Proper 21K

4.3
107 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Proper 21K, brought to DC from the New York City restaurateurs Rob Zahn and Will Strozier that own Manhattan Proper and Proper West, opening in August 2020. Located at 2033 K St NW, Proper 21K is a high end sports bar serving All American classics with a gourmet twist created by Executive Chef Steve Forbes. Proper 21 is the fourth location of NIEUW Group Inc.

Like its predecessors, located in New York City, Proper 21K 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.

Experiences

  • Margarita Monday | Taco Tuesday

    $21.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    ~Marg Monday and Taco Tuesday the Proper Way~ Guests will enjoy 90 min. of unlimited Street Tacos, Chips & Salsa and Elote. Guests may add 90 min. of bottomless House Margaritas, Sangria Roja and Modelo for $18. 4:30- Last seating 9pm every Monday and Tuesday (All members of party must participate. Must order unlimited eat food to be eligible for bottomless drinks. )

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 107 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Slow service, subpar tacos, the taco Tuesdays special is gimmicky, they take so long to bring each one out. Not worth a visit.

KH
vipKendallH
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A second visit to here was well-worth it! More crab dip and orange crushes. We tried different wings this time. All around a positive experience again.

LH
vipLauraH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food here is atrocious. "The world's greatest sandwich" that they have on their menu is the world's worst sandwich. It is there take on a BLT but with egg. The bread was stale and not even toasted. The egg was runny, and I am not talking about the yoke, and there was barely any bacon. The tomato was also mushy. My friend ordered the burger and she almost choked on it because it was so dry. The drinks and service were good, but I would pass on the food.

KH
vipKendallH
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This restaurant is known for their crushes. So you know I had to get the classic orange crush. It was great. We split apps. The crab dip and the bourbon bbq boneless wings. And lemme tell you…they were both BOMB! Server was really friendly, yet slightly inattentive. We are talking about going back to work our way through the menu. All of it sounds yum.

DM
vipDavidM
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food, Great staff, Great freshly squeezed orange Juice! Just loud as it's a sport club!

JY
JulianY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the restaurant was very clean…I will definitely be back

MF
MichaelF
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a little to loud - but food was very good as was service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good environment, very attentive staff and great seating . LOVE unlimited margs on happy hour

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vipDrey
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I just had a terrible experience we spent most of the time just waiting for the food so we only got through eating appetizers they were understaffed or poorly organized

JP
vipJoPa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The food was average at best. The service was not very good and the music was so loud it was impossible to have a conversation.

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Mandi
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was poor, other waiters/waitresses were attentive to our table because they realized. Maybe sitting at the bar is better.

JK
JillianK
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks at Proper 21K were incredible. We got BOGO crushers for Happy Hour and the Eggplant Katsu is to die for!! I’ll definitely be going back, there were so many other meals I wanted to try.

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Notfromdc
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food took longer than expected and was OK, excessively salty

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is always amazing! The new menu was the perfect touch for a Saturday brunch. Paloma was perfect, the french toast with blackberry peach cobbler topping was mind blowing, and the chicken sausage topped everything off!

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vipBeachLover
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience1

The food we ordered was excellent; however, the service and ambiance was not so great. The hostess did not seat us at standard tables as requested in our reservation. Instead, we were at bar tops. We told our server that we were there to watch a soccer match but was notified after receiving our food that we would only be able to view the game without audio. Had we been informed of this earlier, we would have found somewhere else to eat and watch the game. We felt that we were deliberately misled since the server mentioned that this was discussed among staff earlier in the evening, prior to our arrival. We asked to speak to the manager who was as unhelpful as could be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My mom was in town for the weekend so I wanted to take her some place nice for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Yeah! 0 stars wouldn’t recommend! Pork tacos were BEYOND salty! Drinks weren’t good seemed like something was missing.

