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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
$$$$·Italian·
Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio
4,052 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Co-owner and wine director Shelley Lindgren is one of the country's most respected Italian wine experts, as well as co-owner of SPQR and two craft cocktail bars. Her wide array of Read more
$$$$·American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
334 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
In the kitchen of James Beard Award finalist chef, Bradley Kilgore's restaurant Alter, sous chef Leah Jones executes an ever-changing menu that highlights the best of South FloridiRead more
Notable Wine List in Miami / Southeast Florida
$$$$·French·
NE Portland
1,150 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
A veteran of both the NYC fine dining scene and the Rose City’s own eclectic culinary scene, Sarah Pliner is owner and chef of Aviary. Her emergence on the Portland culinary scene Read more
83% recommended
Healthy in Portland / Oregon
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,316 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
Beast + Bottle, which opened in 2013, is one of Denver's most celebrated critical darlings, renowned for its ever-changing menu and top-notch beverage program. This is all creditedRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver
$$$$·French·
Downtown / LoDo
5,444 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the owners of Rioja, purchased the neighboring Bistro Vendome (across Larimer Square) in 2006. With Missy Ihli as manager and Ben Ashworth as chRead more
96% recommended
French in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
7,456 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
For more than 25 years, chef and co-owner Nancy Oakes' restaurant on the Embarcadero waterfront has remained a fine-dining go-to, reigning as a modern, elegant classic. Oakes, winnRead more
95% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·Bistro·
Bywater
402 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
Following the success of Compere Lapin, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef/owner Nina Compton opened her second restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, in the spring of 2018. CRead more
93% recommended
Fit for Foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Italian·
Kirkland
2,804 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
After East Coast living and global travels, Holly Smith moved to Seattle in 1993. She opened Cafe Juanita in 2000, eager to show how well Northern Italian cuisine would blend with Read more
95% recommended
Best Service in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
514 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Gabriela Cámara, a celebrated chef from Mexico City, hopes to change people's perception of Mexican cuisine. Her first stateside location, Cala, earned a place on Bon Appetit's 50 Read more
90% recommended
Mexican in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·American·
SE Portland
744 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A long-time landmark of the hip SE Hawthorne area, Castagna is a minimalist, modern space whose menu focuses on fine seasonal Italian fare. Owner and restaurateur Monique Sui has bRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in Portland / Oregon
$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,188 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Centrolina is an Italian market and restaurant run by chef-owner Amy Brandwein. Amy was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic two years running. She wRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Washington, D.C. Area
$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,123 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Compere Lapin is the brainchild of its chef/co-owner Nina Compton, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: South in 2018, who also gained fame as a Top Chef runner-up. In creatinRead more
91% recommended
American in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·American·
Garden District
2,906 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Kristen Essig, chef and co-owner of the Garden District bistro Coquette, came to the restaurant in 2016 following an impressive run through some of New Orleans eateries. Joining MiRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,422 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Chef Daniela Soto-Innes is the genius behind Cosme, and the one responsible for earning it a place on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. She started working at restaurants when Read more
$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
168 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tapas
  • Waterfront
Maria Trabocchi’s Spanish heritage is the inspiration for District Wharf eatery Del Mar. Her family hails from the beautiful Mediterranean island of Mallorca, home to tapas, exquisRead more
93% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Lower East Side
2,435 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Creative Cuisine
Amanda Cohen is the James Beard Award-nominated chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning plant-forward restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side. This was the first vegetableRead more
96% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
$$$$·International·
Downtown / LoDo
416 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great Beer
  • Good for a Date
The third restaurant in the Jasinski-Gruitch empire is Euclid Hall, an American tavern housed in a circa-1883 building around the corner from Laramie Square. The restaurant's tagliRead more
90% recommended
$$$$·Californian·
Mission
6,244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
This Mission classic has drawn people in for two decades with its large, open-air central patio, nightly movie screenings, and elegantly executed menu. Chef and co-owner Gayle PiriRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·Californian·
Castro
2,883 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef and owner Melissa Perello, a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the West, named this tiny, chic restaurant after her grandmother, Frances. It’s alwaRead more
96% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
9,660 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As well as being a top Chicago restaurateur, Stephanie Izard was also the first-ever female winner of the ever-popular Top Chef series. It was shortly after this that she started tRead more
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-Wilshire
419 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Farmers-market-driven New American cuisine with global influences, plus creative craft cocktails, characterize the offerings at Here's Looking at You, an eclectic space in KoreatowRead more
87% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Los Angeles
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old City
638 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Old City’s High Street on Market is a combination of a classic bakery and a neighborhood restaurant, and is run by one of the most accomplished restaurateurs in Philadelphia, EllenRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Philadelphia
