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Proof on Main

4.5
4.5
3187 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

19:00


Booked 25 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

  • Area

    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

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 3,187 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Lennon, was the absolute best !! He was knowledgeable, fun and just a great human! We had a party of six, two with gluten allergies. There was a bit of a miscommunication regarding the bread for a charcuterie board and Lennon took charge and made sure it was done to keep our guests safe. The food itself was absolutely fantastic!! Highly recommend the great atmosphere and food at Proof on Main.

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  2. MD

    MariaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter offered great suggestions and let us pace ourselves without pushing us along. Fabulous food!

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much MariaD. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  3. YA

    YamileyA

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The charred octopus and red plum tart were the highlight of the meal! Our server was fantastic and loved the ambience!

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much YamileyA. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  4. CW

    ClaudeW

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding, except that several dishes were overcooked. Otherwise, quality was excellent and service was outstanding.

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much ClaudeW. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  6. CP

    CrystalP

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! The artwork is awesome too!

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much CrystalP. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food drinks people and place!

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  8. AW

    AmandaW

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food, nice atmosphere. Overall, great find and will definitely be back.

    Proof on MainResponded on 21 September 2022Thank you so much AmandaW. We look forward to seeing you again. -Proof on Main Team

  9. j

    jacknvon

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Magazine review sounded interesting and different. However, very over hyped. The servers were not trained properly in many ways (main course served before appetizer finished, used dishware not cleared from table etc). Main complaint was that each dish ordered was way oversalted, almost inedible. We do not use much salt at all (if any) and it should be diner's choice to salt. Also, only about 8 entrees are offered and the one I wanted (branzino) was not available, substituted with salmon but charged at the branzino price. Atmosphere and vibe were good, but this was a disapppointing choice for our one night in Louisville to dine (California tourists).

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you for your feedback. We are sorry to see that you did not enjoy your time spent with us. -Proof on Main Team

  10. s

    seanc

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and having an art museum was quite unique. Mark, host and sommellier was helpful, infomative and very friendly. Patti, server , was the same and timed our meal perfectly. Chef's menu was excellent and eclectic. My wife and I highly recommend and would definitelt return.

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

  11. BB

    BrinB

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nicholas was a very thoughtful server, offering great tips for visiting Louisville. The green smoothie hit the spot and the granola with berries was delicious. The rooms were filled with thought provoking art.

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

  12. JD

    JulieD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved the ambiance since I was curious how this restaurant fits in to an art museum and a hotel. It did not disappoint! Food was delicious and just what my husband wanted for his birthday meal.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much JulieD. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  13. KK

    KaseyK

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everyone in our group of six got something different off the menu, and all of us were very pleased. The food was great. The staff in the bar were very knowledgeable, particularly about the bourbon. Our waiter made good suggestions, even steering us away from one dessert to another, which we loved.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much Kasey K. We hope you all come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I was in town for the Bourbon and Beyond festival and the restaurant was highly recommended. The service was good…unfortunately the food was not good. I ordered the fish and I don’t believe the piece I was served was fresh and/or cooked properly (it smelled). I ended up getting ill before the end of dinner and was noticeably absence from the table for the rest of the meal (table to 2). No one inquired where I went and we paid 100% of our bill.

    Proof on MainResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for your feedback. We are so sad to see that your experience with us was not our usual standard. -Proof on Main Team

  15. LG

    LuciaG

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been looking forward to our visit for a long time and were pleased as usual. My favorite Manhattan with food selections chosen by our server, Brittany, turned out beautifully,We chose the wrong dessert, the donuts weee too much, and not enough peaches, but she had warned us. We enjoy the whimsy of the setting, the artwork that is the museum and look forward to our next visit to Louisville already!

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much LuciaG. We look forward to seeing you again. -Proof on Main Team

  16. N

    Nicole

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lennon was a fantastic waiter. Lovely meal and great Atmosphere!

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much Nicole. We agree, Lennon is a pretty amazing Server. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  17. IN

    ImNotReallyaWaitress

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I travel through Louisville every few years and would never miss a meal at Proof on Main. It is my fave! The menu is intriguing and features something for every palate. The interesting flavor combinations spark joy! Everyone does shishito peppers these days. But who combines them with cantaloupe and mint?! This is a small example of the beautiful dishes that are served. The menu changes regularly.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much ImNotReallyaWaitress. Come back and see us next time you travel through. -Proof on Main Team

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food was so salty, it was almost inedible and left a salty taste in my mouth for a day. Horrible!!!

