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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

Proof Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (16)
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Happy Hour (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Authentic (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Healthy (6)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2010

Delicious food, great service, lovely ambiance. What more can you ask for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Unfortunately, the terrine/pate selection (the plate with a slice of each) was dry and hard to differentiate one from the other, except for the mousse. The cheese selection held some fine pieces (the gruyere and the California soft cheese -- all extremely small at over $4.00 apiece -- but most of them were far too dry and without distinctive taste. Perhaps I just hit a bad night, as others rave about Proof, so I will give it another try.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 13, 2010

Waiter was annoying and not very helpful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2010

Excellent food and great, diverse selection of food and drink. The best we have tried in Penn Quarter. Have tried most in the area since our group of 4-6 goes out after attending the Shakespeare Theatre 4-5 times a year.Some drink selections can be very pricy, but a great place for a special outing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2010

Great meal, very interesting menu, great atmosphere and wine list. Service was good, a little 'cold', but mostly attentive to their jobs.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2010

Excellent Wine Selection and Interesting Small Plates

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2010

The charcuterie and cheese selections were absolutely superb, as was the wine list. The waiter gave excellent and supportive service. I would most definitely come back!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 6, 2010

Thought my appetizer--a collection of pates and terrines--was superb and had huge portion sizes. Maybe the best pate/terrine plate I've ordered anywhere. Server told me this was the best selection on the cold appetizer page and I'd agree.

Adequate hanger steak--small portion size, interesting presentation. Was OK.

Wines were hit and miss. I appreciated the fact the server recommended wines that were on the lower end of the price range and grapes with which I was unfamiliar. Having said that, I discovered no hidden treasures, just a lot of underpriced wines I didn't particularly like.

Server was terrific, knowlegable, and very flexible. An enjoyable evening. I'd go back.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 6, 2010

Excellent interesting food and fun. The by the glass wine list always brings us a few new gems.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 3, 2010

The charcuterie plate was the best we've had in DC - tremendous variety and excellent quality. That and three small dishes was plenty for four people. The prawns were wonderful. The gnocchi was very light and delicious with no heavy sauce, just some grilled cherry tomatoes. The lamb meatballs were in a very good sauce. You could have a very reasonable dinner here if you are careful about what you drink. With 4 glasses of wine , 2 beers and a scotch it more than doubled the food bill.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2010

Excellent food and and extensive wine list, including more than 20 wines by the glass. Service can be S L O W if dining outside.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2010

3 of us went for lunch. I had called before to ask if the lunch special was still in effect - the answer was yes. Suggest, though, that restaurant employees should be sure to note that special applies only if you sit at the bar (but why really must that be the case anyway?). Had thought we'd take advantage of special till we realized it applied to bar only - and we didn't want to sit at the bar. Well,ok, nevermind. But we were all underwhelmed by our entrees (bad choices?). Shrimp salad was 4 pieces of plain romaine one on top of other, 1/2 dozen steamed shrimp, a few sliced olives, croutons, and a parmesan crisp. Boring and just odd. Service was so so, kinda slow. We won't go back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2010

Fastest lunch service I've ever experienced at a white tablecloth restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2010

Our server was charged with the entire outside area by herself, so may have been a little overwhelmed. It took her more than 15 minutes to come back with our drink orders. She forgot our dessert orders and never came back, so after 30 minutes, we gave up and asked for the check instead. However, the food was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2010

I was disappointed in the wine and thought the food was good but not great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2010

we sat outside during lunch and service was pretty poor! (except for another server who took pity on us b/c our server was 'checked out'). otherwise - creative lunch menu and extremely tasty sandwiches and salad. superb wines-by-the-glass list, perfect for lunch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2010

Amazing wine list - the sommelier was right on with her recommendations, and the food was very tasty as well. Highly recommend.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 29, 2010

This was a first time at Proof. Met an old friend for lunch and we both zeroed in on the lamb burgers. Unfortunately, they were out. She opted for the beef salad and I went with the duck confit salad. Her salad was huge and very fresh looking. Mine was disapointing (especially since I now had a juicy lamb burger on the brain). My salad was a small and somewhat dry duck leg set upon a small pile of slaw. It was OK. But, we did see a gorgeous charcuterie board placed at the table next to us. That is what I would come back to try!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2010

