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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Mexico City

The OpenTable Team

At OpenTable, we love to honor women for their culinary entrepreneurship, and that’s why we’re sharing the love just in time for International Women’s Day. Mexico City brims with innovative chefs like Martha Ortiz at Dulce Patria, cuisine-preserving chefs like Lucila Molina de Merlos at Casa Merlos, and food-sharing chefs like Elena Reygadas at Rosetta and Lardo. Other women like Laura Santander, Gabriela López, and Daniela van Beuren show their exceptional talent through inclusive business management. The women at these restaurants inspire others around them to savor flavors and share stories across culture and time. We invite diners to learn their stories and book a table in support of their dedication to all things food!

Restaurants:Maximo Bistrot, Carmela y Sal, Casa Merlos
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Neighborhoods:Condesa / Roma, Lomas / Reforma, Poniente
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Maximo Bistrot

$$$$·French·
Condesa / Roma
770 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Co-owner Gabriela López is passionate about local food, so when she and husband-chef Eduardo Garcia opened Maximo Bistrot in 2012, they made sure that fresh produce featured prominRead more
93% recommended
French in Mexico City
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Carmela y Sal

$$$$·Mexican·
Lomas / Reforma
585 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
A childhood spent in Tabasco surrounded Gabriela Ruiz Lugo with plantains, cacao, tropical fruit, and coconuts. When she opened her first catering restaurant, Gourmet MX, in 2012, Read more
96% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City

Casa Merlos

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Poniente
61 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Lucila Molina de Merlos knew from a young age that cooking was in her blood. She ran a sandwich catering service before delving into her true passion — restaurant ownership — in 19Read more
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Jaso

$$$$·International·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
219 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A love of creating pastries and baked goods convinced Sonia Árias to attend the Baking and Pastry Program in Mexico City, but she couldn’t stop there; soon afterward she made her wRead more
88% recommended

Dulce Patria en Las Alcobas

$$$$·Mexican·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
756 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Martha Ortiz has made a name for herself as a chef unafraid of inventive and edible works of art. A childhood watching her mother, artist Martha Chapa, take on food as art, and vicRead more
90% recommended

Casa Virginia

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Condesa / Roma
326 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Mother–daughter duo Mónica Patiño and Micaela Miguel have long shared a love of food and intimate conversation, and that’s why they fell in love with the 1920s building that would Read more
93% recommended

Meson del Toreo - Parque Toreo

$$$$·Mexican·
Satelite / Naucalpan / Lomas Verdes
8 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
  • Great for Lunch
Daniela van Beuren is proud of her family’s history of restaurant ownership, which began when her grandmother, Judith Ortega de van Beuren, first opened Fonda el Refugio back in 19Read more
100% recommended
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La Taberna del León

$$$$·Mexican·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
227 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
As the first restaurant of Chef Mónica Patiño, La Taberna del León opened in 1978 to unveil a menu of traditional Mexican cuisine with a hint of international flair. In 1994, PatiñRead more
96% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City

Eloise

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
572 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Partner and certified sommelier Laura Santander is a vibrant part of the Eloise team. She brings superior wine knowledge to the restaurant, which opened in 2014, and is proud of heRead more
96% recommended

Margaret Chic Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
81 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Opening her third restaurant in 2018, partner and sommelier Laura Santander envisioned a space in which more casual French cuisine mingled with a laid-back California vibe. SantandRead more
96% recommended

Loretta Chic Bistrot

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
402 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
As the second restaurant Laura Santander opened with her two business partners, Loretta Chic Bistrot — which took shape in 2017 — takes a dramatic swing away from French cuisine toRead more
97% recommended
Best Food in Mexico City
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Lardo

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Condesa / Roma
323 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
A childhood cooking with her grandmother taught Elena Reygadas the basics she needed to delve into a fruitful culinary career. After training at NYC’s International Culinary CenterRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Mexico City
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Suntory Del Valle

$$$$·Japanese·
Del Valle / Nápoles / Narvarte
164 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
First opened in 1970, Suntory now has several locations around Mexico City that create fine dining experiences rich in traditional Japanese cuisine and culture. As director of the Read more
94% recommended
Best Service in Mexico City

Shu - Santa Fe

$$$$·Japanese·
Santa Fe / Bosques
148 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
A modern take on Japanese cuisine, Shu is an intriguing addition to the Suntory Group’s restaurants in Mexico City. Yoko Kase, as director of the restaurant group, takes a hands-onRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in Mexico City

Rosetta

$$$$·Mexican·
Condesa / Roma
1,062 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Rosetta first welcomed customers into the converted grand townhouse in 2010, inviting them to enjoy an extensive menu rich in Italian and Mexican flavor. This menu has changed withRead more
91% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City
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