Pappo
Pappo

Pappo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.papporestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5103379100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday. Starting at 5:30 pm
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: John Thiel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Pappo is available for Private Parties up to 45 people. Great for showers and rehersal dinners!
  • Private Party Contact: John Thiel 5103379100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a large Parking Garage Located Across the Street, Next to the Alameda Theatre.
A word from Pappo
"Northern California Cuisine Done With Precision"-Oakland Tribune A Blend Of Local, Seasonal and Organic Ingredients Prepared Using Classic and Modern Technique."
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Pappo reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (28)romantic (21)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • small but surprising
    dk1134
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food quality was amazing. Everything that came out was seasoned perfectly, attractively presented and well proportioned. It was our first time here for a friends birthday and she was astounded with the experience. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Pappo hasn't earned "Best" in Alameda year over year for no reason. It's simply excellent and Chef John Thiel and staff in the kitchen and Tracey and staff out front are stars. Arrived at 5:30 p.m., enjoyed mouth-watering appetizers (John's fried Spanish olives are to "live for" and the Calamari was divine), on to a Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad, ribbons of Zucchini Pasta with the lightest Bolognese Sauce that melted in your mouth. Then, simply walked across the street to see "The Hundred Foot Journey" at the fabulous Alameda Theater. An evening that my guest could not believe. Friend and neighbor guest had never been to Pappo's and can't wait to return. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful summer evening meal
    FoodAlameda
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a foodie friend in town from the East coast for the weekend and chose Pappo for our dinner destination. We were delighted with the seasonal menu, specials and the wine list. The food was amazing. The wine was delicious. Atmosphere was lovely. It is a bit noisy and our server was terrific, but seemed to have a lot of tables for one person. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a neighborhood gem
    CDB1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was great as always. And the service is outstanding everytime. Just love Pappo. Our favorite Alameda restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pappo's - still a great place
    DWCakesVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We returned to Pappo's after taking an unintentional break to check out some of new places. Our server was really delightful & very helpful with wine selections. I loved my dinner - the Fresh Zucchini “Spaghetti”. My wife had the fried chicken sandwich and had food envy.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I love Pappo, thank you Tracy for making dinner with my sister memorable! The food was great as always, the service even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent All-Around
    Richard
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I had been wanting to try Pappo since we moved to Alameda last year and finally had a chance to on Friday night. We had a seat right by the sidewalk patio which was ideal ambience-wise. Ultimately it comes down to the food which was excellent as well. I had never had duck pate before and was pleasantly surprised. For entrees I had the lobster bake pasta and my wife had the steak with garlic fries; both of which were really good. I would go here again for a date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food in Alameda
    joecoolortiz
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Pappo is one of those local jewels. John Thiel and his staff make some amazing food at this small Alameda foodie restaurant. The service, the atmosphere and of course the food are always excellent. Try the Thiel family wines, which are also outstanding, particularly the Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, which is everything a Zin should be and more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Alameda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love Pappo and everything about it. Tuna Tartar starter is absolutely fantastic, as is the Chicken sandwich. A classic Alameda gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I believe that the food is overpriced and not particularly appealing. My wife had the salmon which was undercooked. I just had Lobster Bisque and Ceaser Salad. Lobster bisque was devoid of flavor and had no body to it. Limpid is probably the best term. Too bad we were lookiking forward to more. Total tab was $65.00 with tip.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really great
    Xenos
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I hadn't been here in a while, but I really don't know why. I've enjoyed it every time I've been. For a restaurant that serves higher-end food it's very reasonably prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Market Dinner
    Mazemonster
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had the Market special which consisted of 4 courses paired with 4 wines selected by the restaurant. There was certainly a lot of effort put into each of the dishes and some succeeded but others were just a bit above OK. The bisque was a little too salty, the salad a little too complex (for my taste) but the Lamb Sugo was excellent. So was the nectarine tart. All the wines were interesting and perfectly complimented the dishes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Alameda Jewel
    ChezHaHaVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    No question why this restaurant and its chef clean up each year in Alameda Magazine "Best of" issue with Best Chef (7 years in a row!), Special Occasion, Service, etc. Casual enough to be family friendly, but high caliber, inventive food makes it a dining destination. Gotta love a menu with hamburgers alongside warmed camembert with honey and preserved Turkish walnuts (yum).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alameda Favorite Restaurant
    larmsVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Never disappointed in Pappo as the food is always bright and delicious. larms
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pappo
    ThatsItVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I Have eaten here many times the food is always consistently very good as is the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dinner
    Meag
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We went here for our 8 year anniversary. The server was awesome. The food was delicious! We had the fried zucchini and squash appetizer. I had the gniochi and my wife had the duck. For dessert, we had the chocolate chip bread pudding. It was all amazing!!! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • btrim
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was totally overpriced and ho-hum. Not worthy of the $120 price tag
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goodeats
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This is a delightful restaurant. Delicious and interesting menu. Very friendly and attentive staff. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Bang for the Buck
    Scooters3VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We've lived in the neighborhood and have probably eaten at Pappo half a dozen times in the past 6 to 8 years. The restaurant serves decent food, the staff is pleasant and efficient, and the space is nice. Their prices for what they deliver are unreasonable. $18 for a chicken sandwich that looked similar to one Bakesale Betty's sells for $8. Sangria for $9. You have to ask for bread. One of the entrees we ordered was $28 for a very small portion. There are plenty of other restaurants in the general area who deliver better food for more reasonable prices. I overheard a young woman next to us complaining that the place was pricey. I agree. We're done with this place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Goodbye Pappo...
