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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (21 reviews)
“cornbread” (35 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (34 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A great restaurant with a different twist. It was the old jail in Boone back in the days. You can eat inside or outside which is nice to sit under the trees. Food is delicious especially the fried chicken. It is a nice place to...More

Thank orlowskisharon
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must go to destination whenever visiting Boone. The food is some of the best southern crafted food to be found anywhere, for miles around. At our table the night we visited there was Catfish Creole w/grits and a side of succotash; potato...More

Thank KimFink
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had Proper's Special of the night. Catfish Creole served over Grits Parmesan and the were delicious. The Tomato Pie also received rave reviews along with the Pecan Torte from my friends. We will definitely dine there again when in Boone.

Thank Joy B
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

I had the roasted turkey sandwich with a side of mac and cheese and it was very yummy! The flavors were great, and everything was fresh. Very cute, honemade, and laid back vibe. Friends got the fried chicken and raved about it too.

Thank Abby K
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

We were told this is a good restaurant, so we gave it a try ! Normally I never order specials, but this time the Server explained it very well, so I had no other choice ! I had the Spicy chicken over jasmine rice with...More

Thank Walter M
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Had brunch at Proper today. The building is an old jail building and is quaint. Proper is a small place but the atmosphere is good, the service is great and the food is very good. One of the very good meals that we had was...More

Thank Poppy7ds
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on a Monday for dinner. A lot of good restaurants are closed here on Mondays and the reviews were good. The service from Chase was excellent. Always coming around to check up on us and kept Rd us informed. The. Black-eyed pea...More

Thank Delatorrellc
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

We went for brunch on a Sunday morning with a group of 5. Waited in a long line outside with everyone else but we were seated as soon as they opened. Service was a little slow; waters were brought out promptly but it took awhile...More

Thank crystalcoast717
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We love the originality of the menu, the use of local ingredients and the normal, not ridiculously huge, portions. Everything is good, but the fried chicken breast, black-eyed bean cake, biscuits, cornbread, sweet potato, and soups are always a hit with anyone we have ever...More

1  Thank samba13
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Went for lunch with a friend, and the fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy did not disappoint. The restaurant is in a quaint old house, but the decor is extremely basic, with cheap plastic chairs. Good for lunch, but I would not come here...More

Thank Ellen H
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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