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Macon Bistro, Washington, DC

Macon Bistro

4.5
4.5
32 Reviews
$30 and under
French American

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.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 248-7807

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    A hidden gem in the neighborhood The Magnolia Room at Macon is the best location in chevy chase for your gatherings and events. We were voted the best place to celebrate big birthdays in bethesda magazine. We have the ability to seat up to 40 people for a Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner event and we can a

  • Neighborhood

    Friendship Heights

  • Cross street

    Connecticut Avenue NW & Morrison Street NW

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    Red Line-Friendship Heights, Van Ness Metro Bus-L2

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

Menu

Beer

    Drafts

    • Single Cut Brewing Co, "18 Watt IPA" NY 5%$9.00

      • Lost Rhino Brewing Company, "Final Glide" Hefewizen, Ashburn, VA 5.5%$7.00

        • 7 Locks Brewing Company "Grubby Thicket" Brown Ale Rockville, MD 4.8%$7.00

          • Port City Brewing Company, Downright Pilsner, VA 4.8%$7.00

            Bottles & Cans

              Easy Drinkin' Lagers & Pilsners

              • Schloss Eggenberg "Hopfen Konig" Pilsner, Vorchdorf, Austria, 5.1%$8.00

                • Great Lakes "Dortmunder Gold" Lager, Ohio, 5.8%$7.00

                  • Upland Brewing Company "Champagne Velvet Brand" Premium Pilsener, Bloomington, Indiana 5.2%$7.00

                    All Hopped up

                    • Black Hog Brewing Company IPA, Oxford, CT, 6.2%$7.00

                      Dark-Roasted Ales

                      • Great Lakes Brewing Company Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Ohio, 6%$9.00

                        European-Style Offerings

                        • Belgian Family Brewers "Surfine" Belgian Triple Saison Belgium 6.5%$8.00

                          • Gouden Carolus "Cuvee Van de Kizer" Dark Ale, Mechelen, Belgium 11%$16.00

                            Cider

                            • Wynridge Farm Brewing "Crafty Cider" Dallastown, PA, 5.5%$6.00

                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                              What 32 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.5
                              4.5 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.4Food
                              • 4.4Service
                              • 4.4Ambience
                              • 4.2Value

                              NoiseModerate

                              Loved For

                              • District of Columbia

                                Neighborhood Gem

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                              1. SK

                                SebastianK

                                1 review

                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall2food2service2ambience4

                                Not what it used to be. Service was slow. My steak was almost raw and we spent over $200. Unlikely to go there again.

                              2. DE

                                DEM126

                                Washington DC

                                110 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                110 reviews

                                Dined 5 days ago

                                overall3food3service2ambience3

                                Macon hasn't been the same since they closed during Covid. The food is good but not what it used to be. The whole vibe is a little "tired"...the tables are sticky, the menus are beat up, the larder and the delicious caramels are gone, etc. The service is mediocre. We loved Macon but now....not so much.

                              3. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                Baked goods, including biscuits and profiteroles, were stale and hard to cut. Poached salmon was very good, and the coq au vin OK. Overall seemed a bit disorganized, although our servers were doing their best.

                              4. S

                                Snootyfoodie

                                Washington DC

                                134 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                134 reviews

                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                Service courteous & helpful. Food not as good as pre-Covid.

                              5. JS

                                JohnS

                                Washington DC

                                15 reviews

                                5.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on April 15, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Best restaurant in DC! Excellent food, drinks and service!

                              6. PC

                                PaulineC

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                If you appreciate neighborhood cafes that are small, casual yet very charming, with delicious food and excellent, genuinely warm service, Macon will not disappoint. Plus, I love the mix of Southern US and Southern French food. Macon, Georgia meets Macon In South Burgundy, France. Who’d a thought? If you favor shrimp and grits one night, or steak frite another, Macon is there for you. Clever!

                              7. J

                                Janice

                                Washington DC

                                26 reviews

                                4.0

                                26 reviews

                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Always good food and pleasant surroundings at Macon Bistro. I has salad Nicolas, my friend has a fabulous catfish sandwich.

                              8. e

                                eugene

                                Washington DC

                                11 reviews

                                4.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Waitress was swamped so the hostess jumped in and became our waitress - we appreciated that and she ensured we were well taken care of. Food was very good - hush puppies, deviled eggs, fried tomatoes. Cocktails were expensive but well made and tasty. The mussels were disappointing, kind of flavorless. But overall a very good experience and will come back.

                              9. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                vip
                                2.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall2food2service4ambience3

                                Cocktails were expensive but solid, Brussel sprouts were delicious, entrees and appetizers were bland. Don’t get the okra or the spiced pecans, very mediocre.

                              10. J

                                Jean

                                Richmond

                                11 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on March 16, 2022

                                overall3food3service3ambience4

                                Friendly but very slow service. Clearly understaffed

                              11. SN

                                SN19

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing place, highly recommended. Great food and atmosphere.

                              12. MT

                                MelissaTherese

                                Washington DC

                                10 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                10 reviews

                                Dined on March 6, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Went on a warm day and sat outside. Really terrific service and tables spaced well apart. We had brunch -- the Macon breakfast, French omelette, and eggs Florentine were all great. And the coffee is amazing.

