Macon Bistro & Larder

4.5
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$30 and under
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Southern
Macon Bistro & Larder is a locally owned neighborhood restaurant serving re-invented bistro cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. 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.

We have recently opened The Magnolia Room at Macon to accommodate more diners during dinner time. The Magnolia Room at Macon is located down the hall from Macon in the Chevy Chase Arcade on the left hand side and affords guests a more intimate and spacious dining experience. Depending on volume during peak dining times, your reservation may be seated in The Magnolia Room, which affords the same great food with the same great service. If you would like to request to either sit in Magnolia or to not sit in Magnolia, please do so in your reservation notes when you make your reservation
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Specials

Happy Hour Menu

Snacks
Beef Brisket Sandwich with Fries $10
Fried Calamari $8
Fried Green Tomatoes $7
Happy Hour Fried Chicken $3 a piece
Lobster Sliders $10
Featured Cocktail this week, Scarlett O'Hara $8.00
Southern Comfort Liqueur, lime and Cranberry Juice
Moscow Mule with Ketel One Vodka $10
Darker Stormy $10
Watermelon Margarita $10
$9 Rose
All Draft Beers $6
All Bottle Wine 20% of the list price
PATIO AND BAR ONLY

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 1, 2019

Ends: July 2, 2118

Availability: Sun-Thu 4:00PM-7:00PM

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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 769 People Are Saying
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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great food. Pleasure to eat at a restaurant where you can speak with your fellow diners! Thank you for that.

S
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Personable and attentive staff. Most importantly the food is fantastic.

d
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times and they never disappoint. Even with the seasonally changing menus, the food is always great.

CC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

place is nice and service was fine but food was not very good.

SN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service, amazing food, will return again.

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this neighborhood gem. Wonderful atmosphere, cocktails, and menu

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a phenomenal time. Food was terrific and so was the service.

MK
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed a terrific late dinner at Macon Bistro on Saturday night. Having just returned from a plane trip across the country, we were in need of good food and drink. We found both. We both ordered the delicious burrata and tomato salad. I followed with the lamb chop entree, while my wife opted for a lighter second course of Macon's shrimp and grits. Both were excellent.

CC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Macon! Amazing fresh food in a friendly, neighborhood spot. A real gem!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great as always, and the service could not have been better. Thanks!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Sunday lunch with my family. The food was excellent as always!

MK
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us ate in the Magnolia Room on Saturday night. We had a great dinner, with terrific service.

JW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! We've been coming here since the beginning.

DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Really love the ambience; the food so-so. Oh we'll be back because of location, but next time, we'll just sit at the bar and maybe have a biscuit or something for food, since there's not much choice in true apps. The menu needs work, honestly. If it's a brasserie? Then please add more appealing sides like fresh geens and better vegetable sides, and work on what it looks like on the plate. If southern? Shrimp and sausage dishes, fried chicken, creamy grits, corn anything are the wheelhouse. The chopped okra belongs in gumbo. (Whole makes much better presentation.) FInally, we were jammed into a two top and the seating people were... unwelcoming? We had such a great first impression a month or so ago at the bar, but the evening restaurant experience was sub par. A shame, because we're rooting for this neighborhood joint!

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The chicken entrée was very overcooked. A big disappointment.

SH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good experience

EM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in the neighborhood and visit Macon on a regular basis. I like the restaurant because the food is consistently good and the ambience is pleasant especially if you’re dining with someone and don’t want to be in a space that is too loud to hear a conversation.

The menu is not expansive but I would rather have a list of a few menu items and know that what I’m eating is creative and well-prepared rather than a large menu of mediocre selections.

This last visit was with a friend of mine and I to have brunch. We both selected the chicken and waffle and were pleased with our choice. The chicken was boneless, well seasoned and tender and the waffle was fluffy and also tasty. I will now make it a point to visit Macon for brunch as well as dinner.

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a nice brunch. Food and service were very good.

ZA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Terrible experience. Waiter could not have been less attentive, despite what appeared to be a surplus of staff. The food was absolutely laughable for what you expect. Not sure what was going on but it took about 45 minutes to order our entree.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience4

Tired of the upcharges on cocktails that make a simple Manhattan $18.

MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I've eaten at Macon on several occasions, so was surprised by how disappointing the food was on this visit. The beet salad was flavorless, and the beats seemed like they may have been old. The lobster bisque had an unusual texture, in that it was very, very thick, almost like mashed potatoes. It also lacked flavor, other than the pieces of lobster themselves.

RB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday dinner. Delicious and hot meal and portion size just right. We didn’t leave stuffed, but left satisfied and happy. As it should be, and that’s how it has been the past several visits. They do it right!

DT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Fine southern comfort food.

JM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed everything. The brick chicken was especially good, as were the fried green tomatoes. The service was also excellent.

MM
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and recommended wines were good.

TT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem!!!

JL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a excellent three course meal during restaurant week. Limited but very nice selection of choices. All courses were excellent as was service. Our first visit and look forward to coming again.

JG
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I like Macon a lot. It’s in my neighborhood, it’s charming and it’s quiet at lunchtime. The food is quite good; those Essie’s biscuits are sinful. But it’s unforgivable not to have ripe peaches in a salad in the summertime. Plus, there was a bare sprinkling of goat cheese. Otherwise, it was a nice, filling salad for only $12 with an excellent salad dressing. I’ve tried fish there and enjoyed it. I will definitely go back. The woman in charge offered a dessert because I mentioned that the peaches weren’t ripe, so they do care about their customers.

DC
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

We gave it another chance after a long absence and it came through well, perhaps because outside dining took much of the noise away from dining room. Menu, food is good, but service has been erratic in the past.

MJ
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service!

MH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to try a new place during restaurant week. We will go back because the food and the service was amazing!

MP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely find in the eclectic CT avenue corridor leading up to Chevy Chase Circle. Great service and the drinks and meals were very nicely prepared. Some unsolicited advice? Whatever you do, save room for the chocolate bread pudding dessert. It alone is worth the price of admission.

MF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was uninspiring. In fact, a little weird, in an effort, in my opinion, to force it to appear Southern. For example the hamburger had a layer of collard greens, tough and bitter. The french fries were nice and brown, but flaccid, as if they had been fried hours before and had gone limp. The other entree we ordered was brisket, which had been treated as if it were barbecued ribs. Baked with a layer of barbecue sauce, it was tender but odd, and the accompaniment of red cabbage did not help. This was a Sunday night, 8 pm. so perhaps the chef had gone home. They advertise that they are open till 10 pm, so we thought 8 pm was not too late for the kitchen. By 9 pm they were clearing some of the tables of their set ups.

TH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Was not happy with the speed of service that we got. Way under staffed or lost my order.

WS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere. Excellent food also. Will return and highly recommend!

KR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Wine list was incredibly overpriced. Food was okay, but service was really slow and a bit random. Will not return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food. Noise level was a little high.

OT
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. Food and service very good. A bit pricy for a Friday night movie night but we will be back

KG
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time visit to celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. The setting was nice, perfect for conversation, and servers were very pleasant and welcoming. The cocktails, biscuits, deviled eggs, and gazpacho was very good. The entrees of steak and chicken were also very well prepared. I see why this is a neighborhood gem, would recommend this restaurant to others, and would like to visit again.

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