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: 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