Best of the Best

Portland's Best Restaurants

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

1. Le Pigeon

FrenchBuckman
4.8
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

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 BarPearl District
4.7
Food
4.5
Decor
4.5
Service

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. Beast

FrenchConcordia
4.7
Food
4.0
Decor
4.6
Service

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.

4. Roe

SeafoodRichmond
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.6
Service

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.

5. Toro Bravo

SpanishBoise-Eliot
4.7
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

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.

6. RingSide Steakhouse

SteakhouseNorthwest District
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.6
Service

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.

7. Little Bird

FrenchDowntown
4.7
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

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.

8. Ataula

SpanishNorthwest District
4.7
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

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.

9. El Gaucho

SteakhouseDowntown
4.6
Food
4.4
Decor
4.5
Service

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.

10. Ken's Artisan Pizza

PizzaKerns
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.1
Service

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

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

11. Acadia

CajunSabin
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.4
Service

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.

12. Nostrana

ItalianBuckman
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

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.

13. Castagna Restaurant

Us Pacific NorthwestHosford-Abernerthy
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.5
Service

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.

14. Kachka

RussianBuckman
4.6
Food
4.0
Decor
4.5
Service

What to order: Cheese pelmeni, caviar, zakuski tasting

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

15. Cabezon Restaurant

SeafoodRose City Park
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.6
Service

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.

16. Apizza Scholls

PizzaSunnyside
4.6
Food
3.7
Decor
4.1
Service

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.

17. Bar Mingo

ItalianNorthwest District
4.6
Food
4.3
Decor
4.4
Service

What to order: Lamb meatballs, cheese plate, ricotta fritters

Insider tip: Drop by during happy hour where nothing on the menu is over $7.

18. Bernie's Southern Bistro

Southern AmericanConcordia
4.6
Food
4.2
Decor
4.5
Service

What to order: Buttermilk fried chicken, creamy grits, little fat boy salad

Insider tip: Brunch on last Sunday of every month turns into a party, complete with a DJ spinning tracks. 

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