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MONDAY: 5:30 P.M. – 10 P.M. | TUESDAY - THURSDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 2 P.M; 5:30 P.M. - 10 P.M. | FRIDAY: 11:30 A.M. - 2 P.M; 5:30 P.M. - 11 P.M. | SATURDAY 5:30 P.M. – 11 P.M. | SUNDAY: 5 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
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A wine-focused restaurant that’s both warm and sophisticated, Proof is the handiwork of Mark Kuller, a legendary tax attorney who was eager to find a place for his 7,000-bottle wine cellar. The list goes heavy on many of the predictable blue-chip California wines, but if you look past the obvious you’ll find a fantastic list of Bordeaux and one of the best collections of grower Champagne in the city. While it might not be the city’s most cutting-edge wine list, it’s just about the best place to go deep on the classics.

Known For
  • grower Champagne
  • low wine markups
  • outdoor / patio
What to drink
Proof might have the best grower Champagne selection in D.C., offering well-known growers like Chartogne-Taillet and Egly-Ouriet and relatively under-the-radar producers like Jacques Lassaigne, Marie-Courtin and Ulysse Collin.
Penn Quarter
If wine director Joe Quinn or sommelier Morgan Fausett are on duty, ask what's drinking well. The by-the-glass program is always changing, and they're eager to pour tastes for curious drinkers.