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Women-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Austin

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 05 January 2024

Celebrate the diversity of the restaurant industry! These Woman-owned and -operated restaurants are proud to share their identity — explore spots to support near you.

A photo of The Melting Pot - Austin - Northwest restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1655)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Northwest
About the restaurant
Enjoy an unforgettable interactive dining experience with friends and family with fondue at The Melting Pot in Austin. We believe in celebrating the everyday, so you don’t need a special reason to come out for our delicious menu offerings.

Whether you’re here for drinks, cheese, and chocolate, or you want to dig into our four-course fondue experience, we know you’ll love every bite! From artisan cheeses to our decadent chocolate fondue desserts, there is something to tickle your taste buds in each pot. Let our friendly staff help you choose the right fondue experience for your table tonight.
Make reservations for everyone at The Melting Pot and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary!

Top review
KCKEvip
Dined on 8 May 2024
Our latest visit went great! Our service was on point by the team. Fondues did not disappoint! We celebrated our anniversary and the restaurant was most gracious to help us celebrate it. Thank you!
A photo of El Alma Cafe y Cantina restaurant
4.6
4.6 (943)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown
About the restaurant
Patio seating is first come first serve. Reservations are for indoor dining room only.

El Alma Cafe y Cantina is vibrant, homespun take on the authentic flavors of Mexico. Chef Alma Alcocer prepares food as she would cook for you in her home.


"It"s fun, flavorful Mexican food that is very approachable. It's a casual, authentic representation of the food I grew up eating." - Chef Alma

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wino4ever
Dined on 19 May 2024
Happy Hour 3-6 EVERY day! Love this place especially the patio other than of course the summer, AKA Hell. Great margaritas, lots of tasty small plates and of course the real food. For me this is place is certified "Austin Real". ;-)
A photo of Freda's Seafood Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1948)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Northwest
About the restaurant
Located in Northwest Austin near Lakeline Mall, Freda’s Seafood Grille is locally owned and operated. We offer exceptional Gulf Coast inspired cuisine at reasonable prices, without compromise to quality.

Our dining area is intimate and cozy, complete with a full bar. The spacious outdoor patio is perfect for enjoying our daily Happy Hour specials and live music. Whether you are here for a romantic dinner for two, lively gathering or business lunch, Freda's is perfect for all occasions.

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JackieH
Dined 3 days ago
We were looking for a place to celebrate my daughter’s HS graduation while my in-laws were in town. We found Freda’s online since my daughter loves dishes with a Cajun flair. Our dining experience was wonderful! The food was delicious! My father-in-law loved the fish (and he should know, since he’s from Iceland!) Everyone fully enjoyed their meal-so much so that there were no doggie bags coming home! Our server, Luke, was very friendly and welcoming, and very attentive to all our needs. We were so happy with our experience that we look forward to coming back soon. Thank you, Freda’s, for giving my daughter such a lovely and memorable celebration!
A photo of Foreign & Domestic - Austin restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1914)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Austin
About the restaurant
We are a bustling neighborhood restaurant in the heart of north loop. We are one of Austins oldest farm to table concepts. Our menu is foreign in style, while domestically sourced. Our menus change with the season, farm availability, & on chefs whim. Join us for our nose to tail tasting menu nightly if you appreciate whole animal usage. Our wine program is aimed toward biodynamic natural small production wines. If you'd like to have pre or post dinner cocktails, our awesome neighbors include the tigress bar & drink.well.
Please note that we have a 15 minute grace period on reservation arrival times. Should you find yourself running late, please give us a call or the table may be released to a waiting guest.
Tables of 1-2 guests will be reserved for 1.5 hours, tables of 3-4 will be reserved for 1 hour and 45 minutes, tables of 6+ will be reserved for 2 hours. These times reflect standard dining times of our guests. Should you feel that you need additional time, please notate this.

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Harter
Dined on 18 May 2024
Outstanding service at the table, and we very much appreciate being seated outdoors after seeing how loud and crowded it was inside the main restaurant. Food was imaginative and the ingredients fresh, somewhat evocative of Suis Generis in New Orleans. Not all of the dishes landed as excellent, but we're pretty game to try new stuff and the creativity and effort going into each dish could be seen and experienced. Dessert ice creams selections mimicked the entrees -- no fear to be seen when it comes to F&D's innovation-seeking DNA. A big shout out to the wine list, which is very broad and has tons of unfamiliar labels. (The Bloodroot Pinot Noir is a major winner and highly recommended. Not such a fan of Captain Bojol's Beaujolais -- but it IS there for the trying and we have no regrets.) Recommended if you're tired of the same-ol' Austin BBQ scene.
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4.7
4.7 (3300)
$50 and over
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the off season.

We accept reservations 60 days in advance. For event inquiries, please visit our website.

