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
165 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (132)fit for foodies (95)great for outdoor dining (51)hot spot (39)vibrant bar scene (33)special occasion (24)notable wine list (24)great for brunch (18)romantic (17)kid-friendly (14)late-night find (11)good for groups (10)great for lunch (6)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood place
    StnissankaVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spot
    bonvivant
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The restaurant was bustling on a Thursday evening with seats filled inside the small restaurant, out on the sidewalk and along the arcade. Our waitress was terrific: super friendly, attentive without hovering, and informative about the menu when we asked specific questions. The noise level was very high so I might opt for a seat in the arcade or outside next time. My rainbow trout with lentils was delicious and the fried green tomatoes were wonderfully crispy with a spicy tomato sauce. I would prefer a little more salt on the tomatoes but overall, they were very tasty. Hope to try dessert on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Service was great and owner took personal care of customers. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific New Find
    TomKVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My daughter and I ate at Macon Bar & Larder last Sunday evening and we loved it!!! Great decor, comfortable seating, outstanding service and the food was excellent. We had scallops, roast chicken, brussel sprouts and peach cobbler!!! Delicious! We most definitely will come back and would recommend Macon Bar & Larder to our friends as a "go to" spot! The neighborhood is lucky to have this new addition to the dining scene. We chatted with the owner and he couldn't have been any nicer as was the entire serving staff. Congratulations and good luck! I look forward to returning to Macon Bar & Larder. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JKCMVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had enjoyed dinner at Macon Bistro. However, brunch was extremely disappointing. The staff was ill-prepared and although there were 3 staff members at the desk, no one seemed to know how to handle the seating of guests. I ordered the caramel roll and was told they did not have it. Within a few minutes the waitress returned to say the rolls were just out of the oven. When the roll was served it was not even warm, suggesting it could not possibly have just come from the oven, and the top was so hard it required a knife to cut through it. The gravy on my husbandโ€™s biscuit and gravy was a white flour gravy with little flavor. I would not recommend Macon Bistro for brunch.
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  • A nice experience
    Ilovefood10
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A good neighborhood restaurant. Nice ambiance. Great brunch biscuits!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epic Brunch
    BLCH
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went there for brunch with my girlfriend...we got the deviled eggs as a starter - amazing, best deviled eggs i had ever had. We also got the hanger steak & eggs/biscuits and gravy - two equally great dishes! A great place...highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was right on
    sebastiandeatucha
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nothing wasn't amazing! We had a very memorable meal with 2 very nice french wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Macon Bistro
    Charlotte
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Snagged a reservation more easily at Macon in July, after waiting 1 1/2 months following a failed attempt (had a reservation then, but a table was not available even 15 minutes past our time). This time, no problem. We were able to sit at a two-top table in the corridor, as inside we would not be able to hear. We were attended promptly and enjoyed really good cocktail and wine. Delighted to find frisee-lardon salad and fried green tomatoes on the menu, and quite tasty. Partner was thrilled to have a tender-ish steak with good frites. Those yummy biscuits could be my sole meal with a good cocktail, next time. Clearly no room for dessert, though they looked interesting. Plan to try brunch. Glad to have them in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A must visit...
    MyOpinion
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Everything about Macon fits it's name - "homecookin"meets French fabulous. The setting is cool and the service was first class. Felt like I was in TriBeCa having dinner! Cocktails are different and well done. We loved the fried green tomatoes, biscuits with peppered jelly, tenderloin with a chipotle peach chutney. All Delish!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strong new addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great spot in a restaurant challenged area. Already a top destination and the food is really creative and tasty. Wish we had more people so I could have tasted more of the offerings. Everybody was attentive and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Chevy Chase DC restaurant
    JDDCVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Macon opened in May in the Chevy Chase DC arcade, and it was instantly tremendous. Finally, that strip of Connecticut Avenue has a date-night-worthy restaurant that, standing alone, is worth getting a babysitter for. The wine list is well chosen, the food is wonderful and creative, and the service is terrific. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    GoodFor2
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was excellent, several different types of microbrewery beers and wine were available, acoustic was terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Macon
    SteveEB
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My wife and I ate here on a Tuesday. We were promptly shown our table and served drinks. Hostess, wait staff, and owner were all friendly. Food was delicious. Try the fried green tomatoes! Trout and short ribs were yummy! Coconut cake was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Tho there were only a few people dining inside, the music was way too loud to sit in there, so we ate in the covered, breezy atrium, which turned out to be way too loud when just 2 of the wait staff were conversing. When other patrons filled the space, it was time to flee the noise. Food is good; experience of trying to eat and chat was dreadful. And waiter was intrusive.
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  • Won't go back
    FoodluvrVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were excited to try Macon from what we had read - and we were very disappointed. The seating (a wooden bench that had a forward slant ) was extremely uncomfortable, there was little to no air conditioning so it was very warm in this small restaurant, the server must have been new ( maybe her first night?) the "famous" biscuits were undercooked and the rest of our meal was mediocre. Not worth another visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 93 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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