Proof Restaurant

4.3
3525 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.

The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef George Rodriques' menu. Proof showcases the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients in clean, beautiful preparations, an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, as well as a wine list containing over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottles.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(202) 737-7663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef George Rodrigues
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Private party facilities
Although we do not have a private space, Proof offers seating for large groups in our dining room with a contract. For parties of 9-20 guests, we offer a 3 course menu beginning at $70 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). For groups of 20 or more, we require a food and beverage minimum, which depends on the date and time you are looking to host the event. A full restaurant buyout is available for groups of 50 or more, where we can offer both a seated dinner, or a passed hors d'oeuvres/cocktail style reception.

Proof can seat up to 14 guests at one table in the dining room; groups larger than this will be split into tables seated next to each other. We are able to seat 85 guests, with room for 125 standing.
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Private party contact
alyssa@fatbabyinc.com: (202) 737-7663
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th and G
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Parking details
Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
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Public transit
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3525 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Proof is a nice, well-located restaurant with good food. We enjoyed fish and pasta entrees but they were small. We shared an appetizer (underwhelming duck liver mousse) and deserts and still left hungry. My Hake was delicious but particularly small -- it included only a 4 oz. piece of fish in a sauce. Some vegetable/carb would have helped, or the server should have suggested that I order one. As it stood, we grabbed a slice of pizza after dinner.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

i am comfortable with the food, staff and atmosphere.dal

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Nice outdoor patio that too crowded!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We returned because of the incredible wine list! Sommelier was superb. Had three different wines and they were all excellent. Wine was pricey but well worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Always excellent! They were able to shift our reservation when we notified them we were running late. Their valet is always only $12 and they are very prompt and friendly. The food is delicious and the wine selection is enormous.

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2018

This is my first lunch at Proof, though I've been for dinner before. The restaurant was nearly empty, and yet service was poor. Our waiter forgot to bring my dining mate dressing, refilled my Diet Coke with iced tea without stopping to make sure I had been drinking iced tea, and was altogether not too attentive. The busboy was very attentive, however, noticing when he had put down a scratched up bread plate in front of us and taking it away and replacing it without being asked.

I got a Caesar salad with chicken, which is generally a safe bet. Some aspects of the salad were nice (soft boiled egg, crispy ham), but the dressing had an odd tang and the chicken was black in places. My stomach was upset immediately after, and I'm not sure which part of the salad triggered it.

Altogether, it should be a better place but it just keeps disappointing me. I won't be giving it a third try.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

If anything stands out at this restaurant it is absolutely the wonderful flavors they put into their dishes. The ingredients were so fresh and every component fit on the plate. The wine list made us dizzy, but whatever red wine we had complemented our dish wonderfully.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Lovely menu, quality ingredients, and wonderful service! We will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

It is a great concept, but I found the wines by the glass to be very "meh." I somewhat assumed those would be curated much better for a wine bar. I arrived at 5:15p, and I also found that many of the wines in my red flight tasted old (clearly opened the day prior, but I wondered if perhaps they might have been opened even the day before that; they were turning quickly). Food also took an hour to be delivered. Overall, the place has potential if they corrected some of this (though maybe my experience was just bad luck across these areas).

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2.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Inattentive and lackluster service! It had been a couple of years since I had been to Proof, but I was asked to take a summer intern out to lunch and thought this might be a nice choice. That was a mistake, because even the student noticed how poor the service was. It was a weekday lunch and the restaurant was not that busy. It took forever to order despite us deciding quickly. The food came relatively quickly, but I couldn't get my water and tea glass refilled, we only ordered dessert after several attempts to catch the server's attention (he seemed to disappear for stretches of time). Finally at the end, I gave up waiting I went to the hostess to get our check. I got it without the slightest hint of consternation over the fact that I had to do this or questions about the service - just complete ambivalence. There are too many options in DC to put up with this.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

This is not the old proof. Waiters less experienced. Sommeliers still top
Notch. Something has changed.

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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I am not sure what happened to Proof. Seems to be a shadow of its former self. Used to be phenomenal. Now it's just "okay." I was quite disappointed. Still a wonderful place. Far above average compared to other restaurants, but like I said a shadow of its former self.

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1.0Dined on July 13, 2018

My spouse and I had dinner at our last day in Washington DC and we were looking forward to a fine diner for 2. The wine list was impressive but overpriced. We had wagyu carpaccio for starter. Such a waste ruining that fine beef with too much spicy topping. Then my spouse had the lamb which was too greasy. I had the NY strip. The quality was ok but the quantity was ridiculously low. I got out of the restaurant still feeling hungry. We confronted the staff with our opinion. The somelier kindly and politely listened to our complaint and offered compensation. Unfortunately this did not make our evening. We got out of the place without talking to the chef, the person responsible for our ruined evening. Maybe this experience happens a bit too often, because the restaurant was quite empty and the place next door was packed...

