Proof on Main

4.6
3152 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 3152 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit and it was on Thanksgiving day where they had a set menu. In fairness, they were one of a few restaurants open on Thanksgiving on Louisville. We found the food to be rather bland and somewhat overcooked. We would go back here because the vibe is great! I'm confident their regular menu is probably really good.
The service was great!

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Responded 4 hours ago

Anonymous, Thank you for the 4 Star rating! We are glad we were able to provide you with a Thanksgiving meal but are sorry to see that you found it to be bland. We greatly appreciate that you enjoyed the atmosphere we provide and hope you will come back and try our regular house menu! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience as it always helps us grow from the comments of our guests!

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JohnW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife is pescatarian so the menu having only turkey or beef was an issue. She very much enjoyed the bread, salads, sides and desserts on the fixed menu but in previous years, there were more options on the menu. This was our third or fourth trip to Proof for Thanksgiving dinner.

We would like to see that again, and will be sure to check the menu before arriving next year. Without such options, we will not return for Thanksgiving dinner.

Our server, Dorcari, was excellent. She was very attentive and apologetic, but obviously there was nothing she could do about the menu options.

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vipJoeML
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Responded 4 hours ago

JoeML, Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating! We are so very happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope you will return to Proof on Main again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere here was amazing as well as the food and drinks!

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Responded 4 hours ago

Anonymous, We are grateful for the 5 Star rating and are so very pleased that you had such a great experience upon your visit! We will hope to see you again at Proof soon!

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DawnD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really fun place. The food was amazing. I had the chance to be there for brunch. The fruit salad was actually inspiring! Delicious!

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Responded 4 hours ago

DawnD, We are very grateful for the 5 Star rating and that we were able to make your brunch such an enjoyable one! We will look forward to your return to Proof soon!

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vipPatrickK
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch. Great service! Very tasty scratch biscuit sandwich! Cocktails were inventive with house made shrubs/syrups. Highly recommend!

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Responded 4 hours ago

PatrickK, Thank you for the 5 Star rating and for the wonderful review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and the culinary and beverage delights that you selected! We will hope you return to Proof again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was great, the only thing was our table was very wobbly and we had to keep our foot on the leg of it to keep it from wobbling. Every time we moved our drinks would wobble. Everything else was great!

Proof on Main
Responded 4 hours ago

Anonymous, Thank you so much for the 4 Stars! We are very happy you enjoyed the staples of your visit but are also very sorry that your table was so wobbly! We have alerted our engineering department so that we can make sure all the tables have been properly tightened! We hope you will visit us again soon!

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DerekS
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food at Proof is second to none. I ordered the Barr Farms Chicken and it was perfectly executed... on top of being damned delicious. The service was slow and seemingly somewhat disinterested. This place is hip, but its an incredibly slim margin between being "cool" and just downright cold.

Proof on Main
Responded 4 hours ago

DerekS, Thank you for the 4 Star rating! We are so glad that you enjoyed your culinary treats upon your visit! We are sorry to see that your service lacked enthusiasm and attentiveness. Those are important aspects of the experience and we hope that you will return to Proof to find that we hit the mark there as well. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

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MsLoyel
London
73 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone visiting Kentucky for the bourbon trail. Absolutely charming and cool restaurant

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Responded 5 hours ago

Ms Loyel, Thank you for your 5 Star rating and taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy that you had the experience we strive to provide for our guests and are grateful for your kind description of your time at Proof! We will hope to see you again soon!

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MFinVA
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive combinations of fresh local ingredients and excellent friendly service make Proof a perennial favorite whenever we visit Louisville.

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Responded 5 hours ago

MFinVA, Thank you for your 5 Star rating and for the very kind review! We are thrilled that we have hit those important marks with your visits and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Bradus
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Cocktails are best around.
Food is great. I had the short rib.
Service is always very good.

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Responded 6 hours ago

Bradus, Thank you for the 5 Star rating and for the lovely review! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and the service provided! We will hope to see you at Proof again soon!

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Crawdaddy
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Glad the restaurant is open for Sunday brunch! The meal was good but very limited selections

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Responded 6 days ago

Crawdaddy, Thank you for the 4 Stars and for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad you enjoyed your meal and we hope to see you at brunch again or dinner soon!

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Cool ambience. Food was ok

Proof on Main
Responded 6 days ago

Anonymous, Thank you for the 4 Star rating and for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad you enjoyed you visit! We are sorry to hear that you were not uplifted by the food... we hope you will join us again and find something better to your liking!

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Julia
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love visiting Proof on Main! The food and drinks were incredible. Perfect spot for an enjoyable business dinner.

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Responded 6 days ago

Julia, Thank you so much for your 5 Star rating and the wonderful review! We are so very glad that you and your business associates had such a lovely experience. Our staff prides itself on giving our guests the best experience possible and are very happy we hit the mark upon your visit! We hope to see you all at Proof again soon!

