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Proof Restaurant

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3496 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Notable Wine List
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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
alyssa@fatbabyinc.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 3496 People Are Saying
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The wine pairings were so well done - each wine was perfectly matched to the dish and each was sublime and unique

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Anise was our server twice and he was outstanding. Great selection of wine, beer and food! My husband loved the octopus and the Brussel sprouts and risotto fries were outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

We had a delicious Albariño with the charcuterie and cheese platter the chef chose. Really special aged cheddar. Very nice place.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Enjoyed Proof twice. Great service and ambiance. Creative dishes were well prepared. Beautiful charcuterie platters. Caprese,octopus and cauliflower were delicious. Gnocchi were lovely. Strip steaks were itty bitty stingy kid size portions. Our guests were disappointed with the minuscule portion of beef. Not a good value for an entree. Wine list is full and waiters are wine savvy. Special wine shelf rolls out from some of the tables. They have a charcuterie station. Beautiful intimate restaurant.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Service was not acceptable from our server. Will not post his name here but would be happy to talk to someone about our experience

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Perfectly fine. Nothing remarkable. Great location for Capital One Arena and nice outdoor seating. Unimpressive service.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Good for light eaters

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Theatre after dinner. Excellent wine list. Wonderfully service. Plenty of time to walk to theatre.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This restaurant is always good. Good Vegan suggestions. Excellent chicken and salmon.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Several items on online menu were not available. Portions very small for the price. I ordered the steak and got two small strips, maybe three or maximum four ounces.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Very slow poor service. Also temperature in restaurant was too warm.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Best wine list!! Incredible food. Great service!

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It was very hot. The air conditioning was not working properly.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Ordered the duck and potato gnocchi. Sent duck back and gnocchi dry and overdone. Wine was amazing. Will definitely give it another try when back in the area. Didn’t wow us the first go round.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Service, Food and Wine was amazing! Get the Prix Fixe menu and you won’t be disappointed!

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Nice return visit, sitting in a booth. STILL wish there were more salad choices!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great date place. Service wss top notch. Amazing whine selection. Food was pretty good. A little disappointed with the duck entree. .

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We came back to Proof after an enjoyable first experience. Unfortunately, we did not connect with our server, Katie. She was distracted and miserable. We came back to Proof because of the experience we shared with first server. He suggested wine per course and dessert compliments. Katie cleared the table and took the bread sticks and unfinished plates. I waited for a glass of wine with dessert but never received. When I inquired, Katie said she thought I was still deciding. Food was outstanding and we were hoping to have more wine with each course, but that would have been too much work for Katie. 😟

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

First time we went last year was much better. Seemed different tonight. Steak and Duck portions were tiny and service was fair. Also odd they seated us next to the waiter station when the restaurant was nearly empty.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Waiters station too close to table. Not able to have private conversations

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Proof is by far one of the most creative restaurants in DC. I decided to try a vegetarian "carbonara"--the noodles were rutabaga strips made to look like fettucine. The sauce was a cream made from cauliflower puree. Replacing bacon were pieces of roasted mushroom. It was out of this world fantastic! Also enjoyed an amazing soft shell crab in a green sauce that was equally delicious. Go ahead and be adventurous at Proof--you won't be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful food and staff! I would highly suggest this restaurant for special occasions or simply a nice evening out.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I ordered Brussels sprouts, tuna burger and side salad. The sprouts were great, the tuna burger was cold. They warned me they would just sear it, but I expected the burger to at least be warm. After all, they served it on a warm plate. The side salad was really bad. It was really just a few forlorn leaves of lettuce, not well dressed and just so boring. It was like eating wet grass. That salad alone should give this place a lukewarm review.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great list of wines by the glass. Food was very good. Our server was very helpful. A good experience

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Has gone down hill in both food and atmosphere. Seems the current price-pint is aimed mostly at hocky fans who aren't all that interested in what they're eating. Wine list still quite good, but that is probably left over from the old days.

Maybe fun for some folks but not for us.

