Proof on Main

4.6
3206 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 3206 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ruby
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Looking forward to returning.

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Responded 5 hours ago

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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My dad came to visit and the restaurant was perfect!

Proof on Main
Responded 5 hours ago

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.

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Responded 5 hours ago

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!!

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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

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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.

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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
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was here 7 years ago and couldn’t wait to go back. This time I was disappointed but admittedly I am critical. We ordered the octopus appetizer. The good news, it was delicious. The bad news, it came two minutes after we ordered it. Didn’t make me feel that it was cooked for me; instead it made me feel I was in a fast food restaurant.
For my entree, I ordered the fish of the day dish. It was totally over-cooked and was presented as a gray drab dish. Totally unappetizing. My son had the pasta dish which was light and tasty. Overall the menu did not seem innovative and cutting edge like last time. So mixed reviews, but no wow factor like last time.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you so very much for your feedback. Happy to hear you enjoyed the octopus and pasta. We're so disappointed the market fish was not nearly up to our standards. We look forward to sharing your feedback with our team and hope you join us again in the future. -The Proof on Main Team

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Heather
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good, our server was amazing. Loved it here.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

Heather, We love that you loved it! Hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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AngelaT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eclectic atmosphere with the friendliest staff. Perfectly attentive and gave great feedback and menu advice. The biscuits were like heavenly cake and combined with the sorghum butter and jam - perfection! We would go back again just for those.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

AngelaT, Thank you so much! Those biscuits really are amazing. It's a daily test of self restraint not to gorge ourselves. Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipAshbyP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent brunch with wonderful service - we had a lovely time!

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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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ClaireR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious- this is what food is meant to taste like! The service was friendly, attentive, and helpful. Our server made us a list of other places to check out in The area. The art and lighting contributes to a fun hipster vibe, and the food honestly left us speechless.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

ClaireR, Thank you so very much for your kind words and we are thrilled you had such a great night! Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails followed by even more delicious food. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly and atmosphere is relaxed. A delightful experience!

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Responded on July 14, 2021

MelissaM, We love hearing all of this and are so happy you had a great time! Hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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AlexandraA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food, we even tried the liver mouse based on the photo on the website and liked it! Love when a restaurant pushes us out of our comfort zone. We also love the eclectic art- both in the restaurant and super fun to walk around the museum afterwards.

Only complaint: I wish the cocktail menu had some lighter liquors, almost nothing was appealing. Would love an option with just vodka or gin.

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Responded 5 hours ago

AlexandraA, We love hearing your comfort zone was pushed and that you enjoyed yourselves. We have recently added some new cocktails that are fantastic. The Miss Josephine is a gin based play on an old fashioned and it is delicious! Hope to see you soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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JamesS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall a wonderful experience. Wonderful food and very helpful service. The drinks were very well made. I'll be going back.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

JamesS, Thank you so much! We can't wait for you to join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great food and great dessert.

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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Grace
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food and great ambience. It’s a little pricey, but I would definitely go back.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

Grace, Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Thank you so much for joining us! -The Proof on Main Team

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Juve
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Worst coffee I’ve ever had! I could see the bottom of the cup when they sever it. Just absolutely awful. Grilled octopus for brunch sounds like a bad idea, right? The only thing worse than the idea was the greasy salty pieces they serve as a small dish.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

Juve, We're so disappointed your experience was not nearly perfect. Thank you for your feedback as it is the best way for us to know areas of improvement. We hope you give us another shot soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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LilToot
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a nice evening by meal after a day out following the bourbon trail. Enjoyed delicious entrees and dessert. Very good & personal Boe service.

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Responded on July 14, 2021

LilToot, Thank you so much! We're so glad you made us a part of your Louisville experience. -The Proof on Main Team

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GlennF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Lake, was great! The ambience in the dining room is superb. The art is unique and is very interesting. After our dinner, we went through the entire gallery and enjoyed all the art work. We love contemporary art!!
I had the grouper and my wife had the duck. The entire experience was first rate!!

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Responded on July 14, 2021

GlennF, Love hearing all of this! We can't wait to share your feedback and hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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CindiaA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

CindiaA, We're thrilled you enjoyed everything! Hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely amazing.

