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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

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (50)
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Romantic (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (19)
Bar Seating (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
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Business Meals (16)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

My friends and I took our combined 6 children (girls 13-7 years old) to Proof for dessert after a show at the Kentucky Center. We were immediately seated, adults at one table, children at another. Service was quick, friendly, and ultra over the top. They even brought one of the famous 21C Hotel red penguins to the girls' table. They were thrilled. Drinks, gelato, and cotton candy were big hit all around. Plus, the girls were able to experience art culture on the way (and inside) the restroom. I would happily refer Proof to anyone.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Organic, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

Meal was sent back for being under cooked
Returned undercooked again
Prepared a whole new meal and still under cooked

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·Dined 6 days ago

It was good but not great for the amount we spent

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·Dined 6 days ago

The food was different, unlike most places, if you like trying new things. Open Table app used to reserve & asked what our special occasion was...I wrote Birthday, but that wasn’t mentioned at all. Service was good; liked our waiter.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 6 days ago

We had an amazing experience at Proof. We let chef Mike Wajda send us on a culinary adventure and were not disappointed. Each of our 6 courses were not only amazingly inventive but incredibly delicious. For 2 of my courses, the headcheese and the skate, I literally have no comparison because I had never eaten these delectables before. All I can say is that if this chef prepares it, just eat it and ask questions later— you won’t be sorry. Not every course was so adventurous, but even my humble pork chop was elevated and put every other chop I’ve had to shame and the final taste of strawberry cotton candy was a warm and welcome surprise. Do yourself a favor!

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our food was good. The waitress was a pro. The side dishes are enourmous, enough to feed two.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic! Great atmosphere and excellent food. The art outside and inside the restaurant was great as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I came in for my birthday and let me tell you they know how to treat someone on their birthday. Baker was our server and she was the greatest! Sweetest young lady, relatable, friendly, and gave us some good recommendations for the rest of our day!
We even had a friendly visitor join us for lunch (the penguin)

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Server was very friendly. Place was mostly empty and they sat us right next to another couple. Not keen on the row of benches all lined up. Would be nice to have one or two somewhat plain sides. Mushrooms were very chewy. Salmon was extremely salty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overall the meal was delicious. The octopus appetizer was not that great and I think somewhat overlooked. The spicy salad was great and both entrees (pork chop & pumpernickel pork ragu) were terrific.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

It was a great start to a wonderful evening. The food was inventive and wine list superb! They also make a good martini!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The waitress and ambiance were great! The food was pretty good. It was a bit pricey, but that's to be expected at an upscale place. I was a tad disappointed to arrive a little earlier than our reservation and being told we could not be seated earlier even though the place was empty.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We've been to proof many times and it has never disappointed. It was my daughter's 14th birthday and they did a wonderful job of making it a special evening for her and my family. I made two special requests when I booked the reservation on OpenTable and both were handled professionally when we arrived without having to mention anything.

I'm fortunate to be able to dine at many of Louisville's more noteworthy restaurants, Proof may be my favorite and I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything I want in my dining experience: knowledgeable and attentive service, exquisite taste, enjoyable ambiance and priced as expected. Wife and I enjoyed this dinner for our anniversary. The seasonal food (late November) was excellent and unique whether in preparation or cooking method and flavor. I loved having a knowledgeable staff that understood food, flavor, and drinks. We also loved the connection to the museum and hotel. This was memorable experience we were looking for on our anniversary!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It was great Until the later ignored my mushroom allergy and when I brought it up he wasn’t fazed and didn’t offer a different dish or take it off the bill. I was so sad because we’ve always loved The service at this restaurant.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Going through a major remodel...s/b done soon. Food was disappointing...way too greasy for my taste on both items we tried.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We LOVED everything about this restaurant! The whipped ricotta and grilled octopus were amazing apps! The pasta was also delicious! Baker, our waitress, made our experience very pleasant! We hope to come back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Server was awesome and friendly but the food took forever with no explanation. It was good, but not amazing. The dining room is very loud and echoes which made it hard to carry conversations with the table or the waiter.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Friendly service, great food. Had brunch. Will return again when back in this city, as a first choice.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my second time going to Proof and it was really special both times. The menu is creative and everything was delicious. This time I especially enjoyed the grilled mushrooms. They have a great selection of bourbons.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We stay at 21C when we come to visit family in Louisville and always love eating and drinking at Proof. Being from NYC we appreciate the entire dining experience. A special shoutout to our server Melanie who we have been lucky to have each time.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful food choices but could’ve done without the sides...entree portions were quite large. Loved the cotton candy instead of mints at the end of the meal!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was ok, but expect more, especially with everything so pricey. Pumpernickel noodles with my pork dish were too wide and difficult to eat. I would have also preferred regular noodles. Different from norm just to be different is not always better. Also grits arrived at table luke warm. Lastly, expected more from our "candy bar" dessert . Base was more like a somewhat dry chocolate cake.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Let me first say the place is worth visiting. Different and good entrée options.

I was just a little disappointed with the service. Someone ordered a drink that didn't come out as excepted. Waiter took it back and tried to make it more appealing. It still was not drinkable and the drink sat there full on the table and the server never checked in to see if things were OK with the drink. They also brought out the birthday dessert when people were missing from the table.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place.

Have come back so many times

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great atmosphere! Loved the food, and the fact that it's connected to a gallery. The one recommendation that I would make would be to avoid placing the tables so close together. I felt as though we were right on top of the people next to us.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We enjoyed the experience. The menu was inventive and interesting. Had a very local feel with farms being named with certain dishes. We were early and seated right at our reservation time. It was very loud, but not obnoxious. Our server was helpful but did misquote the price of the daily special by $9.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Service was below the usual performance at Proof.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Lovely brunch with lots of options! Excellent service and great food.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious, and chef was so kind to accommodate a special request! We live out of state and came back a year later because we so enjoyed it. Highly recommend the French toast casserole on the brunch menu. Also love the restaurant decor.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always great food, always have at least one vegan entree menu item, unique atmosphere and good service.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Perfect location for a low-key business dinner with top-notch, innovative dishes in an avant-garde arts setting. A must order is the cherry pop tart, a rich, savory appetizer of pate sweetened with cherry and encrusted in a pop tart shaped crust. Other outstanding apps/sides were the sautéed mushrooms and curried cauliflower. The pasta dish with a pork ragout was a hearty dish that alone would warrant a return trip. The location adjacent to a contemporary art museum permitted strolling around with an after dinner drink at the bar.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this place

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 2017

From appetizers to side dishes to entrees, very creative use of local produce and proteins. Get the cherry Pop Tart. Tender layered pastry with chicken liver pate and cherry preserves. You'd never know there was chicken liver pate in it. It just works. The list of bourbons was jaw-dropping, too. A fun final touch is a bowl of cherry flavored pink cotton candy that accompanies the check at the end of your meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food, fun atmosphere, great staff, museum element makes it unique.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (London)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had breakfast here during a business trip. Food was tasty and the decor is gorgeous!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Very knowledgeable wait staff, good food and very interesting artwork in the restaurant and the connected Museum Hotel and exhibit halls. A very nice dining experience.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Catfish spread was amazing. Halibut however was very dry and overcooked

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A very eclectic menu. Had an off menu feature of duck and waffles. Amazing. I am a scotch drinker but felt obligated to do a bourbon drink. Waiter recommended a smoke infused bourbon on the menu. Home rrrruuunnn!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great dinner! Wonderful selection of choices to pick from. Everybody loved their food and wood come back again. The bourbon menu is endless

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