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Proof on Main

4.5
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3042 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3042 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.6
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really good food and nice drinks. Great art to look at

Proof on Main
Responded 12 minutes ago

Thank you Anonymous. We look forward to your next visit and the chance to earn that 5th star. Charlie Cronin-Food and Beverage Director

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vipPDX2CLE
Cleveland
38 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite bar and restaurant when in Louisville. Bartenders are especially attentive and engaging, very willing to share their knowledge of local and not-so-local spirits.

The restaurant has never disappointed, including on this latest occasion. The chef pushes the envelope in devising and producing great twists on some traditional dishes. Great atmosphere and service lend themselves to an all-around great dining experience. (I could recommend some of our favorite dishes but that list would basically encompass all of the menu.)

Proof on Main
Responded 9 minutes ago

Thank you so much PDX2CLE. We couldn't ask for a better review. Thank you for your continued support every time you are in Louisville. We look forward to your next visit. Charlie Cronin-Food and Beverage Director

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Thanksforthefoodandbooze
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service with very friendly staff. Highly recommend the octopus appetizer.

Proof on Main
Responded 6 minutes ago

Thank you Thanksforthefoodandbooze. You hit all the high notes and we greatly appreciate your comments. Charlie Cronin-Food and Beverage Director

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Service has gone considerably downhill over the last several years.

Proof on Main
Responded 12 minutes ago

I'm sorry for the quality of service you received recently. We are doing everything we can to keep our team and guests safe in the current climate and it is learning experience for us every day. I hope you give us another opportunity if you are ever back in town. Charlie Cronin-Food and Beverage Director

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LaurenM
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was wonderful as always! Thank you for continuing during this hard time!

Proof on Main
Responded on 22 July 2020

Our absolutely pleasure, Lauren! We are so happy to see that you had such a wonderful experience. We can't wait to see you again. Thank you for your kind words! We're glad to be back. -Proof on Main

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WALLACE
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent atmosphere and service. Great drinks and food. Ribeye and mashed potatoes at $59 overpriced.

Proof on Main
Responded on 22 July 2020

Thank you for dining with us, Wallace! We are so happy to see that you had a good overall experience and appreciate your feedback. We hope you'll be back soon so we can earn that 5th star. -Proof on Main

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vipjonnio
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the food. Amazing

Proof on Main
Responded on 9 July 2020

Thank you kindly, Jonnio! We will pass your kudos to the chef and our team. We will look forward to your return! -Proof on Main

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DonnieBrosco
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steaks for its value in the Louisville area. Try their Bourbon too!

Proof on Main
Responded on 9 July 2020

Thank you for the shout out, Donnie! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your meal and hope you'll be back soon for some more stellar steak and tasty bourbon soon. -Proof on Main

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BartS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

MUST visit when in Louisville! Fantastic menu, art museum, impressive bar.

Proof on Main
Responded on 19 March 2020

Thank you kindly, Bart! We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your dining experience, the museum and our bar service. We will sincerely look forward to welcoming you back and serving you once more. -The Team at Proof on Main

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Kev1
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. While my wife disagreed, the only issue I had with my dish, the baked 1/2 chicken with risotto and greens, is that it seemed a bit overly citrus forward. Other than that small issue on my part, the rest of the meal was a wonderful. The vibe was classy Sunday dinner in your grandma's quirky dining room, while alternative music plays from the speakers and the tatted waitstaff bring your food. That is the only way I can describe this place, and that is not meant as a slam against the restaurant. The staff was beyond professional with suggestions and service, and I can't praise this place enough.

Also, their bourbon menu is not to be missed.

Proof on Main
Responded on 11 March 2020

Wow, thanks for the review, Kev! We love the feedback, and we're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with Proof on Main. We love to hear the positives about our staff, and we'll be sure to let them know you had a great time. Please return to try the rest of what Proof on Main has to offer! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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ryanh
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great drinks! Great food! The pork chop was amazing!

Proof on Main
Responded on 11 March 2020

Thanks Ryan, so glad you enjoyed your meal at Proof! We hope that you return to try the rest of the menu! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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vipBrianC
Nashville
36 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was absolutely FABULOUS! I would highly recommend this place.