$$$$·American·
Summerlin
1,155 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
This farm-to-table Vegas hot spot is the love child of restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband, Chef Kim Canteenwalla, who both received a James Beard Award semifinalist spot fRead more
86% recommended
Healthy in Las Vegas
$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Downtown
285 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Irma Galvan first entered the restaurant scene serving up sandwiches out of an old home. Irma approaches hospitality from a place of deep faith and with a commitment to service. HeRead more
98% recommended
$$$$·American·
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
2,505 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The specialty of Jar, a Beverly Grove chophouse helmed by chef-owner Suzanne Tracht, is modernized versions of classic American comfort food, prepared with impeccable ingredients. Read more
96% recommended
American in West Hollywood / Beverly Hills / Mid-Wilshire
$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
5,053 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Romantic
Situated in trendy Hayes Valley for more than 20 years, Jardinière continues to be one of the city's worthwhile white-tablecloth dining experiences. Chef and owner Traci Des JardinRead more
88% recommended
$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
600 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef and co-owner Rachel Yang had an unconventional start, stepping away from her urban studies and visual art degrees to head to culinary school in New York City. With her husbandRead more
89% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Eastern European·
SE Portland
420 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Growing up in Chicago as the daughter of Belarusian immigrants was the inspiration for Bonnie Morales, the chef and co-owner of Kachka and Kachinka, both located in SE Portland, whRead more
94% recommended
Hot Spot in Portland
$$$$·Mexican·
East Village
580 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fun
La Palapa is the brainchild of Barbara Sibley, a chef and artist with extensive New York City restaurant experience. She started out at La Tulipe, a New York Times three-star FrencRead more
95% recommended
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
809 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Kelly Ronan moved to Seattle in 1991, after spending years in California restaurants learning her way around wine and the dining room. When Ronan became co-owner of Lark in 2003, sRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle
$$$$·Italian·
Harlem
1,181 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Perfectly positioned on a busy corner on Harlem’s Restaurant Row, Lido showcases the phenomenal cooking of James Beard Award-winning author and chef Serena Bass. She originally gotRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Californian·
West Hollywood
2,256 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Lucques, a French bistro-inspired restaurant on Melrose in West Hollywood, is an incredible success story for its two female founders—Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. The duo claimRead more
92% recommended
Californian in Los Angeles
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pacific Heights
1,240 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Chef and owner Melissa Perello, a semi-finalist for the 2016 James Beard Award for Best Chef of the West, opened this elegant, yet casual spot with a fresh rotating menu. Sara HaumRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco
$$$$·American·
SOMA
2,436 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Chef Jennifer Puccio leads Marlowe, the epicenter of the restaurant extraordinaire Anna Weinberg’s Big Night Group’s restaurant empire. She also is executive chef at Leo's Oyster BRead more
87% recommended
$$$$·French·
Fort Point Channel
1,896 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Chef Barbara Lynch may very well be the leading figure in fine Boston dining. After winning a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast back in 2003, she continues to wow diners wRead more
88% recommended
Special Occasion in Boston / New England
$$$$·Korean·
Prospect Heights
35 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef and owner Esther Choi grew up cooking traditional Korean food with her Korean grandmother and set out to broaden New Yorkers’ understanding and appreciation of Korean culture Read more
82% recommended
$$$$·American·
Yountville
7,085 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Notable Wine List
Cindy Pawlcyn's “Truck Stop Deluxe” has been a Napa Valley landmark and go-to spot for casual dining for over 30 years. Pawlcyn, an award-winning cookbook author, and a James BeardRead more
95% recommended
American in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·Californian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
353 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
This elegant, boutique spot in Hayes Valley is the first solo project of chef and owner Kim Alter, a longtime fixture of the Bay Area food scene. Alter achieved critical acclaim whRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
SE Portland
2,583 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef/owner Cathy Whims opened this SE Portland institution after studying with prominent Italian chefs in their homes in Italy. She’s driven several top Portland dining establishmeRead more
95% recommended
Italian in Portland / Oregon
$$$$·Korean·
Avondale / Irving Park
1,095 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A small restaurant with a big reputation, Parachute’s Korean-American cuisine continuously impresses Chicago’s diners. One of six Chicago chefs on the ninth series of Top Chef, ParRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Back Bay
580 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
The local favorite Porto comes from the James Beard award-winning mind of Chef Jody Adams. Adams first made waves on the Boston scene with her celebrated Cambridge restaurant calleRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·French·
Hollywood
2,407 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
In opening Republique, Margarita Manzke and her husband Walter Manzke took over the West Hollywood space of the legendary former Campanile, meaning expectations were high. RepubliqRead more
92% recommended
French in Los Angeles
$$$$·Asian·
NE Portland
168 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Building on the success of their Revel in Seattle, Rachel Yang and her husband Seif Chirchi have taken the Rose City by storm with this small plate focused eatery near the center oRead more
93% recommended
Hot Spot in Portland / Oregon
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Downtown / LoDo
7,550 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Rioja was the first restaurant opened by a team of two women who would later create an acclaimed mini-empire across Denver — executive chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski and general mRead more
