Macon Bistro & Larder

4.4
689 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Specials

Macon First Timers Welcome

Macon will be welcoming its first time diners with its signature house made ginger beer based cocktails and Macon spiced pecans. Let the host know when you walkin

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 5, 2019

Ends: March 6, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:00PM-9:30PM

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

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

What 689 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, and the food was excellent!

Report
Helpful
k
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Thoughtful service. It can be loud at night but lunch is quiet.

Report
Helpful
YL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance. Definitely recommend to a friend.

Report
Helpful
TP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We moved to the neighborhood last year and thought Macon was a brand new restaurant, and when we walked in for dinner last weekend we were shocked to find out they have been open 5 years. The place still looks and feels brand new. It's very clean and modern with a bit of a southern vibe. We started at the bar and the bartender, David, was quick to get us menus and drinks as well as being easy to talk to about anything (a good quality in any bartender). We had an excellent cocktail hour before moving to our table for dinner. They seated us in the front window, which was lovely. Service was quick and attentive without being bothersome. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and made fantastic recommendations. The meal was upscale southern and certainly fit the bill - delicious from start to finish. All the appetizers were particularly tasty - don't miss the crab hush puppies!

Report
Helpful
MK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Macon is a lovely neighborhood gem. The brunch food was very tasty. We both had the eggs and grits. The biscuits were delightfully light with the honey butter. The space is cozy, but not cramped. The noise level does sometimes ramp up, but not intolerably. Recommend highly!

Report
Helpful
SC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy place with friendly and knowledgeable stuff. Food is very tasty. Bacon is delicious. Coffee is good.

Report
Helpful
MH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful patio, attentive service, nice addition to the neighborhood. great desserts & drinks.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Attention to detail. Excellent wait staff. 6-8 visits over past year.

Report
Helpful
P
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I was there for lunch. They had a veru limited menu. Service was
good. Very few customers, so my rating of quiet was not actually
accurate. Would not recommend for lunch.

Report
Helpful
VW
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

Report
Helpful
g
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very tasty. Good food and good service. Great neighborhood place.

Report
Helpful
P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely spot to enjoy a friend without being rushed through dinner.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent waitress who even knew some sign language for our deaf friend.

Report
Helpful
ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's all good, no, great.
This is our go-to place for excellent, innovative food. Adore the lobster grits, cheese grits, shrimp grits, steak, fish, okra okra okra, biscuits biscuits biscuits. Coconut cake is a Southern thing. Reminds me of Grandma.

Report
Helpful
MR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really nice sitting outdoors. Our waitress was super nice. And people near us had dogs with them which was an unexpected and fun add to the evening.

Report
Helpful
SS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I’ve had mixed experiences here before and wanted to give it one last try because generally the menu is interesting and the food is good. We were seated in the back room which was FREEZING and while we were given water right away by the hostess, we sat for 10 minutes with no sign of our waiter, so we left. Not acceptable in my opinion. It’s too bad because it’s such a charming spot and as I said the food is good, but the service needs serious work, especially in that back space.

Report
Helpful
D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

What a disappointing expensive meal. The tables were sticky (with what I don't know) and one of the menus had smears all over it (with what I only assume is food.) Did no one think to take that menu out of circulation? The food was just ok. Nothing great for a place that bills itself as a representative of southern cuisine. The hamburger was not tasty but for the bacon and greens piled onto it. I enjoyed my mixed cocktails but that's about it. I will not go back and will not recommend this place to anyone.

Report
Helpful
JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great fun. Our waiter Mathew was great!

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at Macon to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Lara waited on us and made the experience wonderful! We started with lovely cocktails and the wonderful deviled eggs. Dinner was delicious and we topped it off with terrific desserts. If you go, be sure to ask for Lara’s section. She was delightful - playful, suggested things for us, gave us space to enjoy our meals, and could not have been nicer.

Report
Helpful
K
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly delicious and beautiful food.
We were early diners and we felt just the slightest bit rushed as the bigger crowd was anticipated. But the servers were friendly and professional despite that and the food was incredible. The Vegetable Roti had an excellent combination of lightly braised vegs with perfect seasoning. The lamb was super. The biscuits with butter and pepper jelly were heavenly. The wine by the glass was a good value (not just a splash of wine). Energetic noise level yet we could converse easily across our table.

Report
Helpful
K
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our meal was delayed at each step -ordering, serving, and checking out. Also, I asked for salad dressing on the side; that request was ignored. The meal took about 45 minutes to get to our table. Ultimately, our server had to ask what we had eaten in order to give us a check. this was my second visit to Macon; the first was for dinner about a year ago. The charges were too high at that time. This second visit did not persuade me to make a third visit.

Report
Helpful
j
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. This is 3rd or 4th visit. Good location. Friendly staff.

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Haven't been to Macon since it opened and it still hits the mark. We sat in the front, so can't comment on what it's like in the back room. I did pop my head in before leaving, and thought the back room was a little quieter, with more room in-between the tables.

