Proper 21K

4.3
36 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer 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 36 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.5
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4.2
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We attended brunch and sat outside, but we were still able to enjoy the live music playing inside which was a nice touch. Customer service was great - Steve was awesome! The food was ok. We LOVED the Papas Bravas, Tuna Tartar, and Mac and cheese, but everything else wasn’t a hit for us personally. We did however think it was too much food. At one point it was overwhelming and we felt so guilty for the amount of food being wasted so we asked to pack it up and gave it to the homeless down the street. Overall good experience, I would go back.

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vipCarolineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Proper 21k for brunch. Live music was great. Staff was super attentive and the manager Steve was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly delicious! Served very hot and very flavorful. Wide variety of items to please our entire party (2 adults and 2 kids). Beautiful night on the patio! Hopefully the place gets busier as more things open up.

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PatriciaG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This new restaurant is a fabulous addition to the West End. The service is fantastic, and the food is wonderful. Prices are very reasonable, especially for that area. I can hardly wait until more folks are vaccinated and I can call this new watering hole.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the live music and food was amazing the drinks too

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Morgan
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service was outstanding. The restaurant is beautiful inside and creates a great atmosphere.

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vipNdme07
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the brunch experience and it was good. We did not pay attention to the menu and didn't notice that it was a pre-fix but being vegetarian, Steve was super accommodating. We also had a special request since my friend is immunocompromised. Steve was very nice to make sure we weren't around too many others.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely scenery accompanied by fun drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The brunch experience was OK. I did not like the food options for the $34 brunch. The service was pretty slow so by the time all the entrées came to the table I was full off of mimosas. The ambience was nice, with the cool breeze from the open doors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The “9 course brunch” was an awful experience.

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DaniW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

First off, the best thing about this place is the manager who did his very best to make up for the failure of the experience.
Outdoor seating is not a guarantee, despite the fact that it is an option. During Covid, outdoor is the preferred option for many who make reservations based on this- and we get there to find it is first come first serve. First disappointment.
The food was mediocre, at best. They seem to bring out the best options first for the brunch experience, followed by worst. We found funfetti in our mac and cheese, and plastic tags in our mimosas which came out maybe 4 times total during the 90 minute experience.
Many of the things they say they may serve on the website, they will be out of stock on (like bloody marys).

The manager, bless his heart, tried his best to try to make us happy- but you'd think even after all of that you would knock off something from the over price experience, which I would have happily paid if it wasn't one disappointment after the next.

The main passing quality is the live music, which was great - made up for the extremely tart and for some reason salty key lime pie (perhaps salty because they may or may not have thoroughly washed the dishes from the previous meal).

The staff is friendly, its like they're hoping the drinks have just enough alcohol to make you forget how terrible the overall experience may be... but because the flow of drinks wasn't really doing it for us, we still remembered...

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NicoleG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Really bad experience this morning. Waited 30 minutes to receive any service, staff was kind but overwhelmed. We did the bottomless brunch option with free flowing sharing plates. Our bill was 200 dollars and the “9 course meal” left all of us hungry. Shared very small plates and had to split one egg between three people, drinks were very weak and full of sugar. Good atmosphere but bad experience overall.

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Will
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The service was decent, but the food was eh. They were trying this new tasting free following brunch menu. It was a bit unorganized.

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vipKingB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We went to Proper 21K for the bottomless brunch this past weekend. Its a new thing for the restaurant as they told us so to put it bluntly they were extremely disorganized. There was supposed to be a 9 course brunch of "free flowing" shared plates. We got 2 of the 9 courses in the 1.5 hours we were there. The menu itself for the brunch was bizarre - funfetti pancakes, a pastry basket, tuna tartare, avocado eggs Benedict, bacon mac and cheese, a dessert tart, and roast potatoes. This was the preset menu that we discovered when we arrived (its not stated ahead of time). It was just a lot of bread and carbs. Our drinks came relatively fast but after waiting over an hour for more than just pancakes (which we didnt want - what adult wants funfetti pancakes??), we decided to leave and have brunch elsewhere. The manager was clearly overwhelmed but nice and comped our food.

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vipIssy211
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch, service was great and food was good too. However, drinks were premade and full of sugar.

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Shanyea
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was very good ! Although we weren’t very found of the crab cake burger. The service was a little slow but very kinda and attentive waiters.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Slow service but great food! Wish the drinks were stronger

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Staff was amazing, food was delicious, and the location was perfect

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GordonsinDCBRUNCH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great time. Staff was exceptional. We went for my daughter’s birthday brunch with 10 people. The manager was so accommodating! Only feedback would be the singer was a little too loud. Loved it and will be back.

JJ
JJack
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool spot for happy hour.

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vipmbs12
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived for a reservation it was closed. We were not given any notice. I know things are tough and change every day but that shows no appreciation for your customers. We went to a bar down the block and had a great time with friends. When places reopen we will return the to the place that was open and friendly.

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vipADayatTheTrack
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere... lots of upside with this place — food, service, vibe, setting, location and the manager worked the floor (engaged with the patrons). First time here but it won’t be the last time.

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MichaelL
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious spicy tuna salad and truffle fries. Restaurant manager Eric is a great guy as well - very hospitable!

MM
MeganM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! So unique, we will definitely be coming back

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Jedon415
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is delish but the service was very hit or miss and they definitely missed. Between the service staff bunching up at the hostess stand and paying the customers attention or them just being on their phones, thankfully the manager Eric came through to save the day. He really helped turn around the experience but the staff still needs some additional training.

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Katt
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing hospitality and service. beautiful interior and the food is delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just ok. Food was average. Small tables hard to fit 4 entrees on. Chicken tacos were super hot and they gave no warning.

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KatieL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation got there and they were closed.

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Vanessa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Hannah was so friendly and accommodating! The food was amazing and the truffle fries are a must have. Perfect outdoor seating too!

JH
JenH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday Brunch! They're 90-minute, 9-course brunch is the best. The food was spectacular and a really nice variety of sweet and savory. Lots of distancing outside between tables, great service, and drinks!

Highly recommend if you're looking for something different.

AJ
vipAlexandraJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please note — I attended during COVID times while on a work trip so I can’t vouch for normal noise level/vibe. But the food and service were amazing!! Delicious wings and Brussels sprouts, and a few good cocktails as well. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE REALLY. THE CHICKEN A D WAFFLE EGG ROLL IS JUST 1 ROLL.....REALLY THOUGH

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Service was absolutely horrific. Only saw our server every 45 min to an hour. Forgot to put in an appetizer, multiple drinks, and a dessert. When we pointed this out to our server she did not apologize, just looked at us blankly and walked away. I was so excited to visit Proper 21K since it is the Alabama Alumni Bar but I will not waste my time coming here for a game day (or any other occasion) again. Coming from someone who grew up in the restaurant industry, they could do a whole lot better.

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AliE
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING BRUNCH! You can't go wrong and I am so full after it! I suggest wearing your "stretchy pants." The cocktails are also so delicious!

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Carol
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to watch Alabama football on Saturdays.

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Naka
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Drinks were delicious. Staff and management were attentive and extremely polite.

AM
AlyssaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here. Cant wait to go back for brunch. The food was amazing!

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FredL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, drinks were even better. We will be back!

JC
vipJeffC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Ambiance was great.

Food very average

Service was choppy

Value was good

FAQs

Proper 21K is rated 4.3 stars by 36 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.