Proof on Main

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$30 and under
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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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KK
New England
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fun friendly service in a very interesting space. Love the museum!

D
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Appetizers were good but small. Had the salmon with summer squash while my hot Asian temptress had the steak with carrots. It's was good but pricy. Deserts were honestly bad! Mint chocolate cake way too minty. My berry cobbler was dry and bland. Drinks all around were light on taste.

RM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & it is wonderful to be surrounded by Fine Arts. Excellent service!

OT
Louisville
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is excellent

FT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This is a restaurant I would recommend based on flavor profile! There were a few things on the menu that was unavailable at 9pm on a Friday night so I would suggest getting there early. The scallops were delicious and it is an eclectic setting that is fun and inviting. However the lack of menu items available, the waiter messing up the drink order, and the complimentary bread making it to our table about 45 minutes in leads me to rate this restaurant middle of the pack. Side note on the bread....when it finally arrived to the table on a cutting board with delicious butter the server grabbed it with his hand (no glove) and laid it on the table without a plate!🥴

JD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

It was absolutely horrible. Do not eat there! The food was way overpriced and not good, I went safe and had a new your strip and it had a big tendon in it and was coould the way I ordered it. The steak tartar was on top of some hot potato and it was so awful

MM
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is fabulous, fun decor, excellent service, etc. The food was really good, especially the whipped ricotta appetizer and also the Gazpacho. So good.
Our entrees were delicious.
However, the second cocktail that I ordered (which was recommended) was honestly the worst cocktail I have ever had in my entire life. I don't think I've ever sent back a drink before, but this was not worth even choking down. The lady at the table next to us overheard my friend and I talking and rightfully felt the need to chime in, saying she ordered it as well and also thought it was positively terrible. How that drink won an award is beyond me.

I very much look forward to going back, but from now on will be ordering traditional cocktails that I know are good.

BS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great place to enjoy a great meal with fresh food sourced locally.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for dining with us, Brian! We appreciate the rating and review. Providing our guests with fresh and locally sourced food is so very important to us and we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us. Please come again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, and out of the world atmosphere!!!

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for this stellar, review, Michael! We are so very happy to read that you enjoyed both the food and our hospitality. We will look forward to your next visit! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you very much, Anonymous! We appreciate the kudos and hope you'll be back for another great experience soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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J
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

food was terrible.
menu is poor

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

We are sorry to see that you did not enjoy your meal with us, Jk5097. Locally sourced, our menu does change frequently and it is our sincere hope that you will find something you really love during your next experience with us! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Sons birthday

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for dining with us for your son's birthday! We are sorry if our hospitality and service missed the mark and hope you'll give us another try. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I made a request for and it was fulfilled. The staff was pleasant and fun. The atmosphere was fun. Had a very enjoyable time. Highly recommend!

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the shout out, Melly! We are happy to see that we were able to accommodate your request and that you enjoyed both the food and the service provided by our teammates. We will sincerely look forward to your next visit. Cheers! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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BP
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Menu was limited, our group had difficulty deciding on what to order. We all are from a diverse palate background, open minded and well travelled, yet we struggled with our choices. The chicken dish I selected was excellent. The shrimp dish I was told was excellent as well. Others at the table struggled with their choice, we left not raving about the food. The cocktails were well crafted. We skipped dessert, afraid to be disappointed any further. My first visit there was more memorable. I understand the menu rotates thru the seasons. Hope the next seasons improve. The decor is interesting and entertaining but it should not substitute for the quality and uniqueness of the restaurant's main centrepiece, the meal.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your honest feedback, Beatriz! Our food is locally sourced so our menu does change quite frequently. We sincerely hope that our menu is more to your liking at your next visit! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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PO
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I've been multiple times and the food is consistently amazing. But I was disappointed by the service at my most recent visit. The server forgot to bring a drink to the table, and when asked about it, he acted like the patron was being pushy. By dessert, we were served our food, but never got any silverware with which to eat! After five minutes of waiting and trying to flag down a server, we eventually approached the hostess stand and asked for forks. We were also never asked if we wanted additional drinks, and someone in my party ended up grabbing a pitcher of water from a nearby bussing station to serve himself. So... go for the food. Pray for a good server.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

