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Wine Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, Washington
  • Leora K.
    "ahi tuna tartare appetizer is amazing!"(6 Tips)
    "Gnocchi and butter lettuce salad is great to share."(8 Tips)
    Robb F.
    "Washingtonian recommends the shrimp burger."(3 Tips)
    FiOS 50
    "plate of cheese and charcuterie alongside a glass of wine."(3 Tips)
105 Tips and reviews
  • wine
  • gnocchi
  • cocktails
  • lunch crush
  • happy hour
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  • Michelle P.
    Favorable, great presentation of 2017 Summer Restaurant Week 3 course meal. Nice modern ambiance. Will go back.
  • Jessica P.
    Great wine, small plates.
  • Bill C.
    Bill CarsonApril 26
    Appetizers, skirt steak, and wine
  • Jared C.
    Jared CampbellDecember 12, 2016
    Great spot for dates and people watching.
  • Antonello L.
    Antonello LoddoSeptember 7, 2016
    Nice, but pretentious at times
  • Narain
    NarainJuly 29, 2016
    Ahi Tuna Tartare, Wagyu Carpaccio, Berkshire Pork Chop and the Gnocchi are all outstanding.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DagleJuly 2, 2016
    What's good here? Wine, of course.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RDecember 7, 2015
    You won't regret the whole charcuterie board.
  • Mary W.
    Mary W.November 19, 2015
    Great atmosphere, go here for lunch on a weekday. Don't forget to try the meatballs!
  • Fati H.
    Fati HussainJune 23, 2015
    Extensive wine selection, duck is cooked to perfection.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MJune 19, 2015
    Great food, cocktails, wine--but watch out: $10 for sparkling water instead of still. That's ridiculous for a place this expensive! Otherwise fantastic!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsJune 4, 2015
    Wonderful ambiance, wine, and food. Get the gnocchi or the whipped goat cheese!
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 21, 2015
    DK Eyewitness says, "Graze on a huge choice of cheese and charcuterie as you watch the world go by from this restaurant’s pavement patio, opposite the National Portrait Gallery." -from TripExpert Read more
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HughesMarch 31, 2015
    They really make an effort to make wine an important part of the dining experience. There seem to be quite a few experts on staff.
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CNovember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to the bar round 10p to grab a glass of wine and have a chill conversation with your date or pal. Ask 4 a sip before you order as 6oz glasses run anywhere from $12 to $20+.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place. Just had the Quinoa and wheat berry salad and butternut squash soup. Both awesome. Lamb burger and chickpea fries is still king though.
  • Imogen B.
    Imogen BurtonSeptember 26, 2014
    Great room lined with wine racks. Charming service. Food is fabulous with a wide range of small plates cheeses and charcuterie. We loved the quinoa salad, tuna carpaccio octopus and desserts! Go there
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen NSeptember 20, 2014
    From Washingtonian: Get the shrimp burger
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Big fan of this establishment. Like how they let you sample wines from the 'by the glass' list and don't push the upsell when recommending bottles. Tasty entrees, and busy but chill scene.
  • IS K.
    IS KLEAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Quinoa salad and chilled tomato soup. Lamb burger w chickpea fries is pretty fantastic.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FredericksAugust 13, 2014
    One of my husband's and my favorite restaurants in DC. Fabulous food never disappoints. Sommeliers are great. Tell them your price point and what you like and you'll get something amazing.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Kyle Bailey, chef of Birch and Barley, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tuna tartare. Read more
  • Robb F.
    Robb FitzsimmonsJuly 26, 2014
    Washingtonian recommends the shrimp burger.
  • Rita
    RitaJuly 7, 2014
    The foie gras is amazing! Perfectly crisp on the outside when you first bite into it. It then just melts in your mouth afterwards.
  • Greg E.
    Greg EJune 24, 2014
    Any seafood prepared will be extraordinary!
  • Tom J.
    Tom JJune 3, 2014
    In their June 2014 issue, Washingtonian Magazine said the Shrimp Burger was one of metropolitan DC's 25 best burgers.
  • Ruth M.
    Ruth McDonaldJune 1, 2014
    Music here is great, a great atmosphere
  • Trish R.
    Trish R.April 27, 2014
    Worst customer service experience I've ever had. Hostess was rude and barely made eye contact. Rushed is to table and didn't hand us menus. Sommelier and GM refused to serve me even with proper ID.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HinmanApril 25, 2014
    Incredible wine list. Lamb chops are delicious. Get the cauliflower as a side.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Affinia Hotel CollectionFebruary 19, 2014
    In the heart of Chinatown, Proof lives by the motto, “Food is the focus. Wine is the passion.”
