Proof

New American

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  • 2015 Best Wine List
  • 2016 Best Wine List
Overview

This lively, elegant Penn Quarter eatery offers a wine-centric, New American menu from award-winning Chef Haidar Karoum. Known for its eclectic range of offerings, the menu also includes an extensive international selection of cheese and charcuterie, and a wine list with over 40 by-the-glass selections and 1000 bottlings.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Who else does sexiness, soulfulness, and sophistication like Proof? You can relax over some of the area’s best cocktails at the bar. You can come for lunch. You can come for cheese, charcuterie, and wine. And you can indulge in a blowout of multiple courses. Haidar Karoum’s menu is a hodgepodge of styles—from meatballs to crispy tofu to foie gras. It works because of his ability to make them taste like the kitchen produced that item only. Don’t miss: Tuna tartare; crispy pig’s head; meatballs with goat-cheese agnolotti; trout with potato confit; cavatelli with lamb Bolognese; almond cake; grilled banana with coconut sorbet.” – Washingtonian

“When visiting foodies ring me up, I'll frequently introduce them to Proof. Lunch there finds a terrific, Indian-seasoned lamb burger and a dewy tuna tartare served between airy seaweed crackers. Evening yields such temptations as roasted wreckfish teetering on a hash of chanterelles, spaetzle and pea shoots. And a plump chicken breast defies the boring stereotype with its stuffing of goat cheese and wild mushrooms and sidekicks of spicy rapini and soothing polenta.” – Washington Post

Ambience

Low-lit and inviting, the setting exudes a casual elegance reflected in both the menu and décor. Designed by Grizform Design, the space features elements both rustic and sophisticated – from exposed brick walls and wide plank walnut floors to a custom French pewter bar, Italian leather seating, and European light fixtures. Patrons seated at the (celebrated) bar are treated to art images from the collections of the neighboring National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, rotating on plasma screens.

Accolades

  • Number 15: 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016 - Washingtonian
  • Four stars from Time Out, 2015
  • Three and a half stars from the Washingtonian, 2014
  • 100 Very Best Restaurants, 2015 – Washingtonian
  • Wine Spectator's 'Best of' Award of Excellence, 2014-2015
  • Haidar Karoum: Semi-finalist, 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
  • Time Out Best Restaurants - 2014
  • Haidar Karoum: Winner, Chef of the Year – 2014 RAMMY Awards
  • Zagat rating of 24 out of 30

Menu for Proof

Lunch Menu

Specialty Drinks

  • 2 Birds 1 Stone House-Made Ginger Beer
    $5.00
  • Arnold Palmer
    $5.00
  • Spiced Strawberry Iced Tea
    $5.00

Charcuterie

  • Prosciutto San Daniele, Italy 18 month aged, cured ham
    $13.00
  • Jamon Serrano, Spain 16 month aged, cured ham
    $10.00
  • Coppa, Italy spicy cured pork shoulder
    $9.00
  • Bresaola, Uruguay cured, juniper scented beef tenderloin
    $9.00
  • Finocchioana, Italy fennel scented pork salume
    $8.00
  • Wild Boar Salume, Texas scented with black pepper, truffle, clove & coriander
    $10.00
  • Rossette de Lyon, France country style saucisson sec
    $8.00
  • Cacciatore, Italy dry aged, hunter style pork salume
    $8.00
  • House Made Pâté Campagne
    $12.00
  • Selection of Fra'Mani Artisanal Salume
    $15.00
  • Full Charcuterie Board
    $31.00
  • Crispy Lavash with Cucumber-Labne Gratis / $3 additional
  • Selection of Four Artisanal Cheeses with Accoutrements
    $13.00
  • Roasted Eggplant Croquettas tahini, roasted garlic, mint
    $8.00
  • Chilled Asparagus Potato-Leek Soup spring peas, radish, fava beans, pea shoots
    $10.00
  • Baby Kale Salad shaved raw root vegetables, pecorino, citrus-shallot vinaigrette, pistachios
    $11.00
  • Salad of Quinoa, Wheat Berries & Garbanzos seven grilled veggies, chopped egg, parmesan
    $10.00
  • Ahi Tuna Tartare crispy nori tempura, hass avocado, wasabi-soy emulsion
    $15.00
  • Smoked Trout Flatbread shaved fennel, fava bean hummus, smoked trout roe
    $14.00
  • Pepper Crusted Tuna Nicoise Salad baby arugula, french beans, olives, hardboiled egg
    $17.00
  • Octopus Skordalia toasted almonds, arugula, lemon, sea beans
    $18.00
  • Crispy Duck Confit grilled asparagus, toasted bulgur, savory strawberry emulsion
    $16.00
  • Grilled Vegetable Panini shiitake mushrooms, red peppers, fontina cheese, pesto
    $13.00
  • Smoked Pastrami Sandwich honeysuckle cheddar, red cabbage, horseradish & mixed greens
    $15.00
  • Proof Shrimp Burger jalapeño, shaved cucumber, cilantro, pickled daikon & carrots
    $16.00
  • Grilled Shenandoah Lamb Burger crispy red onion, feta, harissa aioli, chickpea fries
    $16.00
  • Garganelli Pasta braised goat ragout, garlic scapes, English peas, mint, harissa
    $17.00
  • Spicy Moroccan Fish Stew saffron couscous, toasted almonds, coriander, yogurt
    $15.00
  • Grilled Garlic Chicken fragrant rice, yogurt-cilantro purée, cabbage salad
    $16.00
  • Sautéed Potato Gnocchi ramps, asparagus, spring peas, wild mushrooms, parmesan
    $16.00
  • Pan Seared Ora King Salmon spring peas, asparagus, fingerling potatoes, mustard vinaigrette
    $26.00
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak smoked potatoes, eggplant confit, salsa verde, roasted garlic labne
    $24.00

