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Proper 21K, Washington, DC

Proper 21K

4.2
4.2
173 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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Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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

Menu

Classics Menu Lunch and Dinner

Share Plates

  • Proper Boneless Wings$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 Fries$10.99

      White truffle / parmesan / scallions / malt vinegar aioli

      • Poke Nachos*$17.99

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

        • Buffalo Chicken Flatbread$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 Bowl$16.99

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

                          • Southwest Chicken Salad$17.99

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

                            • Truffle Caesar Salad$18.99

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

                              • Short Rib Ragu$24.95

                                pappardelle / braised short rib / mascarpone / local foraged mushrooms

                                • Filthy Rich Ribeye$39.45

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

                                  • Sesame Ginger Chicken$21.45

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

                                    • Eggplant Katsu$19.45

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

                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                      What 173 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

                                      Loved For

                                      • Washington, D.C. Area

                                        Good for Groups

                                      • District of Columbia

                                        Good for Groups

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                                      1. JT

                                        JoannerT

                                        San Francisco

                                        2 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined today

                                        overall4food5service5ambience5

                                        The drinks are not good but everything else is amazing.

                                      2. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Miami

                                        1 review

                                        vip
                                        1.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined 3 days ago

                                        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.

                                      3. S

                                        Siera

                                        Washington DC

                                        5 reviews

                                        4.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined 4 days ago

                                        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.

                                      4. LG

                                        LoveGoodNoms

                                        Washington DC

                                        7 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        7 reviews

                                        Dined 5 days ago

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                      5. TT

                                        TT9876

                                        Washington DC

                                        11 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        11 reviews

                                        Dined 6 days ago

                                        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.

                                      6. 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!

                                      7. 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!

                                      8. 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.

                                      9. 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.

                                      10. 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

                                      11. 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!

                                      12. AP

                                        AlexisP

                                        Washington DC

                                        4 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on May 8, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Everything was next level! Service was amazing and food was on point!

                                      13. 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.

                                      14. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        4 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        4 reviews

                                        Dined on May 7, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Excellent food and service.

                                      15. MM

                                        MarcusM

                                        Washington DC

                                        3 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on April 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Beautiful. Top Tier Brunch!!!

                                      16. 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!!!!

                                      17. 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!

                                      18. 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.

                                      19. 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.

                                      20. 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

                                      21. 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!

                                      22. 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.

                                      23. 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!

                                      24. BB

                                        BillyBlessed

                                        Washington DC

                                        22 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        22 reviews

                                        Dined on April 16, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great Time always & Chris is the Best

                                      25. 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.

                                      26. 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!

                                      27. 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!!

                                      28. B

                                        Broo

                                        Philadelphia

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on April 3, 2022

                                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                                        Overall, just expected more between food and the service.

                                      29. J

                                        Jaych

                                        Raleigh

                                        28 reviews

                                        5.0

                                        28 reviews

                                        Dined on March 30, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Delightful dinner at Proper 21K, we enjoyed our food and drink.

                                      30. BS

                                        BrettS

                                        Washington DC

                                        5 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        5 reviews

                                        Dined on March 27, 2022

                                        overall2food2service1ambience1

                                        Sunday brunch: Mediocre food, bad service, in a indifferent locale that couldn’t decide if it was an upscale downtown “drinkery” or a sports bar—TVs everywhere ranging from Formula One racing to religious programming.

                                      31. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Dallas

                                        16 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        16 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Food was excellent! Service was quick!

                                      32. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Cleveland

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        2.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                        overall2food3service1ambience3

                                        Service was not good. Took more than 20 minutes for our beer orders every time. Food took a long time to come out. Server did not stop by the table very often. Will not be back.

                                      33. AT

                                        AroundTheCorner86

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        vip
                                        5.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 22, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Great food and very accommodating of a child. Reasonably priced.

                                      34. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        3 reviews

                                        vip
                                        4.0

                                        3 reviews

                                        Dined on March 19, 2022

                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                        I came for brunch. I first came to brunch over a year ago when the had bottomless food and drinks including a bourbon punch but now they give you a few shareable items, bottomless breakfast potatoes, a choices of one entree and a ticket to the Benedict bar. I felt like there was too many styles of brunch. It was a bit overwhelming and confusing. I wish it was a few bottomless food items rather than all these different styles. The service was a bit choppy because it only appeared to be only two servers in the restaurant. The food overall tasted good however I don’t think I’ll be coming back for brunch

                                      35. K

                                        Kelly

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        3.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                                        Seemed like they were understaffed - took a long time to get served, waiter was nice but definitely spread to thin. Food is okay, drinks were mostly ice.

                                      36. CJ

                                        CamJ

                                        New York Area

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                        Very nice ambiance with great music. The social brunch is amazing!

                                      37. GG

                                        GoldenG

                                        Washington DC

                                        2 reviews

                                        2.0

                                        2 reviews

                                        Dined on March 13, 2022

                                        overall2food1service2ambience4

                                        Definitely not as great as described by those who recommended(tiktok). MY husband and I went for my Birthday brunch and it was the most disappointing $189 we've ever spent on a birthday outting. Definitely wished I hadn't switched from our original plans and went to Tony & Joe's at the Georgetown waterfront.

                                      38. CC

                                        CostaC

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        5.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                        Our server was incredible!! I forget his name but he was so on top of it.

                                      39. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        Washington DC

                                        1 review

                                        4.0

                                        1 review

                                        Dined on March 12, 2022

                                        overall4food3service3ambience3

                                        All in all great experience. The potatoes on the brunch social were a little over seasoned. The Benny bar sandwiches were very small. My only complaint is most of the menu items costed extra when you already paid $50 (if you got the bottomless mimosas) in 90 minutes our waiter only filled our mimosas 3x when we paid for unlimited. Wasn’t a huge deal but do wish we had more.

                                      40. OT

                                        OpenTable Diner

                                        New York Area

                                        8 reviews

                                        3.0

                                        8 reviews

                                        Dined on March 11, 2022

                                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                                        The bourbon barbecue sauce tasted great.

                                      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 173 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                      Booked 26 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

                                        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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