Portland Top 25 Restaurants: January 2016

Local, farm-to-table favorite Taylor Railworks takes top billing on this month's Top 25 Portland Restaurants list, moving up from its previous position at No. 6. Run by fellow Top 25 ranked Little Bird Bistro veteran Erik Van Kley, Taylor Railworks serves up what Kley refers to as "Borderless American Cuisine," a fusion of flavors and dishes inspired by travel.

This month's Top 25 list also welcomed several first-timers to the list. List newcomers include No. 20 Besaw's, No. 16 Bit House Saloon, and No. 5 newly opened food court The Zipper.

Check out the full list below!

Cherry Bomb Pizza at Apizza Scholls  | Facebook

Cherry Bomb Pizza at Apizza Scholls | Facebook

Beast's Ribeye Roast  | Facebook

Beast's Ribeye Roast | Facebook

Taylor Railworks' Chocolate Tart  | Facebook

Taylor Railworks' Chocolate Tart | Facebook

Lamb and Peas at Ataula  | Facebook

Lamb and Peas at Ataula | Facebook

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Taylor Railworks 181.43  
2 Beast 180.12  
3 Ataula 179.23  
4 Apizza Scholls 179.06  
5 The Zipper 178.46  
6 Le Pigeon 178.36  
7 Roe 178.29  
8 Ava Gene's 178.22  
9 Nomad.PDX 178.15  
10 Coquine 178.08  
11 La Moule 178.01  
12 Castagna 177.94  
13 Farm Spirit 177.87  
14 Ned Ludd 177.80  
15 Biwa 177.73  
16 Bit House Saloon 177.66  
17 Tastebud 177.52  
18 Renata 177.46  
19 Lardo (East) 176.59  
20 Besaw's 175.46  
21 Trifecta 175.43  
22 Departure 174.27  
23 Little Bird Bistro 173.24  
24 Bollywood Theater 173.11  
25 Aviary 171.95  

Portland Top 25 Restaurants: November 2015

The Top 25 Restaurants List returns to Portland, and this month witnesses a whopping seven newcomers to the list. First timers include the much-hyped Renata, which stirred up controversy when it was named Best Portland Restaurant after having only recently been opened. Other new restaurants include Taylor Railworks, Nomad, Coquine, La Moule, Farm Spirit and Bit House Saloon.

Beast rose to No. 1, trading its No. 2 position with former No. 1 restaurant Levant, with Apizza Scholls rounding out the top at No. 3. This month, Le Pigeon also made an impressive leap from its previous position at No. 12 up to No. 7.

Check out the full list below!

Farm Spirit  | Yelp, Farm Spirit

Farm Spirit | Yelp, Farm Spirit

Le Moule  | Chrisi B.

Le Moule | Chrisi B.

Renata  | Yelp, Don B.

Renata | Yelp, Don B.

Apizza Scholls  | Kunhyuk K.

Apizza Scholls | Kunhyuk K.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Beast 181.46  
2 Levant 180.12 Play Video
3 Apizza Scholls 180.12  
4 Ataula 180.06  
5 Renata 179.64  
6 Taylor Railworks 179.54  
7 Le Pigeon 179.54  
8 Roe 178.66  
9 Ava Gene's 178.15  
10 Nomad.PDX 177.22  
11 Coquine 176.31  
12 La Moule 176.14  
13 Castagna 175.64  
14 Farm Spirit 175.46  
15 Ned Ludd 175.44  
16 Biwa 175.14  
17 Bit House Saloon 174.64  
18 Lardo (East) 174.56  
19 Trifecta 174.55  
20 Departure 173.96  
21 Bollywood Theater  173.37  
22 Aviary 172.78  
23 Davenport 172.47  
24 Maurice 171.60  
25 Little Bird Bistro 171.38  

Portland Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

Levant makes its No. 1 debut this month with a Social Score of 176.31. Last month, the upscale Middle Eastern restaurant held the No. 2 spot. Ava Gene’s falls from No. 1 to No. 3, with a surprising comeback from Beast, climbing from No. 10 to No. 2. Also rounding out the Top 5 for August are two PDX Top 25 familiar faces, Ataula and Apizza Scholls. 

Interestingly enough, there were no new restaurants added to the list this month, which seems to be a recurring trend for Portland. What does this tell us? That Portlanders are loyal to their restaurant joints and that the overall dining scene amongst this group of 25 offers a consistent experience, more or less. All that being said, there were some restaurants that fell down the list pretty significantly this month compared to last, including Laurelhurst Market (from No. 7 to No. 22), Castagana (dropping to No. 17 from No. 5), and Davenport and Little Bird Bistro both fell ten spots.

Check out the full ranking list below!

Hummus with spicy lamb, served with an egg on top  | Yelp, Rudrajit D.

Hummus with spicy lamb, served with an egg on top | Yelp, Rudrajit D.

Linguine with clams at Ava Geene's  | Yelp, Amanda L.

Linguine with clams at Ava Geene's | Yelp, Amanda L.

Duck Confit at Beast  | Yelp, Tenni W.

Duck Confit at Beast | Yelp, Tenni W.

Boneless pork ribs at Ataula  | Yelp, Q H.

