Macon Bistro & Larder

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647 reviews
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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, 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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Mon - Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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DK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I thought the food was a bit bland. We have eaten there before and our experience was better. They did not offer up the restaurant week menu. We asked and they then provided it. The server was outstanding which was nice.

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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with a friend in a warm atmosphere. The food was excellent and healthy. We were not rushed and had a very pleasant conversation. I had always gone for dinner previously I will nowadays make it also a lunch destination

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DC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Dined for lunch with a friend. The friend ordered the soup of the day (French onion) and grilled cheese. I ordered a cheese burger-medium. Portions very small. The server did not check on us until bussing the table & asked if we wanted dessert. My burger was well done/came with a very nice salad but a very small portion. Bill came and each entree was $20+ soup. Happened to be Restaurant week. The server did not inform our table of the $20/person charge for Restaurant week 'special'. Because I was using a gift card, didn't pay much attention to it but questioned it when I got home afterward. Turns out, we were charged for my friend's soup in addition to the $20entree...I should have inquired before leaving the restaurant but writing this review because overall, not impressed. Uneventful, and slow inefficient service. Won't go back.

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DA
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A charming restaurant with lots of ambiance, but inconsistent service and lackluster food tonight. The “Restaurant Week” portions were also so small it was ridiculous! Much better for Macon Bistro to opt out of the week altogether than just cut all the portions in half.

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WH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff. The food was terrific. This was our best dining experience in several years. This is our new favorite spot.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Macon has their settings on Open Table such that they appear to open for lunch. I made a 130pm reservation and was told the kitchen closed at 2pm. I would not have chosen this restaurant. The service was TERRIBLE. Our party was seated, but did not menus, water, or a waiter's attention. After 10 minutes, we asked for these items. The lunch menu is terrible. Every item looks like it was made from leftovers from your grandmother's kitchen...egg salad sandwich, seriously? The waiter, who told us he usually works nights was curt and unhelpful. We were able to place our orders before the kitchen closed and finished eating by 230. We politely asked if he needed us to actually leave and he told us it would be great if we could leave in 15 min. I will not go back to Macon.

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute gem of a place. Best customer service I’ve had in years.

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m
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So glad to have tried this restaurant again. Our lunch was excellent, service friendly, and room quiet enough to have a conversation. We appreciate not being rushed. Egg salad sandwich is a keeper!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David,our server, was superb. Food exceptional as always.

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was excited to return to Macon after a year with friends on Saturday night. My food (lobster and grits, brussels sprouts, and okra) was great, but we were disappointed by the wait for service, the steaks which were cold although the fries were hot, and the duck confit leg (difficult to navigate). The staff (except for the guys on water and busing tables) looked overwhelmed by the crowd, and maybe could have used additional help that night to make it all work.

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GB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Two out of three of the entrees were very good, the seasonal vegetable plate was disappointing. Service was a bit slow. We ordered drinks and appetizers quickly but had to call someone to the table to order our entrees after we had finished our appetizers and waited awhile. My wine pour was generous and the specialty cocktails were delicious. We were in the Magnolia Room which is not as noisy as the main dining room, which was nice. Have been here several times and overall have been pleased with it.

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LA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food flavors are different and outstanding. Even the bisquets, butter and jelly are fantastically flavorful.

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JP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A mixed bag. The manhattan was excellent as was the onion soup. With no filet available that evening i tried their burger which was filling but not something i would order again. My table mate said her rockfish was good but she wasn’t raving. Service was great.

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DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Laura is a great ambassador for the restaurant. She is terrific. D

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Tables too close together. Difficult to have a private conversation. WAiter and bartender were great but appeared that the kitchen staff had trouble managing the demand of a busy night.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Really pleasant and thoughtful personnel: you can sit at lunch forever and they are understanding. But lunchtime food is sadly mediocre. They need to spruce that up -- a lot.

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l
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can't say enough about this place. Wife and 15 year old love going here. Enough said, don't want those people from Bethesda to start coming here.

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A
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The staff were welcoming and engaging. The cuisine didn’t quite hit the mark. We shared 2 appetizers and 2 entrees. The devilled eggs were tasty, the fried okra was not crispy as promised although passable. The vegetarian platter was forgettable and my lobster and grits didn’t turn out as tasty as I had hoped.
Our gracious waiter made an excellent cosmo for my wife and an almost perfect dirty martini for me.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Lots of brunch type items - would rather see more no eggs options.

