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Proof

775 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

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.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Metro Center, Gallery Place-Chinatown

Price Range: Expensive

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Recommended

Website: http://www.proofdc.com

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).

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Proof

No. 8 on this year's list.

Reading the menu in the dark dining room here can be trying, but your server is ready to assist—by proffering a tiny flashlight. And if you think a bathroom ought to be a purely utilitarian space, pre-pare to be taken aback by the black-and-white erotica in the men’s room. But that’s Proof—an uncompromisingly personal restaurant, willing to alienate a little in order to establish its niche as a sensual escape for the discriminating foodie and the serious drinker (the wine list is among the best in the area, and the cocktail menu brims with invention).

Chef Haidar Karoum oversees a menu that branches off into a multitude of styles. In less skilled hands, this might spell disaster, but many dishes—such as foie gras with shortcake or a smoked-eggplant flatbread—are smartly conceived. 

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

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.