Chef-owner Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio. Photo by Galdones Photography, courtesy of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Chicago

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Today and everday, we’re celebrating the restaurants, and the women behind them, who shape the vibrant dining scene in the city, and around the country. These women know how to hustle and are changing the future of hospitality, one dish at a time.

There’s Diana Dávila, owner of Mi Tocaya Antoasonería, a Michelin Bib Gourmand favorite for regional Mexican specialties and dishes inspired by her travels in Mexico. There’s also Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, who prepares some of the city’s best Italian dishes, from ‘nduja arancini to creste di gallo nestled in lamb and prosciutto sugo. Or take a trip to Restaurant Row for Stephanie Izard’s Girl and the Goat, where you’ll find bold, seasonal dishes that have made this spot a Chicago mainstay.

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

Andros Taverna
Hsing Chen

Autre Monde
Christine Tully Aranza + Beth Partridge

Bambola
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Bar Roma
Julia Zhu

Beatnik on the River
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Beatnik West Town
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Bonyeon
Kate Park

Bordel
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Brindille
Carrie Nahabedian

Celeste | Disco
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Coda di Volpe
Anna O’Donnell

Coquette
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Tigist Reda

DeNuccis
Anna O’Donnell

Esmé
Bar Esmé
Katrina Bravo

Fiya
Mindy Friedler

Gemini
Anna O’Donnell

Girl & The Goat
Stephanie Izard

The Graceful Ordinary
Megan Curran

Honeybear Cafe
Prudence Faklaris

Kasama
Genie Kwon

Kashmir
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Kinzie Chophouse
Nicole Flevaris

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Sandy Chen

Ko-ze Wine Room
Lacie Flannery

Le Sud
Sandy Chen

Lola’s Restaurant & Bar
Nadine O’Malley

Mama Delia
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

Marchesa
Kathryn Alvera

mfk. restaurant
Sari Zernich Worsham

Mi Tocaya Antojería
Diana Dávila

Monarch & Lion
Rina Mallick

Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio
Sarah Grueneberg

Old Pueblo
Anna O’Donnell

Pomeroy
Anna O’Donnell

Pompette
Katie Wasielewski

Porto
Meghan Vietti Perdue + Marina Alonso

ROOH Chicago
Rina Mallick

Sophia Steak Lake Forest
Anna O’Donnell

Sophia Steak Wilmette
Anna O’Donnell