96% recommended
Mediterranean in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,075 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The popularity of State Bird Provisions is due in large part to co-owners Nicole Krasinski and her husband Chef Stuart Brioza. This dream team has won two James Beard Awards includRead more
92% recommended
Californian in San Francisco
$$$$·American·
Miami Beach / South Beach
638 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Not all great chefs have a long list of credentials and decades of experience. Every cook starts somewhere, and Dallas Wynne is no exception. At just 23 years old, this young up-anRead more
90% recommended
American in Miami / Southeast Florida
$$$$·Californian·
Brentwood
2,171 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
Tavern is the second restaurant by acclaimed Lucques owners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the winners of four James Beard Foundation Awards between them. Food & Wine magazine naRead more
89% recommended
Great for Brunch in Westside
$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,755 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Tamara Murphy has a lengthy culinary history, having worked in several New York City restaurants before making the move to Seattle in 1988. She made waves on the West Coast as wellRead more
90% recommended
$$$$·American·
Westwood
303 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
The Tuck Room Tavern bills itself “a spirited drinking and dining den,” with an emphasis on cocktails and craveable comfort food. The small chain (in addition to Los Angeles, thereRead more
90% recommended
Late Night Find in Westside
$$$$·Thai·
Kenmore Square / Fenway
532 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
Tiger Mama hails from one of Boston's most popular chefs. Chef Tiffani Faison is a Top Chef alumni and nominee for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Northeast award. She is aRead more
91% recommended
$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,571 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion
Maria Hines didn’t grow up in Seattle, but she soon made it her home after completing culinary school, deeply fascinated with its green space and culinary opportunity. Her love of Read more
88% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Seaport
259 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
Trade is another smash hit from chef Jody Adams, a James Beard Award-winner for Best Chef: America. Already a local culinary superstar for her Cambridge restaurant Rialto, Adams opRead more
95% recommended
$$$$·American·
Wallingford
362 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Having lived around Seattle her entire life, Chef Renee Erickson has an intimate relationship with the sea and land — and it shows up in all of her dishes. She is co-owner of The WRead more
95% recommended
American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Southern·
The Venetian and Palazzo
3,854 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Winning the season finale of Gordon Ramsey’s reality cooking show Hell's Kitchen, Kimberly Ann Ryan bloomed right into the culinary spotlight, and her gig as the head chef at the VRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Las Vegas
$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Old City
6,887 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
Just down the road from Washington Square, Zahav brings the unique culture and flavor of Israel to Philadelphia. Zahav had an amazing year in 2018. Not only were they nominated forRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
73 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Zasu, which opened in Mid-City on New Year's Eve 2018, is the first solo venture of chef/owner Sue Zemanick, who won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South in 2013. She also seRead more
93% recommended
Romantic in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Seafood·
Fort Lauderdale
1,532 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Adrienne Grenier started her professional career at 3030 Ocean. Under the mentorship of renowned chefs Paula DaSilva and Dean Max, she began her journey as a professional chef. TwoRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Ft. Lauderdale - Broward County
$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
472 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Longtime restaurateurs and sisters Joan and Marion Gillcrist run 68 Degrees. Marion is the chef and has over 30 years’ experience, including working with names such as Mark Miller Read more
92% recommended
Italian in Austin
$$$$·Italian·
Oakland
1,589 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The Oakland version of one of San Francisco’s most popular upscale Italian restaurants holds many similarities. Both share an owner, Shelley Lindgren, who curates an impressive selRead more
84% recommended
Notable Wine List in East Bay
$$$$·Asian·
Uptown
272 reviews
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
It takes a certain kind of daring to open a ping-pong-based restaurant, but the married-couple team of Jen and Josh Wolkon, owners of the Secret Sauce Food & Beverage Group, took sRead more
93% recommended
Asian in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·Italian·
Russian Hill
2,300 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Chef Suzette Gresham is an owner of Acquerello, opened in 1989 and regarded as one of the finest Italian restaurants in San Francisco and the nation. She has established herself asRead more
100% recommended
Best Service in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
983 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Maria Hines of Tilth fame opened Agrodolce in 2012, with southern Europe in her sights. She sought southern Italian and Sicilian inspiration that would transfer to the Pacific NortRead more
$$$$·Mediterranean·
University City
505 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Great for Brunch
Hanna Debela had a vision that stemmed from her deep love for Philly and a desire to make a positive impact in the Baltimore Avenue neighborhood. Aksum is the culmination of that vRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
$$$$·French·
Napa
2,710 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
Tucked at the end of Downtown Napa's Main Street, Bettina Rouas' classic French gem has spectacular views of the Napa River, a unique dining room set in a former 1890s ship supplieRead more
92% recommended
French in Wine Country
$$$$·Seafood·
SoHo
1,711 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Aquagrill is a NYC treasure. It is a first-rate restaurant with a SOHO neighborhood feel. The daily specials are always spot-on, and the long list of sides range from simple prepRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan
$$$$·American·
Downtown
358 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Self-taught chef Kristen Kish rose to fame after winning season 10 of Top Chef in 2012. However, she didn’t stop there. She traveled extensively for five years, before moving to AuRead more
89% recommended
Scenic View in Austin
$$$$·Mexican·
Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor
755 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
