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Proof Restaurant

4.4
3460 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for a Mother's Day brunch featuring our new brunch menu by Chef George Rodrigues from 11:30am to 2:00pm! Highlights include duck confit and waffles, stuffed French toast, smoked Tasso ham Benedict, and many more!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3460 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 20 hours ago

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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4.0Dined a day ago

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

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

Dinner to celebrate a Caps overtime victory!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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 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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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great service and the food was good, however the portion sizes for dinner were a bit small for the cost.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I love this restaurant and come often as I live at CityCenter. It was busy Thursday night due to the CAPS game. Service was awful. We ordered DUCK and received LAMB, which the waiter claimed to think was what we ordered but he never asked us how well done? BIZARRE. Ordered a side of cauliflower but had to ask for a serving spoon. Ordered a Moscow mule, not served in the copper cup but in a hi-ball glass. Very bizarre evening. Not up to its usual great rating I would usually give this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

inventive food, well perpared, great selection of wines

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great experience, attentive staff and wonderful wine list. Portions are moderate and choices are varied. Menu is balanced and not overwhelmed with too many choices.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Went to Proof for dinner with two friends; two of us ordered a glass of the Cava Rose. Waiter said it needed to be chilled, could we wait. We said we would, but he never offered it later, nor did he suggest a substitute. He seemed to be pretty distracted by a bigger group that arrived after we did. Food was delicious; two of us had two different salads, for both the dressings were too salty. Lovely atmosphere, food was beautifully presented, disappointed in the service

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Somewhat irritating service, good food, poor value. Probably will skip next time in DC

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I had brunch on 4/8 at Proof. First time diners and we were blown away! We decided to eat/drink at the bar..bartender, host and management were all rock stars! Great conversations with staff, good vibes on a Sunday morning and most importantly, food and bubbly did not disappoint! Great restaurant overall!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Not ready for brunch

I want to start by saying that we have enjoyed dinner at Proof numerous times. Great menu and good wine selections. However our recent brunch there was a real disappointment. We would not recommend it.

The brunch menu is limited, but did have some interesting meals that drew us in. One was the duck confit waffles with foie gras butter – Sounds intriguing right? A nice slow cooked piece of duck that melts in your mouth along with some waffles, maple syrup and a spicy sauce. Well, they did not have any duck let alone duck confit so they were substituting with fried chicken. The butter did taste a little different, the waffles were nothing special and the sauce was way too spicy. I could probably get chicken and waffles elsewhere for less than $18.

Another offering was huckleberry pancakes with lemon ricotta frosting. Huckleberries are found out west and in my own experience are more tasty than blueberries. What a treat. It’s not huckleberry season, but I assumed Proof could get them if they had them on the menu. No, they did not have huckleberries so were just using blueberries. We did not order the $14 blueberry pancakes.

We did order a wagyu burger, but it turned out overcooked and the bun was stale. We ordered the cinnamon brioche roll to share for the table with our drinks. It was also stale and did not appear for over 20 minutes. When it finally did arrive, it was with our entrees.

The restaurant doesn’t open until 11:30 am. Typical brunch hours are 10 – 2 so we assumed they would be ready, but it felt like the staff had showed up about 5 minutes before opening. There were probably 25 people in the restaurant, but when I visited the restroom after our meal there were absolutely no paper towels. Someone obviously didn’t bother to check the restroom when they opened for the day.

No duck, no huckleberries, no paper towels, stale breads, bad timing on appetizers and entrees. It seems like brunch for Proof is just an afterthought.

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very slow service and barely warm food when it arrived. I had high expectations for Proof, but won't be back.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been wanting to go here since it opened. Went for brunch at 12:30 Easter Sun., knew i wanted all week the duck confit waffles. Was not too busy but service was slow. Took about 30 min. to get our drinks, asking after about 25min. We started w/churros, which had brown crispy ridges, and then took a bite and mine was completely raw mush through and through. My friends' were under but b/c they were ok with eating them, we didn't complain or send back; but their next ones to complete the order were more raw. No one checked on us. We finally see our server and order drinks & food--after a delay--and wait. About 15 min. later--still NO drinks--our server comes and says sorry, he only now learned that duck confit is 86. I order the Benedict on latkes. He comes back 5 min. later and says sorry there are no latkes, just biscuits. Why did they run out--can I note that latkes is also a Passover thing? I say ok. But I really wanted the latkes b/c i love eggs w/potatoes. So I ask for a side of potatoes thinking maybe they have them, unless there is a potato shortage. He says sure. OK so do I need to go in the kitchen and shred and drain some potatoes for the chef, or what?! One Benedict has gloppy clear whites, so my friend sends it back-w/a different waiter, as ours is nowhere. Mine is cold. I tasted the wagyu burger; it was fab. That and my egg w/ham, ruined by the biscuit though, were the only good bites I had. The biscuit was a good biscuit but with a sliver of the tasso and a runny egg, the biscuit overpowered everything. Sorry, but total miss. And $16 for a biscuit, egg, and tiny pieces of ham, really? We should have left after the wait to order or then the raw churros. The waiter said he took off the Bennie for my friend; I wasn't paying attention b/c I was so over him and the entire place. I still gave him 20% b/c I'm nice. But I regret it. I spent $35 to have an annoying experience that left me hungry and disappointed on a holiday. Will not be back.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The $14 lunch special is 100% worth it! Will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We chose Proof for our wedding anniversary and decided to take the 4-course wine pairing fixed price menu. Each course was paired with a chosen wine, so it was a nice way to sample excellent wines that I otherwise would have no knowledge about, quite fun. Although the first course was an unusual tiny caviar dollop on a crisped quinoa 'cake' (like a rice cake) it was paired with a lovely champagne. We sampled a Portuguese white wine which opened up a new avenue of exploration beyond their lovely ports. Duck, the main course was delicious with a hearty red wine, a Beaujolais I think, and the dessert was an unusual sweet meringue. The servings were small so the 4 courses were satisfying without being over filling. The real treat was being exposed to the selected pairing wines.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always great food. Great wine selection. Sunday brunch is the best. Especially the duck and waffles.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Apparently, there is a new chef. Many old stand-bys(e.g.foiegras, hen of the wood mushrooms )are gone. New dishes are cutesy. This used to be our go-to casual restaurant—NO MORE.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had such a delicious and delightful date night dinner at Proof!! Meana was an awesome waitress! She accommodated my allergies and was so kind.
The tuna tartare appetizer was so good that I ordered it for dessert too lol. The wine was great and we were thrilled with every course. It was quiet in the restaurant but we had a later reservation on a week night. Thanks for everything Mena :)

