Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Austin

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
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68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Central Austin
657 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended

Arlo Grey

$$$$·American·
Downtown
659 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
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
86% recommended
Scenic View in Austin

Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,596 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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
97% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
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Eden East

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Central Austin
265 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Groups
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
83% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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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
198 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
91% recommended
American in Austin
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Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
3,763 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
93% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
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The Bonneville

$$$$·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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Garbo's

$$$$·Seafood·
North Central
321 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
100% recommended
Great for Lunch in Austin