Proof on Main

4.6
3140 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 3140 people are saying
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Ravenous1
Cincinnati
58 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very creative food and cocktails. The echo of sound and lighting is a little less than perfect, but well worth the visit for the fabulous food.

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GayleN
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food is way overpriced. Very limited menu. Too many other great restaurants in Louisville to revisit.

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JicaD
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server, very personable and we felt they were professional but easy going and very approachable. We didn’t feel like it was a snobby bougie upscale place, even though the prices reflect one. We loved all our food, the highly recommended octopus was tender and delicious and we shared the steak which was cooked to perfection. We really enjoyed checking out the art in the museum with an after dinner drink in hand.
The penguin was fun and silly. Would def recommend. We are going to check out the other 21cMuseum restaurant in Lexington next.

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TerriM
New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is not large but everything was outstanding including the cocktails.

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vipBethfromPittsburgh
Pittsburgh
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for our first time in Louisville and the food was amazing. Sweet potato soup, roasted cauliflower over goat cheese to start. Entrees included the best maple grilled pork chop over grits and brown butter pasta with parmesan and pistachios. No room for dessert because we added cornbread to the meal!

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MTandWC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff friendly and attentive. Food fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun but noisy! Art was overwhelmingly RED. Concept of restaurant was wonderful, fixtures were wonderfully diverse and added greatly to ambience. Server was delightful!

Thoroughly enjoyed the evening!

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vipJaneK
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place! Hotel, bar and restaurant are all spectacular Food was very good - we had the fish and it was well prepared Cocktail was a bit off- but it was quickly remedied
Would definitely go back and next time in Louisville we will definitely stay at the gorgeous Museum hotel

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof delivers! The acorn squash side was incredible as was the airplane chicken. Would recommend.

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. I especially recommend the charred octopus amd cornbread.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great! Always my favorite place to go to celebrate a birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was amazing. You haven’t lived until you have had the scratch biscuit with sorghum butter and the butternut squash cheesecake. The food was absolutely delicious, the art is so unique, and our server Rosemary was a gem! Birthday brunch for the win!

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Markthemoment
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to be back. Wine list very limited below three figures. The wines we knew had 200% mark up. Chicken liver mousse outstanding. Steaks good but not everything arrived as warm as it should be and for $50 expecting a bit more steak on the plate than the two excellently cooked but thin strips. Soo a nice meal but not quite great value

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StephanG
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Could have had potatoes with the stake and a little bit more stake.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, LID cocktail was amazing! I would go back for that and the cornbread (didn’t even know I liked cornbread)—and with their spiced jam! Heavenly. Bison burger was one of the best I’ve had. Gotta see the museum in 21C after or before you dine.

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KimM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be back ... I was here with my job for a work diner a few years ago. The service was great and the food is still way above great.

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RestaurantPerson
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Brunch was nice. Limited menu but all dishes were nice. Slow on the non food service. Took a while to get coffee, mimosas and kids drinks. They also forgot a side dish. We told then to hold off eventually. Overall nice but average. Big difference from dinner service.

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LizK
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch was great. Nice selection and good bar menu

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GregZ
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Food was good but nothing else was worth the price.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 16, 2021

GregZ, Thank you for your rating and review! As our goal is good food and good service I am very glad that you found that to be worthy of 4 Stars! I am sorry to see that you did not enjoy the atmosphere but hope you won't let that deter you from enjoying a meal from us again. We appreciate hearing from you and hope you have a great week!

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bulldog
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service caters to a younger crowd great whiskey menu at top prices with a puny pour however all restaurants I ate in Louisville poured a measly cocktail few choices but entrees are well done should put a starch and vegetable with the entree

Proof on Main
Responded on October 15, 2021

bulldog, Thank you for the 4 Star rating and taking the time to review us! We always take guests comments and experiences into consideration as we move ahead and appreciate hearing from you.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and excellent service- would definitely go again and recommend for visitors to Louisville!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 15, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for the 5 Stars and the wonderful review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your time and experience with us and hope you will return again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had brunch, ordered the smothered fried chicken brunch meal not realizing it wasn't breaded chicken breast but bone in drumstick and thigh covered in a sauce that was not very tasty. Didn't eat my meal as I didn't want to use my hands to eat. Ordered coffee and coffee cup handle was made for a child couldn't get my finger in the loop handle. Waiter never came by to refill my coffee. And never asked why our food was never touched basically. He just dropped off a $60 bill for me to pay. First and last time I will ever eat at this restaurant. Most expensive cup of coffee I ever had.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 10, 2021

Anonymous, We are sorry to see that you had a 2 Star experience with Proof on Main. We are always grateful to hear from the guests about their experiences as it helps us grow and fine tune ourselves. Thank you for your input and for your visit to Proof!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch with great service, food, and drink. Loved getting to enjoy the art as well!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 15, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so much for the 5 Stars and the lovely review! We are very glad you enjoyed everything! We hope you will come back soon to enjoy more art and 5 Star dining!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef changed - thank god. The menus is great, the food was great, and the cocktails were perfect! Brittany was our server, and if I had a business, I’d steal her! Everyone was great!! Good move adding Davy to the team. His cocktails are legit!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 10, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and the excellent review! We are very happy that you are enjoying our new menu items and the team's culinary talents! Brittnee and Davy are both very well versed in their positions and we are glad that you enjoyed their service! We look forward to seeing you back at Proof on Main soon and providing another round of 5 Star service!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, sweet potato soup was amazing. Decor is eclectic and service was excellent.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 8, 2021

Anonymous, We are so thankful for the 5 Stars! Our new Chef has put his mark on the menu and the sweet potato soup is one of those items. We are so happy that you loved it! We look forward to your future visit and to providing another 5 Star experience!

