Proof on Main

4.6
2871 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

TD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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!

Proof on Main
Responded 4 days ago

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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OT
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
27 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
3 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.

FM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for brunch because it was close to our hotel. The menu didn’t look exciting but I was amazed when the food came. Sandwiches and Parmesan fries were to die for! If they have the carrot bread, get the carrot bread!! So delicious.

L
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Couple main entrees came lukewarm. Overall however, we enjoyed our evening. Thank you.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friends from Chicago area meeting to enjoy the Bourbon Trail.

A group of 10 doctors who were at the Heaven Hill Distillery with us recommended your restaurant and gallery.

Enjoyed both.

Waitress recommended the charcuterie choices which were excellent.

AG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great and the museum is a must see! Perfect date spot

JP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very friendly and helpful! The food blew us away and the ambience was so fun!

l
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Nice place for brunch before the play

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Bison burger was cooked ok but no flavor. Weird menu.

F
Dallas
56 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was excellent, and the decor is certainly interesting. I went here with my daughter and we had quite an enjoyable evening. I ordered the scallops and she got the tagliatelle. Both entrees were very good. We preceded the entrees with a sampler appetizer with several cheeses and meats of our selection. I would definitely return and highly recommend.

JD
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I were really pleased with the food. I had the scallops and she had the chicken. Both were excellent.

KJ
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful venue for lunch. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

KC
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proof stays in the eating rotation. Eclectic vibes, great food, and the cotton candy on a plate..........!!!!!

JA
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The lunch menu for Proof on Main is lack luster. I have used Proof as a lunch meeting location on three separate occasions. I will probably discontinue using this restaurant for such meetings with clients in the future. I have had three different items from the lunch menu and all of them have been edible but not what you would expect from this price point. The Bison Burger was incredibly plain and did not have much flavor. There are many options that provide better quality food downtown at a lower price.

The service two or the three visits was pretty poor. The last visit our server rarely came by to check on us and refill drinks. We had to wait around a long time for the server to bring the check so that we could pay the bill and depart. Comparably restaurants downtown at this price point offer much high quality service.

LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Farm to table, fresh and innovative flavor pairings with seasonal ingredients. Meat, seafood and vegetables were prepared to perfection. Highly recommend for foodies, date night and group events. Plus the art work in the restaurant and hotel is AMAZING.

HS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the art and the venue! Wonderful meal!

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

After a two-hour wait, our food finally arrived. Apparently our server failed to properly post our order on a computerized system, but when we were told it had been taken care of, it obviously was not. We were repeatedly lied to about the pending arriving of our food. When it finally did arrive, it was disappointing; small portions, poorly presented, overly salted. Although the manager refunded $50 on a nearly $200 tab, it felt like a reluctant gesture, not sincere. For a top tier restaurant to be so careless seems below par.

RO
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had brunch at Proof and everyone love it. The Carrot bread was insane with a pastry cream topping. The food was delicious across the table (I had the shrimp and grits) and the service was excellent.

M
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, nice layout, good service, and would come back again. They removed hot fried chicken from the menu for this weekend, so we missed the dish we wanted to try most.

m
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a leisurely, relaxed dinner. Shared two appetizers and a meat and cheese plate. Service was frindly and helpful - let us enjoy the evening instead of turning the table.

OT
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there for the art. Incredible atmosphere, service, food, & experience.

R
Springfield
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our waitress was great, but the other staff lacked training on engaging customers.

TJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers and main course were delicious, but the final part - coffee - was just mediocre.

NG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 sides and *everything* was exceptionally delicious. Highly recommend the chicken fried pork cheeks.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Love the art!! Food is fabulous!

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steak was delish. Cotton candy was also. Walk to the bathrooms was cool

WF
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a vegetarian and there was lots on this menu that I could eat, and it was all wonderful. Great cocktails as well and wonderful service. I called ahead to ask if I could wear shorts and they said, "We are casual dress. You can wear your pajamas if you want to." So, a restaurant with a sense of humor also.

LH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was wary to make a reservation for our anniversary dinner due to recent iffy reviews, but was so glad I did. I started off with a refreshing tequila, grapefruit, ginger, mescal cocktail and my husband had bourbon. The appetizers were delicious...a sumptuous shrimp and sausage dish served with crispy bread to dip in the mouthwatering tomato-y broth and the tartare, accented with capers came atop a crispy hash brown. The beet salad was to die for...even though I question whether love beets. The tangy marinade stripped the beets of any earthiness and they were bright and delicious. I had the sea scallops and my husband had the chicken. We opted for a side of roasted tomatoes and peaches with a creamy pesto sauce. We were too full for desert, but our knowledgeable and attentive server sent us back to our room with a 'to go' piece of celebratory anniversary cake...which we enjoyed while lounging in the room and checking out the view of the river. A bit pricey, but definitely delish.

KS
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Asked our waiter for recommendations; went with the pork chop and scallops, two of his favorites. Fabulous choices! The service was superb, being checked on by several throughout the meal, but not intrusive.

MJ
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place - food was average but service was friendly

RB
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely evening. The charcuterie was lovely. Octopus was perfect, as always. Loved the Kingslayer cocktail. The art is gorgeous!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Laurie was fabulous! She really made our experience great.
Finding this place was very serendipitous after just arriving in the city for a wedding.
Fun vibe but still good for us non millennials!
We always enjoy good recommendations from knowledgeable servers.

Would definitely recommend.

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