Sides

  • House Salad baby arugula, shaved carrots, radish, sherry vinaigrette
    $8.00
  • Fried Cauliflower lemon tahini, garlic, mint
    $8.00
  • Chickpea Fries cumin, coriander, harissa aioli
    $8.00

Dinner Menu

Premium Offering

  • Ossetra Caviar / Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne Pairing buttermilk blinis, red onion, chopped egg, capers
    $80.00
    $125.00

Charcuterie

  • Prosciutto San Daniele, Italy 18 month aged, cured ham
    $13.00
  • Jamon Serrano, Spain 16 month aged, cured ham
    $13.00
  • Benton's Aged Ham, Tennessee aged 18 months, cured ham
    $12.00
  • Wild Boar Salume, Texas scented with black pepper, clove & coriander
    $10.00
  • Coppa, Italy spicy cured pork shoulder
    $10.00
  • Rosette de Lyon, France country style saucisson sec
    $10.00
  • Bresaola, Uruguay cured, juniper scented beef tenderloin
    $10.00
  • Finocchiona, Italy fennel scented pork salume
    $10.00
  • Cacciatore, Italy dry aged, hunter style pork salume
    $10.00
  • Lomo Iberico, Spain cured, acorn-fed pork loin
    $20.00
  • Selection of Fra'Mani Artisanal Salume
    $17.00
  • Chef's Full Charcuterie Board
    $33.00
  • Pâté Campagne with Pistachios and Cherries
    $15.00
  • Duck Liver Mousse with Pickled Red Onions & Baby Greens
    $11.00
  • Beef Pho Terrine with Spicy Hoisin & Cucumber Salad
    $13.00
  • Plate of House Made Pâtés & Terrines
    $18.00
  • Seasonal Pickle Plate
    $8.00
  • Castelvetrano Olives with Fennel Pollen
    $6.00
  • Curried Cashews with Espelette Pepper
    $6.00
  • Crispy Lavash with Cucumber-Labne Gratis (additional) $3

First

  • Salad of Quinoa, Wheat Berries, Garbanzos & Seven Grilled Vegetables chopped egg, parmesan, sherry vinaigrette
    $12.00
  • Butter Crunch Lettuce with Avocado, Grapefruit & Valencia Orange kumquats, balsamic dressing, crispy quinoa
    $12.00
  • Salad of Baby Kale, Strawberries & Shaved Vegetables citrus-shallot vinaigrette, honey-spiced pistachios, aged pecorino
    $12.00
  • Chilled Asparagus Soup with Morels peas, diced radish, fava beans, chives, pea shoots
    $12.00
  • House-Made Burrata with Snap Peas & Prosciutto lemon confit, fried artichokes
    $15.00
  • Ahi Tuna Tartare with Crispy Nori Tempura hass avocado, wasabi soy emulsion
    $16.00
  • Whipped Pipe Dreams Farm's Goat Cheese with Clover Honey thyme, fried rosemary, maldon sea salt, black pepper, flatbread
    $12.00
  • Smoked Trout Flatbread with Shaved Fennel fava bean hummus, fava shoots, citrus vinaigrette, smoked trout roe
    $14.00
  • Octopus Skordalia toasted almonds, arugula, lemon, sea beans
    $18.00
  • Crispy Pig's Head with Salad Olivier charred ramp aioli, black forest ham, farm egg, dill, pea purée
    $12.00
  • Sautéed Potato Gnocchi with Morels spring peas, asparagus, spinach, ramps
    $17.00
    $27.00
  • Vietnamese Style Wagyu Beef Carpaccio chilies, shallots, fragrant herbs, roasted peanuts, crispy rice
    $12.00
  • Pan Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras sweet cherry short cake, pistachio, cocoa nibs, bing cherry jus
    $19.00
  • Spicy Veal & Pork Meatballs with Ricotta Ravioli tomato fondue, parmesan, basil
    $16.00
  • Seared Veal Sweetbreads with Buckwheat Polenta bacon lardons, asparagus, dandelion greens, honey-rhubarb gastrique
    $16.00
    $29.00

