Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia’s culinary scene. Home to the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, this City of Brotherly (and sisterly!) Love has always been a revolutionary place. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Bud & Marilyn's, The Love, Aksum
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Mediterranean
Neighborhoods:Center City, Rittenhouse Square, University City

Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,744 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
Bud and Marilyn are Chef Marcie Turner’s grandparents, who ran their own restaurant for nearly 50 years. Marcie has infused Bud & Marilyn’s with their long-standing philosophy of sRead more
96% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia

The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
2,767 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Aimee Olexy is a key player in the burgeoning Philly food scene. She opened Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily, both farm-to-table eateries that consistently attract a lot of attenRead more
97% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Aksum

$$$$·Mediterranean·
University City
544 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
Hanna Debela had a vision that stemmed from her deep love for Philly and a desire to make a positive impact in the Baltimore Avenue neighborhood. Aksum is the culmination of that vRead more
93% recommended
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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,282 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are often referred to as the Queens of Midtown Village, due to the sheer number of successful establishments they’ve opened up. Safran-Turney hospiRead more
97% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia

Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,868 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Once upon a time, it was worrying to walk down 13th Street alone. Now, thanks in part to the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, it’s a thriviRead more
94% recommended
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Zahav

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Old City
7,136 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Just down the road from Washington Square, Zahav brings the unique culture and flavor of Israel to Philadelphia. Zahav had an amazing year in 2018. Not only were they nominated forRead more
97% recommended
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Trattoria Carina

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
378 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Chef Melissa McGrath (Culinary Director of Pub & Kitchen, Trattoria Carina and The Diving Horse) focused on providing delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere at a great value. LoRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Pub & Kitchen

$$$$·American·
Center City
409 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Cozy
Chef Melissa McGrath leads the team at Pub & Kitchen - a neighborhood staple for over a decade. She serves a menu featuring elevated farm to table offerings, alongside an innovativRead more
100% recommended
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Super Spartan - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
131 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Partners in both business and life, the inseparable Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned their culinary eye towards Spain with Jamonera. The restaurant opened the year after a wRead more
90% recommended
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High Street on Market - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
777 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Old City’s High Street on Market is a combination of a classic bakery and a neighborhood restaurant, and is run by one of the most accomplished restaurateurs in Philadelphia, EllenRead more
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