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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (50)
Creative Cuisine (49)
Handcrafted Cocktails (40)
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Special Occasion (37)
Local Ingredients (36)
Good for a Date (35)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Fun (26)
Hot Spot (24)
Romantic (21)
People Watching (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Business Meals (14)
Seasonal (13)
Casual (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Authentic (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Cozy (7)
Organic (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Healthy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Spicy (6)
Great Beer (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Vegan (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Incredible food, service and atmosphere. Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy all this fantastic restaurant and host 21c Museum Hotel has to offer.

Tags: Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I took my wife here for our 10 year anniversary. The appetizer recomedation for the octopus was brilliant and delicious. The server was nothing short of spectacular! No, lol I'm not an automated message. I enjoyed myself and I would recommend Proof to anyone.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Incredible experience. The quirky environment along with the excellent service and delicious food made for a memorable evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This meal was fantastic! We were with a group so we got to try multiple dishes and everything was incredible. The octopus appetizer is probably the best grilled octopus I have ever had. The duck and rabbit dishes were amazing as well. I will definitely be back.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife and I were visiting Louisville and Proof on Main received very good reviews. This is an artsy, eclectic, boarding-on-quirky restaurant. Service was excellent and ambiance was fun. Food, however was disappointing. The smoked salmon pastrami appetizer was exceedingly salty, while the blend of ingredients in the duck garganelli did not appeal to this pallet. The dish was overally complex, with the flavor of the duck lost amongst the complexity.

If you want interesting ambiance, this seems like the place in Louisville. If you would like better food for the price, consider an alternative, or at least try something different from the menu.

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Two couples from Boston out for dinner and all 4 of us agreed this was a fantastic dinner. Everything we tried had that extra creative spin and local meats and vegetables seemed to be woven heavily into the menu. The art museum attached next door adds an extra bonus for an after dinner stroll. Loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Exquisite meal from start to finish!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and atmosphere

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful creative food with one of a kind decor. Bar is special. Be sure and view the art.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (SW Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I were very pleased with our dining experience at Proof. We decided to try a variety of apps as we couldn't decide among the many offerings. Our waitress paired up the Roasted Bone's and the grilled mushrooms as a first course. Both were amazing my wife doesn't even like mushrooms but she was all over these chantrelles. Next, we had the charred octopus and curry mussles. Again, both dishes were great, especially the bread for dipping in the curry sauce. We would only suggest that the octopus be left whole rather than cut up as some pieces were overcooked.After all, if someone orders octopus they should be adult enough to see tentacles on their plate! Finally, we had the ganache bar with espresso and we were fighting over the last bite. She won! Once again, fantastic job. P.S. Afterwards check out the art in the hotel.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Crowded, somewhat loud, excellent food but expensive. Atmosphere quiet unusual and fun. Would definitely recommend and go again.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The oerall experience at Proof on Main was outstanding. Excellent food and service. Absolutely loved the Cotton Candy at the end! What a treat....we all left feeling like kids again! :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Love Proof. We ate at the bar. Bartenders are very knowledgeable about their bourbons. Had charcuterie board. Roasted cauliflower and other small bites. Fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great place the previous times I have eaten there. Not anymore. Very very disappointed in the food. Might not go back.

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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had a very good time. My daughter(7) and I had dinner before going to a concert.
Server knowledge of menu could use improvement.
We also both received different dinner menus.
Otherwise, food and ambiance were great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was great this was a terrific find

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Have eaten here before. My husband had the rabbit and I had the halibut and both of us were underwhelmed in terms of what we would expect at this restaurant.

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