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About Proof on Main

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.

702 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 7am - 10am; Saturday and Sunday: 7am -1pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm






Bar Open Until: 1:00 AM







Monday - Thursday: 1:00am







Friday - Saturday: 2:00am







Sunday: Midnight

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 217-6360

Website:
http://www.proofonmain.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
Parking begins after 5:30pm and is $6 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.

Executive Chef:
Mike Wajda

Private Party Facilities:
With over 5,000 square feet of art-filled event space, 21c Museum Hotel and Proof on Main are the ideal setting for board retreats, executive meetings, cocktail gatherings, reception dinners, charitable events, or any other special occasion. Rooms include one large atrium to accommodate seated groups up to 120 and receptions as large as 450; four private meeting areas to accommodate groups of 10 to 60; one boardroom with audio visual capabilities for up to 12; and, for a truly exceptional event, a private penthouse with soaring river views.



Our dedicated Event staff will provide professional service, overseeing every detail for your special event. To learn more contact Meghan at 502.217.6312 or mmadden@21chotels.com.

Private Party Contact:
Meghan Madden: (502) 217-6312

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
With over 5,000 square feet of art-filled event space, 21c Museum Hotel and Proof on Main are the ideal setting for board retreats, executive meetings, cocktail gatherings, reception dinners, charitable events, or any other special occasion. Rooms include one large atrium to accommodate seated groups up to 120 and receptions as large as 450; four private meeting areas to accommodate groups of 10 to 60; one boardroom with audio visual capabilities for up to 12; and, for a truly exceptional event, a private penthouse with soaring river views.



Our dedicated Event staff will provide professional service, overseeing every detail for your special event. To learn more contact Meghan at 502.217.6312 or mmadden@21chotels.com.

Proof on Main Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (40)
Good for a Date (35)
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Hot Spot (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Fun (15)
People Watching (14)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Happy Hour (9)
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Casual (7)
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Great Beer (4)
Vegan (4)
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Late-night Find (3)
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·Dined 2 days ago

My wife and I went for a dinner date. We had some good and not so good experiences. The decor and ambiance were very nice. My wife liked and was curious about the buffalo and Native American decor. The smoked catfish dip was excellent as well as our cocktails. Our server did a good job of answering our menu questions and making suggestions. I ordered the pork belly pasta dish and my wife ordered the halibut with a second choice of the snapper. The first problem occurred when the server said they were low on the halibut. Instead of telling us they were out the server thought she would surprise us with what is served. Next we had about a 30 minute wait for our entrees. Our server did apologize for the delay. My wife did receive the snapper which was served sizzling for other patrons but not for my wife. Also my pasta was not served as hot as I prefer for pasta dishes. Our entrees were good but I think my wife would have preferred the halibut. We tried to order the bourbon pecan pie for dessert but they were sold out. We pondered if that would have occurred if the kitchen was faster with our entrees. We were offered a complimentary scoop of gelato. We asked for one a piece and received just one. My wife had some discontent by that point. In all not a horrible experience (any time out with my wife is cherished) but I’ve had more positive experiences at other restaurants of that tier.

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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely amazing.

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·Dined 2 days ago

I would call it as a relaxed fine dining experience. Tops on service and food was excellent.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Hoped for a better experience for the price. Felt the food and service were just average. Would recommend small plates at the bar with cocktails. Great spirits selection. Dinner in the main restaurant just not what we expected.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

It was our anniversary and the welcomed us with champagne!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were celebrating an early Valentine’s Day and I’m glad we celebrated here. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere was unique to say the least and the service was excellent.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The restaurant itself is phenomenal. The art work mesmerizing. My salmon was too buttery but everyone else enjoyed their food.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

FOOD WAS AMAZING AND THE WAITRESS WAS TOP NOTCH!!
WE WERE CELBRATING MY DAUGHTERS 21ST BDAY AND PROOF ON MAIN WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT WE HAD EXPECTED :)

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The Proof Benedict is AMAZING! We went back the next day!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing time, amazing food, wonderful service. Always a great culinary experience

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

My wife and I had an exquisite meal at Proof. The food was delicious from starters to dessert, but the best thing about our meal was our server, Lori. Of the many meals we have had at Proof, Lori was the best server we have ever had there. She was both delightful and knowledgeable and added to the enjoyment of our dining experience immensely.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It was good. A little overpriced for the selection. Nice to have the gallery there to stroll as you wait. We lucked out and one of the res penquins joined us for dinner!

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Eggs Benedict was outstanding!

