Macon Bistro & Larder
Macon Bistro & Larder

Macon Bistro & Larder

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.maconbistro.com/
  • Phone: 2022487807x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mondays - Dark
    Tuesday through Thursday 4pm to 11pm
    Friday and Saturday 4pm to 12am
    Sunday 4pm to 11pm
    Brunch Coming in June!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard
  • Cuisine: French American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Tony Brown
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Connecticut Avenue NW & Morrison Street NW
  • Parking: No
A word from Macon Bistro & Larder
Macon Bistro & Larder is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant serving re-invented bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Chef Tony Brown, inspired by his southern roots and his world travels, brings together the cooking styles of Macon, Georgia, and Macon, France, to create classically delicious dishes - all served with a side of southern hospitality. Macon, in the historic Arcade Building in Chevy Chase, opens for dinner daily at 5:00pm.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Macon Bistro & Larder reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (104)fit for foodies (78)great for outdoor dining (44)hot spot (32)vibrant bar scene (30)special occasion (22)notable wine list (21)romantic (16)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)good for groups (8)great for lunch (5)Show More
  • Great meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First, we enjoyed delicious cocktails at the bar. Then, we enjoyed everything we ate for dinner. The fried green tomatoes and biscuits were amazing, I enjoyed the short ribs and my friend the steak frites. And a blueberry cobbler and coconut cake were both amazing! I would love to come back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charmed!
    Flanders
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We chose to dine al alfresco on a warm evening, excellent and friendly service with Lima and other staff, all very attentive. Excellent food, loved the biscuits and honey butter, fried green tomatoes , short ribs and the blackberry peach cobbler was to die for! The only suggestion would be candles or lanterns for the outside tables. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wish it were better
    patfoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our entrees very good--steak and shortribs. The salad was a bit strange and had an overpowering dressing that made my husband cough. Thought the combination of radish, pecans, and tiny beets did not work. Had a peach/blueberry crumble for desert which was overly sweet. Our wine was great and I liked having a choice of still or sparkling water. a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is good but where's my wine?
    NeighborhoodKid
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was good, but took a while to get to the table. I would caution visitors NOT to order wine by the glass. I got a 1/4 of a glass for $12. It bothers me when wait staff is instructed to do this. Leaves you with an overall bad feeling about the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    thenelms
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    A breath of fresh air in a part of DC that has long been dying for some new restaurants. We brought some old friends, and they were duly impressed by the food, service, and look of the place. (We've been there a bunch of times and are already fans.) Great to see the place full even late on a Tuesday(!) night. Keep up the good work, Macon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • trying too hard to be interesting
    chewyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We read all the great reviews and were excited about going. The fried green tomatoes were very good. The service was great. However the pork belly was totally fat. One does expect a little meat with the fat. The faro was good. The fried chicken was extremely greasy, the breading totally saturated with oil and the flavoring they and added was odd. The greens were also excessively oily, the panko crumbs they had added were just annoying as were the other flavorings they had added. We barely touched the chicken and greens and pork belly after the first bites and left feeling queazy from all the oil.They salted caramels were great. They are trying too hard to be interesting
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming
    foodfit
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We made a last minute brunch reservation for late in the brunch service for our anniversary (I just read that brunch is a recent addition). The spot is small but cute, with a couple of outside tables that we found fine on a pleasant afternoon (even though you look onto Conn Ave...and not much else!). Everything was "good" - no horrible dishes, but nothing standout either. The pork belly and bacon was a little tough for me, though tasty, the fries were not as crispy as I like, the salad was flavorful but a little wilty, my poached eggs were a tad overdone, the grits were a nice consistency, but a tad under-seasoned. The prices were reasonable, and the service was extremely attentive. Overall, a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud, loud, loud.
    Food
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Slow service. Great sommelier. I would recommend this to a friend for lunch or drinks only. It is just way too loud and the tables are on top of one another.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Southern Charm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was delightful; southern charm food most notably the deviled eggs, pimento cheese and biscuits with honey butter and pepper jelly. Complimentary sparkling water kept us refreshed as we enjoyed the sea scallops and hanger steak, both were prepared perfectly. The slice of coconut cake with a scoop of coconut ice cream topped off our wonderful experience at this relaxed setting spot in Chevy Chase.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous spot!
