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The Top Women-Led Restaurants Around the Country

The OpenTable Team

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’ve teamed up with the James Beard Foundation to showcase some of the world’s best restaurants on OpenTable with women at the helm. Some are James Beard Award-winners, nominees and semifinalists, others are trailblazing entrepreneurs whose reputations precede them. Though March 8th is the official day to celebrate women—with this many phenomenal restaurants in the mix—we encourage you to look through our lists and check them out any time you find yourself nearby.

Restaurants:A16 - San Francisco, Alter, Aviary
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, French
Neighborhoods:Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Wynwood / Edgewater, NE Portland

A16 - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,115 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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

Alter

$$$$·American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
345 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
In the kitchen of James Beard Award finalist chef, Bradley Kilgore's restaurant Alter, sous chef Leah Jones executes an ever-changing menu that highlights the best of South FloridiRead more
86% recommended
Notable Wine List in Miami / Southeast Florida

Aviary

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,196 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended

Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,360 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Beast + Bottle, which opened in 2013, is one of Denver's most celebrated critical darlings, renowned for its ever-changing menu and top-notch beverage program. This is all creditedRead more
86% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver

Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
5,545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the owners of Rioja, purchased the neighboring Bistro Vendome (across Larimer Square) in 2006. With Missy Ihli as manager and Ben Ashworth as chRead more
96% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,603 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Bywater American Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Bywater
504 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Following the success of Compere Lapin, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef/owner Nina Compton opened her second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in the spring of 2018. CRead more
96% recommended
Fit for Foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
2,861 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
After East Coast living and global travels, Holly Smith moved to Seattle in 1993. She opened Cafe Juanita in 2000, eager to show how well Northern Italian cuisine would blend with Read more
95% recommended
Italian in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Cala

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
612 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
Mexican in San Francisco Bay Area

Castagna Restaurant

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
760 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
88% recommended
Best Overall in Portland / Oregon

Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,316 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Centrolina is an Italian market and restaurant run by chef-owner Amy Brandwein. Amy was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic two years running. She wRead more
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in District of Columbia

Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,315 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Compere Lapin is the brainchild of its chef/co-owner Nina Compton, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South in 2018, who also gained fame as a Top Chef runner-up. In creatinRead more
93% recommended
American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Coquette

$$$$·American·
Garden District
3,030 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Kristen Essig, chef and co-owner of the Garden District bistro Coquette, came to the restaurant in 2016 following an impressive run through some of New Orleans eateries. Joining MiRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,596 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Chef Daniela Soto-Innes is the genius behind Cosme, and the one responsible for earning it a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. She started working at restaurants when Read more

Del Mar

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
456 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
Maria Trabocchi’s Spanish heritage is the inspiration for District Wharf eatery Del Mar. Her family hails from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, home to tapas, exquisRead more
91% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area

Dirt Candy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,566 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Amanda Cohen is the James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning plant-forward restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side. This was the first vegetableRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan

Euclid Hall

$$$$·International·
Downtown / LoDo
440 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • Creative Cuisine
The third restaurant in the Jasinski-Gruitch empire is Euclid Hall, an American tavern housed in a circa-1883 building around the corner from Laramie Square. The restaurant's tagliRead more
81% recommended

Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,404 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
89% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area

Frances

$$$$·Californian·
Castro
2,973 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area

Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,947 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As well as being a top Chicago restaurateur, Stephanie Izard was also the first-ever female winner of the ever-popular Top Chef series. It was shortly after this that she started tRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois

Here's Looking At You

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-Wilshire
470 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Farmers-market-driven New American cuisine with global influences, plus creative craft cocktails, characterize the offerings at Here's Looking at You, an eclectic space in KoreatowRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Los Angeles

High Street on Market

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
680 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
Old City’s High Street on Market is a combination of a classic bakery and a neighborhood restaurant, and is run by one of the most accomplished restaurateurs in Philadelphia, EllenRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Philadelphia

Honey Salt - Las Vegas

$$$$·American·
Summerlin
1,243 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
This farm-to-table Vegas hot spot is the love child of restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla, who both received a James Beard Award semifinalist spot fRead more
82% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Las Vegas

