Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Seattle 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 Seattle’s culinary scene. This coastal city isn’t just the birthplace of our coffee fixation, it boasts the freshest seafood, greenest surroundings, and champions nature’s best ingredients. Next time you’re in town, we invite you to celebrate women (and eat something delicious) at one of these top spots.

Restaurants:Orfeo, Lark, The Whale Wins
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American
Neighborhoods:Belltown / Pike Place Market, Capitol Hill / First Hill, Wallingford

Orfeo

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Belltown / Pike Place Market
660 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Following the success of her two earlier restaurants, Steelhead Diner and Blueacre Seafood, CFO and co-owner Terresa Davis sought to offer a more land-based menu. She also wanted aRead more
92% recommended
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Lark

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
1,018 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
Kelly Ronan moved to Seattle in 1991, after spending years in California restaurants learning her way around wine and the dining room. When Ronan became co-owner of Lark in 2003, sRead more
90% recommended
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The Whale Wins

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
479 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Having lived around Seattle her entire life, Chef Renee Erickson has an intimate relationship with the sea and land — and it shows up in all of her dishes. She is co-owner of The WRead more
88% recommended
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Capitol Cider

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
568 reviews
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
As original investor, Julie Tall assumed full ownership of Capitol Cider after her son stepped down in 2014. From the outset, though, Tall’s influence was everywhere — from the paiRead more
92% recommended

Mamnoon

$$$$·Middle Eastern·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
950 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Racha Haroun is both the co-owner and the passion behind Mamnoon’s rich menu. She brought her family’s hospitality and their love of food from Damascus all the way to Seattle in 19Read more
92% recommended
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Plum Bistro

$$$$·Vegan·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
44 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Worth the Drive
A childhood spent helping in her parents’ vegan sandwich shop meant that Makini Howell couldn’t shake Seattle from her soul, returning after a decade in New York City to open Plum Read more
94% recommended
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Poquitos - Capitol Hill

$$$$·Mexican·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
465 reviews
  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Bar Seating
Courtney Fox fell in love with the notion of running a restaurant, and in 2011, she teamed up with husband Eric and friends Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson to open Poquitos in Read more
83% recommended
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Tilth

$$$$·American·
Wallingford
2,724 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Local Ingredients
Maria Hines didn’t grow up in Seattle, but she soon made it her home after completing culinary school, deeply fascinated with its green space and culinary opportunity. Her love of Read more
90% recommended
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Agrodolce

$$$$·Italian·
Fremont
1,098 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Maria Hines of Tilth fame opened Agrodolce in 2012, with southern Europe in her sights. She sought southern Italian and Sicilian inspiration that would transfer to the Pacific NortRead more

Terra Plata

$$$$·Farm-to-table·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
2,087 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasions
Tamara Murphy has a lengthy culinary history, having worked in several New York City restaurants before making the move to Seattle in 1988. She made waves on the West Coast as wellRead more
90% recommended
Outdoor Eating in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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The Tin Table

$$$$·Northwest·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
494 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Does ballroom dancing have anything in common with casual eats? Hallie Kuperman, owner of The Tin Table, firmly believes so. That’s why she owns both businesses and situated them aRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Seattle / Eastern Washington
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Joule

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Wallingford
713 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef and co-owner Rachel Yang had an unconventional start, stepping away from her urban studies and visual art degrees to head to culinary school in New York City. With her husbandRead more
90% recommended
Steakhouse in Seattle / Eastern Washington

FlintCreek Cattle Co.

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Greenwood
1,010 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
The success of seafood-centric RockCreek led co-owner Christy Donnelly and her chef husband to open FlintCreek in 2016. The converted Greenwood industrial building serves as the peRead more
92% recommended
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Marjorie Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Capitol Hill / First Hill
818 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
Donna Moodie’s childhood in Jamaica inspired her to open Marjorie in 2003, a culinary tribute to her mother’s unforgettable home cooking. Moodie is a passionate owner and host, andRead more
85% recommended
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