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: 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: December 2014

The Portland Top 25 Restaurant list is not an easy list to break into– all 25 restaurants are returning veterans to the list. 

Climbing from No. 10 to this month's coveted No. 1 rank is the restaurant known for its Indian street-food classics, Bollywood Theater, with a social score of 180.63. Bollywood Theater offers an interactive dining experience with old Bollywood films showing on the wall. Little Bird Bistro returns strong on the list at No. 2, after not making an appearance on November's list. And the New American eatery, Aviary climbs one rank to round out the top three.

Some notable shifts within the list- Davenport launches from No. 22 to No. 5. And last month's No. 5 is the Swedish restaurant, Broder drops to No. 21. 

Check out the full list below! 

Beets at Bollywood Theate r | YELP, Rick S. 

Beets at Bollywood Theater | YELP, Rick S. 

Strawberry "Floating Island" at Little Bird Bistro  | YELP, Ha T.

Strawberry "Floating Island" at Little Bird Bistro | YELP, Ha T.

Japanese eggplant at Aviary  | YELP, Jason B. 

Japanese eggplant at Aviary | YELP, Jason B. 

Leg of Lamb at Ava Gene's  | Yelp, Opher K. 

Leg of Lamb at Ava Gene's | Yelp, Opher K. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Bollywood Theater 180.63  
2 Little Bird bistro 179.62  
3 Aviary 179.51  
4 Ava Gene's 179.51  
5 Davenport 178.59  
6 Ataula 178.49  
7 Apizza Scholls 178.44  
8 Castagna 178.43  
9 Le Pigeon 177.53  
10 Beast 177.47  
11 Levant 177.37  
12 Maurice 176.62  
13 Nostrana 176.37  
14 Bamboo Sushi NW 176.12  
15 LaurelHurst Market 175.87  
16 Nuestra Cocina 175.62  
17 Firehouse Restaurant 174.61  
18 Biwa 172.19  
19 Trifecta 172.03  
20 Ned Ludd 171.87  
21 Broder 171.71  
22 Nong Khaos Mangai 171.55  
23 Holdfast Dining 171.23  
24 Ha VL 168.66  
25 Olympic Provisions 168.39  

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