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Thu, 2/22
10:30 PM
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Proof Restaurant

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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Contemporary American
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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
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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 (202) 737-7663
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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
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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined a day ago

Great food.

vipRatPack (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 5 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 5 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.

vipnorr (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined 6 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.