Second

  • Chesapeake Golden Tilefish with Mushroom Tortellini swiss chard, pine nuts, pickled sunchoke beurre blanc
    $28.00
  • Carolina Benne-Crusted Ora King Salmon baby cabbage, cucumber, Vietnamese vinaigrette
    $30.00
  • Seared Branzino with Charred Ramp Emulsion artichokes, sunchoke confit, wild mushrooms, french radishes, pea shoots
    $30.00
  • Sautéed Lamb Chops with Ragoût of Farro & Lamb Shoulder pistachios, almonds, dried apricots, whipped yogurt, sumac
    $35.00
  • Grilled NY Strip Steak with Roasted Garlic Labne smoked potatoes, eggplant confit, chimichurri
    $36.00
  • Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with Halloumi Cheese basil, sicilian pistachios, oven-roasted tomatoes, crispy kale, zucchini pasta
    $26.00
  • Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop with Semolina & Fontina Gratin garlicky greens, marsala jus, pickled mustard seeds
    $27.00
  • Pan Roasted Pekin Duck Breast with Forbidden Black Rice white asparagus, pickled rhubarb, cherry duck jus
    $32.00
  • Pappardelle Pasta with Braised Shenandoah Goat Ragout garlic scapes, English peas, mint, harissa
    $27.00
  • Roasted Spring Vegetables & Wild Mushrooms with Anson Mills Polenta sunny side duck egg, kaleidoscope carrots, asparagus, baby bok choy
    $25.00

Sides

  • Fried Cauliflower with Lemon, Tahini, Garlic & Mint
    $10.00
  • Crispy Fingerling Potatoes with Old Bay & Malt Vinegar Aïoli
    $10.00
  • Grilled Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche & Parmesan Cheese
    $10.00

Cheese

Cow

  • Mt. Tam, California* soft, creamy, rich, button mushrooms
  • Taleggio, Italy* semi-soft, apricots, tangy, mild
  • Güntensberg, Switzerland firm, popcorn, cream, egg
  • Sottocenere, Italy semi-soft, black truffles, licorice, fennel, cloves
  • 2 Sisters Isabella Gouda, Netherlands firm, intense caramel, butterscotch
  • Jasper Hill Willoughby, Vermont* soft, peat, onions, herbaceous
  • Artisan Appenzeller, Switzerland hazelnuts, custard, thyme
  • Roomano, Netherlands* firm, salty, butterscotch
  • Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Wisconsin* semi-firm, olives, herbs, breadfruit

Goat

  • Fiacco di Capra, Italy soft, yeast, caramelized onions, umami
  • Bucheron, France* semi-soft, lemony, floral, bright
  • Leonora, Spain* soft, grassy, lemon, thyme, honeysuckle
  • Pata Cabra, Spain* soft, tangy, robust, pungent
  • Pipe Dreams Buche Ash, Pennsylvania* semi-soft, herbaceous, bright, citrus

Sheep

  • Oro Antico, Italy* firm, nutty, pastoral, mellow
  • Brebirousse D'argental, France* soft, annatto, silky, umami
  • Nuvola di Pecora, Italy semi-soft, unctuous, straw, earthy
  • Ewe's Dream, Pennsylvania firm, hazelnut, pastoral, hay

