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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Australia

The OpenTable Team

In honour of International Women’s Day, OpenTable is celebrating the talented women on the front lines of the food scene. In an industry mostly dominated by men, these women have led, hustled, and most importantly, inspired with their work in the Australian food scene. Aside from being a country known for its wide open spaces, natural wonders, and beaches, the Land Down Under has always been a mixture of diverse cultures. These women showcase various cuisines and contribute to a culinary scene that’s pretty much reflective of the nation’s diversity. For those who’d like a taste of the world, these restaurants are the ultimate foodie paradise. Be sure to check out these women-led restaurants!

Restaurants:Smith & Daughters, Red Gum BBQ, Epocha Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Italian, Barbecue, European
Neighborhoods:Fitzroy, Red Hill / Red Hill South, Melbourne CBD
For 2 people on Sat, 12/14
Party Size
For 2
Date
Sat, 12/14
Time
7:00 PM

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
966 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Diners who are up for a creamy parmesan scramble, a tortilla that’s gone Italian, and the classic meatball pasta — all meat-free of course — just have to head over to Smith & DaughRead more
94% recommended
Healthy in Melbourne / Victoria
11 people mentioned the Croquettes
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Red Gum BBQ

$$$$·Barbecue·
Red Hill / Red Hill South
678 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
  • Worth the Drive
Authentic American-style BBQ is smokin’ hot down in Red Hill, where guests are made to feel like they’re in the southern U.S.. Red Gum has pit-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth BBQ, and ARead more
91% recommended
Child Friendly in Melbourne / Victoria
26 people mentioned the Pulled Pork

Epocha Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
374 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Guests can look forward to a European and particularly Greek gastronomic adventure when they visit Angie Giannakodakis’ successful restaurant Epocha. With three decades worth of exRead more
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne / Victoria
3 people mentioned the Slow Roasted
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks / Merricks North
1,082 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
With an impressive resume that placed her on the who’s who list of Victoria’s culinary scene, restaurant manager Ainslie Lubbock is working her magic in Point Leo Restaurant. UnderRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Mornington Peninsula
11 people mentioned the Pinot Noir
Table for 2 tomorrow

Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Sydney CBD
617 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
With an impressive career that includes stints in Australia’s renowned restaurants like Tetsuya’s as well as Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Kylie Javier Ashton, is one of the most decRead more
89% recommended
Best Service in Sydney / New South Wales
5 people mentioned the Roti

love.fish - Barangaroo

$$$$·Seafood·
Barangaroo
604 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
The commitment to offer sustainably sourced seafood in a scenic waterfront setting to enlightened diners drove Michelle Grand-Milkovic, along with her husband Michael, to open loveRead more
92% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Sydney / New South Wales
9 people mentioned the Barramundi

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Barangaroo
523 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Lunch
Named after Sir Joseph Banks, the first botanist to ever set foot on Australian shores, Banksii showcases Rebecca Line and her husband Hamish Ingham’s love for botanicals. FeaturinRead more
93% recommended
9 people mentioned the Trifle
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Brick Lane

$$$$·Indian·
Darlinghurst
216 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Group Bookings
Brick Lane is Kiran Bain’s special way of paying homage to London, and its name echoes a popular East London street. With an interior design that features exposed bricks splashed wRead more
92% recommended
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales
4 people mentioned the Goat Curry

Zushi Barangaroo

$$$$·Japanese·
Barangaroo
356 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Good for a Date
Zushi’s modern take on the Japanese classics like sushi and sashimi is well-received among its patrons. With Serena Ang fronting this Barangaroo offshoot as general manager on top Read more
95% recommended
Most Booked in Sydney / New South Wales
10 people mentioned the Wagyu Beef

Door Knock

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Sydney CBD
45 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Casual
People who like to escape the bustling CBD for a while will find Door Knock’s hard-to-find, subterranean location a refuge. Taking the reins of this cocktail and wine bar is owner Read more
96% recommended
Late Night Find in Sydney / New South Wales
1 people mentioned the Sweet Potato Fries