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vipEllie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately, my first visit was not stellar. We had very early reservations and we one of 3-4 tables seated. The service was very slow. I ordered soup which arrived without a spoon and lukewarm at best. I expect better service and hot food at a higher priced restaurant such as this.

Proof on Main
Responded 5 hours ago

Ellie, We are so sorry to hear that you didn't have the best version of Proof upon your first visit. We do hope you'll be back to try us again and find hot soup and attentive service. Thank you for taking the time to review and let us know your experience!

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vipPCat
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful. When one of our party got a poorly cooked meal, they immediately replaced it.

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Responded 6 days ago

PCat, We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your service and experience at Proof! We are so sorry that your meal needed to be replaced but are very glad we were able to turn the night around! Thank you for the 5 Stars and for taking the time to share your experience!

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vipPcat
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I am so sad to say our meal this evening was awful. We ordered the beet salad. There were very few beets and the micro greens were mostly stems.

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Responded 6 days ago

Pcat, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the beet salad. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular and the waitress was exceptional. Initially did not expect a great meal, however my wife and I walked out impressed and full.

Proof on Main
Responded on November 7, 2021

Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and for the 5 Star rating! We are so very pleased that you had such a great experience from food to service! We are so glad that we were able to provide an even better meal than you had expected! We will look forward to your next visit to Proof on Main again soon!

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vipRobinA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner celebrating a 60th birthday. The food was absolutely fantastic. We loved it.

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Responded on November 7, 2021

RobinA, Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Proof on Main so much! We are very glad we could be part of the birthday celebration and hope to see you back again soon.

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Sandra
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect food and service! Not to mention the artwork .

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Responded on November 4, 2021

Sandra, Thank you so very much for the 5 Star rating and your very kind review! We are so pleased when we hit the mark for our guests and when they connect to the artwork throughout. We look forward to your return visit to Proof on Main soon!

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Thanks for the great service Alex. What a great experience

Proof on Main
Responded on November 4, 2021

JeffS, Thank you for the 5 Star rating and taking the time to leave a review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your server Alex! She is a new member of the team and is really doing a fantastic job! We look forward to your return visit to Proof!

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ElleJay
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was ok. Service was sub-par. I know help is hard to come by these days but it wasn't crowded at all. Our server screwed up our appetizer order & neglected to even comment about it. Never came to the table to ask if everything was ok & then I ordered a 2nd cocktail & he never brought it. After seeing him walking around doing nothing I finally asked him again for it & he went to the bar to get it. Overall somewhat disappointing

Proof on Main
Responded on November 4, 2021

ElleJay, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are so very sorry to hear that your experience was not what we want to provide for our guests or what our guests expect from us. We do, sincerely, hope that you will give Proof on Main another chance to provide that experience properly.

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PortlandPete
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Disappointing entree. $48 for a short rub that was mostly fat. And for a supposedly 48 hour braise it was pink and tough. The Bibb salad was outstanding.

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Responded on November 4, 2021

PortlandPete, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! We are very glad that you enjoyed the KY Bibb Salad but am also sorry to hear the short rib left you underwhelmed. We appreciate comments from our guests so that we may always continue to improve and grow. We do hope you will return to Proof on Main again soon.

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DN16
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great people. If you are in Louisville you need to experience this at least one time.

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Responded on November 2, 2021

DN16, Thank you for your kind words and recommendation! We look forward to you joining us soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Proof!

Proof on Main
Responded on November 2, 2021

Anonymous, So happy we did not disappoint. We'll see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and waitress was outstanding!!!! Arrived 1/2 hour early for party of 2 and they took us right in.

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Responded on November 2, 2021

Anonymous, So glad to hear you had a fantastic evening! We'll see you again soon. -The Proof on Main Team

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vipSteveS
Western KY
118 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended

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Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you so very much for the 5 Star rating! We appreciate you and hope to see you again soon at Proof on Main! -The Proof on Main Team

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vipDiner
Hawaii
29 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the 21c Hotel- this restaurant is nicely done with great creative options and wonderful service.

Proof on Main
Responded 6 days ago

Diner, Thank you so much for the 5 Star rating and the lovely review! We are very pleased that we provided you with the experience you deserve! We hope to see you at Proof again soon!

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance… great food and great service! No need to say any more!

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Responded on November 2, 2021

CraigS, So happy to hear all the top three marks for your dining experience. We look forward to you joining us in the near future. -The Proof on Main Team

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PatrickM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed Proof. The waiter recommended a dish which I ended up choosing, was not at all disappointed.

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Responded on November 2, 2021

PatrickM, Thank you! We love that you had a great time with us. We hope to see you soon! -The Proof on Main Team

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eagledriver1
New Orleans
14 reviews