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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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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed yesterday

We love to eat dinner at Proper when we go through Boone, and this time we ended up there on Wine and Dine Wednesday. It's four small-plate courses, paired with wines, plus dessert. You can also order it without the wine at a lower cost....More

Thank SkippinWork
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had to wait for a table. But oh was it worth the wait! Whether it was the Salad with Fried Chicken breast or the pulled pork (western NC style), or the Collards or the Succatash. All of the dishes were outstanding! And we finished...More

Thank eurdav
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An old, small, quaint dwelling with exposed brick and hardwood floors is home to delicious home style cooking. We had the delicious, we’ll-seasoned fried chicken, outstanding Mac n cheese, chilled pickled beets, unusual but crispy steak fries and braised cabbage. Everything was delicious and hot.

Thank Ann T
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 3 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 15 September 2017 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
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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
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  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$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, Kids, Child-friendly
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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