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Proof on Main was fantastic. Everything was above and beyond our expectations. We will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Omg, I was eating brunch with my wife, post staying at 21c. We've been here several times but today's meal was very surprising good. Wife got 21c breakfast and raved over the buttery grits!! I had the brisket sandwich with fries. Sandwich was very good and we have to discuss the fries. To my utter amazement, I can honestly say these fries were the best I've ever had, anywhere! Seriously, they were the perfect crisp with no oily taste and were a complete surprise. I joked with our server that they must have a "fry master" in the kitchen. I know it's weird but I was just getting the fries as a throw away side that came with sandwich; and they stole the show. I don't even really like fries but these have made me reevaluate the need for fried potatoes. Very, very good!! Service was friendly and prompt as it normally is. Thanks.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fantastic experience, diverse menu with plenty of options for everyone.

Tags: Vegan, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We had a great dinner and enjoyed the 21c art so much, we decided to come back again the next night for dinner with Mom!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, People Watching, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was great. We ordered one entrée and two sides and it was more than enough for the two of us. Loved the unexpected cotton candy at the end of the dinner. Setting is very unique. While there you must check out the bathrooms...in short you have to walk through a small art museum to get to them and there is some interesting art along the way.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I love coming to Proof on Main. The food is always amazing. The service is quick and friendly. The scene is nice for a date especially if you can grab a corner booth and the penguins crack me up.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Late-night Find, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Everything thing was great

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was good. Expensive but good. Took a long time but i think that was just our waiter. Cool atmosphere and food was good!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Louie is one of the best if not the best server in the city

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great and great server

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Awesome food, wine and service. Loved everything about it.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food. Very fresh and very creative. Great service and fun atmosphere. An enjoyable place to be!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I actually don't have much to say about Proof. You'll shortly read why that's a bad thing.

As a dinner for two, we each had a cocktail, the charred octopus, and for entrees the hen roulade and the lamb. That meal costing a good bit over $100, one would expect it to be really good, right? At least memorable, correct? Something, at least something, that would make you say, "I want this again." Unfortunately, the best I can give is that it was probably near the top of the, 'most flavorless pieces of meat I have eaten' category. Don't get me wrong. Both the hen and lamb were cooked really well, but also devoid of flavor.

Outside of the food, the service was good, staff were friendly, and Proof had a quiet, enjoyable atmosphere.

If you want a meal you won't remember, and not in a funny way like The Hangover, then maybe Proof is for you.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Cold, not enthused, 'affected' reception and service. Food was cold. They do not know how to make a chocolate martini.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and LOVED the feel of the place off the bat. We had wonderful food (we split the French toast and pumpkin bread appetizers and fresh fruit + cocktails) and service, including coat check and a bathroom that's just a quick stroll through the adjacent modern art museum. Really a fun experience. I'm definitely coming back here next time I'm in Louisville!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Brunch
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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely food and wine options in a unique and intimate setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent service, innovative menu, delicious dinner. The traditional menu items (chicken, beef, fish, vegetables) are all prepared with an non-traditional flair. My date and I especially appreciated the bread served with dinner, as it was not sweetened, as many restaurants in this area serve (sweet rolls or cornbread). The seating is close (but not cramped) - this gave us the opportunity to meet and chat with couple sitting next to us. We both agreed we want to return soon and sample more of the excellent fare at Proof on Main.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food and attentive service

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent find for foodies. Three of us doing an Urban Bourbon Trail needed some food, and Proof on Main was perfect. The Charcuterie Board included pork tongue and head cheese, along with unique cheeses and jams. The wine list was broad but not necessarily expensive. We tried fresh fish, duck, and a veggie platter. All of us were pleased. Walking through the art hotel lobby and bar was engaging and enlightening. Looking forward to returning!

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was a special Christmas dinner for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the food.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The waiter was attentive when he was around, which was not a lot. Food was good but the service lacked and made the experience unenjoyable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love the artwork and decoration
2nd time here. Service above and beyond expectations. We were sat tightly between two other couples , though there were other two-tops nearby without next door neighbors.
Portions between too large and skimpy depending on item.
Too many items on menu borderline: blood sausage bolgnese, Duck gizzard and heart pasta, both fish dishes served in broth. Lamb is an odd combination that resulted in puzzled diner.
All in all, not sure I can be convinced to return.
Wish them all the best though !

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Terrible. We were offered 1 Cab by the glass with dinner. When we received the bill, it was $24 per glass. Food was mediocre. Management offered to charge us for a bottle as compensation. Big deal, we didn't drink a bottle. Go elsewhere.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We were treated promptly and kindly. We had a wonderful time at Proof.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

There is a reason we come back to Proof year after year. The food is always creative but resonates the locality. They treat ever guest as if they were in their own home.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Burger was just really rare and i wanted medium.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My husband and I had a great dinner. We ate a late lunch so we weren't very hungry so we ended up sharing a meal and the chef gave both of us our own plate which was very nice. The food was amazing and the brussel sprouts were over the top! We will definitely eat there again. 😊

Tags: Good for a Date
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