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Proof on Main

4.5
4.5
3119 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.

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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 217-6360

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Dailey

  • Catering

    Catering is provided by Proof on Main and the culinary team can prepare a menu specifically tailored to fit your needs. The menu works to showcase the agricultural bounty of the Ohio River Valley and celebrates artisanal products and sustainable farming, delivering plates rich with the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available for groups 10-150. The private room in Proof on Main can accommodate up to 24 and our art gallery space within the 21c Museum Hotel can seat 150 and host a reception for up to 300.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Cronin: (502) 217-6352

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    7th Street

  • Parking details

    Parking begins after 5:00pm and is $8 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.

  • Entertainment

    Adjacent to Proof on Main is the 21c Museum, North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. With over 9000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists, such as video artists Bill Viola and Tony Oursler, photographers Andres Serrano, Sam Taylor Wood, and David Leventhal, sculptors Yinka Shonibare and Judy Fox, and multimedia artists Chuck Close, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,119 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. PV

    PennsylvaniaVisitor

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding.

  2. AB

    AnnieBob

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Unique special experience with delicious food

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service! Amazing food and cocktails!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    For a supposedly upscale place and they charge accordingly- the service and food quality were terrible. Seems they hire anyone off the street and the food was barely lukewarm. Whiskey row has really gone down hill, suggest heading to the outskirts for great food and drink.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    We are terribly sorry to see that we were not a good fit for you. Thank you for sharing your experience and thoughts on your visit. -Proof on Main Team

  5. RS

    RobynS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    This is the gold standard for dining in Louisville. You'll get consistently good service and outstanding food. The only ding I'd give them is the charcuterie board is pretty skimpy for $36.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much RobynS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  6. RH

    RobH

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Very cool decor with great food and cocktails! Definitely a place to hit.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much RobH. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  7. SB

    SarahB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Some friends had the sirloin, cornbread, and asparagus. Everything was amazing. I had the cauliflower and broccoli as my meal, and it was plenty of food for me. We walked straight over to the Kentucky Arts Center afterwards, and it was so easy!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much SarahB. We are so glad to see that your experience with us was amazing. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  8. j

    jamiej

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vivian was SO good to us. We dined for brunch with a group of six. She was attentive and pleasant. The food was AWESOME! I had the greens and brisket and it was all so delish!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much jamiej. We do have some pretty amazing servers. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  9. DW

    DianeW

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a unique and fun place to visit and dine. The visual experience was just as good as the food and drinks! The place is difficult to explain/describe...you just gotta go and see it!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much DianeW. We are so glad to see you enjoyed the full experience of Proof. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  10. SK

    SerenaK22

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, Amazing food and drinks with exceptional service. The bison burger and steak did not disappoint. Both delicious.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much SerenaK22. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Menu was over done. Pricey for what was served. Our waiter and the cocktails saved the experience.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    New menu is exciting. I had 2 of the best salads in the city!!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much Anonymous. We are so glad you enjoyed some of our new menu items. Please come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  13. NJ

    NotelgnisJ

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It has been a couple of years since we have eaten at Proof. We have certainly missed it. Had a girls' night before Hamilton. The 3 of us shared the tuna crudo (but was whitefish for the night) and it was excellent! Our entrees were the cannelloni, the pork chop, and the salmon. All three were spectacular - original flavors and combinations, both meats cooked perfectly, recommend any of them. We had to hurry to the show so didn't get to enjoy the art, but we certainly won't wait several years until next time! Also, a shout out to Charlie for chasing me down to return my forgotten phone!! THANK YOU!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days ago

    Thank you so much NotelgnisJ. We are so glad to see that you had a great experience with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  14. AP

    AndyP

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything we ordered was recommended by our fantastic server. It was wonderful, so flavorful, and the Raspberry Beret cocktail was the best!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 9, 2022

    Thank you so much AndyP. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  15. R

    Raymond

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My waitress Izzy was amazing!!! The charres octopus and bison burger were delicious.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 9, 2022

    Thank you so much Raymond. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  16. SG

    SusieG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was creative and delicious. The servers were outstanding

    Proof on MainResponded on June 9, 2022

    Thank you for your review SusieG. We are so glad to see that you enjoyed your time spent with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  17. MF

    MFinVA

    Richmond

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent friendly service and inventive cuisine. We’ve never been disappointed in a meal here.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much MFinVA. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  18. LM

    LisaM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Our server was excellent. Charred octopus was great , all other dinners & sides were ok.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you for your review LisaM. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  19. M

    Mark

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic meal in a wonderful setting. Izzy our server was fun and knowledgeable. She was a blast and made our night. Great food and even better deserts.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review Mark. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your time. Come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  20. T

    Tomtemp

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was well prepared and interesting. My pork chop and my wife's vegan mole tamale were both excellent. Their cocktails were very good, too.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much Tomtemp. We are glad you enjoyed your time spent with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  21. m

    msfoodie

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently excellent! Always enjoy the food, the inventive menu and the service. The hip vibe is a great and the art is always provocative and engaging! Great bar too!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much msfoodie. We are so glad you enjoyed your time spent with us. Come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  22. h

    hedonism

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    Fancy looking and sounding food, but in the end, the flavors were poor and overpriced.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you for your review hedonism. We are sad to see that your meal was not up to your standard. We hope you will come back and give us a try again. -Proof on Main Team