When Armando's opened in 1978, the 1920s made a reappearance. Seen through the lens of Mexico City, this decade enjoyed a vibrant social scene that’s a foundational asset of a mealRead more
94% recommended
$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
4,797 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Arnaud's is a true New Orleans institution, founded in 1918 by Arnaud Cazenave and spanning almost a full city block in the French Quarter. This formal fine-dining institution, whoRead more
90% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown West
27 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Atla is the newest eatery from New York City’s bold, young superstar chef Daniela Soto-Innes. After breaking the mold with her upscale Mexican restaurant Cosme, Soto-Innes wanted tRead more
$$$$·Indian·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
967 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Owner Hetal Shah left her corporate position in advertising technology at Google to open this restaurant. Shah, who grew up in India before moving to California in 2002, combines IRead more
85% recommended
$$$$·French·
Inman Park
3,747 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
After fruitful years in the restaurant industry, Marla Adams knew a glass ceiling couldn’t keep her down. That’s why, in 1992, she made the move to open her own restaurant, naming Read more
97% recommended
Best Value in Atlanta / Georgia
$$$$·Contemporary European·
SE Portland
860 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
A 50-seat SE Division neighborhood favorite run by Nancy Hunt, Bar Avignon has racked up dozens of accolades since opening in 2008. Hunt's nearly 30 years in the restaurant industrRead more
93% recommended
Best Service in Portland
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Center City
4,597 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are often referred to as the Queens of Midtown Village, due to the sheer number of successful establishments they’ve opened up. Safran-Turney hospiRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
$$$$·Northwest·
NW Portland
384 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
A true Portland institution that’s been around since 1903 and was the recipient of the first liquor license in the city after the Prohibition ended. Besaws is a historic eatery thaRead more
87% recommended
Great for Brunch in Portland
$$$$·Japanese·
NoHo
77 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
Maiko Kyogoku and Chef Emily Yuen are masters of Japanese comfort food. Tucked away on Bleecker Street, the duo drew inspiration for Bessou from Kyogoku’s family’s traditional cookRead more
97% recommended
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Spring Valley
311 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Mixing the flavors of her Vietnamese upbringing with the fine French techniques she learned while working in top Strip restaurants has proved to be an unbeatable combo for chef JamRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in Las Vegas
$$$$·Mexican·
Mandalay Bay Resort
2,492 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Originally opened in Los Angeles after co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger completed a road trip across Mexico in a VW Bug, Border Grill is now also a Vegas culinary instiRead more
90% recommended
Mexican in Las Vegas
$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
1,799 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
Open since 1985 and as popular as ever, Border Grill in downtown Los Angeles is an institution, establishing its co-owners and co-chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger as authoRead more
87% recommended
$$$$·American·
Center City
2,682 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Bud and Marilyn are Chef Marcie Turner’s grandparents, who ran their own restaurant for nearly 50 years. Marcie has infused Bud & Marilyn’s with their long-standing philosophy of sRead more
94% recommended
American in Philadelphia
$$$$·Vietnamese·
Mid-City / City Park
245 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Cafe Minh's co-chef/co-owner Cynthia VuTran came to New Orleans from Vietnam, as did her partner in the venture, chef Minh Bui. VuTrain worked in restaurant kitchens from a young aRead more
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
447 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
As original investor, Julie Tall assumed full ownership of Capitol Cider after her son stepped down in 2014. From the outset, though, Tall’s influence was everywhere — from the paiRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Thai·
Buckhead
243 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
Whereas her restaurant Tuk Tuk keeps things authentic with street-style food, DeeDee Niyomkul’s second restaurant, Chai Yo, combine modernity with innovation. Chef and owner NiyomkRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Indian·
Downtown
2,120 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Spicy
Chef and co-owner Maneet Chauhan is truly a celebrity -- snagging a gig as a judge on popular food show Chopped and making a guest appearance on Next Iron Chef. She’s also worked aRead more
94% recommended
$$$$·American·
Northwest
3,195 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Chez Zee has been an Austin favorite since 1989. Owner Sharon Watkins used to run an ad agency but decided to buy a little dive known as Chez Fred and make a go of it in the restauRead more
95% recommended
Great for Brunch in Austin
$$$$·Latin American·
The Venetian and Palazzo
880 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
Originally from Venezuela, busy Chef Lorena Garcia runs several airport eateries across the nation and the Culinary Loft in Miami, as well as overseeing the kitchen at this popularRead more
84% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
Sandy Springs
773 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
With more than three decades in the culinary world, Linda Harrell knows her way around the kitchen. She’s worked in several fine dining restaurants and has shared her culinary knowRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·French·
Russian Hill
851 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Co-owners Aurore Martinez and Mikael Audry operate Cocotte as a Provencal-style, French rustic rotisserie with a limited yet welcoming space. Seating near the front of the dining eRead more
94% recommended
$$$$·Mexican·
River North (Denver)
267 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Rayme Rossello famously started Comida in 2010 as a hot pink food truck nicknamed “Tina,” roaming the Front Range of Colorado and winning a dedicated legion of fans with its modernRead more
86% recommended
Mexican in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·Spanish·
Bellaire
1,032 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Angeles Dueñas and Kitty Bailey bring a combined near six decades of expertise to the kitchen and atmosphere at Costa Brava Bistro. Dueñas alone has lived through 30 years in the hRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Houston
$$$$·Italian·
North Beach
109 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
