Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Mexico City for 2019

The OpenTable Team

At OpenTable, we love to honor women for their culinary entrepreneurship, and that’s why we’re sharing the love just in time for International Women’s Day. Mexico City brims with innovative chefs like Martha Ortiz at Dulce Patria, cuisine-preserving chefs like Lucila Molina de Merlos at Casa Merlos, and food-sharing chefs like Elena Reygadas at Rosetta and Lardo. Other women like Laura Santander, Gabriela López, and Daniela van Beuren show their exceptional talent through inclusive business management. The women at these restaurants inspire others around them to savor flavors and share stories across culture and time. We invite diners to learn their stories and book a table in support of their dedication to all things food!

Restaurants:Maximo, Carmela y Sal, Casa Merlos
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
Neighborhoods:Condesa / Roma, Lomas / Reforma, Poniente

Maximo

$$$$·French·
Condesa / Roma
1,025 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Co-owner Gabriela López is passionate about local food, so when she and husband-chef Eduardo Garcia opened Maximo Bistrot in 2012, they made sure that fresh produce featured prominRead more
90% recommended
Best Food in Mexico City
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Carmela y Sal

$$$$·Mexican·
Lomas / Reforma
783 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
A childhood spent in Tabasco surrounded Gabriela Ruiz Lugo with plantains, cacao, tropical fruit, and coconuts. When she opened her first catering restaurant, Gourmet MX, in 2012, Read more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Mexico City

Casa Merlos

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Poniente
72 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Lucila Molina de Merlos knew from a young age that cooking was in her blood. She ran a sandwich catering service before delving into her true passion — restaurant ownership — in 19Read more
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Jaso

$$$$·International·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
232 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
A love of creating pastries and baked goods convinced Sonia Árias to attend the Baking and Pastry Program in Mexico City, but she couldn’t stop there; soon afterward she made her wRead more
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Dulce Patria en Las Alcobas

$$$$·Mexican·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
884 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
Martha Ortiz has made a name for herself as a chef unafraid of inventive and edible works of art. A childhood watching her mother, artist Martha Chapa, take on food as art, and vicRead more
90% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Mexico City
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Casa Virginia

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Condesa / Roma
375 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
Mother–daughter duo Mónica Patiño and Micaela Miguel have long shared a love of food and intimate conversation, and that’s why they fell in love with the 1920s building that would Read more
91% recommended

Meson del Toreo - Parque Toreo

$$$$·Mexican·
Satelite / Naucalpan / Lomas Verdes
11 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Group Bookings
  • Casual
Daniela van Beuren is proud of her family’s history of restaurant ownership, which began when her grandmother, Judith Ortega de van Beuren, first opened Fonda el Refugio back in 19Read more
100% recommended
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La Taberna del León

$$$$·Mexican·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
259 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
As the first restaurant of Chef Mónica Patiño, La Taberna del León opened in 1978 to unveil a menu of traditional Mexican cuisine with a hint of international flair. In 1994, PatiñRead more
94% recommended

Eloise

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Partner and certified sommelier Laura Santander is a vibrant part of the Eloise team. She brings superior wine knowledge to the restaurant, which opened in 2014, and is proud of heRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Mexico City
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Margaret Chic Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
108 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Opening her third restaurant in 2018, partner and sommelier Laura Santander envisioned a space in which more casual French cuisine mingled with a laid-back California vibe. SantandRead more
94% recommended
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Loretta Chic Bistrot

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
474 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
As the second restaurant Laura Santander opened with her two business partners, Loretta Chic Bistrot — which took shape in 2017 — takes a dramatic swing away from French cuisine toRead more
100% recommended
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Lardo

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Condesa / Roma
417 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Lunch
A childhood cooking with her grandmother taught Elena Reygadas the basics she needed to delve into a fruitful culinary career. After training at NYC’s International Culinary CenterRead more
97% recommended
Brunch in Mexico City

Suntory Del Valle

$$$$·Japanese·
Del Valle / Nápoles / Narvarte
207 reviews
  • Romance
  • Business Meals
  • Good for Anniversaries
First opened in 1970, Suntory now has several locations around Mexico City that create fine dining experiences rich in traditional Japanese cuisine and culture. As director of the Read more
95% recommended
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Shu - Santa Fe

$$$$·Japanese·
Santa Fe / Bosques
164 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
A modern take on Japanese cuisine, Shu is an intriguing addition to the Suntory Group’s restaurants in Mexico City. Yoko Kase, as director of the restaurant group, takes a hands-onRead more
100% recommended
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Rosetta

$$$$·Mexican·
Condesa / Roma
1,362 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Rosetta first welcomed customers into the converted grand townhouse in 2010, inviting them to enjoy an extensive menu rich in Italian and Mexican flavor. This menu has changed withRead more
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Mexico City