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“Fantastic !”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Proof

Proof
Ranked #44 of 569 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: American, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Fantastic !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Proof is an excellent restaurant located in downtown Des Moines. The location is wonderful as you look out the large windows at the downtown skyline. The restaurant has a wonderful decor and friendly feel. The menu is great. The food tastes as good as it looks. The presentation is a piece of artwork. The service is excellent.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank JerryD304
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Des Moines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Make sure to have a cheese course”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

We have wanted to try Proof for some time now, and now I am so upset that we didn't try it sooner! We went on a Thursday night (they are open for lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Thur., Fri., and the 2nd Sat. of each month). It is an intimate space, and the staff is very attentive, happy, and helpful. I can't even describe the dishes we had as they were complex, but my main descriptor would be "delicious". We also had a cheese course. I consider myself a cheesaholic, and this was one of the BEST cheese courses I have ever had! Zachary did an amazing job of describing the cheeses so that we could select the perfect choices for our palate. If you are in downtown Des Moines, PLEASE go to Proof.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank jzgreens
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Evanston
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23 reviews
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“What doese "submit" mean to you?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

We were tempted by the description of Proof and decided to try out their Friday night tasting menu featuring fresh local ingredients. When we saw the options were 3, 4, or 5 dishes or "submit", and our server explained that "submit" meant the kitchen would decide what to serve us. We had walked from our Inn to the restaurant so decided to submit. In addition, we shared one wine pairing. The food was simply amazing - and it just kept coming! We enjoyed beets and claims and cod and quail and duck and pork and...I can't do justice in a brief review to the succulent and artistic presentations. The staff was professional and attentive. By our 10th dish, we asked, "how many more?" And the answer was, "until you tell us to stop". All this time we thought since we had "submitted', the kitchen would decide when enough was enough! It was fabulous - but we had to draw the line at 10 + dessert (goat milk gelato with a sweet beet sauce). If you appreciate tasting menus consisting delicious and creatively prepared dishes made from the freshest available items, go to Proof.

Visited July 2012
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2 Thank UmMazzin
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Des Moines
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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“Downtown dining at it's best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

We have gone twice, but both times on Friday nights. Proof is the perfect place for a delicious meal in a great location, with options for nearly everyone. It has all the right touches, Zach Mannheimer greeting you at the door, white table cloths, nice attentive service, good wine, tasty creative food, and good value for the money you spend.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank JuliaDesMoines_Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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“Proof is a favorite!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

I love Proof for lunch, it is delicious and vegetarian friendly too. At least one of their 2 soups is vegetarian (though usually not vegan). They are open for lunch Monday-Friday and dinner on Friday nights and the 3 course dinner is $35. The servings are small, but the ingredient quality and presentation are fantastic with creative flavor combinations.

The service has been attentive at 2 dinners I've enjoyed since a recent change of ownership. I was concerned that the new owners would not maintain the high quality of food and delicious menu items that I have come to enjoy, but that has not been the case. Same great foods at lunch and there are more wines and even a cheese course option now at dinner.

I highly recommend trying Proof!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Cassie S
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