Don't settle. Demand Proof.

Rated Best Restaurant in Iowa by Time Magazine

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Proof pushes the envelope of Des Moines cuisine. Taking its influences from our team members’ culinary roots, Proof blends traditional and innovative techniques to create unique offerings using local ingredients in all of its dishes. Proof is grounded in hospitality with our staff’s commitment to providing you with a memorable experience each time you walk through our door.


1301 Locust St. Suite C
Des Moines, IA 50309

Tues-Sat: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Closed Sundays & Mondays


515 244-0655


We offer reservations from 5pm through 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. As a small restaurant, we fill quickly and would recommend reserving a table in advance. If you have a showtime you're trying to make, please let us know at the time of the reservation so we can best accommodate you.

Our regularly rotating menu can be adjusted to avoid certain allergens, and we can best accommodate if notified in advance. Feeling adventurous? Call at least 48 hours in advance to set up a five or ten course Chef's Tasting menu to fit your vegan, gluten-free, nut allergy needs!


The Proof is in the Hospitality

Our goal is to get to know you so well that you don’t need a menu. You can come in, sit down, look up at us and ask “What am I eating, what am I drinking?” We don’t want you to have to make any decisions; simply come, relax, be surprised and enjoy.


Taking its influences from our own culinary roots, Proof blends our team’s melting pot together with modern techniques. We believe heavily in the experience - a guided tour through the menu and a knowledgeable staff equipped with great recommendations and a few surprises up their sleeves. A passion for hospitality, compelling food and drink, and the anecdotes behind it all is the fuel that drives us.

We love good cocktails. Good wine. Good food. Good service. We offer the most unique food in town with a passion for great wine, housemade cocktails and top-notch service.

Come in, ask questions, check out our offering, or trust us to take the reins and build a menu specifically for you! All we need to know is how hungry you are, what you can't eat and how adventurous you're feeling.

The Crew

Our masters of food & beverage guiding Proof’s constant evolution.


Diego Rodriguez-Negrete

Executive Chef

Years at Proof 2
Favorite Adult Beverage Riesling
Current Favorite Dish Duck
Favorite Dessert Nestle Drumsticks 🤤
Loves House Music


Megan Snyder

Chef de Patisserie

Years at Proof 5
Favorite Adult Beverage Rosé, White wine
Favorite Dessert Chess Pie ❤️
Loves Quinn (daughter), tacos


Jaydon Hernandez

Sous Chef

Years at Proof 2
Current Favorite Dish
Winter Squash Dessert
Favorite Adult Beverage Negroni
Loves 90s R&B


Jared Giunta

General Manager, Wine Steward

Years at Proof 3
Current Favorite Dish Steak Tartare
Favorite Adult Beverage Old Fashioned
Favorite Dessert Chocolate
Best Pairing Oysters & Riesling
Loves Cheese, Dogs, Whiskey, Wine


Karli Sandos

Bar Manager, Social Media & Web Manager

Years at Proof 2
Current Favorite Dish Poblano Polenta
Favorite Adult Bev Campari & soda
Favorite Dessert more wine
Best Pairing Corn dogs & Lambrusco
Loves Visual Design, Soup, Annoying Jared


Michael Bradley

Head Server, Cicerone-in-training

Years at Proof 3
Current Favorite Dish Vegetarian Delicata Squash
Favorite Adult Beverage Beer
Favorite Dessert Double Affogato Nitro Milk Stout
Loves My family, drinking & reading about beer, gardening, golfing

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Upcoming Events

Full calendar here

October 28 | Pretentious & Pour Wine Tasting
first come first served, free for guests 21+

November 7 | Edgard Camacho Cocktail Reception

November 9 | Second Saturday: Big Game Night
ten course shared-plate tasting menu

November 28 | Closed for Thanksgiving

December 14 | Second Saturday: Theme TBA
ten course shared-plate tasting menu

December 25 | Closed for Christmas