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Proof on Main

702 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202 (Central Business District)
502-217-6360
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Ranked #32 of 1,508 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Cross street: 7th
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Tate, Georgia
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What an interesting and fun place. The restaurant is attached to a museum and hotel. The bathrooms share with the museum. The atmosphere was neat with interesting artwork. I ordered the Fried Pigs Ear salad- I didn't care for the pig's ear as it turned out, but I loved the rest of the salad. My entree was NY Strip- the... More

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear MrsZimm, I wanted to reach out and say thank you for your honest review. I was glad to hear you enjoyed your sides, but I do want to apologize for your steak. I have shared your comments with Chef. He is constantly adjusting each dish to try and improve it, and your comments will help us to do that.... More

Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This place has been so popular for so long--and that's a relatively short three to four years, depending on who's counting--that it is now attracting exactly the kind of clientele they were hiding from, the ones that want to look at the bathrooms, that are baffled by the drink menus, and can't wait for dessert to come once they order... More

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear Barracoon, Thanks for the kind review. I can assure you we are not resting on our past successes. We are working hard everyday to continue to provide a memorable experience for all of our guests. That way everyone can have a good time, even if they are watching out. Thanks again. Cheers, Joe Leftin | Restaurant Manager Proof on... More

Greensboro, North Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The selections were not that great for the lunch menu. $6 for a small dip of ice cream was way to much.

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear gwj4503, Thank you for your honest review. I want to apologize for not exceeding your expectation with respect to your perceived value per dollar on your last visit. We strive to make every guest feel like their meal was money well spent. I am sorry we were not able to do that for you. If you have any further... More

Chicago, Illinois
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230 reviews 230 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This place is great so if you are in Louisville and are into food I definitely recommend heading over to Proof on Main. They also have great Bourbon flights.

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear lanzmo, Thank you for the kind review. I was glad to read you enjoyed our food, our hospitality, and our bourbon flights. Thanks again. Come visit soon. Cheers, Joe Leftin | Restaurant Manager Proof on Main | 21c Museum Hotel m. 513.807.2812 | w. 502.217.6360 jleftin@proofonmain.com Proof on Main, at 21c Museum Hotel Louisville 700 West Main Street Louisville,... More

Winchester, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant. The breakfast was fantastic, probably the best hotel breakfast I've ever had. Dinner at Proof however was a bit disappointing. It seemed the chef was trying too hard to be clever and innovative and he forgot that it also should be delicious. Go to some of the other great places in town for dinner.

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear H0lly99, Thank you for your feedback. I was glad to read you enjoyed your breakfast, however I was disappointed to read dinner was not delicious. Although we do try to be innovative, we certainly don't want to do so at the expense of a tasty dinner. My apologies. Please feel free to reach out with any additional comments you... More

Vero Beach, Florida
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163 reviews 163 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Another stop on the urban bourbon trail. We only had cocktails so can't comment on the food. Variety of bourbons was good. We only had one as service at the bar was lacking.

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear cb628, My apologies for not taking great care of you on your last visit. We strive to exceed every guests' expectation. I wish we had done that for you. I value your feedback so if you would like to discuss your visit further please feel free to reach out. Again, my apologies. Cheers, Joe Leftin | Restaurant Manager Proof... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stayed at 21c over the fourth of July holiday and were charmed by the hotel. Arriving rather tired from our drive, we decided to treat ourselves to room service from Proof downstairs. I ordered the salmon and my husband ordered the bison burger. Both were delivered with quiet competence, arrived at the absolutely right temperature, and were seasoned and... More

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

AdventuresWithMary, Thank you very much for your kind review. We are a passionate group, and to read such praise for what we do is very gratifying. Our goal is to exceed our guest's expectations, and I am very glad we did that for you. Please know I have shared your comments with the team so they may hear your praise.... More

Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed at 21C so this was a natural slide into the evening. After wonderful drinks at the bar, we were invited to receive our table at our convenience and leisure. We continued our evening with fine wine, great appetizers, and wonderfully prepared food. Yes, I had dessert, and it was wonderful. What was it? I don't remember. Thankfully, we were... More

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear Bob P., I can not say how much your review made me smile. It is truly one of the most thoughtful and kind reviews we have ever received. Thank you. Please know that I have shared your comments with the entire team so that they may hear your praise too. We look forward to you next visit. Until then... More

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Hotel 21C was recommended as a great spot for a bourbon flight. Our Louisville friends thought we'd also enjoy dinner at Proof on Main, the hotel's restaurant. What fun we had! Main Street is a great destination street. From the golden statue of David out front of the hotel, to the art in Hotel 21C galleries, to the Red Penguins... More

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear MMM_and_MPM, I just wanted to reach out to say thank you for your kind review. I was glad to read you enjoyed our atmosphere, as well as your meal. It is that combination that we feel sets us apart. Most of all, I was glad to read it was an experience 'worth repeating'. I hope that visit is soon.... More

London, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Interesting menu well executed fun and convivial atmosphere with great service felt like a local the second time we eat there Really good bar I'd definitely recommend it

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Joe L, Manager at Proof on Main, responded to this review

Dear James, Thank you for your kind review. I was glad to read our you enjoyed your visits. It was especially gratifying to read we made you 'feel like a local' on your second visit. That is precisely the type of hospitality we strive to provide. Thanks again for your praise. We hope to see you again on your next... More

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