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Proof on Main

4.5
4.5
3158 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The ingredients in our menus reflect the region’s sustainable farmers and producers with a soulful and honest approach showcasing the bounty of the Ohio River Valley. Housed in five historic buildings in downtown Louisville, Proof on Main is part of 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group. The dining room is one of the most striking public spaces in the city, with rotating, contemporary art exhibitions by local and internationally-acclaimed artists alike.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (502) 217-6360

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Dailey

  • Catering

    Catering is provided by Proof on Main and the culinary team can prepare a menu specifically tailored to fit your needs. The menu works to showcase the agricultural bounty of the Ohio River Valley and celebrates artisanal products and sustainable farming, delivering plates rich with the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available for groups 10-150. The private room in Proof on Main can accommodate up to 24 and our art gallery space within the 21c Museum Hotel can seat 150 and host a reception for up to 300.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Cronin: (502) 217-6352

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Cross street

    7th Street

  • Parking details

    Parking begins after 5:00pm and is $8 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.

  • Entertainment

    Adjacent to Proof on Main is the 21c Museum, North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. With over 9000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists, such as video artists Bill Viola and Tony Oursler, photographers Andres Serrano, Sam Taylor Wood, and David Leventhal, sculptors Yinka Shonibare and Judy Fox, and multimedia artists Chuck Close, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,158 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. PP

    PamP

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service! Very attentive. Food presented nicely and large portions. Never felt rushed.
  2. CS

    CandiceS

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    While the restaurant was not super busy, service was a bit slower than it could have been. Food was delicious, portions were on the small side, but so delicious.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Good was great, service was good, table was next to cooking area and server area. That was a huge negative. The restaurant had lots of open tables away from this area too.
  4. ME

    MELT

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Our group of 6 decided to try out the brunch at Proof On Main, prior to attending Anastasia at Ky Center on 8/6/22. The menu was limited, but enough variety for everyone at our table to order something we thought sounded good. Two of us ordered the Bacon and Heirloom tomato sandwich, it came with some delicious french fries. Now, the bad news, the sandwich was inedible, really almost disgusting. The bacon was gross, 2 big strips of really fatty, barely cooked bacon that was in no way crispy. There was no way to take a bite of it without eating it like a piece of beef jerky and the taste was rancid, just YUCK. The tiny focaccia bread bun was spread with some white spread and had a piece of lettuce and a slice of tomato which made the sandwich very soggy and unpleasant. The fries were great, they were accompanied by maybe a teaspoon on ketchup in a little silver cup, I was unaware that there is a ketchup shortage, but apparently...there is. The other diners were more satisfied with their selections, but I will let them write their own review. At the end of the meal, my friend picked up the check and was informed that their card system wasn't working and could we pay in cash? That was out of her control, but still a pain in the butt to go get cash from the ATM. Looks like we will be going back to the Bristol or Mussel & Burger Bar for our pre play dining!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was excellent and our waiter “Lennon” knew every detail of the dishes and provided amazing recommendations. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu!
  6. M

    Maria

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Fabulous decor! Cocktail was amazing. Food was good but they really need to learn what Jerk Chicken is and REALLY REALLY need to learn what a Johnny Cake is (hint: it is not a cornmeal pancake). Chocolate mousse was frozen solid, so not exactly mousse-y. Everything tasted good, just not as expected. Service was terrific.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal from start to finish. Our server, Austin, was great. Loved the general vibe of the place. The mushrooms and pecan pie macarons were the highlight.

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days agoThank you so much Anonymous. We are so glad you enjoyed your time spent with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  8. LC

    LauraC

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a place! We just loved the artwork and exhibits. Lou, our server made our experience wonderful. He was so knowledgeable, and accommodated my allergy needs so kindly. The food was amazing, and The whole place is very unique and colorful. Would definitely go back and highly recommend!

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much LauraC. We do have some wonderful servers! We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  9. LK

    LizK

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Excellent selection on menu. Cant go wrong with any choice. Bar selections good. Service was slow.

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much LizK. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  10. BH

    BradleyH

    St. Louis

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were blown away by the food at this place! Everyone’s dish was absolutely amazing. The best part was the friendly, knowledgeable and outstanding service. What a combo to have service and quality second to none. Our server, Lennon made our dining experience something we are still talking about. Eat here, you won’t be disappointed!!!

