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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
Great food and great service especially the wonderful sommelier who helped us chose a affordable bottle of wine from a very extensive wine list. Our server was a bit OTT, mansplaining the menu instead of allowing us to ask questions and because he provided us with his top three in every category we were a little leery of stepping outside his recommendations! BUT the food - ocotopus, meat balls, cauliflower, gnocchi - was universally great and the little packets of granola as gifts was a lovely touch!
The food was excellent and wine selection tremendous, but the service was really bad. While the waiter was obsequious in his conversation, he was downright hostile to my wife’s gluten allergy. Most upscale restaurants these days are very accommodating, even if they have limited options. This waiter, on the other hand, seemed offended that we were trying to eat out. While he was obsequious, he was very inattentive, and we waited a long time before he finally processed our bill. Unfortunately, while the overall experience MAY have been heavily influenced by our luck of the draw in waiters, it still made for a bad $250 experience for my wife’s birthday.
Loved my meal here. Was dining solo on a Sunday night so ate at the bar. Terrific and knowledgeable service from Raquel. Impressive wine list included including many interesting wines by the glass in different sizes including a two ounce sampling size. Sommelier (didn't catch his name) was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely go back.
The ambiance and the service were especially nice. It's great to be able to actually have a conversation without shouting! Food came out a little slow but the chef sent out some mussels in apology and all was good. My only complaint is that it was extremely cold in the restaurant. I know it's only 17 degrees outside but it seemed to be around 60 inside which was not comfortable. I noticed most patrons had to eat with their coats on. I will be leery about returning when he weather is cold. Otherwise, this had become a favorite of ours.
The food and service were both wonderful! The option for small plates fits the way we like to dine. Our only complaint is that the restaurant was cold and this detracted from the experience. However our server, Katie, was professional and personal - a rare combination. We will definitely return!
Excellent meal, excellent service. Boar salami and whipped goat cheese appetizers excellent. Rack of lamb cooked perfectly. Arctic Char spicy and delicious. Julia child apple pie a little disappointing. My only complaint was that despite having an open table reservation and arriving a few minutes early and with the restaurant half empty, we were seated next to a bus / waiter station. After 10 minutes with the order screen glaring in our face, we asked to be seated in a nearby table.
Meeting an old friend with much to catch up on our server was terrific about timing when to check on us and creating a sense of "no rush". This was our second time there, food was excellent, recommend the pate plate as a starter - 4 different kinds, all wonderful - we enjoyed the duck and lamb as mains. Wine list is huge (and expensive, though they've got a Sunday night half price deal I understand). The only drawback is the lighting - it is soooooo dark. They give you small magnifier/flashlights to read the menu (and you'll need them) but they aren't helpful when the food actually arrives and you'd like to see what you're eating. It was hard to tell meat from bone when trying to cut and just to appreciate the very good food here. I would think for older patrons this would be a particular obstacle. Everything else about this place we very much enjoy.
The menu was interesting, the food was excellent, the service was quite good, but the restaurant was miserably cold. We asked if they could make the room warmer, and were told they could not. It didn't help that we were seated under a draft and they did not move us, saying we already were at one of the least cold and drafty tables. We've enjoyed eating there in warmer weather, and hope to again, but we will not eat there in future cold weather.
Had it not been for the exceptional service the ratings would have been less. My wife ordered the Sea Bass- Served cold, small portion - Sent back and served cold again . Waygu Steak- very small portion for the price. The Duck that was recommended by our waiter was delicious. Maybe an off night for the kitchen, and it may be some time before considering going back, but the service made the night tolerable.
Had a 5:30 reservation on a Friday evening, 12/22. The place was basically empty as they start their dinner service at that time. Took approximately 35 minutes for dinners to come out (Hanger steak) which Arrived Luke warm at best. Sent one back to reheat and two the kids ate because they were starving. Wife’s dish, Ox tail made no indication that it included pasta. Had to refuse as my wife is gluten free so had to wait for a replacement meal which was the Hanger steak. Server was inattentive and when we wanted another round wasn’t around. Ordered dessert. Server brought out an extra on the House. Overall a poor experience considering the tab - $310 plus tip and tax for 4 meals and 5 drinks.
As expected, The women and men of Proof made a night to remember. From the decadence of the California Cabernet Sauvignon to the creativity behind the butternut squash/apple soup and the brussel sprouts/pork chop to the delicious desserts and handmade cocktails, we could not have asked for a better place to celebrate our happily ever after.
Proof was so wonderful to us! They knew from our Open Table reservation that we were there for a birthday and gave us a private booth and treated us so well! We wanted to take our time, enjoy our wine, appetizers, dinner, and dessert and there was no pressure to rush. I even needed to push back my reservation by 30 minutes and it was no problem. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and the food was fantastic! Don't be intimidated by the wine list - they have very friendly and knowledgeable sommelier. Even the treat of a glass of celebratory champagne and the candle that came with the dessert made the birthday extra special. Thank you, Proof!
One of our most memorable meals! We enjoyed the chef's four course dinner paired with superbly chosen wines. The portion sizes and service were both perfect, too. While everything was fantastic, the Ox Tail Soup was off the chart. For dessert, we opted for a cheese plate paired with a very nice Madeira wine, putting a fun twist on a great dinner - and all in time for the Caps-Ducks game! Thanks chef . . . thanks Morgan . . . thanks Phil ... thanks everyone!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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