We started with the full charcuterie board which 4 of us shared. The variety was great, all artisan made, and more than enough for more than just a taste for each of us. Next we split two starters, the flatbread and red beets, a nice interlude of non-meat after the charcuterie. For entrees we had branzino, sablefish, and the stuffed chicken (2). All were excellently cooked, the chicken melt-in your mouth tender with a wonderful mushroom stuffing. Both fish dishes likewise excellent. Sablefish with a lovely pepper sauce. For dessert we shared a selection of 4 cheeses (the waiter added one more for a couple bucks additional) and a cookie plate - a nice combination to finish off an excellent meal. Best meal we've had in DC.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2010

Proof renewed my interest in cheese; great selection of cheeses nicely paired w/the wines

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2010

Proof was a lovely surprise. Was expecting more of a wine bar experience but the food was fantastic. Beautiful space, great lighting, nice service-- really lovely.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2010

Consistently good food. One of few places in the DC area with sweatbreads and other unusual preparations on the menu.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 27, 2010

Superb food and an incredible wine list for both ends of the economic scale. Well worth asking the sommelier to pick something out. Attentive service - our waiter was genuinely enthusiastic about the food. If you get the cheese plate might be worth asking for the bread without nuts and fruit which was not always complimentary to the cheeses. Overall a great place on all fronts.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2010

We started with charcuterie and cheese for the table as we caught up with our friends. Service was attentive but did not rush us as we made our way through several courses and bottles. Our server was very knowledgeable regarding the wines and menu items. It's expensive, but worth it!

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on June 26, 2010

A truly extraordinary experience. Will recommend to anyone I know going to DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2010

Every dish we ordered was OUTSTANDING. One of my best dining experiences in DC. Looking forward to returning.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2010

as always, food was really terrific!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 24, 2010

Fod was excellent and our waiter very helpful in making selections to compliment our choices. Proof was one of our favorite restaurants while visiting D.C..

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2010

This was my second visit to Proof. We will go again. Things did not jump off the menu at me--there was nothing that I was dying to have. I settled on the pork chop, something that I never order, because the waitress said she loved it. I found it tough, maybe pork chops are tough? Despite that, we had a wonderful time. We were seated in the back and had no awareness of anyone else in the restaurant, a real plus. So many places are too loud, this was just right.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2010

This is our second time dining at PROOF. We have loved the food and the service both times. The staff was very knowledgeable about both the food and the wine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2010

The rabbit course was delicious! I liked the squash blossom preparation on the side too. The red wine the waiter suggested went well it. The hangar steak was prepared perfectly, however the greens on the side were a little bland for me. The service was fantastic. Thank you to Proof for a good celebration!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 19, 2010

Food was excellent. We would all definitely go back and reccommend it. I especially loved the sablefish! Bring a small flashlight so you can read the menu.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2010

Food was awesome...was with a party of 4. everyone ordered a variety of dishes...everyone was spectacular.
Drinks on the other hand were just OK and very over priced.....$162 bar tab of a $367 total bill....all waiter recommendations were very pricey and not particularly memorable.
I would go back in a heartbeat, but bring my own wine and pay the corkage fee....not to sva emoney, but to ensure quality.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 17, 2010

It was an excellent dining experience. The service was not cloying, but attentive. The recommendations were excellent and the food superbly prepared and presented.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on June 14, 2010

this was our first lunch at proof. my wife and I usually do dinner there and we are very picky. that being said our high expectations were met once again..the food was excellent we had the lamb burger, shrimp burder and a hummus flatbread salad. the vietnamese inspired banh mi like shrimp sandwich was phenomenal...service was attentive, professional as always which was particual great since lunch was an escape after a bad monday at the office.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2010

Bar Manager Adam B and our waitstaff were very accommodating.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 12, 2010

We loved it. It lived up to and exceeded our expectations. We all loved our entrees, tasted each others, and were debating which was the best. We even got into a discussion with the table seated next to our about what to order, and as we were leaving, they were making a case for what they had ordered being equally as good. Service was great, our waitress knew a lot about the wines and helped us match our choices with the food. We started with a cheese plate for a change which was delicious and fun. All over, a great dining experience, would go back tomorrow! P.S. We all had fish, wonderfully prepared, and my wife had a tofu tower, which surprisingly was very tasty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2010

Love proof - - it's always a special day when we go there for lunch. The food is great; the crowd is lively. The menu is small, but every selection is superb. Love it!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2010

Divine food and excellent service! We'll be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 6, 2010

the overall dining experience was very good. They were out of a few things on the menu for 6:00pm, but the menu selection was still good. The Sommelier made some good suggestions for wine since everyone in our party had a different course for dinner

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