Proper 21

4.3
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426 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Proper 21, brought to DC from the New York City restaurateurs Rob Zahn and Will Strozier that own Manhattan Proper and Proper West, opened in early October 2016. Located at 1319 F Street NW, Proper 21 is a high end sports bar serving All American classics with a gourmet twist created by Executive Chef Steve Forbes. Proper 21 is the third location of NIEUW Group Inc.

Like its predecessors, located in New York City, Proper 21 serves contemporary American cuisine. The space maintains the modern aesthetic and New York style of the Manhattan locations, which have best been described as Tom Ford meets Thomas Edison. The restaurant provides the best audio & visual for sports, corporate functions, nightlife and other events.


Proper 21 requests reservations be made 45 minutes in advance.

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Complimentary special offers

Happy Hour 11:30am-6:30pm. Thirsty Thursday!

$5 Beer / $6 Wine / $7 Mixed Drinks

Proper Happy Hour! 2:30-6:30pm.

$5 Beer / $6 Wine / $7 Mixed Drinks

Half Price Bottles of Rosé

Rosé all day! Every Tuesday, enjoy 1/2 price bottles of rosé.

Winesday! 1/2 Price Bottles of Wine

Enjoy half price bottles of wine. All day, every Wednesday.

Live Music Fridays

Live music and $5 Peroni. Every Friday, 7-10pm.

Margarita Monday

Celebrate Margarita Monday with $3 tacos, $4 Corona, $5 house margaritas, and $10 premium margaritas.

What 426 People Are Saying
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vipDanielL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was mixed experience. The service was a tad off in that the staff didn’t clean up dirty dishes on the small table which made eating in a cluttered space challenging but the manager and bus staff made it happen when we were overloaded. One of my pet peeves is having to remind wait staff about request and that happened more than I like here. But the food was good!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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MARYM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Loud restaurant with tiny tables. Could not hear my dining companion from less than 3 feet away across the table. Kevin waiter was really great! Kevin was the only highlight. Music started and it only got LOUDER! (no disrespect to live musician who was very good) I was charged $23.45 for the brick chicken MENU PRICE IS $21.45 = Why $2 more? I did not catch that until after the bill was presented to me, but I wanted to get out of there. Crab "dip" was so/so nothing great for $13.99 and NOTHING ON MENU about WHERE crab came from. I assume from mealy, bland taste it came from Asia. My friend's "special" of "steak sammy" sandwich at $18.99 was barely edible. Fortunately, the "drink special" of $6 glass chardonnay held us til we could get out of there. Strange "decorating" with large mirrors propped against walls adding to some ocular confusion and perhaps safety issues.

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LG89
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really LOVED the food! I got to the sundried tomato chicken carbonara and the wings to start, my friend had their proper burger (which he really liked but was jealous of the carbonara :) )

It's a little loud, but that adds to the fun feel of the restaurant. Would highly recommend trying this restaurant!

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MelissaS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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KYLJC
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Great waiter.

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vipJeanne
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food delivered by very attentive waiter. Happy hour throughout restaurant. Upscale bar food. Very crowded. Reservations on a Friday

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BTR20176
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Little loud but all in all a pleasant surprise.

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vipAlohaboy
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were there Sunday night before a show at the Warner. We found seats at the bar, but after about 30 minutes, we noticed that while the place was busy, no one had any food. Our bartender then told us that the kitchen was short-staffed, and that a lot of the crowd had come in at the same time. She apologized profusely and offered to comp most of our check. The Monkey Bread appetizer was good. We finally got our food about 10 minutes before we needed to leave. Meh. Kitchen emergency - I'll give them a pass; might give them another shot if we're down there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! Great service !! Will be back !!

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StephanieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

A good place for a social gathering but not for a date or for a meal where you want to have conversation. For our reservation, they gave a us a shared table in the bar area. I asked for a table that we didn't have to share and they accommodated but we waited for 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the other tables are under a rounded ceiling which caused the sound to bounce from the other side of the rounding. I heard the neurotic girl across the room with endless romance problems who never stopped to take a breath far better than I could hear either my husband or our server who were right next to me. The food was good but took quite a while for delivery. They may have been having an off night, as all the staff seemed to be hurrying around looking kind of stressed, so perhaps its normally better-timed. However, despite looking stressed, our server was very kind and gracious and did a good job.

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KyleB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was aight. I had bigger expectations so I guess this review is slightly skewed. Either way the steak was good and the atmosphere was legit. I still recommend.

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vipPerry
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband I were grabbing a quick nosh before a concert. We had a few shareable appetizers that were quite tasty and large. The service was very good and efficient. It is a sports bar so it is noisy, so just be aware. Overall very good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place with a great Happy Hour. Live music post HH, nice vibe. Our server, Briana was adorable and very professional. We were headed to the Warner for a concert and 21 Proper delivered us a wonderful meal with excellent service, getting us to the show on time. Thanks, we’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at bottomless brunch!! Would go again!

