Proper 21

4.5
446 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 446 people are saying
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4.5
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LarryO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, safe service. Food was fantastic, I got the Brussels Pizza and it was the best thing I have eaten in a while. We went to watch a basketball game and really enjoyed our time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Staff weren’t wearing masks at all times and weren’t enforcing patrons to either, people walking around massless.

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DavidB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful restaurant with an amazing menu. Would recommend for any occasion.

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KyliaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

I’m not sure if things have changed due to the pandemic, but the service was lackluster.
There was one waiter for at least 5-6 tables, we arrived 2 or so hours before the restaurant closed but were told the kitchen was closing in an hour, and were told there was no cocktail menu even though the tables around us were consuming cocktails.

Our food was cold on arrival, and an item we ordered was given to the table next to us. All in all it wasn’t the most enjoyable experience.

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Ranni
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute PERFECT brunch experience! Totally exceed my friend and my expectations. I cannot wait to go back!

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hews
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere, would definitely eat here again

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was great, the food was great, our waitress was honest and amazing!

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ChristineO
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful as was ambiance and service. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not a great experience. Went recently, during the pandemic so naturally there aren't many people out, and that meant nothing. Maybe 15 people in the establishment. We weren't greated when we entered I had to speak first. The young woman sat us way in the back and not because of any 6 ft rulings. As we sat we were brung water by a gent who also didnt speak nor acknowledge us in any manner. And for the next 25 minutes no one came to introduce themselves or anything. We left. I don't attribute all poor service to me being black but I am pretty aware of the difference in service toward myself vs others and we were the only black people there and noticeably the only people not being serviced/acknolwedged. 0/10 will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was okay but not great and the menu was a bit limited. It’s a shame when so many other places are closed right now - they could really use this opportunity to stand out.

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vipStudyingSommLvL1
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proper 21 is a great place for drinks after work and they also do brunch very well. I had the chicken and biscuits with strawberry berry jam, the combination of sweet and savory worked very on the palette, was excited to see the Proper Burger on the brunch menu as well. Unlimited Mimosa with the choice of a Rosé Mimosa finished with a churro waffle & Football!!!!!!!
*If your a fan of the Patriots Sunday’s here are a MUST

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AlexisA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was great! Wilde was so good to us. Drink were great and food was OK, nothing to rave about. The environment was nice and clean and we enjoyed ourselves overall.

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vipMissToni
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Service was amazing, social distancing and use of masks was in FULL effect. The brunch menu and specials gave a great variety. I had the homestyle skillet which was good. My friend had the chicken and waffles and they were AMAZING! The churro waffle was everything and more. I wasn't a huge fan of the batter the chicken was fried in but it didn't take away from the taste at all. I will be going back to try out their dinner menu very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time coming for friends bday! Would def come again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with incredible service! Cannot wait to go back again soon!

MD
vipMichelleD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Service and food was very good. Bathrooms needed some work. Their appearance is not fitting the restaurant. The music was very loud. We had to talk loud just to hear each other. Not sure if the AC was broken but the restaurant was very hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful dinner stop during our mother-daughter road trip vacation. Unique, classy, upscale - just how we like it!

Thank you for a memorable meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place, waiter was extremely nice. Always made sure we had all of our food and drinks in place.

ML
vipMLaRocca
Raleigh
92 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved our brunch. Fabulous burger and scrumptious chicken. Will def be back. Was also very impressed with the service and the attention to cleaning during such an unsure time.

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vipDanielL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on March 8, 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 March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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MARYM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 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 March 6, 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
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

KY
KYLJC
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Great waiter.

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vipJeanne
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on February 21, 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipAlohaboy
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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StephanieB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 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 February 14, 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 February 14, 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 February 14, 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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MelanieL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSheilaD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 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 February 4, 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 February 2, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was fine.

CT
ChristinaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 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!

FAQs

Proper 21 does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Proper 21 is rated 4.5 stars by 446 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 reservations at the moment.