The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Fall Dining Guide.
Two of the best things to happen to Proof this year were Austin Fausett and Brent Kroll. They’re the recently acquired executive chef and general manager, respectively, of the already agreeable wine-themed restaurant near Verizon Center. Fausett, formerly of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, takes lunch as seriously as dinner. White grape gazpacho with roasted corn ice cream took the edge off one of the hottest summers on record, while rich duck confit gets a nice foil in an electric green tomato chowchow. Kroll, previously wine director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, infuses the brick-walled dining room with his trademark charm as he plots a wine bar of his own. Sunday nights are a bonanza for grape nuts. That’s when Proof offers nearly 100 wines, including some serious treasures, at half price. Opus One, here I come!
2 1/2 stars
Proof: 775 G St. NW. 202-737-7663. proofdc.com .
Prices: Mains $25-$36.
Sound check: 74 decibels / Must speak with raised voice.