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Proper 21

4.2
173 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - close
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - close
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Phone number
(202) 847-3674
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steve Forbes
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 13th Street NW & 14th Street NW
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Parking details
Check out our Spot Hero site to find parking conveniently located near us, with a proper price tag.

First time users save $5, on us. Just use the code "PROPER21" to redeem.
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Public transit
Metro - 1 block from Metro Center stop
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music every Friday night, from 7:30-10:30 PM.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact maryclaire@proper21.com for event inquiries!
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Lined with velvet wallpaper and leather banquets, Proper 21 is the trendiest spot to host your next next happy hour, corporate event, or birthday celebration. It is the perfect meeting place, conveniently located between The White House and Metro Center. From a reservation for 2 to 500 guests.

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What 173 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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food
4.2
service
3.9
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3.9
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Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The service was friendly and accurate. The menu changes, keeping it fresh. The Honeybee sandwich is great. The buffalo chicken flatbread is always on the menu apparently, a huge hit and is delicious!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our server, Michael, was perfect. Proper 21 has a great bottomless brunch deal with five different drink options. Our glasses were never empty, the food was good, and the server was excellent. I’ll definitely come back.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Everything was great with one exception...our main dishes were brought out when we had barley been able to eat our appetizers. Poor timing and an easy way to get no tip. Only thing that saved them was the server was very kind and the food was great.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Took family here to celebrate graduation and it was the perfect spot. I was able to get a reservation in relatively short notice, our table was ready as soon as we arrived and everyone was friendly. Everyone enjoyed the food tremendously - salad, burgers, flatbreads were all great. Cocktails were well made as well. It is a fun mix of nicer sports bar where you still feel like it is a nice restaurant but also can keep an eye on the game pretty much from any seat in the restaurant (a plus as the Caps were playing!) I highly recommend Proper21 and will be back. As a note it is pretty dimly lit and on the noisier side. This was perfectly fine for myself and the younger people in our party but it took some adjusting for older parents - but certainly was not obnoxiously loud or dark by any means.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was average, service was prompt and attentive. Noise level was unbearable (happy hour/dinner time, on a Thursday), impossible to have a conversation with the person sitting across the table from me. Dining area has tables packed together, servers kept bumping into my chair as they served the table next to me.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Good food with friendly and efficient service. Music through speaker system too loud for my taste.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was great, the waiter was awesome the bartender was amazing and the atmosphere was very nice and relaxed, we had a great time. Will be back!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great service and apps, main course was good not amazing

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

My friends and I wanted to have lunch near the Warner Theatre before the play; the place has a great atmosphere with a trendy sort of feel. My only concern was they only offered brunch and it was well into the standard lunch time. I ordered the Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict; it was ok and nothing to brag about. The Manager visited our table several times to check on us and was very personable which made up for not being able to order an item from the lunch menu. All in all, we enjoyed our visit.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food and service were great. The food was a good value too. Live music on the night I went.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Ahh...their truffle mac and cheese. This was my second time at Proper 21 (with a different group of people) and made everyone order the mac and cheese and truffle fries. The service is very friendly (not many people in that day and our server wouldn't stop interrupting us, hence the 4 stars. Better than being ignored though!) This time around I ordered one of their burgers and I was so happy that it was cooked to (my) perfection, which happens to be med-rare-more-on-the-rare side. My friends ordered theirs med-well and well and theirs, too, were done to order. I tried my friend's kale (I am not a big kale fan) and it was dee-licious. Looking forward to going back again and again (especially since it's within walking distance to work).

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Energetic almost sports bar feel on the bar side. I didn’t go into the “restaurant area” I sat outside at a sidewalk table.
I had a Caesar with salmon. Greens were fresh and the salmon portion was substantial. Service was good. My only complaint is that the menu is quite limited, especially for someone seeking a low carb meal. I asked if the restaurant had an expanded menu and was told it did not.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Food was good. Loved guacamole and chips. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Brunch was very worth it and bottomless drinks specials for 2hrs and not just a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Lots of food!!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We had an amazing time so glad we went. They just launched a new menu, definitely worth the trip!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Was walking by and had not seen this restaurant before. Saw the meatloaf sandwich on the menu out front and the waiter told me how great it was. It was very good. Hostess and server very friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Visited Proper 21 for dinner after a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It is within walking distance of the museum which was awesome. We were able to make a quick reservation and walk right over and be seated right away.

