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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” (27 reviews)
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“tomato pie” (22 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pmAll hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Almost don't want the secret to get out...but that was several years ago! As long as the line does not get to the Daniel Boone /Golden Corral type patrons /tourist size!!! TIPS: Get here early... #1 take-away tip from most everyone. #2 .Relax and be...More

Thank Edwin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wife’s idea to go here for lunch. And I am so glad we did. Service and food was out standing. Try the fried okra. Mac and cheese. This place is small. But great.

Thank Jack I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere, interesting take on southern cuisine. Strangely the grits appetizer was really good. Wife had open face chicken salad with melted gorgonzola - fantastic. My strata was good but not as good as the open face chicken salad.

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I always look for special places when traveling and Proper lived up to that expectation. It was quite busy the day we arrived for lunch (even though we were having a later lunch, maybe 1:30 pm). Anyway, it's small and social -- you almost can't...More

Thank organicfoodlover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a quaint little place, used to be an old jailhouse, then a frat house. The food is tasty, served quickly. Everyone greets you with a smile! They are even particularly fans of senior citizens. It's a college town, and many of their employees maybe...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

And got it. My turkey & dressing was excellent, my wife's meal was good. Great service. Good wine and beer selection.

Thank Jeff S
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Our lunch was very good and we could tell it was cooked to order. Everything was fresh and locally sourced. Service was a bit laid back but ok.

Thank Julia1138
Reviewed 22 August 2017

I have eaten lunch at Proper in the past and the food is excellent so I was very excited to go on a Sunday last time I visited Boone on a girl's get-a-way and share the experience with my friend. We arrived at the lovely,...More

Thank amagrit
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Sooo good! As we entered s table of 4 said, "You can't wrong with anything here. It's ALL good!" And it was a "clean your plate" meal. Except there was so much on my plate, I couldn't eat it all. Pulled pork, slaw, collard greens....More

Thank DebbieInHouston2013
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We will be returning! Our service was great and the food was wonderful! The setting is very cozy and is pet friendly...outside.

Thank Llarie
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8 February 2017|
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Response from Lawrence M | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. It is open for lunch.
13 April 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
USD 6 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, 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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