    frequentguest1VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved everything about our evening at Macon. Superb food and service, excellent and unusual wine list and a gorgeous space with imaginative touches throughout. We highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential, but....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I honestly wanted to LOVE this restaurant because we live in the neighborhood and are a quick walk away and there are few other options in this area. Our server was pleasant, attentive, and knowledgeable. From my understanding, the restaurant is meant to blend both French and Southern cuisines. There was a clear southern bend to the menu, but I would have appreciated a little more in the way of French influence. The restaurant was very busy, which may have explained why our entrees were served not quite as warm at the chef probably intended. The restaurant is new and clearly has potential, but it's not quite there yet.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Macon Bistro
    NoelVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love Macon and will keep going back--it is better than most places in our neighborhood. However, we find that while the food is very good and the service great, there are problems with consistency of cooking. Also, the noise level (last Friday night) was intense even in the "arcade" where we ate. Outside tables are best to combat the noise if the weather is OK.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    NewInTheNeighbor
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    all the food was great the appetizers delicious, the gift from the chef, the wine and the main dish was astonishing (butter knife for the meat was incredible) we are coming back the next month :) ohh the dessert was good too. my date doesn't like sweet stuff but she definitely love the peaches :) thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great addition to Chevy Chase
    ThomasVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Much needed neighborhood restaurant. Great bar. My wife had corn soup and scallops, both fantastic. My monkfish and pork bell fried tomatoes were good, but not to rave about. We will definitely come again. Staff was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Urbaneater1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My dinner was exquisite prepared. The best dinner that I have enjoyed in ages. I had the roasted chicken and my husband had the monkfish. I was delighted beyond my expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This place had the worst service I've ever experienced! The food was ok but not worth putting up with the terrible service. Over an hour wait for 2 brunch items when the place was half empty -- with no explanation. We will not be back.
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  • great brunch
    lnb2711
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Finally tried Macon in my neighborhood and it was really great. Ate outside which was delightful. Had the green fried tomatoes and shrimp and grits. Both were perfectly cooked and delish! Will do it again soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    sequoiaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was very attentive and helpful. The food was very good. The fried green tomatoes were excellent and the hanger steak very good although it was only luke warm when it arrived at our table. The peach cobler was also very good. They also have wonderfull toffees. And all in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best biscuits, great cocktails
    Noatak
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Chevy Chase DC has long been deprived of a decent restaurant. No more! Macon serves excellent high end Southern fare. The fish is consistently excellent, the biscuits divine, the service friendly. I sincerely hope other restaurateurs follow where Tony Brown has shown that a good, hip, place can thrive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From the moment we arrived, the dining experience was amazing. The service was phenomenal with lots of extra touches (like a complimentary appetizer from the chef) and warm homemade biscuits. The three of us ordered three entrees -- steak, scallops, and vegetarian -- and all three were really excellent. We mentioned that it was the birthday of one of our party and the chef sent a complimentary dessert with lit candles. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, attentive, dishes were removed quickly but they never hovered. I love that it is a locally owned and run restaurant and it shows in the personal touches that have been incorporated into the dining experience. Macon Bistro is wonderful and well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Foodfan
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    All 4 of us loved the food, but we think the service still needs some attention. We had an experienced waiter who knew the menu and the wine list. He was being shadowed by a trainee. We ordered a starter and three salads. Salads arrived and were finished. We had to ask for the starter. We were not asked if we wanted the biscuits but we remembered to add them. Excellent! Had to ask for a refill on an ice tea. Filled our own wine glasses, which we prefer. Had to request our check. Just not much monitoring of the table after initial order even though the waiter and shadow handling adjacent tables. Food was wonderful. Two of us had monkfish, one the short rib and one the pork. Fish was the standout. We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and creative
    porchnapper
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, though our party of 5 was awkwardly seated by the kitchen door. The restaurant is small, but the waitstaff is energetic. Interesting, unexpected wine selection. When I was not happy with my taste of the pinot noir, the waiter offered me an alternate selection more to my liking. Loved the savory cheesecake with pickled peaches; chicken and collards; green tomatoes with pork belly and charcuterie board. Would definitely go back, but plan to request a more relaxing table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Starters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The starters shine at Macon. The deviled eggs are a must as are the biscuits. On our first visit, the soup was a chilled corn soup and WOW. The bar "nibbles" and the starters would make a devine dinner. Additionally, given the size of Macon, the wine list was very good and included many very affordable French wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, but very rich
    UStFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They had 4 draft beers listed. Unfortunately, the two we pick were "out". The restaurant has been opened for some time now, so you would think they would be able to forecast consumption and have enough inventory. We had fried pickles for starters. Sauce was great, but the coating was thick at times and the pickle slices were very thin. My wife had the scallops and I had the pork belly. Both were cooked very well. The sides were matched well, but they were over-powering at times. We order a side of asparagus. It was good; unfortunately, they didnt come out until our meals was almost over. Lots to improve on, but still a neighbor gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    yumyumVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Spectacular food and a great host; willing to make adjustments to food for a more finicky eater. Only downside is that it's just a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Macon, you are just what we needed!
