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 & 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 36 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.3
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNdme07
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 28 March 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 27 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely scenery accompanied by fun drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 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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DaniW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 26 March 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 21 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Slow service but great food! Wish the drinks were stronger

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 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 20 March 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.

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JJack
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool spot for happy hour.

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vipmbs12
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 23 December 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 20 December 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 18 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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MeganM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Jedon415
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 29 November 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 22 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on 20 November 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 16 November 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation got there and they were closed.

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Vanessa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 November 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!

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JenH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 November 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 26 October 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 24 October 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 17 October 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 11 October 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 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to watch Alabama football on Saturdays.

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Naka
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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AlyssaM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 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 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipJeffC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

Ambiance was great.

Food very average

Service was choppy

Value was good

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ClaudiaH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Actually I made a reservation for lunch and went in and was told that the restaurant had not started serving lunch yet so I did not get to try any food but the place was beautiful. I'll have to try again one day

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vipElHa
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good burger and fries. Limited beer selection on tap

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Johnson
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I made a reservation on open table for 12:30 for two people, and received a confirmation. When we got there the restaurant was closed and we learned from a worker on the patio that it’s only open in the evenings.

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DanielAhn
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent hospitality and scrumptious food! Great and caring staff! Very nice interior and ambience as well.

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 bookings at the moment.