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Proper 21K

4.0
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118 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.

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2 people

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Sports Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Thu 2:30 pm–10:30 pm
    Fri–Sun 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 450-4485

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Anthony Gallotto

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown

  • Cross Street

    21 and K

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Foggy Bottom

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

menu

Classics Menu Lunch and Dinner

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  • Proper Boneless WingsUS$14.99

    White meat chicken strips served naked and ugly or with your choice of: classic buffalo | bourbon bbq | sweet chili | gold rush | tangy ginger | firecracker

    • Truffle FriesUS$10.99

      White truffle / parmesan / scallions / malt vinegar aioli

      • Poke Nachos*US$17.99

        ahi tuna / wantons / house sushi sauce / scallions / ponzu / avocado / pickled fresnos / seaweed salad / spicy aioli

        • Buffalo Chicken FlatbreadUS$15.99

          crispy buffalo style chicken / cheddar jack cheese / ranch / scallions

          Fried Rice Bowls

          Fried Rice Bowls start with our signature rice base with veggies and soy $14.99. Add salmon cake $8 | add grilled chicken $6

          • Chicken Bacon Ranch*

            crispy chicken / candied bacon / scallions / ranch crema / egg

            • Bulgogi*

              shaved marinated ribeye / pickled onions / gochujang aioli / egg

              • Truffle*

                local foraged mushrooms / truffle oil and shavings

                Burgers & Sammies

                Burgers & Sammies Served with Seasoned Fries $16.99

                • Proper Burger*

                  seven oz. angus beef patty / applewood smoked bacon / proper cheese blend / bistro onions / dijonaise / potato bun

                  • The Smash Burger*

                    two smashed angus beef patties / lettuce / tomato / american cheese / crispy fried onions / cherry pepper jam / comeback sauce / potato bun

                    • Ginger Spiced Salmon Burger*

                      sriracha mayo / asian slaw / potato bun

                      • Fire Cracker Chicken Sandwich

                        crispy chicken thigh / honey bbq sauce / firecracker slaw / pickles / american cheese

                        Salads and Mains

                        • Mediterranean Buddha BowlUS$16.99

                          quinoa / pickled onions / roasted peppers / roasted carrots / smashed avo / lemon garlic tahini vinaigrette / (chilled)

                          • Southwest Chicken SaladUS$17.99

                            romaine / grilled or crispy chicken / tomatoes / onions / roasted corn / cheddar jack / crisp tortilla strips / pickled onions / scallions / red pepper ranch

                            • Truffle Caesar SaladUS$18.99

                              romaine hearts / grana padano / truffle croutons / charred & chilled cherry tomatoes / black truffle

                              • Short Rib RaguUS$24.95

                                pappardelle / braised short rib / mascarpone / local foraged mushrooms

                                • Filthy Rich RibeyeUS$39.45

                                  cajun 12 oz. ribeye / gorgonzola smother sauce / shallots / dressed greens / dirty potatoes

                                  • Sesame Ginger ChickenUS$21.45

                                    udon noodles / szechuan veggies / crispy chicken / sesame orange ginger sauce

                                    • Eggplant KatsuUS$19.45

                                      breaded japanese eggplant / white rice / kimchi / house sushi sauce

                                      Last updated: January 22, 2022

                                      What 118 people are saying

                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                      4.0
                                      4 based on recent ratings
                                      • 4Food
                                      • 3.9Service
                                      • 4.1Ambience
                                      • 3.7Value

                                      NoiseModerate

                                      Loved For

                                      • District of Columbia

                                        Vibrant Bar Scene

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                                      1. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New Orleans

                                        1 review

                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 15, 2022

                                        overall1food4service1ambience3

                                        I was gonna write a whole paragraph because there was a lot but the short version is: the owners apparently opened it without much planning. The menu was VERY abridged and they were out of a lot even on the shortened menu. The food was pretty good but they were short staffed as they originally planned to be closed. Sounds like whoever runs the place set the workers & patrons up for a sub-par experience to earn a few extra dollars over play off weekend.

                                      2. J

                                        Joels

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on January 11, 2022

                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                        Great time. Ronald was great. Son and I were in town touring GW. Stopped in in afternoon to check it out..they said it was Bama bar...no lie..tots were great. Lose a star because Bama lost.

                                      3. JC

                                        JenC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on December 9, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Biked this restaurant because it was close to the Improv, but was so pleasantly surprised by how great it was! Very cool atmosphere, very friendly staff and all 6 of us in our party loved our food! Will definitely come back!

                                      4. MG

                                        MarkG

                                        West Palm Beach

                                        17 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        17 reviews

                                        Dined on December 8, 2021

                                        overall3food2service2ambience4

                                        Just ok. Food was underwhelming, terrible presentation and service was horrendous. Had no idea about food or liquor suggestions

                                      5. PR

                                        PaulR

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 27, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food, great atmosphere! Staff was friendly with quick service.

                                      6. JC

                                        JCManger

                                        Washington DC

                                        6 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on November 26, 2021

                                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                                        This is a review of the business and not necessarily the food or service at Proper. I thought important to share that we booked this table through the Open Table app for the day after Thanksgiving while in DC for the day. We booked it same day about 5 hours ahead of when we wanted to dine. We drove to find a fully closed restaurant!!! Who does that? Who allows patrons to reserve a table to a closed restaurant? It was very disappointing. I had heard of Proper from NYC and thought we would try this location...we will not be giving them a second chance. Thankfully Charlie Palmer (always reliable) had a table and we had a lovely dinner.

