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“Great meal overall, excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Proof

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Ranked #105 of 3,199 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 8th and G
Transit: Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro
maryland
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“Great meal overall, excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

Ambience : trendy and modern but dimly lit (hence the need for the silly flashlight- magnifier- menu reader)

Food : overall great. We started with a bunch of yummy appetizers - chef's selection charcuterie , tuna tartare and eggplant tempura. Out of the main courses, 2 were disappointing : scallops were too salty and lamb was not as tender we would have liked . Steak and halibut dishes were delicious . Sticky toffee pudding dessert was FABULOUS.

Service: excellent. Treva was fantastic as was the sommelier and peripheral staff. When I mentioned that my scallops were too salty, Treva immediately apologized and offered a redo ( it wasn't necessary but her response and offer were nicely appropriate ). Treva deserves special recognition!

2 disappointing dishes notwithstanding , I would definitely return. This place has a lot to offer.

  • Visited September 2013
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“We Expected More”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

My spouse and I dined at Proof for dinner in late May 2013. We visited on a Sunday evening, and we made our reservation using the Open Table reservation system. Despite making our reservation several weeks in advance, we were led to one of the least-appealing table in the restaurant.

The restaurant is located across from the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. The restaurant offers seating outside on the sidewalk, at the long bar, at high-top bar tables in the bar area, as well as in the dining room at tables and booths. Our tiny table for two was positioned directly adjacent to the service station, where wait staff and busboys came and went every few minutes to enter orders, restock and pick up glassware, silverware, and plates, pick up water pitchers, and so on. As soon as the hostess led us to the table, we anticipated issues, so we asked to be moved to another empty table (of which there were plenty), but we were told that ours was the only option available to us. Not a great start!

Prior to arriving at Proof, we had planned to order the $69 four-course tasting menu, but when we began to experience the “traffic” next to our table, we opted to order something more casual because it was clearly not the environment for an elegant meal. We did not even feel that our table warranted ordering two $30+ dollar entrees, so we each ordered two first-course (smaller) options and asked that one be served as our appetizer and the other be served as our entree. We sampled the asparagus salad, duck confit, crispy pigs head, and foie gras. The duck confit accompanied by scallion hush puppies was delicious. The crispy pigs head was overly fried and appeared more like mozarella sticks - the frying process removed any trace of unique taste or flavor. For dessert, we had a rhubarb cake and a selection of cheeses; the rhubarb cake was unremarkable. Charcuterie seems to be a real speciality of this restaurant; however, we had enjoyed some great meats, pates, and terrines the previous day for lunch (at Woodward Table), so we were not interested in ordering it again. The restaurant serves a complimentary crispy lavash, accompanied by labna (a yogurt spread). Our waiter was excellent, seeming to take a real interest in food and saying just the right things to seem knowledgeable.

We expected more from a Conde Nast-mentioned, 3-star Washington Post, #10 on the list of 100 best DC restaurants than we saw while dining at Proof. Perhaps sister restaurant Estadio is better? We probably would not return here - our meal was fine, but it was not anything special in a city with so many great restaurant choices.

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Great menu, generous servings”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Lots of good things to choose from especially if you are trying to eat on the healthier side. Pretty central location if you are sightseeing or going to the museums. Absolutely would go back and was also a favorite of friends that live in DC.

  • Visited September 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

The food was terrific, start to finish. Everything was fresh and prepared perfectly. The staff was also very good. The atmosphere is a little understated, but comfortable.

  • Visited September 2013
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Annapolis
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“Interesting Combination of Tastes and Tapas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This reastaurant was surprisingly good and very conveniently located next to Verizon Center. It was a nice dinner before our concert. Also, there is a parking lot on the same block with substantially cheaper rates than some of the other local lots. All in all a very nice meal and convenient for those attending an event at the Verizon Center.

  • Visited September 2013
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