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Proper

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142 S. Water Street, Boone, NC 28607
+1 828-865-5000
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Families with children
Description: Proper is a Southern bistro-style restaurant located in downtown Boone NC....
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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  • 99
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  • 74
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 8
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tiny place but good eats!

I've been here for dinner several times and always left full and taking something home with me. Good local place but super tiny so if you have a big party and don't call ahead beware. Good desert selection too!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
carolinatraveler2013
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Boone, North Carolina
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Jefferson, North Carolina
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived around 7:30 on Saturday night prompted by a surprise visit by my sister from out of town. Because we didn't think to call ahead of time and reserve a table for 5, we had to wait around 20 minutes before being seated. (They did have a nice foyer area with seating and a heater for the chilly February... More 

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Thank Nat B
Boone, North Carolina
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been here for dinner several times and always left full and taking something home with me. Good local place but super tiny so if you have a big party and don't call ahead beware. Good desert selection too!

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Thank carolinatraveler2013
Charleston, South Carolina
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70 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had high hopes, but it was just okay. The waiter recommended the collard greens, which are my favorite, but these were very tough and the taste was okay. The meatloaf reminded me of someone trying to stretch a buck before payday, lots of breading, not so much meat. My husband ordered the meatloaf too and they must have been... More 

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1 Thank ShondaM96
Asheville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our son who is an ASU student chose this restaurant. It was a little crowded but the food was very good. Service was fast (they need the quick turnover to accommodate all their customers). My son had the beef brisket and we had the fried chicken. The prices are reasonable ($12.95 for chicken breast, salad and green beans with cornbread).... More 

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Thank Jane M
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were warned in advance that Proper could be hit and miss, but were told it was so good when it was a hit that we should try it. Unfortunately, it was a miss for us. As mentioned elsewhere, it's small and crowded. But that can create a fun kind of energy if done right. Here, it felt a little... More 

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Thank DeanDome
Augusta, Georgia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesomes selection of tasty comfort foods cooked gourmet style. Small dining area but food is worth the wait. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Love this place.

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Thank SkipDeLip
Boone, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have been in Boone for 4+ years and Proper is my absolute favorite place to eat. I work at a local tourist destination in town and recommend this restaurant to everyone who comes to see us! Every time my family comes to visit this is a must eat place for dinner. I typically get the Fried Chicken plate with... More 

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2 Thank jcwood293
Tampa, Fl
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We went with another family. Five kids with us. Friendly staff, good southern style food. Small, quaint.

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1 Thank stephp6
Matthews, North Carolina
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207 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

I like EVERYTHING I have ever had. It's a small quint and cozy place. Yes, it is tiny, but it is so good. Local eats, something new every time. Delicious fresh food and it's just so worth it. Reminder: it is small, parking is not the best, but well worth it! go... Enjoy! They write your review!

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1 Thank FlanFam
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

I have been to Proper more times than I remember since the first time I was there with my husband in 2014. Recently, on a warm autumn afternoon my girlfriend and I had lunch in the front yard. It is a small place but you have options of eating outside, in the foyer screened in porch or the main dining... More 

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1 Thank Aimee J

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 142 S. Water Street, Boone, NC 28607
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-865-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 24
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?