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Had tasting menu which was quite good. Cocktails solid. Wine pairing nice and sommelier enthusiastic. Dessert a bit high tech and overwrought.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great, inventive food and wonderful service. will go back!

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It really is too bad. They have lovely wine and food but we were so put off by the service we won’t return.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food, small portions. We would dine here again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Absolutely delicious food and fantastic wine list. I was nervous when I first walked in because the large space and booths made it look a little too much like a cheaper chain, but as soon as the first appetizer came my worries quickly disappeared. We had been to a Michelin-star restaurant just a couple of weeks ago, but without question both preferred the food and wine we got at Proof. I love the 2oz options for wine so you can taste more without breaking the bank. The duck and lamb were both delicious and perfectly cooked with care. And the cheese plate! Wow was that good. I'd go back just for the cheese and honey.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great wine selection and amazing food

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Service was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious - fresh and beautifully presented.
Atmosphere was very comfortable.
Always look forward to a meal at Proof. And am looking forward to my next visit.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We arrived on a Saturday night at 8:30 to celebrate my wife's birthday, which was noted on the reservation. The woman at the front immediately said that they were sorry but the table wasn't available yet, and suggested that we go sit in the bar area. Fair enough - no offer to take our coats, but OK. The bar was full, so we sat at one of the tables, and sat, and sat. At one point, I tried to get drinks, but one of the people behind the bar snapped "Someone will come over to get your order". Eventually the bartender did come over and took our drink order.
In the meantime, another couple had arrived, and was also seated in the bar area (after the maitre d' had offered to take *their* coats). One of the staff came over to them immediately, they were served their drinks, and after a few minutes they were seated, while we continued to cool our heels. We finished our drinks, and watched as another group of three arrived, had their coats taken (!), and were seated. At one point my wife said to me "That table by the bathroom has been empty this whole time, and if they try and seat us there, I'm leaving". So-o-o, at this point my patience had worn thin, and I went to the front and said to the (?) manager that we'd been waiting for quite a while, and that two sets of folks had been seated in front of us, and asked what exactly was going on? He (rather brusqely) said, "Something's just come up - I can seat you now". No apologies, no question about our drinks - and, if you haven't guessed by now, he tried to seat us at the table by the bathroom. My wife said "That's it - we're out of here". No attempt to dissuade us, just a "whatever" shrug.
We've lived in DC for quite a while, and go out frequently for dinner. This is without a doubt the WORST experience we've had at a restaurant in the DMV area. My wife had initially said she wanted to go to Arroz, which is fabulous, but I dissuaded her, suggesting that we try something new, and sadly she agreed. Alas - my mistake!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Loved this restaurant! The chefs menu was fabulous and the sommelier made it so interesting and fun. In fact, he was the best one we’ve had. Will definitely be back.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Mediocre food - unusually small number of choices

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The charcuterie was really tasty, lots of variety to pick from. The bone marrow appetizer was really good. The duck was to be prepared to medium, we asked for medium rare which resulted in a very tender dish. Great service

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Fantastic all around! It's pricey, but you get excellent service, drinks and food. Best meal I've had in my many trips to DC over the years.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Very much enjoyed the experience, service, food and wine but next time I will ask for a table further from the bar! The bar patrons generated a lot of noise that cascaded down on the two person table.

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2.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Being rushed through dinner is not the mark of a good restaurant. Sitting at the bar later with a glass of wine to overhear the staff gossiping about the terrible management is even worse. Food was great, everything else...meh

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Food was good, but the service killed it. I can't imagine how bad it would have been if the place had actually been busy. Hopefully, just one bad apple and not indicative of entire staff.

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great food.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Still reliable after all these years, though entree of scallops was overcooked. Not enough of an issue to not return. Though cost vs. quality is being strained. Wine list is still solid and there are some rather rare offers if you have the cash to spend.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Thank you for everything. Service, food, and atmosphere were all top notch.

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