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Proof Bar and Incubator, Chattanooga, TN

Proof Bar and Incubator

4.7
4.7
204 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

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (423) 541-6858

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Our residential chefs are more than happy to cater events you might be hosting. Please contact us at events@proofincubator.com to find out options/pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    If you're interested in having a private event please contact us at events@proofincubator.com. Some strict regulations are currently in place due to COVID-19.

  • Neighborhood

    Chattanooga

  • Cross street

    On E. Martin Luther King Blvd. across the street from Hutton and Smith.

  • Parking details

    While Proof does have a parking lot, it is quite small and can fill up. Street parking is available, and there is a free public lot on the other side of our neighbor, Chatt Smoke House.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. D

    David

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Have been to proof many times before but this time was different. Only offered the pop menu they had which was still good but would love a more concrete menu for those who don’t want the pop. Understand the concept of the kitchen but disappointed on this visit.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and cocktails!! Cool vibe
  3. LT

    LoveTheRedRed

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    My friend and I greatly enjoyed our meals: po-boy shrimp and West African Red-red was a flavorful delight to my tastebuds. Delicious!! However, we were disappointed that we could not enjoy our meals on the patio. Seating was available both when we entered and when we left.
  4. SB

    ShalleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here.....it was enjoyable!! Food was delicious and atmosphere was great. We enjoyed the live music too!!
  5. L

    Lexi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great, we had such a fun night!
  6. RR

    RacineR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most creative concept of multiple chefs under one roof with multiple diversity menus to order from!!
  7. KC

    KimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to experience brunch at Neutral Ground before the restaurant leaves Proof. Chef Kenyatta & staff did not disappoint! The honey buns were perfectly shareable and delicious. I recommend you go with a friend or two and order different dishes then share. The wait staff was courteous and attentive.
  8. GF

    GreatFoodEveryTime

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  9. TJ

    TenJacket

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the signature drinks are fantastic!! If still on the menu, get the catfish and grits !!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Proof staff and Chef Kenyatta were AMAZING!! The best drinks in the city. 10/10 recommend.
  11. BK

    BKlu

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved, loved, loved Proof. What an amazing concept (I wish / hope that this "incubator" idea spreads to other cities!). Absolutely excellent, every bit of it.
  12. BL

    BillL

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was different and good, not great. They were out of the dish my wife ordered, an instead of telling her they tried to substitute another. Only when they were called on it did they acknowledge it, and when she ordered something else it was obviously the small bits from previous cooking's! It will be a hard sell to get her to return.
  13. DS

    DominicS

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good stuff. Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo0ooo99o
  14. KG

    KGill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Kenyatta's food is always incredible and I love the atmosphere of Proof.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  16. P

    Philip

    Jacksonville

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was fabulous and quite delicious. Don’t like having to order everything from a mobile device. Kind of makes servers irrelevant. They just deliver food and the customer does the work. Not a hard process to navigate but takes away from the dining experience. This dining experience is less personal and requires more effort from the customer. The most important aspect of dining out is being treated and not having to work. We want to relax and be pampered a little after a long work week. I guess this is the evolution of the dining experience post-Covid. Soon we will no longer need servers. We’ll save on tips. Great food, great ambiance but did not like having to work for the restaurant. Likely won’t be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Proof. The attention to detail, the food, and ambience were all perfect.
  18. DH

    DeborahH

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always enjoy our meals by Chef Ashford’s Neutral Ground! This evening we can highly recommend the Shrimp appetizer w/plantains; always a favorite- west African red-red, and a delicious Wagyu steak meal (?)…. Finished the meal with a rich & delicious Chocolate panna cotta and lemon cake from Poppytons.
  19. RB

    RobertB

    New York Area

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Notable foodie recommendation in Chattanooga, TN. Interesting flavors, nicely presented. Service was exceptional. Malcolm was attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes served.
  20. M

    Marc

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great vegan options
  21. AM

    AndreaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was excited to try the food at Neutral Ground before my trip and I was NOT disappointed. I had the hot catfish and grits and the dish was amazing. My dinner date had the pepperoni pizza from another restaurant with chicken thighs added and it was seriously the best pizza either of us have had. Great place, with great food!!
  22. J

    Jacques

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Novel. Impeccable service. Use if smartphone to order at will and pay when ready LOVE it!
  23. N

    Noraleen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love going to proof because there’s always a lot to choose from. There are new dishes every time I’m there and it’s always so delicious! Highly recommend!
  24. CW

    ConnieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We go on a dinner adventure every month with an other couple. This was a very unique one. Thank you.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a very cool space with a good variety of food and extensive drink menu. We were there for Easter brunch and they had live music. We will be back!
  26. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It has been a while since my wife and I have had such a magical dining experience. We came for Sunday Brunch and there was a live jazz/bossa nova trio playing in the background (not too loud). The food was amazing - I love the local farm options and service was great too!
  27. VJ

    VickiJ

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef Kenyatta Ashford is an outstandingly talented chef. We love our garlic chili noodle appetizer. The lasagna was delicious and completely unique
  28. G

    Geoff

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed Proof. Lots of variety in the food, one of the restaurants in residence, neutral ground, had some great options including the ramen bowl and hand pies. Really enjoyed the cocktail menu as well, the bar tenders get to put one of their own cocktails on the menu and there’s a lot of thought behind them. Great experience overall! PS. You order via the QR code for table service and pay via QR code as well.
  29. PD

    PatriciaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food from Neutral Ground at Proof Incubator was great! Looking forward to trying the chef’s stand alone restaurant once it opens.
  30. P

    Paulg

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I truly appreciated Proof calling me and letting me know the road was closed due to an event but the restaurant was still open and where to park. I don’t like placing the order on my phone. Since our guests entered their order first, they got their food first. Would prefer to all get food at the same time. Food was excellent and servers were lovely. All in all, a great evening.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    Nothing we ordered impressed us. The location is good and the atmosphere was pleasant. Nothing special about the cocktails or food.
  32. JL

    JordanL

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! The toasttab functionality is great. I love that you can pick and choose from any of the test kitchens. Everything we ordered from appetizers to entrees to pizzas were amazing! Can’t wait to go back.
  33. s

    ssidefolks

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was 5 star, I got the catfish/grits. Others got the bowls and loved them too! We were excited to sit outside for brunch with music, but felt that the music was a bit loud for the environment. Saxophone was nice, but really didn't need the microphone which amplified too much. Happy to support a local musician, but $10 dollars per person was high for the quality. Will be back, but inside next time.
  34. MB

    MattB

    E. Tennessee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Went for our anniversary. Food was great, service was quick, and they even gave us a free drink each - the “Snaquiri”, which I recommend. Had a great time. Note: wanted to try the Steak & Jollof, and the Pork & Oyster Hand Pies, but they were out of both on a Saturday night. If you want to make sure you get a certain dish, make sure to go mid-week.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and signature cocktails were great! We loved the ambiance and the waitstaff was so kind and attentive! Would definitely go back!
  36. TW

    TammyW

    E. Tennessee

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food is always excellent. Service is always a bit less so. Drinks consistently take a very long time. Different kitchens mean we got our food 15 minutes before our friends. So you have to chose to be rude or eat cold food. Two cocktails, 2 glasses of wine during happy hour, a French fry aP and a shared hot sausage po boy =$70.
  37. RL

    RobL

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall, Proof is an excellent concept well-executed. The ambience and artwork are perfect for a romantic evening, and the food is exquisite. Well worth the price.
  38. JM

    JenniferM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Everything was great except not a fan of ordering on my phone and yet paying for service. However, I do like the idea of adding to my order online for speed. Great food! Great value!
  39. m

    momof3

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What a find! We were looking for something different this weekend for dinner with friends . We kept commenting through the night how great this place was. The cocktails were one of a kind! The Caesar salad was the best I have ever had. My husband got a Po-Boy and fries and we kept steak his fries they were so good! Our only comment was that the wine selections were very limited. We will definitely be back and recommend!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We are from Nashville, but come to Chattanooga at least 4 times a year! We have typically defaulted to the same restaurants, but this time we tried something new- and thank goodness we did! We loved everything about our evening at Proof! We got there early for our reservation, and the hostess was more than accommodating in getting us seated as quickly as she could. The servers are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The food! Wow! We just loved the overall concept and will be recommending Proof to everyone we know!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.7 stars by 204 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On E. Martin Luther King Blvd. across the street from Hutton and Smith.

  • Neighborhood

    Chattanooga

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    While Proof does have a parking lot, it is quite small and can fill up. Street parking is available, and there is a free public lot on the other side of our neighbor, Chatt Smoke House.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (423) 541-6858

  • Catering

    Our residential chefs are more than happy to cater events you might be hosting. Please contact us at events@proofincubator.com to find out options/pricing.

  • Private party facilities

    If you're interested in having a private event please contact us at events@proofincubator.com. Some strict regulations are currently in place due to COVID-19.

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