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Proper 21K, Washington, DC

Proper 21K

4.2
4.2
186 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. 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Sports Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 450-4485

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    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

Experiences

  • Social Brunch

    $36.99 per person

    Multiple dates available
    HERE’S THE SCOOP … -Once your party is complete, Social Plates will be sent to the table for all to share. -As a group, guests will opt in or out of Bottomless Brunch Drinks -Each guest will receive a ticket for a trip to the Benny Bar to use at any point during brunch -Guests pick one Brunch Plate for themselves or to share. - Tag your friends, food, and drink pics @proper21DC to be entered into our weekly brunch giveaway Social Brunch 36.99 / guest 90 min. of Bottomless drinks added to Social Brunch only $17.99

What 186 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. ER

    ErinR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Such a lovely dinner before heading to the Kennedy Center. Proper 21K's patio is charming -- it just happened to be an uncomfortably warm evening (but that's not Proper 21K's fault, and I don't do indoor dining yet). The patio gives the option of low tables, high tops or on the group of couches. Our server was attentive and friendly with the biggest brightest smile! My drink was delicious. The high points were the truffle fries (definitely upgrade -- worth it!) and the brownie sundae. The one complaint was that the salad was overdressed and soggy. I will definitely return to Proper 21K, especially when it's a little cooler.
  2. NK

    NamikK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the burgers, and liked them a lot. The surroundings are a typical sports bar.
  3. VR

    VowRenewalTravel

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The smash burger was over cooked
  4. k

    kellim

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was on it. There wasn't a long wait he continued to refill our mimosas before we could even ask. The Social Brunch is alot of food and it worth the money. I will definitely be going back. The lighting is also great for pictures and mirrors for selfies if you please.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing from the ambiance to the food. The service was on point.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service was poor. Had to get up after waiting being finished for 15-20 min for dessert menu and then again go To the hostess for our check. And there were many empty tables so not crowded.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 20 minutes without being acknowledged meanwhile the table next to us had their order taken. Left and ate elsewhere.
  8. 2

    2friends

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Inability to order a la carte at weekend brunch. Only option, Social Brunch...too expensive and likely food waste.
  9. BS

    BriaS

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service! The churro waffle was my absolute favorite!
  10. EF

    ElmerF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Menu was small pickings from entrees. Value of food did not match the taste. Eggs Benedict was the only upside. Mimosas were decent.
  11. RJ

    RobertJ

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    This is a nice place with a fun ambiance and a decently-varied menu. I have been there a few times and liked it for a casual lunch or happy hour, etc. On this particular visit, the service was off. We had to wait more than a half hour after ordering before we received our food, which is a very long wait for a business lunch. Also, one member of our party ordered a salad with the dressing on the side and it came drenched in dressing. She wanted to send it back, but our server was nowhere to be seen and, given that we already waited a half hour and had to leave soon, she just ate it as is (well, she ate half of it). I will still go back. The food is decent (when properly prepared) and the ambiance is also fun, as mentioned.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food Was Good, beautiful ambiance.
  13. IO

    ImaObong

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance of this restaurant is really top tier! The cruising was amazing too! My husband and I went to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. I would say that when reserving, I was asked about any special requests and although I put my wedding anniversary, we didn’t receive anything (complimentary glass of champagne/dessert with “Happy Anniversary” on it, you know that celebratory something, which is usually standard at most restaurants once they are informed. The waiter even said “oh it’s your anniversary, I had no idea.” I found it odd considering I made that notation when booking this establishment. Could definitely do a better job in that area. But other than that, we enjoyed ourselves.
  14. JT

    JoannerT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The drinks are not good but everything else is amazing.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Since we arrived it was uncomfortable, the hostess was not at the entrance. So we thought someone was going to arrive to seat us, the bartender started laughing with some customers that were at the bar probably because we did not move from there for at least a more then several minutes. Until we realized that nobody was coming over to sit us we stood there. We decided to sit down and spent around 10 minutes waiting for the waiter to bring us just water, when he did, he didn't even present himself or say hello, he just dropped off the water and left. Then another 5 more minutes or so passed until we were able to ask for the menu. At this point the bartender asked us to wait a moment to be served and all he did is go back to smoke on his vape pen. Then he entered the bar area again and processed to ignore us. When he decided to serve us we had already lost 20 minutes in a low-class place and we decided it was time to leave this place. I’m from Miami and I go to much better class restaurants where they serve and treat the customer with respect. I will not recommend this place to anyone for anything not even to drink water. The cherry on the cake was that at the entrance we found a ring and we thought it might have belonged to a customer who might have already reported it so we proceeded to tell the bartender and gave it to him thinking he might know if someone already had asked for it. What he did next instead of talking to the waiters was he put it on his finger like nothing. This was the worst part of our trip, we left your so called restaurant and went to a different place were customers are treated as they should be and what a big difference in establishment, they are a restaurant. Worst mistake was in choosing a place to eat instead of a restaurant to be served. Won’t be back.
  16. S

    Siera

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Most of the food was good, we didn't really like the mussels though, very fishy. A bit expensive but that's DC in general.
  17. LG

