Proof on Main

4.7
3106 Reviews
$30 and under
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 3106 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BreanneH
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was outstanding! The food, drinks and service were wonderful!

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Responded 12 hours ago

BreanneH, We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch. I know we're biased but it's our favorite too! Hope to see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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KevinF
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was delicious, but every single plate of every single course came out at room temperature.

Server also mumbled a lot and walked away while still talking. Odd. Also, bussed table when our meal wasn’t complete. We just have up.

Loads of potential. Every dish tasted great and was highly imaginative. I’d try it again.

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Responded 12 hours ago

KevinF, Thank you so much for your review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your meal but offer our apologies that it wasn't nearly up to our standards. Thank you for your feedback regarding your service experience; we will most certainly share it with our team. We hope to see you again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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LisaV
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Delicious food. It’s the art that puts this restaurant over the top.

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Responded 12 hours ago

LisaV. Thank you so much for your kind words. We are certainly proud of the experience we offer and so happy it translates into a memorable meal for you. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

The decor of this restaurant is fabulous. Unfortunately, the food and service were not what we expected for the price. The bison burgers were mediocre and the portions were small. We had a hard time getting the attention of our waitress throughout the meal so we could not ask for sauces/dressings for our food. I was very disappointed with this restaurant. The potential is there but it missed the mark

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Responded 13 hours ago

Anonymous, We are so terribly disappointed to hear you were not wowed by your dining experience with us. However, we truly appreciate your feedback on areas we can improve. We hope you will give us another chance to really show you a true Proof on Main dining experience in the future. -The Proof on Main Team.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it! Carrot soup was amazing! Kale & citrus salad- so yummy.

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Responded 13 hours ago

Laura, Thank you so much for your 5 star review! The Kale Salad is a favorite of mine as well. Hope to see you again soon! -Liz

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vipJohnB
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was the first time that I had ever been to Proof on Main. My girlfriend had been a few years ago. I will first start by saying that the food was excellent. The rest of the experience was not so good. It was Valentines Day and there was a fixed menu so we were limited to two choices of entrees. There were not a lot of people there and it made for not so great ambiance to start with. When we were seated the young lady that seated us turned out to be our waitress and that is what ruined the experience for us. Her attitude was bad the whole night and she was very unhelpful and disinterested the whole dinner. She would casually walk by, not stopping, and say things and did not seem interested in our answer or to any needs that we may have had. It makes all the difference in the world how you are treated in what would be a $150 plus dinner for two. I have had way better servers at many different cheaper chain restaurants. When we go out to fine dine on the weekends, which is very often, the servers really do set the tone for the night many times. This particular night and server were way below par!!! I should have said something to the manager, my mistake, but I do not like to have conflict on what was a special night out for us! When we dine in Louisville there are a lot of other fine restaurants we have enjoyed with just as good or better food and a lot better service for sure!!! Maybe when the memory wears off of this disappointing dinner we will give Proof on Main another try but not any time soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western KY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s dinner was terrific! Proof did a wonderful job of creating a safe, socially distant set up and the service was wonderful. We felt safe and enjoyed fantastic steaks and dessert. The menu provided a good variety of options and each dish was incredibly well-composed. Our waitress suggested cocktails based off some probing questions and they were delicious. This was our first trip to Proof but we will be back!

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Latoshiao
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

If you’re into art this is a nice eclectic spot. The service was great and the brunch was okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fabulous service from Zach! We will certainly be back to see you!

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vipKing
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service was perfect!!!

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RaymondB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and very wonderful staff.
Very knowledgeable about the history of the place and artwork. Excellent knowledge of the cocktail and the hostess was wonderful. Will definitely return next visit.

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vipSamMac
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Really cool place but limited brunch menu and food was disappointing. Worth walking in and getting a drink for the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. What an incredible experience! The vibe was definitely eclectic, but very exciting and interesting. Service was also exceptional. Highly recommend.

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vipsusanm
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a treat to be in a restaurant with perfect social distancing, it almost felt normal. It was a great dinner.

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Jessica
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a good time here the staff is knowledgeable and accommodating and the food is delicious!

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vipMyron
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof is doing a tremendous job across the board...

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ScottC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof always has an interesting menu, many of the servers have worked there for a long time and the food is always good.

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Bekah
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went to Proof on Main this past weekend. I had been there before several years ago and loved it, but I wanted to take my boyfriend.

They were very compliant and even went above and beyond with COVID-19 safety standards. They took our temperature at the door, every other guest that was there was very spaced out from us. All of the staff wore masks and our server wore clean gloves the whole time.

I mostly wanted to write this review because of our server, Zack (I hope I'm spelling your name right). He was very knowledgeable about the menu and was very kind to us. He asked all of the right questions and our food came out absolutely perfect (which is also a credit to the chef). Zack made sure that we were taken care of without bothering us too much and even gave great suggestions when we asked.

I would definitely recommend Proof on Main to my friends. Great job!

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vipJustinG
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful bartender that made the extensive list of whiskey, bourbon, and rum less intimidating.

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NickB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The service was excellent, the food not so much. We ordered the steak and bison burger and were underwhelmed with both. For the price the steak was no better than ones I’ve cooked at home or gotten for much less at other restaurants. The cornbread was pedestrian with a good apple spread. The best part of the meal was the sweet potatoes.

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Responded on January 8, 2021

NickB, Thank you for your feedback, and sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the food. We have just finished completely changing most of menu for the season and hope you will come back and give us another try. Thank you for the compliment on the service. -The Proof on Main Team.