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Once again, a good salad with attentive service in a nice setting.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Everything was incredible, I got to talk to the most informed sommelier I’ve met thus yet.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Food was delicious but the waiter wasn't interactive and seemed like it was a burden to serve us.

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3.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I had higher hopes based on the reviews I read. I selected some items that seemed popular in reviews. The gnocchi fell short. It was somewhat dry. The wagyu carpaccio was unnecessarily spicy. The Octopus was cooked perfectly, though I didn’t think the crispy potatoes made sense or added anything positive to the dish. There were lots of potatoes and just a few chunks of the delicious octopus. The lamb and the duck were cooked well, but no notable flavors. The wine list is great. We enjoyed a lovely earthy chateauneuf du pape. You would never have known that the staff knew about my birthday. No celebratory gesture was made. The experience fell short in many ways.

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1.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Myself and 2 friends sat at the bar for an hour and at no pint during the hour did the bartender so much as come over and provde us with me is or offer to take our order. After the busser took our order, the bartender actually seemed perturbed worth him for watching out for us. Once I had my drink and finished it, my drink sat empty for a 1/2 an hour all while the bartender passed by numerous times and avoided eye contact. We had reservations for dinners, but after such a terrible experience at the bar, we decided not to stay for dinner. The single worst service I’ve experienced in decades of dining!

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4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food at Proof is always really good and very inventive. You can order a number of small plates and be more than replete. One of the few places where octopus is never chewy. The duck liver pate can make one swoon. Great cheese and charcuterie as well, and a very attentive wait staff.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Caesar salad was a sight to behold, and exquisite. Salmon was prepared perfectly. Miss their charcuterie/cheese offerings on the menu, though! Overall, still a great place to dine!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Good food. Great wines by the glass. World Class Wine List.

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

My wife and I (as well as several friends) have been to Proof a couple of times before and overall it’s been pretty good. However this time, the experience was sub par. To start with, the service was slow and spotty at best, and we pretty much had to flag down the waiter every-time we needed something. Regarding the food, it was good but the portions were just too small. I had the dock and received three small pieces of duck on a plate with some very limited vegetables. At $36 a plate, I would have expected a bit more food. I am definitely one for quality over quantity, but this meal, and several others at our table, were just too small to the point of ridiculous.

For the money we spent on the dinner, combined with the lack of service, I think this will be the last time we eat at Proof.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Enjoyed seasonal dishes and wine pairings for an early pre-theater dinner. Service was great, convenient location.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food was great but we were celebrating a birthday and I had indicated that but it wasn’t acknowledged which was a little disappointing.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Was served a glass of wine that had clearly come from a bad bottle and smelled and tasted like vinegar. No one checked before serving. Then the server added it to you bill and we had to have it removed. Also were served a strange sour cream dish with crackers that were exposed to moisture and tasted a little damp. We couldn't figure out what the sour cream dip was, and the server never told us.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Brunch was simple, quiet, and descent. Nothing extraordinary or fancy. Good middle of the road brunch. The menu is completely different than the typical lunch or dinner. Average is ok.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We loved everything about Proof. The food was simply delicious, and the service was personable and fantastic. We highly recommend it!

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Staff had changed considerably. Felt like I was dining in a chain restaurant in Woodbridge Virginia. Not the same level of experience as a fan or Christian in our past experiences. Food portions were lunch size for dinner

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The wine pairings were so well done - each wine was perfectly matched to the dish and each was sublime and unique

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Anise was our server twice and he was outstanding. Great selection of wine, beer and food! My husband loved the octopus and the Brussel sprouts and risotto fries were outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We had a delicious Albariño with the charcuterie and cheese platter the chef chose. Really special aged cheddar. Very nice place.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Enjoyed Proof twice. Great service and ambiance. Creative dishes were well prepared. Beautiful charcuterie platters. Caprese,octopus and cauliflower were delicious. Gnocchi were lovely. Strip steaks were itty bitty stingy kid size portions. Our guests were disappointed with the minuscule portion of beef. Not a good value for an entree. Wine list is full and waiters are wine savvy. Special wine shelf rolls out from some of the tables. They have a charcuterie station. Beautiful intimate restaurant.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Service was not acceptable from our server. Will not post his name here but would be happy to talk to someone about our experience

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Perfectly fine. Nothing remarkable. Great location for Capital One Arena and nice outdoor seating. Unimpressive service.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Good for light eaters

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Theatre after dinner. Excellent wine list. Wonderfully service. Plenty of time to walk to theatre.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This restaurant is always good. Good Vegan suggestions. Excellent chicken and salmon.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Several items on online menu were not available. Portions very small for the price. I ordered the steak and got two small strips, maybe three or maximum four ounces.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Very slow poor service. Also temperature in restaurant was too warm.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Best wine list!! Incredible food. Great service!

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