Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Washington DC for 2019

The OpenTable Team

March 8th is International Women’s Day. In celebration, we created a list featuring some of the most exceptional women in D.C.’s culinary scene. Though it’s undeniably the most historic and political U.S. city and oftentimes follows traditions, what’s most exciting are all the new ideas bubbling up here. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:RIS, Centrolina, Letena Ethiopian Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, Ethiopian
Neighborhoods:West End, Downtown, Columbia Heights / Brightwood

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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Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,790 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 District of Columbia

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

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

$$$$·Seafood·
Logan Circle
780 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • 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
96% recommended
Seafood in District of Columbia

Del Mar

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
1,151 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
140 people mentioned the Paella
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Equinox - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,895 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area
39 people mentioned the Fritters

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
16 people mentioned the Fried Oyster
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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
13 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
13,200 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
99% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
211 people mentioned the Calamari