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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.

775 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Sunday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Lunch:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
8th and G

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 737-7663

Website:
http://www.proofdc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet ($12) for dinner service only. Street parking and metro accessible.

Public Transit:
Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

Executive Chef:
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:
sarah@proofdc.com: (202) 737-7663

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Proof will offer two seatings for NYE:
5-7pm ~ 3 course prix-fixe menu for $89 per person (plus a limited a la carte menu)
8-10pm ~ 5 course tasting menu for $120 per person or $195 including wine pairings. Prices do not include tax or gratuity. We look forward to celebrating the New Year with you!

Proof Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (44)
Special Occasion (40)
Notable Wine List (39)
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Good for a Date (37)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Business Meals (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Romantic (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (10)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The scallops were the star of the show - a well-conceived recipe that was prepared with finesse. The butternut squash soup - which at first sounded boring to me - was also outstandingly flavorful and so appropriate for a cold winter's night. The wagyu hanger steak was a slight disappointment. The preparation was good, combining the following ingredients - onion soubise, bacon, swiss chard, cippolini onions, red wine sauce - gave good, full-flavored results. But the wagyu hanger steak left me wishing for a better, less tough cut of meat.

My appetizer was the octopus skordalia. I don't typically go for octopus and my experience at Proof reinforced that reluctance. Our server described a longer cooking process that sounded like it would result in a tender, tasty final product, but the octopus still retained some of its inherent rubber banded character. On top of that the arugula salad that was underneath the octopus was overdressed and swimming in a tasty but too plentiful lemony dressing.

One regret was simply not having enough appetite to take advantage of an outstanding selection of cheeses.

For dessert, we shared the sticky toffee pudding cake. We finished every bit of it but I would rate it as good not great.

The wine list is a strength at Proof, and it was appreciated by us that they made both two-ounce and six-ounce glasses available.

Service was outstanding. Our server was smart, knew the menu well, expressed his opinions clearly and in a helpful way, and really enhanced our pleasure for the evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Just outstanding food recommended by a very honest waiter (who was right about everything!). The Wagyu hanger steak and duck were divine as was the gnocchi which you could get half portion as an app. Marvelous wines by the glass, especially the Riesling and the Zinfandel. Love the little lights with magnifier glass they give you (sadly you can't take them home) to look at the menu.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

It's a bit pricey and portions are small if hungry, but I do love the place. Wine is great.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Our server, Will, was great! The oxtail pasta was excellent also!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Slow service and food took forever to come. Pork chop , scallops, and gnocchi entrees were excellent. Chicken and Wagyu Hanger steak entrees were average. Salmon flatbread appetizer was a disappointment. Steak was cold when it got to the table and fries side dish was forgotten altogether. Needless to say, poor cost benefit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Absolutely some of the most flavorful and well balanced dining we’ve had recently. Portions were perfect and the wine complemented the food. Would return in a heartbeat.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

While the food here is excellent, the restaurant's wine list is pretentious, overpriced and almost impossible to figure out -- making a customer feel uninformed and cheap. Plus the lighting is absurdly low so that you cannot read the menu or multiple pages of wine offerings even with their clever gadgets. We don't plan to eat there again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

It’s got a great vibe and wanted to love it. Interesting menu but food really fell short. Entrees were served Luke warm. And we were so excited but it was really just ok. Example - we got risotto fries- sounded amazing- they weren’t. They just were greasy and not that tasty. We were recommended the flash fried cauliflower- been on the menu 10 years. Got it and it was just ok. Nothing special. At all. They need to up their game in the kitchen.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Our sever, Michael (Mike?) was amazing. He had a tremendous knowledge of the menu and gave us some terrific recommendations. The Wagyu Carpaccio was absolutely amazing, and the Veggie Gnocchi was worth getting even though I usually steer clear of non-meat dishes (not a knock on veggies/vegans; I just perfer the meat!). But that gnocchi has changed my life. I can't wait to go back and try something else. Everything was SO FRESH. My only disapointment was that our entres came out and were room-temperature and had to be reheateed; but the service was excellent and they did so immediately. Will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

