Chef-owner Kim Alter of Nightbird. Image Courtesy of Nightbird.

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of San Francisco and the East Bay


“I would like to help change the idea that women can’t be as great as men,” says Kim Alter, the chef-owner of Nightbird in San Franciscos Hayes Valley.

Alter didn’t think that kind of negative impression of female chefs was still present in the Bay Area restaurant industry — until one of her cooks went to work at another restaurant, and was subsequently negatively judged for working in what was an all-female kitchen at Nightbird.

Throughout the months of March and April, Resy will honor the restaurant industry’s female chefs and restaurateurs through our annual Women of Food global dinner series.

Alter will be the San Francisco representative, cooking a special dinner at Nightbird that pays homage to the women in her life, from her mother to her mentor, Acquerello chef-owner Suzette Gresham.

Additionally, Resy is celebrating and highlighting the women-owned restaurants of San Francisco and the East Bay. See the full collection below, or use the Women of Food filter.

“By us teaching and setting the standards for the next group,” says Alter, “we will have some hope to continue the standards and passion that you need to succeed in this business.”

San Francisco

Ardiana — Book Now
Sharon Ardiana

Birdsong — Book Now
Aarti Shetty

Boulettes Larder — Book Now
Lori Regis and Amaryll Schwertner

Brendas French Soul Food — Book Now
Brenda Buenviaje and Libby Truesdell

Cassava — Book Now
Yuka Ioroi

Gialina — Book Now
Sharon Ardiana

Kin Khao — Book Now
Pim Techamuanvivit

Lord Stanley — Book Now
Carrie Blease

Mariannes — Book Now
Anna Weinberg

Nari — Book Now
Pim Techamuanvivit

Nightbird — Book Now // Or call the restaurant at (415) 829-7565
Kim Alter

Outerlands — Book Now
Lana Porcello

Pearl 6101 — Book Now
Mel Lopez and Joyce Conway

Piccino — Book Now
Sher Rogat and Margherita Stewart Sagan

Rich Table — Book Now
Sarah Rich

The Riddler — Book Now
Jen Pelka

SSAL — Book Now
Hyunyoung Bae

Trattoria Contadina — Book Now
Gina Correnti

Ungrafted — Book Now
Rebecca Fineman

Verjus — Book Now
Lindsay Tusk

East Bay

Belcampo — Book Now
Anya Fernald

Chez Panisse Cafe — Book Now
Chez Panisse — Book Now
Alice Waters

Esin Restaurant & Bar — Book Now
Esin deCarion

Fish & Bird — Book Now
Asuka Uchida

Hopscotch — Book Now
Jenny Schwarz

La Note — Book Now
Dorothée Mitrani

Nyum Bai — Book Now
Nite Yun

Oeste — Book Now
Sandra Davis, Lea Redmond and Anna Villalobos

Range Life — Book Now
Sarah Niles

Revel — Book Now
Esin deCarion

Sister — Book Now
Jen Cremer

Social Bird — Book Now
Esin deCarion

The Wolf — Book Now
Rebekah Wood


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