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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Tomato Pie was awesome, so where the collard greens! Friendly staff and quick service. Parking is a little scarce. Go early it fills up fast.

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Thank J I
New Bern, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food in a converted house. The place is tiny, but there's outdoor seating if you don't go in February like we did. Our server was very knowledgeable and steered us in the right direction with the specials. The sides are amazing, and I have never tasted such a delicious biscuit (and I don't really like bread!). We were seated... More 

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Thank GaKaye20
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162 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Proper is a quaint small house made into a restaurant. Service was excellent. The food was very good. We had their meatloaf and fried chicken, mac and cheese , beats, pintos . All were very tasty. Beware there isn't many parking spots and not many seats here. We went on a week day and it wasn't crowded. Would recommend if... More 

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Deep Gap, North Carolina
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60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Proper offered a nice selection of sample plates for "Crawlers", all of which could be paired with a selected wine, for a few dollars more. Our mini meals were good, but of course did not represent the normal menu, which looked appealing. I was impressed with the cozy quaint atmosphere, the service, and the value. With wine, our selections came... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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229 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Proper for the very first time several months ago and enjoyed our meals, though not memorable, the food was good and the owner was kind enough to make my wife's favorite the special that night, chicken fried steak. We may go back another time. Thank you.

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Thank Munibrokr
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 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 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

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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67 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 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!

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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 19 December 2016 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Cuisine
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 21:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
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
Description
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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?