Blue

  • Fourme d'Ambert, France* semi-soft, creamy, earth, mushrooms
  • Roquefort Papillon, France semi-soft, peppercorns, smoky, pungent
  • Cashel Blue, Ireland* semi-soft, creamy, voluptuous, mild
  • Picon Bejes Treviso, Spain soft, salty, spicy, intense
  • Cambozola, Germany* soft, creamy, sweet

Buffalo

  • Quadrello Di Bufala, Italy* semi-soft, sweet cream, pungent, robust

Blend

  • La Tur, Italy* semi-soft, creamy, acidic, cakey

Dessert

Cheese

Cow

  • Roomano, Netherlands* firm, salty, butterscotch
  • Caciocavallo Silano, Italy* firm, earthy, fruity, sharp
  • Consider Bardwell Farm Dorset, Vermont semi-firm, acorns, hay
  • Sottocenere, Italy semi-soft, black truffles, licorice, fennel, cloves
  • Jasper Hill Harbison, Vermont* soft, forest pine, floral, mustard
  • Boerenkaas Gouda, Netherlands firm, intense caramel, butterscotch, cashews
  • St. Andre, France* soft, rich, buttery, silky
  • Scharfe Maxx, Switzerland firm, buttery, caramel, spicy, unctuous, pungent
  • Tetilla, Spain* soft, tangy, creamy, smooth

Goat

  • Persille de Rambouillet, France* semi-soft, ashy, white peppercorn, sweet cream
  • Bucheron, France* semi-firm, lemony, floral, bright
  • Leonora, Spain* soft, grassy, lemon, thyme, honeysuckle
  • Pipe Dreams Buche, Pennsylvania* semi-firm, bright, lemony, mineral
  • Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog, California* semi-soft, herbaceous, citrus

Sheep

  • Pecorino Brillo Chianti, Italy* firm, rich, zesty, tannins
  • Nuvola di Pecora, Italy* semi-soft, earthy, hay, tangy, sweet
  • D'affinois Brebis, France* soft, mild, salty, nutty, meaty
  • Idiazabal, Spain* firm, smoky, nutty, tangy
  • Ewephoria Gouda, Netherlands* firm, nutty, butterscotch

Blue

  • Cashel Blue, Ireland* semi-soft, chalky, creamy, mild
  • Fourme d'Ambert, France* semi-soft, sweet, creamy, earthy, mushroomy
  • Cambazola, Germany semi-soft, brie styled, fruity, rich, creamy

Water Buffalo

  • Quadrello Di Bufala, Italy* semi-soft, sweet cream, pungent, robust

Blend

  • La Tur, Italy* soft, earthy, crème fraîche

Dessert

  • Pumpkin Bread Pudding maple ice cream, cranberry relish, pistachio
    $10.00
  • Chocolate Layer Cake peanut butter mousseline, raspberry coulis
    $10.00
  • Honey Crisp Apple Crostata calvados caramel, vanilla ice cream
    $10.00
  • Proof's Banana Split neapolitan ice cream , cherries, almonds
    $10.00
  • Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Cake gianduja gelato, espresso sauce
    $10.00
  • Chocolate Dulce De Leche Bombe sponge cake, cinnamon ice cream
    $10.00
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake almond streusel, vanilla ice cream
    $10.00
  • Proof Cookie Plate
    $10.00
  • Trio of Sorbets
    $8.00

Coffee

  • Gayla Moore Roasters - French Press Grateful Palate Blend
    12 Oz $5.00
    32 Oz $12.00

Espresso

  • Essse Cafe
    Single $4.00
    Double $6.00
  • Café Latte
    $5.00
  • Cappuccino
    $5.00

Tea

  • Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme, English Breakfast , Bangkok , Japanese Sencha, Dragon Pearl Jasmine, Paris, Mint Verbena, Chamomile
    $5.00

After Dinner

  • Sauternes, Château Les Justices, Graves, France, 2010
    $15.00
  • Sauternes, Château d'Yquem, Graves, France, 1990
    $80.00
  • Rivesaltes Ambre, Domaine Singla, Roussillon, France, 2005
    $14.00
  • Brachetto d'Acqui, Marenco, Piedmont, Italy, 2012
    $10.00
  • Cabernet Franc Icewine, Inniskillin, Niagara, Canada, 2008
    $18.00
  • Banyuls, M. Chapoutier, Roussillon, France, 2012
    $12.00
  • Moscato d'Asti, Bocchino, Sori di Fiori, Piedmont, Italy, 2013
    $9.00

775 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Modern, Trendy/Scene, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
    Good For: Foodies, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (202) 737-7663
  • Private Dining Room: No