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Proof on Main

4.5
2479 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(502) 217-6360
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Wajda
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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.
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Private party contact
Meghan Madden: (502) 217-6312
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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.
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
Parking begins after 5:30pm and is $6 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.
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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.
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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.
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
What 2479 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, outstanding food. Delicious salmon, amazing brussel sprouts.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lunch with two of my kids plus a 3-year old grandaughter. Great place for lunch. Not too quiet, but quiet enough that we could talk comfortably. (The three year old was well behaved.) Staff was attentive, just a great place for lunch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Sat very quickly. The waiter was attentive and gave a great recommendation. Ended up going with the Halibut which probably was the best I have ever eaten.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had the good fortune of visiting Proof On Main during a weekend visit to Louisville. Everything about this restaurant was outstanding. We met before dinner in the bar which while busy still provided excellent hand crafted cocktails in short order. Dinner was impressive and the service was perfect. This restaurant has the added bonus of being attached to an art gallery so the décor was very interested and unique.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We changed our reservation to a later time, then got in a time crunch. So, that part was our fault. We had to chomp down our food to leave on time.

We felt there was no value for what we ordered vs the menu price. $39 for a 5 ounce piece of halibut, and $38 for a bone-in pork chop is pretty steep. Our meal, with 6% sales tax came to $100.79. No alcohol or desserts.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We stopped by for a quick dinner before a show at Kentucky Center for the Arts. The restaurant was full but our service was great..we shared three small plates ..the lentils were superb... can't wait to go back & spend more time here

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

I went with my wife for my birthday while in town. Overall the food and drinks were good. Service was simply OK. I would recommend going at least once to check it out.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Very cool vibe, food and service. I highly recommend for anyone looking to have a lively and satisfying dinner.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Meal was excellent, I had the pork chop and my wife had the halibut. Staff was very helpful on suggestions for our meal since we had never been to this restaurant before. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We had a lovely experience here. The food was great, very fresh and creative. We had the Roasted Bones, the sugar snap peas, the meatballs, and octopus. The service was excellent, very friendly and helpful. Terrific cocktails and an excellent wine list. We'll definitely be back next time in Louisville.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Came while at a conference. Had a 6pm dinner reservation and got in early by being willing to sit at the bar (which is hideously decorated like a gay bar) for a while. Maybe it is and nobody told us. Food was okay. Catfish dip flavorless. Bison burger was good not great. French fries were boring. Bar waitress was better than the dining room. Would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Fantastic Food
Bar drinks fantastic
Perfect Service
Can’t say enough great things

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food and service was great. The 21c hotel was really cool as well

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We went to this restaurant after a day on the Bourbon Trail. I am not sure the two are particularly complementary. We were tired and a little grungy and this was definitely a much more upscale place. The food and service were very good. We just felt we might not have met their standards for their guests.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great service— a server from my meal the night before came up & said hello! Catch of the day was oven roasted halibut & it was spectacular! Proof is my favorite restaurant in Louisville.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Terrific food, service, and overall experience!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I was in Louisville for the weekend and was told by friends Proof on Main was the best farm-to-table restaurant in town. And it was!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch was great. Perfect for the entire family.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Never, ever disappoints. Beautiful, imaginative, slightly edgy decor. Best beet salad I’ve ever had; rest of the meal was wonderful, too.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Monthly dining with a new 13 year old foodie. Everything was really good, staff was outstanding!! He really enjoyed thought the place was "swanky".

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

First time and it was great! Really great. Salmon dish for me and sunchokes for my friend. A gorgeous amalgam of tastes on every plate. This is a must go in Louisville. And there’s an art museum in the adjoining hotel. So fun.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Always my favorite go to place whether the bar or dining area. Best of food, service and best crafted cocktails ! Luv luv Proof!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I would not hesitate to try Proof. Cocktail's were excellent, but very slow to come out in time. Sides were of good portion, but a bit salty (brussel sprouts). Corn bread was excellent!
The above were the small issues we had, but overall, it was a great experience and I would come back again. Had the salmon, braised pork (excellent), corn bread (excellent) and a side of brussles. Definitely try!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was a last minute brunch decision, our previous brunch visit was not great, but I'm so glad we gave it another try because this time it was wonderful. Service was outstanding, the dining room was gorgeous and the food delicious with a really creative menu. Proof is always a great spot for dinner downtown, and now I'm back to endorsing for brunch as well!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The hotel museum attached to the restaurant was amazing. The decor in the restaurant is amazing. The staff was extremely friendly. Food was pretty flavorless. I got the shrimp and grits and doused it with hot sauce, which was fine. We got fries for the table and they tasted a day old and reheated. The bread pudding starter was good though!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