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mojo1993
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, menu is limited but the food is excellent, the ambiance is fabulous and different, a perk because is located inside a museum. You get to know a bit about the owner of the hotel, museum and restaurant as they displayed impressive family memorabilia. A must if you are in Louisville.

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Responded on January 8, 2021

Thank you Mojo1993. We are thrilled you got to take in all the art and hope you will come back again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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JoanM
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the grilled octopus and beets salad. My husband enjoyed the hand rolled cavatelli; he said it was delicious. I ordered pork chops; it was okay. Service was wonderful. We all felt safe with their covid-19 protocols and social distancing.

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Responded on January 8, 2021

Thank you so much Anonymous. We could not ask for a nicer review during these very strange times. We look forward to your next visit. -The Proof on Main Team

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Hunter
Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof on main had an amazing atmosphere. The artwork was awesome. The food was also fantastic! Would definitely recommend this place.

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Responded on January 8, 2021

Wow, thank you so much Hunter. Please come back and see us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipDiningOutKid
Louisville
42 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our New Years Eve dining and we weren't disappointed. Food was delicious and presented beautifully. They have an EXTENSIVE spirits list. If they don't have it, you don't need it. Did not have desert but their are some very tempting choices. Enjoyed the quiet atmosphere too.

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Responded on January 8, 2021

Thank you DiningOutKid. Sorry you didn't get to have desert, hopefully you can come back soon to try one of them. -The Proof on Main Team.

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TonyR
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Zach was truly amazing. He did everything he could to make out wonderful engagement dinner special.

The decor and overall experience was a plus. I felt like normal during a pandemic and you wouldn't have known what was going on since the inside was so great and put together. I can't wait to come back and try more food.

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Responded on December 31, 2020

TonyR, thank you so much for the amazing review. We can't wait till the next time you come in to see us. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Birthday Dinner

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Responded on December 31, 2020

Thank you for celebrating your birthday at Proof on Main. We look forward to seeing you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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DavidC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I ate in thee restaurant three years ago and had one of the best meals ever. I had exceptional service and it was a very positive experience.

This time, the place was "flat", service was less than memorable, and the food was just "middle-of-the-road". Overall, very disappointing given the price and attitude. The entire place could use a makeover.

I will not return to this restaurant.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 18, 2020

DavidC Terribly sorry to hear that your experience the other night didn't live up to one you had three years ago. We clearly missed the mark in both food and service and for that I apologize. We appreciate you taking the time to give us your thoughts as this is the best way for us to learn and improve. We sincerely hope you change your mind and give us another opportunity. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipWeekndWino82
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super fun, cool place. Cocktails were outstanding. Food was also very good but would benefit from a bit of restraint (I.e. every dish is dialed up to 11 seasoning/garnishes/flavor so it feels a bit overwhelming when taken all together. Beets were delicious as were the sweet potatoes!!

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Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you for the review EricaW. We really appreciate you taking the time and giving us your feedback, this is the best way for us to continue to improve. We look forward to having you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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Lovetoeat
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!!! Wonderful atmosphere! Highly recommended

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Responded on November 16, 2020

We couldn't ask for a nicer review, thank you Lovetoeat. -The Proof on Main Team

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PatM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly unique dinning experience! “A Mango ate My Baby” cocktail was a smooth flavor explosion even if you you are not fond of the ingredients. The Vegetable Plate was made with local fresh vegetables that were enhanced with simple sauces and seeds for a nice crunch. A trip to the restroom is a must see for the very modern art!

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Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you for the well thought out and kind review PatM. We look forward to serving you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipALove4OpenTable
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch, driving through the city after visiting your sister property in Cincinnati. The bartender who also waited on us was excellent, he was very knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Top one employee for 21 C empire.

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Responded on November 16, 2020

Wow, thank you so much ALove4OpenTable. I can't wait to share your thoughts with not only the bartender, but the entire team. We also really appreciate you being such a loyal fan of all 21c's. -The Proof on Main Team

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GPWeric
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were only in town for one night and wanted to have a good meal. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience. If you’re dining for breakfast, do not pass up the biscuit side, probably the best biscuit I have ever eaten.

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Responded on November 10, 2020

Thank you so much GPWeric. Lots of people have been talking about our biscuit recently and we really appreciate it, you have great taste. Please come back and see us the next time you are in town. -The Proof on Main Team

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JustinR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff, food, restaurant. I will continue to eat here.

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Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you JustinR, we look forward to you continuing to eat here and for us to get to serve you. -The Proof on Main Team

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OliviaR
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Proof for my birthday this year and had a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic and we had great service as well.

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Responded on December 15, 2020

Thank you so much OliviaR. We have just opened back up and hope to see you again soon. The Proof on Main Team

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BrittainyS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof on Main was a delicious experience. The service was stellar, and the food was beyond good! The bartender even made up a mocktail for me, since I don’t drink alcohol but wanted to enjoy the entire “brunch” experience. It is pricey but worth it in my opinion. Will definitely visit again.

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Responded on October 29, 2020

Thanks You BrittaninyS. Thrilled to read you enjoyed your Mocktail and got to have the entire experience. We look forward to serving you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipjeffreyb
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

The food was fine if nothing special but the service was terrible. The employees were rude and disinterested which is probably why the place was deserted on a Saturday when every other place we went to was lively.

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Responded on October 29, 2020

Jeffreyb, I'm sorry your experience in Proof was not as expected. There is no excuse for rude behavior on our parts. We are taking every precaution we can in regards to teammate and guest safety including our temperature checks and mask policy. We look forward to time we can safely be lively again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipLyndsay
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020