Proof

Restaurant / Wine Bar
Proof "With a mix of contemporary American cuisine and a wine list more aptly described as a ""book,"" Proof attracts a refined crowd of local foodies and oenophiles who are drawn by the strong emphasis on organic and sustainable..." Washington, DC United States 38.898608 -77.022747
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Proof - Restaurant | Wine Bar in Washington, DC.
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Party Earth Review With a mix of contemporary American cuisine and a wine list more aptly described as a “book,” Proof attracts a refined crowd of local foodies and oenophiles who are drawn by the strong emphasis on organic and sustainable... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Green, Red, Yellow Lines: Gallery Pl-Chinatown

  • Phone:

    202-737-7663

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  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M 5:30–10pm, Tu–Th 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–10pm, F 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–11pm, Sa 5:30–11pm, Su 5–9:30pm
    Bar: M–Th 5:30pm–1am, F–Sa 5:30pm–2am, Su 5pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Proof Review

The Scene

"With a mix of contemporary American cuisine and a wine list more aptly described as a ""book,"" Proof attracts a refined crowd of local foodies and oenophiles who are drawn by the strong emphasis on organic and sustainable..."

With a mix of contemporary American cuisine and a wine list more aptly described as a “book,” Proof attracts a refined crowd of local foodies and oenophiles who are drawn by the strong emphasis on organic and sustainable ingredients and the bar’s one-thousand-plus wine selection.

Exposed brick and glowing pendant lights create an intimate atmosphere for the couples and young professionals sharing carefully paired cheese plates, while a low pewter bar captivates guests with its Enomatic – a stainless steel wine dispenser that holds more than 30 varietals at a time.

In a nod to its neighbor, the bar also features several TVs showcasing paintings from the National Portrait Gallery across the street, though the rotating videos fight for customers’ attention with the view of bustling G Street through the generous windows.

On chill evenings, hip and happy diners settle in on leather banquettes to savor their spicy meatballs and grilled pork chops, while warmer nights see the mellow clientele migrating to the front patio, where they can enjoy their people-watching to the faint sounds of soft jazz trickling out from the bar.

Although Proof sells bottles of vino in excess of $10,000, the place is more laid-back than pretentious; a tone best highlighted by the paraphrasing of Benjamin Franklin on the venue’s website: “Wine is proof that God loves us.”

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Tip from Adriana:

The owners spent a lot of time on perfecting the bathrooms. Not to ruin it for you, but let’s just say it took eight coats to get the pink ‘just right’ in the women’s room. And men who enjoy tasteful images of scantily-clad women will have plenty of reason to excuse themselves.

  • Crowd

    Foodies, business travelers, hip wine aficionados, and stylish professionals, late 20s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient down-tempo jazz. Four flat-screen TVs projecting works from the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Modern cuisine including a chef’s paired tasting selection, artisan cheese plates, and signature dishes like spicy Shenandoah lamb meatballs and sherry-glazed sablefish with pumpkin seeds and smoky romesco sauce.

    Extensive list of over one thousand wines. Lunch specials at the bar Tuesday–Friday. Happy Hour M–F 5:30–7pm. Limited street parking.

  • Prices

    Lunch specials $12, appetizers $9–$17, entrées $7–$29. Beer $5–$100, wine $3–$40/glass or $18–$10,500/bottle, cocktails $9–$15. Valet $12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual to dressy: everything from cool button-downs and jeans to suits and elegant dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays through Fridays for the lunch specials, weeknights for a wine-loving Happy Hour crowd, and Friday and Saturday nights for the liveliest scene.

  • Close By

    A block away is Oya Restaurant & Lounge (777 9th Street NW), an intimate, upscale venue with a Miami-style vibe and a menu of sushi and sandwiches.

Proof User Reviews

Average rating:
Foodie paradise!
Mitzi T. Jun 9, 2013
There's no better place to warm up on a cold DC winter night with a cocktail and some excellent grub than at Proof, in Penn Quarter. Totally fit for foodies, Proof offers up a delectable menu with some items that are hard to find and often prepared weakly. Proof hits the ball out of the park every time. The sweetbreads are not to be missed, and the wine list is extensive, yet easily approached with the help of their highly knowledgeable sommelier staff. The bar scene is always hopping, and reservations can be hard to come by because of the popularity of Proof, so make reservations at least a couple weeks in advance. After dinner, either hit up the bar, or meander around Chinatown/Penn Quarter area and mingle with the tourists. There's no question as to why Proof made the Washingtonian Magazine's list of top 100 restaurants in the area, coming in at spot #10. A must-go.
Awesome bar menu
Aliza R. Dec 4, 2012
Great appetizers and bar menu; terrific cheese selection. Hugely focused on wine - you choose the pour size. Great service; very intimate feel.
Really good wine bar
Jody P. Dec 1, 2012
Although I don't know a whole lot about wine, I still love wine culture. Tasting and drinking wine is always a lot of fun and at proof, you can really try a lot of new things. They have a massive wine menu which is great but can be confusing for people like me who don't "know" wines, but they also have a really knowledgable staff who ask you questions and make recommendations without coming off as pretentious or making you feel foolish. They also have a lot of more wines by the glass than anywhere i've ever seen which is great when everyone in your group likes different things. It is just really nice to not have to pick between the cab and the merlot when you can't get a bottle. The food is good too (I believe they do the local, organic, sustainable thing) but, let's face it, you're here for the wine.
Good wine/food near the Verizon center
Jimmy D. Oct 1, 2012
If you are looking for something more refined than bar food before or after a game at the Verizon center, Proof is a great option. Huge wine selection and fancy American fare. The scene is more 30's than 20's. Lunch is filled with Suits who work nearby. Dinner and happy hour are more casual scenes.
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