A long-time North Beach favorite, this Venetian-inspired osteria occupies a corner storefront with crimson-colored walls and ceiling and a Murano chandelier. Chef and co-owner Jen Read more
94% recommended
Italian in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·American·
NE Portland
44 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Jane Smith is the mastermind behind the creation of Dame, a Portland hot spot that was recently named one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants in the Nation by Bon Appetit magazine. Read more
85% recommended
Best Service in Portland / Oregon
$$$$·Chinese·
West Loop
2,555 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Stephanie Izard was born in Chicago and, after attending Scottsdale Culinary Institute, returned in 2000 when she began her illustrious career working with chefs like Dale LevitskiRead more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·American·
West Loop
558 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem
You can’t get fresher than ‘just-picked’ ingredients. That’s the ethos at West Loop’s Eden, which has an on-site greenhouse where fruit, veggies, and herbs grow in a delightful urbRead more
93% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Central Austin
206 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
An award-winning chef and owner of three restaurants, Sonya Coté wants diners to understand exactly where their food comes from. She admires the passion of food growers and produceRead more
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in Austin
$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
795 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Eight Sushi Lounge's president and managing partner, Lei G. (Lily) Ho, found widespread success with Rice Restaurant and Sushi Bar before moving into the Atlanta food scene with thRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown
506 reviews
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
Chef Alma Alcocer hails from Mexico City and honed her culinary skills at Jeffrey’s, an Austin fine-dining institution. She is now the executive chef for the entire El Chile restauRead more
94% recommended
Mexican in Austin
$$$$·Traditional Mexican·
Central Austin
476 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Tex Mex is great, but Mexican food lovers want the real thing these days, and this Rainey Street restaurant delivers. Genuine mole negro sits alongside empanadas de huitlacoche, acRead more
91% recommended
$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
449 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
El Quinto Pino is the creation of chef/co-owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero. Raij is a celebrated chef at Txikito and La Vara as well and specializes in unique takes on classic SpaRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Vietnamese·
Galleria / Uptown
1,178 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Classic French meets Southeast Asia at Le Colonial, a well-known Houston restaurant. Nicole Routhier and Hassan Obaye are the culinary masters behind the menu that delicately balanRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,470 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Fit for Foodies
Established in 1999, Equinox promises locally-sourced fine dining in the heart of Washington. One of the masterminds behind this simple yet effective concept is Ellen Kassoff GrayRead more
89% recommended
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
4,505 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Deb Paquette isn’t just an accomplished chef here in Nashville, she’s also inspired and empowered many other women in the food business, such as Kim Totzke, COO of Provence BreadsRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in Nashville
$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
11,034 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
JoAnna Filomena moved from New York to Washington in 1980. At that time, she found eating out in D.C. a rushed affair with no soul. She decided to try and emulate the warmth and hoRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
1,533 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Veteran restaurateur Laura Shapiro has found the magic recipe for fantastic seafood. Flex Mussels - 13th Street serves up the highest quality Prince Edward Island mussels, seafood Read more
97% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan
$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
2,330 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Laura Shapiro partnered with her daughter Alexandra and husband Bobby to bring Flex Mussels to New York City. The seasoned restaurateurs have instrumented 20-something successful vRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenwood
718 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The success of seafood-centric RockCreek led co-owner Christy Donnelly and her chef husband to open FlintCreek in 2016. The converted Greenwood industrial building serves as the peRead more
92% recommended
Contemporary American in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Seafood·
North Central
252 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
Heidi Garbo grew up surrounded by lobster - strange thing to grow up around, right? This was because her family ran a huge New England seafood supplier. She started her career withRead more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in Austin
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Greenpoint
325 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Glasserie is one of Brooklyn’s coolest new restaurants, occupying an 1860s glass factory at the northern tip of Greenpoint. Owner Sara Conklin spent her childhood in places like KuRead more
88% recommended
$$$$·Seafood·
Dupont Circle
380 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
As owner and chef at Hank's Oyster Bar, Jamie Leeds is one of Washington’s most recognized chefs and community heroes. She prides herself on serving “Urban Beach Food,” which incluRead more
92% recommended
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$$$$·American·
Nashville
992 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Germantown’s Henrietta Red is the brainchild of Nashville-born Julia Sullivan. This talented chef graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked at eatRead more
98% recommended
Best Food in Nashville
$$$$·American·
East Austin
132 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Hillside Farmacy is another restaurant owned by award-winning Sonya Coté, named by Marie Claire as one of their “women on top.” Glass display cabinets, bottles, and jars are all clRead more
87% recommended
Romantic in Austin
$$$$·Italian·
Inman Park
1,564 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
As owner and operator of Il Localino since 2000, Gale Parker knows the importance of blending good food with good ambiance. She loves to take on everything from holiday planning toRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Atlanta / Georgia
$$$$·Japanese·
East Passyunk Avenue
237 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
A savvy business woman who’s passionate about food, Lynn Rinaldi began her career as a teenager when she opened a successful café at her art college. That flair for business combinRead more
