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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Portland

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:Aviary, Dame, Kachka
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:French, American, Eastern European
Neighborhoods:NE Portland, SE Portland
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Aviary

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,230 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
49 people mentioned the Green Bean

Dame

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
61 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Romantic in Portland
2 people mentioned the Coppa
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Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
635 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • 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
96% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon
57 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
2,952 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Italian in Portland / Oregon
69 people mentioned the Gnocchi

Revelry

$$$$·Asian·
NE Portland
220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Hot Spot in Portland / Oregon
16 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Smallwares

$$$$·Northwest·
North Portland
114 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
This North Portland self-described “inauthentic Asian eatery” is run by chef/owner Johanna Ware, a newcomer to the local dining scene who has already been nominated for the prestigRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Portland / Oregon
3 people mentioned the Chawanmushi

Tapalaya

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
NE Portland
542 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
91% recommended
49 people mentioned the Jambalaya

Castagna Restaurant

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
783 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
91% recommended
Best Food in Portland / Oregon
7 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Besaw's

$$$$·Northwest·
NW Portland
418 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
100% recommended
Northwest in Portland / Oregon
8 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

Bar Avignon

$$$$·Contemporary European·
SE Portland
878 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
10 people mentioned the Chicken Liver Mousse
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