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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Boston

The OpenTable Team

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in Boston’s culinary scene. This progressive New England city doesn’t just break barriers in different arenas—sports, education, politics, food, and culture—it makes history in them. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Menton, Scampo at The Liberty Hotel, Porto
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Italian, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Fort Point Channel, Beacon Hill, Back Bay
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Fort Point Channel
2,021 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
Chef Barbara Lynch may very well be the leading figure in fine Boston dining. After winning a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast back in 2003, she continues to wow diners wRead more
88% recommended
Notable Wine List in Boston
28 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

Beacon Hill
2,470 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The great Lydia Shire has been a fixture on the Boston food scene for decades. Her first efforts were under the famed New England chef Jasper White and then as the head chef for LoRead more
85% recommended
75 people mentioned the Lobster Pizza


Back Bay
730 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
The local favorite Porto comes from the James Beard award-winning mind of Chef Jody Adams. Adams first made waves on the Boston scene with her celebrated Cambridge restaurant calleRead more
86% recommended
11 people mentioned the Mezze

Central Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
268 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Cozy
  • Good for Groups
Noisy, but otherwise pleasant. Could use a better wine list, but that's always hard to come by. Great lamb burgers, all food tasty and well-presented.
12 people mentioned the Grilled Octopus

Tiger Mama

Kenmore Square / Fenway
727 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Tiger Mama hails from one of Boston's most popular chefs. Chef Tiffani Faison is a Top Chef alumni and nominee for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Northeast award. She is aRead more
90% recommended
13 people mentioned the Crispy Pork
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348 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Trade is another smash hit from chef Jody Adams, a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: America. Already a local culinary superstar for her Cambridge restaurant Rialto, Adams opRead more
93% recommended
6 people mentioned the Baked Alaska

MET Back Bay

Back Bay
1,211 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Kathy Sidell first earned renown as the owner of a commercial production company and then as a restaurant entrepreneur. After those ventures, she moved into the restaurant businessRead more
50 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

Mooncusser Fish House

Back Bay
446 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Mooncusser's chef Carolyn Johnson rose to fame under Jody Adams at the Cambridge favorite Rialto. When she set out to open her own restaurant, she developed Mooncusser in the heartRead more
85% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Boston
10 people mentioned the Bluefish

Oak + Rowan

780 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
Celebrated chef Nancy Batista-Caswell made a splash (no pun intended) on the Massachusetts restaurant scene with a pair of smash hit restaurants in the town of Newburyport. Oak + RRead more
83% recommended
23 people mentioned the Caviar