My mother and I dined here before a show at the national theater - easy walk from the restaurant. Everything was wonderful from the service, education of the wine and we’ll understood menu from the staff to the food itself. So. Yummy! My mom is from Missouri and said the pork chop was the best she’s ever had. I agree!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service, but the food and wine selections (by the glass) did not justify the price. The sea bass was bland and a bit fishy. The oxtail agnolotti was good, but not $36 good. The wine selections were average and not a great value. Our server was awesome though!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were visiting from out of town for a couple days and loved it so much we ended up having dinner there twice! Amazing staff, wonderful service, delicious food, great cocktails, and phenomenal wine list and wonderfully attentive sommelier!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Sophisticated wine, creative a delicious food, intimate atmosphere and amazing service. Just a little bit too dark for me (cannot took all the photos I wanted:)

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Once again, Proof hits a home run. Wine people rejoice, The Dalle Valle Vertical is not to be missed. The new Coravin options allow for 2 ounce samplings of some amazing wines. Split a salad and sample the charcuterie for sure. The Prosciutto was divine and a perfect match for any good wine. Even though our entrees arrived cold, they were perfectly cooked (we both had fish) so we were hesitant to send it back and try again. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Nicely designed restaurant in a high traffic location. The food was good. The service was well meaning, but very amateurish which is has become pervasive in my recent dining experiences in DC. I have no problem paying for quality, well prepared food, but the restaurant has an obligation to provide a service experience commensurate with the food the kitchen prepares and the price of the meal. It appears that servers are ill prepared and mostly untrained, therefore unskilled.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Picked this place because of its Open Table rating and was not disappointed in the least. Food was creative and outstanding We opted for the chef's selections with the wine pairing and we had a fabulous experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very nice evening, as always. Consistently superb service. Nicely paced, not rushed at all, but never lacking for anything. Relatively quiet atmosphere with no loud music - very much appreciated. We always eat tapas style, but there is a very good main course menu as well. Butternut squash soup, quinoa salad and duck liver mousse are standouts. Pork and veal meatballs were also excellent. Just wish they'd bring back the foie gras and cherries . . .

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

THE DELICIOUS SQUASH SOUP WAS JUST PERFECT ON A BLUSTRY COLD EVENING!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was amazing, but the service was extremely slow. Hoping it was just an off night for them. Overall, would definitely recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Proof never disappoints. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was delicious. The proportions were perfect. It was not too noisy, allowing for good conversation. Totally recommend it!

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent experience and best food of 4 highly recommended (by TripAdvisor) restaurants in a 4 day visit to DC. Wine list very extensive if also expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Delicious farm to table with fine service. A welcome addition to the Jose Andres lineup of excellent food. From cocktails to dessert great execution.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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 !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Romantic, Vegan, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great cheese selection accompanied by tasty dips of honey and apple. Meals presented beautifully and tasted wonderful. Even my fussy vegetarian son loved his meal. Second time here and we will definitely dine here again when we come to DC.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Extensive wine list, great location, impeccable service! Outstanding dining experience...a must visit in DC area!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Charming server who was totally inept. Go figure ...

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was tasty and the service was phenomenal. Thought everything was pretty overpriced, but it was still a great date night. The ahi tuna and salmon flatbread starters were great!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

the food seems to be getting worse over the years. bartending, too. we'd been coming here for a while, but don't really see the value any more. there are way more interesting restaurants at this price point. i think we're done, at least for a while.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Spicy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

great charcuterie/small plate selection, never even made it to entrees, we saw too many good things and ordered too many

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Love this place! Amazing food, wonderful service staff, and a great location and ambiance!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Casual, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent wine - I enjoyed talking to the wine director while enjoying the tasting menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great selection of wines and even the happy hour pour is drinkable. Food is always outstanding, the halibut was superb. Great decor and atmosphere, and staff is friendly without being intrusive.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was slow, food was just ok and really overprice, very disappointing experience

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Will was an excellent server. The charcuterie board was a great way to start the meal.

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