Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Australia for 2019

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

Smith & Daughters

$$$$·Italian·
Fitzroy
1,065 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
Gluten Free Options in Melbourne / Victoria
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Red Gum BBQ

$$$$·Barbecue·
Red Hill / Red Hill South
805 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
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
88% recommended
Child Friendly in Melbourne / Victoria
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Epocha Restaurant

$$$$·European·
Melbourne CBD
390 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • 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
92% recommended
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Pt Leo Restaurant

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Merricks / Merricks North
1,261 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
94% recommended
Special Occasions in Melbourne / Victoria
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Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

$$$$·Caribbean·
Sydney CBD
676 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Sydney / New South Wales
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love.fish - Barangaroo

$$$$·Seafood·
Barangaroo
699 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Waterfront
  • 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
93% recommended
Group Bookings in Sydney / New South Wales

Banksii Vermouth Bar & Bistro

$$$$·Modern Australian·
Barangaroo
527 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday 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
100% recommended
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Brick Lane

$$$$·Indian·
Darlinghurst
248 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
Best Overall in Sydney / New South Wales
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Zushi Barangaroo

$$$$·Japanese·
Barangaroo
427 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Lunch
  • 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
Business Meals in Sydney / New South Wales
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Door Knock

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Sydney CBD
50 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cosy
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
100% recommended