Proof Bar and Incubator

4.6
101 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Proof Bar + Incubator is a unique and innovative community of food and beverage entrepreneurs serving multiple concepts from a single menu in a comfortable lounge environment. We mix equal measures of approachability and creativity with a passion for exciting food and drink. At the current moment, we have four residential kitchens: Neutral Ground (New Orleans-style Po-boy and Yakamien shop with pan-African influence), Shirley's Place (Soul Food), Ukko (Artisan Pizza), and Poppytons Patisserie (seasonal from scratch desserts).

Neutral Ground features New Orleans-style food curated by Chef Kenyatta Ashford! Neutral Ground's food is available during our dinner and brunch service.

Ukko, our newest tenant, will be serving artisan pizza from Chef Creighton Jagnandan.

Shirley's Place serves soul food with a classic rotation of offerings including meat and 3 sides plates.

Poppytons Patisserie serves fresh seasonal desserts and pastries that are all made from scratch.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 101 people are saying
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CariW
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server wasn't particularly attentive or engaging. But the food and concept were outstanding.

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vipGabrielleS
Western NC
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in my party loved their New Orleans brunch! Great patio scene with large umbrellas. Server was lovely and really seemed to enjoy the concept of the incubator and her job in general. Will definitely be back.

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on September 15, 2021

Awesome to have you join us. We hope to see you again soon!

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EricaK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio seating. Food and cocktails are delicious! Highly recommend!

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AshleyR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and craft drinks! I love that they have a chef residency program. It makes it fresh and fun. Our waitress, Allison, was very passionate about the food and offerings. She was very knowledgeable and had great suggestions. Great vibe and creative food! Loved it.

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Steph
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED the food from Neutral Ground! It was so delicious, well made, and a great experience. The one question we had is the menu mentioned a Happy Hour Special of a “Saturday Sangria” for 6 dollars, but when we asked the server seemed a little confused, they did make us a delicious sangria but it was priced higher than that. Probably would of gotten a different drink if we had known that the special stack wasn’t at play. Other than that great service!

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ShabbonaPickleMan
Nashville
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The help and the atmosphere is good. The Tomato Bread is actually one of the best things. The live music was a great touch. Lots of smokey flavors in the foot and drinks.

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vipSamfromChatt
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to get delicious food! Very creative!

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CodyM
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cocktails were amazing. Food was delicious. The space is week thought out. Very comfortable.

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vipMatthewT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great atmosphere. Also have a wonderful staff. Truly enjoyed the whole experience.

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Atlfood
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Cocktails were great and the shrimp salad was phenomenal! Waitress could have been more attentive.

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LisaL
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great new spot, good vibe and food was outstanding.

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vipJdawg
Nashville
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise to find this spot for lunch traveling through Chattanooga. A different approach on the menu. The food was interesting and outstanding. Service great too. Highly recommend you give them a try.

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting Proof. We are open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday and brunch on Sunday--so glad that worked out for your visit! Hope to see you on your next trip through Chattanooga.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proof is not only a dining experience but also a spiritual one. Enjoying every bite of the various flavors and textures while feeling satisfied but not overdone is one of my favorite parts of eating at Proof. Not to mention the incredible service and energetic vibes of their Sunday brunch music- the Flow Creatives. This spot has become of my favorites to bring friends and family to. Keep on keepin on <3

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you so much for joining us--and what a lovely way to describe your experience. Food can indeed be nourishing for both body and soul and it's one of the true joys for our team to deliver on that. See you again soon!

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LizL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly from the moment we walked in. Our server was very attentive and explained the menu in detail. Food was outstanding. Atmosphere extremely enjoyable relaxing quaint fun.

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SignalMtnFoodie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious! I love the unique flavor combinations. They serve food styles that I can't get anywhere else in Chattanooga.

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CosetteN
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything from Neutral Ground has been delicious.

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MamaO
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Look forward to going back. We enjoyed our evening

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on July 26, 2021

Thank you for joining us--we look forward to your next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and excellent experience!

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AshtonL
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal on the patio. My wife and I split the African Red-Red and the smoked Turkey neck tamales. Food was delicious and portions were just right.