Proof on Main
Responded on 2 March 2020

Thanks for the recommendation, Brian! We hope you return to try the rest of what Proof has to offer-- maybe dinner next! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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vipFerrin
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. Reasonable prices for quality. Ambience was artsy. Staff was very nice and customer focused.

Proof on Main
Responded on 6 March 2020

Thanks, Ferrin! We really appreciate the positive review, and the staff will be very pleased to hear that you had a good time! We'd be happy to have you stop by again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AudreyE
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service - accommodated all of our group’s special dietary requirements. Ask if one or the red penguins can join you at dinner!

Proof on Main
Responded on 6 March 2020

Wow, thanks Audrey! I'm grateful for the great review, and we hope we see you again! We appreciate the recommendation. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful vegetarian option!

Proof on Main
Responded on 26 February 2020

We're glad you enjoyed the cuisine at Proof on Main! We try very diligently to cater to any dietary restriction, and change our vegetarian options quite regularly. Thank you for the feedback! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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JDG3
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Art! Great food! Amazing cocktails! Awesome and knowledgeable servers

Proof on Main
Responded on 6 March 2020

Thanks for the recommendation-- the cocktail menu changes quite often, so you'll always have something new to try! Our museum is currently under renovation as well-- don't miss out on our fantastic new exhibits! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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MichelleS
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite meal at Proof is their breakfast - amazing eggs benedict with arugula salad!

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks Michelle-- I'm so happy you enjoyed breakfast! We truly appreciate the recommendation and hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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TonyaY
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

Proof on Main
Responded on 19 March 2020

Thank you for dining with us, TonyaY! We are so happy to see that you had such a fabulous experience. We will sincerely look forward to welcoming you back and serving you again once more! -The Team at Proof on Main

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome food

Proof on Main
Responded on 26 February 2020

Thank you, I'm glad to hear it! We hope you return to Proof on Main to try the rest of the menu! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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mayree
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Went for brunch on a Sunday before catching a show. We have been several times before and have really loved the food but this time not so much. However, the drinks and service were great!

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks for the recommendation, Mayree! Very pleased to hear that you had a great experience at Proof-- we hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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BRIANH
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Valentines 3 course Dinner was simply marvelous. We started off with the Rock Shrimp Risotto it was delicious. My pork chop was probably the most tender one I’ve ever had. The scallops that my wife ordered were perfect. We finished off with the Olive Oil Cake. The atmosphere was wonderful.
I can’t wait to go back.

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

Love the review, Brian. Thank you for spending your special evening with us, and we'd love to see you in the future. I must add, the Rock Shrimp Risotto is a big favorite of mine, too! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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FredC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We always enjoy Proof, and this time was no exception. We were staying overnight celebrating a birthday and the meal was part of the celebration. In our case, Valentine’s was the day before and we were not aware that the restaurant was carrying over, and only offering, a pre fixe V-day menu (which was a little disappointing). They did, however, allow us to add their grilled octopus which is an absolute must for any repast in either the restaurant or the bar. Overall the meal was very good, although my pork chop was a bit over-done and my wife’s scallops a tad under, but neither blip was enough to ruin the meal. Our server seemed a bit befuddled early on, but got more into the flow as the evening and meal progressed.

We opted for an early seating, something we did not regret. The noise level was low when we arrived, allowing us to enjoy a more intimate conversation, but by the time we were ready to leave (about 2 hours later) the room had filled with quite a few folks who were happy to share their stories and phone calls with everyone present. Even so, I still recommend Proof for the celebration of any special day... or just because you would like to enjoy an evening out.

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thanks, Fred! We're sorry you weren't adequately informed about the Valentine's Day prixe fix menu, but I'm happy we were able to accommodate you. Thank you for your recommendation, and thank you for spending your special day with us. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AsiaW
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and food was outstanding. Will definitely be back soon and reccomend !

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

That's so great to hear, Asia! Glad that we were able to offer you a five-star experience and would definitely love to have you return to dine with us at Proof. Love hearing positives about our waitstaff! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The food was a little off this time but amazing on my last visit. The atmosphere is always great and the service is prompt. I would always recommend this place.