Boneless pork ribs at Ataula | Yelp, Q H.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Levant 176.31 Play Video
2 Beast 176.26  
3 Ava Gene's 176.18  
4 Ataula 174.92  
5 Apizza Scholls 174.70  
6 Roe 174.17  
7 Biwa 173.88  
8 Trifecta 173.59  
9 Departure 173.30  
10 Bollywood Theater 173.19  
11 Aviary 173.11  
12 Le Pigeon 173.09  
13 Maurice 173.01  
14 Ned Ludd 172.72  
15 Nodoguro 172.43  
16 Broder 172.14  
17 Castagna 171.48  
18 Davenport 171.29  
19 Little Bird Bistro 170.55  
20 Nostrana 169.17  
21 Nuestra Cocina 169.07  
22 Laurelhurst Market 168.26  
23 Olympia Provisions 168.16  
24 Nong's Khao Man Gai 167.15  
25 Lardo (East) 166.11  

Portland Top 25 Restaurants: May 2015

Firehouse Restaurant and Bamboo Sushi Northwest are out of the Top 25 in PDX for the month of May. Replacing them are two restaurants that have resurfaced from months past: Olympic Provisions -- which changed its name to Olympia Provisions after being sued by the International Olympic Committee -- hops back on the list for the first time since December, and Lardo (East) barely hangs on at No. 25, after not having been in the Top 25 since September.

But there’s an even more interesting analysis for May in PDX, and that’s some major climbs and falls throughout the list. Ava Gene’s, with a Social Score of 176.48, makes its way to No. 1 for the first time ever! At No. 2 from No. 19 is Levant, our biggest jumper from last month, and Apizza Scholls makes its way into the Top 3 for the first time.

Last month’s No. 1, Le Pigeon, falls to No. 4, as does its Social Score — from 178.61 to 175.09.

Other big movers this month include Little Bird Bistro, Departure and Aviary.

Check out the full ranking below!

Spaghetti, bay shrimp, pomodorini, chiles at Ava Gene's  | Yelp, Linh F.

Spaghetti, bay shrimp, pomodorini, chiles at Ava Gene's | Yelp, Linh F.

Pizza pie at Apizza Scholls  | Yelp, Janette B.

Pizza pie at Apizza Scholls | Yelp, Janette B.

Hearth roasted lamb, white bean, dried apricot, yogurt at Levant  | Yelp, Lee B.

Hearth roasted lamb, white bean, dried apricot, yogurt at Levant | Yelp, Lee B.

Iberico Pork Carpaccio at Le Pigeon  | Yelp, Cathy C.

Iberico Pork Carpaccio at Le Pigeon | Yelp, Cathy C.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Ava Gene's 176.48  
2 Levant 175.82 Play Video
3 Apizza Scholls 175.12  
4 Le Pigeon 175.09  
5 Castagna 174.73  
6 Bollywood Theater 174.37  
7 Laurelhurst Market 174.19  
8 Davenport 174.02  
9 Little Bird Bistro 174.01  
10 Beast 173.85  
11 Nuestra Cocina 173.68  
12 Ataula 173.34  
13 Aviary 173.29  
14 Roe 173.18  
15 Biwa 173.17  
16 Trifecta 173.00  
17 Departure 172.93  
18 Maurice 172.84  
19 Ned Ludd 172.65  
20 Nodoguro 171.59  
21 Broder 170.53  
22 Nostrana 170.00  
23 Olympia Provisions 169.66  
24 Nong's Khao Man Gai 169.47  
25 Lardo (East) 169.45  

Portland Top 25 Restaurants: October 2014

So what restaurants are creating the most social buzz this month in Portland? 

The restaurant that landed the coveted no. 1 spot is Aviary, with the high social score of 179.84. Le Pigeon moves up to no. 2 this October and Bollywood Theater launches from no. 12 to in the top three this month.

As for the major shifts within the list- Broder launched from barely hanging on at no. 24 last month to fourth this October. Måurice drops to no. 16 from no. 6 and Apizza Scholls moves down to no. 19 from no. 7. 

Foodable welcomes three new restaurants to Portland's Top 25- the fine dining restaurant with fixed pricing, Castagna Restaurant at no. 6, at no. 21 is Expatriate, a restaurant by the same group as last month's victor, Beast, and the upscale bistro and bar, Paley's Place at no. 24

Check out the full list below!

Fried chicken salad at Aviary  | YELP, Lynn N. 

Fried chicken salad at Aviary | YELP, Lynn N. 

Foie Gras Profileroles with Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt and Shaved Hazelnut at Le Pigeon  | YELP, Wendy S. 

Foie Gras Profileroles with Caramel Sauce, Sea Salt and Shaved Hazelnut at Le Pigeon | YELP, Wendy S. 

Samosa Cholle at Bollywood Theater  | YELP, Rick S. 

Samosa Cholle at Bollywood Theater | YELP, Rick S. 

Solstice Board at Broder  | YELP, Natalie G. 

Solstice Board at Broder | YELP, Natalie G. 

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Aviary 179.84
2 Le Pigeon 178.74
3 Bollywood Theater 176.37
4 Broder 175.53
5 Beast 174.93
6 Castagna Restaurant 174.72
7 Laurelhurst Market 174.62
8 Ataula 174.17
9 Levant 173.77
10 Little Bird Bistro 173.41
11 Nostrana 173.09
12 Davenport 172.37
13 Holdfast Dining 172.11
14 Ava Gene's 171.89
15 Trifecta 171.47
16 Måurice 171.13
17 Nuestra Cocina 170.93
18 Biwa 170.83
19 Apizza Scholls 170.37
20 Ned Ludd 170.19
21 Expatriate 169.53
22 Bamboo Sushi Northwest 169.49
23 HaVL Sandwich 168.91
24 Paley's Place 168.63
25 Olympic Provisions 168.27