Macon Bistro & Larder
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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.
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, offers the same great food and service.
Nice small plates and noshes. Also big plates. Nice wines by the glass. I would have liked more greens in my beet salad, but they were accomodating when I asked. My friend had the burger and considered it one of the better ones he's had in a while--big and juicy. Calamari was crisp without being oily. Yeah, I'd go back.
The absolute best meal I've had in a long time. Service was perfect. Knowledgeable but not over solicitous or chipper -- professional and appropriate to the atmosphere. And a French-southern fusion restaurant should be able to cook an amazing roasted chicken -- the brick chicken was just that, amazing. My dining companions enjoyed their meals immensely. It was a lovely, unpretentious evening and such a nice memory as it happened just before quarantine started. So the moment they re-open, go visit Macon Bistro and Larder!
We really enjoyed it. Food was delicious. Service was prompt. Tables were a little close.
Went there for a Sunday brunch. I had chicken and waffles and my wife had shrimp and grits. Both were excellent. I would have liked a bit more syrup but loved the spiciness of the fried chicken. Their bloody marys were excellent as well so it was a spicy brunch. perfect for a cold day outside. The server was attentive and very prompt, informing us the meal was progressing through the kitchen. We appreciated that touch. Overall, really recommend it for those looking for some excellent Southern cooking at a neighborhood restaurant.
Fantastic fare, friendly and accommodating service. A favorite spot to grab dinner with friends.
It was a great choice after watching a movie at the Avalon Theatre!
Food was decent but very average. Braised spare ribs had little flavor and brick chicken was soft and bland. Probably won’t be coming back.
Friendly, attentive wait staff. Enjoyed the southern take on the Sauce provided with the Mussels. Pork Loin was mouthwatering delicious
This is great place for a quiet romantic dining experience. The food and wine were excellent, along with attentive service. It was my girlfriend's birthday. We could not have been happier with Macon.
Steak was cooked just right, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes were good. Everyone was very nice and the ambience was nice.
The main restaurant area, one visible from the street, has a great atmosphere.However, we were seated in a secondary dinning hall completely separate from the main area. We did not care for this separate area as much and would ask to be seated in the main area in the future. The atmosphere is just different. Food was good but not great. Service was great.
I’ve wanted to try this place for a while and finally had the chance. I grew up in Macon, GA so I’m always looking for true southern food. Macon Bistro did not disappoint! Collard greens on a burger...amazing! I also really enjoyed the biscuits, hard to find good (southern) ones in the DMV.
Great neighborhood restaurant! Wonderful for meeting up casually with friends or family.
Love this locally owned, neighborhood restaurant. It's intimate and charming, as opposed to a large dining hall you'll find in many of the new DC restaurants. Staff if polite and personable. It also doesn't hurt that I'm also from the South, love good Southern cooking, and their food (e.g., fried catfish, okra, biscuits) is delicious!!
So this is a very mixed review. First off Our server was an incredibly nice guy. I think this restaurant is just not for vegetarians. I had their veggie platter for around $20 and it was so disappointing! Definitely lacked flavor and was so boring. I was so bummed because this was a special treat for my birthday. I did get the rose drop martini however, which was very tasty. My husband had the burger and he said it was great. Again, if you’re a vegetarian I would look elsewhere
Overall, it was an excellent experience. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The meals were delicious, great Southern character without being too heavy. The restaurant is cozy so the noise level can sometimes make it a bit hard to hear comfortably. The atmosphere is lively.
We went for my husband's birthday. Our server was nice, but the space is so small that our chairs were constantly bumped by servers walking by. My husband liked his food (meat eater), but mine was not great (veggie). The refilled our water every time someone passed by using the bottle on the table -- that was a little awkward. Overall not impressed, especially for the price.
We sat in the Magnolia room. It was quiet and perfect for conversation
It was restaurant week and we got the price fixed menu which was a really good deal considering the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The wedge salads were average, the salmon and broccolini good, but the short ribs were underwhelming. Desserts were good (chocolate chip cookie) to very good(flourless chocolate cake).