Irma's Southwest

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Downtown
334 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
Irma Galvan first entered the restaurant scene serving up sandwiches out of an old home. Irma approaches hospitality from a place of deep faith and with a commitment to service. HeRead more
88% recommended

Jar

$$$$·American·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
2,543 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
The specialty of Jar, a Beverly Grove chophouse helmed by chef-owner Suzanne Tracht, is modernized versions of classic American comfort food, prepared with impeccable ingredients. Read more
96% recommended
American in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire

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
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
634 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
531 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
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
97% recommended
Most Booked in Portland / Oregon

La Palapa

$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
607 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
La Palapa is the brainchild of Barbara Sibley, a chef and artist with extensive New York City restaurant experience. She started out at La Tulipe, a New York Times three-star FrencRead more
85% recommended

Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
861 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
85% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Lido

$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,245 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
Perfectly positioned on a busy corner on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, Lido showcases the phenomenal cooking of James Beard Award-winning author and chef Serena Bass. She originally gotRead more
96% recommended

Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,319 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Lucques, a French bistro-inspired restaurant on Melrose in West Hollywood, is an incredible success story for its two female founders—Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. The duo claimRead more
90% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles

Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,340 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
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco

Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,510 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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
90% recommended

Menton

$$$$·French·
Fort Point Channel
1,958 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Tasting Menu
Chef Barbara Lynch may very well be the leading figure in fine Boston dining. After winning a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast back in 2003, she continues to wow diners wRead more
89% recommended
French in Boston / New England

mokbar

$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
47 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chef and owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean grandmother and set out to broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture Read more
100% recommended

Mustards Grill

$$$$·American·
Yountville
7,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
  • Great for Lunch
Cindy Pawlcyn's “Truck Stop Deluxe” has been a Napa Valley landmark and go-to spot for casual dining for over 30 years. Pawlcyn, an award-winning cookbook author, and a James BeardRead more
92% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area

Nightbird

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
387 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
86% recommended
Notable Wine List in San Francisco Bay Area

Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
2,745 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
96% recommended
Italian in Portland / Oregon

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,196 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
A small restaurant with a big reputation, Parachute’s Korean-American cuisine continuously impresses Chicago’s diners. One of six Chicago chefs on the ninth series of Top Chef, ParRead more
91% recommended

Porto

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Back Bay
657 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
The local favorite Porto comes from the James Beard award-winning mind of Chef Jody Adams. Adams first made waves on the Boston scene with her celebrated Cambridge restaurant calleRead more
92% recommended

Republique

$$$$·French·
Hollywood
2,594 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
In opening Republique, Margarita Manzke and her husband Walter Manzke took over the West Hollywood space of the legendary former Campanile, meaning expectations were high. RepubliqRead more
95% recommended
French in Los Angeles

Revelry

$$$$·Asian·
NE Portland
199 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • 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
91% recommended
Hot Spot in Portland / Oregon

Rioja

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
7,713 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Rioja was the first restaurant opened by a team of two women who would later create an acclaimed mini-empire across Denver — executive chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski and general mRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado

State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,199 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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
90% recommended

Stubborn Seed

$$$$·American·
Miami Beach / South Beach
720 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Not all great chefs have a long list of credentials and decades of experience. Every cook starts somewhere, and Dallas Wynne is no exception. At just 23 years old, this young up-anRead more
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Miami / Southeast Florida

Tavern

$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,244 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Tavern is the second restaurant by acclaimed Lucques owners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the winners of four James Beard Foundation Awards between them. Food & Wine magazine naRead more
86% recommended
Californian in Westside

Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,860 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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
90% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Tuck Room Tavern – Los Angeles

$$$$·American·
Westwood
319 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Groups
The Tuck Room Tavern bills itself “a spirited drinking and dining den,” with an emphasis on cocktails and craveable comfort food. The small chain (in addition to Los Angeles, thereRead more
84% recommended
Late Night Find in Westside

Tiger Mama

$$$$·Thai·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
627 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
Tiger Mama hails from one of Boston's most popular chefs. Chef Tiffani Faison is a Top Chef alumni and nominee for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Northeast award. She is aRead more
90% recommended

Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,627 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Trade

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seaport
312 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Trade is another smash hit from chef Jody Adams, a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: America. Already a local culinary superstar for her Cambridge restaurant Rialto, Adams opRead more
97% recommended
Great for Lunch in Boston