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2.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Ugh. The menu looked so promising, but Proof just didn't deliver. The setting was lovely - dark wood, but plenty of windows, surrounded by wines; we chose to eat outside, however, as it was a warm day and there were umbrellas for shade. The server definitely did not want to be there and chose not to hide it. Extremely abrupt and unfriendly service from her. The busboys were attentive and much friendlier. The wine selection was impressive; but sadly, the white wines were served barely below room temp - on a warm day, with a salade nicoise, this was disappointing. The salads themselves were unremarkable, not bad, not great. The seared tuna and soft boiled eggs were properly done, the greens and other vegetables were appetizer size (not okay for an $18 salad), and the most that could be said of the bland dressing is that it added a bit of moisture. We did not stay for desert. In part because we didn't want to chance another disappointment, and because tour buses seem to park and idle right outside the restaurant. I really wanted to like this place, but $30 for surly service, a lackluster salad, and a tepid 2 oz. wine? I think not.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Another tasty lunch with focused and good service. Still wish the menu would chan.

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3.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Proof used to have a great vibe and stellar food, but maybe that chef left and I didn’t get the memo. My friend’s crab dinner was just weird. She wrapped it but I could see she had no intention to eat it. My steak was nothing special. I did enjoy the duck liver pate. At least it was quiet and we had a great time catching up.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Good spot for a quick date!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Excellent food and service. The wine selection by the sommelier was great. Proof continues to be one of my favorite DC restaurants after my first visit 10 years ago.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

I still love Proof, and "worst" is relative, but this was the worst meal I've had there - they've changed the recipe for their gnocchi, and not for the better. Seems silly to complain about a gnocchi dish being bland , but this version is not a winner.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great space and quiet enough to converse!! The Somm was perfect- knowledgeable, personable, attentive, and responsive. We ended up with a Boca (of which I had never heard) for 23% less than the price we suggested. Very nice with dinner, lean, medium bodied, good acidity, dusty tannins. What’s not to like?!?

Our table service was not as good. Our main course arrived as we had just begun eating our salads. The server said nothing until I pointed it out, then apologized. He should have comped is the one dessert we shared but did not.

The food was good but not so imaginative. Even so, they, a f wine focused restaurant did not have a braised meat dish- surprisingly.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great food and wonderful ambience. A must visit in Penn Quarter.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Very quiet when we arrived; built up to a manageable noise level.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Wine list is great but i found it quite pricey. There are so many good wines that can cost $60 at a restaurant; there is no need to pack your list with only pricey wines. We chose a south african at $95 that was excellent. But....

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Dinner to celebrate a Caps overtime victory!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very friendly, awesome service even though we were there pretty late. Only had drinks and dessert - drinks were not particularly noteworthy, and desserts were a little hit-and-miss. Loved the petit fours the server brought out, but the blueberries were tasteless.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The service was friendly, attentive, and very quick, which we appreciated as we were 6 on a business meal time. Food was a little disappointing - flavors a bit flat with limited seasoning, and textures of noodle based and vegetable based dishes were a little limp. Dessert was a lemon tart with blueberries that just tasted bland - the crust of the tart was raw tasting not flaky, the "meringue" looked to have been created with a torch as it was browned but melted immediately, and the blueberries and lemon were quite plain without anything to tie the plate together. That said, I had an excellent wine; the list was extensive and there were reasonably priced by the glass options. I would give it another chance for dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I've been dining at this restaurant a few times each year for the last several years, and this recent experience was disappointing. It wasn't bad, but relative to prior experiences this one was poor.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We still do not know who out server was. No one took care of us. We asked for help the entire night. The wine order was wrong. We finally got wine after the appetizers was almost finished-because I held off finishing mine until I had wine. We had to request that someone think about the lack of care and do anything, SOMETHING- to make us feel better. We went in the recommendation of a good friend who loves wine and great food. We were in from NYC so we know good service which can be casual, but this was terrible, virtually no service. It truly ruined the meal to have to beg for care. The Manager “forgot” to comp us anything after promising to try to make us feel better. If they had brought a glass of wine while we waited for them to find the correct bottle it would have been enough. Or given us a dessert. Something. I spoke one last time to a server to say we were disappointed that we experienced no acts of kindness and the manager popped up with a lowered bill. I appreciated that but it again showed the lack of being pro-active to give the guest an experience where they left feeling they couldn’t wait to come back.

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