Proof on Main

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Business District, Louisville
  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    • Serious Eats
  • Patrick Q.
    "I had an amazing bison burger with my Judi"(7 Tips)
    Jeffrey W.
    "Perfect place to finish our Urban Bourbon Trail."(4 Tips)
    Sriram R.
    "Try the Salmon and Truffle Fries"(5 Tips)
    Roni L.
    "Try the Bison Bone Marrow - Unique taste."(3 Tips)
134 Tips and reviews
  • bourbon
  • cocktails
  • trendy
  • octopus
  • bison burgers
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  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerFebruary 26, 2016
    VERY GOOD place, great atmosphere, very hip / chic clientele. Food is amazing, especially the bison burger, scallops, octopus, & grits 😄 incredible, provocative Art throughout, GREAT drinks ❤️❤️❤️
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 16, 2013
    Broadbent Country Ham Falafel is a must-order appetizer--beloved Kentucky ham is mixed in with the chickpeas before each falafel ball is shaped and fried, adding smoky pigginess to each bite.
  • Justin T.
    Justin TranNovember 19, 2014
    Everything is good at Proof, last time we was there, we had a steak and diver scallop. The steak I had was perfect every bit had so much flavor. The diver scallop was a nice size and very fresh!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    While the reviews of the 30-foot-tall golden naked David in front of its entrance are mixed, new executive chef Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 8, 2014
    While the reviews of the 30-foot-tall golden naked David in front of its entrance are mixed, new executive chef Levon Wallace's menu has drawn near universal praise. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Hillary L.
    Hillary LeeNovember 14, 2015
    The food was outstanding. We had the octopus appetizer (perfection), for dinner I had the Duck Bolognese, my husband had the veal (great). Pair the KY bourbon pie with the is beautiful!
  • Miles & Smith R.
    The food was over the top! Gary had the appetizer Ahi Tuna - best he's ever had and the Salmon. Minette had the Buffalo Bison, which ended being the best piece of meat she'd ever tasted. Will be back! Read more
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleMarch 28, 2012
    The food is delicious, the drinks are wonderful, but it's the decor that makes Proof on Main worth going to. Plus, the restaurant located inside 21c Museum Hotel boasts the best bathroom in the city. Read more
  • Top Tier Travel
    Top Tier TravelMay 5, 2012
    This is a New York worthy restaurant!. This sounds weird but you HAVE to go & take a look at the Men's restroom...the urinal is 1 of a kind! Reservations during Derby have to be made months in advance
  • Arlene M.
    Arlene MurphyMay 27, 2014
    Make sure to take the time to check out the art gallery during your visit. It is small but very worthwhile. They have a golden replica of Michelangelo's David on the outside
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly Reeves 🐱September 4, 2014
    If you're not in the mood for a full meal, try the bar's selection of creative, delicious small plates that are unique to the bar menu. And the cocktails, duh!
  • Allison T.
    Allison TewelesOctober 6, 2012
    Must go when in Louisville. Excellent service, terrific dinner. And a great bar with many bourbons. Enjoy your drink while you walk through the art gallery. A seriously good time.
  • Shaheer B.
    Shaheer BurneyMay 21, 2012
    Posh little bar with a strikingly surreal decor. The place is furnished with a nice blend of high tables akin to a formal setting and large comfortable couches. Wear a casual jacket at the least.
  • Just Add Bourbon
    Just Add BourbonMay 2, 2011
    Ask your server or bartender for your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport! Try the "Darkened Manhattan" - Woodfor Reserve bourbon, sweet vermouth and Starbuck's dark coffee liquer shaken with ice, strained a
  • Ghostly International
    Any restaurant inside a contemporary art museum is going to be interesting, and Proof isn't any different. Atmosphere, food, presentation, everything. Ice cream is delicious - go for the burnt sugar.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    Go for the bison burger, piled high with shredded lettuce and apricot-laced jezebel sauce. Just try it. Read more
  • David E.
    David EldridgeApril 26, 2015
    Very nice brunch. The cornmeal biscuit in the Benedict is a unique and tasty option compared to other brunch spots.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarnettOctober 19, 2014
    Get the roasted bones if you're looking for something special. Or incredible. Either one.
  • Rob
    RobSeptember 19, 2013
    Proof selected Eagle Rare is delicious. Slightly more spicy than your typical Eagle Rare and well worth the visit.
  • Kate
    KateJune 30, 2013
    Fantastic atmosphere! Order a bourbon flight & don't miss the attached contemporary art gallery in the 21c hotel.
  • Johanna
    JohannaSeptember 22, 2015
    The bison burger is awesome; the crispy rosemary parmesan fries are even better. Love that they split it for us!
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherAugust 25, 2014
    The charred Octupus was disappointing. It was rubbery , though with flavor. I love Octupus and have had it all over the world. The Octupus in their sister resto in Cincy is soo much better.
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HoehleMarch 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Enjoyed the tuna tartine with Lima bean salad for lunch. It was light, low cal, and gourmet. But it killed me to watch a co-worker have the fries, which are soooo good. Being on a diet sucks.