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Josh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a great dinner here. Eclectic menu and fun ambience. The food was fantastic. Service was good, but the server was a little hesitant to make recommendations which was strange. Lots of smiles and laughter all over the place. Smoked brisket meatballs with Noodles and hot pockets were great!

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GerryAnneMM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must visit restaurant & bar!
Unique, delicious food you’ve never eaten before. Chefs palate is a great mix of Southern, New Orleans & African foods & spices. I seriously want to try everything on the menu.
Jazz fusion music at brunch took the experience to a whole new level. The staff & bartenders were friendly & in great moods. Who wouldn’t be if you were working there? Kudos to the chef & owners for bringing this restaurant to Chattanooga!

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Kat3
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The pho was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We will definitely return. I gave the food 4 stars overall because the patisserie’s dessert was quite disappointing.

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Beau
Nashville
25 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Neat place & concept. Food was good, but for a small place the food service was incredibly slow. Had been sitting for well over 45-minutes by the time we finally got our food.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food bursting with flavor!

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ElnZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartender hit the mark with my cocktail based solely on my description of what I was hoping for. The food from Neutral Ground and Vinny’s was on point. We’ll definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We loved our visit. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with considering we were a large, loud group. We let her pick out our food and she did an excellent job. Our one disappointment was that there were not the usual offerings and varieties of food due to the holiday, but I’m sure we will return to experience a full pallet.

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WDobson
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous experience, food and service!! Love having outdoor seating. Also, the cocktails were spot on. Chefs come out and talk with guest.

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TomB
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, food, service, etc. was all absolutely wonderful. can’t wait to go back again

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EddieV
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The food was excellent in taste and presentation! The server was sweet and most helpful. The Band was good and the vocals pleasant, But so loud you could not here the server or have a conversation across the table with out yelling. The price was fair but a rather rude man asked us to move from the table just moments after the check was paid. Great food, Great server. Too Loud, Rude management!

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EliR
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment was beautiful and the food delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience!! The food was amazing and the dessert flight was out of this world!!

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Hope
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting PROOF ... We visited for our wedding anniversary and the manager was so kind to comp two drinks for us. Normally, we don't order cocktails (we enjoy beer), but were pleasantly surprised by the delicious selection! We ordered a beet dill and lime drink, mint mojito, and a grapefruit jalapeno rose drink. They were astonishingly delicious! So much creativity and freshness in each sip. The service was excellent, too; we could tell that our server loved working there and that made us enjoy eating there. The food was - wow! - absolutely amazing. We ordered salad, yakamein, bahn-mi & funfetti cake. Every bite had so much flavor and you can tell the chefs put a lot of thought & creativity in each dish. We will definitely be back!

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millerbauman
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding!

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thank you for joining us at Proof!

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vipJimB
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful - this is an outstanding brunch, well prepared and and served with real care for the customers -- an outstanding experience. Can't wait to go back and try the dinner !!!!

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thanks for joining us at Proof. Look forward to having you back for dinner soon.

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JakeB
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and creative menus from all the kitchens! Service was top notch, good selection of non-alcoholic “mock tails”, space is tall and seating is comfortable. I can’t wait to go back here and try more!

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thanks for joining us at Proof. Look forward to your next visit.

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Booper
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was spectacular! I love the concept.

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 16, 2021

Thanks for joining us at Proof. Come back and visit again soon!

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AprilB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is chill and the food is exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gulf Shrimp Salad was particularly outstanding.

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you!

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Nash09
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were amazing. We had the shrimp salad, red-red, and yakamein. Really appreciate the concept and the talent of Chef Ashford. We will be back!

Proof Bar and Incubator
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you! We will pass along to the Chef!

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PepperA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A stylish yet comfortable venue with rotating menu of interesting food. I particularly enjoy their Ethiopian pop ups! Great for date night, trying new foods, or meeting a small group. Reservations recommended as seating is limited.

FAQs

Proof Bar and Incubator offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (423) 541-6858.

Proof Bar and Incubator is rated 4.6 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.