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e
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had brunch there. Service was great. Fantastic actually but sadly the food was just okay. Not bad at all but just okay. Had the waffle and chicken.

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ES
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my third or fourth visit to this restaurant - it is cozy and has a great neighborhood gem vibe. Salad starters were very fresh and perfectly dressed - straight up fresh lettuce, no extra stuff that you sometimes dont want. My guest had the seafood risotto and claimed it was one of the best she's had. The restaurant was very accommodating of her gluten-free needs. My steak was a little undercooked and cold but our waitress and the kitchen handled it well - the fries were perfect and I got some extra when it came back from the kitchen. Carrot cake dessert was nice and dense. The stand out was our waitress, Lara, who was very good - competent, attentive and a lot of fun. She made our evening that much nicer!

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t
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Our waiter was a bit aloof and the two fish entrees weren't hot, but we ate them anyway since we normally have great food and service here. I do find the desserts a bit bland, but the burger and the more traditional Southern items are spot on, like the deviled eggs and the collard greens. We will go back. Perhaps it was just an off night in the kitchen and too busy for our waiter.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is good and the atmosphere ok, but the place is way overpriced.

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EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I come here often as I love the ambiance. A nice place in the neighborhood to catch up with friends. Very pretty restaurant with delicious handcrafted seasonal cocktails and tasty Southern food. The food is heavy so not the best place for your waistline. I came last night and brought along 3 girlfriends. I was motivated by an 8:30 pm reservation to score a 1,000 point Open Table reward, but I have not yet been credited for this, despite a phone call and voicemail to the restaurant. I hope this error is corrected quickly so I am inclined to return.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was terrible

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w
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was average if not mediocre. The "filet" was grilled and sliced and covered with mushrooms (they called it a surprise), the collard greens had too much vinegar. The onion soup was really blunt. All in all, average.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little cozy restaurant in Chevy Chase. Service was wonderful and cocktails were creative. Food was excellent! We will be back! Our new FAVORITE spot! :)

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DA
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening due to the charming ambiance, delicious food, and impeccable service by David. We will definitely be back soon!

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KC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a chance to stop by Macon Bistro for dinner and got hang with Chef Jaime Pridemore (@thegrumpyfrog on Instagram)...sampled many amazing things!

The deviled eggs were decadent, make sure you try the lobster grits, the Octopus with Ink Risotto was awesome, and the coconut and carrot cakes were perfection. Chef Jaime also sent out the best French Onion Soup I’ve had in memory...so damn good!

Great food, great stories, and great peeps there. Go eat!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall very nice.

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n
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Accomodated my Celiac's (Gluten Allergy) very well.

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S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was a bit pricy for the portion size. The striped bass, in particular, was not very interesting and was not hot when served. With a little more care and attention, it could have been very good.

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J
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The bacon, eggs, and grits were simply wonderful. I don’t know what they did to make such a simple dish so good. Everything we had was wonderful.

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AF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Warm, cozy, comfortable place with good food and great service. My new go-to for dinners with friends or family.

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OT
Aberdeen
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Fabulous food, terrific staff! Must go to experience. Great restaurant Chevy Chase DC! Go!!!

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food beautifully plated and good servive. Location is great. Shopping nearbt.

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C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, good for foodies . )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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SH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved my french omelette and the biscuits were scrumptious. Can’t wait to return for brunch or dinner!

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J
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The short ribs were visionary with just the right crunch from tiny fried onions and a frisson of,heat from a bit of Fresno pepper. The mocktail featured house-made ginger beer with lemon, delicious. Ambitious and interesting food.

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s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I used to eat at Macon Bistro often 2 or 3 years ago. Hadn't been there in a couple of years mainly because the food, while good, seemed unhealthy: too many fried, high carb dishes. The menu has changed and seems much healthier. My friends had pork and halibut, and both were good. I had a squid ink risotto with octopus that was a big disappointment: the rice was too al dente, the sauce a bit tasteless, and the octopus included was minimal. They were nice to compensate me with a small bag of their signature salt caramels but even they were not as good as they used to be. They were hard.

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