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1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2921
+1 515-244-0655
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16:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really great execution of a limited but varied menu. The dining room is spartan and elegant. Plan on spending some time, why rush? Relaxed service and food prepared to order mean a couple hours for a meal. I was disappointed that they added a 20% tip to our bill (we were a table of 5). I mean really, a table... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Every so often you come across a meal that not only amazes you but leaves an impression. That was our experience at proof when we dined there a few weeks ago. When you walk into proof, there's a sign that reads, "Those who tell the stories, rule the world." When we walked out, I understood it more. We were able... More 

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Thank TheUhlmen
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The food is fantastic at Proof, and beautifully presented. I have never eaten a meal there when I felt as though I was not getting my money's worth in quality and ingenuity. The dishes are unique, beautiful, and above all they contain flavors that I have never experienced before. The restaurant's use of sumac and other seldom-used spices (at least... More 

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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148 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We were planning a weekend trip to Des Moines and were excited after reading all the rave reviews regarding Proof. We put it at the top of our list and made our reservations for our first night in town. We arrived at 7pm as per our reservation and were immediately seated by the very charming host. I would say the... More 

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Thank Lu P
Colorado
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114 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

Proof is a restaurant out of place. I would expect to find it in Chelsea (NYC) or Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, but one would not expect to find this in Des Moines, Iowa. We stopped in late, like 30 minutes from closing. Now I know how chefs and servers hate that because they just want to go home at... More 

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Thank tripcrixchick
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

My friends and I met in Des Moines because it was halfway between our homes in Minneapolis and Kansas City. I had read about Proof Restaurant and made a reservation a week before our arrival. The friendliness, great service, and exquisite food were the reasons we came back the next night, as well. This happened to be the "Second Saturday"... More 

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Thank Joan Y
Clinton, Iowa
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Innovative menu, wonderful flavors, and superb service. Top of my list of restaurants to go to in Des Moines. Don't skip the meat and cheese board w/accompaniments. It was great! We had the coctail of the week with it. We also ordered the Caponata Classico (eggplant w/sumac, caramelized onions, and currents with panelle). It was so good I think I... More 

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Thank Deb T
desmoines iowa usa
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Proof has great food,wine,service and ambiance. You can repeat great food in that list. It adds a new dimension to DesMoines area dining with an array of Mediterranean dishes done to perfection and served with flair. A sensibly priced wine list with selections highly complimentary of the food, along with reasonably priced food items add to the value of what... More 

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Thank travelguy135
Strasbourg, France
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67 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We went to Proof for one of its 10 course Second Saturday Suppers. The restaurant has a really nice atmosphere and a friendly staff. The food was also fresh and tasted great. We paired the meal with matching wines and the dove sage cocktail that was delicious. Although the food was great, if you are used to European gourmet restaurants... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

This place is great! It is not very big and they don't have a ton of menu items but the food they do have tastes incredible. Upscale food at affordable prices and great atmosphere. One of the best Mediterranean places in town!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
Cuisine
American, European
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
16:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 22:00
Thursday
16:00 - 22:00
Friday
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2921
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-244-0655
Description
Polished casual atmosphere with an emphasis on making a meal the epitome of the evening. Longer service style, staff is trained to suggest accompanying items to make the most of a guest's meal.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?