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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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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Henderson, North Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice staff even at slow/late evening dinner. Food was fast and perfect. Not rushed at all. Recommended!

Thank Mariana D
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the meatloaf with mac and cheese and green beans. The meatloaf wasn't dry at all,very good. The grean beans were fresh, not from a can and the mac and cheese was terrific. My wife said her fried catfish sandwich was very good. The hushpuppies were also quite good. We enjoyed everything we had and the server was very nice.

Thank Kevin H
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the very best restaurants I have ever enjoyed... Anywhere! (And I've been blessed to do a lot of traveling!) Proper is in the busy college town of Boone, NC in the mountains of the western part of the state. It occupies a little old house-like building with tables outside, on the porch and in a small... More 

Thank BLAK8036
Seneca, South Carolina
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113 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband wanted to go here and it seemed reasonable with basic country food. I had the pork chop with chipotle sauce and it was so overcooked and dry. Plus there was hardly any spice noted! My husband had fried chicken which was just OK. Ended up being a little more than expected to boot.

Thank sipeebles
Tampa, Florida
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220 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This no reservations establishment on Water St does most things well. The wine selections are adequate and reasonably priced. The carrot ginger soup was very good. The flank steak stir fry was good but would have been better if this usually tough cut of meat had been sliced cross-grained thinly instead of in chunks-too tuff. My wife said her tomato... More 

Thank phmokda
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I ate an early dinner here Labor Day. The staff is friendly, and the food is above average. The carrot soup is fabulous! We also enjoyed the fried green tomatoes which are layered with pimento cheese. The setting is quaint and hip. There is indoor seating as well as counter- high tables on the front porch, and... More 

Thank Sarah O
Largo, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ordered the fried catfish with sides of mac & cheese and collard greens - everything was delicious - could have eaten another piece of catfish it was so perfectly cooked - the collard greens were the best I've eaten anywhere - thoroughly enjoyed the food - service could have been better - kudos to the chef!

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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I know good pork BBQ. And, this is some of the best I have ever had. I will be back! Great atmosphere right at the foot of the mountain. Apparently, and old jail. High marks for venue cool factor. And, great service to boot!

Thank Eld865
Boiling Springs, North Carolina, United States
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a friend described Proper, it's a "hippy" restaurant serving Southern food. Great food!! Loved the meatloaf and fried green tomatoes covered with pimento cheese. Can I say YUM!!

Thank photojdoc
Augusta, Georgia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We try to eat here every time we visit Boone. Unique selection of Southern food and always prepared well. Servers are very knowledgeable and polite. Only issue is parking- but Boone is known for its parking problems. Don't park across the street in the gravel lot-you will get towed.

Thank SkipDeLip

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $24
American, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?