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: 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: November 2014

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

This month's list is made of primarily veterans- meaning that 24 restaurants have made an appearance on a previous month's list. This city's restaurant social scores have been steadily climbing. November's victor is Ataula with the high social score of 181.29. The Spanish restaurant, known for traditional yet innovative tapas, has been in the top 10 of the list since the debut of the Portland list in August. 

At no. 2 Le Pigeon returns and Levant leaps from no. 9 to round out the top three. Three new restaurants from last month return– Castagna Restaurant at no. 7, Expatriate at no. 16, and Paley's Place at no. 20. Foodable welcomes only one new restaurant this month at no. 23, Firehouse, known for wood-fire pizza.

Check out the full list below! 

Iberco bellota, with pan con tomate at Ataula  | YELP, Nick C. 

Iberco bellota, with pan con tomate at Ataula | YELP, Nick C. 

Seared Tuna with olives in a tomato reduction at Le Pigeon  | YELP, Elyse L. 

Seared Tuna with olives in a tomato reduction at Le Pigeon | YELP, Elyse L. 

Baharat spiced lamb ribs, pomegranate molasses, mint and marash pepper at Levant  | Facebook, Levant

Baharat spiced lamb ribs, pomegranate molasses, mint and marash pepper at Levant | Facebook, Levant

Skate Wing with quinoa and English pea purée at Aviary  | YELP, Elyse L. 

Skate Wing with quinoa and English pea purée at Aviary | YELP, Elyse L. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score
1 Ataula 181.29
2 Le Pigeon 181.04
3 Levant 180.02
4 Aviary 179.83
5 Broder 179.33
6 Beast 179.21
7 Castagna Restaurant 179.09
8 Apizza Scholls 178.92
9 Little Bird Bistro 178.61
10 Bollywood Theater 178.15
11 Laurelhurst Market 177.92
12 Ava Gene's 174.83
13 Måurice 172.10
14 Biwa 171.10
15 Ned Ludd 170.78
16 Expatriate 170.62
17 Bamboo Sushi Northwest 170.46
18 HaVL Sandwich 170.30
19 Nostrana 170.17
20 Paley's Place 170.14
21 Olympic Provisions 169.98
22 Davenport 169.62
23 Firehouse Restaurant 169.27
24 Trifecta 167.97
25 Nong's Khao Man Gai 167.29

Portland Top 25 Restaurants: September 2014

What restaurants are creating the social buzz in our newest Top 25 city, Portland? Every one of the restaurants that made their debut on the first Portland Top 25 last month have returned this month. The competition is fierce among these top 25s and there was a lot of movement on the list this month.

The no. 1 restaurant this month is the fine dining restaurant by the intriguing name of Beast, with the high social score of 178.93. Last month's victor, Le Pigeon dropped to no. 4 but the sister restaurant Little Bird Bistro move up from no. 12 to placing no. 3. Ataula remains in the top five this month and moves up to no. 2. 

Will we see some new names knock out some of these new veterans next month?

Check out the full list below!

Beef strip loin roast at Beast  | YELP, Leah K.

Beef strip loin roast at Beast | YELP, Leah K.

Duck Confit at Le Pigeon  | YELP, Ken L. 

Duck Confit at Le Pigeon | YELP, Ken L. 

Saffron fennel bread pudding at Little Bird Bistro  | YELP, Ha T. 

Saffron fennel bread pudding at Little Bird Bistro | YELP, Ha T. 

Tomato Salad at Ataula  | YELP, William H. 

Tomato Salad at Ataula | YELP, William H. 

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Beast 178.93
2 Ataula 177.92
3 Little Bird Bistro 176.51
4 Le Pigeon 176.48
5 Ava Gene's 176.37
6 Måurice 176.02
7 Apizza Scholls 175.98
8 Nostrana 175.74
9 Davenport 175.67
10 Aviary 174.82
11 Nuestra Cocina 174.14
12 Bollywood Theater 173.94
13 Bamboo Sushi Northwest 173.27
14 Levant 172.75
15 Nong's Khao Man Gai 171.56
16 Holdfast Dining 170.62
17 Trifecta 170.37
18 Biwa 170.09
19 Ned Ludd 169.18
20 Laurelhurst Market 167.99
21 HaVL Sandwich 166.80
22 Olympic Provisions 162.74
23 Ox 161.17
24 Broder 159.60
25 Lardo (East) 158.03