Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in New Orleans 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 New Orleans’ culinary scene. This colorful, flavorful city—alive with costume parades, French vibes, and creole food—is musically big and easy to love. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Compère Lapin, Bywater American Bistro, Coquette
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Bistro
Neighborhoods:Central Business District, Bywater, Garden District

Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,689 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
"Compere Lapin is the brainchild of its chef/co-owner Nina Compton, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South in 2018, who also gained fame as a Top Chef runner-up. In creatiRead more
95% recommended
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Bywater American Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Bywater
757 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Following the success of Compere Lapin, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef/owner Nina Compton opened her second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in the spring of 2018. CRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Coquette

$$$$·American·
Garden District
3,238 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Kristen Essig, chef and co-owner of the Garden District bistro Coquette, came to the restaurant in 2016 following an impressive run through some of New Orleans eateries. Joining MiRead more
98% recommended
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Zasu

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
402 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
"Zasu, which opened in Mid-City on New Year's Eve 2018, is the first solo venture of chef/owner Sue Zemanick, who won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2013. She also sRead more
97% recommended
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,145 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mr. B's Bistro, one of the most celebrated restaurants in New Orleans, owes its continuing success to two women: owner Cindy Brennan and chef Michelle McRaney. Cindy Brennan, of thRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Red Fish Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
6,107 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
The owner and namesake of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group joined the famous family business over 30 years ago, and his own venture continues its legacy of celebrating the culinaRead more
92% recommended
Good for Groups in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Vessel NOLA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-City / City Park
836 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Chef Amandalynn Picolo and pastry chef Amelia Watts drive the menus at Vessel, a Mid-City restaurant famously housed in a former church. Diners are drawn to the circa-1914 buildingRead more
92% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in New Orleans / Louisiana

Arnaud's

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
5,502 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
Arnaud's is a true New Orleans institution, founded in 1918 by Arnaud Cazenave and spanning almost a full city block in the French Quarter. This formal fine-dining institution, whoRead more
88% recommended
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Cafe Minh

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Mid-City / City Park
353 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
Cafe Minh's co-chef/co-owner Cynthia VuTran came to New Orleans from Vietnam, as did her partner in the venture, chef Minh Bui. VuTrain worked in restaurant kitchens from a young aRead more
90% recommended
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