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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in San Francisco

The OpenTable Team

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in San Francisco’s culinary scene. This constantly evolving city is home to a top-notch food scene paired with its neighboring wine country. There are colorful outfits, out-of-the-box thinkers, famous bridges, and uber-iconic painted ladies. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Acquerello, Boulevard, Nightbird
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, Californian
Neighborhoods:Russian Hill, Financial District / Embarcadero, Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
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Acquerello

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
2,367 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Chef Suzette Gresham is an owner of Acquerello, opened in 1989 and regarded as one of the finest Italian restaurants in San Francisco and the nation. She has established herself asRead more
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Francisco
29 people mentioned the Budino
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,904 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
For more than 25 years, chef and co-owner Nancy Oakes' restaurant on the Embarcadero waterfront has remained a fine-dining go-to, reigning as a modern, elegant classic. Oakes, winnRead more
94% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
87 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
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Nightbird

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
438 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
This elegant, boutique spot in Hayes Valley is the first solo project of chef and owner Kim Alter, a longtime fixture of the Bay Area food scene. Alter achieved critical acclaim whRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco Bay Area
16 people mentioned the Quail Egg
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Cala

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
774 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Gabriela Cámara, a celebrated chef from Mexico City, hopes to change people's perception of Mexican cuisine. Her first stateside location, Cala, earned a place on Bon Appetit's 50 Read more
85% recommended
Mexican in San Francisco Bay Area
35 people mentioned the Sweet Potatoes

Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,674 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
This Mission classic has drawn people in for two decades with its large, open-air central patio, nightly movie screenings, and elegantly executed menu. Chef and co-owner Gayle PiriRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
150 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Frances

$$$$·Californian·
Castro
3,105 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Chef and owner Melissa Perello, a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the West, named this tiny, chic restaurant after her grandmother, Frances. It’s alwaRead more
91% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
258 people mentioned the Beignets
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Lao Table

$$$$·Thai·
SOMA
202 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
For 20 years, Lalita Souksamlane has brought the Thai culinary experience to San Francisco with her Osha Thai locations. At Lao Table, she focuses on food she grew up eating in NorRead more
5 people mentioned the Papaya Salad
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State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,384 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The popularity of State Bird Provisions is due in large part to co-owners Nicole Krasinski and her husband Chef Stuart Brioza. This dream team has won two James Beard Awards includRead more
91% recommended
Californian in San Francisco
24 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,603 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Chef Jennifer Puccio leads Marlowe, the epicenter of the restaurant extraordinaire Anna Weinberg’s Big Night Group’s restaurant empire. She also is executive chef at Leo's Oyster BRead more
88% recommended
56 people mentioned the Little Gem Salad

Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,492 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef and owner Melissa Perello, a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the West, opened this elegant, yet casual spot with a fresh rotating menu. Sara HaumRead more
86% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
19 people mentioned the Squid Ink Pasta
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The Riddler

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
96 reviews
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
Jen Pelka, CEO of Magnum/PR, founded this women-owned and women-run champagne bar, The Riddler, a sophisticated, playful, and chic spot in Hayes Valley. Named on Forbes' “30 Under Read more
83% recommended
Hot Spot in San Francisco
6 people mentioned the Tater Tot

Piccino

$$$$·Californian·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
1,313 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Owners Sher Rogat and Margherita Stewart Saganhis run this neighborhood Italian restaurant housed in a bright-yellow 1850s-era house situated deep in San Francisco's Dogpatch. The Read more
98% recommended
22 people mentioned the Mushroom Pizza
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A16 - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,220 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Co-owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren is one of the country's most respected Italian wine experts, as well as co-owner of SPQR and two craft cocktail bars. Her wide array of Read more
55 people mentioned the Gnocchi

SPQR

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
3,392 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
SPQR serves modern Italian fare in an intimate setting with low lighting and sleek decor. Choose a table under whimsical nautical paintings in the dining room or at the chef’s counRead more
35 people mentioned the Fettuccine
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Da Flora

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
133 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
A long-time North Beach favorite, this Venetian-inspired osteria occupies a corner storefront with crimson-colored walls and ceiling and a Murano chandelier. Chef and co-owner Jen Read more
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Francisco Bay Area
6 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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Myriad Gastropub

$$$$·Global, International·
Mission
202 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Lunch
Chef Trish Tracey headed the kitchens of several San Francisco restaurants before returning to her New Jersey family. After opening a bistro there, she returned to the city to openRead more
82% recommended
16 people mentioned the Hangar Steak

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,895 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Though the original, long-time owner Ruth Fertel is no longer around, her impeccable standards for customer service and quality food remain strong. Fertel, who bought the first ChrRead more
81% recommended
Steakhouse in San Francisco
70 people mentioned the Filet Mignon

Zazie

$$$$·French·
Cole Valley
1,275 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Owner Jennifer Bennett Piallat has operated this French-inspired neighborhood institution for nearly two decades and owned it since 2005. She is also co-owner of Napa restaurant CaRead more
97% recommended
27 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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Cocotte

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
888 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Comfort Food
Co-owners Aurore Martinez and Mikael Audry operate Cocotte as a Provencal-style, French rustic rotisserie with a limited yet welcoming space. Seating near the front of the dining eRead more
100% recommended
37 people mentioned the Coq Au Vin
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,120 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
Owner Hetal Shah left her corporate position in advertising technology at Google to open this restaurant. Shah, who grew up in India before moving to California in 2002, combines IRead more
86% recommended
36 people mentioned the Chaat

Jardiniere - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
5,114 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic
Situated in trendy Hayes Valley for more than 20 years, Jardinière continues to be one of the city's worthwhile white-tablecloth dining experiences. Chef and owner Traci Des JardinRead more
84% recommended
99 people mentioned the Short Rib
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