.

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Responded on January 11, 2022

Kellie, Thank you for joining us in bringing in the new year! We truly apologize about the entrees. We hope that you return to us in the future so we can earn the extra two stars!

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Elizabeth
Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This New Year’s Eve meal was absolutely extraordinary. Every single bite was delicious. We both had different dishes on each course and we were both perfectly pleased with our selections. This was one of the best meals of my life, and that says a lot! Perfectly balanced flavors. All thumbs up.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the round window booth for intimate group conversations. Thank you for training your employees well, in turn offering an outstanding service experience to accompany your top cuisine.

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RyanF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, celebrated my fiancée's birthday here and we enjoyed it. Classy food, loved the decorations, and great servers. I would eat here again, although I would order something different since I didn't love my chicken meal. Still a great place, and I love the small attached art museum.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 3, 2022

RyanF, Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and for taking time to leave your review! We are so glad that we were able to provide a lovely experience, especially for a birthday celebration! Although disappointed to see that you did not enjoy the chicken entree we have changed quite a few things around on the menu and hope when you return you will find something a bit more pleasing to your palette!

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DeniseF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We traveled as a small group to Louisville for our anniversary. Our waiter was attentive, helpful and friendly. Food was very good.

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Responded on January 3, 2022

DeniseF, Thank you so much for your 4 Star rating! We are so glad you enjoyed your service and the culinary selections you chose! We will hope to see you back at Proof on Main again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Family trip, very interesting menu. We enjoyed the drinks, atmosphere, staff and the food we chose.

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Responded on January 3, 2022

Anonymous, Thank you for your 4 Star rating! We appreciate your taking the time to leave a review as well. We are very happy to see that you enjoyed your selections and the service provided during your family trip! We hope you will join us again next time you are in town!

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vipjclevehts
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Horribly overrated and overpriced. Apps were relatively creative. Gnocchi had 7- literally 7- pieces. That’s almost $4 per piece.

The decor is garish and lighting is awful. It looks like a diner on the edge of Yellowstone

Desserts were plain. There was just nothing remarkable about this restaurant. Had I spent $100, I’d say “3 stars”. For $400??? Just stay away. They clearly have a reputation they have not earned

Proof on Main
Responded on January 3, 2022

jclevehts, We are terribly sorry to see that Proof on Main was not a good fit for you! Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts on your visit. We do consider all comments from our guests and will certainly take yours under review.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have eaten here numerous times and it continues to be average. The museum and ambiance are very cool. The cocktails are excellent. For the price, the food is disappointingly mediocre.

Proof on Main
Responded on January 3, 2022

MichaelC, We are glad to see that you enjoy the museum and our ambiance. We are very happy you enjoy our beverage program and selections as well! It does sadden us to see that you find our culinary selections to be mediocre. Our menu has recently changed so maybe you will find something to treat your palette from there!

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PAHIII
Little Rock
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve

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Responded on January 3, 2022

PAHIII, Thank you for the 4 Star rating and for spending your Christmas Eve with us! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope to see at Proof on Main again soon!

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vipApril6
Indiana
66 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus is sensational.

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PilarE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I’ve been to the 21C Museum-Hotel before to see the art and have loved it each time. This was my first time eating in Proof and the experience was excellent! I loved the environment and it’s a cool place to grab a drink. My only suggestion would be to add a little more options to the menu.

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Responded on January 3, 2022

PilarE, Thank you so very much for the 5 Star rating and for leaving such a lovely review! We are so glad you enjoy the artwork as our museum team works very hard to keep it current and exciting! We are also very glad that you finally were able to join us at Proof for dinner! You will be very happy to know we have expanded our menu and have some excellent new selections. We hope to see you at Proof again soon!

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Holly
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

First visit back to Proof since prior to the pandemic and things have changed and not for the better. The menu is quite limited these days, which is unsurprising given the current state of the pandemic, but still - this is a very pricey place and the overall quality was not up to par.

The service was excellent as was the ambience. Our starters (charred octopus and the charcuterie board) were well done, the entrees were what I would call just a step above a disaster. My daughter ordered the trout, I had the chicken and my husband had the short rib. The trout was good, but I can't even get my head wrapped around what the "block" of chicken was supposed to be. It was not just underdone, but nearly completely raw. It was some sort of amalgamation of fat, gristle, skin and a tiny bit of meat mixed in. It took me a bit to even grasp that the bottom of it was nearly completely raw b/c it was so tough. I nearly gagged when I saw the state of it. The short rib was not as bad, but just about tough like shoe leather even cooked to the chef's recommendation. I sent my chicken back and they did take it off the bill, but the apology was weak to say the least - no visit from the chef, just a "I'm sorry, it's on us."

