Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Boston 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 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

Menton

$$$$·French·
Fort Point Channel
2,193 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
Notable Wine List in Boston / New England
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Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
2,689 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
89% recommended

Porto

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Back Bay
953 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Boston / New England
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Central Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
Cambridge
274 reviews
Mussels were great. The carpaccio was solid. The raclette was decidedly mediocre - mostly the veg it came with - bland and uninspired. The hot toddy was awesome!
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Tiger Mama

$$$$·Thai·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
855 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
88% recommended
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Trade

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seaport
412 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Casual
  • 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
81% recommended
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Saltie Girl Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
1,536 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
90% recommended
Seafood in Boston

Mooncusser Fish House

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
552 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
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Oak + Rowan

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Seaport
893 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
86% recommended

Urban Hearth

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cambridge
189 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
We've been going regularly to Urban Hearth since we moved to the area a year ago. It never disappoints. The dishes are creative and always delicious. Erin and staff are outstandRead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Boston / New England
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