Proper 21K

4.3
83 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.

Experiences

  • Free Flowing Brunch

    $34.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Chef Tony Gallotto Presents a 90 min. brunch experience like nowhere in town. Guest will be treated to 9 courses of brunch food. Plates vary in size from small to share plates, with plenty of diversity to please your entire group. Guests may add 90 min of bottomless brunch cocktails including bloodies, bourbon peach tea; classic specialty and beer mimosas. * all members of a party must participate in bottomless brunch. (Cocktails are optional, but all members must participate to be eligible) * dietary restrictions can't always be substituted, In this case we will provide extra of a course different course * menu changes weekly.
  • Margarita Monday | Taco Tuesday

    $21.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    ~Marg Monday and Taco Tuesday the Proper Way~ Guests will enjoy 90 min. of unlimited Street Tacos, Chips & Salsa and Elote. Guests may add 90 min. of bottomless House Margaritas, Sangria Roja and Modelo for $18. 4:30- Last seating 9pm every Monday and Tuesday (All members of party must participate. Must order unlimited eat food to be eligible for bottomless drinks. )

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 83 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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Ryan
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place, exceptional service

CS
ChrisS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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forieg
Washington DC
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.

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TiffanyT
Washington DC
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.

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vipAllisonB
Washington DC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Flow brunch is a nice idea but the meal was rushed and the tables too small.

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Prettyk
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was amazing! The ambiance was chic as ever. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Went to their tasting brunch which might have been the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. They first served us potatoes and a small bread basket. That’s all we had for about 15-20 mins. The taste was fine, no butter or jam for the bread basket. Next came a very small breakfast charcuterie that consisted on 2 strips of bacon broken in half, o few noblest of sausage some grapes and a few slices of cheese. This was to serve 3 people who’ve only had potatoes. Then can funfetti pancakes. These were cold silver dollar size pancakes. At some point we were waiting for a protein, then came the crustless quiche. This was inedible. It was so dense and the flavor palette was off. We all took 1 bite and asked to have everything removed from the table. Finally the last course was bacon Mac snd Cheese. This was the only thing served hot. It wasn’t bad. At this point we began looking for a place to eat so we got our check and left. Biggest waste of $160

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ShamikaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Was cute but not so much of the “experience “ as advertised. More of a bottomless brunch of specific platters. Great for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The service was spectacular. Hannah was attentive and friendly. They lifted an umbrella when it got sunny outside and gave us a free tequila shot. The mimosas were delicious. But the food was mediocre. Lots of carbs to fill you up, but not up to DC restaurant standards.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A great value for phenomenal food! Ask for Hannah, she was very attentive and friendly.

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SippinHannah
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great brunch set up and Instagrammable space.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience4

Very nice place I loved the location. The outside seating was great.

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vipKala
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience4

There are much better brunch options in DC. The menu says that the chef is going to take you on a culinary journey, unfortunately it's an extremely disappointing journey. The menu online is not the same menu that they serve. The Funfetti pancakes were flat as if the baking powder was expired. The pineapple mimosa was sour and tasted as if the pineapple juice had expired. The tuna tartare didn't have enough lime flavor, it was pretty bland (and looked like it had sat a while). However, the chicken and waffle friend rice was a complete and total miss. It tasted like maple syrup and was not a good combination, we sent it back. The servers were all really nice, and when we complained about the food we did receive a 50% discount. I will probably never come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

The food was mediocre. Prob will not return.

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TerryB
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The service was great,I had a chicken bacon ranch rice bowl And my wife had the sirloin steak. Both dishes will cook well and tasted delicious

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AmandaM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The burger here is delicious. The indoor dining is very loud music, so if you want to have conversation, sit on the outdoor patio.

