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Women-Owned and -Operated Restaurants to Support in Austin

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 05, 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.

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4.3
4.3 (1641)
$31 to $50
Fondue
Northwest

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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
LifetimeWaitress
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
We attended on Valentine’s Day for their special menu. It was wonderful. Atmosphere is perfect for a romantic date. Service was fantastic, the food was phenomenal, and we were even given a special round of drinks to cheers with at dessert. Will definitely return again!
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4.8
4.8 (916)
$30 and under
Mexican
Downtown

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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

Top review
Cally
Dined 2 days ago
Great atmosphere on outdoor deck. Inside good too!
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4.7
4.7 (1897)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Northwest

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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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ConnieR
Dined 3 days ago
Good seafood, quiet (during a Tuesday lunch hour), portions aren't too big, love the cornbread
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4.8
4.8 (1864)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Austin

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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 tim

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. Very cool vibe, and friendly staff. Service was knowledgeable and prompt. Food was amazing.
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4.7
4.7 (3229)
$50 and over
American
Downtown

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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.

Top review
RAYB
Dined 3 days ago
We had two pasta dishes that were delicious. Their house made pasta is excellent.
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4.4
4.4 (20)
$31 to $50
Cuban
South Austin

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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.
Top review
StacyO
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Let’s just we had mojitos, empanada sampler, crab cakes and then took the Cuban sandwiches too go cause we got so full! It was all so yummy! I wanted to get it all! We will definitely be back 😊
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4.8
4.8 (790)
$31 to $50
French
East Austin

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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!

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AngelBabyvip
Dined on Feb 12, 2024
Always have a great time! We Love the Food and Atmosphere… Especially, those Espresso Martinis!! Cheers
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4.7
4.7 (778)
$50 and over
Italian
South Austin

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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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Biff
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent very attentive staff great ossobuco I had not been here for ~8 to 10 months.It's now superb.I put it in my top three places.
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4.5
4.5 (1556)
$31 to $50
American
Downtown

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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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
As a single diner, I felt very comfortable with what can sometimes be an awkward experience. The service was attentive but unobtrusive and the food was excellent. The coconut and pistachio mousse was the best dessert I’ve ever had.
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4.6
4.6 (45)
$31 to $50
Indian
West Austin / Westlake

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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
jennifervip
Dined on Nov 13, 2023
The food is terrific and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We’ve only been to Saffron a few times but it’s quickly becoming our favorite Indian restaurant in Austin.
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4.5
4.5 (973)
$31 to $50
French
Downtown

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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
JoriF
Dined 2 days ago
I love 1417 French Bistro. The ambiance is amazing, the food is perfect, and service is wonderful.
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4.6
4.6 (116)
$30 and under
Seafood
Arboretum

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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
BeatrizC
Dined 6 days ago
The coconut shrimp was my favor excellent food. The surface was very dry as well.
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