The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
386 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Seattle

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - The Venetian Las Vegas

$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
4,182 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Winning the season finale of Gordon Ramsey’s reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen, Kimberly Ann Ryan bloomed right into the culinary spotlight, and her gig as the head chef at the VRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas

Zahav

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Old City
7,052 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Just down the road from Washington Square, Zahav brings the unique culture and flavor of Israel to Philadelphia. Zahav had an amazing year in 2018. Not only were they nominated forRead more
95% recommended
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Zasu

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
164 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Zasu, which opened in Mid-City on New Year's Eve 2018, is the first solo venture of chef/owner Sue Zemanick, who won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2013. She also seRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana

3030 Ocean

$$$$·Seafood·
Fort Lauderdale
1,576 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Adrienne Grenier started her professional career at 3030 Ocean. Under the mentorship of renowned chefs Paula DaSilva and Dean Max, she began her journey as a professional chef. TwoRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Ft. Lauderdale - Broward County

68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
535 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Longtime restaurateurs and sisters Joan and Marion Gillcrist run 68 Degrees. Marion is the chef and has over 30 years’ experience, including working with names such as Mark Miller Read more
97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin

A16 Rockridge

$$$$·Italian·
Oakland
1,643 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
The Oakland version of one of San Francisco’s most popular upscale Italian restaurants holds many similarities. Both share an owner, Shelley Lindgren, who curates an impressive selRead more
83% recommended
Notable Wine List in East Bay

Ace Eat Serve

$$$$·Asian·
Uptown
290 reviews
  • Fun
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
It takes a certain kind of daring to open a ping-pong-based restaurant, but the married-couple team of Jen and Josh Wolkon, owners of the Secret Sauce Food & Beverage Group, took sRead more
98% recommended
Asian in Denver / Colorado

Acquerello

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
2,323 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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
100% recommended
Best Overall in San Francisco Bay Area

Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,017 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • 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

Aksum

$$$$·Mediterranean·
University City
529 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Hanna Debela had a vision that stemmed from her deep love for Philly and a desire to make a positive impact in the Baltimore Avenue neighborhood. Aksum is the culmination of that vRead more

Angèle Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·French·
Napa
2,802 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
Tucked at the end of Downtown Napa's Main Street, Bettina Rouas' classic French gem has spectacular views of the Napa River, a unique dining room set in a former 1890s ship supplieRead more
96% recommended
Scenic View in Wine Country

AQUAGRILL

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
1,835 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Best oysters. Best waiter. Welcoming hosts and bartender. And an entree I keep thinking about and wish to have again next day. Not to mention, homemade desserts and complimentary cRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan

Arlo Grey

$$$$·American·
Downtown
462 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
Self-taught chef Kristen Kish rose to fame after winning season 10 of Top Chef in 2012. However, she didn’t stop there. She traveled extensively for five years, before moving to AuRead more
85% recommended
Scenic View in Austin

Armandos

$$$$·Mexican·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
787 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
When Armando's opened in 1978, the 1920s made a reappearance. Seen through the lens of Mexico City, this decade enjoyed a vibrant social scene that’s a foundational asset of a mealRead more
100% recommended

Arnaud's

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
4,993 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Arnaud's is a true New Orleans institution, founded in 1918 by Arnaud Cazenave and spanning almost a full city block in the French Quarter. This formal fine-dining institution, whoRead more
87% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

ATLA

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown West
58 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
Atla is the newest eatery from New York City’s bold, young superstar chef Daniela Soto-Innes. After breaking the mold with her upscale Mexican restaurant Cosme, Soto-Innes wanted tRead more

August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,020 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
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

Babette's Cafe

$$$$·French·
Inman Park
3,861 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
After fruitful years in the restaurant industry, Marla Adams knew a glass ceiling couldn’t keep her down. That’s why, in 1992, she made the move to open her own restaurant, naming Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia

Bar Avignon

$$$$·Contemporary European·
SE Portland
878 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
89% recommended
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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
4,710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are often referred to as the Queens of Midtown Village, due to the sheer number of successful establishments they’ve opened up. Safran-Turney hospiRead more
96% recommended
Mediterranean in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

Besaw's

$$$$·Northwest·
NW Portland
403 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
A true Portland institution that’s been around since 1903 and was the recipient of the first liquor license in the city after the Prohibition ended. Besaws is a historic eatery thaRead more
93% recommended
Northwest in Portland

Bessou

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
89 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Cozy
Maiko Kyogoku and Chef Emily Yuen are masters of Japanese comfort food. Tucked away on Bleecker Street, the duo drew inspiration for Bessou from Kyogoku’s family’s traditional cookRead more
96% recommended

The Black Sheep

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Spring Valley
348 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Mixing the flavors of her Vietnamese upbringing with the fine French techniques she learned while working in top Strip restaurants has proved to be an unbeatable combo for chef JamRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Las Vegas

Border Grill – Mandalay Bay

$$$$·Mexican·
Mandalay Bay Resort
2,591 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Originally opened in Los Angeles after co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger completed a road trip across Mexico in a VW Bug, Border Grill is now also a Vegas culinary instiRead more
89% recommended
Mexican in Las Vegas

Border Grill - Downtown LA

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,838 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Open since 1985 and as popular as ever, Border Grill in downtown Los Angeles is an institution, establishing its co-owners and co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger as authoRead more
87% recommended

Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
2,891 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Bud and Marilyn are Chef Marcie Turner’s grandparents, who ran their own restaurant for nearly 50 years. Marcie has infused Bud & Marilyn’s with their long-standing philosophy of sRead more
95% recommended
American in Philadelphia

Cafe Minh

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Mid-City / City Park
276 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Cafe Minh's co-chef/co-owner Cynthia VuTran came to New Orleans from Vietnam, as did her partner in the venture, chef Minh Bui. VuTrain worked in restaurant kitchens from a young aRead more
98% recommended

Capitol Cider

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
478 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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
84% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Chai Yo Modern Thai

$$$$·Thai·
Buckhead
278 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Whereas her restaurant Tuk Tuk keeps things authentic with street-style food, DeeDee Niyomkul’s second restaurant, Chai Yo, combine modernity with innovation. Chef and owner NiyomkRead more
94% recommended

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

$$$$·Indian·
The Gulch
2,235 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef and co-owner Maneet Chauhan is truly a celebrity -- snagging a gig as a judge on popular food show Chopped and making a guest appearance on Next Iron Chef. She’s also worked aRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Nashville

Chez Zee

$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,300 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Chez Zee has been an Austin favorite since 1989. Owner Sharon Watkins used to run an ad agency but decided to buy a little dive known as Chez Fred and make a go of it in the restauRead more
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

Chica Las Vegas

$$$$·Latin American·
The Venetian and Palazzo
966 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Originally from Venezuela, busy Chef Lorena Garcia runs several airport eateries across the nation and the Culinary Loft in Miami, as well as overseeing the kitchen at this popularRead more
81% recommended

Cibo E Beve

$$$$·Italian·
Sandy Springs
802 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
With more than three decades in the culinary world, Linda Harrell knows her way around the kitchen. She’s worked in several fine dining restaurants and has shared her culinary knowRead more
89% recommended

Cocotte

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
868 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
93% recommended

Comida at the Source - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Denver)
271 reviews
  • Quick Bite
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Rayme Rossello famously started Comida in 2010 as a hot pink food truck nicknamed “Tina,” roaming the Front Range of Colorado and winning a dedicated legion of fans with its modernRead more
82% recommended
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Costa Brava Bistro

$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,096 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey bring a combined near six decades of expertise to the kitchen and atmosphere at Costa Brava Bistro. Dueñas alone has lived through 30 years in the hRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Houston

Da Flora

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
122 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
Best Service in San Francisco Bay Area

Dame

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
57 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
87% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Portland / Oregon

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,783 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago and, after attending Scottsdale Culinary Institute, returned in 2000 when she began her illustrious career working with chefs like Dale LevitskiRead more
93% recommended

Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
627 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
You can’t get fresher than ‘just-picked’ ingredients. That’s the ethos at West Loop’s Eden, which has an on-site greenhouse where fruit, veggies, and herbs grow in a delightful urbRead more
97% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois

Eden East

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Central Austin
224 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
An award-winning chef and owner of three restaurants, Sonya Coté wants diners to understand exactly where their food comes from. She admires the passion of food growers and produceRead more
89% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin

Eight Sushi Lounge

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
888 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Eight Sushi Lounge's president and managing partner, Lei G. (Lily) Ho, found widespread success with Rice Restaurant and Sushi Bar before moving into the Atlanta food scene with thRead more
93% recommended
Best Food in Atlanta

El Alma Cafe y Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
543 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Happy Hour
Chef Alma Alcocer hails from Mexico City and honed her culinary skills at Jeffrey’s, an Austin fine-dining institution. She is now the executive chef for the entire El Chile restauRead more
93% recommended
Mexican in Austin

El Naranjo

$$$$·Traditional Mexican·
Central Austin
517 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Tex Mex is great, but Mexican food lovers want the real thing these days, and this Rainey Street restaurant delivers. Genuine mole negro sits alongside empanadas de huitlacoche, acRead more
95% recommended

El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
491 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
El Quinto Pino is the creation of chef/co-owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Raij is a celebrated chef at Txikito and La Vara as well and specializes in unique takes on classic SpaRead more
85% recommended

Le Colonial - Houston

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,277 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Classic French meets Southeast Asia at Le Colonial, a well-known Houston restaurant. Nicole Routhier and Hassan Obaye are the culinary masters behind the menu that delicately balanRead more
96% recommended

Equinox - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,547 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Established in 1999, Equinox promises locally-sourced fine dining in the heart of Washington. One of the masterminds behind this simple yet effective concept is Ellen Kassoff GrayRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area

Etch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
4,734 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Deb Paquette isn’t just an accomplished chef here in Nashville, she’s also inspired and empowered many other women in the food business, such as Kim Totzke, COO of Provence BreadsRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville

Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
11,448 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
JoAnna Filomena moved from New York to Washington in 1980. At that time, she found eating out in D.C. a rushed affair with no soul. She decided to try and emulate the warmth and hoRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Flex Mussels - 13th Street

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,574 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
Veteran restaurateur Laura Shapiro has found the magic recipe for fantastic seafood. Flex Mussels - 13th Street serves up the highest quality Prince Edward Island mussels, seafood Read more
96% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,393 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Laura Shapiro partnered with her daughter Alexandra and husband Bobby to bring Flex Mussels to New York City. The seasoned restaurateurs have instrumented 20-something successful vRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area

FlintCreek Cattle Co.

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenwood
769 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle

Garbo's

$$$$·Seafood·
North Central
268 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Heidi Garbo grew up surrounded by lobster - strange thing to grow up around, right? This was because her family ran a huge New England seafood supplier. She started her career withRead more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in Austin

Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
343 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Glasserie is one of Brooklyn’s coolest new restaurants, occupying an 1860s glass factory at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Owner Sara Conklin spent her childhood in places like KuRead more
96% recommended
Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area

Hank's Oyster Bar - Dupont

$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
380 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
As owner and chef at Hank's Oyster Bar, Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most recognized chefs and community heroes. She prides herself on serving “Urban Beach Food,” which incluRead more
92% recommended
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Henrietta Red

$$$$·American·
Nashville
1,148 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Germantown’s Henrietta Red is the brainchild of Nashville-born Julia Sullivan. This talented chef graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked at eatRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Nashville

Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
152 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
Hillside Farmacy is another restaurant owned by award-winning Sonya Coté, named by Marie Claire as one of their “women on top.” Glass display cabinets, bottles, and jars are all clRead more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Austin

IL Localino

$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
1,636 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
As owner and operator of Il Localino since 2000, Gale Parker knows the importance of blending good food with good ambiance. She loves to take on everything from holiday planning toRead more
96% recommended
Special Occasion in Atlanta / Georgia

Izumi - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Japanese·
East Passyunk Avenue
241 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
A savvy business woman who’s passionate about food, Lynn Rinaldi began her career as a teenager when she opened a successful café at her art college. That flair for business combinRead more
90% recommended
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Jamonera

$$$$·Spanish·
Center City
1,731 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Partners in both business and life, the inseparable Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned their culinary eye towards Spain with Jamonera. The restaurant opened the year after a wRead more
93% recommended

Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,597 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
River North is host to a dazzling array of restaurants, but Kinzie Chophouse keeps it simple and satisfying with sizzling steaks, classic burgers and sandwiches, and homemade favorRead more

