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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Nashville for 2019

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in Nashville’s culinary scene. Music City is known for an abundance of its favorite things like downtown honky tonks, BBQ joints, and the best spots buy cowgirl boots. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

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The OpenTable Team
Updated February 03, 2023
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Contemporary American
7337 reviews
Deb Paquette isn’t just an accomplished chef here in Nashville, she’s also inspired and empowered many other women in the food business, such as Kim Totzke, COO of Provence Breads. She’s optimistic about the future of women in professional kitchens. Her own kitchen at Etch is her creative outlet, allowing her to experiment with new developments in the realm of cooking. Some menu highlights at Etch include tempura tofu, veal meatballs, or scallops in forbidden rice -- all encapsulated at the perfect space with an elegant, yet inviting atmosphere.

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Chauhan Ale & Masala House

The Gulch
4260 reviews
Chef and co-owner Maneet Chauhan is truly a celebrity -- snagging a gig as a judge on popular food show Chopped and making a guest appearance on Next Iron Chef. She’s also worked at top eateries in Chicago and New York. Nation’s Restaurant News named her one of the most influential people in the restaurant business. Her menu of global fusion cuisine is deeply rooted in India, with specialties like Goan mussels and Peshwari ribs. Keep your eyes peeled for unique cross-cuisinal touches like the Chicken Pakora Po Boy.

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3264 reviews
Brenda Reed is one of the owners of Sinema, a classic American restaurant housed in the historic Melrose Theater. The entire concept aims to keep the atmosphere and ambiance of the movie theater alive, through the architecture and décor. Dinner choices range from short rib to stroganoff, while the brunch menu offers omelets, French toast, and bottomless bloody marys. In addition to the work she puts in at Sinema, Brenda gives a lot of time and energy to the Food Project, helping to feed over 1,000 homeless or poverty-stricken people every week.

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