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About Macon Bistro & Larder

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

5520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Southern, French American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Sunday -Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Dinner Friday and Saturday: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday Brunch: 10am to 2pm
Sunday Brunch: 10am to 2pm

Macon Bistro Bar Opens at 4pm Daily

The Magnolia Room Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 5 to 11pm
Fri and Sat: 5 to 12am
Afternoon Tea: 2pm to 4pm (one seating only at 2pm)

Cross Street:
Connecticut Avenue NW & Morrison Street NW

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 248-7807

Website:
http://www.maconbistro.com/

Public Transit:
Red Line-Friendship Heights, Van Ness
Metro Bus-L2

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our back space, Magnolia Room at Macon is now open! To book your events or inquiries on the space please contact Andra Johnson at ajohnson@maconbistro.com or 240.651.9709

Private Dining

In April 2016, we opened The Magnolia Room at Macon to accommodate private parties and to expand our current restaurant. We have the ability to seat up to 50 people for a Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner event and we can accommodate anywhere from 70-80 standing for a cocktail or mix and mingle event.

Macon Bistro & Larder Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Cozy (11)
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Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Authentic (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fun (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent. Lobster and grits is a standout. Do not let yourself be seated in the rear of the main dining room by the kitchen service area. Orders to the obviously talented and hardworking cooks are shouted "drill Sargent style" making for a noisy and distracting dining experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were lured in by the dc champagne week special of champagne and fried chicken (at the bar only) which it turned out is offered every week at Macon, but it was definitely worth it. Lovely champagne, and delicious drumsticks, collards and Brussels sprouts. And great service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Disappointed. Food okay, portions very small ( salad was especially tiny as was the fried okra appetizer), waiter kept asking us how was the food, noisy, hot so just OK. Coconut cake for dessert was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Ordered from the prix fix menu. French onion soup was delicious, risotto ended up be squash instead of mushroom (good, a little bland, but was looking forward to mushroom) chocolate chip cookie with bourbon milk was fabulous. Servers, there were multiple, were very pleasant and efficient and we did not feel rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful server, nice seating by the window!
Enjoyed the brunch options....

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We came before and enjoyed it but they changed the preparations for the chicken and waffle. We were not expecting tabasco sauce on our waffle. Had to send it back especially since one was a child. The menu was not reflective of the actual preparations of several dishes. Be sure to ask about preparations.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Macon is the best restaurant in DC north of Dupont Circle.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, People Watching, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We truly love Macon Bistro. AJ, the general manager, is more than terrific and the wait staff bends over backwards for everyone. The Magnolia Room is a special delight for pre-dinner cocktails and post-dinner drinks. Having spirits from local distilleries is a special treat. Super on all counts. The food is amazing from start to finish.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Macon is all about the food preparation, with an emphasis on sauces. Our party of 4 ordered 3 different entrees, 1 salad, and 1 soup. All were excellent, worth the price. The setting was comfortable, slightly quaint. Quiet enough for conversation, and we did not feel rushed. The melding of southern and French cuisine created the odd situation of being offered a biscuit for a bouillabaisse; consider bringing a baguette from a nearby bakery!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 26, 2017

this restaurant came very highly recommended. we arrived at our 7:30 reservation time but got no service for over half an hour. the charcuterie board was very good. the onion soup was very tasty but was not hot. the fish stew was not hot and went back. the mushroom risotto replacement was not hot and neither was that replacement. to their credit they did not charge me for the risotto. the burger was quite good.
i doubt that i would return

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food good but portions skimpy. When i asked for bread they pushed the $2 a piece biscuits as the only option!!! Expensive for a casual night out!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Overall, I enjoy this restaurant. Across my visits the service has always been friendly, but inconsistent and forgetful. I feel the appetizers are overpriced ($13 for a very small market salad; $12 for a very small onion soup, which is over seasoned). The entrees are well priced, and the location is great if going to a movie at The Avalon.

Tags: Casual
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Absolutely LOVED the beef cheek Bourgogne. Please please keep it on the menu all season, I will be back again and again with friends of only for that dish.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Patient with us when our dogs knocked over the table and broke stuff!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Had a great time. We asked to be seated outside and got a drink while the tables were being cleared. Service was great as were the drinks and food. Will definitely be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was excellent, but the menu is really poor - very little of interest and a few fairly strange items. The Bordeaux wine is mediocre.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went at 5:30 to beat the dinner crowd and found it was wonderfully quiet and service was attentive. Love the quality of the food and the ambiance of this restaurant. Strongly recommend the 3-course pretheater menu for those able to visit during this time frame-- it's a good value. Otherwise, the a la carte items on this menu seem high priced for a bistro, definitely meant for Chevy Chase wallets.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Found this on-line when looking for after theater dining following a movie at The Avalon. Perfect! Excellent menu and service, fun environment. We sat at the bar and had a good time watching bartender craft his cocktails. I liked so many items on the menu, it was hard to narrow down. I like healthy...while my husband eats with complete abandon. We both easily found items for our tastes. Will definitely go back....and recommend to others.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always superb — our regular go-to place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The restaurant had a nice ambience and clearly was popular given that all the tables were filled. But I thought the menu did not have that many things on it that I would like and it was pretty expensive. I got a house salad which I thought was very so so. It said that it had blue cheese in it and there was like a dime-sized morsel of blue cheese. The glasses of wine started at $12 which I think really is way overpriced. The main dish of salmon was pretty good but again the whole meal seemed overpriced and I was underwhelmed

