100 Best Restaurants 2012: Proof
Restaurants On the Rise
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Address: 775 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-737-7663
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Cuisines: Modern
Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 to 2. Open for dinner Monday through Wednesday 5:30 to 10, Thursday through Saturday 5:30 to 11, Sunday 5 to 9:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pork confit; creamy sweetbreads over a sauté of charred corn; meatballs with goat-cheese agnolotti; miso-glazed sablefish; perfectly pink duck breast with pomegranate vinaigrette; shrimp burger (lunch only).


When Proof opened in 2007, it was seen as a wine bar, a stop for a charcuterie plate and a flatbread. Four years later, this fashionably dim spot by the Verizon Center is one of the area's most interesting places to eat.

Chef Haidar Karoum, in the kitchen since day one (he also oversees Estadio), has built a repertoire of excellent menu staples--beautifully spiced meatballs with goat-cheese agnolotti, a scene-stealing side of cauliflower with tahini and lemon--but he changes the rest of the menu with the seasons. The impressive wine program includes big-ticket Champagnes and Cali Cabs but also good choices for the value-minded.

What to get: Duck confit with salsa verde and slaw; miso-glazed sablefish; squid-ink pasta with calamari, chili flakes, and white wine; halibut with curry and jasmine rice; caramelized-banana ice cream; cookie plate.

Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday through Monday for dinner. Expensive.

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