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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An old jail converted to restaurant serving southern food based on local ingredients. The food was excellent and the portions were very large. Limited seating inside but tables on the front lawn are also available.

Thank Gary C
Orlando, Florida
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I sat outside and had a late lunch here. The outdoor seating isn't very big, but it was a nice setting. I ordered the tomato pie with mac n cheese. My husband ordered the chicken salad sandwich with sweet potato fries. Everything seemed very fresh. I thought it was nice how the sweet potato fries were not... More 

Thank Amio_Persio
Browns Summit, North Carolina, United States
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140 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We finally found a night to wait out the line and enjoy a meal at Proper. Located in a very small and quaint home, Proper delivers a simple locally produced menu that hits the spot. We loved the rustic decor.....though the space is cramped, it gives you the feel of sharing a meal with your family and friends. So many... More 

Thank Randall M
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Mediocre food at best. Collard greens loaded with grit. Food burned around edges. The macaroni and cheese tasted like something out of a packaged mix.

Thank Deanna S
Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to Proper for the second time with my mother (92 years old), I knew the food would be good and the atmosphere interesting. It is my understanding that the building is the old Watauga County jail. The staff was kind enough to escort my mother in and out of the building to avoid the steps. What great service,... More 

Thank cth0mas10
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place for my husband's birthday dinner. Food was rich and tasted homemade. Love the new spin on a classic. Try the Mexican Chocolate and Peanut butter pie!

Thank AScara_11
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a banquet dinner here and it was amazing. Started with biscuits and cornbread muffins. Had an nice small salad with a lemon vinaigrette. I chose fried chicken breast, which was the most moist and crispiest I've ever had. Sides were mashed potatoes with gravy and Mac n cheese. Both were very good. Dessert was a chocolate pecan pie. It... More 

Thank Shelli B
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Locally sourced, limited options menu with nightly specials. Small, funky, cozy atmosphere, warm friendly staff. Outstanding flavors and textures, hip, delectable dining experience. Must have collards!

Thank joannaleeb
Henderson, North Carolina
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 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

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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
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
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?