FYI - I talked this place up to my husband who'd never been and what a disappointment. Proof used to be a go to for drinks/dinner in the downtown area, but for nearly $200 (without tip and the chicken off the bill), there are far superior places in the city.

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Hunter
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little pricey, and my main course was a little small, but everything was delicious.

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Responded on December 21, 2021

Hunter, Thank you for the 4 Star rating! We are sorry to hear the portions were not up to expectation but are very glad that you enjoyed the quality of the dishes you ordered! We will hope you return to Proof on Main again very soon!

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SAVV
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food: 4/5 Stars - The Bibb salad was excellent. For the entrée, I ordered the grilled pork chop upon the recommendation of my server and it was quite good, although not stellar. It could have been excellent IF the pork had not been on the verge of being overcooked and the purée that accompanied it, while tasty, had been hot. As it was, it was barely above room temperature. I chose not to send it back to the kitchen because it was still decently prepared but would likely not order it again. Since I was celebrating a birthday, my server presented me with an amazing mousse dessert that whimsically included a make-a-wish-candle. The blending of textures and flavors was divine.
Service: 5/5 - Dorcari (sp?) was fantastic: Attentive without being intrusive and very responsive. Also, I sincerely appreciate the staff ensuring that I had adequate space at my table for my service dog, allowing him to spread out a bit and be out of the traffic zones for servers and guests.
PS - I am quite tech savvy, but I really really really hate using devices to order food at a high-end restaurant. Perusing a printed menu and having the opportunity to discuss the options with the server is part of the ambiance of fine dining and it is a disappointment to see diners encouraged to look at screens rather than make eye contact and engage in a conversation. It erodes the overall experience for me. Some trends aren't worth it, and this is one of them.

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Responded on December 21, 2021

SAVY, Thank you for your 5 Star rating! We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit and found our staff to be warm yet professional. Dorcari is certainly an asset to our team! You will also be happy to know we brought our beverage books back today for that more engaged feeling with the guests. We are sorry that your porkchop wasn't on par but are very glad you got to enjoy your birthday dessert! We are doing a large menu change and hope you will come back to try some of our new dishes soon!

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TMC1
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our server - Lennon.
He was amazing, made great recommendations and was very attentive. Thanks!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 21, 2021

TMC1, We are grateful for the 5 Star rating and for taking the time to leave a review! We are very glad that you had such a wonderful time with us during your visit and experienced the level of service Lennon provides! We hope you will return to Proof on Main again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Worst braised short rib ever had at a restaurant at any level! After the waitress said the chef recommended medium-rare it came out medium and my wife literally cut off or spit out a pile of gristle almost as big as 1/3 of the steak itself.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 16, 2021

Anonymous, We are sorry to see that your culinary experience with us was not an enjoyable one. All guest comments and experiences are heard and used as ways our front and back of house staff can grow. We are certainly glad to see that your visit came with good service and accompanying ambience. We do hope you will return to Proof and give the culinary talents of our kitchen another shot.

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DominickM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had never been before, should have gone sooner! Food was fantastic, our server, Joe, was very attentive and friendly, and we would recommend this place to anyone.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 16, 2021

DominickM, Thank you for taking the time to rate and review us! We are very grateful for the 5 Stars and for these kind sentiments about your visit with Proof on Main. We want each guest to have the best experience possible whether it is food, beverage or service and are so happy to have hit the marks while you dined with us! We will hope you return soon!

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ChristinaH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town. Excellent food and service. Interesting decor. Lovely place to dine.

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Responded on December 16, 2021

ChristinaH, Thank you so much for your 5 Star rating and for taking the time to leave such a nice review! We are so glad you joined us while visiting Louisville and that we were able to provide you with good food and service! We will hope to see you back at Proof on Main again when in town!

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StevenN
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or if you have the funds to treat your palate!

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Responded on December 9, 2021

StevenN, We are so appreciative of the 5 Star rating and for this wonderful review! Thank you for taking the time to do so as we are so very glad that we were able to make your night an outstanding one! We will hope to see you again soon at Proof on Main whether in celebration or for a treat to the palate!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Be sure to check out the art gallery!

