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About Proof Restaurant
Proof is a wine-centric restaurant serving Modern American cuisine.
The casual, elegant feel to this Penn Quarter destination is reflected throughout Executive Chef Austin Fausett’s 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.
Washington, DC 20001
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM
Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm
8th and G
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
Chef Austin Fausett
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.
Private Party Contact:
email@example.com: (202) 737-7663
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Proof Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Food was pretty good, however service was a little lacking. Waitstaff seemed to lose interest in us once it became apparent that we would not be ordering any expensive wine from their rather extensive selection. Took them a long time to clear our plates once we were finished with our meal. Restaurant has such a low level of light to the point that the staff actually gives you a mini flashlight in order to read the menu.
Arrived early on a busy Saturday night for a special birthday celebration. Was pleasantly surprised to be immediately seated at a lovely corner table. Service was attentive without being intrusive. Waiter was a cheerful and poised young man. Happy and upbeat disposition added to a festive atmosphere. Tuna tartare appetizer, veal and pork meatballs, and gnocchi appetizers were fabulous. Lamb main dish and Haddock main dish were wonderful. Haddock was a bit spicy. Complimentary champagne toast and dessert were appreciated for birthday celebration. Nice touches. Highly recommend!
My waitress was amazing. I left her a $20 . I’m not sure if her name but she is a black woman with blonde hair and she’s about 5’6-5’7 . The host was amazing as well. Very sweet and considerate of our needs and situation. I have to admit the meat is phenomenal. Even if you get it “well done” it’s tasty and very well prepared. I had a steak that was well done and I got another that was medium well and they both were great!
I would go there again !
Service was horrible. We had two waiters split our service and didn't seem to communicate at all. Waiter was weirdly talkative, and kept hitting on my friend and then asked us if we were lesbians when we were visibly uncomfortable. Portions weren't worth their price. Won't be back.
My husband and I were blown away by the food, drinks and service. Everything that we ordered was spectacular. It's definitely on the pricier side, so you need to be willing to spend some money, but it is well worth every penny. We could not get over how delicious every single item was. We also loved that they had local ingredients as well.
Friends from overseas were visiting and asked me to choose the restaurant. Based on an excellent lunch from some months ago, I chose Proof. It was a Monday night, so was quieter, although we had a large group at the next table. Service was excellent, though there was a small glitch with one of the appetizers that was fixed quickly & to our satisfaction. Food was great (I highly recommend the pork belly main course). Everyone was very happy with the food and the pacing of the evening. Proof has an extensive & varied wine list and the wine with dinner was fine, though not exceptional. Definitely a place I would recommend to foodies. We will be back!
Sunday brunch here was excellent....a must have the cinnamon brioche buns with lemon icing (loved that lemon icing). Cheese plate to start with honey from baltimore and nice crispy nut bread. The matilde omelette was so fluffy. The eggs benedict pairs great with a Pimm cocktail. The angry eggs are nice and spicy. We'd definitely come here again.
The restaurant was hard to find--the outside sign was not lit, and I had to circle around 2x until I called them for guidance. There was a 4-top next to us and they were loud, but we didn't complain - we just had to speak louder. The appetizers came quickly but the entrees took quite some time, and we had to call the waiter to ask. I also ordered the guanciale to start with, but it didn't come with the other apps--the waiter forgot. The food was good. It will be a while before I go back there.
We have been to Proof several times before over the years, and it has continued to maintain high standards for food, wine and service. We've never been disappointed. The ambiance is casual, and the high-backed booths are cozy for a group. The abundance of charcuterie, cheeses, pates and small plates could comprise a meal on their own. The pastas and main courses are seasonal and in varied styles, with some perennial favorites that have been on the menu for years (like the Berkshire pork chop) and other rotating items. The wine list is extensive and provides a nice range from each region and grape/style. Our waiter, Will, was perfectly charming, not hovering and not rushing us out.
Food was wonderful. We were treated as rude as I've ever been treated in a restaurant by the sommelier/manager. I felt like I made a mistake telling the hostess where we were walking from that was causing us to arrive a few minutes past our reservation time. The combination of poor service by our waiter and being treated rudely by the sommelier/manager made what should have been a great meal only mediocre at best and cause a negative overall experience. I'll never return and advise the same to any interested parties.
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