Proof on Main

4.6
3144 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 3144 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Proof! The octopus is the best we have had anywhere. The pork chop was delicious. Our waiter couldn’t have been more helpful without being intrusive. We will definitely be back again.

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Margot
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing- you truly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. The service was friendly and attentive. The cocktails were fantastic. For gin & tonic fans, MUST try the house made tonic water!

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Responded a day ago

Margot, Thank you so much, we're thrilled you enjoyed everything! Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipFoodlove
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and tasty brunch menu. Love the potatoes and breakfast sandwich especially.

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Responded a day ago

Foodlove, Thank you so much for your review. That breakfast sandwich and hashbrown are our favorites too! Can't wait for you to join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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WillM
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was impeccable. We really enjoyed it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I am being generous with my review because I think the place has potential and the food might be good if it was freshly made- My cocktail, the tamarind, was watery and nondescript. Had neither enough tequila/mezcal nor spice/tamarind. I had a vegetable platter (after reading all the rave reviews) but it was cold when it arrived at my table (hardened greasy cheese & oil- gross) I mentioned to our waitress who took the dish back only to bring back another cold platter.

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vipTSReston
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for brunch. Good menu but not extensive. Lots of bourbon. Art on the wall that makes it a unique experience. Service was great and friendly. Food was wonderful and the cinnamon bun was worth the calories. I have been several times and each time has been good. Sometimes just sitting at the bar for a drink and a snack or having a good meal. Recommended!

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vipMsBetty9
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Honestly, I don't think it is a restaurant problem I think it's a Louisville problem. Service at restaurants is terrible. The service was slow, the servicer was attempting to be funny and it wasn't taken as funny. The food was very good, but not outstanding.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Fine food, fine atmosphere, great cocktails, HORRENDOUS service.

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Responded 2 days ago

Andrea, Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal but so disappointed that you did not have an enjoyable service experience. Truly, than you for your feedback. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. But I’ve never had such a bad experience from a service stand point. Our waitress was short, dismissive, and non attentive. Felt like there was a prevailing attitude from staff in the restaurant of entitlement and distaste for customers.

I will not be returning anytime soon.

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Responded 2 days ago

Anonymous, We are so disappointed to hear your service experience was not nearly up to our standards. Thank you so very much for your feedback. We will certainly share it with our team to improve our standards. We hope you join us again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience! From the careful Covid protocol to the exemplary service and truly amazing cuisine, one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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Responded 2 days ago

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. Hope you join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipCookie
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine, coffee and art.

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DanielleF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe and decor. Drinks are amazing and the menu outstanding. Everything was delish!

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Responded 2 days ago

DanielleF, Thank you so much! We look forward to you joining us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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DejiL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious and priced well for the experience.

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Responded 2 days ago

DejiL, Thank you so much for your review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipheatherb
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

small selection but food was delicious and our server was great!

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Responded on April 15, 2021

heatherb, So glad you enjoyed yourself! We hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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LB067
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an amazing experience!! Our server was so nice and knowledgeable. The ambiance, including the music, was amazing. And the food fantastic! This restaurant is a must visit!

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Responded 2 days ago

LB067, We're thrilled to hear you had a great time. Thank you for your feedback and we will certainly share it with our team. -The Proof on Main Team

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Amanda7144
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are excellent and interesting (for adults). We brought our 2 kids and the kids menu is limited, but ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This is definitely not kid friendly although they have a kids menu. We felt like our server was annoyed we were even there. Food was okay. It’s in a hotel. Would not return.

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Responded a day ago

Anonymous, We are so disappointed to hear your experience did not wow you. Thank you for your feedback, we will surely share this with our team as a learning opportunity. -The Proof on Main Team

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JamieW
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate a friends birthday! Food was AMAZING. Drinks were ok. Vibe was SO COOL! We loved it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open on Mondays - Louisville doesn’t have many options on Monday nights

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Responded on March 31, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars, we hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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jamesn
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was great. Social distancing and screening in place so we felt safe and were extremely satisfied!

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Responded on March 31, 2021

jamesn, Thank you for your kind words. So happy that you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to you visiting us soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Diner12345
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Server was rude, uninterested, and hard to hear. We were there for a birthday celebration, but this was totally ignored. Food was decent.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

Diner12345, We are so terribly sorry that your experience wasn't nearly up to our standards but thank you so for your feedback so that we can share it with our team. We hope you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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ParisR
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience and it was my partner’s first time and he agrees that Proof is excellent. Our server and our food were wonderful,there isn’t one reason for not coming to this amazing restaurant.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

ParisR, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves so much! We hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipAngelaD
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

*Edit 4/15/21 (I saw a reply and realized I must have submitted this without finishing - sorry!!)

This *had been our first trip to Louisville, and part of a birthday/date weekend, which was lovely since we haven't made it out of our house, let alone out of town a whole lot over the past year!

The food, service and ambience at Proof were beyond reproach and I can't say thank you enough for all of it. Our server (I want to say Brandon, for some reason, but it has been three weeks and I know that isn't correct) was kind, attentive, knowledgeable and happy to give an honest review when I was torn between several options - he did not steer me wrong! I had the mushroom risotto and my husband enjoyed the the salmon special that was offered that particular Friday evening - both were mouthwateringly delicious.

