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Proof Restaurant

4.4
3421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
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
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Phone number
(202) 737-7663
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Payment options
AMEX, 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
John@proofdc.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 3421 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.3
ambience
3.8
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great food.

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vipRatPack (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Proof missed the mark for us. While our server was attentive his recommendations were terrible. We asked him to recommend some mild cheeses but two of the three ended up being sharp and pungent. Stay away from the curried cashews - they’re flavorless. I expect curried anything to be exciting to eat but i think they tossed unsalted cashews with curry powder and roasted them. Blah. I had the gnocchi which would’ve been good except it was covered in so much Parmesan that all i could taste was cheese. My husband loved his ribeye - that was cooked to perfection and was the lone bright spot of our meal. We will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food was luke warm and not plated well. Actually found a hair in our dessert. Sun setting on this place. Won’t go back.

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vipnorr (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

This was my second dinner visit since PROOF opened. Otherwise I've been there many times for weekday lunch. In the evening the lighting level is too low. After some 10 years in service it's time to ramp up the lighting. It is so dark that it's difficult to actually see people. Also the chairs are showing their age with worn portions on them. The food is very good but it's time to remodel the dining area.

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MadzDC (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My husband & I have been dining at Proof since 2009–one of our early date spots. We always enjoyed the pre-dinner cocktails at the bar—excellent bar tenders. The food is consistently very good—-we always get the tuna tartare & the cauliflower side dish. Very nice wine list. Service is always pleasant and professional; they clearly do a good job with training the staff.

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JohnK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, great service. Nice and quiet, too, though we dined early so it may have gotten louder as the place filled up. Bottom line - we'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

All the food and wine was excellent. There was a lag before our orders were taken. Group of 5.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Went for brunch. Not in the least like a normal brunch menu. Check menu before booking.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The cheese board and meat board were out of this world and the wine was amazing. Not much else to say, go check it out.

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EPSproof (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great ambiance. Interesting food selection. Fantastic wine selection. My only complaint is that the food was a bit on the greasy side -- but tasty nonetheless. Will go back again to try more on the menu.

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carls (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Went for a pre game dinner for a birthday. Worked perfectly!

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TimT (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Food: Amazing. The gnocchi, pork belly, and pork chop were top notch. We also had the pickle plate, curry cashews, beet salad and cauliflower. The beet salad can’t be “beet”

Service: Our server Jose was very attentive, knowledgeable, and more than happy to accommodate our food peculiarities!

I would highly recommend giving it a chance. I know there is a lot of competition in the area but it’s definitely worth a visit!

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vipFrenchy (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Outstanding wine bar with excellent selection of wines by the glass. My husband had the carpaccio and goat cheese flatbread. Both were delicious. My meal would have been 5 star if not for the soup being lukewarm. The gnocchi was out of this world!! Don't pass it up.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Cheeses and wine were great. Entrees were pretty good. Wouldn’t recommend cocktails, but it is a WINE bar. Whole experience started off awkward with the hostess. We thought service was mediocre to say the best but we may have just misread our server who seemed disinterested and maybe a little bummed to have us there. We ended up having a good time despite the rocky start and they made an effort to finish strong.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Celebrating a birthday after Kennedy Center show. Food was spectacular. Service perfect (although a little slow to start because of several tables by our worked to start by our waitress). Good pace. The only not so good is how dark it is. So dark at the tables that they provide little lights to see the menu, but would also be better if more light to be able to see what we were eating. As stated very good but enjoyment would have been better if could see better.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We had brunch at Proof for restaurant week. Food was fine/average. Service was below average and cold. We were charged $6 for a regular coffee (!) and same for OJ, a rip off. Nobody offered to refill our cup btw... On top of it all, nobody even said goodbye to us on the way out. We won’t be back.

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HappyDiner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We went during Restaurant Week. Menu selections were outstanding and creative. Our server was attentive and thoughtful.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrible table next to register despite having a reservation

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The service was really fast and very friendly. I would definitely go back again.

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Nope (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

No. This place has an identity crisis going on! Speakeasy? That would be a no.
Good food, no. Value, no. High prices, yes. Loud uncontrolled bar, yes. Rude hostess, yes. We were told our reservation through Open table didn't matter ... they don't take reservations for parties less than 10. Maybe they should let Open Table know their policy. (?)
This is another pool hall bar, sports bar, complete with high tops and TV's ( all set to the same channel) It is next door to a cigar bar. Unfortunately, there is the faint smelly stench of cigar permeating into the restaurant.
Don't waste your time or money, unless you are going bar hopping and don't mind paying high prices for mediocre, so-so food expensive food. We left after drinks and apps. It was not comfortable or fun. At those prices, I want to know I had a GREAT time and GREAT food!!

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