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 - Perm Closed
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, French
Neighborhoods:Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, Wynwood / Edgewater, NE Portland

A16 - San Francisco

$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,397 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
85% recommended

Alter

$$$$·American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
91% recommended

Aviary - Perm Closed

$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,299 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
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Beast and Bottle

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,476 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
91% recommended
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Bistro Vendome

$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
6,165 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
94% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado

Boulevard

$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
8,268 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
99% recommended

Bywater American Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
Bywater
762 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
100% recommended
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Cafe Juanita

$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
3,095 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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

Cala - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
934 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
93% recommended
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Castagna Restaurant

$$$$·American·
SE Portland
802 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
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Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,825 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,694 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Coquette

$$$$·American·
Garden District
3,238 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,954 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
1,151 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
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
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Dirt Candy

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,884 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
92% recommended
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Euclid Hall - Permanently Closed

$$$$·International·
Downtown / LoDo
521 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
83% recommended
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Foreign Cinema

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
7,293 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
97% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area

Frances

$$$$·Californian·
Castro
3,218 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
94% recommended

Girl & the Goat

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
11,241 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Chicago / Illinois

Here's Looking At You - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-Wilshire
588 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended
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High Street on Market - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
777 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Honey Salt - Las Vegas

$$$$·American·
Summerlin
1,935 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
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
94% recommended
Healthy in Las Vegas

Irma's Southwest

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Downtown
441 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
94% recommended

Jar

$$$$·American·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
2,799 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Los Angeles

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
769 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • 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
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Kachka

$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
977 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
90% recommended

La Palapa

$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
708 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Great for Brunch
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
95% recommended
Mexican in Manhattan

Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,019 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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Lido

$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,431 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Lucques

$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,497 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
91% recommended
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Octavia

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,619 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, opened this elegant, yet casual spot with a fresh rotating menu. Sara HaumRead more
92% recommended

Marlowe

$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,692 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
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
2,220 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
87% recommended
Notable Wine List in Boston / New England

mokbar

$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
60 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Cozy
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
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Mustards Grill

$$$$·American·
Yountville
8,514 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
American in Wine Country

Nightbird

$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
494 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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
88% recommended

Nostrana

$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
3,400 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
87% recommended

Parachute

$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,403 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
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
90% recommended

Porto

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Back Bay
957 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
3,406 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
250 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
94% recommended
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Rioja

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
8,678 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
91% recommended

State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,608 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area

Stubborn Seed

$$$$·American·
Miami Beach / South Beach
1,143 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
American in Miami / Southeast Florida

Tavern - Brentwood

$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,417 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended

Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,266 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle / Eastern Washington

The Tuck Room Tavern – Los Angeles

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
Westwood
368 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
88% recommended
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Tiger Mama

$$$$·Thai·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
854 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
2,724 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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
92% recommended
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Trade

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seaport
412 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
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
89% recommended

The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
516 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Outdoor Dining in Seattle / Eastern Washington

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar - The Venetian Las Vegas

$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
6,091 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas

Zahav

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Old City
7,135 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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
97% recommended
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Zasu

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
412 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended

3030 Ocean

$$$$·Seafood·
Fort Lauderdale
1,817 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Miami / Southeast Florida

68 Degrees

$$$$·Italian·
Central Austin
854 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended

A16 Rockridge

$$$$·Italian·
Oakland
1,834 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in East Bay

Ace Eat Serve

$$$$·Asian·
Uptown
479 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended

Acquerello

$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
2,434 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
95% recommended
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Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,119 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
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Aksum

$$$$·Mediterranean·
University City
544 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
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
93% recommended
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Angèle Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·French·
Napa
3,022 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
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
91% recommended
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AQUAGRILL

$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
2,170 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
What a fabulous meal yet again. Never disappoints. The oysters and martinis are divine as is everything else. Our server, Julio, was fantastic and attentive. Since I guessed he wasRead more
92% recommended
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Arlo Grey by Kristen Kish

$$$$·American·
Downtown
709 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
96% recommended
Romantic in Austin

Armandos

$$$$·Mexican·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
959 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
89% recommended

Arnaud's

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
5,670 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

ATLA

$$$$·Mexican·
NoHo
118 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
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August (1) Five

$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
1,277 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
100% recommended
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Babette's Cafe

$$$$·French·
Inman Park
4,404 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
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 Value in Atlanta / Georgia

Bar Avignon

$$$$·Contemporary European·
SE Portland
877 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
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Barbuzzo Restaurant

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
5,358 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
98% recommended

Besaw's

$$$$·Northwest·
NW Portland
465 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
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
85% recommended

Bessou

$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
130 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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
92% recommended

The Black Sheep

$$$$·Contemporary Asian·
Spring Valley
608 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Westside

Border Grill – Mandalay Bay

$$$$·Mexican·
Mandalay Bay Resort
3,090 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
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
91% recommended
Mexican in Las Vegas

Border Grill - Downtown LA

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,928 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
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Bud & Marilyn's

$$$$·American·
Center City
3,843 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia

Cafe Minh

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Mid-City / City Park
355 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
97% recommended
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Capitol Cider

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
609 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
97% recommended

Chai Yo Modern Thai

$$$$·Thai·
Buckhead
531 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

$$$$·Indian·
The Gulch
2,883 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
3,778 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
98% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin

Chica Las Vegas

$$$$·Latin American·
The Venetian and Palazzo
1,627 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
90% recommended

Cibo E Beve

$$$$·Italian·
Sandy Springs
939 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Romantic
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
100% recommended
Romantic in Atlanta / Georgia

Cocotte

$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
999 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
91% recommended
French in San Francisco

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
1,314 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
97% recommended

Da Flora

$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
158 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended

Dame

$$$$·American·
NE Portland
77 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
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
92% recommended

Duck Duck Goat

$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
3,578 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
Fit for Foodies in Chicago

Eden

$$$$·American·
West Loop
842 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
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
100% recommended
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Eden East

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Central Austin
268 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
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Eight Sushi Lounge

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
974 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
96% recommended
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El Alma Cafe y Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
586 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
96% recommended
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El Naranjo - Rainey - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Traditional Mexican·
Central Austin
570 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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
92% recommended
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El Quinto Pino - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
589 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
89% recommended
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Le Colonial - Houston

$$$$·Vietnamese·
Galleria / Uptown
2,021 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
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Equinox - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,909 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vegan
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
95% recommended
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area

Etch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
5,791 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
98% recommended
Best Service in Nashville

Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
13,272 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
98% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area

Flex Mussels - 13th Street

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,667 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
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
97% recommended

Flex Mussels - 82nd Street

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,529 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
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
96% recommended

FlintCreek Cattle Co.

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenwood
1,062 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • 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

Garbo's

$$$$·Seafood·
North Central
331 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
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

Glasserie

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
453 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
94% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Brooklyn

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
1,516 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
95% recommended
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Hillside Farmacy

$$$$·American·
East Austin
221 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
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
Fit for Foodies in Austin

IL Localino

$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
2,097 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
Best Service 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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Super Spartan - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Greek·
Center City
131 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • 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
90% recommended
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Kinzie Chophouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,765 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
87% recommended

La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
1,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
92% recommended
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Lao Table

$$$$·Thai·
SOMA
228 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Spicy
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
Healthy in San Francisco

Le Bouchon - Chicago

$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
877 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois

Letena Ethiopian Restaurant

$$$$·Ethiopian·
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
50 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
96% recommended

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,777 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
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
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois

Little Nonna's

$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,869 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
94% recommended
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Macello

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,508 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic
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
94% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

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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Marjorie Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
818 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
90% recommended

MC Kitchen

$$$$·Italian·
Design District / Buena Vista
594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
1,010 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
92% recommended
Great for Brunch in Brooklyn

Saltie Girl Boston

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
1,655 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
92% recommended
Seafood in Boston

Miel

$$$$·French American·
Nashville
771 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended
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Modern Love Brooklyn

$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
1,296 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended

Mooncusser

$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
553 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,393 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
98% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

Myriad Gastropub

$$$$·Global, International·
Mission
220 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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

Nakato 'Sushi Bar and Regular Dining' Japanese Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
348 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
93% recommended
Special Occasion in Atlanta / Georgia

Nan Thai Fine Dining

$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
2,872 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended

Oak + Rowan

$$$$·Seafood·
Seaport
929 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Boston

Old Lady Gang

$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
4,540 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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
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Orfeo

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
661 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
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
90% recommended
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Ortanique on the Mile

$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Coral Gables / Coral Way / Little Havana
1,718 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Romantic
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
100% recommended
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Osteria Mozza

$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
5,148 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
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
92% recommended
Good for Groups in Los Angeles

Pavilion - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Scenic View
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
88% recommended
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
790 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
97% 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
1,313 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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Pig and Khao

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,411 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
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
44 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
84% recommended

Poquitos - Capitol Hill

$$$$·Mexican·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
465 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • 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
90% recommended

Porsena

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
570 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • 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
91% recommended
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RIS

$$$$·American·
West End
3,382 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
6,291 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
99% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois

Roofers Union

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Adams Morgan
410 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Scenic View
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
88% recommended
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Russet - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,718 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - San Francisco - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
3,040 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
100% recommended
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Saigon Sisters

$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
668 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
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
2,775 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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 Brasserie & Lounge

$$$$·Global, International·
Miami
2,185 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Spot
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
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Shakewell

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Oakland
980 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
93% recommended

Sinema

$$$$·American·
Nashville
2,261 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
American in Nashville

Smallwares - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Northwest·
North Portland
118 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
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SPQR

$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
3,484 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List
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
83% recommended

Spuntino

$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
961 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
1,451 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
92% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Miami / Southeast Florida

Tapalaya

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
NE Portland
542 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
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
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The Beatrice Inn

$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
781 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
82% recommended
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The Bonneville - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
207 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Groups
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
90% recommended
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The Love

$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
3,041 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
97% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

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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The Shuckery

$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Petaluma
611 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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
98% recommended

The Tin Table

$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
525 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended

Three & No.3 Social

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
608 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups
  • Scenic View
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
85% recommended

Travelle - The Langham, Chicago

$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
965 reviews
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
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Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft

$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
2,008 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended
Scenic View in Atlanta

Twin Creeks - Silverton Casino Hotel

$$$$·Steak·
Silverton Casino Hotel
1,586 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
93% recommended

Uchiko Austin

$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
4,355 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
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin

Ultreia

$$$$·Spanish·
Downtown / LoDo
213 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies 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
1,072 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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
88% recommended

Vesta

$$$$·American·
Downtown / LoDo
4,834 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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

Vivere

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,906 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
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
90% recommended
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Yugen

$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
128 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago

Yves

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
110 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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
92% recommended

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's also co-owner of Napa restaurant, CaRead more
97% recommended
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