    Proof on MainResponded 7 days agoThank you so much BradleyH. We do have some amazing servers!! We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  11. MS

    MeghanS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and preparation ! Our server, Vivian, was so helpful. Get the crispy mushrooms for sure! Loved the charred octopus also. Extensive wine and bourbon lists and very helpful sommeliers. Highly recommend!
  12. c

    cindyw

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The location in 21C just fabulous! So beautiful and interesting dining room and hotel lobby. Definitely use the bathroom for an added artistic experience :) Highly recommend proof on main. It was great. Octopus, corn bread, mushroom salad, pork chop. All fantastic.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brittany was incredible. The octopus appetizer was out of this world. We had the pork chop and the salmon. Both were great. The banana tart for dessert was awesome. My wife had a cocktail called afterglow that she enjoyed very much. Proof on Main was great and did not disappoint.
  14. AG

    AllaG

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A restaurant inside a really cool art gallery! Food was delicious- great pork chop. Got a nice wine recommendation from one of our servers. Walking thru the gallery with our wine afterward was a really nice and interesting surprise.

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much AllaG. So glad you enjoyed your time spent with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  15. NJ

    fromNJ

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food. great service. great decor. I love that it is connected to C21 hotel with the art gallery. It is a nice place to walk after dinner.

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much fromNJ. We appreciate the feedback and we hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  16. AG

    AmandaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere and the crispy mushrooms were amazing. However the steak left much to be desired.

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you for your feedback AmandaG. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  17. CC

    CoralC

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good service, funky environment, food was amazing. The entire restaurant decoration is super fun and eclectic. It has access the museum next door. Great time!!

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much CoralC. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delightful!

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  19. n

    nolagal

    Little Rock

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Very poor, hostile service ruined a dinner with Louisville family that I at age 84 May never see again. We chose 21C for a night and dinner based on previous experiences at 21Cs in Bentonville and Nashville. Our stay was ruined by this disastrous reunion dinner.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The place is cool and the food was interesting- just disappointed with the ribeye ($73!). Service was great and everything else was good

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We appreciate the feed back and are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the ribeye. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  21. SA

    SarahA

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and vibes were all impeccable. Our server Austin helped us so much with choosing what to eat, and was very attentive and knowledgeable. The salmon was genuinely the best I’ve ever had, and the banana tart was the perfect dessert. All the staff was kind and helpful. A great spot!

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much SarahA. We are so glad you had a great experience dining with us! We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  22. BH

    BrandonH

    Salt Lake City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Food was okay. I appreciate what they are trying to do but it was nothing incredible. Drinks were great and they have a wonderful selection of restaurant pick bourbons. We were not wowed by what we ordered (Jerk Chicken & Grilled Prawns).

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much BrandonH. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was delicious. Memorable 🎩👬🌈

    Proof on MainResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon! -Proof on Main Team

  24. l

    louloufoodlovr

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Always a great atmosphere. Went for Sunday brunch. Husband ordered the breakfast sandwich, which he said was delicious. Coffee was inconsistent- strong, then weak, then cold. We ordered the nut bread as a starter, which was good. I had the tomato and bacon sandwich. Way too much attempted here in my opinion. Focaccia bread made the sandwich much too big for a handheld. Too many other ingredients overpowered the tomato and bacon. For a place where food is typically a hit, this sandwich was a miss.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much louloufoodlovr. Sorry to see you did not enjoy our tomato and bacon sandwich. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  25. a

    apicius

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Awesome appetizers, especially the octopus and mushrooms

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much apicius. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  26. KJ

    KaraJ

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Fun vibe. Wonderful server and delicious food.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much KaraJ. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  27. BD

    BastaDomani

    Cleveland

    65 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Cool Place, hit or miss on food. Charred Octopus outstanding. Jerk chicken dry. Strawberry donut also dry. Tomato cucumber salad, broccoli, and cauliflower all great sides/starters. Great wine and spirits selection. Waiter Joey great. Som the smell of cigarettes lingered after he left the table. One and done for me.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you for your feedback, BastaDomani. Sorry to see you did not fully enjoy your time spent with us. Joey is a great!

  28. JW

    JohnW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and unique menu. Thoroughly enjoyable evening!