High end smart and sharp. My salmon with egg salad sandwich was lightly seasoned and delicious. The side salad was a flavorful compliment. We were seated next to another table but spaced enough apart to maintain separate conversations. Don't skip the drink menu - from Lattes to lemonades every selection is deliberate.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My wife wanted to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary, and picked Proof on Main. We were on time and were seated right away. We were hoping to get a corner table or something that wasn't out in the middle of everything, but we did.

I ordered the ribeye medium and was very disappointed. It was over cooked and dry. My wife ordered a plate that had a few different cheeses and some crackers on it and a burger and it was ok.. I sent my steak back and ordered a hamburger instead, and it was good. Our bill, even without the ribeye was $78 including the tip. Very expensive.

Not sure I can recommend . I guess I'm just not used to a place like that. :-)

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Three of four of us were delighted with the food and service. One was disappointed in the salad, but really should've asked for information about the dressing.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Interesting food and decor. Great Sunday brunch while checking out Louisville.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Proof. Our dinners, both pork, were phenomenal. Our waiter, Louie, made a wonderful wine recommendation to paired with our dinner. The octopus appetizer exceeded expectations. Staff brought us a complimentary dessert in the spirit of our celebration.

All in all, this is precisely why Proof is my favorite dining experience in Louisville.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As always, the food, cocktails, and service did not disappoint! We invited a business associate and her boyfriend to dinner and theater who had never been to Proof on Main. They were blown away! Hands down the BEST creative cuisine in downtown Louisville! Outstanding charred octopus (my personal favorite), Cranberry Pot Tart (chicken pate uniquely prepared) tantalized our palates during cocktail hour while we and our guests devoured the Spaghetti Squash Ragout and Snapper entrees. Never enough room to fully enjoy dessert but we managed to put a hurting on the delightful chocolate cake concoction brought forth from the creative chefs. Once again, we left will bellies bulging and smiles on our faces!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was excellent and staff was great.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Very disappointed with the food overall. The catfish dip appetizer was good, but the snapper was horrible. Service was good, but very unhappy with management. Our bill was close to $150, with main course $78 alone and the MOD only discounted $19 for undercooked fish that was inedible. Was excited about eating here but won’t be going back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service and good!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great place to eat for a date night. The server was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Super fun atmosphere with delicious drinks. Server was attentive without being overbearing and helped us select some truly tasty dishes — the pork chop and key lime dessert were standouts. Thanks for a great time!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

In addition to the inspiring museum art pieces, this restaurant has a fabulous menu of delectable goodies for every type of person. Try the beet salad..(even if you don't like them) to die for. All the rest was superb as well!!!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I'm going to be the negative voice in all these fabulous reviews. Maybe the night my husband and I dined the kitchen fell short. The atmosphere is arty eclectic, if you're into buffalos and vintage indian photos, this is your place. The noise level is low, perfect for conversation. Our waiter, although good, was pushy at the beginning. The wine pours were generous, the wines by the glass were very overpriced. I ordered two sides for dinner, the grits and brussel sprouts, the presentation was nice, both dishes were over salted. My husband ordered a special which consisted of shredded pork and some kind of pasta, he remarked not enough pork. For dessert we ordered the sorbet trio and all three were no good - really! The smoked sorbet was truly awful. After dinner we walked around the hotel and enjoyed the art, if you visit don't miss the bathrooms, definitely interesting.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We just helped some friends move here from Georgia, so we browsed OpenTable and came across this restaurant. Food was EXTREMELY delicious, and the service was top notch! Ask for Lou for your server; he is fantastic.
This place was a bit pricier than OpenTable is currently reflecting; the should add a Dollar sign (should be $$).
The menu on OpenTable also needs updated. Highly recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We've heard good things about this Louisville restaurant and finally had a chance to have dinner as part of an overnight trip from Indianapolis. We loved the restaurant! Food, service and ambiance were all very good. We especially enjoyed the artistic features that are an integral part of the experience. We'll be back again any time we're in Louisville.

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