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: 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