  • Iuliia K.
    Iuliia KononenkoNovember 24, 2013
    Absolutely incredible! Food, wine and atmosphere.
  • Alicia G.
    Alicia GOctober 17, 2013
    You can never go wrong with the cheese board here. Or the tuna tartare. In fact, it is wrong not to order both. And the sticky toffee pudding cake.
  • Leora K.
    Leora Kaplan 💕October 16, 2013
    ahi tuna tartare appetizer is amazing!
  • paisley
    paisleySeptember 27, 2013
    Foie gras is stellar. Duck breast comes with pasta and is spicy. Don't miss it if you like heat. Gnocchi and butter lettuce salad is great to share. Had all "family style" for 2 with Pinot noir
  • RevsLaws
    RevsLawsSeptember 24, 2013
    Tuna tartare
  • Lucy W.
    Lucy W.August 29, 2013
    Absolutely amazing. Great restaurant..service was enjoyable.
  • Angela
    AngelaAugust 22, 2013
    Great wine bar!
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LambertAugust 11, 2013
    The polenta is smooth and magical!
  • Irini B.
    Irini BoederJune 27, 2013
    Highly recommend the mozzarella salad to start and the scallops as an entree!!
  • AndaJD
    AndaJDMay 19, 2013
    Cool place
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RossMay 5, 2013
    Lamb loin had a very subtle flavor, was cooked perfectly, and was amazingly tender.
  • Jimmy T.
    Jimmy ThompsonApril 25, 2013
    Food is decent salmon was cooked perfectly
  • Masha C.
    Masha CaseyApril 25, 2013
    Always ask for a wine recommendation! They have an amazing selection and you will be pleasantly surprised!
  • Lauren J.
    Lauren JApril 22, 2013
    Incredible service, outstanding food. Be sure to try the broccolini and cauliflower sides!
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy DuongApril 14, 2013
    Pan roasted foie gras - YES PLEASE
  • Rich A.
    Rich AmonsMarch 8, 2013
    You gotta eat now to valet park on the cheap!!
  • Walburga A M.
    Walburga A MarderFebruary 19, 2013
    great place for wine lovers; highly knowledgable staff; nice happy hour small plates to share
  • Home Owner Solution Network I.
    Great vino
  • Brette C.
    Brette C. 😎🎶February 8, 2013
    Great atmosphere and service. Cheeses are delish.
  • Nancy P.
    Nancy PaloFebruary 7, 2013
    The wine list is intimidating but the Chet's board and rest of the menu is amazing!
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ADecember 22, 2012
    venue is pretty dark for dinner service. the charcuterie is legit. service was decent and friendly.
  • Steve N.
    Steve NussbaumNovember 9, 2012
    Manhattan at happy hour ... Sweet
  • 4SqR Expert M B.
    4SqR Expert M BoudreauNovember 3, 2012
    “Find your own ‘proof’” of this Penn Quarter New American’s virtues via its “wonderfully original” food paired with “amazing” wines in “noisy”, “sexy” and “dark”
  • Michael
    MichaelOctober 19, 2012
    Fine. Crowded. Attenntive
  • Laini M.
    Laini MadhubutiSeptember 3, 2012
    Happy hour 5:30-7, $5 wine, $8 classic cocktails.
  • James
    JamesJune 11, 2012
    Amazing charcuterie. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HinkleJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The gnocchi is the lightest and tastiest I have had. It changes with each season. The half order is perfect.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HansenMay 20, 2012
    Great service and food!
  • Candice B.
    Candice BarnesMay 4, 2012
    Ask for a black napkin if you're wearing a black suit. The white napkins are linty.
  • Bordeaux Wines
    Bordeaux WinesMay 1, 2012
    A place where the food is on par with the wine and the modern decor adds to the mix makes for a great wine bar. Proof's selection of Bordeaux is great. You won't be sorry.
  • Asim M.
    Asim MishraApril 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Adam is an awesome beverage director and mixologist. Sara and Chris are one of the best bar tenders in DC!
  • Wolfgang Puck
    Wolfgang PuckApril 26, 2012
    Chef Scott Drewno of The Source recommends the terrines!
  • Open Air Publishing
    Open Air PublishingApril 24, 2012
    Try the Abbey. Want to make this cocktail at home? Find the recipe in "Speakeasy Cocktails" for iPads.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BraynardApril 23, 2012
    After enjoying a great meal, head to the men's room to enjoy the nude photos and a post-dinner jerk-off session.
  • Gary N.
    Gary NixonApril 16, 2012
    The wife and I was here 14 April 2012 for desert after eating at a nice Chinese restaurant in China Town. Service was great! Deserts was outstanding.
