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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 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 2 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
Reviewed 22 December 2017

This restaurant is very relaxed, the interior basic, but the food is good, fresh local cuisine. It offers interesting takes on southern cooking, and everything we have ever had there was good, esp. the biscuits and cornbread! We also like the Wed es day wine...More

1  Thank Lola122
Reviewed 1 December 2017

As a Brit, this local restaurant appeals a lot. It's a little hidden away, but a great place. Proper has an interesting southern style menu selection, and daily specials. I had a special which was butternut squash stuffed with goats cheese, sausage etc and comes...More

1  Thank Mark D
Reviewed 18 November 2017

A charming establishment that looks to be an old house, but was actually the origianl jail house. The staff is very friendly. The menu is interesting. The soup of the day, sweet potato soup was delicious. The side dishes are all good and of good...More

1  Thank thug7
Reviewed 31 October 2017

When in Boone, we always visit Proper for dinner. Their side dishes are every bit as good as their entrees. Their beer list has a good selection of craft beers (in cans and bottles). This visit we had their Pulled-Pork Sandwich (with home fries) and...More

Thank dougb269
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our lunches of meat and 2 sides with cornbread. My husbands fried chicken and my collards were probably the best of the things we ordered. Good service, food was nothing amazing but I'd go back.

Thank ClassicCityFolk
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Great local spot. Had the chicken enchilada pie special and it was very tasty. Good selection of choices with a simple menu. Prices are very reasonable. We went for an early dinner and were glad we did.

Thank baustin4705
Reviewed 20 October 2017

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 19 October 2017 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
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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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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