                                      7. f

                                        feedme1982

                                        Washington DC

                                        4 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on November 20, 2021

                                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                                        I booked this location to celebrate a friend's birthday. The server offered a complimentary glass of champagne upon being notified of the birthday. Both me and my friend were between entree choices and the server offered up selections we both ended up enjoying. I will return in the future to try out by second choice entree.

                                      8. DR

                                        DaveR

                                        New England

                                        4 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on November 13, 2021

                                        overall1food3service4ambience3

                                        We had a party of 8 with a reservation for 7:30pm on a Friday night. When we arrived the hostess informed us that we needed to be done with dinner in 45 minutes because a private party was coming in at 8:30. We sat at a table and quickly ordered drinks and appetizers. The waitress was very sweet and apologized for the situation. When we tried to order a second round of drinks we were told the bar was closed. Not cool!

                                      9. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on November 10, 2021

                                        overall4food5service2ambience3

                                        Came in for taco tuesday at 7, didn’t get water to the table to about 7:30, after that we were served, The bottomless margaritas are made in a pitcher so the ice waters the drinks down to a point that they were terrible. That was the bad. The Good came in the form of The Poke nachos, mussels, truffle fries, bulgogi tacos, BLT that my party had ordered. So basically 1/5 on the drinks, 4.5/5 on the food.

                                      10. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Jacksonville

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on October 27, 2021

                                        overall2food2service2ambience3

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

                                      11. KH

                                        KendallH

                                        Washington DC

                                        37 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        37 reviews

                                        Dined on October 8, 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.

                                      12. LH

                                        LauraH

                                        Washington DC

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on October 3, 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.

                                      13. KH

                                        KendallH

                                        Washington DC

                                        37 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        37 reviews

                                        Dined on October 1, 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.

                                      14. DM

                                        DavidM

                                        Washington DC

                                        14 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        14 reviews

                                        Dined on September 26, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

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

                                      15. JY

                                        JulianY

                                        Washington DC

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on September 25, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      16. MF

                                        MichaelF

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 22, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      17. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on September 20, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Looking for a nice happy hour and good drink this is perfect

                                      18. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on September 20, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      19. D

                                        Drey

                                        Dallas

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 19, 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

                                      20. CF

                                        CharlesF

                                        Caribbean

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 18, 2021

                                        overall5food4service5ambience4

                                        Great Establishment! I look forward to my next visit.

                                      21. JP

                                        JoPa

                                        New England

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on September 12, 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.

                                      22. M

                                        Mandi

                                        Washington DC

                                        10 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        10 reviews

                                        Dined on September 10, 2021

                                        overall2food4service1ambience5

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

                                      23. JK

                                        JillianK

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on September 1, 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.

                                      24. N

                                        Notfromdc

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 22, 2021

                                        overall3food3service3ambience3

                                        Food took longer than expected and was OK, excessively salty

                                      25. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on August 14, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Wonderful time!

                                      26. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on July 31, 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!

                                      27. BL

                                        BeachLover

                                        Washington DC

                                        7 reviews

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on July 10, 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.

                                      28. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        6 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on July 4, 2021

                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

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

                                      29. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        1.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on June 29, 2021

                                        overall1food1service1ambience4

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

                                      30. BB

                                        BillyBlessed

                                        Washington DC

                                        20 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        20 reviews

                                        Dined on June 27, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      31. KL

                                        KimberlyL

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 20, 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

                                      32. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on June 19, 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

                                      33. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Philadelphia

                                        6 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        6 reviews

                                        Dined on June 13, 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!

                                      34. P

                                        Phurtis

                                        Washington DC

                                        20 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        20 reviews

                                        Dined on June 12, 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.

                                      35. R

                                        Ryan

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 10, 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.

                                      36. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Baltimore

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on June 6, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Love this place, exceptional service

                                      37. CS

                                        ChrisS

                                        New England

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on June 4, 2021

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      38. f

                                        forieg

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on June 4, 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.

                                      39. TT

                                        TiffanyT

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on May 30, 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.

                                      40. AB

                                        AllisonB

                                        Washington DC

                                        7 reviews

                                        vip
                                        3.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined on May 30, 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.

                                      FAQs

                                      Proper 21K is rated 4 stars by 118 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.

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                                      Booked 5 times today
                                      Google Map for Proper 21K

                                      2033 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006

                                      • Cross Street

                                        21 and K

                                      • Neighbourhood

                                        Downtown

                                      • Hours of Operation

                                        Thu 2:30 pm–10:30 pm
                                        Fri–Sun 11:30 am–10:30 pm

                                      • Cuisines

                                        Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, Sports Bar

                                      • Dining style

                                        Casual Dining

                                      • Dress Code

                                        Casual Dress

                                      • Parking Details

                                        Street Parking

                                      • Public Transit

                                        Foggy Bottom

                                      • Payment Options

                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                      • Executive Chef

                                        Anthony Gallotto

                                      • Additional

                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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