Proof on Main
Responded on January 3, 2022

Anonymous, Thank you so much for your 5 Star rating! We are so glad you enjoyed your food and service experience! The museum is a lovely space to enjoy and we are so glad you did so! We hope to see you back at Proof and 21c very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, and our server was very knowledgeable and nice! Highly recommend!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 9, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so kindly for the 5 Star rating and taking the time to leave this lovely review! We are glad that you found your food selectins to be fantastic and your server to be personable and so knowledgeable. A 5 Star experience is what we strive for with our guests and are so pleased when we are able to hit those marks. We will hope to see you at Proof on Main again very soon!

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DebbieM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gift card as a wedding present

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Responded on December 9, 2021

DebbieM, Thank you so very much for the 5 Star rating! We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Proof on Main and congratulations on your wedding! We hope to see you back sometime soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the brunch delicious. Best frittata and Bloody Mary I've had in Louisville!

Proof on Main
Responded on December 9, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for the 5 Star rating and for taking the time to leave a review! We are so pleased that your experience with us was filled with delicious food and excellent service! Our team puts a lot of heart into what they do and we are so happy when it relays to the guests! Come back and see us at Proof again soon!

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ZH74
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Great atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed.

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Responded on December 5, 2021

ZH74, We are greatly appreciative of the 5 Star rating and the lovely review! We are so very glad you enjoyed your time with us and the experience provided. We will look forward to your return visit soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dorcari was our waitress and gave us phenomenal service. The drinks and food were delicious! 10/10 would recommend and go again.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 4, 2021

Anonymous, We greatly appreciate the 5 Star rating and the wonderful review! We are very pleased to see that we hit the marks with your visit and provided the experience we truly hope guests receive when here. Dorcari is a fantastic part of the team and we appreciate your passing this along! We do hope to see you at Proof on Main again very soon!

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Rabidman
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast, kind, great, place to go on a date with your significant other. Only downfall but I will still give them 5 stars is if you don't drink alcohol your drink menu is very limited to water, lemonade, or their strawberry shrub without the wine but the wife and I will definitely be back.

Proof on Main
Responded on December 4, 2021

Rabidman, We are so grateful for the 5 Stars and the time you have taken to review! We are glad that you had such a wonderful visit with us but am sorry that you did not have as many non-alcoholic beverage selections presented. Our bartenders are quite talented folks and are able to provide some unique non-alcoholic choices as well and happily! We certainly look forward to your return visit!

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vipTru56qw
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food was amazing!

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Responded on December 4, 2021

Tru56qw, Thank you very much for the 5 Star rating and for the lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience at Proof and hope to see you again soon!

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BrianH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+ no hesitation. Perfect quality and service. Great Bourbon selection.

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Responded on December 4, 2021

BrianH, We are grateful for your review and your rating! We are so pleased that we were able to hit the mark with your visit and give you the experience each of our guests deserve. We look forward to your next visit to Proof and providing more delicious bourbon selections!

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SandraH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at some of the finest restaurants in the world, including Michelin…. This was one of the best meals I’ve EVER had. Going back again tonight

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Responded on December 4, 2021

SandraH, Thank you so very much for the 5 Stars and the most gracious review! We are so pleased that you experienced Proof on Main as it is meant to be. The culinary team works very hard to provide guests with a unique and tasty meal. We will look forward to your next visit to Proof!

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RobP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic kitchen and bar. Delightful service. Bar missed on a drink order and took the mgr too long to find a bottle of wine, so they lost that sale. Expediter brought out the wrong entree. Minor inconveniences in the grand scheme, but something that shouldn’t happen at a restaurant aiming to be notable. Throughout, our server was attentive and personable.

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Responded on December 4, 2021

RobP, Thank you for the 5 Star rating and the time you've taken to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that your lounge/wine experience wasn't on point and that the wrong entrée was brought out to you. We are unsure what happened with this and are sad to hear that management was not alerted to this situation. We do hope you will join us again and find that was a rare and unfortunate experience.

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LilyannaC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and so was the service. I will definitely be going again.

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Responded on December 4, 2021

LilyannaC, Thank you so very much for the 5 Star rating and taking the time to leave a review! We are happy to see that you enjoyed your visit to Proof and will look forward to your return visit!

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Proof on Main is rated 4.6 stars by 3160 OpenTable diners.

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