Proof on Main

4.6
3178 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 3178 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSoccerules13
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant had fantastic food, great service and the ambience was amazing. Definitely recommend to anyone who is in Louisville that this is a must eat at restaurant!

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LaurieP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience. Service was excellent, everyone is so nice. The food was delicious and enjoyed having a meal where we could dress up a little and relax. The decor is so fun, it’s an actual art museum so make sure you take a little extra time and check it all out.

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MelindaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Britnee, was very accomodating. The food was great.

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Responded 3 days ago

MelindaH, Thank you for your kind words. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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Maridee
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect dining choice as Louisville emerges from the pandemic. The sunchoke soup was outstanding, as were the chicken liver mousse, the cornbread, and the twice baked sweet potatoes. Our server, Zac, couldn’t have been more friendly and competent, and he struck a perfect conversational tone. We also enjoyed chatting with the manager, whose pride in the restaurant and its story was evident and endearing. We’ll return on our next visit to Louisville.

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Responded 3 days ago

Maridee, Thank you so much! We're thrilled you enjoyed everything! See you again soon. -The Proof on Man Team

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SusanD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Limited menu choices for brunch along with being short staffed, resulting in slow service. The slow service applies to both brunch and dinner.

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Responded 3 days ago

SusanD, Thank you for your feedback. We hate hearing your experience wasn't nearly up to our standards but are glad you shared it with us. Guest feedback is truly the best way for us to know where we need to improve. Thank you so much and hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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LDiner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! Fabulous bar and excellent restaurant. Be sure to get the burrata and the grilled octopus - you can't go wrong. My bison burger was a beautiful cook and just delicious, although my delicious fires were a tad salty (could be my low-salt tendencies). Loved the vibe and just has a great experience. For the best bet, stay at the hotel 21C - so amazing! Be sure to check out the art - amazing. Had a great weekend thank to 21C and Proof on Main.

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Responded 3 days ago

LDiner, Thank you for your kind words. We're so happy you had such a great time! We'll see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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MeganON
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The charred octopus starter was incredible, as were the twice baked sweet potatoes! Amazing service and cocktails!

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Responded 3 days ago

MeganON, Thank you for your review! The octopus has been a staple on our menu since day one. We look forward to sharing your feedback with our team. See you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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KarenW
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place! Excellent service and delicious food! Highly recommend it!

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Responded 3 days ago

KarenW, Thank you so much! We hope to see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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traceyM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A unique dining experience. We loved it! Would definitely would go back.

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Responded 3 days ago

traceyM, We're thrilled you had a great time and enjoyed everything! We'll see you soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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AmberD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive service. Perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.

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Responded on June 2, 2021

AmberD, Thank you for your review and choosing to celebrate you anniversary with us! We hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipSharonmd
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Responded on June 2, 2021

Sharonmd, Thank you for your kind words. We're so glad you had a great time! See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipSammy
West Virginia
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience2

Poor service food not as expected for the pricr

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Responded on June 2, 2021

Sammy, We're so disappointed your experience was not nearly up to our standards. Truly, thank you for the feedback as it is the best way for us to know areas we can improve. -The Proof on Main Team

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ChristieW
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch for a graduation celebration. Food was outstanding.

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Responded on June 2, 2021

ChristieW, Thank you for choosing us to celebrate the momentous occasion! So happy y'all had a great time! -The Proof on Main Team

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JennieS
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic smooth service from walking in the door for our reservation to finishing up with dessert and a drink. Kelly is an outstanding member of the Proof team. They have the tables socially distanced from each other. Masks are now optional if you're fully vax'd. The food, omg, the food was amazing. Highly recommend the streak. The specialty cocktails are fun to try.

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Responded on June 2, 2021

JennieS, Thank you so much, we're so thrilled you had such a great time! We can't wait to share your feedback with our team and hope to see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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AshleyJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Art was fantastic. Plan to go early or stay late. Server was super friendly. We ordered a number of small plates and everything was delicious-- sunchoke soup, asparagus and mushroom burrata were the favs. The asparagus had just enough spice to go along with the wood grill char. The cornbread was a little sweet for us with the apple butter, but that is likely preference for a savory cornbread more than a knock on the dish. Treat yourself and go.

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Responded on May 28, 2021

AshleyJ, We're so happy you had such a great time! Spring is always such an exciting time at Proof with all the treats our farmers bring us. Hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great and unique ambience; amazing cocktails; Food that pretends to be stylish but misses the mark on flavor.

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Responded on May 28, 2021

Anonymous, We're so disappointed to hear we missed the mark with your dining experience. We will certainly share your feedback with our team as a growing opportunity. Thank you for sharing. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very cool atmosphere. Lots of variety, though not many vegetarian options for main courses. Service was good.

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Responded on May 28, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. We ordered four apps and entrees everything was spot on!

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Responded on May 21, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for the 5 stars! Can't wait for you to join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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MeganF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch options, awesome cocktails and friendly service

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Responded on May 21, 2021

MeganF, Thank you so much for your great review. Isn't brunch just the best? Hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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KathyM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Housed in an art museum/hotel, with eclectic modern art installations. We had a great server, and the food was excellent. Recommend the charred octopus starter, duck and butterscotch pot de creme. Impressive bourbon list, as would be expected in Louisville. Enjoyed our evening here.

