Chef-owner Mei Lin of Nightshade. Photo Credit: Frank Wonho Lee

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Los Angeles


For Mei Lin, the chef-owner behind the Arts District’s acclaimed Nightshade, the path to change in the restaurant industry begins with a better work-life balance.

“I really hope to give my staff more time off,” Lin says, “And see more of the next generation of women restaurateurs in the future.”

To mark the importance of supporting women-owned restaurants, we’ve compiled a collection of some of the best such restaurants in Los Angeles below.

Lin will host a dinner in honor of the female chef-restaurateur who has inspired her more than any other, Nancy Silverton, as part of Resy’s The Women of Food global dinner series.

At its core, the series believes that behind every restaurant is a woman; the following women-owned restaurants on Resy are testament to that.

Angelini Alimentari — Book Now
Elizabeth Angelini

Audrey at the Hammer — Book Now
Soa Davies Forrest and Lisa Giffen

Ayara Thai — Book Now
Anna Asapahu

Black Market Liquor Bar — Book Now
Antonia Lofaso

Botanica Restaurant — Book Now
Emily Fiffer and Heather Sperling

Cassia — Book Now
Kim Luu-Ng + Zoe Nathan

Dama — Book Now
Antonia Lofaso

Dialogue Restaurant — Book Now
Ann Hsing

The Draycott — Book Now
Marissa Hermer

Eszett — Book Now
Sabrina Bezaire

Felix — Book Now
Janet Zuccarini

Kismet — Book Now
Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson

Little Beast — Book Now
Deborah Schwartz-Lowenthal

Local Kitchen + Wine Bar — Book Now
Maire Byrne

Loupiotte Kitchen — Book Now
Sarah Bessade

Malibu Farm Newport Beach — Book Now
Helene Henderson

Mosa Coastal — Book Now
Anne Conness

Night+Market Sahm — Book Now
Sarah Yenbamroong

Night+Market WeHo — Book Now
Sarah Yenbamroong

Nightshade — Book Now
Mei Lin

Olivetta — Book Now
Marissa Hermer

Otoño — Book Now
Teresa Montaño and Andrea Uyeda

pasjoli — Book Now
Ann Hsing

Pizzana Brentwood — Book Now
Caroline ODonnell and Candace Nelson

Pizzana West Hollywood — Book Now
Caroline ODonnell and Candace Nelson

Playa Provisions — Book Now
Brooke Williamson

Post & Beam — Book Now
Roni Cleveland

Red Herring — Book Now
Alexis Martin Woodall

Ronan — Book Now
Caitlin Cutler

Rossoblu — Book Now
Dina Samson

Rustic Canyon — Book Now
Zoe Nathan

Sausal — Book Now
Anne Conness

Scopa Italian Roots — Book Now
Antonia Lofaso

Si Laa — Book Now
Ben Yenbamroong

Tallula’s — Book Now
Zoe Nathan

Union Pasadena — Book Now
Marie Petulla


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