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1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
+1 515-244-0655
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is fantastic at Proof, and beautifully presented. I have never eaten a meal there when I felt as though I was not getting my money's worth in quality and ingenuity. The dishes are unique, beautiful, and above all they contain flavors that I have never experienced before. The restaurant's use of sumac and other seldom-used spices (at least... More 

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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142 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were planning a weekend trip to Des Moines and were excited after reading all the rave reviews regarding Proof. We put it at the top of our list and made our reservations for our first night in town. We arrived at 7pm as per our reservation and were immediately seated by the very charming host. I would say the... More 

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Colorado
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113 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Proof is a restaurant out of place. I would expect to find it in Chelsea (NYC) or Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, but one would not expect to find this in Des Moines, Iowa. We stopped in late, like 30 minutes from closing. Now I know how chefs and servers hate that because they just want to go home at... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

My friends and I met in Des Moines because it was halfway between our homes in Minneapolis and Kansas City. I had read about Proof Restaurant and made a reservation a week before our arrival. The friendliness, great service, and exquisite food were the reasons we came back the next night, as well. This happened to be the "Second Saturday"... More 

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Clinton, Iowa
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Innovative menu, wonderful flavors, and superb service. Top of my list of restaurants to go to in Des Moines. Don't skip the meat and cheese board w/accompaniments. It was great! We had the coctail of the week with it. We also ordered the Caponata Classico (eggplant w/sumac, caramelized onions, and currents with panelle). It was so good I think I... More 

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desmoines iowa usa
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Proof has great food,wine,service and ambiance. You can repeat great food in that list. It adds a new dimension to DesMoines area dining with an array of Mediterranean dishes done to perfection and served with flair. A sensibly priced wine list with selections highly complimentary of the food, along with reasonably priced food items add to the value of what... More 

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Strasbourg, France
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52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

We went to Proof for one of its 10 course Second Saturday Suppers. The restaurant has a really nice atmosphere and a friendly staff. The food was also fresh and tasted great. We paired the meal with matching wines and the dove sage cocktail that was delicious. Although the food was great, if you are used to European gourmet restaurants... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

This place is great! It is not very big and they don't have a ton of menu items but the food they do have tastes incredible. Upscale food at affordable prices and great atmosphere. One of the best Mediterranean places in town!

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Thank EbzManda
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Had dinner with my wife for a nice night out. This is really a different (very positive) experience than much of Des Moines. Solid menu and great service. We will be back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

My husband and I had Proof's special ten course meal on the night before Valentine's Day. It was the second Saturday of the month so this was a set menu. The theme was "Chocolate." The portions for two were just right and every dish was something new and original. There were many things I never would have thought about putting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $35
Cuisine
American, European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-244-0655
Description
Polished casual atmosphere with an emphasis on making a meal the epitome of the evening. Longer service style, staff is trained to suggest accompanying items to make the most of a guest's meal.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?