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vipMaeLissaL
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience2

Nothing special and the kitchen couldn’t get the order correct. One appetizer arrived with dinner, and the other appetizer was never brought out

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vipQueenS
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

My girlfriend and I booked the unlimited taco experience for taco Tuesday and when we got there we were informed that it only included beef and chicken tacos. The problem was I am a pescatarian so we couldn’t do the taco experience and they gave us no alternatives so we looked on the menu for something else to eat we ordered the pokey nachos they were very good. And we ordered a pitcher of strawberry lemonade sangria they ended up giving us a picture of lemonade filled with ice and we complained about it so she went ahead and refilled our pitcher for free which was very nice. When we got to the entrées I decided to order the crabcake sandwich because how could you mess up a crabcake sandwich, at this point we were at the restaurant for about two hours and it took so long for the waitress to come back and get our order after the nachos. They had a half off bottled wine special because it was a wet a Tuesday so we decided to order the rose she brought the rose over and then I asked her if it was 50% off she said “oh no we haven’t changed our menu but I’ll give it to you” which was nice. Our food came and I ate it but the next day I was sick all day. Definitely won’t be coming back. I typed this through voice text so apologies for any misspelled words.

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Winendine
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Warning! They do not honor ANY of the advertised drink specials for Marg Monday or happy hour even though they have it printed on their in house menu as well. Food was just okay, service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience4

Food was okay. Ended up not doing brunch but ordered from regular menu. Need more selections for regular menu.

SE
StaciaE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very nice restaurant! Food was served extremely fast

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vipEeBe
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Brunch was underwhelming compared to other offerings in the DC area. The food was heavy on bread and starch, with few standout offerings. The drinks were hit-or-miss (mimosas were great, Bourbon Tea was a miss). It was serviceable, but there are better options for the price.

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mike
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Specials are not accurate. The menu's are on regular paper and they have the menu listed online.....but apparently it needs to be "reprinted"???? If you are going there purely for the listed happy hour options, they are not offered

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LishaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely AMAZING!!!! I’ve been to the f st location and k. K is where it’s at. F was great too but the unlimited food😜😜 let this be your deciding factor... it’s a yes

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RenardR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time there. The food was amazing and it was a beautiful day outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great time! Good music and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Maria is FANTASTIC! Great food, great service!

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Brian
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked this on a whim on a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't very busy. We walked in and were quickly seated. The food and portions were great, the drinks were well made, and our server was attentive. We would certainly recommend it and will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

This was probably the worst brunch I've ever had. The drinks were watered down and the food items were weird pairings that didn't go together at all. They really wanted to push a culinary experience, but the food choices were horrible and cheaply crafted. Don't waste your money or time.

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vipPhil
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Brunch tasting menu was a smorgasbord of randomly assorted items, none of which tasted great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their nine course brunch and bottomless mimosas are well worth the price and overall experience! I felt safe away from other tables and their service was unmatched. Would definitely dine there again. They also have the cutest wallpaper and esthetic if that’s important to you too.

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vipRossS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

I had a good time at this place. The interior design is sexy: dimly lit chandeliers hang from a matte black ceiling. All tables have lit candles on them. The venue is spacious and open, yet the romantic touches give the place an intimate feel. It's a good place for a date or a good place to meet up with friends. Big screen tvs on the wall if you want to watch a sporting event.

Food: For an appetizer, I got the wings. The wings were crispy and the Buffalo sauce was good. I got the Mediterranean Budda Bowl ( + salmon) for my entrée. The bowl was hearty, healthy, & delicious.

COVID-19 protocols were followed; it's a clean restaurant. The service was a tad slow but I think they were understaffed.

Overall, I'll definitely be coming back!

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MARIAS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food!
The ambiance is nice and felt very safe!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The staff seemed to be overwhelmed by brunch. We only got one round of drinks in the first hour even though it was bottomless and when we were finally able to grab our waitress she told us she had to check our time limit before getting us another round. I would come here for happy hour, but brunch was a bust.

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DouglasD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best time at Proper 21K! The staff was attentive and friendly and our Free-Flowing Brunch was phenomenal! Each course was delicious. We will certainly be going back!

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Raven
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was welcoming and friendly. Food was great and exactly what we ordered. Staff worked well together. Covid friendly and safe

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

This was a great time, drinks and food were good, but the lighting was dark to the point where we were using phone lights to read the menu and see what was on our plate. Still a good place though, music was great

FAQs

Proper 21K is rated 4.3 stars by 83 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.