Proof on Main

4.6
3126 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 3126 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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vipCookie
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wine, coffee and art.

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DanielleF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DejiL
Louisville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipheatherb
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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LB067
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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Amanda7144
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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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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

Proof on Main
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!

Proof on Main
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.

Proof on Main
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
38 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been our first trip to Louisville and part of a birthday/date weeke

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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!

Proof on Main
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!

Proof on Main
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..

Proof on Main
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
1 review
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!

Proof on Main
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.

Proof on Main
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.

Proof on Main
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
5 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.

Proof on Main
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
117 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, unique setting. Worth the drive.

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Responded on March 18, 2021

JeremyJ, We're thrilled you enjoyed yourself. Hop you make the drive again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Stan
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The Bison burger was so delicious! The best burger I ever had.

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Responded on March 3, 2021

Stan, Thank you so much for your review. We love the burger too, the bacon and onion jam are amazing! Hope to see you again soon!

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BreanneH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded on February 27, 2021

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 27, 2021

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.

Proof on Main
Responded on February 27, 2021

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

Proof on Main
Responded on February 27, 2021

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 on February 27, 2021

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
23 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