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much JohnW. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  29. JM

    JML89

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cool restaurant with a nice vibe. Co-located with an art museum. Appetizers were on point, octopus is a must have. Had the Bison burger, seems to come at medium to well done as a default even when rarer is asked for , so if you like it on the rarer side might be disappointed.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much JML89. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  30. CB

    CanyonB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails were excellent. Menu was seasonal and fresh.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you so much CanyonB. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  31. RH

    RickH

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food selection and quality is poor. Received better service at an Applebees. This is supposed to be an upscale hotel and restaurant but the restaurant is not. The bar staff is very self absorbed with each other, we felt we were a bother. Stay at the hotel it is unique and fun, skip the bar and restaurant.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you for the feedback RichH. We are sorry to see you did not enjoy your time in the bar or the food. -Proof on Main Team

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crispy mushrooms were amazing. Server and manager were awesome. Would recommend this restaurant.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 7, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and service! Delicious food and cocktails.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 7, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  34. JJ

    JennyJ

    Denver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The cornbread was great, but the rest of the meal was just good. I am a bit tired of chefs thinking that funkier is better. There is nothing wrong with some simple dishes. Some of the options were just not appetizing

    Proof on MainResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you for your feed back JennyJ. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  35. VT

    VictorT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    We booked this because of their previous James Beard Award. It turned out the previous staff with the award failed to survive the business down-turn from the COVID-19 pandemic. The place is now under new management & staff: A whole new amateur show indeed! The paddle fish caviar starter was almost inedible: an amorphous tub of egg yolk that tasted slightly fishy. The grilled octopus was almost devoid of taste, perhaps the poor beast was defrosted too slowly and left in a bucket of water to leach for too long. The sauté of clams & mussels contained 3 slightly mummified mussels and very iffy smelling broth. The cauliflower side was seriously over cooked. All in all, a most unpleasant meal for $200.00! This new team is not a James Beard awardee at all.

    Proof on MainResponded on July 2, 2022Thank you for your feed back VictorT. -Proof on Main Team

  36. LS

    LarissaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I made a reservation for my birthday, I like this restaurant, like the food and service

    Proof on MainResponded on July 2, 2022Thank you LarissaS for choosing to dine with us for your birthday. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went as a family of 4 with our 2 teens. The service could not have been improved upon. Our server was amazing, attentive without hovering, a true delight. The food was even better than the descriptions in the menu alluded. The atmosphere was quaint and eclectic and the unexpected art gallery on the walk to the restrooms was a hit with all of us. Great experience!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 30, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We do have some pretty amazing servers. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  38. R

    Richard

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The farm to table food doesn’t disappoint! Friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. Our favorite Louisville restaurant by far!

    Proof on MainResponded on July 2, 2022Thank you so much Richard! Love that we are your favorite Louisville restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent!!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 28, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the coolest restaurant! Great food, great service, and great drinks! Check out the museum that's connected and make sure to use the restroom! Highly recommend this place!

    Proof on MainResponded on June 30, 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience here at Proof. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

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
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Proof on Main is rated 4.5 stars by 3158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today
Google Map for Proof on Main

702 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Louisville

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking begins after 5:00pm and is $8 for valet. There is also garage parking available at 7th and Market.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeff Dailey

  • Entertainment

    Adjacent to Proof on Main is the 21c Museum, North America's first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art of the 21st century. With over 9000 square feet of exhibition space, 21c Museum hosts dynamic group and solo exhibitions featuring emerging artists alongside acclaimed international artists, such as video artists Bill Viola and Tony Oursler, photographers Andres Serrano, Sam Taylor Wood, and David Leventhal, sculptors Yinka Shonibare and Judy Fox, and multimedia artists Chuck Close, Alfredo Jaar, and Kara Walker.The Museum is free and open to the public, 24/7.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 217-6360

  • Catering

    Catering is provided by Proof on Main and the culinary team can prepare a menu specifically tailored to fit your needs. The menu works to showcase the agricultural bounty of the Ohio River Valley and celebrates artisanal products and sustainable farming, delivering plates rich with the culinary traditions of Italy and the American South.

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining is available for groups 10-150. The private room in Proof on Main can accommodate up to 24 and our art gallery space within the 21c Museum Hotel can seat 150 and host a reception for up to 300.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Cronin: (502) 217-6352

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