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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Austin for 2019

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 03, 2023

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.

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4.5
4.5 (1635)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
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 Austin and diving into the world of the hotel restaurant. Kristen says cooking for others gives her confidence, and that confidence is certainly apparent in every aspect of Arlo Grey. Local Texan ingredients are elegantly and expertly fused into a French and Italian menu, including simple yet indulgent weekend brunch options. Add in the view over Lady Bird Lake for a restaurant that’s almost perfect in every way.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
My husband and I are just back from an amazing meal at Arlo Grey. Highlights for us were the cucumber burrata appetizer, the rabbit dumplings, and the chicken… my god, the CHICKEN!!! We also adored the sourdough ice cream dessert and the lemon drop cocktail. Huge props to our server, Taco, who was the most helpful and enthusiastic server ever. He had incredible knowledge of the entire menu and we could feel his passion for the food. Just a really great experience overall.
A photo of Chez Zee restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4442)
$30 and under
American
Northwest
About the restaurant
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 restaurant biz. She wanted to combine the sense of an old-world bakery with the simple and satisfying charm of an American bistro. Today, Chez Zee continues to delight diners with a range of dishes from fried pickles to flat iron steak. Board games and author-featured nights ensure guests are always entertained. Come and be enchanted by this fun and welcoming restaurant.
Top review
DianeC
Dined 5 days ago
Great place to celebrate a birthday!!! Good food great desserts!
A photo of El Alma Cafe y Cantina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (950)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
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 restaurant group, and along with friend and restaurateur, Carlos Rivero, she has opened her own venture: El Alma. The vision was to meld Alma’s Mexican roots with her fine dining training. This has resulted in a unique menu that includes delights such as Huevos Franceses. The rooftop patio is a favorite spot for stunning views of Austin’s skyline.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Pedro was our waiter and he was great. Food was delicious. Will definitely go back.
A photo of Hillside Farmacy restaurant
4.4
4.4 (337)
$30 and under
American
East Austin
About the restaurant
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 clever nods to the building’s heritage as a local drugstore. Sonya’s vision of a neighborhood grocery, deli, and bar, and Hillside has certainly achieved all of this. Her passion for local produce goes as far as ingredients picked at neighboring urban farms the very morning they're cooked and eaten. Hillside Farmacy is about as fresh as it comes.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
A delightfully quirky restaurant, where we chose to celebrate our 29th anniversary. Simply exceptional service from Jess, our server (her professionalism and perfectly balanced attention ensured we enjoyed a super evening). The food was great, paired with an awesome rose from Marfa, just fabulous.
A photo of Uchiko Austin restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5941)
$50 and over
Sushi
Central Austin
About the restaurant
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 private dining and immaculate events, and the woman behind the scenes is Camille Ross. Her position as events manager at Uchiko has transformed it into so much more than just a restaurant. Uchiko’s women continue with Angela Majko, expert sushi chef and veteran of Food Network’s Chopped. Majko is popular with regulars, often getting a personal mention in reviews. Sushi delights at Uchiko include boquerones with white anchovy and hotate with scallop and avocado.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
There isn't much if anything bad to say about the Uchi chain of restaurants. It's quite simply the best sushi I've ever had, as well as the best service.
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