Proof on Main

4.6
3175 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 3175 people are saying
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MLCondo
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, bar. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Proof on Main
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi MLCondo! I hope this finds you very well! We are so pleased you found your visit with Proof on Main to be 5 Stars! We are always looking for ways to make the guest experience a better one, would you be willing to share some thoughts with us on value? Thank you for your visit and for you review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very good service , over cooked pasta twice , oily small portion of octopus . Not a good value for your money .

Proof on Main
Responded 3 hours ago

We are very glad that you were happy with service... but we are definitely disappointed, and apologetic, to hear we did not give you the culinary visit all guests deserve. Your feedback helps to keep us on top of things and helps show us where we can make improvements along the way. We hear your thoughts and are grateful you have shared them with us. We do hope you will give Proof on Main another chance. Again thank you for your review and I hope your week is going well!

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NancyR
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, service excellent and ambience perfect.

Proof on Main
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi NancyR! I am so happy to receive this wonderful 5 Star rating and fantastic review! We aim to make every guest's visit hit the mark and we are grateful that you felt that! We look forward to your return and to provide another fulfilling experience! Hoping this finds you well!

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JimE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the bourbon selection was even better. My wife wasn't feeling well (morning sickness). The waitress brought over a ginger drink for her and checked in a lot to make sure we were good. It was nice to have such attentive service. Highly recommend.

Proof on Main
Responded 3 hours ago

Hi JimE, First off thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and review! I cannot imagine what morning sickness must be like and am super pleased that our staff was on top of providing some relief! I am also glad that you enjoyed our culinary treats and the bourbon selection, our goal is to make our guests happy and feel special! We will look forward to your visiting Proof on Main again! I hope your day is great and that your wife's morning sickness subsides soon!

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CarissaP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bison burger and shishito peppers! Bourbon flights were so much fun. Missed out on the cotton candy though!

Proof on Main
Responded 2 hours ago

CarissaP, I am so glad that you had such a wonderful experience with us! It appears we hit all the marks during your visit and that is definitely our goal! The kitchen works very hard to ensure the guest's palates are elated! We are also very glad that you enjoyed our bourbon flights... they are definitely a great way to try some delicious bourbons! The cotton candy machine is unfortunately out of commission at the moment but we are working to get it back up and running soon! Thank you so much!

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vipMickandMarianne
Louisville
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great service. Knowledgeable waitress. Food preparation good.

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BrianR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Dinner, eclectic and engaging atmosphere, great food, fabulous service (Brittany gets 5 stars). A bit pricy, but definitely worth it.

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BRubinOne
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. Menu was not huge but the items that are offered were very good. The grilled octopus appetizer was fabulous.

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huntbria
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, staff, and plates. Made me consider booking with this hotel next time. ☺️

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TracyC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service and seems to be one of the only restaurants in KY wear the staff wears a mask and takes Covid seriously.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 2, 2021

TracyC, Thank you so very much for your kind words. We're thrilled you had a great time. And yes, COVID is no joke, we're happy you noticed our efforts. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Proof on Main! Great food and cool atmosphere! Be sure to walk around and see all the different rooms in the restaurant…so many interesting things on the walls!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 2, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so much! We'll see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pork chops!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 2, 2021

Aren't they just the best? Hope you'll join us for more pork chops soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good!! Thank you!!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 28, 2021

Anonymous, No, thank you! We love that you loved it! -The Proof on Main Team

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SusanC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof on Main was outstanding!! Our server Rosemary was amazing and attentive and funny. The drink of bourbon, grapefruit, rosemary and a scotch spritz was about the best drink I’ve ever had. We loved the grilled octopus! All six entrees were amazing and perfectly cooked. The bison burger was the favorite and something about the side if a zucchini was memorable!! Great choice of restaurants in Louisville!!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 28, 2021

SusanC, Thank you for your kind words. We're thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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JeannieJ
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish! The cocktails were amazing! The service was flawless and the food was fantastic! Highly recommend!!!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

JeannieJ, Thank you for your review. We're thrilled you had a great time and look forward to you joining us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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Timeslikethese
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We expected to be wowed after talking to a few friends about Proof. The food was just OK, nothing that would bring us back. Good service. Trendy, but not worth the price paid and underwhelmed with the selection and taste.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Timeslikethese, We're so sorry your experience wasn't nearly up to our standards. We truly thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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Mrek
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday weekend dinner before going to a show. Second visit, went 4 years ago, just as delicious this round. Excellent food choices and great service. Will be back next time through Louisville.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for choosing us to celebrate your birthday. We're thrilled you had a great time and we'll see you next time you're in town. -The Proof on Main Team

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WhitneyC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a classy and friendly place with great food to dine, this is the place for you.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

