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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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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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128 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a restaurant located in the heart of downtown Boone, just one block off King Street. Proper, a restaurant serving “homestyle southern cooking with a modern, seasonal slant” offers ingredients sourced locally from the community. Dora here. The exterior looks like you’re walking up to somebody’s house. Good thing their sign is... More 

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Thank Ernie and Dora H
Todd, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The day after Thqnksgiving had both of us busy with shopping, so we decided to grab a bite from this quaint restaurant in Boone. The plates are not huge, but the taste of the meal had us feeling satisfied without being stuffed. They were busy, so we sat outside. It was a mild day, and we had fun people watching.... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The fried chicken was the bomb! The Mac and cheese was awesome too. Corn bread was really good. The staff is super attentive!!

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Thank Linda C
Greensboro, Georgia
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Proper is a very small quaint place that specializes in Southern cuisine. We had a short wait on the porch, but we when we finished our meal and left there were approximately 15-20 people waiting outside. They do not take reservations. All the items we ordered were excellent - fried catfish, meatloaf, fried green tomato stack with pimento cheese, mac... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, first let me say that we were here with our 2 small children - so we eat super early to avoid wait times etc. This place is super cute, quaint, and tiny! I was shocked at how small it was inside...and quiet. Thus, why I'd heard the wait times could get very long. Well, the food was good...it just... More 

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Thank CPMoser
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The place is really unique but small, so get there early to get a table. We had breakfast and although it was more money than I normally would have spent for breakfast it wasn't a bad splurge. The food was very attractive, tasty and large portions, which helped the frugal fellow in me to relax a bit. Great place to... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

An old jail converted to restaurant serving southern food based on local ingredients. The food was excellent and the portions were very large. Limited seating inside but tables on the front lawn are also available.

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Thank Gary C
Orlando, Florida
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I sat outside and had a late lunch here. The outdoor seating isn't very big, but it was a nice setting. I ordered the tomato pie with mac n cheese. My husband ordered the chicken salad sandwich with sweet potato fries. Everything seemed very fresh. I thought it was nice how the sweet potato fries were not... More 

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Thank Amio_Persio
Browns Summit, North Carolina, United States
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148 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We finally found a night to wait out the line and enjoy a meal at Proper. Located in a very small and quaint home, Proper delivers a simple locally produced menu that hits the spot. We loved the rustic decor.....though the space is cramped, it gives you the feel of sharing a meal with your family and friends. So many... More 

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Thank Randall M
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Mediocre food at best. Collard greens loaded with grit. Food burned around edges. The macaroni and cheese tasted like something out of a packaged mix.

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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
US$6 - US$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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?