100% recommended
Japanese in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
$$$$·Spanish·
Center City
1,668 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Partners in both business and life, the inseparable Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned their culinary eye towards Spain with Jamonera. The restaurant opened the year after a wRead more
91% recommended
$$$$·Steakhouse·
River North (Chicago)
2,552 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
River North is host to a dazzling array of restaurants, but Kinzie Chophouse keeps it simple and satisfying with sizzling steaks, classic burgers and sandwiches, and homemade favorRead more
90% recommended
$$$$·French·
West Loop
748 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The sister restaurant to Susanne Poilevey’s Le Bouchon, La Sardine has been serving French comfort food for over two decades. A dedicated family-and-business woman, Susanne couldn’Read more
98% recommended
French in Chicago
$$$$·Thai·
SOMA
161 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Groups
For 20 years, Lalita Souksamlane has brought the Thai culinary experience to San Francisco with her Osha Thai locations. At Lao Table, she focuses on food she grew up eating in NorRead more
Thai in San Francisco Bay Area
$$$$·French·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
591 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Susanne Poilevey runs the French restaurants La Sardine and Le Bouchon, both creations of her late husband, Chef Jean-Claude Poilevey. Le Bouchon is widely renowned for introducingRead more
97% recommended
French in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·Ethiopian·
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
17 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
Based in Columbia Heights, Letena offers traditional Ethiopian food with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. The spices that give the dishes their unique flavors come allRead more
100% recommended
Best Food in District of Columbia
$$$$·American·
West Loop
3,860 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
Stephanie Izard, the first female winner of Top Chef, feels that goat is a highly-underrated ingredient. She’s trying to change that. She’s currently incorporating seven whole goatRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·Italian·
Center City
2,458 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
Once upon a time, it was worrying to walk down 13th Street alone. Now, thanks in part to the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, it’s a thriviRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,147 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Macello invites you to “Step into the world of Italy.” Angela (Angie) Padula is the mastermind behind the restaurant, and does everything from designing menus to managing the restaRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
818 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Racha Haroun is both the co-owner and the passion behind Mamnoon’s rich menu. She brought her family’s hospitality and their love of food from Damascus all the way to Seattle in 19Read more
90% recommended
Most Booked in Seattle
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
713 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Donna Moodie’s childhood in Jamaica inspired her to open Marjorie in 2003, a culinary tribute to her mother’s unforgettable home cooking. Moodie is a passionate owner and host, andRead more
87% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
Design District / Buena Vista
424 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Brandy Coletta and Dena Marino teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant. MC Kitchen reflects a lifetime of experience and dedication to fresh, seasonal food. Coletta brings aRead more
83% recommended
$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
693 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Stephanie Lempert and Polo Dobkin opened up Meadowsweet under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2014. Since then, the husband-and-wife team have been coming up with thoughtful, modern AmeRead more
93% recommended
American in Brooklyn
$$$$·American·
Back Bay
1,123 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Kathy Sidell first earned renown as the owner of a commercial production company and then as a restaurant entrepreneur. After those ventures, she moved into the restaurant businessRead more
$$$$·French American·
Nashville
717 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Look out for proud restaurant owner Seema Prasad greeting guests with a smile at Sylvan Park’s Miel. Seema has run restaurants across Washington and Seattle, and has two decades ofRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Nashville
$$$$·Vegan·
Williamsburg
958 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
This Brooklyn hot spot is actually modeled after the original restaurant in Omaha. Chef Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the coolest vegan chef on the planet and, in addition to her two veRead more
98% recommended
Healthy in Brooklyn
$$$$·Seafood·
Back Bay
367 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Mooncusser's chef Carolyn Johnson rose to fame under Jody Adams at the Cambridge favorite Rialto. When she set out to open her own restaurant, she developed Mooncusser in the heartRead more
98% recommended
Seafood in Boston / New England
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
1,909 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mr. B's Bistro, one of the most celebrated restaurants in New Orleans, owes its continuing success to two women: owner Cindy Brennan and chef Michelle McRaney. Cindy Brennan, of thRead more
92% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
$$$$·Global, International·
Mission
181 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Casual
Chef Trish Tracey headed the kitchens of several San Francisco restaurants before returning to her New Jersey family. After opening a bistro there, she returned to the city to openRead more
86% recommended
$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown
264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
Original owner Tetsuko Nakato came to the United States and fell in love with Southern living, opening her Nakato steakhouse, tempura, and sushi bar restaurant in 1972. As the oldeRead more
94% recommended
$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
2,154 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Nan Niyomkul first entered the restaurant industry at age 19, fine-tuning her craft in Manhattan, and later setting her sights on Atlanta. As chef and co-owner, Niyomkul first openRead more
96% recommended
$$$$·Seafood·
Seaport
689 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Celebrated chef Nancy Batista-Caswell made a splash (no pun intended) on the Massachusetts restaurant scene with a pair of smash hit restaurants in the town of Newburyport. Oak + RRead more
93% recommended
$$$$·Southern·
Downtown
3,113 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Co-owner and reality star Kandi Burress-Tucker first brought the idea of Old Lady Gang to the forefront in Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. Burruss-Tucker opened Old Lady Gang iRead more
