Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Austin for 2019

The OpenTable Team

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in Austin’s culinary scene. As the capital of queso and keeping things weird, this BBQing, freewheeling, food-trucking city is all about innovation and experimentation. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:68 Degrees, Arlo Grey, Chez Zee
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Central Austin, Downtown, Northwest

68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Central Austin
828 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Longtime restaurateurs and sisters Joan and Marion Gillcrist run 68 Degrees. Marion is the chef and has over 30 years’ experience, including working with names such as Mark Miller Read more
94% recommended

Arlo Grey

$$$$·American·
Downtown
709 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Self-taught chef Kristen Kish rose to fame after winning season 10 of Top Chef in 2012. However, she didn’t stop there. She traveled extensively for five years, before moving to AuRead more
96% recommended
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Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,753 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Chez Zee has been an Austin favorite since 1989. Owner Sharon Watkins used to run an ad agency but decided to buy a little dive known as Chez Fred and make a go of it in the restauRead more
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

Eden East

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Central Austin
268 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
An award-winning chef and owner of three restaurants, Sonya Coté wants diners to understand exactly where their food comes from. She admires the passion of food growers and produceRead more
92% recommended
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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
586 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Alma Alcocer hails from Mexico City and honed her culinary skills at Jeffrey’s, an Austin fine-dining institution. She is now the executive chef for the entire El Chile restauRead more
96% recommended
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Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
215 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Hillside Farmacy is another restaurant owned by award-winning Sonya Coté, named by Marie Claire as one of their “women on top.” Glass display cabinets, bottles, and jars are all clRead more
92% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin

Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,297 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Billed as the “child of Uchi,” one of Austin’s finest and most popular restaurants, Uchiko is Japanese cuisine with a farm-to-table philosophy. Uchiko is famous for its divine privRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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Garbo's

$$$$·Seafood·
North Central
331 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Heidi Garbo grew up surrounded by lobster - strange thing to grow up around, right? This was because her family ran a huge New England seafood supplier. She started her career withRead more
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The Bonneville - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
207 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Groups
Lady Bird Lake is home to some amazing Austin eateries, and The Bonneville lives up to that reputation and then some. This restaurant promises New American cuisine that’s globally Read more
90% recommended
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