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1301 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2921
+1 515-244-0655
16:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We have been wanting to go to Proof for a while and finally had the chance this past weekend. With a sense of adventure we chose to go on their Second Saturday Dinner. This happens every month and is a pre-fix menu designed around a theme. The theme this month was Creole. Kudos to my wife who normally does not... More 

Thank jnlarmendariz
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing is bad. Everything is amazing! 10 courses, tons of flavors!! Well paired with uncommon great varietals.

Thank Jennifer M
Des Moines, Iowa
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 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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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 

Thank TheUhlmen
Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 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 

Thank JustOldLight
Excelsior, Minnesota
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156 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

Thank Lu P
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114 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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 

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 

Thank Joan Y
Clinton, Iowa
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

Thank Deb T
desmoines iowa usa
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
American, European, Gluten Free Options
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
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
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?