  • Schanel M.
    Schanel MosesApril 17, 2014
    The fried bologna sandwich took me back to my childhood. You must try it! The cocktails are wonderful, too!
  • Anayancy E.
    Anayancy EscarpanterAugust 17, 2011
    Yum!! The art around the hotel is incredible... Must order the Finlandia vodka drink on the menu to get your taste buds going! Cheers!
    USA TODAYDecember 6, 2010
    The bar has a full selection of obscure bourbons and Kentucky ryes, but you'll also find the delightful Champagne Frappé - sparkling wine served on shaved ice. Read more
  • Brian D.
    Brian DeisDecember 30, 2012
    Seems like their bison burger is the favorite here, tonight I delve into the hen of the woods on the gnocchi
  • Erin E.
    Erin ElyNovember 21, 2014
    What a great place to experience Kentucky Bourbonism and amazing food. The truffle fries are fantastic
  • Kristin
    KristinMarch 26, 2014
    #ProofonMain The menu is a bit eclectic but you can't go wrong! Shrimp & grits are stupid good!
  • paolo b.
    paolo benvenutoMay 31, 2015
    Great food and cool venue- attached to a gallery when you need a break from your table 😉.
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WolffApril 20, 2014
    Enjoyed a 'Death's Grip'. Perfect place to finish our Urban Bourbon Trail. 6 for 6!!! We Rock!!! Most expensive T shirt we earned for free. :)
  • KFed 4.
    KFed 42January 31, 2015
    The dinner here is amazing, especially the fatty pork chops. The "goo cake" is a disappointing fudge brownie.
  • Liz L.
    Liz LeJuly 22, 2010
    Krista, waitress, is awesome! Very attentive. Food is stellar. The beet and pickled salad, lake walleye dishes are superb. And cotton candy ending? It's like a dream!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JMarch 13, 2012
    Imbibe Magazine recognized Proof on Main as having one of the Best Hotel Bars in the South in their March/April 2011 Southern Issue.
  • Ariana B.
    Ariana BostwickMay 30, 2016
    Excellent cocktails! And extremely great bar staff. We had a great time for a bachelorette.
  • Stacy H.
    Stacy HoehleAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The heirloom tomato salad is interesting, but not as much of a winner as other items. The tomatoes have gritty convoluted places that have an odd texture. The orange crema is tasty though.
  • Micki B.
    Micki BalderSeptember 3
    Best cocktail I've had in a long time, great service, and top quality without feeling stuffy.
  • Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
    We're so excited to have Chef Michael Paley on our Advisory Council as part of the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival! Join us for a wonderful weekend celebration of everything southern May 30-June 2, 2013! Read more
  • Janae M.
    The art and the pictures. Its beautiful. All the different wonderful smells. Its amazing!!! 😀
  • Randy B.
    Randy BlevinsSeptember 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Proof on main is a must for anyone visiting our fair city. Great cocktails and the most interesting people. Be sure to check out the interesting art installations in the attached hotel galleries.
  • Natalya
    NatalyaJune 29, 2014
    Great cocktails, impressive drinks menu. Pretty amazing gallery in the back
  • Josh L.
    Josh LaboveNovember 21, 2014
    Weisenberger Grits are not on the lunch menu but can be subbed in for a side dish with your sandwich.
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Warm Local Ricotta w/ Bread - So delicious with truffle oil in it. Very filling!
  • Jordan O.
    Jordan OlinDecember 12, 2013
    The Bison carpaccio is farmed by the restaurant and is like nothing I've tasted... Really good!
  • Just Add Bourbon
    Just Add BourbonJune 21, 2012
    I'd try "The Ambassador's Wife" cocktail here, and then ask your server for your Urban Bourbon Trail passport.
  • TheYumYumFoodie
    TheYumYumFoodieAugust 18, 2014
    Get the smoked fish dip...yum.Great all around experience. Read more
  • Johanna
    JohannaSeptember 22, 2015
    Don't skip the blackberry Pop-Tart with chicken liver pate. Just trust me on this one.
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GeorgeFebruary 7, 2015
    Unique alcohol selections ... my southern boy husband loves a good bourbon and rye.
  • Kathie W.
    Kathie WhismanAugust 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It is all delish! But after your dinner (or before if you are early), have a drink at the bar, Johnny is an AWESOME bartender!
  • James W.
    James WiserSeptember 3, 2011
    Louisville is shockingly cool, and this place will blow you away. Almost every dish is made with a derivative of bourbon.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HigginsAugust 12, 2014
    Marvelously crafted menu. Fantastic atmosphere. Easy location.
  • bunsen h.
    bunsen honeydewAugust 22, 2013
    Everything is really bitter here. Caveat emptor! Nice art, though?
  • Leah M.
    Leah MaloneOctober 10, 2014
    Stare at the glorious gold David statue outside while drinking the death's grip and eating the grilled octopus.
  • Just Add Bourbon
    Just Add BourbonAugust 24, 2010
    It's connected to one of the coolest hotels in the U.S., so go with their signature drink here, called the Darkened Manhattan
  • Tim M.
