Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Mexico City for 2019

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!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Maximo, Carmela y Sal, Casa Merlos
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Francesa, Mexicana, Mexicana / Americana regional (Suroeste)
Neighborhoods:Condesa / Roma, Lomas / Reforma, Poniente
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Maximo

$$$$·Francesa·
Condesa / Roma
1,299 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Ocasión especial
  • Ideal para una cita

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 prominently on the menu. S...

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Carmela y Sal

$$$$·Mexicana·
Lomas / Reforma
1,046 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Ocasión especial
  • Cocina creativa

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, she stepped away fro...

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Mexicana in Ciudad de México

Casa Merlos

$$$$·Mexicana / Americana regional (Suroeste)·
Poniente
72 reviews
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Auténtico
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía

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 1985. Merlos was deter...

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Jaso Bakery

$$$$·Internacional·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
235 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Romántico
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía

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 way to New York City ...

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Dulce Patria en Las Alcobas

$$$$·Mexicana·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
887 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Cocina creativa
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía

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 vice versa, showed Orti...

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Casa Virginia Mónica Patiño

$$$$·Comida reconfortante·
Condesa / Roma
444 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Ocasión especial

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 become Casa Virginia...

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Meson del Toreo - Parque Toreo

$$$$·Mexicana·
Satelite / Naucalpan / Lomas Verdes
12 reviews
  • Ideal para aniversarios
  • Comidas de negocios
  • Acogedor

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 1954. Daniela took ove...

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La Taberna del León

$$$$·Mexicana·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
349 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Ideal para la comida
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía

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, Patiño moved her restaura...

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Mexicana in Ciudad de México

Eloise

$$$$·Comida reconfortante·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
698 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Ocasión especial

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 her 2012 award for Bes...

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Mejor Servicio in Ciudad de México

Margaret Chic Kitchen

$$$$·Francesa Americana·
Polanco/Nueva Anzures
108 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Cocina creativa
  • Ocasión especial

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. Santander wanted Margaret C...

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Loretta Chic Bistrot

$$$$·Mediterránea·
Altavista / San Angel / San Jerónimo
549 reviews
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Ocasión especial
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía

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 to highlight elegant M...

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Mediterránea in Ciudad de México

Lardo

$$$$·Mediterránea·
Condesa / Roma
534 reviews
  • Ideal para el brunch
  • Joya del vecindario
  • Ideal para la comida

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 Center, she moved back to ...

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Mejor Ambiente in Ciudad de México

Suntory Del Valle

$$$$·Japonesa·
Del Valle / Nápoles / Narvarte
222 reviews
  • Ideal para cumpleaños
  • Ideal para una cita
  • Ocasión especial

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 Suntory restaurant g...

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Mejores en General in Ciudad de México
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Shu - Santa Fe

$$$$·Japonesa·
Santa Fe / Bosques
171 reviews
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Romántico
  • Ambiente dinámico de bar

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-on role in Shu’s opera...

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Rosetta

$$$$·Mexicana·
Condesa / Roma
1,791 reviews
  • Ocasión especial
  • Apto para los apasionados de la gastronomía
  • Romántico

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 with the seasons, since ...

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