The Proper Restaurant
We decided to try this restaurant because it was in our neighborhood. We were very impressed to say the least. The cauliflower hummus with pita bread was excellent, very flavorful. I had the Garlic Chicken Carbonara which could have more garlic if you ask me but the sauce was excellent. My husband chose the braised short ribs which were so-so. We've had better but for a place near us, I think we will try this again and choose other dishes.
The best REBOOT of THE PROPER!! Server Adam and Bartender Joe are fantastic.
The service was so so, we asked if there were items on the menu to avoid and the server was forthright in sharing his least favorite items, one such item was the crispy chicken sandwich which he said tended to be dry. I asked about the fried chicken and he said it was not dry so I ordered it. Guess what? It was dry. My dining partner had the duck special which she loved however we would have appreciated being told upfront that it was a $40.00 meal. Additionally, we asked if a wedge salad could be split and were told yes only to have a different server bring the salad and were told that the restaurant didn't do that. I wouldn't call the noise level energetic, I felt is was noisy. At one point we had to ask our server to request that the owner take his personal conversation to another location because he was standing and talking with others very loudly next to our table. I will say the drinks were outstanding. I guess if I ever go back it will be just for a cocktail.
Salad was outstanding!
Under new ownership since January 2019, the restaurant has an all new menu and two new chefs. The menu is more extensive and interesting. The food was delicious and the presentation impressive. Their limited wine options were excellent and the prices were fair. Our server was exceptional and one of the two owners sat down with us for 15 minutes and we chatted about food in general. I got tired of the limited menu in the previous iteration of the restaurant and I stopped going there. With the "new" Proper, I will be going back often and am telling my friends about our wonderful experience there.
So happy that the Proper is back...better than ever..Lovely and interesting menu and specials..perfect portions for lunch! Friendly staff..We will be back..for sure
We really enjoy the Proper it’s a go to place for our family.
The food overall was about a 7 on a ten point scale. Pretty good, but not great. For instance, I ordered one of the hamburgers, and requested "medium-rare", and received it "medium-well"; my wife's shrimp in her dish were tough and a little dry. The area which really was lacking was the service. Service was the downfall of the "previous" Proper Restaurant. I appears that not much has changed in that regard. I would conditionally recommend Proper to a friend, after proper disclaimers so that their expectations are managed.
Love this place, we keep going back
Grabbed lunch with a dear friend. It was a lovely time.
While the good was good (not stellar) and the service was very good, the ambience was ruined by two things:
1. The smell of cleaner—floor cleaner?—when we walked in was overpowering. It was much less in our booth in the back of the café side, but I could still smell it.
2. On a weeknight with only three other tables seated, it was so loud my dining partner and I had to repeat ourselves multiple times. Not pleasant.
The old incarnation of The Proper was decent. Nice bar, good food, not a huge selection to my tasting, but we were disappointed to see it shut down.
When we heard that the location was re-opening with new ownership, etc. we were excited, and hoped it would be as good as before. We were very pleasantly surprised to find a wider menu, and on this, our first (but not last) visit to the new Proper that it had really improved greatly since we were here before.
Everything was good. I had the Cajun Ribeye, my girlfriend had a market fish special, which she really enjoyed... and she doesn't usually do fish. The drinks were excellent.
First time back since new owners. Cocktails were on point - our group had 9 different cocktails and they were all great. Everyone at the table enjoyed their meal - but felt things were slightly under-seasoned. As a group of 6 we all had a good time and will go back again. Allie our waitress was fantastic - she was attentive and knew the menu very well. Everyone around us appeared to be having a good time and enjoying their meals. This was my first time not sitting in the bar area - booths were comfortable - but I prefer the more intimate bar side.
Great time good food and super drinks
Main dining room incredibly noisy. Food a bit too salty. Service ok, but abit aloof.
I gave 4 stars because the main course we ordered: short rib & risotto are very salty. Appetizers are nice & not over salty.
Very knowledgeable and friendly server.
Cauliflower hummus appetizer was amazing
The food was delicious, but rather expensive. The chef wasn't happy with a serving of salmon, and with apologies later sent out a wonderful meal. Our main complaint was the noise, and the previous chart did not seem to allow me to select the worst possible choice for the noise level. We could not hear each other across the table. Is there any sound dampening that could be installed (carpeting on the floors and/or walls)? Because of the noise, we will likely not return. I am sorry.
The new management is nailing it. Food is delicious, service is awesome, ambiance is great. The best spot in La Cañada hands down. We will be regulars!
This place was happening, at least in the earlier part of the evening! Had a great meal and great service. The owner came by and talked with us more than once which was a special treat. Very nice ambiance, and I would go back in a heartbeat. Great to see this place up and running again in a fresh new way!
I was impressed from the moment I entered Proper. The decor was tasteful and the hostess and wait staff were helpful and attentive. Our waitress took my allergies seriously, which I really appreciated. Our food arrived quickly and tasted great. I had the burrata salad, which was very good. There was a good level of noise - quiet enough to hear my friend, but not so quiet that everyone else could hear us. I look forward to returning soon.
Amazing food, fantastic cocktails and great ambiance! Every neighborhood needs a Proper!
Will definitely be back!
Glad to have this place back after a brief closure. They were overbooked so our (OpenTable) reservation didn't help much. Food, however, was outstanding. Service was slightly rushed, but probably better that than glacially slow. Highly recommended.
This is my new favorite place! Food was amazing, drinks were even better, and the service was very friendly, attentive and checked in during our meal to make sure everything was perfect! This was my third visit to the newly re-opened Proper, and all three visits have been great! The mushroom risotto is amazing, as is the salmon (which I highly recommend), the brussells sprout chips, and the crab bites (super yummy!). The restaurant and the bar are warm and inviting, and I highly recommend it. The bleu cheese vodka martinis were the best I’ve had in a long time!
The food was good as was the service. I was dismayed to see they had painted over all of that beautiful wood and blue no less. But very nice to have this new restaurant in our town. Thank you
Really like the new menu and atmosphere. Our table tried short ribs, chicken picata, carbonara, and salmon. All were delish. The brussel sprout chips are tasty, too.
Jesse was a fun-loving, helpful, friendly waiter and the food and drinks were marvelous. The salmon was some of the best I've ever had and the espresso martini was just what I needed.
Great food at moderate prices! We really enjoyed the deviled eggs and French dip. I can’t wait to try the fried chicken. We will be back!