Proof on Main
Responded on 20 February 2020

Thank you for the recommendation, Amanda! We apologize that your food experience fell a little flat during your most recent visit, but we hope to wow you in the future! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Valentines Day and was definitely the most I’ve spent on a meal, but wow was it worth it. The food could not have been better. Loved the artwork in the dining areas and the music playing. Was an all around great experience.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

We're glad you enjoyed your meal, and happy that you chose Proof on Main to celebrate your special day! We hope to see you again. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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QuinnB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food5service4ambience2

Came here on Valentine’s Day. Was surprised first by very close seating with two loud couples close on either side so it was hard to focus much on my date. I was surprised secondly by only 4 entree options. Apparently they told people before hand of a special valentines menu, I was never given notice. Despite this, the food and drink were both very very good. Just quite pricy. Overall, food was amazing, but the collective experience was lacking to say the least.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Quinn. We apologize that we did not confirm that you were aware of the prix fixe menu, and will relay this to the team in order to prevent this from happening again. The next time you visit Proof, we can absolutely do our best to give you a more intimate table! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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JohnL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They had a fixed menu for Valentine's Day. It was a good, simple selection. Service was exceptional. One of the best Old Fashions in town. Highly recommend it. Had the Brussel Sprout salad and loved it. Steak was ok. I've had better. Ordered it Med but it was deliver med-rare. I chose not to return it. The sauce and grapes that accompanied the steak were fantastic! Desert was ok. The atmosphere in Proof is great....lots of amazing pieces of art work and a very please experience to walk 21C art gallery before or after dinner. This is a top notch restaurant in town. It will remain on my list as a go-to choice for a special night.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

Wow, thanks for the feedback! I'm happy to hear you chose Proof for a special occasion, and we love the constructive criticism-- we will always have room to grow, after all. We hope to see you again-- keep in mind, we change the cuisine and museum exhibits frequently! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great quality while the environment was fascinating in the concept. Staff was prompt, attentive and well versed on the history of the establishment. Reservations recommended.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for the great feedback! We're proud to be a part of a seasoned and professional waitstaff, and they're always happy to hear that they've done a great job executing service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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RandalS
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was disappointing. After receiving numerous positive recommendations and reading positive reviews we made reservations for dinner after a long day on the bourbon trail. First, although we had a reservation, we were seated over one-half hour after our appointed time. The service was mediocre at best and the food was uninspiring. If we’re ever back in Louisville, we will select another eatery for dinner.

We had a better time sitting in the bar waiting for our table. The bartenders were more attentive than our dinner server.

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DavidT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good and unique selections. Service was just the right touch and got us to theatre on time with no fuss. Would definitely recommend.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thanks David, I'm happy to hear that you had a good time! We get a great deal of pre-theater guests, and we're always happy to accommodate. We hope to see you again! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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ToddY
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I dine out several times per week, and this was the worst service I remember having in years. It took forever to even get water and a drink order in, and I had to ask for silverware TWICE after my food arrived. I will not be returning.

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Todd, and we're very sorry that we dropped the ball during your stay at 21c. We value the concerns you raise, as we always have room to grow. We hope that you return to try Proof on Main again; although we clearly missed the mark with your meal, on a return visit we can be sure to mitigate these problems on your behalf! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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judy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, modern decor. Delicious, carefully prepared fresh takes on the classics. A little pricey, but you pay for the ambiance.

Proof on Main
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thanks for the feedback, Judy! We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Proof and would love to see you in the future. Keep an eye on the art gallery-- new pieces are installed all the time! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had brunch with my mom and overall we had a great experience. The service and the food were fantastic. I will be returning for future brunches. And recommend the Eggs Benedict. So tasty!

Proof on Main
Responded on 13 February 2020

Thanks for the feedback! We would love to have you back for brunch, but don't forget to check out what we have to offer for dinner! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING and the ambiance inviting!!! Enjoyed every minute!!! Thank you Nina!!!

Proof on Main
Responded on 10 February 2020

Happy to hear you had a wonderful time! We'll be glad to tell Nina that she provided wonderful service. John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Weird menu and slow service

Proof on Main
Responded on 17 February 2020

We regret that our menu items did not appeal to you, and of course that you received slow service. We do change the cuisine at Proof on Main quite often, so we hope that on a return visit we can cater better to your taste and provide five-star service! John Templeton Restaurant Manager

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OpenTable Diner
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