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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in New Orleans

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
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Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,435 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
96% recommended
American in New Orleans / Louisiana
110 people mentioned the Curried Goat

Bywater American Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Bywater
582 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
95% recommended
13 people mentioned the Boudin
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Coquette

$$$$·American·
Garden District
3,092 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
American in New Orleans / Louisiana
45 people mentioned the Shrimp Grits

Zasu

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
245 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
2 people mentioned the Beef Bourguignon

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
2,441 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
73 people mentioned the Barbecue Shrimp
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Red Fish Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
5,629 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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
88% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana
487 people mentioned the Redfish

Vessel NOLA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-City / City Park
534 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
84% recommended
Late Night Find in New Orleans / Louisiana
10 people mentioned the Short Rib

Arnaud's

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
5,110 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
141 people mentioned the Banana Foster
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Cafe Minh

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Mid-City / City Park
295 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
6 people mentioned the Fried Oyster