Best of the Best

The Top 25 Restaurants in Portland

The best of the best — here are the top 25 restaurants in PDX as determined by Zagat voters. From elegant tasting menus to artisanal pizza, there's something for everyone, including old favorites and trendy newcomers.

  • 1. Le Pigeon
    • French
    • Buckman
    Food
    27
    Decor
    21
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $63

    What to order: Beef cheeks, butter lettuce salad, foie gras profiteroles

    Insider tip: No Reservations? No problem, eat at the chef's counter. Chef Gabe Rucker saves these seats for friends to come in, grab a burger and hang out.

  • 2. Andina
    • Tapas Bar
    • Pearl District
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $44

    What to order: Cebiche mixto, causa Morada, seco a la Norteña

    ​Insider tip: There's free live Latin music every night. Grab a table in the Bar Mestizo for the best vantage point.

  • 3. Paley's Place Bistro & Bar
    • Us Pacific Northwest
    • Northwest District
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $59

    What to order: Escargot à la Bordelaise, American Wagyu beef tartare, lamb dumplings

    Insider tip: Save room for dessert and if you can, go on a Friday for the hand-stretched cheese strudel.

  • 4. Beast
    • American
    • Concordia
    Food
    27
    Decor
    20
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $112

    What to order: Six-course tasting menu

    Insider tip: Do not be late to dinner, as dishes start rolling out of the kitchen for the 6 and 8:45 PM seatings on the dot.

  • 5. Roe
    • Seafood
    • Richmond
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $101

    What to order: Four-course tasting menu, seven-course tasting menu, caviar service

    Insider tip: If you're going for the four course, add on the full beverage service for another $60.

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    David Reamer
    6. Toro Bravo
    • Spanish
    • Boise-Eliot
    Food
    27
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $37

    What to order: Radicchio salad, Catalan tomato-rubbed bread, paella

    Insider tip: Can't decide? At $40 per person, the Chef's Tasting menu is your best bet.

  • 7. RingSide Steakhouse
    • Steakhouse
    • Northwest District
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $61

    What to order: Dry-aged New York strip, lobster mashed potatoes, RingSide onion rings

    Insider tip: The three-course menu offers the best bang for your buck.

  • 8. Laurelhurst Market
    • Steakhouse
    • Kerns
    Food
    27
    Decor
    21
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $43

    What to order: Beef Tongue au Poivre, charcuterie plate, teres major steak

    Insider tip: Almost everything that's on the menu meat-wise is also available at their full service butcher shop, open until 10PM. Your server can add it to your bill.

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    David Reamer
    9. Little Bird
    • French
    • Downtown
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $45

    What to order: Chicken fried trout, charcuterie, Coq au vin

    Insider tip: Keep an eye on the chalkboard specials — especially when there's pig ear on the charcuterie board.

  • Stuart Mullenberg
    Stuart Mullenberg
    10. Ataula
    • Spanish
    • Northwest District
    Food
    27
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $40

    What to order: Nuestras bravas, arros negre, Ataula montadito

    Insider tip: Slip in the door at 4:30 or 9 PM and you won't wait for a table.

  • 11. Cocotte
    • French
    • Concordia
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $47

    What to order: Poulet en cocotte, escargot, savory clafouti

    Insider tip: Calling all lovers of fish, poultry and vegetables: there's never any red meat on the menu at Cocotte.

  • 12. OX Restaurant
    • Argentinean
    • Boise-Eliot
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $54

    What to order: Clam chowder, asado Argentino for two, warm hazelnut brown butter torte

    Insider tip: If you must wait for a table, go to the waiting bar next door called the Whey Bar. Pass the time with craft cocktails, Pacific oysters on the half shell and other bar snacks.

  • 13. Dove Vivi
    • Pizza
    • Kerns
    Food
    26
    Decor
    18
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $23

    What to order: Corn pizza, goat cheese pizza, Della Salute vegan pizza

    Insider tip: Ask for the "Chef's Choice" to get six different slices in one pan.

  • 14. Baker & Spice
    • Hillsdale
    Food
    26
    Decor
    21
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $11

    What to order: Spanish tuna salad sandwich, baker's choice bread pudding, epi du sel

    Insider tip: If you hadn't gotten your fill of sweets, this bakery's cake business is just a few doors down.

  • 15. El Gaucho Portland
    • Steakhouse
    • Downtown
    Food
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $78

    What to order: Filet medallions Oscar, bone-in New York strip, the Full Gaucho baked potato

    Insider tip: The tableside bananas Foster is anything but cliché here.

  • 16. Ken's Artisan Pizza
    • Pizza
    • Kerns
    Food
    26
    Decor
    22
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $25

    What to order: Roasted vegetable plate, margherita pizza, anchovy pizza

    Insider tip: Ride your bike to this spot for the best parking.

  • 17. Pambiche
    • Cuban
    • Kerns
    Food
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $22

    What to order: Rabo encendido, ajiaco, croquetas

    Insider tip: Pambiche has a really wonderful breakfast menu, served seven days a week.

  • 18. Acadia
    • Cajun
    • Sabin
    Food
    26
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $31

    What to order: Louisiana barbecue shrimp, Cajun jambalaya, fried soft shell crab and crawfish etoufee

    Insider tip: Go on Mondays for $12 entrees and add a salad and bread pudding for a three-course, $25 steal.

  • 19. Nostrana
    • Italian
    • Buckman
    Food
    26
    Decor
    23
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $41

    What to order: Insalata Nostrana, bistecca alla Fiorentina, rotelle pasta

    Insider tip: Always keep an eye on the first and second pizza options listed on the menu; they're always changing with the seasons.

  • 20. Castagna Restaurant
    • Us Pacific Northwest
    • Hosford-Abernerthy
    Food
    26
    Decor
    23
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $124

    What to order: Seasonal tasting menu, chef's tasting menu

    Insider tip: Be sure to ask about the dessert pairing — it's not always listed on the menu.

  • 21. Kachka
    • Russian
    • Buckman
    Food
    26
    Decor
    20
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $32

    What to order: Cheese pelmeni, caviar, zakuski tasting

    Insider tip: Vodka is sold by the gram; quiz your bartender for hidden gems.

  • 22. Cabezon Restaurant
    • Seafood
    • Rose City Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    22
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $46

    What to order: Blini, cioppino, honey and lavender crème brûlée

    Insider tip: Grab all your friends for a tasting menu in the private dining room.

  • 23. Apizza Scholls
    • Pizza
    • Sunnyside
    Food
    26
    Decor
    17
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $22

    What to order: Caesar salad, salami and green olive pizza, BYO pie

    Insider tip: Save room for an "It's-It" ice cream sandwich — this is just about the only spot in Portland where you can find this San Francisco treat.

  • 24. Piazza Italia
    • Italian
    • Pearl District
    Food
    26
    Decor
    20
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $28

    What to order: Straccetti, linguine squarciarella, pappardelle al cinghiale

    Insider tip: Be sure to stop by the deli case on your way out for Italian meats and cheeses to go.

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