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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%
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“brunch” (30 reviews)
“cornbread” (34 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (34 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 6 days ago

We enjoyed Saturday lunch at this cute little restaurant. The atmosphere on the enclosed porch was better than the inside dining. Avoid the metal barstool-height chairs because they are too shallow for even a very petite person. Orders at our table included tomato pie, roasted...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Proper is in a building that was the local jail many, many years ago. It has limited seating until warm weather when dining outside or on the porch is an option. The food is fantastic, from great sandwiches and salads at lunch to classic southern...More

Thank wickr2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Proper offers an excellent choice of Southern and American Cuisine that has an inspired creativity about it. The food can be described as comfort food, but with interesting nuances and subtleties. The staff is great and the prices are quite reasonable. The corn bread is...More

Thank Charles Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the second time eating here. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. The food is crazy good. Not your plain old menu. I had the 50/50 burger half burger and sausage. Homemade ketchup. Nancy had the tomato pie with Mac and cheese. This is...More

Thank Jack I
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful lunch! The collards are a must side. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Food never disappoints!

Thank M.D. S
Reviewed 30 March 2018

a little "cozy" inside (not a real big dining area), but the food and drink selections were truly unique and really well done.

Thank Bill E
Reviewed 19 March 2018 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 13 March 2018

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 12 March 2018 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 10 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
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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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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