WhitneyC, We're thrilled you enjoyed everything. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience & food! Service was outstanding. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Best meal I’ve had in Louisville in years.
Service was impeccable.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so very much. We're so happy you had a great time! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipLisaB
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend away with friends

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

LisaB, Thanks for joining us! We're thrilled you had a great time. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service provided by Patty was phenomenal with lots of extra touches like cotton Candy at the end. The drinks were very well priced. The portion size for the grouper dinner was smaller than expected and the octopus appetizer, although amazing, was a bit overcooked as some pieces were crunchy. We would return.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, We're so happy you enjoyed the service and extra touches. Thank you for your feedback, we will certainly share it with our team. See you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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ClaireY
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food in a great location. Impressive bourbon list.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

ClaireY, Thank you for your kind words. We love hearing you had a great time! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was superb. Excellent recommendations. The food was amazing.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, We love hearing you enjoyed your meal and serving experience! We'll see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipVickiK
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My brother, sister and I took our 95 year old mother for Sunday brunch. The brunch menu was sparse. There were no omelets, French toast, waffles, or pancakes. The hash brown was overdone. I normally do not write negative reviews, however, I expected much more from this venue

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

VickiK, We are so disappointed your experience was clearly not up to our standards. We truly thank you for your feedback as it is the best way for us to know areas we need to improve. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went for our 3 year anniversary and it was fantastic. The food and service was exceptional. I had the strip steak and it was cooked perfectly. My wife got the chicken and hers came out perfect as well.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, Thank for choosing Proof to celebrate your special occasion. We're thrilled you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, and so were the drinks and spirits selection. I highly recommend the peach toast, the cornbread, the heirloom tomato and cucumber salad (wow!), roasted carrots, and strip steak. The chicken, while nice, didn’t compete with everything else on the table.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled you had a great night with us. See you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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Daniel
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a delicious “hearty breakfast”— various rich flavors wonderfully woven together. My wife enjoyed a beautiful breakfast sandwich (I didn’t know that biscuits could be so healthy). We also both enjoyed two of their fruit plates, which I also recommend for their flavorful freshness and presentation. All around an exquisite meal!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 25, 2021

Daniel, Thank you for joining us. Aren't those biscuits just the BEST??? We look forward to sharing your feedback with our team. -The Proof on Main Team

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BryanB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The pork chop was fantastic. Wish the menu had more items or daily specials to add. Overall fantastic restaurant.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 3, 2021

BryanB, Thank you for your review! We're always evolving the menu so stay tuned for upcoming additions. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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BobD
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, music and art!! Our mixologist, Juan, was amazing.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 3, 2021

BobD, We thrilled you enjoyed everything and can't wait to share your feedback with Juan. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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SRPP
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. An eclectic group of people and food. Always enjoy my dining experience here. Fabulous bar also.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 3, 2021

SRPP, Thank you so very much for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Stlfan
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this venue. Decor is creative. Staff is attentive. I had the pork chop and I can truly say it was the best pork chop I have ever had. The combo of strawberries, peanuts, and cornbread puree was fantastic. Extensive list of bourbons, too!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 1, 2021

Stlfan, Thank you so much! We love that you loved everything! Hope to see you in the near future! -The Proof on Main Team

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Ruby
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meals. The menu is limited but everything we ate was excellent. Service was excellent.

Looking forward to returning.

Proof on Main
Responded on July 28, 2021

Ruby, Thank you so much. We love hearing you enjoyed everything and look forward to you joining us again soon as well. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My dad came to visit and the restaurant was perfect!

Proof on Main
Responded on July 28, 2021

Thank you for your kind words. We're so happy y'all enjoyed everything. See you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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johnw
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus appetizer is fabulous. Loved the cocktails too.

Proof on Main
Responded on July 28, 2021

johnw, Thank you so much! The octopus is definitely a fan favorite, the entire city might revolt if we ever take it off our menu. Hope we see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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DerrickW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stayed at 21c and ate at Proof on Main for our 10 year anniversary. It was amazing on all levels. We will be back!!

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

DerrickW, Thank you for choosing us to celebrate such an exciting anniversary! Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Nice atmosphere with good service but the food was only good, not as great as the hype.

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

We're happy to hear you enjoyed your service experience but disappointed you weren't "wowed" by the food. Thank you for your feedback as we will certainly share it with our team. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Anniversary

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you for your 5 star review! We hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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Bluekites
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting decor. Mostly friendly staff. Food prepared quickly. Server was courteous and polite. All our food was excellent. Possibly a little too pricey for brunch, but the location and the art are an added bonus, so it’s definitely a lovely dining experience.

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

Bluekites, Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews