Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Seattle 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 Seattle’s culinary scene. This coastal city isn’t just the birthplace of our coffee fixation, it boasts the freshest seafood, greenest surroundings, and champions nature’s best ingredients. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Orfeo, Lark, The Whale Wins
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Belltown / Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford

Orfeo

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
660 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
Following the success of her two earlier restaurants, Steelhead Diner and Blueacre Seafood, CFO and co-owner Terresa Davis sought to offer a more land-based menu. She also wanted aRead more
88% recommended
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Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,019 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Kelly Ronan moved to Seattle in 1991, after spending years in California restaurants learning her way around wine and the dining room. When Ronan became co-owner of Lark in 2003, sRead more
91% recommended
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The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
488 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Having lived around Seattle her entire life, Chef Renee Erickson has an intimate relationship with the sea and land — and it shows up in all of her dishes. She is co-owner of The WRead more
90% recommended
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Capitol Cider

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
575 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
As original investor, Julie Tall assumed full ownership of Capitol Cider after her son stepped down in 2014. From the outset, though, Tall’s influence was everywhere — from the paiRead more
93% recommended

Mamnoon

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
950 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
Racha Haroun is both the co-owner and the passion behind Mamnoon’s rich menu. She brought her family’s hospitality and their love of food from Damascus all the way to Seattle in 19Read more
93% recommended
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Plum Bistro

$$$$·Vegan·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
44 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Worth the Drive
A childhood spent helping in her parents’ vegan sandwich shop meant that Makini Howell couldn’t shake Seattle from her soul, returning after a decade in New York City to open Plum Read more
94% recommended
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Poquitos - Capitol Hill

$$$$·Mexican·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
465 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
Courtney Fox fell in love with the notion of running a restaurant, and in 2011, she teamed up with husband Eric and friends Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson to open Poquitos in Read more
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Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,724 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Maria Hines didn’t grow up in Seattle, but she soon made it her home after completing culinary school, deeply fascinated with its green space and culinary opportunity. Her love of Read more
87% recommended
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Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,104 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
Maria Hines of Tilth fame opened Agrodolce in 2012, with southern Europe in her sights. She sought southern Italian and Sicilian inspiration that would transfer to the Pacific NortRead more

Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,128 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Tamara Murphy has a lengthy culinary history, having worked in several New York City restaurants before making the move to Seattle in 1988. She made waves on the West Coast as wellRead more
93% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Tin Table

$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Does ballroom dancing have anything in common with casual eats? Hallie Kuperman, owner of The Tin Table, firmly believes so. That’s why she owns both businesses and situated them aRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
729 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef and co-owner Rachel Yang had an unconventional start, stepping away from her urban studies and visual art degrees to head to culinary school in New York City. With her husbandRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

FlintCreek Cattle Co.

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenwood
1,031 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The success of seafood-centric RockCreek led co-owner Christy Donnelly and her chef husband to open FlintCreek in 2016. The converted Greenwood industrial building serves as the peRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Marjorie Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
818 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Donna Moodie’s childhood in Jamaica inspired her to open Marjorie in 2003, a culinary tribute to her mother’s unforgettable home cooking. Moodie is a passionate owner and host, andRead more
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