MD abrupt and under pressure when we arrived, sent to small cramped table squeezed into a corner, consistently bumped by servers and other diners , so close to other diners it was embarrasing, server overworked and under pressure but doing the best she could, french onion soup to start arrived cold, mains arrived bus person didnt know who was having what and not aware of specific instruction for one meal, waited 25 mins for desert, server apologized multiple times, in the end gave up and called for the bill , no sign of MD for an apology , people quing to get in , no one to say thank you or good night as we left, way too many tables for small space , too many bookings , not enough staff, all in all lousy experience
This is one of our favorite special occasion restaurants. We did not know it was DC restaurant week when we booked. And it was scant choices on both the Restaurant Week menu and their regular menu.
It was a paltry meal. Nothing special at all about any of the choices. The same old same old formulaic offerings as at any other restaurant: short rib, salmon, chicken, veggie risotto. So why go there if the menu is the same as everywhere else. It is said when the best thing you had was the opening cocktail! It is even worse when this happens at one of your formerly favorite places.
The risotto - which was ordered by 4 of our party of 5 - was terrible. Boiled white rice with what seemed like very few previously frozen cubes of vegetables. It did not seem to be cooked the way risotto should be cooked, slowly and with white wine. The server was excellent and perhaps we should have sent the dishes back and ordered something more in keeping with the strengths of the restaurant.
Terrible food last time we were there. Risotto not made with risotto rice and bathed in glop. Service mediocre. And very loud table next to us. Used to be much better.
Overall is great place for brunch. You can talk to friends, and feel the ambient from the street.
Lots of small plates to indulge your appetite.
Birthday for my brother. The fried okra was delicious and was the coconut cake.
We had a girls dinner and all ordered from the snacks menu and small plates. Delish, although I didn’t love the crab dip.
Christmas Eve dinner was delightful!
Everyone was really nice and the food was great. The Brussel sprouts are amazing.
Another excellent experience. Great wine and food with superb service. This is a dependable (but not cheap) place.
Love this charming neighborhood restaurant that has fresh delicious Southern cooking. Fave are the homey butter and biscuits and the fried okra.
Macon B&L is a great find - terrific service, wonderful atmosphere, and good food. Definitely a good spot for a mellow brunch. My only complaint is that the biscuits were not flaky enough.
I made a reservation that I had to change 3 times and they were accommodating and gracious.
Great neighborhood spot and our favorite before / after movies at the Avalon. The food (think Macon, GA not French) is quite good and the service is always attentive and helpful!
Food is so good! Unfortunately, service was initially very bad--being ignored upon entrance to the restaurant, treated rudely when trying to order drinks, etc. This may have been because they were short on a server or something, because once our actual server (the one who took care of us for the rest of the night) came into the picture, everything was fantastic. She was prompt, courteous and helpful. I just love the food here. So flavorful and prepared with care. I think we just had one odd little anomaly with the service at first, because I've been here before and never had a problem.
Food too salty. Three out of four of us couldn’t get enough water for hours after. Our server was beyond perfect (if it’s possible to be better than perfect) and atmosphere is great. Lively not loud
A wonderful blend of French and American Souther Gothic-nice, very nice!
A Great find, and the best brunch in uptown, Washington DC -- perfect for after the Avalon Theatre! And I was a raised by a southern Mom, so I can attest that the food is genuine -- down to the fried okra, and extra thick bacon -- Yum!!/ Biscuits were excellent -- could be EVEN better. I'll be back, again and again.
Our server would disappear for a long time, we had to get someone to find her so we could place our order after waiting 20 minutes, and then throughout the meal she never came to check on us...
Very comfortable, great service, deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes delish! Only suggestion: skin on brick chicken needs to be crispier- but flavor was great! Oh- brussel sprouts outstanding!
Macon Bistro & Larder offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 248-7807.
Macon Bistro & Larder is rated 4.4 stars by 810 OpenTable diners.