BB
vipBillyBlessed
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Sunday late brunch
The add bonus is the free Parking🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

KL
KimberlyL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Free flowing brunch was great. The only thing I didn't like was the order of the food. The sweetest it's came out first and the savory dishes were last. I think the reverse order would of made more sense for the taste pallet

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not sure about the food here, I started feeling sick after my good and drink. Also, the service took a long time not the best customer service

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and service for a sports bar type restaurant. We had early dinner on a Sunday and is wasn't crowded at all. We sat outside, which was MUCH quieter than inside (so if loud music is a dealbreaker for you, you may want to consider outside as well). The cocktails were all on the sweeter side. Not necessarily bad, just a head's up!

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vipPhurtis
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All but one course, the charcuterie plate, were fantastic. The food was all very interesting and tastes fantastic. Service was great as well, and with bottomless mimosas and 9 courses for $34, quite the value. The place was empty though, not hardly want people, but it was due to pandemic.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, and great service. I really enjoyed my visit. I’ll be back soon. I had the Proper Burger, which was incredible, and a few of the cocktails (I highly recommend Somewhere on a Peach). I’ll be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, exceptional service

CS
ChrisS
New England
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly good. The staff were very friendly. Honestly, this place is great.

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forieg
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had a coworker’s gathering here. Enjoyed the patio. The orange crushes were enjoyed by the party. The burger was good but the bulgogi tacos were subpar/no flavor.

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TiffanyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a last minute brunch planned. Loved the ambiance and we had great service. I would return to explore the main menu. I would note, however, that the brunch includes 20% gratuity so be careful that you're not tipping twice.

AB
vipAllisonB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The concept is great. However, the execution is lacking. With the exception of the potatoes and quiche, the food was not fresh. We could tell the food items had been sitting out for a while. The drinks are okay. The service was mediocre. Our server was lukewarm and my table was filled with empty/partial emptied plates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Flow brunch is a nice idea but the meal was rushed and the tables too small.

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Prettyk
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! The ambiance was chic as ever. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Went to their tasting brunch which might have been the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. They first served us potatoes and a small bread basket. That’s all we had for about 15-20 mins. The taste was fine, no butter or jam for the bread basket. Next came a very small breakfast charcuterie that consisted on 2 strips of bacon broken in half, o few noblest of sausage some grapes and a few slices of cheese. This was to serve 3 people who’ve only had potatoes. Then can funfetti pancakes. These were cold silver dollar size pancakes. At some point we were waiting for a protein, then came the crustless quiche. This was inedible. It was so dense and the flavor palette was off. We all took 1 bite and asked to have everything removed from the table. Finally the last course was bacon Mac snd Cheese. This was the only thing served hot. It wasn’t bad. At this point we began looking for a place to eat so we got our check and left. Biggest waste of $160

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ShamikaS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Was cute but not so much of the “experience “ as advertised. More of a bottomless brunch of specific platters. Great for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was spectacular. Hannah was attentive and friendly. They lifted an umbrella when it got sunny outside and gave us a free tequila shot. The mimosas were delicious. But the food was mediocre. Lots of carbs to fill you up, but not up to DC restaurant standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great value for phenomenal food! Ask for Hannah, she was very attentive and friendly.

SH
SippinHannah
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great brunch set up and Instagrammable space.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Very nice place I loved the location. The outside seating was great.

K
vipKala
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

There are much better brunch options in DC. The menu says that the chef is going to take you on a culinary journey, unfortunately it's an extremely disappointing journey. The menu online is not the same menu that they serve. The Funfetti pancakes were flat as if the baking powder was expired. The pineapple mimosa was sour and tasted as if the pineapple juice had expired. The tuna tartare didn't have enough lime flavor, it was pretty bland (and looked like it had sat a while). However, the chicken and waffle friend rice was a complete and total miss. It tasted like maple syrup and was not a good combination, we sent it back. The servers were all really nice, and when we complained about the food we did receive a 50% discount. I will probably never come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was mediocre. Prob will not return.

TB
TerryB
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great,I had a chicken bacon ranch rice bowl And my wife had the sirloin steak. Both dishes will cook well and tasted delicious

FAQs

Proper 21K is rated 4.3 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.