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
552 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
Following the success of her two earlier restaurants, Steelhead Diner and Blueacre Seafood, CFO and co-owner Terresa Davis sought to offer a more land-based menu. She also wanted aRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·Fusion / Eclectic·
Coral Gables / Coral Way / Little Havana
1,563 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Cindy Hutson is a name that comes showered with decades of culinary acclaim. In 1994, she began a lifelong journey into restaurant ownership that kicked off with rave reviews for “Read more
97% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
Hollywood
4,588 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Nancy Silverton has created a Los Angeles restaurant empire, and Osteria Mozza is the crown jewel. Get anything from the in-house mozzarella bar, and you can’t go wrong with aRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Hollywood
$$$$·Afternoon Tea·
River North (Chicago)
290 reviews
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
Famous for its afternoon tea, Pavilion is another remarkable dining option within the excellent Langham Hotel. Dining industry veteran, Lindsay Srednicki, utilizes her meticulous aRead more
$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
465 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Barbara Black is one half of the dynamic duo running Black Restaurant Group. The group consists of nine top establishments in the Washington area, including Pearl Dive Oyster PalacRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in Washington, D.C. Area
$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown / Montrose
1 review
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
Yunan Yang, the woman behind one of the best Chinese restaurants in Houston, is definitively a restaurateur of note. Since she opened the first Pepper Twins in 2015, the brand has Read more
100% recommended
$$$$·Californian·
Potrero Hill / Dogpatch
1,185 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Owners Sher Rogat and Margherita Stewart Saganhis run this neighborhood Italian restaurant housed in a bright yellow 1850s-era house situated deep in San Francisco's Dogpatch. The Read more
97% recommended
Californian in San Francisco
$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Lower East Side
1,177 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen opened Pig and Khao to serve up her innovative Southeast Asian cuisine in swanky digs on the Lower East Side. Raised with a Filipino upbringing, CoheRead more
92% recommended
$$$$·Vegan·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
20 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Special Occasion
  • Good Vegetarian Options
A childhood spent helping in her parents’ vegan sandwich shop meant that Makini Howell couldn’t shake Seattle from her soul, returning after a decade in New York City to open Plum Read more
83% recommended
Great for Brunch in Seattle / Eastern Washington
$$$$·Mexican·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
404 reviews
  • Fun
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
Courtney Fox fell in love with the notion of running a restaurant, and in 2011, she teamed up with husband Eric and friends Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson to open Poquitos in Read more
85% recommended
Good for Groups in Seattle
$$$$·Italian·
East Village
446 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Chef Sara Jenkins opened her first NYC restaurant, Porchetta, in 2009 and has been serving some of the city’s most iconic meat dishes ever since. Porsena, also located close to AstRead more
87% recommended
$$$$·American·
West End
3,367 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
An upscale West End restaurant, RIS holds the name of accomplished chef and owner Ris Lacoste. Her all-female team is an inspiration to up-and-coming women in the food industry eveRead more
81% recommended
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$$$$·American·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
5,189 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
Ralph Lauren might be famous for fashion, but now the world-renowned clothing company has dipped their toe into the restaurant industry. The flagship restaurant stands proudly on ERead more
96% recommended
American in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Adams Morgan
379 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Bare bricks and long rows of seats at the bar welcome hungry guests to Roofers Union in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Classic American fare is on the menu, which is the vision of Read more
84% recommended
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,645 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Cozy
Kristin Wood is an accomplished pastry chef who runs Russet alongside her husband, Andrew. Kristin studied at the California Culinary Academy, where she developed a real passion foRead more
95% recommended
$$$$·Steakhouse·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,732 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Though the original, long-time owner Ruth Fertel is no longer around, her impeccable standards for customer service and quality food remain strong. Fertel, who bought the first ChrRead more
84% recommended
Steakhouse in San Francisco
$$$$·Vietnamese·
West Loop
574 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As the name suggests, this multiple award-winning Vietnamese restaurant is the brainchild of two sisters, Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen, along with their mother, Mama SuuRead more
96% recommended
$$$$·Italian·
Beacon Hill
2,302 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
The great Lydia Shire has been a fixture on the Boston food scene for decades. Her first efforts were under the famed New England chef Jasper White and then as the head chef for LoRead more
91% recommended
$$$$·Global, International·
Miami
1,598 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Jill Martinez Montinola breathes new life into the sweet treats served on the dessert menu at Seaspice. Martinez Montinola brings more than a decade of experience with pastries to Read more
Global, International in Miami / Southeast Florida
$$$$·Mediterranean·
Oakland
749 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
This trendy, casual food spot, led by Top Chef alumni Jen Biesty, focuses primarily on Mediterranean fare with Spanish influences, though Northern California flavors appear in seveRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in East Bay
$$$$·American·
Nashville
1,601 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Brenda Reed is one of the owners of Sinema, a classic American restaurant housed in the historic Melrose Theater. The entire concept aims to keep the atmosphere and ambiance of theRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Nashville
$$$$·Northwest·
North Portland
86 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
This North Portland self-described “inauthentic Asian eatery” is run by chef/owner Johanna Ware, a newcomer to the local dining scene who has already been nominated for the prestigRead more