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful food and service. The owner is handsome too!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I am clearly a minority voice, but I do not like this restaurant. We tried it when it first opened and were not impressed; the service was terrible, the tables were too close together, the noise was deafening, and it was so dark. The food was as unappetizing as anything I’ve ever hated. We agreed we would not go back. Time passed and we decided to give Macon another try. While the lighting has improved, as has the service (it's quite good—the staff is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly), the tables are cramped and the seating very uncomfortable. And the food, well, each to his own. I’m not a fan of collards and the restaurant reeked of them. The chicken was fatty (in fact, all the food is fatty and greasy), the onion soup just ok, and it seemed that every dish was infused with tarragon. There was 1 salad choice, a very busy assortment of whatever was in the kitchen, and various other non-vegetable dishes. I’m glad a local eatery is garnering rave reviews, but not from me. Collard lovers, enjoy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great service and amazing food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very nice neighborhood place. Great for get together.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, our food and wine was great and service was with a generous smile.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Casual, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

One of our favorite places in DC! Always a fun night - awesome service and great food. We love the staff. They make every guest feel like part of the family. And AJ’s drink concoctions are amazing.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We will definitely go back. The beef cheeks were to die for. I didn't finish them because it was a pretty hefty portion and they were pretty rich, and I wanted to leave room for dessert. Husband got bouillabasse. Less broth than other places we've had it so the broth didn't really permeate the seafood as much as he'd expected. Without asking, the waiter brought more broth and that was a nice gesture. It also didn't come with the traditional grilled bread to sop up the broth, so we ordered more biscuits for that purpose. Though others have raved about the biscuits, we thought they were just ok, and pretty small. Desserts were disappointing. The coconut cake was a tiny bit stale (this was a Monday night) and the fig and gingerbread cake had pieces of fig scattered around small pieces of gingerbread. I thought the cake would have pieces of fig in it. Thought the desserts were overpriced for what they were. On a Mon. night, we were practically the only diners but, with the tables so close together, I'd imagine it's noisy inside when full. But like I said, we still would go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

deviled eggs are a must! yummy bloody mary, too! service was wonderful and warm. we came for brunch but will definitely check out dinner and maybe the bar scene too!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Unfortunately the restaurant seemed understaffed. My food was good but entree was lukewarm like it had been sitting a bit. Had to ask food runner for water refills because waiter was distracted most of the time. My friend and I both ordered dessert; his came but mine never did. When I finally got the waiter's attention to tell him, his reaction was more frustrated than apologetic. At one point, the hostess was taking orders at the tables. I really think they were short-staffed the night I went. It was very busy that night (Sat night). But food was good so it was probably just an off-night for service.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

As always, Macon was outstanding. The food and bar menu never disappoint.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We enjoyed the food at Macon very much... The service was lacking--- in attentiveness, friendliness, etc. They couldn't find our reservation, and didn't direct our friends to our table, saying we weren't there.... They did seat us in the back room, which was lovely and quiet.... We had to get our own drinks menu, after waiting 10 minutes and one didn't materialize.... However, if they could smooth out their service issues, I'd go there more regularly. Their pork belly appetizer and their peach crisp were both to die for....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Really wonderful experience. Our waiter was fantastic- attentive, but not overbearing and helpful without being asked. The restaurant had a wonderful ambiance and felt like a small bistro in France. The food was fantastic across the board- everything was cooked well, good temperature, and flavorful (the Amish chicken was superb). The restaurant is pricy, but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Good neighborhood restaurant solid menu, well prepared food. Bit on expensive side with $14 cocktails. Liked my fried green tomatoes & okra. Snapper nicely done with crispy skin but rather small piece.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Just lovely. And the food was thoughtfully done—well balanced, adventurous without being weird or experimental. The Amish chicken is a sophisticated answer to comfort food. The pasta with pork was perfectly balanced and delightful. With a glass of red wine (chosen by the wine gal to complement the pasta) it gives comfort food new meaning. The sparkling chardonnay is a great choice for starters.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Lovely brunch in their sidewalk dining area. I had the sorrel peach and beet salad. Peaches were perfectly ripe everything was cut expertly and to a consistent size and dressing was delicious. It's listed as an appetizer and definitely was on the small side as one would expect. My son ordered chicken and waffles. Two large chicken legs in a crunchy spicy coating and a Belgian waffle. Next time would order the syrup on the side because it is also spicy and was a little much for him. Service was great. Lovely location with easy street parking. Great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food and service was average at best. However, the seating was a deal breaker for us. Despite having only 3 customers present and approx 50+ tables, we were place along side of wall with barely 8 inches between tables to get to the seat forcing me to squeeze thru.

I have never given such a poor rating however in this rare case I conscientiously could.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything was excellent. Bartender was AWESOME! Very cool looking place in a great neighborhood.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

3 of us had a very enjoyable early evening dinner on the sidewalk/patio outside on Sunday 8/13/17 - which was quiet at 5:30 pm; our meals were excellent - the biscuits were absolutely delicious, so were the scollops, and the mushroom appetizer. We shared a side of grilled brussels sprouts (cooked with molasses - really yummy). The service was excellent - our waiter Ivan (from Bulgaria) was attentive and responsive, and especially helpful with a couple of my special requests. We look forward to enjoying another early dinner there soon.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We love Macon and have loved every meal we've had there!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Another great experience at Macon - great food, service, and experience!

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