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“Great prix fixe”
Review of Proof

Proof
Ranked #38 of 587 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: US$15 - US$75
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
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.
Reviewed 28 October 2013

I ordered the 3-course prix fixe dinner and each course was outstanding. Like the other commenters, I loved the beet salad, sumac/pepper pork (so tender and flavorful) and had madeleines (hot from the oven) with a mild chocolate sauce for dessert. Warning: if you're looking for large quantities of food on the plate, this is not the place for you. Typically I take home part of my entree but was able to finish it all here. I was tempted to lick the plate, but I was full.

The service was outstanding. I couldn't decide on a wine so the owner brought samples of three to choose from. I had to leave by a certain time for a play and the meal was perfectly paced for my time frame. A great meal.

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

This is a very fun place with an eclectic menu that is always changing. Try the vegetable paella. It was very good with an excellent assortment of vegetables. The seared scallops and sumac/black pepper pork are also very good. A nice wine list and good service makes Proof a great place for couples or to meet up with friends.

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1  Thank Tony1223
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Took our college daughter and friend here; great culinary experience. Ever changing menu, great atmosphere, good wine selection and a unique cheese selection appetizer. This restaurant adds flair to Des Moines!

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Thank Terri E
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This is an interesting, collaborative, and creative place. People underestimate what happens in Iowa all the time and this is one of those cases where "great for Iowa" would undersell what they do here. The concept is a mix of local with broadly applied Mediterranean influences.

To give just one example, we have had marrow bones a few times at Fergus Henderson's great restaurant, St. John in London. (Not trying to be pretentious here--just trying to give our point of view some credibility.) We have gotten reluctant to order them in other restaurants because nothing can seem to live up to those. Well these did. Good sized proportions, very nicely prepared toasts, and a piquant and powerful selection of condiments to go with it.

Proof would compete in a major metro area, and yet it doesn't have some of the things I hate about big city restaurants: it isn't cramped and it's not overpriced. There is lots of room between the tables and the ceiling is high enough to make it energetic but not deafening. Try THAT in Manhattan where the price per square foot is so high. AND the prices are very reasonable by major metro area standards.

Sometimes ambitious restaurants fail in smaller cities because they are too far out in front of the local clientele, but I think Proof is being careful not to do that. There are some straight ahead menu items to keep from scaring off the steak and potatoes crowd. So I hope they will stay in business and prosper.

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1  Thank Michael C
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Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Here to visit brother and sister in law ... Excellent food , wine and service . In a great location near the sculpture park. Des Moines is on the rigt path! The tomatoes were awesome !!

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Thank Mac5656
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