La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
813 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The sister restaurant to Susanne Poilevey’s Le Bouchon, La Sardine has been serving French comfort food for over two decades. A dedicated family-and-business woman, Susanne couldn’Read more
94% recommended
French in Chicago

Lao Table

$$$$·Thai·
SOMA
175 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
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
91% recommended
Thai in San Francisco Bay Area

Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
650 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Susanne Poilevey runs the French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon, both creations of her late husband, Chef Jean-Claude Poilevey. Le Bouchon is widely renowned for introducingRead more
95% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Letena Ethiopian Restaurant

$$$$·Ethiopian·
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
30 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Based in Columbia Heights, Letena offers traditional Ethiopian food with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. The spices that give the dishes their unique flavors come allRead more
100% recommended
Best Value in Washington, D.C. Area

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,062 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Comfort Food
Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef, feels that goat is a highly-underrated ingredient. She’s trying to change that. She’s currently incorporating seven whole goatRead more
94% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,582 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Once upon a time, it was worrying to walk down 13th Street alone. Now, thanks in part to the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, it’s a thriviRead more
93% recommended

Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,197 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Macello invites you to “Step into the world of Italy.” Angela (Angie) Padula is the mastermind behind the restaurant, and does everything from designing menus to managing the restaRead more
97% recommended
Italian in Chicago

Mamnoon

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
889 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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

Marjorie Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
747 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended

MC Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Design District / Buena Vista
453 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Brandy Coletta and Dena Marino teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant. MC Kitchen reflects a lifetime of experience and dedication to fresh, seasonal food. Coletta brings aRead more
91% recommended

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
757 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Stephanie Lempert and Polo Dobkin opened up Meadowsweet under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2014. Since then, the husband-and-wife team have been coming up with thoughtful, modern AmeRead more
95% recommended
American in Brooklyn

MET Back Bay

$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,167 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
Kathy Sidell first earned renown as the owner of a commercial production company and then as a restaurant entrepreneur. After those ventures, she moved into the restaurant businessRead more
84% recommended

Miel

$$$$·French American·
Nashville
755 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Look out for proud restaurant owner Seema Prasad greeting guests with a smile at Sylvan Park’s Miel. Seema has run restaurants across Washington and Seattle, and has two decades ofRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville

Modern Love Brooklyn

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,058 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
This Brooklyn hot spot is actually modeled after the original restaurant in Omaha. Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the coolest vegan chef on the planet and, in addition to her two veRead more
96% recommended
Healthy in New York / Tri-State Area

Mooncusser Fish House

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
399 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Mooncusser's chef Carolyn Johnson rose to fame under Jody Adams at the Cambridge favorite Rialto. When she set out to open her own restaurant, she developed Mooncusser in the heartRead more
92% recommended

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,238 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mr. B's Bistro, one of the most celebrated restaurants in New Orleans, owes its continuing success to two women: owner Cindy Brennan and chef Michelle McRaney. Cindy Brennan, of thRead more
95% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana

Myriad Gastropub

$$$$·Global, International·
Mission
190 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
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

Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
276 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Original owner Tetsuko Nakato came to the United States and fell in love with Southern living, opening her Nakato steakhouse, tempura, and sushi bar restaurant in 1972. As the oldeRead more
90% recommended
Kid Friendly in Atlanta / Georgia

Nan Thai Fine Dining

$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
2,250 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Nan Niyomkul first entered the restaurant industry at age 19, fine-tuning her craft in Manhattan, and later setting her sights on Atlanta. As chef and co-owner, Niyomkul first openRead more
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Atlanta

Oak + Rowan

$$$$·Seafood·
Seaport
744 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Celebrated chef Nancy Batista-Caswell made a splash (no pun intended) on the Massachusetts restaurant scene with a pair of smash hit restaurants in the town of Newburyport. Oak + RRead more
Fit for Foodies in Boston

Old Lady Gang

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
3,575 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Co-owner and reality star Kandi Burress-Tucker first brought the idea of Old Lady Gang to the forefront in Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. Burruss-Tucker opened Old Lady Gang iRead more
Most Booked in Atlanta / Georgia

Orfeo

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
580 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
97% recommended
Romantic in Seattle

