Proper 21

4.2
519 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 519 people are saying
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4.2
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vipEricaC
New England
28 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch spot in DC and close to our hotel! Relaxed, plenty of space to spread out, yummy food, strong drinks … and great games on the bar TVs. It made our afternoon between museums so much better!

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jonathanh
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great pimento cheese appetizer and poke wonton appetizer too!

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KaralynG
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience2

The food was great, the service was terrible. I really wish it could have been better.

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vipl8dybug
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I made a reservation for 5 but we ended up having 7. The restaurant was very accommodating. We were among the first to arrive for lunch. Unfortunately, it was 25 minutes before our server took our order and another 20 minutes before the appetizers came out. By that point there were people in our party who needed to get back to the office. We asked for our check before the food was even delivered. When I inquired about our entrees, the server was somewhat condescending and said they don’t serve food until after the appetizers have been finished. Bu the time our food arrived (it was all delicious), we had been there for an hour and we had to eat very quickly and get to-go boxes immediately. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Proper 21 has solid food and a great location. We were scheduled to see a show at National Theatre, and looking for a place for an early dinner beforehand. Their Happy Hour drink specials go until 6:30. Salmon Burger was delicious, and fries are excellent. Only complaint is that it was pretty crowded and noisy. Not a great spot if you're looking for quiet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Definitely be prepared for a loud atmosphere where you won’t be able to hear the person next to you. Also was very warm inside, possible due to being so crowded on a Friday evening.

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East2013
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and ambiance.

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kdur
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great bar with an excellent menu, Little on louder sports bar side. Probably not a spot for a romantic date or anniversary dinner. All the same the food was excellent the service was perfect. Only complaint was glassware seemed to be limited, was a little worried if I ordered one more wine it would of come in a red solo cup......

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vipKennethN
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Proper 21 continues to be one of my favorite places in DC. Always great food.

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vipdrsilz
Columbus
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Not the best place for a business meal. Extremely loud and nobody could hear each other at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Arrived right before a game and had limited menu similar to bar food and was expecting some more options. but food was good and service wasn’t bad.

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vipPerry
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Close to a local concert hall.

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SarahC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had dinner prior to seeing Al Franken at the Warner — very convenient. I liked the restaurant— good food and reasonable prices. My only complaint is the noise level was a little high for me.

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CathyK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not as spicy as anticipated. Frys had a funky taste! Chicken sandwich tasted like chicken was prepackaged frozen patty! Way too loud! Crab dip was very good! Flatbread tasted like a Big Mac!!!

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Bubba
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the Proper burger & fries.

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BillD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really appreciate Proper 21 accommodating us as our group grew from 8 to 12 with some last minute changes. Excellent set-up, service and attention to our group. Food is delicious (everyone loved the truffle fries) and we'll be back for more lunches.

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BobP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a very nice time. Good food and excellent service! Fun place.

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PamB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Pub was dark; couldn’t read menu without cellphone flashlight. Music was so loud, even though the place was nearly empty. Waited forever for waiter to come to take drink order. Very disappointed

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HatfieldB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, but it wasn’t hot. Service was a little slow, but it was Saturday night and they seemed a little under staffed.

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BigSis
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place with good food! Thanks for switching the station to watch our team!

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GiovanniS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, very good food and fantastic service! Definitely a great stop while in Washington DC.

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vipArtGirl2
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Loud after work pick up bar with marginal chow. If that is your thing, this is your place.

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Fundragon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience3

The waitress was the best thing about the restaurant. She was very nice and made up for the short comings of the food. The music was way too loud to have a decent conversation. I ordered the schnitzel sandwich and it was completely dry and hard to bite into. The best thing about the meal was the churro waffle which my kids loved.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Took 45 minutes to order our food. Didn’t get asked if we wanted another round of drinks until our food was done. We finished our drinks before the meal even arrived. We had to hunt down our waitress to refill our waters. She seemed like she was running around a lot handling a lot so not on her.

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vipEmmaW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service!

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Decent food, we got a punch that I'm not sure truly had alcohol in it, very loud inside and very warm

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Jojo
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Music does not need to be so loud you have to shout to be ‘energetic’!
Had to use phone flashlight to read menu because it’s all black-table top, floors, walls, and no subdued lighting to read the menu or just find the black napkin on the table. Yikes!

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Pstewy7
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and great service! We are the southwestern chicken salad, Buddha bowl, and truffle fries. Our drinks were very flavorful too. The server explained in detail how are drinks are made and what’s in them and was accommodating when we asked for substitutions. We will definitely be coming back here!

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GoodFoodInMyBelly
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Blackened Tuna Salad was amazing! I do wish they had the patio door closed because it was a bit muggy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I were promptly seated in the back of the restaurant while a guitarist was playing very loudly up front. We were happy about that because we wanted to be able to actually hear each other. No one came to ask us for a drink order or even to offer us water for 15 minutes, so we left.

We will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Stopped for lunch following a graduation ceremony so the place was rather crowded. Once our drink orders were taken everything went quite quickly. The burgers and fries were outstanding. The service was quick and friendly. The only real issue was the noise. There was a table behind us that didn’t seem to be overly loud but it felt as though their voices were being magnified through a loud speaker. Just a strange experience.
Overall a very nice meal. Cooked to order and quite tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our server was terrible. He was inattentive. The music was so loud we couldn’t hear ourselves at the table. The food was good.

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AliciaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!!!! And the vibe was perfect

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DilyaH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The restaurant setting is dim lighting with live music, the music was too loud to enjoy conversation with your table. The food and drinks was really good.

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Melly
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Wait staff was all over the place. Brought entree without the side. Long wait time between request even once we asked for the check. Food was not good. I won’t return.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They “ALLEGEDLY” can only use up to 3 cards on a bill. The manager was unwilling to separate the bill individually. The manager then tried to explain that it’s 2021 and we can use cash app or other methods to pay someone to pay, which is not the point. It is 2021, and for that establishment not to have modern technology like Farmers and Distillers who will give you an electronic iPad where u can individually pick your items on the bill and pay for said items. NOW THAT is 2021. I will never be back

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vipJamie
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch after visiting the Renwick Gallery. Service was fast and our waiter was super friendly! Good and wine was perfect! I would highly recommend as a dependable place to eat. The interior was well designed and fun! I would definitely go back!

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great that DC is back. A casual lunch spot to connect with business associates or friends. The food is always good, and the ambiance is fun but not overwhelming.

FAQs

Proper 21 does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Proper 21 is rated 4.2 stars by 519 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.