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142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
+1 828-865-5000
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“cornbread” (30 reviews)
“fried catfish” (18 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
142 S Water St, Boone, NC 28607-4074
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Proper is in a renovated house, tucked away behind a lush garden. The service is very relaxed. I had a wonderful croque monsieur with spiced peaches. Everything was clearly homemade- the flavors were fresh and complex. My son had a brunch platter. He thought the...More

Thank KerriElDelizia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Proper is a local restaurant for me. We go there regularly including taking visiting guests. Proper's food is seasonal. One of my favorites in summer is their tomato pie, which is rich with flavorful summer tomatoes and cheese. Their fried chicken is good year round....More

Thank Wanda H
Reviewed 11 June 2017

You can eat as healthy (or not) as you want to in this restaurant. The turkey and stuffing on Thursdays is a real treat. My favorite sides (you get two with the entrees) are the mashed potatoes and green beans. The service is friendly and...More

Thank Rosemary R
Reviewed 8 June 2017

My husband and I recently ate here for the first time and it won't be the last! It was recommended by our host at River's Edge Inn in Todd and we couldn't have been more pleased. The tomato pie was so good!

Thank Margaret F
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Delish food. Meatloaf size could have fed 2 people. Biscuits were heavenly! And the collards were some of the best I've had and I am a native southerner. Catfish portion was a little small-half a fish but I did not leave hungry.

Thank asmatthews67
Reviewed 30 May 2017

A group of 7 of us went to Proper for dinner on our first evening in Boone. What a treat of a meal! I got the crab cake with succotash and mashed potatoes and gravy. My husband got fried chicken with the special butternut squash...More

Thank VEE1225
Reviewed 29 May 2017

expensive for very meager portions, wife's catfish plate was 13 dollars at lunch with one small piece of half a fillet fish. sorry but we live in the heart of southern cooking and this is not it. unless you have a fat wallet and low...More

Thank falllover2016
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Food and service were very good. The restaurant had outdoor, and 2 types of indoor seating relaxed and a little more upscale.

Thank Shannon F
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Was visiting downtown Boone during lunch and came upon this restaurant and decided to try it. My wife chose the Croque Monseur and I had Chicken and Lima Beans, the Tuesday special suggested by our server. We both thought our choice was excellent. My wife...More

Thank the1drjazz
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This is a great place for a nosh in this college town, good quality down home cooking, nothing fancy. We were here for lunch, had the $10 lunch plate - a main course and two sides, and either cornbread or biscuit. The main course varies...More

Thank Margaret W
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Response from Lawrence M | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. It is open for lunch.
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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
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 15:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
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
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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