Ortanique on the Mile

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Coral Gables / Coral Way / Little Havana
1,600 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Cindy Hutson is a name that comes showered with decades of culinary acclaim. In 1994, she began a lifelong journey into restaurant ownership that kicked off with rave reviews for “Read more
92% recommended

Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
4,738 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Nancy Silverton has created a Los Angeles restaurant empire, and Osteria Mozza is the crown jewel. Get anything from the in-house mozzarella bar, and you can’t go wrong with aRead more
89% recommended
Notable Wine List in Hollywood

Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
304 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
Famous for its afternoon tea, Pavilion is another remarkable dining option within the excellent Langham Hotel. Dining industry veteran, Lindsay Srednicki, utilizes her meticulous aRead more
83% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
541 reviews
  • Fun
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighborhood Gem
Barbara Black is one half of the dynamic duo running Black Restaurant Group. The group consists of nine top establishments in the Washington area, including Pearl Dive Oyster PalacRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area

Pepper Twins

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown / Montrose
1 review
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
Yunan Yang, the woman behind one of the best Chinese restaurants in Houston, is definitively a restaurateur of note. Since she opened the first Pepper Twins in 2015, the brand has Read more
100% recommended

Piccino

$$$$·Californian·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
1,231 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Californian in San Francisco

Pig and Khao

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,243 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen opened Pig and Khao to serve up her innovative Southeast Asian cuisine in swanky digs on the Lower East Side. Raised with a Filipino upbringing, CoheRead more
93% recommended

Plum Bistro

$$$$·Vegan·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
28 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
88% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Poquitos - Capitol Hill

$$$$·Mexican·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
423 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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
81% recommended

Porsena

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
481 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Chef Sara Jenkins opened her first NYC restaurant, Porchetta, in 2009 and has been serving some of the city’s most iconic meat dishes ever since. Porsena, also located close to AstRead more
98% recommended

RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,368 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
An upscale West End restaurant, RIS holds the name of accomplished chef and owner Ris Lacoste. Her all-female team is an inspiration to up-and-coming women in the food industry eveRead more
92% recommended
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RL Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,380 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
Ralph Lauren might be famous for fashion, but now the world-renowned clothing company has dipped their toe into the restaurant industry. The flagship restaurant stands proudly on ERead more
95% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois

Roofers Union

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Adams Morgan
400 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bare bricks and long rows of seats at the bar welcome hungry guests to Roofers Union in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Classic American fare is on the menu, which is the vision of Read more
91% recommended
Good for Groups in Washington, D.C. Area

Russet

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,705 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Kristin Wood is an accomplished pastry chef who runs Russet alongside her husband, Andrew. Kristin studied at the California Culinary Academy, where she developed a real passion foRead more
97% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia

Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,800 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Steakhouse in San Francisco

Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
591 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
As the name suggests, this multiple award-winning Vietnamese restaurant is the brainchild of two sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama SuuRead more
100% recommended

Scampo at The Liberty Hotel

$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
2,383 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
The great Lydia Shire has been a fixture on the Boston food scene for decades. Her first efforts were under the famed New England chef Jasper White and then as the head chef for LoRead more
88% recommended

Seaspice & Modern Garden

$$$$·Global, International·
Miami
1,643 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
Jill Martinez Montinola breathes new life into the sweet treats served on the dessert menu at Seaspice. Martinez Montinola brings more than a decade of experience with pastries to Read more
Global, International in Miami / Southeast Florida

Shakewell

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Oakland
819 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
This trendy, casual food spot, led by Top Chef alumni Jen Biesty, focuses primarily on Mediterranean fare with Spanish influences, though Northern California flavors appear in seveRead more
94% recommended
Mediterranean in East Bay

Sinema

$$$$·American·
Nashville
1,690 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Brenda Reed is one of the owners of Sinema, a classic American restaurant housed in the historic Melrose Theater. The entire concept aims to keep the atmosphere and ambiance of theRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in Nashville

Smallwares

$$$$·Northwest·
North Portland
104 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
Northwest in Portland

SPQR

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
3,308 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Spuntino

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
640 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Sputino, in Denver's historic Potter Highland neighborhood, started as a gelato shop and transformed into a casual Italian restaurant, currently owned by the married couple CindhurRead more
98% recommended
Italian in Denver / Colorado