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SueS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Eclectic menu. Pricey wine list. Great service.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 8, 2021

SueS, 5 Stars! Thank you so very much! I am very glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and look forward to providing another 5 Star experience for you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The decor is amazing, and the food is lovely! Our server was so nice! We were very happy to come here for our wedding anniversary dinner!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 8, 2021

Anonymous, We are so glad that you enjoyed your anniversary with us at Proof on Main! Your special occasions are special to us too so we are thrilled you were pleased! We look forward to seeing you at Proof on Main again very soon!

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mmmfood
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and culinary offerings, fantastic service! A must for Louisville dining and don’t forget to order the charred octopus and the cornbread!

Proof on Main
Responded on October 8, 2021

mmmfood, 5 Stars! Thank you so much! We are very appreciative of your rating and review and are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us so much! The octopus is a staple on the menu so you can always look forward to that when dinging with us! We look forward to your next visit!

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David951
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still tops and always on their game. Service remains impeccable, while the menu/food is always imaginative, diverse and perfectly prepared. Octopus app is a staple that shouldn't be missed and my wife believes her steak was best of a lifetime.
Of course you get what you pay for, but isn't this why we work, so we can "play" so well?! And, never hesitate to start the evening in the bar with an Old Fashion; after all, this is Louisville!

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vipWestfieldfoodie
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bourbon bar and restaurant. The bison burger, roasted cauliflower in goat cheese, and butternut squash were delicious. Highly recommend for foodies and bourbon drinkers alike. Bartenders are super knowledgeable and servers are attentive.

Proof on Main
Responded on October 8, 2021

Westfieldfoodie, Thank you so much for the 5 Stars and the wonderful comments! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us so much and am so happy to see that our staff was both knowledgeable and attentive, we aim to do our best! We will look forward to seeing you again at Proof of Main!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Proteins were excellent. The side dish wasn’t very tasty.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 25, 2021

Anonymous, I am glad to see your protein choice was enjoyable! I am sorry to see that the accompanying items were not a match for your palate! We definitely appreciate the 4 Star review and are always happy to hear from guests about what might make their visit a 5 Star one. We appreciate your visit and hope to see you back at Proof on Main soon!

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MLCondo
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, bar. A bit pricey, but worth it.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi MLCondo! I hope this finds you very well! We are so pleased you found your visit with Proof on Main to be 5 Stars! We are always looking for ways to make the guest experience a better one, would you be willing to share some thoughts with us on value? Thank you for your visit and for you review!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very good service , over cooked pasta twice , oily small portion of octopus . Not a good value for your money .

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2021

We are very glad that you were happy with service... but we are definitely disappointed, and apologetic, to hear we did not give you the culinary visit all guests deserve. Your feedback helps to keep us on top of things and helps show us where we can make improvements along the way. We hear your thoughts and are grateful you have shared them with us. We do hope you will give Proof on Main another chance. Again thank you for your review and I hope your week is going well!

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NancyR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, service excellent and ambience perfect.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi NancyR! I am so happy to receive this wonderful 5 Star rating and fantastic review! We aim to make every guest's visit hit the mark and we are grateful that you felt that! We look forward to your return and to provide another fulfilling experience! Hoping this finds you well!

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JimE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the bourbon selection was even better. My wife wasn't feeling well (morning sickness). The waitress brought over a ginger drink for her and checked in a lot to make sure we were good. It was nice to have such attentive service. Highly recommend.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi JimE, First off thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and review! I cannot imagine what morning sickness must be like and am super pleased that our staff was on top of providing some relief! I am also glad that you enjoyed our culinary treats and the bourbon selection, our goal is to make our guests happy and feel special! We will look forward to your visiting Proof on Main again! I hope your day is great and that your wife's morning sickness subsides soon!

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CarissaP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bison burger and shishito peppers! Bourbon flights were so much fun. Missed out on the cotton candy though!

Proof on Main
Responded on September 23, 2021

CarissaP, I am so glad that you had such a wonderful experience with us! It appears we hit all the marks during your visit and that is definitely our goal! The kitchen works very hard to ensure the guest's palates are elated! We are also very glad that you enjoyed our bourbon flights... they are definitely a great way to try some delicious bourbons! The cotton candy machine is unfortunately out of commission at the moment but we are working to get it back up and running soon! Thank you so much!

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vipMickandMarianne
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Great service. Knowledgeable waitress. Food preparation good.

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BrianR
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Dinner, eclectic and engaging atmosphere, great food, fabulous service (Brittany gets 5 stars). A bit pricy, but definitely worth it.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 25, 2021

BrianR, We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us here at Proof on Main! Brittnee is definitely an asset to our team and we appreciate that you noticed her awesome ability to serve and make guests feel cared for! We hope to see you all at Proof again soon and thank you for the 5 Stars and the wonderful review!

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BRubinOne
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great. Menu was not huge but the items that are offered were very good. The grilled octopus appetizer was fabulous.

Proof on Main
Responded on September 25, 2021

BRubinOne, Thank you for your excellent rating and your review! We are glad that you enjoyed our selections from the menu and are always working to expand the menu while maintaining the quality of the dish. Our octopus is certainly a staple here and I'm very pleased to see that you are in agreement! We look forward to your next visit to Proof on Main and hope you are having a fantastic week!

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huntbria
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely decor, staff, and plates. Made me consider booking with this hotel next time. ☺️

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Proof on Main is rated 4.6 stars by 3140 OpenTable diners.

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