The Best Women-Led Restaurants in Australia for 2019

The OpenTable team

In honour of International Women’s Day, OpenTable is celebrating the talented women on the front lines of the food scene. In an industry mostly dominated by men, these women have led, hustled, and most importantly, inspired with their work in the Australian food scene. Aside from being a country known for its wide open spaces, natural wonders, and beaches, the Land Down Under has always been a mixture of diverse cultures. These women showcase various cuisines and contribute to a culinary scene that’s pretty much reflective of the nation’s diversity. For those who’d like a taste of the world, these restaurants are the ultimate foodie paradise. Be sure to check out these women-led restaurants!

Restaurants:Smith & Daughters, Red Gum BBQ, Epocha Restaurant
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Barbecue, European
Neighborhoods:Fitzroy, Australia, Melbourne CBD

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Fitzroy
1,156 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Diners who are up for a creamy parmesan scramble, a tortilla that’s gone Italian, and the classic meatball pasta — all meat-free of course — just have to head over to Smith & DaughRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in Melbourne

Red Gum BBQ

$$$$·Barbecue·
Australia
1,030 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
Authentic American-style BBQ is smokin’ hot down in Red Hill, where guests are made to feel like they’re in the southern U.S.. Red Gum has pit-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ, and ARead more
90% recommended
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Epocha Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
390 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Guests can look forward to a European and particularly Greek gastronomic adventure when they visit Angie Giannakodakis’ successful restaurant Epocha. With three decades worth of exRead more
93% recommended
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks
1,263 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Lunch
With an impressive resume that placed her on the who’s who list of Victoria’s culinary scene, restaurant manager Ainslie Lubbock is working her magic in Point Leo Restaurant. UnderRead more
91% recommended

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
678 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Bar Seating
With an impressive career that includes stints in Australia’s renowned restaurants like Tetsuya’s as well as Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Kylie Javier Ashton, is one of the most decRead more
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love.fish - Barangaroo

$$$$·Seafood·
Barangaroo
895 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
The commitment to offer sustainably sourced seafood in a scenic waterfront setting to enlightened diners drove Michelle Grand-Milkovic, along with her husband Michael, to open loveRead more
93% recommended
Seafood in Sydney / New South Wales

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Barangaroo
529 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
Named after Sir Joseph Banks, the first botanist to ever set foot on Australian shores, Banksii showcases Rebecca Line and her husband Hamish Ingham’s love for botanicals. FeaturinRead more
92% recommended

Brick Lane

$$$$·Indian·
Darlinghurst
310 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Creative Cuisine
Brick Lane is Kiran Bain’s special way of paying homage to London, and its name echoes a popular East London street. With an interior design that features exposed bricks splashed wRead more
92% recommended
Good for Groups in Sydney / New South Wales

Zushi Barangaroo

$$$$·Japanese·
Barangaroo
652 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
Zushi’s modern take on the Japanese classics like sushi and sashimi is well-received among its patrons. With Serena Ang fronting this Barangaroo offshoot as general manager on top Read more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Sydney / New South Wales
19 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef

Door Knock

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Sydney CBD
112 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
People who like to escape the bustling CBD for a while will find Door Knock’s hard-to-find, subterranean location a refuge. Taking the reins of this cocktail and wine bar is owner Read more
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Sydney / New South Wales
2 people mentioned the Croquettes