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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (30 reviews)
“cornbread” (36 reviews)
“mac cheese” (33 reviews)
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American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After reading the great reviews, my wife and I decided to try Proper for lunch. Service was fine, the outside patio wonderful (best thing about the visit), but we were not impressed with the food. It was good, but nothing great.

Thank Johnny B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We first dined at Proper on a visit to Boone 4-5 years ago. We had just okay service that visit and enjoyed it at that level. We returned for lunch during this year's day in Boone and found it to be outstanding. My meatloaf plate...More

Thank 3lionsfan
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I love Proper. It is a great date night place. It is very small so I suggest arriving earlier to get a table. We got fried chicken and pulled pork. Their mashed potatoes are amazing and mac n cheese is also very...More

Thank patrickaustin20
Reviewed 1 week ago

When you combine great Southern food with friendly, informal service and rustic decor, “Proper” hardly seems the right word to describe such a wonderful experience. “Great” or “Outsanding” seem to come to mind more likely! The food is always delicious. Especially the Weekday Specials. Our...More

Thank Penwine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dinners are delicious. The menu is on the smaller side but everything tasted amazing. Some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Located in an old jail that’s been converted. Everything possible is local and homemade. Highly recommend!!!

Thank balzotti1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent dinner last night including fried green tomatoes, fried chicken dinner and split the peach cobbler and chocolate pecan pie. Divine! Great service and casual, comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommend!

Thank Gina L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food today. Thank you for handling our family luncheon The food was wonderful and the service was great. Everyone that works there went beyond to accommodate our needs. Would recommend proper as the place to go. Thank you!! Jan

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Proper is a cute southern/hipster inspired restaurant with a clean interior and pleasant wait staff, which is why this place is pretty popular. The food, on the other hand, lacks personality and is in desperate need of a boost. I had the Fried Chicken with...More

Thank kayla S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Proper is a small restaurant that in olden days used to be the city jail. There is old brick that gives the place an authentic ambiance. If the meals in the jail were anything like the meal I had, I would have been a permanent...More

Thank suchafoodie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Glad we arrived early, 5:45 as the waiting line continued to grow. This small restaurant is large on quality and service. Local farm grown vegetables. I felt very much at home eating like I did in the 50’s from our garden. Would highly recommend this...More

Thank Boyce S
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Michele h
27 June 2018|
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Response from orlowskisharon | Reviewed this property |
They have outside seating which may be OK. I would call before going to make sure.
8 February 2017|
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Response from Lawrence M | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. It is open for lunch.
13 April 2016|
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Response from FlanFam | Reviewed this property |
Yes! That is an issue. A few times we have gotten lucky and been able to park in the parking lot with a very few spaces. A time or two we have parked out front, and then several times we have parked in a parking lot that is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$24
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-865-5000
Proper is a Southern bistro-style restaurant located in downtown Boone NC. We offer carefully prepared fresh food in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Most everything we serve is made from scratch, in-house, and what we do not make ourselves is all natural and preservative free. All of our desserts are made in-house as well. Our best sellers are fried chicken, collard greens, and mac 'n' cheese, and chocolate pecan pie, but we have much more to offer. Come see us and find out for yourself.
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