  23. MM

    M1andM2

    St. Louis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Final dinner after 3 days in the Bourbon Trail. Great choice- excellent flavors from the beet salad to the cauliflower and mixed greens topped off with the cannelloni and cacio de pepe which was exceptional flavors. Sauvignon blanc was a fabulous compliment to our dinner! No room for dessert which liked fabulous but we did not partake. Bathrooms were an extra treat as was the art show! You could miss the restaurant but now we know to look for the David statue that’s painted gold out front and the pink penguins on the rooftop draw your attention up and we missed the Proof signage!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review M1andM2. We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time spent with us. Please come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food & service!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  25. LA

    LAURENM

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First, the decor was unexpected but very cool. The food was absolutely delicious. I will dream about the charred broccoli. The pasta had the perfect chew, the cornbread was out of this world. I could go on, but it was truly a wonderful dinner. It was attached to a small art gallery which was also a great way to end the meal. Highly recommend!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review LAURENM. We are so glad to hear that you had such a wonderful experience dining with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  26. JP

    JoeP

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food! Our server, Aida?, was outstanding with great recommendations The owners were eating at a nearby table. Highly recommended.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much JoeP. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  27. BK

    BKlu

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Simply amazing. Rivals any big city restaurant but trumps it with Louisvillle charm. Highly recommend.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review BKlu. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  28. LS

    LeslieS

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service, ambience were perfect. We really enjoyed our meal.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review LeslieS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  29. LS

    LindaS

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Well prepared food. Creative menu. Pleasant service.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you for your review LindaS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  30. P

    Padgeman

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Kitchen cut off at 9pm, which was tight since our Rez started at 8:30. It was a Monday and we had a party of 8. Service was great otherwise, food was right on par with what we expected - fantastic. Great night, thank you very much

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you for your review Padgeman. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  31. F

    Foodominator

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Wasn’t impressed with the food and prices being charged. Had to send a steak back because it was the wrong temperature so I switched to pasta. I think they did the pasta dishes well though so stick with that.

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Sorry to see that you did not enjoy your meal with us. We hope you come back and give us a try again. -Proof on Main Team

  32. DL

    DeborahL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Terrific spot in the heart of Louisville. Service people were excellent as was the food. A place not to be missed!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 2, 2022

    Thank you so much DeborahL. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  33. CJ

    CJhung

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best meal we had in Louisville!

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review CJhung. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  34. CU

    ChelseyU

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was as expected. High quality and flavorful in small portions. The esthetic of the restaurant was modern with a sophisticated, hipster vibe. The server was indifferent and cold toward my dining companion and myself, yet noticeably different to others seated around us.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you so for your review ChelseyU. We are sorry to see that you felt your server was indifferent and cold towards your table. We do apologize and and hope you come back and give us another try again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  35. A

    Adam

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our server Lennon was fantastic and full of great recommendations. The vegan tamale was one of the better meatless meals I’ve ever had.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you for your review Adam. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  36. KL

    KenL

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, great decor. As you can see a great all round experience.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review KenL. We are happy to see that you had a great experience with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  37. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The waitress was very knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. The meal was excellent. We enjoyed the dinning room decor. Food came out very quickly. Great service. Definitely recommend Proof on Main

    Proof on MainResponded on May 20, 2022

    Thank you so much for your review DavidK. We are glad to see you enjoyed your time spent with us and hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  38. E

    Elle

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    Started with grilled octopus- very tasty - nice sauce, perfect amount of toast points. Beet salad - nice flavor - limited number of baby beets - more of a caesar salad with a few small beets added in. We had the beef sirloin...cooked very well (asked for rare and that was exactly as requested). Also had the pasta with cacao de peppe, preserved lemon and grated cheese...this was not worth getting... pasta sticky, sauce was thick..tasted like it had been sitting around...not fresh...though added chicken was excellent. Cocktails very good. Service very good.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 13, 2022

    Thank you for your review Elle. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    In Louisville for a friend’s bachelorette. This was a beautiful and unique spot for brunch! Would highly recommend.

    Proof on MainResponded on May 13, 2022

    Thank you so much Anonymous. Glad you enjoyed your time spent with us and we hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  40. SL

    SusanL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Food was weird. My egg bisquit sandwich was on more of a crumbly cornbread

    Proof on MainResponded on May 13, 2022

    Thank you for your review Anonymous. Our breakfast sandwich is usually a crowd pleaser and we are sad to see you did not enjoy it. We appreciate the feed back. -Proof on Main Team

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Proof on Main is rated 4.5 stars by 3119 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Proof on Main

702 W. Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking begins after 5:00pm and is $8 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Dailey

  • Entertainment

    Adjacent to Proof on Main is the 21c Museum, North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. With over 9000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists, such as video artists Bill Viola and Tony Oursler, photographers Andres Serrano, Sam Taylor Wood, and David Leventhal, sculptors Yinka Shonibare and Judy Fox, and multimedia artists Chuck Close, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 217-6360

  • Catering

    Catering is provided by Proof on Main and the culinary team can prepare a menu specifically tailored to fit your needs. The menu works to showcase the agricultural bounty of the Ohio River Valley and celebrates artisanal products and sustainable farming, delivering plates rich with the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available for groups 10-150. The private room in Proof on Main can accommodate up to 24 and our art gallery space within the 21c Museum Hotel can seat 150 and host a reception for up to 300.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Cronin: (502) 217-6352

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