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SarahK
Dined 5 days ago
I had a wonderful meal, made even more excellent by the kindness of the staff. I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I will definitely be back next time I am in Austin.
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4.6
4.6 (25)
$31 to $50
Cuban
South Austin
About the restaurant
Habana Restaurant and Bar is a family owned and operated since 2001 that specializes in Caribbean cuisine. Serving lunch and dinner, this restaurant makes everything in house from scratch since day one. Habana Restaurant offers plenty of indoor and covered outdoor seating (including our tropical Cabanas) and is good for families, small to large groups and other special occasions. Start with an appetizer like the Cuban nachos, papa rellena, croquettes, and empanadas. Feel like sharing? Get the tropical ceviche, sweet plantains (maduros) or the yucca fries. For the main course, try the world-famous Cuban sandwich, carne con pappa, chuleta fritas (fried pork chops), arroz con pollo, or the ropa vieja. Our full-service bar also serves the best mojitos and pina coladas in town along with a plethora of rum-based drinks.
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ALAINBRACHO
Dined on 16 Apr 2024
Excellent place, food is outstanding and service is awesome. Highly recommended
A photo of Justine's Brasserie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (799)
$31 to $50
French
East Austin
About the restaurant
Bienvenue à Justine's!
Our art filled dining room and winter tent are all available for walk-ins. We only take reservations for parties of 6 or more.

Guests waiting for tables are invited to have a cocktail, indulge in a caviar bump from the raw bar & lounge beneath the blue neon of our garden pagoda and meet friends old and new.
If you think you've gone too far ... keep going!

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We LOVE Justine’s! The food, atmosphere, and service is incredible. We always have an incredible experience. They’ve made their space perfect for any occasion. We’ve gone for casual drinks and dinner and for some of the biggest celebrations in our life. Can’t recommend enough!
A photo of It's Italian Cucina restaurant
4.8
4.8 (796)
$50 and over
Italian
South Austin
About the restaurant
Northern Italian Cuisine, A True Piedmont Restaurant, Martini and Wine Bar, along with an Award winning Patio (il Cortile) Comfortable and cool in Summer with misting fans, and warm in winter with heaters.
Our philosophy - is one of Cucina Italiana! We cook for you as we do for our family with “Una Passione Grande” in a polished casual atmosphere.
Our focus on the menu, includes fresh handmade pasta, seafood, meats, cheese, and desserts, along with handmade craft cocktails and award winning wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a party of 12 people for my daughter’s graduation. Our server was excellent, friendly and very attentive. Our drink orders came out quickly. Appetizers were served right away and all of our entrees came out at the same time. The ambience was nice, parking was easy and close to the restaurant. The entire staff was polite and friendly.
A photo of Arlo Grey by Kristen Kish restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1615)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown
About the restaurant
Arlo Grey is the LINE's lakeside restaurant by Top Chef winner, host , and cookbook author Kristen Kish. At Arlo Grey, Kish and Executive Chef Alejandro Munoz dig deep into the bountiful ingredients of Central Texas to create a mix of dishes. The restaurant reflects Kristen's playful yet refined cuisine, pulling inspiration from her classical training as a well as nostalgic dishes that highlight her upbringing and love of travel. Come by for a casual, comfortable experience and a menu designed to nourish the soul. Reservations are highly recommended. Valet-parking is available for $10 for 3 hours with validation.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had our anniversary dinner here. The food was excellent. The service was outstanding!
A photo of Saffron - South restaurant
4.9
4.9 (46)
$31 to $50
Indian
West Austin / Westlake
About the restaurant
Saffron serves an eclectic mixture of traditional Indian Cuisine punctuated by the flavors of the Himalayas. Our food stand true to its roots and origin while we source most of our produce locally. All dishes, sauces, naans and desserts are made in house from scratch. We are proud to be the first restaurant in Austin with a dedicated Nepalese menu. Nepal is a land of many flavors, while many of its dishes are indigenous and indicative of its culture and people, while few are inspired by its immediate neighbors, India and China. Our Nepalese menu is a thoughtful mix of both.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 23 Mar 2024
Fantastic fresh food - great service- casual but still really nice
A photo of 1417 French Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1048)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
1417 French Bistro is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant that embraces the culture of dining at a true French bistro. Owner Allison Welsh curated the desirable restaurant space to feel inviting, yet elevated with modern artwork, mid-century furniture and a lush array of plants. Favorite dishes include our french onion soup, escargot vol au vent, poisson meunière and steak frites.

The cocktail program is a love note to 1417. A mix of classics like sidecars and sazeracs along with original cocktails that should not be overlooked.

1417 French Bistro has been featured in Texas Monthly’s Dining Guide and as a top Austin restaurant in Tribeza, Austin American-Statesman, Local Palate, and Uproxx.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
We went on Monday for their steak frites special. We loved the vibes, and the cocktails were great! We’ll be back!
A photo of Simar Seafood Cocina restaurant
4.2
4.2 (120)
$30 and under
Seafood
Arboretum
About the restaurant
Simar Seafood Cocina is Austin's premier Coastal Mexican seafood restaurant. We specialize in raw seafood delicacies like fresh oysters on a half shell, shrimp aguachiles and a variety of ceviche. Our chef signature dishes also include hot items like USDA Prime cut Ribeye steak, Scallops in a ancho chile burre blanc and Red Snapper ala Veracruz. Offering a fresh and family friendly atmosphere and patio seating. We are located in the Gateway Shopping Center and offer ample parking. It is our privilege to serve you and be part of the community.
Top review
Karinavip
Dined on 15 Mar 2024
Great seafood options & drinks from the bar! Great atmosphere and staff.
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