  • Open Air P.
    Open Air PublishingApril 16, 2012
    Try the Abbey. Want to make this cocktail at home? Find the recipe in "Speakeasy Cocktails" for iPads.
  • Robyn B.
    Robyn BognarApril 14, 2012
    Did them a favor and was apparent they were not happy about me joining them for dinner.
  • Colleen
    ColleenFebruary 17, 2012
    Get the gnocchi.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityJanuary 18, 2012
    This wine bar and restaurant boasts 1,000+ bottle cellar with vintages from around the globe, which are perfectly paired with chef Haidar Karoum’s modern American menu.
  • Washingtonian Magazine
    Washingtonian MagazineJanuary 9, 2012
    One of the area’s most interesting places to eat. The impressive wine program includes big-ticket Champagnes and Cali Cabs but also good choices for the value-minded.
  • Blair M.
    Blair MJanuary 8, 2012
    Love all the wines, the cutie bartenders AND the food. Swell place.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50January 3, 2012
    One of the best lunch deals can be found in Proof's bar/lounge area. Pick from 5 entrees and pair it with your choice of wine, a soft drink or iced tea for a mere $12, available Tuesday - Friday.
  • FiOS 50
    FiOS 50November 28, 2011
    Begin with a plate of cheese and charcuterie alongside a glass of wine. Then dive into an entree from one of the best menus in town.
  • Sarah V.
    Sarah ViningOctober 16, 2011
    Cabernet Franc (or Brown Derby) + Plated Cheese + Proscuitto + Duck + Banana Dessert = shared evening of bliss.
  • Carrie S.
    Carrie SOctober 11, 2011
    Get the duck. So good!
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    Note the lunch deal in the bar that pairs an entree with a glass of wine for $12. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Laura F.
    Laura FOctober 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent wine. Try the charcuterie plate!
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy TranSeptember 17, 2011
    Service and food are great, but the best thing is their bathrooms. Check them out.
  • Julian M.
    Julian MayorAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chef Mike's homemade mozzarella is the best in DC!
  • M Squared Real Estate
    M Squared Real EstateAugust 16, 2011
    Proof has one of DC's best wine lists, without question.
  • Rachael K.
    Rachael KingAugust 15, 2011
    Great vino lunch. Read more
  • Paul G.
    Paul GJuly 25, 2011
    Two glasses of Pinot noir - the house version was $44. Be prepared to max out your credit card if you buy a bottle of wine.
  • Cas M.
    Cas MarburgerJune 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Gnocchi was pillow-soft. Ate way too much and can't bring myself to regret a thing.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BMay 13, 2011
    Listen to everything Matthew says abt wine. He's a wine genius!
  • Alex A.
    Alex AApril 11, 2011
    Start with a cheese plate and try the incredible tuna tartare before moving on to you entrée.
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CarnesMarch 31, 2011
    Lunch crush- entree and glass of wine for $12! Amazing!
    Examiner.comMarch 18, 2011
    Great wines, great atmosphere and now though April 3, "Unexpected Transformations" photography show by Rachel Dawn Lincoln, displayed in high def above Proof's custom made French pewter bar. Read more
  • Camille S.
    Camille ShulmanMarch 10, 2011
    The tasting menu is the best!!! The flavors were all so exquisite.
  • Daniela K.
    Daniela KFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The "Bitters & Ginger & Sniff" is a must. The pate mousse topped with sea salt is sublime.
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CramerFebruary 3, 2011
    Awesome cheese and wine selection. And you must check out the restrooms.
  • Ian B.
    Ian BNovember 15, 2010
    The charcuterie board is legit.
  • Asim M.
    Asim MishraNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Small eats are great -- Veal Sweetbreads, Lamb Meatballs and Duck Confit.
  • Chuck
    ChuckJune 30, 2010
    Don't try their Sambuca, but the Port was a big thumbs up.
  • Amy
    AmyJune 30, 2010
    Try to gnocchi, it's amazing!
  • Neha S.
    Neha ShahMay 11, 2010
    $12 lunch - entree+wine
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CathcartApril 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Natalia!! She's the best!!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MillsMarch 30, 2010
    Check out the artwork in the men's room and the sign in the restroom foyer.
  • Center for Wine O.
    @Proof has an extensive wine list that contains over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 different bottling. Try the Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops with Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MillerFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order one of Adam Bernbach's amazing cocktails. Brown Derby is perfect for a cold night.
  • Venu
    VenuDecember 25, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    $12 lunch crush bar special = entree + glass of wine. Go with the gnocchi or steak salad.
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