Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Houston 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 Houston’s culinary scene. A hotbed for Tex-Mex and vibrant flavors, this big southern city’s very influenced by its diverse residents and a promise that everything’s bigger in Texas. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Armandos, Costa Brava Bistro, Pepper Twins
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mexican, Spanish, Chinese
Neighborhoods:Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor, Bellaire, Midtown / Montrose


Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
912 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
When Armando's opened in 1978, the 1920s made a reappearance. Seen through the lens of Mexico City, this decade enjoyed a vibrant social scene that’s a foundational asset of a mealRead more
93% recommended

Costa Brava Bistro

1,277 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey bring a combined near six decades of expertise to the kitchen and atmosphere at Costa Brava Bistro. Dueñas alone has lived through 30 years in the hRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Houston
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Pepper Twins

Midtown / Montrose
1 review
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
Yunan Yang, the woman behind one of the best Chinese restaurants in Houston, is definitively a restaurateur of note. Since she opened the first Pepper Twins in 2015, the brand has Read more
100% recommended
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Irma's Southwest

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
429 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Irma Galvan first entered the restaurant scene serving up sandwiches out of an old home. Irma approaches hospitality from a place of deep faith and with a commitment to service. HeRead more
93% recommended

Le Colonial - Houston

Galleria / Uptown
1,845 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Classic French meets Southeast Asia at Le Colonial, a well-known Houston restaurant. Nicole Routhier and Hassan Obaye are the culinary masters behind the menu that delicately balanRead more
95% recommended
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