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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
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great little hole in the wall place with excellent home cooked kind of food. We asked out cashier at Mast General Store for a good restaurant with great food, and she was not wrong. I had the pulled pork, mashed potatoes and gravy with green beans. Seems plain, but they were the best I've ever had. My friend had the... More 

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Thank Jbenfield0209
Lexington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

All the food we ate was homemade. We were waited on quickly and the food was brought out fairly quick.

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1 Thank Susan T
Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the pleasure of bringing a visitor from Ethiopia to Proper and thought it a great opportunity to have her experience 'real' southern food! All four of us enjoyed the crispy, moist and very tasty fried chicken (boneless breast), Collard Greens and homemade "mac and cheese". Chicken - outstanding - collards very good and mac and cheese was quite... More 

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1 Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With all the hype and publicity of Proper, I was looking forward to eating their on our vacation. I even dragged my family out last night after the awful storm in the area. The restaurant was very busy. It's a very tiny place and there was a wait but we didn't mind. Three out of four of us did not... More 

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1 Thank pgharrison
Hickory, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my wife to Proper for lunch on her birthday and we both loved everything.I had a great meatloaf entree and my wife had the chicken breast. Both were the BEST we have ever had and for a low price! The iced tea was wonderful and the mashed potatoes were unequaled anywhere.The server was friendly and even added a candle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was amazing! Fresh and unique. The atmosphere and service was great! What a gem in downtown Boone!

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Thank Pandy P
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed a late lunch here today. While driving up from SC this morning I read an article featuring this restaurant in Our State magazine. We decided to give it a try and were not disappointed! All of the items that we ordered were delicious! Our most favorite items were the Fried Chicken and Mac & Cheese!... More 

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Thank Angela W
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten at Proper many times and the food and service have been declining. The chronic shortage of items, the inconsistent wait times, and the tired menu have started to take a toll on the dining experience. The fried chicken has always been a favorite and now the portion seems incredibly small. They don't need to reinvent themselves they... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We looked forward to eating at this establishment after reading a very positive article in Our State magazine. It did not live up to our expectations. It wasn't the restaurants fault that we were cranky upon arrival because finding a place to park was a huge headache. The waiter was pleasant but the beer he suggested we order was not... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quaint restaurant off King St, comfort food and the food was well prepared and delicious. Limited parking suggest go early

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $24
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free
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, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
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
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.

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