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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Washington, D.C.


For Rose Previte, owner of Compass Rose and Maydān, being a restaurant owner is a personal endeavor that’s deeply connected to her experience growing up as a daughter of a Sicilian father and Lebanese mother.

“I’m in this for every woman who felt less than growing up because she looked different or someone told them that being different was bad,” said Previte, when she participated in Resy’s 2020 Women of Food series. “I started making food for people that was the food that made me ‘weird’ growing up, and the world finally understood, appreciated and now celebrates those differences.”

Behind every great restaurant is a woman. The following women-owned restaurants in DC, all available to book on Resy, are proof of that.