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
1,133 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
92% recommended
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Carmela y Sal

$$$$·Mexican·
Lomas / Reforma
844 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
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
98% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City
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Casa Merlos

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Poniente
72 reviews
  • Lunch
  • Authentic
  • 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
233 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Dulce Patria en Las Alcobas

$$$$·Mexican·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
886 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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
94% recommended
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Casa Virginia Mónica Patiño

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Condesa / Roma
388 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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
90% recommended
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Meson del Toreo - Parque Toreo

$$$$·Mexican·
Satelite / Naucalpan / Lomas Verdes
11 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Cosy
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

La Taberna del León

$$$$·Mexican·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
278 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
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
93% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City
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Eloise

$$$$·Comfort Food·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
678 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Mexico City
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Margaret Chic Kitchen

$$$$·French American·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
108 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
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
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Loretta Chic Bistrot

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
  • Creative Cuisine
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
466 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • 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
96% recommended
Best Ambience in Mexico City
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Suntory Del Valle

$$$$·Japanese·
Del Valle / Nápoles / Narvarte
209 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
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
82% recommended
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Shu - Santa Fe

$$$$·Japanese·
Santa Fe / Bosques
164 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
1,529 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended
Mexican in Mexico City
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