We are very disheartened to hear that our service missed the mark during your most recent visit. Thank you for sharing your disappointment with us so that we can communicate your feedback with our team so we can make the necessary improvements. Thank you again for your loyalty and we hope you'll be back so we can provide you with the hospitality we expect of ourselves. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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FM
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Proof came highly recommended by several locals, as we were visiting from out-of-town for our anniversary. Our server, Louie, was great. Very informative and made excellent drink suggestions. The pork cheek appetizer was amazing. I ordered a salad and it was missing an ingredient listed on the menu. Later on, the table next to us got the same salad and it didn't even look the same. I ordered the scallops which was said to come with wild mushrooms and had maybe 6 pieces of chopped up buttons. Also said peaches and I was able to discern one piece. My husband got the NY strip feature which came cut in half, which confused us. The cream puff for dessert was borderline savory, almost tasting like the ice cream and whipped cream were missing sugar. I made a note about our anniversary and it was never acknowledged or mentioned. We had high expectations and left slightly disappointed. Don't know if this is typical or they were busy because of the holiday? Either way, we will most likely try something else next time we're in town.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Happy belated anniversary! Thank you for celebrating this special occasion with us and for giving Louie a shout out. Chef Searle's pork cheeks are amazing and we are happy to see that you enjoyed them. Thank you giving us this feedback about the other dishes you tried and we are sorry that we didn't acknowledge the occasion as we should have. We sincerely hope you will give us another opportunity with which to impress you upon your return. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Brunch took way too long. Over 2 hours.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

All about the Bison Burger!

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Responded 4 days ago

We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed the bison burger. We will look forward to the next opportunity to serve you. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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R
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service, quirky decor. Pricey, but nice for a special occassion, with a large wine/bourbon list. Still think it was weird that bread was just dropped onto the table versus being put on a plate, but maybe that was intentional? Octopus was good, but a tad overwhelmed by the herbs, and the shishito peppers underseasoned in comparison. Salmon and chicken mains were good, but nothing notable. Cotton candy with the bill was a nice treat.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for dining with us, Risanovo! We are happy to see that you enjoyed the service and our decor. We sincerely appreciate your feedback and will be sharing it with our chefs and team. We will look forward to your next visit and hope to see you soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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k
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday. The service was exceptional. The food was good but more expensive than we usually spend for just a casual lunch. It was great being in the hotel and I’m sure I will be back

Proof on Main
Responded on September 5, 2019

We are so very happy that you chose to celebrate this birthday with us! We hope you'll be back again and will look forward to your next visit, kipkids! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service

Proof on Main
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for dining with us, Stephen! We appreciate your feedback and hope you will be back again soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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BW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time, great food. great service, great art.... Can't wait to go back! If you live here or if your just visiting this is a must do. I'm told they have other locations in other cities can't wait to visit them all.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you sincerely for the shout out, Barry! We can't wait for you to come back and do hope you get to visit some of our other cities. Thank you for taking the time to recognize Lou and the service you received. Cheers! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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PM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was on point. Would recommend. Everything was good

Proof on Main
Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you, PhilM for the shout out and recommendation! We will hope you come back soon and look forward to the next opportunity to serve you! Cheers! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the food and cocktails

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Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you kindly, Mixednote! We hope you'll to wow you with our service next time and hope you'll be back soon! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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C
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch I’ve had in awhile. Delicious. Service was outstanding!

Proof on Main
Responded on August 19, 2019

We are so very pleased to see that you enjoyed a delicious brunch with such outstanding service! Thank you for your patronage, Cindy and we will look forward to the next opportunity to serve you again! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Had several friends recommend this place. Was excited by the menu, wine list and decor. The beginning was great — apps were quick and perfectly executed. Service attentive. Then it went off the rails. Long delay for the entree with no check in or explanation. When the food did arrive, our main entree was so salty I couldn’t eat it, and instead just ate the side of carrots. Would have sent the dish back, but the server never checked in until long after, and by then we were ready to move on. Dishes sat on our table for a long long time, even though the restaurant was fairly empty at that time and servers just seemed to be hanging around in the back. All of this surprised me given the good reviews by all concerned. Maybe an off night for everyone - that happens. But i will try other places first before coming back again for a second chance.

BS
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The fried pork cheeks and cornbread were fantastic and I really liked the scallops. However, the pork chop I ordered was nearly inedible. It was almost entirely tough and chewy connective tissue and fat. I did think the beans and peaches served with it were really good, but I expect some quality control from their butchers and cooks for the meat. Our server never came to ask us how we enjoyed our meal, but if he came over I would have sent it back. We were also a bit disappointed with the cocktails, given that others told us it was one of the best bars in town. 3 of the 4 drinks my wife and I had were very sweet. We sent one back and enjoyed the replacement though.

