Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Mexico City for 2019

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!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Maximo, Carmela y Sal, Casa Merlos
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Neighborhoods:Condesa / Roma, Lomas / Reforma, Poniente
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Time
7:00 PM

Maximo

$$$$·French·
Condesa / Roma
1,407 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

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 prominently on the menu. S...

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Most Booked in Mexico City
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Carmela y Sal

$$$$·Mexican·
Lomas / Reforma
1,126 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine

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, she stepped away fro...

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Mexican in Mexico City

Casa Merlos

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Poniente
72 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 1985. Merlos was deter...

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Dulce Patria en Las Alcobas

$$$$·Mexican·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
888 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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 vice versa, showed Orti...

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Casa Virginia Mónica Patiño

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Condesa / Roma
469 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 become Casa Virginia...

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Meson del Toreo - Parque Toreo

$$$$·Mexican·
Satelite / Naucalpan / Lomas Verdes
14 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Live Sports
  • Quiet Conversation

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 1954. Daniela took ove...

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La Taberna del León

$$$$·Mexican·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
377 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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, Patiño moved her restaura...

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Mexican in Mexico City

Eloise

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
728 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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 her 2012 award for Bes...

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Loretta Chic Bistrot

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
585 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

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 to highlight elegant M...

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Mediterranean in Mexico City

Lardo

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Condesa / Roma
568 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch

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 Center, she moved back to ...

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Best Ambiance in Mexico City

Suntory Del Valle

$$$$·Japanese·
Del Valle / Nápoles / Narvarte
231 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays

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 Suntory restaurant g...

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Shu - Santa Fe

$$$$·Japanese·
Santa Fe / Bosques
176 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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-on role in Shu’s opera...

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Best Food in Mexico City
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Rosetta

$$$$·Mexican·
Condesa / Roma
1,891 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 with the seasons, since ...

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Most Booked in Mexico City
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