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you for your feedback. We hope you come back and give us a try again. -Proof on Main Team

  19. M

    Michael

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely great except the charcuterie board.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much Michael. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  21. M

    Marcie

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous room, creative & delicious food. Bartender and our dinner waitress outstanding. Young woman at check in very nice but a bit dizzy about our reservation and when to seat us.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much Marcie. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  22. MS

    MarcusS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Wonderful food. Portions seemed smaller than before.

    Proof on MainResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you so much MarcusS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  23. LS

    LukasS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The only restaurant/bar i have ever visited four times within three days - once for dinner, once for brunch, and twice for the bar, lol. Mainly because of their excellent cocktails and food. My girlfriend and I liked the deco as well, but certainly not everybody's taste - not really a family place... The museum in the basement of the attached hotel is a highlight too, and they let you walk it with your cocktail which was super fun for us.
  24. LC

    LilyannaC

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food were both amazing and I can’t wait to return.

    Proof on MainResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you so much LilyannaC. We look forward to seeing you again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Great art scene - it took forever to get our food - they said the hold up was a large party before us, however the table next to us was seated long after we were and got their food right away. They apologized and said we deserved free desert but that also took a really long time.

    Proof on MainResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you for your feedback Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  26. JS

    JuanS

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This a nice restaurant. Very fancy, but would still be good for dates, big groups and casual dining. Watch out for the Penguins.

    Proof on MainResponded on 20 September 2022Thank you so much JuanS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  27. JO

    JaneO

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    My husband was very pleased with his sirloin steak and we both loved the green salad we ordered. I had the cannelloni and the sauce was delicious. However, the pasta tube was tough. The same was true with my banana tart - the tart was tough. I believe that every great restaurant can have an off night and this is what happened to me. On the other hand, our server Vivian was a delight and very helpful. I'm sure we'll try you again.

    Proof on MainResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you for your feedback JaneO. We are sad to see that some of the food was not to your liking. We hope you come back and give us a try again. -Proof on Main Team

  28. B

    Badge

    Indiana

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The charcuterie plate could have been put together at Kroger. The seared shishitos were completely raw. The prawns were mushy. And to top everything off the waitress definitely didn’t want to be there. This used to be my favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, I was entertaining two out of town guests for dinner one of whom is a retired chef. I was embarrassed by how awful the food and service was.

    Proof on MainResponded on 8 September 2022Thank you for your feedback Badge. We are sorry to see that your time spent with us was disappointing. -Proof on Main Team

  29. DM

    DavidM

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food, service and experience were all top notch,

    Proof on MainResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you so much DavidM. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for causal dining or a night out

    Proof on MainResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Patti was the best! Food was excellent and the wine was everything!

    Proof on MainResponded on 31 August 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was immediately sat for our reservation. Entire staff was amazing. Wait staff was very tentative to us. Great wine and Bourbon selections. Not only was the presentation of the food great the taste was fantastic.

    Proof on MainResponded on 25 August 2022Thank you so much Anonymous. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  33. MT

    MichelleT

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food in a creative environment, very well done!

    Proof on MainResponded on 25 August 2022Thank you so much MichelleT. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  34. M

    Missmmargie

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I booked Proof on Main after reading Open Table reviews. It did not disappoint ! Our server Joey was excellent . As was Ryan the SOMM. He selected a French wine that was perfect for our palates. We had the coconut curry soup, heirloom tomato salad, pork chop , and banana tart. All very well prepared. Our evening was lovely. It was a great start on our first visit to Louisville !

    Proof on MainResponded on 25 August 2022Thank you so much Missmmargie. We are so happy to see that you had a lovely evening spent with us. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  35. RA

    RachA

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Memorable dinner experience, from the food, service and ambience

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you so much RachA. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  36. m

    maggiem

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Our waitress could not have been more bothered to have served us. Besides taking our order, that was the only time we saw her at our table. We had to flag the manager down several times for ketchup, more water, the check, etc. A terrible experience for a birthday, as was noted in our reservation. We will not be coming back.

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you for your feedback maggiem. We are sorry to see your experience with us, especially on your birthday was not an enjoyable one. We hope you come back and give us a try again. -Proof on Main Team

  37. E

    Erin

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server Joey was fantastic. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive.

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you so much Erin. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  38. JV

    JulieV

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The place was cute and staff attentive. The menu sounded great but the food seemed to be prepared with the same amount of love as I might expect in an overworked school cafeteria.

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you for your feedback JulieV. We are sorry to see the food was not up to your expectations. -Proof on Main Team

  39. PP

    PamP

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

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

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you so much PamP. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

  40. CS

    CandiceS

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    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.

    Proof on MainResponded on 17 August 2022Thank you for your feedback CandiceS. We hope you come back and see us again soon. -Proof on Main Team

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waiting staff 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 3187 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Proof on Main

702 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    7th Street

  • Area

    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

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • 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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