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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“cornbread” (31 reviews)
“fried catfish” (18 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed October 23, 2016

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
Reviewed October 23, 2016 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...More

Thank Amio_Persio
Reviewed October 23, 2016

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...More

Thank Randall M
Reviewed October 20, 2016 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
Reviewed October 18, 2016

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...More

Thank cth0mas10
Reviewed October 17, 2016

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
Reviewed October 14, 2016 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...More

Thank Shelli B
Reviewed October 4, 2016 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
Reviewed September 25, 2016

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

Thank Mariana D
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...More

Thank Kevin H
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Response from Lawrence M | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. It is open for lunch.
April 13, 2016|
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Response from FlanFam | Reviewed this property |
Yes! That is an issue. A few times we have gotten lucky and been able to park in the parking lot with a very few spaces. A time or two we have parked out front, and then several times we have parked in a parking lot that is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, 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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