Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in San Francisco 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 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

Acquerello

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
2,434 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
98% recommended
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Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,235 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Scenic View in San Francisco

Nightbird

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
494 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
97% recommended
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Cala

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
934 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended
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Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
7,120 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Frances

$$$$·Californian·
Castro
3,217 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
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Lao Table

$$$$·Thai·
SOMA
224 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • 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
87% recommended

State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,589 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
92% recommended
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Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
87% recommended
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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,619 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
90% recommended
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Piccino

$$$$·Californian·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
1,313 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
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
95% recommended
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A16 - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,359 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
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
81% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in San Francisco Bay Area

SPQR

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
3,485 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
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
87% recommended
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Da Flora

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
158 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Quiet Conversation
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
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Myriad Gastropub

$$$$·Global, International·
Mission
220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
3,040 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
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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
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Cocotte

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
960 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
89% recommended

August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,265 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
87% recommended

The Riddler - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
105 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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