D
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have been to Proof on Main several times and had wonderful experiences. However Sat night was not up to your standards. I had indicated a birthday was being celebrated but our server wasn’t aware of it. We had appetizers and drinks. My drink was less than average and served in the wrong kind of glass. Small complaint but it started the ball rolling. I also ordered an after dinner drink & evidently the bartender didn’t have a clue what it was or how it was served. We had early reservations & asked if we could have a four top. We were told they were all reserved. We were in the restaurant 2 & a half hours and only ONE four top table was occupied!
Lastly the food was just average. And you’re better than average.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food quality was okay, but location and decor was great.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you for the review, SCreview! We appreciate your honest feedback and patronage at Proof. We do source our food locally and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you. We will look forward to your return and hope to see you soon! Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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JW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was serviceable, but disinterested service for a special occasion left something to be desired. My husband’s scallops were very good as was the whipped ricotta. My summer pasta was just ok - a tad too salty for my personal taste. We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and had notified the restaurant when making the reservation, but they did not even acknowledge the fact of the special occasion. Bottom line, food was ok, service was lacking, we probably would not go back.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 19, 2019

Greetings, JenniferW! We never want our guests to leave feeling that something was left to be desired. We love celebrating special occasions with our guests and are so very sorry that we didn't acknowledge your husband's birthday. We are glad you enjoyed the scallops and whipped ricotta, but sorry you didn't enjoy the summer pasta. It is our sincere hope that you will give us another opportunity to impress you with our hospitality and service! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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JW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Congrats to kitchen. Flavor combinations were outstanding. Proof works hard to create a wow experience

Proof on Main
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you kindly, JeremyW! We will make sure to pass along your kudos to the chefs. We hope you'll be back for another wow experience soon. We will absolutely look forward to welcoming you back, Jeremy! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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TD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious and the bento box was a great deal! The octopus was overpriced compared to the bento. Location at 21c hotel was superb; walking around after lunch to view the excellent modern art was a nice bonus. Service and timing of food could use improvement. Our server was not very nice and seemed to cringe every time we asked we had a request. Bread didn’t come until nearly 30 minutes after we sat down.

Proof on Main
Responded on August 19, 2019

Thank you so much for this feedback, TabemonoDaisuki! While we are happy to see you enjoyed the bento box, we are sorry that the service and timing of your meal needed improvement. It is our goal to offer sincere and genuine hospitality and we regret that your server missed the mark. Thank you for sharing these details with us so that we can use them to improve. We sincerely hope that you will give us another try so that we can truly wow you! -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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j
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about this place. I took my boyfriend for his 30th birthday . He was more than pleased. The food was great, and our servers were more than pleasant. We went at 7:30pm i'm assuming it was during the after work croud because the noise level was kinda loud . It wasn't much of an isssue since we like to people watch!

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Responded on August 14, 2019

Thank you for celebrating your boyfriend's 30th with us, Jenn! We will sincerely look forward to your next visit to Proof and hope to see you and your boyfriend soon. -Laura Elwyn, Corporate Guest Experience Manager

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, delicious unique food!

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I came for our anniversary and had a fantastic dinner. She went with the roasted chicken and I had the pork chop. Both meals were delicious and cooked perfectly. Proof on Main is the perfect spot for any dinner occasion.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting girls vacation

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Britney, was amazing. The food all came out hot and perfect. And, the food reflected the art of the atmosphere, as it was very creative innovative and delicious. We will definitely be back. Kudos to Britney for being an excellent waiter.

k
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of 4 meals over the course of a weekend and each was a unique and delicious experience. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Food was perfect with appropriate portion sizes. All in all wonderful and funky spot for both a group or a date.

C
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband ordered the bison burger and I ate half. It was so juicy , so flavorful, so good!! Our server told us that the bison is raised 40 minutes from the restaurant (local and grass feed). I’m not a burger eater but I would go back just for that dish. The octopus came sizzling to the table. Small but very good. We had the mint chocolate coconut gelato for dessert and it was delicious.

KY
Louisville
63 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our food was outstanding--as we've come to expect from Proof.

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