Portland Top 25 Restaurants: May 2016

One thing remains constant on the Portland food scene: the food. It’s phenomenal. And the greatness isn’t limited to a certain stable of establishments, as demonstrated by this month’s Top 25 PDX Restaurants.

In fact, there are three newcomers to the Top 10 alone — Maurice, Langbaan, and Pok Pok.

Portland is known for exotic Thai flavors and Langbaan and Pok Pok are putting Portland on the map.

And, bringing French influences to the table, Maurice is a “modern luncheonette,” serving a variety of pastries, Nordic-French fare, coffee, and even cocktails.

Also new to the Top 25 are Bamboo Sushi NW, which claims to be the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant; Olympia Provisions SE, which has evolved from its days as the city’s first salumeria to being renowned for fine European-style dishes; Clyde Common, a European-style tavern; and Nostrana’s regional Italian fare.

But don’t worry; the list hasn’t changed that much. Some old favorites are still among the Top 5 like pizza fave Apizza Scholls, Taylor Railworks’ American cuisine, and Ataula, featuring a modern Spanish ‘tapeo’ culture.  

Check out the full Top 25  old and new, tried and true  below, as ranked through the social consumer data by Foodable Labs.

Khao Soi at Pok Pok  | @pokpok Instagram

Khao Soi at Pok Pok | @pokpok Instagram

Short ribs at Clyde Common  | @clydecommon Instagram

Short ribs at Clyde Common | @clydecommon Instagram

Capellini with tomato butter sauce at Nostrana's  | @nostranapdx Instagram

Capellini with tomato butter sauce at Nostrana's | @nostranapdx Instagram

Salmon salad at Langbaan  | @langbaanpdx Instagram

Salmon salad at Langbaan | @langbaanpdx Instagram

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Le Pigeon 182.36  
2 Apizza Scholls 181.07  
3 Taylor Railworks 181.06  
4 Ataula 180.62  
5 Castagna 179.61  
6 Lardo East 179.31  
7 MÅURICE 178.40  
8 Langbaan 178.35  
9 Roe 177.14  
10 Pok Pok 177.12  
11 Aviary 176.55  
12 Bamboo Sushi NW 176.41  
13 Olympia Provisions SE 176.39  
14 Ava Gene's 176.27  
15 Clyde Common 176.12  
16 The Zipper 175.77  
17 Nomad.PDX 175.52  
18 BEAST 175.46  
19 La Moule 175.39  
20 Bollywood Theater 175.25  
21 Nostrana 175.03  
22 Farm Spirit 175.00  
23 Little Bird Bistro 174.98  
24 Ned Ludd 174.83  
25 Coquine 174.53  

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: March 2015

The Portland Top 25 list has arrived, including several newcomers as well as some local classics! 

Portland favorite Le Pigeon made an impressive climb up the list from its previous position as No. 9 to No. 1 as did the whimsical Castagna, which rose from No. 8 to No.2.

Some new arrivals to the Top 25 list include the East Asian favorite Departure, coming in at No. 7, Roe, a modern American seafood restaurant, ranked at No. 17 and the eclectic, multi-course Japanese Nodoguro, ranked at No. 20.

For more Portland favorites, check out the full list below!

Smoked Halibut at Castagna  | Yelp, Scott C.

Smoked Halibut at Castagna | Yelp, Scott C.

Departure's Char Siu Pork  | Yelp, Ms. M

Departure's Char Siu Pork | Yelp, Ms. M

Le Pigeon's Octopus Calamari  | Yelp, Ken C.

Le Pigeon's Octopus Calamari | Yelp, Ken C.

Squid Ceviche at Roe  | Yelp, Kevin W.

Squid Ceviche at Roe | Yelp, Kevin W.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Le Pigeon 178.61  
2 Castagna 178.53  
3 Bollywood Theater 178.09  
4 Little Bird bistro 177.53  
5 Apizza Scholls 177.27  
6 Aviary 176.97  
7 Departure 176.63  
8 Ava Gene's 176.11  
9 LaurelHurst Market 175.87  
10 Davenport 175.85  
11 Beast 175.63  
12 Nuestra Cocina 175.62  
13 Firehouse Restaurant 175.37  
14 Ataula 175.29  
15 Biwa 175.12  
16 Trifecta 174.87  
17 Roe 174.81  
18 Ned Ludd 174.62  
19 Levant 174.23  
20 Nodoguro 173.19  
21 Maurice 172.83  
22 Broder 172.19  
23 Nostrana 172.18  
24 Nong's Khao Man Gai 172.04  
25 Bamboo Sushi Northwest 172.03