                              13. S

                                Susan

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Friendly, helpful staff. Excellent food & wine!

                              14. L

                                Lovesfood

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Love the atmosphere and delicious food at Macon Bistro!

                              15. P

                                Pilipinophoodies

                                Washington DC

                                8 reviews

                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on February 22, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Good food, friendly service, menu well rounded with lots of interesting choices that make me want to return to try other selections Short ribs delicious Biscuits as good as a biscuit could possibly be, be sure to order

                              16. LC

                                LisaC

                                Denver

                                8 reviews

                                4.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on February 19, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                Cozy and a neighborhood gem. Tons of mussels in the dinner portion. Shrimp and grits were good, but grits were a bit under seasoned. Wine by the glass was overpriced. I will be back to try the burger - it looked delicious. Fries were perfection.

                              17. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 13, 2022

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                I almost cancelled our reservation after reading the post COVID reviews, several of which claimed a severe degradation of the food and service. I am glad I didn’t cancel because it turned out almost as I good I remembered it before this period. The cocktails were great. The short ribs and the mussels for mains were very good. The tartin and the profiteroles for dessert were also good. Love that the coffee is French press. In general, the post COVID restaurant experience is not as optimal as before. I find myself often disappointed or underwhelmed, this was not the case.

                              18. SM

                                SusanM

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                Macon is one of our favorite local restaurants -- delicious, friendly, wonderful atmosphere. Highly recommended!

                              19. SA

                                SAbi

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great service and food. The decor added a cozy touch to our date night

                              20. BD

                                BrianDespard

                                Washington DC

                                35 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                35 reviews

                                Dined on February 5, 2022

                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                Warm, vibrant restaurant with consistently good, homestyle French bistro food - and a touch of Southern flavoring and flair. Excellent cocktails too.

                              21. PD

                                PinoyDynamo

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on December 19, 2021

                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                The biscuits tasted . . . slightly bitter and watery.

                              22. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                2.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on December 18, 2021

                                overall2food4service4ambience4

                                Had a delicious meal at Macon Bistro, unfortunately I will not be returning. We were a party of 6 celebrating 3 birthdays. At the end of the meal the waiter brought out 3 desserts with candles for the birthday boys. We didn’t order them, just assumed they were being nice. Upon further inspection of the receipt the following morning, discovered that they charged us for all three deserts. We had already spent over $400 on food and drinks. Really lousy. Will not be back.

                              23. FN

                                FancyNancy

                                Washington DC

                                104 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                104 reviews

                                Dined on December 11, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with exceptional food and service!

                              24. A

                                Anne

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 10, 2021

                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                Our waiter was very nice and friendly, the service was timely, and the atmosphere was very nice. While our appetizers were very good (hush puppies and caesar salad), our entrees were disappointing. The tomato tart was on par with microwave pizza and while the shrimp and grits was okay, we have had better elsewhere for a cheaper price. We also ordered the creme brûlée for dessert, which tasted good, but the texture was off and we are pretty sure it was curdled.

                              25. Y

                                Yummers

                                Washington DC

                                17 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                17 reviews

                                Dined on November 27, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Love the vibe!

                              26. KC

                                KC123

                                Caribbean

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 17, 2021

                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                Wildly overpriced food that was mediocre at best. Service was absolutely terrible. We won’t be returning.

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on November 13, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent dinners Lively atmosphere

                              28. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Edinburgh

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on November 5, 2021

                                overall3food3service5ambience5

                                Great location and vibe(nice and buzzy)! Wish the food was better. Braised chicken was mostly bones and fried green tomatoes were tiny and cold. The concept is wonderful—need to improve the execution.

                              29. j

                                janec

                                New York Area

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on October 30, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food was fantastic. Always a pleasure; love this neighborhood bistro.

                              30. KH

                                KevinH

                                Baltimore

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on October 29, 2021

                                overall3food3service2ambience4

                                The change in the menu to “southern” style food was poorly executed and made for an underwhelming experience compared to Macon before the pandemic. The service was courteous but sloppy. Dishes where haphazardly served as if we were at a diner.

                              31. MD

                                MichaelD

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                2.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on October 20, 2021

                                overall2food1service2ambience3

                                Food was subpar, had to send back a steak that was inedible. Understaffed but the staff that was there was doing their best.

                              32. DO

                                DishOnSushiko

                                Washington DC

                                26 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                26 reviews

                                Dined on October 8, 2021

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                Interesting dishes and, as always, friendly staff and a spirited neighborhood crowd.

                              FAQs

                              Macon Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 32 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                              Booked 5 times today
                              Google Map for Macon Bistro

                              5520 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20015-2609

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                Connecticut Avenue NW & Morrison Street NW

                              • Neighborhood

                                Friendship Heights

                              • Hours of operation

                                Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                              • Cuisines

                                French American

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress code

                                Business Casual

                              • Parking details

                                None

                              • Public transit

                                Red Line-Friendship Heights, Van Ness Metro Bus-L2

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Additional

                                Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (202) 248-7807

                              • Catering

                                A hidden gem in the neighborhood The Magnolia Room at Macon is the best location in chevy chase for your gatherings and events. We were voted the best place to celebrate big birthdays in bethesda magazine. We have the ability to seat up to 40 people for a Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner event and we can a

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