Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Portland 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 Portland’s culinary scene. The ever-quirky City of Roses loves to celebrate and reimagine the classics—from bicycles and bridges to beer gardens and tea gardens—so rest-assured donuts aren’t the only scrumptious food you’ll think they’ve done voodoo to. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Dame, Kachka, Nostrana
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Eastern European, Italian
Neighborhoods:NE Portland, SE Portland

Dame

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
77 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Jane Smith is the mastermind behind the creation of Dame, a Portland hot spot that was recently named one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the Nation by Bon Appetit magazine. Read more
89% recommended
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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
977 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
Growing up in Chicago as the daughter of Belarusian immigrants was the inspiration for Bonnie Morales, the chef and co-owner of Kachka and Kachinka, both located in SE Portland, whRead more
92% recommended
Hot Spot in Portland
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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
3,369 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Chef/owner Cathy Whims opened this SE Portland institution after studying with prominent Italian chefs in their homes in Italy. She’s driven several top Portland dining establishmeRead more
89% recommended
Italian in Portland / Oregon
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Revelry

$$$$·Asian·
NE Portland
250 reviews
  • Casual
  • Hot Spot
  • Bar Seating
Building on the success of their Revel in Seattle, Rachel Yang and her husband Seif Chirchi have taken the Rose City by storm with this small plate focused eatery near the center oRead more
86% recommended
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Tapalaya

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
NE Portland
542 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Chef Anh Luu’s Vietnamese-inspired take on classic Cajun/Creole New Orleans style food has proved to be an instant hit for Tapalaya, a standout on the NE 28th restaurant row. FocusRead more
94% recommended
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Castagna Restaurant

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
802 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
A long-time landmark of the hip SE Hawthorne area, Castagna is a minimalist, modern space whose menu focuses on fine seasonal Italian fare. Owner and restaurateur Monique Sui has bRead more
100% recommended
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Besaw's

$$$$·Northwest·
NW Portland
465 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
A true Portland institution that’s been around since 1903 and was the recipient of the first liquor license in the city after Prohibition ended, Besaws is a historic eatery that haRead more
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Bar Avignon

$$$$·Contemporary European·
SE Portland
877 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
A 50-seat SE Division neighborhood favorite run by Nancy Hunt, Bar Avignon has racked up dozens of accolades since opening in 2008. Hunt's nearly 30 years in the restaurant industrRead more
96% recommended
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Aviary - Perm Closed

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,299 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
A veteran of both the NYC fine dining scene and the Rose City’s own eclectic culinary scene, Sarah Pliner is owner and chef of Aviary. Her emergence on the Portland culinary scene Read more
96% recommended
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