Our server Crystal was absolutely AMAZING. She was so sweet and friendly and no request was too much for her. She was funny and very knowledgeable of the menu. Her smile just made me smile. We enjoyed all of the food and drinks that we had. I HIGHLY recommend the churro waffle with the cinnamon ice cream. It was to die for. If I didn't live 2 1/2 hours away I could see this dessert being a HUGE issue for me lol.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Nice vacation meal

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The location is great and certainly the food and service was wonderful However, it was noisy. I think this place is good for large groups.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Fast, friendly service. Food is DELICIOUS. Atmosphere is great. Staff extremely welcoming, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Will go back every time we're in DC.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This place was amazing. Everything we ate was delicious....crab cakes, honey bee sandwich and perhaps the best buffalo wings we have ever had! Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food and service were mediocre at best. I was disappointed because we had heard good things about this restaurant.

We ordered wings for the table and they came out cold, and the BBQ sauce tasted like ketchup. I had the "World's Greatest Sandwich." I can tell you, it did not live up to its name. It was a horribly put together fried egg sandwich with undercooked bacon. The sandwiches from my local deli are 10 times better.

One of our guests ordered an entre that was supposed to come with seasoned fries. The fries never came. When we pointed out the omission to the manager, it didn't seem to phase him. He didn't try to make up for the mistake. He simply said, "Oh, I'm sorry." No fries. No discount on her check.

The cocktails were good, but they took so long to come out. I ordered a perfect gentleman. Three ingredients: Rye, fernet branca, and bitters. I was watching the bartender and he was just simply slow.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Place was so hot. Live music great. Fries yummy. Good was good but nothing to write about....

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food was tasty, the service was fine. It was really warm in there as they had the front doors open and it was 83 out. It was a little uncomfortable in that way. We had a group of eight and ordered everything from burgers to crab cakes. Everyone reported a good meal. Happy hour lacked creativity and wasn't a big deal. Overall, I'd recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was great, we shared some appetizers of ribs and wings and also enjoyed the main course. The noise level is definitely “energetic”. Would definitely recommend. Service was great!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I love everything about this place

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Burger was well made. Cooked right. The seasoned drives were great

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had brunch and 2 hrs of hours of bottomless cocktails, gotta say they are a bit lame and food was meh...

More of a sports bar with all the TVs high point Service was good

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Friday night...

Loud due to the guy singing and playing guitar
Hot because we were seated near the kitchen so were able to hear each other.
Service was meh. Waiter seemed nice, but my wife had to wave him over to take our dinner order because he just kept walk by our table.
Food was good overall and that’s what mattered the most to us.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I recently went here while I was vacationing in the DC area and was overall satisfied. Our server, Adam was outstanding and we couldn't have asked for anything more on the service end. We also thought it was reasonably priced considering the area and the happy hour drinks helped in that regard.

On the negatives side, while the place has a nice ambiance and lots of tv's and a trendy decor, it does get quite loud. Also, while the food was overall pretty good, the menu lacked variety of entrees as 4 of the 6 of us all got hamburgers.

Overall I'd recommend this restaurant to anybody in the area as overall it was a positive experience.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Food was excellent!

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Overall everything was ok. Nothing was stellar or noticeable about the restaurant. The food was underwhelming and the drinks for happy hour were certainly watered down. There are definitely other restaurants with better food for the price in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Our server was very understanding that we were caught up talking about a business deal and not paying attention to much else. I’ve been there before and the food is good but the service is better.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great drinks and food! Great for watching the Final Four.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great appetizers

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

After leaving two other restaurants because no one gave a menu or looked our way for 30+ minutes I was so pleased to find this gem just a few minutes down the street. The crab cake burger and truffle fries were FANTASTIC.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We went for dinner here with a group of 6. Service was a bit slow and the drink menu could have had more choices but overall it was a nice place for casual dining.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Not what we expected.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We are visiting the area and didn’t know where to go. We thought the menu sounded good when we looked online so we chose it. Food was exceptional. We have crab dip, crab cakes and the burger. Our server was attentive and took great care of us. He even recommended lots of places in the area and things we could do since we had never been here. There was live music playing in another room for an event but it was enjoyable.

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