    Heath
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I really want to like Pappo...but the food and menu has seriously declined. My son ordered scallops, and I laughed out loud when I saw only three of them on a tiny bed of corn and peas. The price is much to high for micro and mediocre food.
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  • It was ok
    Jean24VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I took my friend out to celebrate her birthday at Pappo. We ordered the meatballs (I think the were over worked and came out pretty tough but the marinara sauce was great) and the garlic herb fries (which smelled a lot better than they tasted). For entrees we had the gnocchi with bolegnese (really good!) and the duck leg (slightly overcooked and the veggies it came with had an overdose of vinegar). Now the both of us have major sweet tooths so we got two desserts as well! The banana bread pudding (kind of tough and I've had a lot better) and the chocolate terrine (really rich so beware). So overall everything was ok. The wait staff was nice but not spectacular. I can't say Id crave to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sammy
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Pappo is always reliable. Great menu, fantastic chef and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 409 reviews are from the Pappo reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day prix fixe
    Morah
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a very enjoyable Mother's Day dinner. The food was excellent, the staff attentive, and the bistro style ambiance was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food to diner
    George
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My food came to me cold. It was a timing issue. My wife had duck I had chicken parmageon. Most likely the CP was cooked first and let sit while duck was being cooked which was not well cooked. Need to improve the sync of the meals.
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian/California food
    pH123VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Service was excellent. Wines a bit overpriced but excellent selection. Food is very good to excellent with some interesting dishes as a very good price. Great Italian/California fare in moderate to high noise energetic dining room
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Jimbo75
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We were looking for a place for dinner after a movie this past weekend. We went to Open Table and saw that this place was right across from the theater. We made a reservation for 5:30 p.m. just as they opened. I would say reservations are recommended here as it got very busy, very fast. The food is fantastic and I loved the limited menu because you know that things are going to be fresh and cooked for you. There are lots of options for vegetarians. The service by ALL of the staff was impeccable! Don't skip the double chocolate terrine! OH MY! What a way to end a phenomenal meal! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but Ridiculous
    Practical
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    While the food was delicious, the portion size was ridiculously small, and the price, exorbitant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Among the best in Alameda
    goodfoodforyou
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were entertaining our friends from Boston and all agreed that this was a fine dinner from the initial contact with the waitress to dessert. Thanks
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food finally in Alameda
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Nice to have a place to take my parents for dinner when I am visiting from Tahoe area. Food and service were excellent. A great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful meal!
    apfood
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We had another wonderful meal at Pappo. The food was great and the service was excellent. We really appreciate the understated elegance of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pappo
    Mick
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Food standouts were mushroom appetizer, patatas fritas, the chicken. I love kale salad, but thought this kale salad was a little tasteless (still, I know it was good for me!) The only aspect of the restaurant that didn't suit me is that it was very noisy. That won't stop me from going again and again--however, I would not go for an intimate evening, because I truly found it hard to hear the conversation with the person next to me, and we were only four people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love, love, love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Fresh, healthy food that is to die for! The service is incredible to boot! I would come here everyday if I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alameda's best restaurant
    larmsVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Pappo is consistently excellent with a menu that follows the seasons and is always fresh and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first experience
    LKBitter
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Our daughter and son in law have raved about Pappo since they moved to Alameda, but we had never tried it. I made a reservation for my husband's birthday and we had a delightful experience. The service is perfect. The wine list is deep for a small restaurant. My husband had the flat iron steak with an egg and loved it. I had the gnocchi in truffle sauce. Amazing. This restaurant for the service, food and experience is an incredible value. We will return on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Market Dinner Delight
    TheCMC
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    At least once in your life you should treat your tastebuds to a Thursday night "Market Dinner" at PappO! Chef John Thiel does a great job of turning seasonal market finds into creative and delicious first, second and third courses, and oh, need I not overlook my favorite part of a meal, yummy desserts! And should you want to enhance your dining experience, make sure to order the recommended wine pairings for a gourmet extravaganza : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner on Valentine's Day
    Gabby
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I came here for the Valentine's Day pre-fixe menu. It was excellent! I really enjoyed the food and the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent evening at Pappo
    Friendly2
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We dined with another couple on a Saturday night. The food, service and ambience were all very good. It exceeded our expectations. The prices seemed very reasonable for the quality. The menu had plenty of good choices. The only drawback was that it was noisier than we preferred. We'd happily return if in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place. Hidden Gem.
    craigbee
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Love this place. Hidden Gem. Always amazed when I find someone who hasn't had the pleasure of dining here. After I recommend Pappo, the next time i speak to that person, they seem to be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our meal choices were excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Our meal choices were excellent, service were very attentive. I would opt for different seating arrangements. We were seated in close proximity to other diners, I felt that I was part of their conversation. I would definitely dine there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but portions, including
    DocA
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food but portions, including the the wine by the glass, were too small for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.