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Responded on May 21, 2021

KathyM, Thank you for your kind words, we can't wait to share your feedback with our team. Glad you enjoyed our Bourbon selection! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipDrHarryMerkin
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and the food were both outstanding!! A must stop location.

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Responded on May 15, 2021

DrHarryMerkin, Thank you for your kind words. Hope to see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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TVBerry
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful space and terrific food. So glad we went. Wish I had more time in the art museum.

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Responded on May 21, 2021

TVBerry, We're so glad you enjoyed our restaurant as well. Let us know when you join us next and we may be able to set up an art tour for you. -The Proof on Main Team

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PatD
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fairly large business group there for dinner last night. It's a creative atmosphere with an equally creative menu. The food was terrific and everyone had a wonderful time. The server was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. Will be back for more!

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Responded on May 15, 2021

PatD, Thank you so much, we're thrilled you had a great night! We'll be sure to share your feedback with your server. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great dining experience at Proof on Main. It was nice and quiet, excellent, efficient service from all staff, food was great, loved the art and had an employee share extra info with us about the art.

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Responded on May 15, 2021

Anonymous, What's better than dining in a museum? We're thrilled you had a great time. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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PeteC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof on Main is one of the best restaurants in the Midwest!

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Responded on May 12, 2021

PeteC, Thank you so much! So happy you had such an enjoyable experience with us. See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipDebv
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Graduation

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Responded on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. If you have any feedback on how we could have made your experience 5 stars, we would love to hear it. -The Proof on Man Team

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SerbiaDetroit
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I had a flight of bourbon, all of which were unique releases to Proof, and it was well worth it. The Willett in particular was one of the best bourbons I’ve tasted. The art work added to the ambience to make it a very cool dining experience.

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Responded on May 21, 2021

SerbiaDetroit, Love that you had such a great time! The Willett is one of our favorite picks as well. Look forward to seeing you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipItsallthesameDReadus
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibe is interesting & quirky. Love the bar and Proof - food, drinks & service. Appreciate the manager providing the cool details of the design and private dining room pieces, he is friendly & welcoming

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Responded on May 12, 2021

ItsallthesameDReadus, Thank you for your kind words and thrilled you had a great time. We hope you join us again in the near future! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipBs1119
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience and great food.

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Responded on May 12, 2021

Bs1119, So happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience! See you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was EXCEPTIONAL!!! 10 out of 5 stars. The dishes were all elevated beyond expectations and top 3 meals ever, if not #1. Service was friendly, quick, knowledgeable, and wonderful. My appetizer of grilled octopus was amazing, but the entree was so next level I forgot what other food was. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

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Responded on May 12, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so very much! We put a lot of love into what we do here and that clearly shows in you experience. So glad you enjoyed everything and hope to see you again very soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipRosalindS
Kansas City
53 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful ,clean, well run restaurant. Interesting food choices. The liver pate' was excellent as was the risotto and butterscotch dessert. Excellent service from Kelly. Extensive wine list. I would definitely come again.

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Responded on May 12, 2021

RosalindS, Thank you for your kind words. We will certainly share your feedback with our team. We look forward to you joining us again in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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PeterC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu due to Derby weekend. Waitress wasn’t great initially but warmed up by the end. She started at about two stars but finished as a five star server. We chalked it up to having worked thru a busy weekend! Overall a good experience. It was my second time there and I was not disappointed.

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Responded on May 4, 2021

PeterC, So happy that your service was able to finish at 5 stars. Glad you enjoyed everything, we look forward to your third visit. -The Proof on Main Team

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KarenM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Chef was willing to change up the menu to adapt to our likings!!

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Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you KarenM. So happy the chef was able to give you exactly what you wanted. We hope you come back and we can do it again. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipBobS
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. The art in the restaurant was beautiful. Our server Zack was very personable and professional

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Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you so much the kind words BobS. Food, atmosphere and service are the three main areas we strive for and it's great that you enjoyed all three. We look forward to serving you again. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was super cool! The food is some of the best we have had in a long time. Definitely recommend! The art in the hotel are a must see and the creative bathrooms. lol

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Responded on April 30, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. We're thrilled you enjoyed everything...including our bathrooms. ;) -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal. I had the beet salad and duck entree - two of my favorites to order when dining out. I must say the best of both I have had to date. Dessert and my partner's meals were just as fabulous. Enjoyed the dining space with art work as well. Great place for food and art lo vers.

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Responded on April 30, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so much for your review. The duck and beet salad are some of our favorites as well. Nothing is more fun than a good meal with good people. Hope you join us again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!!

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Responded on April 30, 2021

Anonymous, So happy you enjoyed your birthday celebration with us! Hope you join us again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Proof! The octopus is the best we have had anywhere. The pork chop was delicious. Our waiter couldn’t have been more helpful without being intrusive. We will definitely be back again.

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Responded on April 21, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for your kind words. We can't wait to share your experience with our team. We'll see you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team.

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Francesca
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the artistic ambience of this restaurant; a lovely experience with attentive waitstaff and delicious food. If you like brunch cocktails, try the "No Spectators".

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Responded on April 30, 2021

Francesca, Happy to hear you enjoyed everything. You'll have to join us again soon and try our newest cocktail on the list. The Ted Damson is also great for brunch. See you again soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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