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
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
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Centrolina

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown
1,590 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
93% recommended
Italian in Washington, D.C. Area
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Letena Ethiopian Restaurant

$$$$·Ethiopian·
Columbia Heights / Brightwood
50 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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
Healthy in Washington, D.C. Area
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Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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

$$$$·Spanish·
Southwest Waterfront
1,043 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Tapas
  • Special Occasion
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
89% recommended
Spanish in Washington, D.C. Area
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Equinox - DC

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown
2,779 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • 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
91% recommended
Contemporary American in Washington, D.C. Area
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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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Roofers Union

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Adams Morgan
410 reviews
  • Fun
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Brunch
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
92% recommended
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Filomena Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Georgetown
12,717 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
96% recommended
Best Food in Washington, D.C. Area
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