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.
Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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.
Great service and food. Interesting selection of Willemette Valley wines from Oregon were available. I would heartily recommend this establishment!
The service was very slow. Waitress was lovely. Not sure what the problem was
Proof is a great restaurant in a perfect location — right across from the National Portrait/American Art Galleries, and a block from Capital One Arena. The galleries are open till 7:30 so Proof is a perfect spot for dinner but less crowded and noisy at lunch. The lunch menu is very creative and all our meals were very good. The grilled chicken with cilantro yoghurt was outstanding. Don’t miss the cauliflower side dish or the sticky toffee pudding cake for dessert! Proof is the only place I’ve ever been where you are offered a 2 ounce wine option, it was great for lunch. More restaurants should do this.
Our first visit. My husbands’s birthday. They were very courteous. Ordered a special dessert ahead of time. Came out with a candle on it. Service was excellent. Tasted two types of wine to make a decision on my glass. Appreciated their cooperative spirit. Shared the cheese & charcuterie platter. Outstanding. Had the seared duck breast - delicious. Toffee sticky rice dessert with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Excellent. I
Great service, great food, and great wine. But the lamb was a little undercooked can lacked a good sear. But I would go back in a second.
Service was very good but the food was bland and the portions were smaller than average. We were a bit disappointed.
The food at Proof is always wonderful. One of my friends said it was the best Caesar salad she'd ever had. Try the duck mousse, the scallops, the charcuterie, whatever fish is on the menu.
Proof was in between wine pairing menus and we had so hoped for a wine pairing, but a wine pairing menu wasn't available. We asked our server, Will, who then asked the wine and beverage manager and the chef about creating a wine pairing menu. Will was very conscientious and asked about food allergies and whether we wanted to be surprised . Ben, their wine and beverage manager, along with the chef created our own awesome surprising wine pairing. For every course, while Ben poured us the wine, he described the wine and what made each wine special to him. The courses and their wine pairing were awesome with the food and the wine playing off each other. We especially loved the leg of lamb with the side of parmesan caramelized cauliflower paired with a Syrah. They also indulged our request for a chocolate dessert to complete the great meal. We're looking forward to the next opportunity to dine at Proof and hope to see Ben, Will, and the rest of the great staff.
Had a business lunch and Proof was on the list to try. Generally ok, but not very exciting. The menu had a few unique items, but a bit of unexpected comfort food that all might not find comfortable. The shrimp burger sounded/sounds like a really great idea, but is it's a breaded shrimp item that tasted like it was something you would bring home and cook in your oven. Underwhelming. My guest ate the Brie burger--another play on comfort. The report was good but not great. Not sure why, but even the choice of Brie was oddly pedestrian. Maybe the tourist is the target market? Wine list was ok but again very expected/nothing to catch the eye. Service was great--friendly, open accommodating in terms of time and attention. We went at 12:30, and it was not overcrowded for a Thursday, so for lunch it was good in that regard--if you need a place where you can chat and hear yourself.
Wow, what an absolute delight. Hadn’t been in far too long—clearly a mistake on my part. Jose was terrific. Recommended half chicken was amazing. Asparagus and peewee potatoes were unreal. Can’t wait to go back!
Great experience! We could hear one another as we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner! The wine list is fine too. First time & a real find!
I would have a difficult time recommending this restaurant to anyone. Extremely disappointed.
Needed somewhere near our theater, were happy to find somewhere quiet that would accommodate our child as well. It was restaurant week and while we ordered off the regular menu, we figured maybe they toned down their game a bit because people might be looking for a bargain.
I honestly wasn't overly impressed. They did have a great wine menu and great service.
I thought the food was just ok. I went with a group of friends and we all enjoyed our appetizers but we agreed that our entress were just ok. If I had gone there, not being restaurant week, I would have been very disappointed in paying full price for ok sea bass. My favorite was the waygu carpaccio.
Proof is a nice, well-located restaurant with good food. We enjoyed fish and pasta entrees but they were small. We shared an appetizer (underwhelming duck liver mousse) and deserts and still left hungry. My Hake was delicious but particularly small -- it included only a 4 oz. piece of fish in a sauce. Some vegetable/carb would have helped, or the server should have suggested that I order one. As it stood, we grabbed a slice of pizza after dinner.
i am comfortable with the food, staff and atmosphere.dal
Nice outdoor patio that too crowded!
We returned because of the incredible wine list! Sommelier was superb. Had three different wines and they were all excellent. Wine was pricey but well worth it.
Always excellent! They were able to shift our reservation when we notified them we were running late. Their valet is always only $12 and they are very prompt and friendly. The food is delicious and the wine selection is enormous.
This is my first lunch at Proof, though I've been for dinner before. The restaurant was nearly empty, and yet service was poor. Our waiter forgot to bring my dining mate dressing, refilled my Diet Coke with iced tea without stopping to make sure I had been drinking iced tea, and was altogether not too attentive. The busboy was very attentive, however, noticing when he had put down a scratched up bread plate in front of us and taking it away and replacing it without being asked.
I got a Caesar salad with chicken, which is generally a safe bet. Some aspects of the salad were nice (soft boiled egg, crispy ham), but the dressing had an odd tang and the chicken was black in places. My stomach was upset immediately after, and I'm not sure which part of the salad triggered it.
Altogether, it should be a better place but it just keeps disappointing me. I won't be giving it a third try.