    LoveGoodNoms

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted everything on the menu. Seriously, I left and felt fat and awesome.
  18. TT

    TT9876

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    I would not go back. There are too many other restaurants in the area with comparable food and much better service/ambiance. The food was good, but the service left a lot to be desired. Although there very were few people dining when we arrived at 12 noon, it took 5+ minutes for a waiter to bring a glass of water, then another 5+ minutes for drinks to arrive. When the food arrived (different server), we still had no napkins or utensils. We flagged down the server who brought the food and asked for utensils; she asked who our waiter was. Ultimately, she brought the utensils. We later asked for a re-fill of iced tea, and the waiter brought one glass for the two of us. We were seated outside, but right below the outdoor speakers, which were loud (i.e., you had to speak in a raised voice to be heard across a 30 inch table). We asked the hostess to turn the volume down, and then asked a second time 15 minutes later. She got the manager who explained that the music volume was controlled by the owners, who are in Miami, and she would have to call and ask them to turn it down. After another 10-15 minutes (i.e., half-way through the meal), it was lowered a notch, but still louder than necessary, and so she called again. This was lunch -- not happy hour -- and there were perhaps 3 or 4 tables occupied outside by 12.30, so the music wasn't important to the ambiance and, in all events, it shouldn't take 25+ minutes to adjust it.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff was awesome ….always checking in but not constantly bothering us. Tacos were amazing!
  20. JS

    JSax

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for the social brunch. A lot of food for the price! Did not enjoy the “Benny bar” but the other brunch dishes and service was great!
  21. T

    Tintin

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Server got everything wrong. Wrong wine. Mistakes in the order. Food was not as advertised. Great disappointment.
  22. ZB

    ZyahB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    As always, Proper 21 definitely delivers on the food but this was my second time back and the service was still very slow.
  23. KZ

    KennyZ

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    Do not go for their margarita Monday taco Tuesday promotion
  24. JE

    JayEffe

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food, nice spot for lunch or dinner, inside or outside. Casual, and with the large TV screens, much nicer than the average sports bar. Nice ambience. I will be back!
  25. AP

    AlexisP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was next level! Service was amazing and food was on point!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Went for brunch with my boyfriend to celebrate Mother’s Day. The food was over priced the server did not care to explain how the brunch works.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  28. MM

    MarcusM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful. Top Tier Brunch!!!
  29. GL

    GiovanniL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    OMG!!! Best place to host a business happy hour! The team at proper was ready to meet our expanded needed! I would definitely considered scheduling another happy hour for KPMG!!!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    It was just ok. Was not impressed AT ALL!! Proper 21k came highly recommended. All over Tik Tok, and IG, and once I got there I was not at all impressed with their limited menu. For the the price they definitely should have more option. End up not get "the brunch social" because quite frankly there was nothing on there that remotely sounded good, so instead I chose the "a la carte menu" which was basically the same items priced separately. However what I did end up ordering was ok. I got boneless wings..deelish, churro waffle..waaaaayyy to sweet, egg rolls..yummy, and lastly the skillet which I highly DO NOT recommend. Overall for $90, truly disappointed. Will not be back!
  31. H

    Hope

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Took a chance on one of the few restaurants that had last minute reservations available at 7:15 on a Sat night. Did not know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. They were out of a few dishes by then but what we had was very good for an inexpensive restaurant. Short rib eggrolls were so good!! The salmon burger was excellent, had virtually no filler and was prepared from a salmon fillet, not canned. The texture of the truffle fries was also excellent, super crispy outside and airy inside. Not much truffle flavor, however. The cod sandwich was also outstanding. Even the house wines were good. It's a sports bar, which we didn't realize, but was barely busy so was worth the visit.
  32. RA

    RedAmy

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Waiter was unattentive after menus were delivered. Dirty utensils were removed then food served without replacements. Food was uninspiring.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great brunch deal. Great location. Manager, Steve, very personable. All around good service. Only suggest brunch should be pushed back so last reservation allows for full 90 mins
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, ambiance, and food were absolutely incredible. I took my family for brunch on Saturday and we talked about what a great experience It was all weekend. Definitely bringing all of my friends back!
  35. K

    Kendall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We participated in the Social Brunch on Easter Sunday. The restaurant was not crowded, so we felt very comfortable. The custom eggs benedict bar was incredible. I wish I had that at my house LOL. I highly recommend the poke nachos and churro waffle.
  36. DR

    DRock

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great; they have a nice space. I think they were a little short-staffed when we were there - only one waiter for what seemed like most or the entire place, but he was doing his best to keep up as best as possible!
  37. BB

    BillyBlessed

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Time always & Chris is the Best
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Had the doors open and no air conditioning on. This can be great if the weather's right. But it was too hot for that last night. We were sweaty and uncomfortable.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We had a great time and ordered a wide variety of menu items. We’d do it again!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and great food. Love the setup for social brunch!!! It’s a must and will do again!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

FAQs

Proper 21K is rated 4.2 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Proper 21K

2033 K Street NW Washington, DC 20006

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21 and K

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American, Sports Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Foggy Bottom

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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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