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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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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super casual, local and real homemade food We were a party of 4, shared the surf and turf, fried steak w chicken gravy, pulled pork and meatloaf, all of them amazing. As per sides, we were crazy with the collards, sweet pot casserole and hash puppies. Wonderful service, unbeatable quality/price ratio We are going to be at Boone for a... More 

Thank ECesp
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked in, waited 10 minutes, tried to ask the guy behind the front counter if we could put our name down and was interrupted immediately with him saying "one minute" in a rude tone. Someone at a nearby table was then overheard saying "where's our waiter?" and the same gentlemen yelled out "I'll be there in a minute." Can't review... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I had dinner here and we were blown away by the quality of the food. Ordering was easy as main plates come with 2 sides and a biscuit or cornbread. Every single element had been very carefully prepared by someone who must love their job a lot - the sides were as exciting as the excellent main... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best fried chicken I've ever had! My wife had the meatloaf and it was also delicious. Friendly staff, great food, definitely a place to check out when in Boone!

Thank fypm1
Charlotte NC
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch there 1 day. Everything was great, I had the fried chicken and mashed potatoes, both superb as was the biscuit. The place is small so go early.

Thank ILoveToTravelSome
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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133 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a restaurant located in the heart of downtown Boone, just one block off King Street. Proper, a restaurant serving “homestyle southern cooking with a modern, seasonal slant” offers ingredients sourced locally from the community. Dora here. The exterior looks like you’re walking up to somebody’s house. Good thing their sign is... More 

Thank Ernie and Dora H
Todd, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

The day after Thqnksgiving had both of us busy with shopping, so we decided to grab a bite from this quaint restaurant in Boone. The plates are not huge, but the taste of the meal had us feeling satisfied without being stuffed. They were busy, so we sat outside. It was a mild day, and we had fun people watching.... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

The fried chicken was the bomb! The Mac and cheese was awesome too. Corn bread was really good. The staff is super attentive!!

Thank Linda C
Greensboro, Georgia
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Proper is a very small quaint place that specializes in Southern cuisine. We had a short wait on the porch, but we when we finished our meal and left there were approximately 15-20 people waiting outside. They do not take reservations. All the items we ordered were excellent - fried catfish, meatloaf, fried green tomato stack with pimento cheese, mac... More 

Thank statboy2711
Raleigh, North Carolina
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

So, first let me say that we were here with our 2 small children - so we eat super early to avoid wait times etc. This place is super cute, quaint, and tiny! I was shocked at how small it was inside...and quiet. Thus, why I'd heard the wait times could get very long. Well, the food was good...it just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?