Proof on Main

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Central Business District, Louisville
  • The folks at Eater and Serious Eats like this place. Would you agree?
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  • Patrick Q.
    "I had an amazing bison burger with my Judi"(7 Tips)
    Just Add Bourbon
    "Ask your server or bartender for your Urban Bourbon Trail Passport!"(4 Tips)
    Sriram R.
    "Try the Salmon and Truffle Fries"(5 Tips)
    Roni L.
    "Try the Bison Bone Marrow - Unique taste."(3 Tips)
132 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.
  • Kate
    KateJune 30, 2013
    Fantastic atmosphere! Order a bourbon flight & don't miss the attached contemporary art gallery in the 21c hotel.
  • Rob
    RobSeptember 19, 2013
    Proof selected Eagle Rare is delicious. Slightly more spicy than your typical Eagle Rare and well worth the visit.
  • 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. :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • KFed 4.
    KFed 42January 31, 2015
    The dinner here is amazing, especially the fatty pork chops. The "goo cake" is a disappointing fudge brownie.
  • 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.
  • Ariana B.
    Ariana BostwickMay 30, 2016
    Excellent cocktails! And extremely great bar staff. We had a great time for a bachelorette.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Janae M.
    The art and the pictures. Its beautiful. All the different wonderful smells. Its amazing!!! 😀
  • Roni L.
    Roni LeporeMarch 5, 2012
    Try the Warm Local Ricotta w/ Bread - So delicious with truffle oil in it. Very filling!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jordan O.
    Jordan OlinDecember 12, 2013
    The Bison carpaccio is farmed by the restaurant and is like nothing I've tasted... Really good!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Melanie G.
    Melanie GeorgeFebruary 7, 2015
    Unique alcohol selections ... my southern boy husband loves a good bourbon and rye.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HigginsAugust 12, 2014
    Marvelously crafted menu. Fantastic atmosphere. Easy location.
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