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have enjoyed two superb, festive meals at Macon. The setting is cozy, a bit noisy, and very welcoming. Service has become more smooth between visits, maybe even overly-attentive at our most recent dinner--a few too many check-ins (interruptions). Don't miss Essie's Biscuits or the short ribs--they are standouts, along with the daily fish served with the most divine butter bean succotash. I might sacrifice the biscuits next time, in order to save room for dessert. My bite of banana mousse left me wishing for more of this unique, delicious, caramel-laced confection in a jar. Based on this sampling, I have high hopes and a serious cravings for the seasonal cobbler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    amateurfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    As seems to be the consensus, the unremarkable entrees pull down an otherwise good experience. The biscuits, mac and cheese, and fries were quite good (though no better than most decent restaurants with similar items) but the hanger steak was forgettable. It wasn't a bad meal by any means and we didn't have any problems with service but it's not a place I'd plan to frequent unless I lived in the neighborhood. It also seemed mildly smoky inside the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DavidWashIngtonVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went for brunch last week. The service started off really great. However, as the time went on, it seemed like our server would take longer each time to bring us food, water, check. etc. The bacon was gross-- it was wayyy too much fat. The eggs benedict was kinda of small- served in a cereal bowl. It was luke warm and kinda of small- especially for $18. It was an average brunch. We will try it for dinner to see if that is any better.
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  • Wall
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    wonderful service and good food. Short ribs, coconut cake, fried green tomatoes, green beans and mac&cheese are among the best entrees we've tried. Great staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood place
    Stnissanka
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I just moved out of Chevy Chase and miss it. My husband and I tried this midweek.The couple in front of us had a lost reservation, the tables were almost all full and the noise level was...robust. Took a while to see our waiter. No intro to the restaurant menu, specials or favorite dishes. He seemed less than happy to be there. Overall he was ok- left us wondering if our order would get lost in the kitchen. Food itself was also a solid showing. Deviled eggs were perfect, pork belly that topped the fried green tomatoes seemed a bit over cooked (a shame)and the tomato crust and sauce weren't anything to write home about. The short ribs were wonderful, though. The coconut cake was a little too coconutty, but fine. Overall a fine showing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcoming, great experience
    lizzie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The restaurant space is charming, but the staff are what makes this wonderful new addition to the neighborhood extra special. We had a great dinner - the biscuits were divine and my short rib dinner was terrific.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was average. Service very poor. Very expensive. Nice setting.
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  • Can succeed with better execution
    Ktaster
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We looked forward to eating at Macon. Initially, we weren't disappointed. Our wine selection, a French Cahors (Malbec) was quite good and the fried green tomatoes we shared were excellent. Our entrees were delayed but the restaurant realized its error and treated us to hot biscuits which were delicious. I ordered a hangar steak as my entree with haricots verts as my side. The haricots verts were good. The steak, on the other hand, was inferior. To me it tasted spongy. The waiter replaced it with a dish of my choice but forgot to return with my haricots verts and then charged me for the biscuits and the beans. With more attention to quality control Macon can be a fine restaurant. But not yet.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but get some cushions
    WendySVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The meat and fry menu is not meant for dieters, but fried green tomatoes, end-on deviled eggs, pork belly and short ribs were very good. Biscuits and honey sauce excellent. Yummy peach cobbler. Inside has advantage of A/C but no comfortable seating. Crowded hard benches along the wall have back cushions that push your upper back forward with no support below. The outside and arcade dining are less crowded than inside, but the rest of seating inside and out is all on hard, small chairs. Too bad. Good concept and cooking even if not heart healthy or comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Macon chevy chase
    bazboussaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great Place ! If the Diplomate and the Pig had a baby it will be Macon Bistro & Larder . Food was creative , comforting and delicious . Great service , nice wine list in a french bistro decor that takes you out of the typical DC scene . A place to discover and to come back again and again .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern Cooking
    franky
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    You can't stay on your heart healthy diet at Macon! As we expected, there are few dishes made without pig. All of us enjoyed our meals and would return. When I called the restaurant to check out the dress code for Sunday dinner, I was told business casual. In fact, most diners were wearing the shorts and t-shirts that they had worn all day. The interior design is charming. For its size, the tables are packed in so your neighbors are close. With all hard surfaces, the noise level is high but 4 of us were able to carry on a conversation. The wait staff were friendly and competent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Bistro/Very Good Brunch
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our family of 3 adults tried this relatively new bistro (opened 3 months ago) in the Chevy Chase DC neighborhood for brunch. It is located in a historic building with a very nice atmosphere, high ceilings and lots of large windows. The neighborhood really needed this addition. As reviewed, the biscuits are amazing as are the sweet waffle and granola with yogurt. My husband and daughter ordered the eggs benedict which is served on their biscuits but doesn't have a traditional hollandaise sauce. I think they liked it anyway since they ate it all. Will return to try other meals. And off course to have more of those biscuits.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, but crowded seating
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food here is good, but the seating is too tight. People waiting for their tables crowd all available space is the restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strongly recommend Macon Bistro
    MiaJosie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The trout was excellent. The vegetables were fresh and tasty. The sommelier helped us select an excellent wine. Another good point about Macon is that you can park easily on the side streets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Breakthrough neighborhood bistro
    AERzondzinska
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Food is delicious; cocktails (especially the Bitter Pal) excellent. Do not miss the spiced pecans with your pre-dinner drink! Having dined at Macon four times now, I look forward to some additions/changes to the menu simply because as delicious as pork is (and as central to the cuisine of Macon, GA, and perhaps Macon, France), it should be less challenging to bypass pork in every course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.