Proof on Main
Responded on July 14, 2021

Thank you so much! Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. -The Proof on Main Team

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Brie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great waitress named Kelly! Food was 10/10. Pasta was unbelievable

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Responded on July 14, 2021

Brie, Thank you so much! We look forward to sharing your feedback and hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and art work was amazing! An awesome experience for sure!

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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ColtonP
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent. Made me a custom whiskey flight for 12$ The bison burger was ridiculously good and the cornbread is so delicious it should be illegal.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

ColotonP, Thank you for your review. Love hearing you enjoyed every aspect of your dinner with us and we can't wait to share you kind words with our team. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipJenniferM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good, but ridiculously overpriced. I’ve had equally good food for far less.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

JenniferM, We are so disappointed we did not "wow" you but thank you for your feedback. We will absolutely share it with our team as it is the best way for us to learn and grow. -The Proof on Main Team

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything we had. Drinks were delicious and our server was very knowledgeable about the cocktails and gave great suggestions and honest opinions. Would 100% return.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

Hannah, So happy you had such a great time with us. We will 100% see you again! -The Proof on Main Team

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PreranaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly service, great cocktail. Graciously split entree into two for us. Food was great.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

PreranaR, Thank you so much for your review. Love hearing you had a great night with us! Hope to see you in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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DesrieN
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I had dinner at Proof. It was wonderful! Everything was delicious and the service was amazing.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

DesrieN, Thank you for your kind words! We'll see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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SanderL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the dishes we got at our table were amazing. The cornbread is by far the best cornbread I’ve ever had.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

SanderL, We're thrilled you had a great night with us! Our cornbread is decadently delicious, glad you thought so too! See you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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CarolineD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was lovely. The service was a bit slow- they were short staffed as most are these days. Everyone was friendly and the food was all very good.

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Responded on June 24, 2021

CarolineD, So thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us. We truly thank you for your understanding regarding staffing woes. We hope to be on top again soon! -The Proof o Main Team

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vipAndy
Chicago
221 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We returned to this restaurant after an excellent experience a few years ago. Unfortunately we were disappointed this time. It was a Monday night. They seemed very short staffed and the food was not up to what we remembered. We did enjoy the octopus appetizer and the salads but other items not as much.I dont know if this was a one off experience or a decline in standard.

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Responded on June 30, 2021

Andy, We are so terribly sorry your experience was not nearly up tp our standards. Happy to hear you enjoyed your starters though! Thank you for your feedback as it truly is the best way for us to examine areas of improvement. -The Proof on Main Team

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KC25
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Louisville for only one night, and a local friend recommended Proof. We enjoyed the gallery at 21c, and then we enjoyed the interesting art on the walls at the restaurant. The service was excellent, the drinks were delish, and the food was exquisite. Definitely will be back if I ever return to Louisville.

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Responded on June 24, 2021

KC25, We're honored you chose us to dine on your one night in our fair city. We hope you do return to Louisville so we can host you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipmsfoodie
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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Responded on June 24, 2021

msfoodie, Thank you for choosing us to celebrate you Father's Day! -The Proof on Main Team

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JonA
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, outstanding food and very hip artsy atmosphere. Great place to take a date if you are looking to impress. The grilled octopus is sublime and simply must be experienced. The dinner menu is pricy, which is to be expected. Sunday brunch menu is much more budget friendly while still offering outstanding food choices.

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Responded on June 24, 2021

JonA, Thank you so much for your kind words. The Octopus is a Proof staple. We think the entire city may revolt if we ever took it off the menu. Hope you join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We thought the place was gorgeous. The woman who served us was very nice but seemed dumbfounded when my wife ordered a cafe au lait. The food was good, not great and the menu seemed limited for Sunday brunch.

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Responded on June 24, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your review. We're happy to hear overall you enjoyed yourself. It is a true story that we've had to limit our brunch menu a bit. With the world reopening so quickly, everyone is having trouble keeping up with the supply chain. We hope this evens out soon and look forward to you joining us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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LeeL
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

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Responded on June 24, 2021

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

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TMMM
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was well prepared and plated but flavors were very average. Service was decent but awkward by asking questions as he walked by rather than stopping, and he took our salad order then promptly walked away before we could order the rest of our meal. We didn't order the rest until we were finished with the salads which unnecessarily extended our time there.

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Responded on June 23, 2021

TMMM, Thank you so much for your feedback. We will certainly share it with our team for areas of improvement. We hope you join us again. -The Proof on Main Team

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Nala
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5