    Tim MonroeMay 21, 2012
    Octopus starter is amazzzzzing and the Pinot Noir is to die for.
  • PK W.
    PK WADDLEFebruary 18
    great drinks, location and vibe !!! At times the service is a tad slow...
  • Chef Alexis U.
    Try the Basil Sponge Cake,Strawberries. - #basil sponge cake.
  • SND
    SNDNovember 4, 2013
    Enjoy great cocktails and great food in a chic space surrounded by contemporary art.
  • Alexa P.
    Alexa PotockiOctober 5, 2013
    Ambiance is great- find the countdown meter and ask your server about it! Won't be disappointed with anything you order.
  • Laneay Y.
    Laneay YatesMarch 2, 2013
    Order the Angus short ribs. Buttery soft and amazing flavor.
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Old Forester Bourbon - Elegant way to end dining with this drink.
  • Jon P.
    Jon PressmanFebruary 24
    Excellent food; great bourbon tasting options
  • Shanon H.
    Shanon HounshellJune 1, 2013
    Get the octopus! OMG. Loved the flavor! So unique.
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Bison Bone Marrow - Unique taste. mmmmm!
  • Leslie A.
    Leslie ArnoldMarch 24, 2013
    Octopus is the best I've had outside Greece.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GotkinNovember 29, 2015
    Beautiful art and creative menu options
  • Xackery I.
    Xackery IrvingJanuary 19, 2011
    Great drinks. Food decent. Louisville meets Soho. New Yorkers, like us, feel right at home. Love the dog portraits.
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda HJanuary 26, 2014
    Very eclectic. service less than was nice.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarrollMay 26, 2012
    Very trendy atmosphere and wonderful drinks, but the service is entirely too slow and cavalier for the prices they charge
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Striped Mullet - Very flavorful! I am in heaven.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MiramantJune 16, 2011
    Simple the best restaurant in Louisville. Try the Bourbon Flight.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandFebruary 8, 2015
    Very good service. Friendly staff.
  • Stephany
    StephanyNovember 6, 2011
    Make sure to take a look at the 21c hotel lobby/art gallery before you leave
  • Rob R.
    Rob RebelAugust 9, 2015
    Widest selection of bourbons I've ever seen! 👀 Try a tasting flight.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GogulSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Decent food with a great bad. The homemade tonic is a nice touch and the service is good.
  • Hunter G.
    Hunter GrahamDecember 7, 2014
    Try the bone marrow with a PBR pairing. No, really.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YovanoffOctober 25, 2012
    Not much of a brunch scene, but the eggs benedict w/ grits was delicious.
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleJanuary 15, 2012
    Nominated for Best Cocktail Bar in our Best of 2012 competition! Vote now through Jan. 29th. Read more
  • jessi
    jessiAugust 2, 2010
    Try an Oleana (cachaca, lime & vanilla bean) and the warm ricotta app. You won't be disappointed.
  • Metromix L.
    Metromix LouisvilleJanuary 31, 2012
    Winner of Best Cocktail Bar in Metromix Louisville's Best of 2012 contest Read more
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Darkened Manhattan - Signature cocktail. Smooth.
  • Sharyn K.
    Sharyn KostAugust 24, 2012
    Great spot for breakfast... Surrounded by art.
  • Jen A.
    Jen AuOctober 13, 2011
    Give the octopus a try. It will amaze you!
  • Zach S.
    Zach SteinerJanuary 10, 2016
    Great cocktails and whiskey selection.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff R.August 22, 2014
    Deaths Grip. Drink it. Also, giant pink penguins.
  • Dimitris S.
    Tried the ribeye steak and was perfect!
  • Kevin R.
    The smoked brisket sandwich was awesome for lunch.
  • Jackie S.
    Jackie SparksOctober 24, 2010
    the barbraella is an amazing cocktail. they even use fresh raspberries!
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Terrine - Wow!
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LeeAugust 14, 2014
    Truffle fries and the bison burger
  • Paul H.
    Paul HolbaJune 23
    Oh where to start - farm to table goodness!
  • Chef Alexis U.
    Try the Chocolate, Olive Oil Caramel, And Candied Olives. - #desserts.
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the MARKSBURY FARM CHICKEN - Excellent!
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McAleerDecember 27, 2011
    The artwork is worth stopping to have one drink
  • Allen V.
    One of the coolest bars I've ever been to.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LugavereMay 11, 2013
    I dont reccomend the bone marrow dish.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BMay 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pimm's cup is a great cocktail for summer. Or bourbon and honey for something more substantial.
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie VagniniAugust 1, 2011
    Lazy eye is a wonderful version of an old fashioned. Loved it.
  • Just Add Bourbon
    Just Add BourbonSeptember 8, 2011
    Listed as a Silver Medal winning bar, it still stands out from the crowd.
  • Valerie V.
    Valerie VagniniAugust 1, 2011
    Check out the art piece on voyeurism in the women's restroom. Very cool!
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