95% recommended
Northwest in Portland
$$$$·Italian·
Pacific Heights
3,255 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
SPQR serves modern Italian fare in an intimate setting with low lighting and sleek decor. Choose a table under whimsical nautical paintings in the dining room or at the chef’s counRead more
$$$$·Italian·
Highlands
575 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Sputino, in Denver's historic Potter Highland neighborhood, started as a gelato shop and transformed into a casual Italian restaurant, currently owned by the married couple CindhurRead more
95% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·Seafood·
Miami Beach / South Beach
714 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis define the term ‘power couple’ in the restaurant industry. These two culinary masterminds were behind the wildly successful Root & Bone brand that tooRead more
89% recommended
$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
NE Portland
498 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
Chef Anh Luu’s Vietnamese-inspired take on classic Cajun/Creole New Orleans style food has proved to be an instant hit for Tapalaya, a standout on the NE 28th restaurant row. FocusRead more
96% recommended
$$$$·Fine cuts·
West Village
701 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
Famed New York Chef Angie Mar is the chef and owner of The Beatrice Inn, one of the city’s most well-renowned Prohibition-era speakeasies. While it has always boasted a superb atmoRead more
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
165 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Pre/post Theatre
Lady Bird Lake is home to some amazing Austin eateries, and The Bonneville lives up to that reputation and then some. This restaurant promises New American cuisine that’s globally Read more
Scenic View in Austin
$$$$·American·
Rittenhouse Square
1,376 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Aimee Olexy is a key player in the burgeoning Philly food scene. She opened Talula’s Garden and Talula’s Daily, both farm-to-table eateries that consistently attract a lot of attenRead more
96% recommended
Most Booked in Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs
$$$$·Wine Bar·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
70 reviews
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Jen Pelka, CEO of Magnum/PR, founded this women-owned and women-run Champagne bar, The Riddler, a sophisticated, playful, and chic spot in Hayes Valley. Named on Forbes' “30 Under Read more
100% recommended
Best Ambiance in San Francisco
$$$$·Oyster Bar·
Petaluma
421 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Petaluma's first oyster bar is the creation of sisters Aluxa and Jazmine Lalicker. Born in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan, respectively, they’ve spent their lives near the oceanRead more
$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
427 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
Does ballroom dancing have anything in common with casual eats? Hallie Kuperman, owner of The Tin Table, firmly believes so. That’s why she owns both businesses and situated them aRead more
83% recommended
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Wynwood / Edgewater
334 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Norman Van Aken's latest culinary institution, Three, employs some of the most talented young chefs in the business, and Mame Sow is no exception. Her culinary brilliance was firstRead more
88% recommended
Contemporary American in Miami - Dade County
$$$$·Contemporary American·
River North (Chicago)
818 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
The Langham Hotel is a top destination in Chicago, with a culinary team headed up by director of food and beverage Lindsay Srednicki. A veteran of the food industry since 2007, LinRead more
89% recommended
$$$$·Thai·
Midtown
1,490 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef DeeDee Niyomkul grew up around restaurants, learning her trade at an early age alongside her grandmother at home, as well as in her parents’ restaurant, Nan Thai Fine Dining. Read more
94% recommended
$$$$·Steak·
Silverton Casino Hotel
1,455 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Sizzling steaks, a top-shelf bourbon selection, and an excellent wine list make the Twin Creeks Steakhouse inside the Silverton Casino a destination for those looking for a true cuRead more
93% recommended
Best Overall in South Las Vegas
$$$$·Sushi·
Central Austin
3,306 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Billed as the “child of Uchi,” one of Austin’s finest and most popular restaurants, Uchiko is Japanese cuisine with a farm-to-table philosophy. Uchiko is famous for its divine privRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Austin
$$$$·Spanish·
Downtown / LoDo
9 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
General manager Jessica Cann and executive chef Adam Branz join owners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch in running Ultreia, a Spanish-Portuguese restaurant that opened in 2017. ARead more
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Denver / Colorado
$$$$·Pizzeria·
Central Austin
11 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
Owner Shalou Barth is a Cherrywood local and passionate about her neighborhood and surrounding Central Austin. She and her husband bought and renovated a run-down office block and Read more
93% recommended
Best Service in Austin
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-City / City Park
397 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Bar Seating
Chef Amandalynn Picolo and pastry chef Amelia Watts drive the menus at Vessel, a Mid-City restaurant famously housed in a former church. Diners are drawn to the circa-1914 buildingRead more
81% recommended
$$$$·Global, International·
Downtown / LoDo
4,496 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Vesta, named after the Roman goddess of the hearth, was the first in what is now Jen and Josh Wolkon's string of Denver restaurants under their Secret Sauce brand. Jen Wolkon workeRead more
92% recommended
Best Service in Denver
$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Loop
1,718 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
Gina Capitanini is the third-generation owner of Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant. Vivere is one of three restaurants housed inside a single building, with sister restaurants LaRead more
90% recommended
$$$$·Japanese Speciality·
West Loop
41 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Modern, fine dining meets Japanese cuisine at Yūgen, a women-helmed restaurant in the premier dining area of the West Loop. Executive chef Mari Katsumura grew up above her family’sRead more
96% recommended
Best Service in Chicago / Illinois
$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
62 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in downtown Manhattan, just a block from the Hudson River, Yves is one of the city’s most elegant French brasseries. Alex Baker is Paris-trained, she attended culinary schoRead more
88% recommended
$$$$·French·
Cole Valley
1,267 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • 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
98% recommended
French in San Francisco Bay Area