If anything stands out at this restaurant it is absolutely the wonderful flavors they put into their dishes. The ingredients were so fresh and every component fit on the plate. The wine list made us dizzy, but whatever red wine we had complemented our dish wonderfully.
Lovely menu, quality ingredients, and wonderful service! We will be back!
It is a great concept, but I found the wines by the glass to be very "meh." I somewhat assumed those would be curated much better for a wine bar. I arrived at 5:15p, and I also found that many of the wines in my red flight tasted old (clearly opened the day prior, but I wondered if perhaps they might have been opened even the day before that; they were turning quickly). Food also took an hour to be delivered. Overall, the place has potential if they corrected some of this (though maybe my experience was just bad luck across these areas).
Inattentive and lackluster service! It had been a couple of years since I had been to Proof, but I was asked to take a summer intern out to lunch and thought this might be a nice choice. That was a mistake, because even the student noticed how poor the service was. It was a weekday lunch and the restaurant was not that busy. It took forever to order despite us deciding quickly. The food came relatively quickly, but I couldn't get my water and tea glass refilled, we only ordered dessert after several attempts to catch the server's attention (he seemed to disappear for stretches of time). Finally at the end, I gave up waiting I went to the hostess to get our check. I got it without the slightest hint of consternation over the fact that I had to do this or questions about the service - just complete ambivalence. There are too many options in DC to put up with this.
This is not the old proof. Waiters less experienced. Sommeliers still top
Notch. Something has changed.
I am not sure what happened to Proof. Seems to be a shadow of its former self. Used to be phenomenal. Now it's just "okay." I was quite disappointed. Still a wonderful place. Far above average compared to other restaurants, but like I said a shadow of its former self.
My spouse and I had dinner at our last day in Washington DC and we were looking forward to a fine diner for 2. The wine list was impressive but overpriced. We had wagyu carpaccio for starter. Such a waste ruining that fine beef with too much spicy topping. Then my spouse had the lamb which was too greasy. I had the NY strip. The quality was ok but the quantity was ridiculously low. I got out of the restaurant still feeling hungry. We confronted the staff with our opinion. The somelier kindly and politely listened to our complaint and offered compensation. Unfortunately this did not make our evening. We got out of the place without talking to the chef, the person responsible for our ruined evening. Maybe this experience happens a bit too often, because the restaurant was quite empty and the place next door was packed...
Once again, a good salad with attentive service in a nice setting.
Everything was incredible, I got to talk to the most informed sommelier I’ve met thus yet.
Food was delicious but the waiter wasn't interactive and seemed like it was a burden to serve us.
I had higher hopes based on the reviews I read. I selected some items that seemed popular in reviews. The gnocchi fell short. It was somewhat dry. The wagyu carpaccio was unnecessarily spicy. The Octopus was cooked perfectly, though I didn’t think the crispy potatoes made sense or added anything positive to the dish. There were lots of potatoes and just a few chunks of the delicious octopus. The lamb and the duck were cooked well, but no notable flavors. The wine list is great. We enjoyed a lovely earthy chateauneuf du pape. You would never have known that the staff knew about my birthday. No celebratory gesture was made. The experience fell short in many ways.
Myself and 2 friends sat at the bar for an hour and at no pint during the hour did the bartender so much as come over and provde us with me is or offer to take our order. After the busser took our order, the bartender actually seemed perturbed worth him for watching out for us. Once I had my drink and finished it, my drink sat empty for a 1/2 an hour all while the bartender passed by numerous times and avoided eye contact. We had reservations for dinners, but after such a terrible experience at the bar, we decided not to stay for dinner. The single worst service I’ve experienced in decades of dining!
The food at Proof is always really good and very inventive. You can order a number of small plates and be more than replete. One of the few places where octopus is never chewy. The duck liver pate can make one swoon. Great cheese and charcuterie as well, and a very attentive wait staff.
Caesar salad was a sight to behold, and exquisite. Salmon was prepared perfectly. Miss their charcuterie/cheese offerings on the menu, though! Overall, still a great place to dine!
Good food. Great wines by the glass. World Class Wine List.
My wife and I (as well as several friends) have been to Proof a couple of times before and overall it’s been pretty good. However this time, the experience was sub par. To start with, the service was slow and spotty at best, and we pretty much had to flag down the waiter every-time we needed something. Regarding the food, it was good but the portions were just too small. I had the dock and received three small pieces of duck on a plate with some very limited vegetables. At $36 a plate, I would have expected a bit more food. I am definitely one for quality over quantity, but this meal, and several others at our table, were just too small to the point of ridiculous.
For the money we spent on the dinner, combined with the lack of service, I think this will be the last time we eat at Proof.
Enjoyed seasonal dishes and wine pairings for an early pre-theater dinner. Service was great, convenient location.
The food was great but we were celebrating a birthday and I had indicated that but it wasn’t acknowledged which was a little disappointing.
Was served a glass of wine that had clearly come from a bad bottle and smelled and tasted like vinegar. No one checked before serving. Then the server added it to you bill and we had to have it removed. Also were served a strange sour cream dish with crackers that were exposed to moisture and tasted a little damp. We couldn't figure out what the sour cream dip was, and the server never told us.
Brunch was simple, quiet, and descent. Nothing extraordinary or fancy. Good middle of the road brunch. The menu is completely different than the typical lunch or dinner. Average is ok.