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vipSheilaD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Food great but atmosphere poor. Went for lunch and i could mot tell whether i was in night club, sports bar, or restaurant. Big TVs had sports and CNN while music was blaring Michael Jackson. Lights were so bright. Seating was mix of aluminum chairs and shiny blue leather banquettes. Floor was glossy. Was like having lunch in night club. Just weird.

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vipKennethN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. My favorite place in town to go to lunch. Fast, great food, great atmosphere.

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JordynF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best brunch experience here. Not a ton of options but they are all outstanding and reasonably priced. Bottomless brunch with entree included is $29, great value, great drinks, great food, great service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was fine.

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ChristinaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. Great selection. Super friendly waiter. It was a great break from work and we felt energized and well cared for!

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vipChristina
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I don’t think I’ll ever understand why places that are empty seat two large groups *right* next to each other. Our server was nice but forgot a few things. He did go out if his way to try & accommodate once things were brought to his attention. Food was mediocre at best for a brunch. Oh well, maybe next birthday...

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Moscow mule my wife’s had!

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vipTraceyF
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun place. Love the vibe but super loud with live music. Waiter was great. Very helpful with our crazy food needs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friday was live music night.

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vipMungob
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took a few moments to get the attention of the reception desk. It improved after that - great server (GiGi). Great service and perfect food .

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SandyM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My husband and I went for brunch before a show at National Theatre. We made a reservation but was not needed as the place was empty except for one table at noon on a Sunday. We decided to sit at a high top in the bar area. We were greeted right away by the bartender with few menus. Small brunch menu on one side with option of unlimited mimosa and other side was about 4-5 appetizers, 3-4 small plate and 4-5 entree choices which you can opt to “bundle” into a full meal for a fixed price.
I ordered a la cart a Southwest salad and ask for grilled chicken instead of fried as described on menu. Salad was a good portion and chunks of chicken was grilled nicely. Besides lettuce there was just tomatoes, shredded cheese and thin tortilla chips. Not much else. My husband ordered the egg/bacon/potato scramble off the brunch menu which arrived with grilled toast and jam. He said there was mostly potatoes and eggs with a few cut up bacon pieces. It was just ok. Not bad, just nothing memorable. The bartender was attentive though. Kept our water glasses and my iced tea filled. Overall an ok experience. They cater more to after work happy hour crowds.

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JeanneT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was wonderful. The food was first-class. We had just come from the National Theater, had our tickets, and got a complementary glass of wine. Our server even took an interest in how we enjoyed the show. Will definitely go back.

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vipDelM
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went in for a quick dinner as it was new our hotel. It is exactly what it says it is. A casual place for a nice drink/meal and perhaps watch a sporting event on the many TVs or before/after sightseeing or a show at the nearby theater. Food was very tasty and the prices are very reasonable.

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fanofood
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was a gem for a Sunday football game and brunch...great brunch specials...will be back!

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MaryG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited this restaurant prior to a show at the National Theater. It was perfect for our family of four. Gigi was our server. She was attentive to the happy hour specials, keeping our drinks filled, and made menu recommendations for the healthy eaters in the group. She was by far the best waitress we’ve experienced this holiday season. Thanks for your personable, enthusiastic service Gigi!

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Dogntow
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived for our lunch reservation and the bartender informed us that the kitchen staff had been given two days off for the holidays and no food was available.

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TriciaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Proper accommodated our party of 8 with 4 children. The service was attentive but relaxed and personable. Food was prompt and tasty. Cocktails were also well mixed and interesting. I’d love to go back for cocktails and try more of the appetizers and dips. It would make for a great happy hour or casual night out with elevated American fare and drinks.

JM
vipJasonM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was very good though 3 of our dishes came out lukewarm at best. It was a busy Saturday night but still timing in the kitchen is everything. The manager was more than generous and took of 2 of the meals from the check. The rest of the experience was very good. It was a bit louder than expected but that was because of the Patriots football game.

Overall a good experience and I’d recommend the restaurant.

RM
vipRoxanneM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was terrible, the food wasn't great, and it was very loud. Everyone working seemed like they were in a hurry. Not great for lunch when you don't have more than an hour to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service could have been slightly faster for lunch. Otherwise great food and menu!

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NatalieS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Waited at our table 25 minutes before being acknowledged by our waitress, no one even came by to fill our water glasses. Service was poor, not even an apology from the waitress was given, in fact she was annoyed with me. My order was wrong, not even the food was good, it will not be a place I will return to when I have tickets to a show at the National Theater.
Disappointing......

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CarolT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent spot to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Will definitely be back.

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Jessica
Denver
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Amazing food, great location, but oh my goodness the seating... terrible. We were stuck in a corner that we could neither get in or out of.. and our server couldn’t even get to us. Kind of regretted picking this place for my birthday dinner. I’d go back, but I’d have to specify we don’t want to be stuck away somewhere or just get carry out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Very loud.

DC
DavidC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very convenient to the National Theatre. It was also very loud. Food and service were very good.

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