If by chance we ever find ourselves in Louisville again, we will absolutely return. If you're looking for a great dinner - just book it now.

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Responded on March 31, 2021

AngelaD, Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted to hear you made us a part of your celebration on your first trip to our fair city. We hope you join us again next time you're in town. -The Proof on Main Team

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CarrieW
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Proof on Main felt like it was trying to be a boutique experience, but I found the Native American decor theme a little ham-handed. We read good things about Proof, so were expecting a really high caliber experience, but the food was overly salted and overpriced in our opinion. Service was friendly, but a little lackluster. I’d recommend trying somewhere else for a night out in Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on March 31, 2021

CarrieW, We are so sorry your experience didn't "wow" you but truly thank you for the feedback. We have shared this with our team in order to improve our guests experiences. We hope you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very cool vibe, great service. I think the menu may have been reduced due to COVID but would definitely go again!

Proof on Main
Responded on March 27, 2021

Anonymous, Happy to hear you enjoyed yourself! With Spring upon us, keep on the look out for some exciting menu changes. Hope to see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique location and decor, and fantastic foot!

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Responded on March 27, 2021

Thank you so much! Glad to hear you had fun! -The Proof on Main Team

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Shandy
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for my grandmother's funeral and Proof on Main was absolutely wonderful to us. They even gave us a little champagne toast at the end which we really appreciated. The bartender and host/bar area assistant were so sweet and fun! That carrot soup! Amazing!

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Responded on March 27, 2021

Shandy, So happy to hear we were able to lift your spirits. We have shared your fantastic feedback with out team. Hope to see you next time! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been in Louisville for 10 days visiting/working at our daughter and son in laws place. Come Sunday we were ready to visit downtown and have breakfast. Oh my ... daughter mentioned Proof on Main..we had no idea what to expect...the food was masterful. Hash w brisket burnt ends...and the best cinnamon bun we've ever had...and we know buns.
We ended the meal w a shot of Pappy Van Winkle...omg...go ..the setting is eclectic posh...set in a museum/ hotel. These 2 California kids will be back next year..

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Responded on March 31, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure having you join us and look forward to seeing you on your next visit! -The Proof on Main Team

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Nicole
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for cocktails in Louisville! When in town, we love to stop in for drinks and dinner.

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Responded on March 27, 2021

Nicole, Thank you for your kind words. So happy to hear you enjoyed the fruits of our bartenders' labor. We look forward to seeing you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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ErichH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff attentiveness and service was exceptional. We genuinely felt like they were excited to welcome and host us. If we lived in Louisville, we would be regulars. The atmosphere and art were so fun, staff added personal touches and conversation like we were old friends, and the food was phenomenal. We had the risotto and the porkchop and shared with each other, and knowing we wanted to do that, they even plated it for us that way without us requesting!

It's hard to find places like Proof and we told everyone we know hitting the bourbon trail, they need to make sure to have dinner there!

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Responded on March 18, 2021

EricH, Thank you for your kind words! We will certainly share your experience with our team. Next time you're in Louisville we look forward to you joining us again! -The Proof on Main Team

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JennyN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in downtown Louisville.
Be sure to try their biscuits. Best I have ever had!

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Responded on March 18, 2021

JennyN, Thank you! It's definitely a test of strength not eat those biscuits for every meal. Hope we see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipmsfoodie
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Vegetable sides are generous and worth sharing!

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Responded on March 18, 2021

msfoodie, Thank you so much! Love hearing you enjoy our veggies as much as we do. Hope you join us again soon....with Spring coming up, our farmers will be bringing us fun new items for the menu. -The Proof on Main Team

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Vitriol
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone a couple of times. The ambience is great. Quirky and fun. I do not understand the staff wearing flannel shirts. To me it is dressier than that. The staff was less dressed than the cliental. The food was great, our waitress was great. One of my favourite downtown restaurants.

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Responded on March 18, 2021

Vitriol, We are so happy to hear you have enjoyed all of your dining experiences with us. We have fun taking care of our guests and are glad to hear that shows. Hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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MarcC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and service. The main course presentations were well done and great wine selection.

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Responded on March 18, 2021

MarcC, Thank you for your kind words, we hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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zynka
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

based on other's recommendations we had higher expectations. the food was good, but not notable. our waitress seemed to be annoyed she was waiting on tables that night and phoned it in. can't see going back.

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Responded on March 18, 2021

zynka, Thank you for your feedback. We hate hearing your dining experience was not nearly perfect. If you have more details regarding your server, we would love to have them to share with our team. Whether positive or negative, feedback is the best way to learn and grow. We hope you give us another visit in the future so we can really "wow" you. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipJohnH
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall was a good experience. Food did not impress me. Sides were served cold.

Good for the bourbons and maybe nosh.

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Responded on March 18, 2021

JohnH, Thank you for your feedback. We're so disappointed you didn't love the food but happy to hear you enjoyed our Bourbon selection. We hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipJeremyJ
Philadelphia
122 reviews