The food is still great and the service much improved, from hostess, to bar, to table. They all worked well together and knew their stuff, so you get informed answers vs. the "that's the most popular dish..."

We had the biscuits and fried okra to start. The okra is not battered, so you can actually taste the food. The dipping sauce was great too if you want a bit more zing.

Had the fish and steak, which were both excellent, and prepared perfectly. The table next to use had the burger, which looked great too. Next time.

Had the cookies and milk for dessert, which did not disappoint. Nice and gooey cookie, just the way I like it.

All and all, great way to spend a casual evening in a fun environment.

Report
Helpful
GR
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

There aren't a lot of restaurants in easy walking distance of the Avalon Theater, so we thought we would try this one. The place is small but the seating isn't tight, so it's a pleasant place. Service was very good. But the food pleasure depended a lot on what one ordered. I had the lamb shank which was quite delicious, as were the accommpanying vegetables. However, the dish was very underseasoned and I had to ask for salt and pepper. My friends had the chicken breast, which was so covered with lettuce and salad dressing that she couldn't taste the chicken. Another friend had a shrimp and grits appetizer, which she said was just okay. We split an order of really delicious biscuits. In all, the kitchen needs to do a better job here as the prices are fairly high.

Report
Helpful
D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Interesting takes on some classic dishes. Service very friendly and attentive. Have always liked the ambiance here. Very welcoming. Great for a bar snack if time is limited.

Report
Helpful
MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our experience of having Sunday brunch there -- the noise level was much better than in the evenings.

Report
Helpful
PS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch at Macon Bistro and Larder was a treat. Good food served in a comfortable atmosphere. There is a neighborhood feel to things, and that’s a plus.

Report
Helpful
LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm, beautiful, lively atmosphere on a cold, wet night. Great food and service

Report
Helpful
TF
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At lunch I had the onion soup, and I have to say I have never had such a rich broth. Thick, with deep beef flavors, it seemed as if the stock had been cooking for days to extract so much flavor. The portion was relatively small, and I wondered if I had made a mistake by ordering only it and biscuits for lunch. No mistake: the soup was hearty enough to be filling (although it was so good that a second bowl would not have been wrong). Kudos to the chef!

Report
Helpful
D
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We arrived late for our 130 reservation and actually arrived at 155. Our hostess made sure to point that out. Not very friendly ie cold/rude. The kitchen closed at 2 so we made sure to have our orders put in by then. I got the eggs and grits which were flavorless. Snacks were good. We got the deviled eggs and hush puppies as well as spiced pecans. All good. Our waiter was nice and attentive but over all experience was not good.

Report
Helpful
LA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I enjoy Macon for dinner, but lunch was not a good experience. I asked for a quiet table and got a noisy one. The menu was exceptionally limited and even what was listed was not available. My guest ordered the country pate only to be told a LONG time later that it was not available. My guest's alternate choice, the french onion soup, was served cold and gelatinous. The service was very slow despite the room not being filled. Even water glasses were not refilled during a very long wait to receive two salads and an unheated french onion soup. While the waiter did take the cost of the soup off the check, the overall experience was poor enough that I am telling others not to visit Macon for lunch, despite still recommending it for dinner. Why are the tasty deviled eggs not on the lunch menu? And why is the lunch menu so limited and uninspired? Lunch service seems completely unlike dinner service.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

Report
Helpful
s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, nice ambiance. Love the wine and cocktail menu ! You must order the biscuits for appetizers.

Report
Helpful
KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Valentine’s Day dinner w family. Service was awesome and so was the food and drink (as usual). See you next time

Report
Helpful
CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and the ambiance was perfect. The server was very friendly and welcoming. It didn’t take long for the food to arrive and looked very appealing. I would recommend anyone to go and I will definitely be back with my family.

Report
Helpful
e
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Our server kind of set the mood for the evening. She was aggressive and very touchy. She interjected commentary into our conversation. And held our shoulders every time she came to speak with us. Then my husband ordered a burger as his entree and she literally told him he couldn’t “ you can’t order a burger, this is a nice restaurant. You need to order something you eat with a fork and knife.” It was so unexpected he ordered the steak instead, which came rare to almost raw with lukewarm fries so he had to ask for it to be cooked. The whole thing was awkward for everyone.

Report
Helpful
OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Food mediocre. Service adequate but unfriendly. Third time there — three strikes. Won’t go back.

Report
Helpful
MG
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Marvelous, interesting food, well presented, very tasty; fun energetic ambiance, but not crazy noisy. Had a terrific server, gracious, fun, informative, attentive. Looking forward to our next visit.

Report
Helpful
P
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the chicken and waffle, which was excellent.

Report
Helpful
D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the tastiest and interesting (in a good way) food in DC, provided by a staff that often makes us feel, even on a busy night, as if we're their only concern.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
18

Tweets by Macon Bistro & Larder