Stiltsville Fish Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Miami Beach / South Beach
819 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis define the term ‘power couple’ in the restaurant industry. These two culinary masterminds were behind the wildly successful Root & Bone brand that tooRead more
91% recommended

Tapalaya

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
NE Portland
522 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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

The Beatrice Inn

$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
726 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Famed New York Chef Angie Mar is the chef and owner of The Beatrice Inn, one of the city’s most well-renowned Prohibition-era speakeasies. While it has always boasted a superb atmoRead more

The Bonneville

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
185 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lady Bird Lake is home to some amazing Austin eateries, and The Bonneville lives up to that reputation and then some. This restaurant promises New American cuisine that’s globally Read more
83% recommended

The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,624 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Aimee Olexy is a key player in the burgeoning Philly food scene. She opened Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily, both farm-to-table eateries that consistently attract a lot of attenRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

The Riddler

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
80 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
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

The Shuckery

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Petaluma
455 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Petaluma's first oyster bar is the creation of sisters Aluxa and Jazmine Lalicker. Born in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan, respectively, they’ve spent their lives near the oceanRead more
91% recommended

The Tin Table

$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
439 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
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
92% recommended
Late Night Find in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Three

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
378 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
Norman Van Aken's latest culinary institution, Three, employs some of the most talented young chefs in the business, and Mame Sow is no exception. Her culinary brilliance was firstRead more

Travelle - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
852 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The Langham Hotel is a top destination in Chicago, with a culinary team headed up by director of food and beverage Lindsay Srednicki. A veteran of the food industry since 2007, LinRead more
85% recommended

Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
1,568 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Chef DeeDee Niyomkul grew up around restaurants, learning her trade at an early age alongside her grandmother at home, as well as in her parents’ restaurant, Nan Thai Fine Dining. Read more
90% recommended

Twin Creeks - Silverton Casino Hotel

$$$$·Steak·
Silverton Casino Hotel
1,489 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Sizzling steaks, a top-shelf bourbon selection, and an excellent wine list make the Twin Creeks Steakhouse inside the Silverton Casino a destination for those looking for a true cuRead more
88% recommended
Best Service in South Las Vegas

Uchiko

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
3,418 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Billed as the “child of Uchi,” one of Austin’s finest and most popular restaurants, Uchiko is Japanese cuisine with a farm-to-table philosophy. Uchiko is famous for its divine privRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Austin

Ultreia

$$$$·Spanish·
Downtown / LoDo
17 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
General manager Jessica Cann and executive chef Adam Branz join owners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch in running Ultreia, a Spanish-Portuguese restaurant that opened in 2017. ARead more
Late Night Find in Denver / Colorado

Unit-D Pizzeria - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Pizzeria·
Central Austin
12 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Owner Shalou Barth is a Cherrywood local and passionate about her neighborhood and surrounding Central Austin. She and her husband bought and renovated a run-down office block and Read more
100% recommended
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Vessel NOLA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-City / City Park
470 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Special Occasion
Chef Amandalynn Picolo and pastry chef Amelia Watts drive the menus at Vessel, a Mid-City restaurant famously housed in a former church. Diners are drawn to the circa-1914 buildingRead more
89% recommended

Vesta

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
4,578 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Vesta, named after the Roman goddess of the hearth, was the first in what is now Jen and Josh Wolkon's string of Denver restaurants under their Secret Sauce brand. Jen Wolkon workeRead more
95% recommended
American in Denver

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,760 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Gina Capitanini is the third-generation owner of Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant. Vivere is one of three restaurants housed inside a single building, with sister restaurants LaRead more
91% recommended

Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
55 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Modern, fine dining meets Japanese cuisine at Yūgen, a women-helmed restaurant in the premier dining area of the West Loop. Executive chef Mari Katsumura grew up above her family’sRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in Chicago / Illinois

Yves

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
75 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Located in downtown Manhattan, just a block from the Hudson River, Yves is one of the city’s most elegant French brasseries. Alex Baker is Paris-trained, she attended culinary schoRead more
94% recommended

Zazie

$$$$·French·
Cole Valley
1,274 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Owner Jennifer Bennett Piallat has operated this French-inspired neighborhood institution for nearly two decades and owned it since 2005. She's also co-owner of Napa restaurant, CaRead more
100% recommended
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