We hadn't been to Pappo in
We hadn't been to Pappo in awhile and were very impressed with the quality of the food. The flavors were great and portions were ample.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was fantastic .... great portions ... great quality .... very good service!
We will be back.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was the best meal out
This was the best meal out I have had in a long time. Wonderful food. I went with my boyfriend and his mom. We all ordered something different and each meal was fantastic. I had the special which was lamb, mushroom bread pudding and brussel sprouts and it was perfect. The wine list was good, and the prices reasonable. Service was attentive, and friendly without being too "there". I would highly recommend this place and I'm really fussy.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A pleasant return visit
The food was well presented, and staff split the dishes we shared for us without us having to ask. I appreciate the fresh dishes and flatware smoothly exchanged out with every course. Salmon was moist and seasoned well. And dessert shared was plenty for two - and delicious.
We ordered thefruit and cheese plate for the first time. Camberbert cheese was warm and good with the toasted bread. We were a bit disappointed to only get 6 small raspberries as the fruit portion of this appetizer plate.
My boyfriend, who is a bit of a wine connoisseur, was impressed with his glass of wine.
We had requested the window seat and were quite happy to be shown to this table on arrival - as there is only one. A nice treat.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty, fresh, cutting edge
Tasty, fresh, cutting edge and traditional, well curated wine list, good prices, great neighborhood, across from beautiful historic movie theater.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little neighborhood special
A little neighborhood special in Alameda. Will definitely come back again!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Happy Mother's Day
We went for a Mother's Day dinner and had a great meal. Food was excellent and the staff were very accommodating to our child. The food was fresh and the timing was great.
We will go back for sure.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
When we arrived for our reservation, we were seated immediately and the server took care of us right away.
The server went over the daily specials. We order the salami plate, duck liver pâté, arugula with quinoa, and Tuscany kale salad as appetizer. All the appetizer were very good and easy to share. Next up for entrees, duck leg, steak frites, salmon and 2 sea bass.
The Seabass was moist with a crispy skin. It was delicious.
As for the salmon, it was mostly dry with the exception of the center.
Duck leg was very good. But the steak frites was flank steak which was chewy and just okay.
Overall, it was a good dining experience with fast service and we were done with dinner quickly for Mother Day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Alameda spot
We took our time trying Pappo out, but, now that we've been, we wish we'd gone much sooner. The service was excellent. We enjoyed the burger and the arugula and quinoa salad. I love the decor and the nice little patio.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've eaten at just about every restaurant on the island, and after 4-years in-between meals there Pappo's is still the best!
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love going to Pappo's--perfect caesar salad, perfect steak and the most perfect chocolate terrine on the planet!
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
we had a wonderful dinner at pappo. the food was fabulous--we especially liked the anchovy-filled olives, the steak frites, and tuna tartar. the wine list was very reasonable and the service was excellent. we will definitely be back--often!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was a bit disappointed that there were no potatoes other than fries on the menu.The pate was nothing to write home about, although it was very attractively plated.
i just can't imagine paying $26 for a skirt steak and fries, which was the only beef offering other than a burger... We were told that we could upgrade to a rib eye. No price was given...
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food ... varied portion sizes
Very good food at Poppo. The wine was also good. Only complaint was that the Gnocchi portion was much too small (enough sauce but only 9 pieces of Gnocchi). I actually left the Poppo's hungry.
I would definitely go back but would make sure I ordered an item that would be equivalent to the other pasta dishes.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Charming and Comfortable
The food was outstanding and the service, impeccable! The ambiance created a charming and comfortable setting. It was like eating at a friend's house. I almost wanted to get up and help with the dishes afterward. :) I'm from Southern California, so it was a real treat to find Pappo. I will certainly recommend it to my friends!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Restaurant
My wife and I just moved to Alameda and we walked over to Pappo. We had a great meal (calamari, beets, mixed green sald, truffle/ parmesan and truffle gnocchi, and steak) with a great server.
The truffle gnocchi was really delicious but heavy, a good item to share. The steak was delicious with really good greens. The beets were fresh and very tasty.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved Pappo. Great food and lovely ambiance. A real gem in the Alameda scene on park street. The menu is delightful and it was perfect for our romantic date night.
Our only slight issue is that waitress seemed a bit rushed and all-business. She took our drink order and was gone before we looked twice. Happened again with the food. I don't know if they were understaffed that night.
We'll be back, and hopefully find a server as happy to be there as we are.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and great service.
Great food and great service. The chef/pwner mingles with the customers and adds a nice personal touch. The servers are very attentive. I recommend it highly to everyone.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem in Alameda
Our dining there matched Pappo's reputation. It seems to be the best place we've found in Alameda. We will return.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hot afternoon in Alameda
Too hot to cook so we used OpenTable and found a reservation at 6PM that was convenient. Ate in the front and watched people.
Had the hamburger and a glass of wine. Two people, same meal, fried olives, one glass of wine and vanilla ice cream with caramel and sea salt: $63.00 Great meal.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Need to change menu more often. Add more beef dishes plus specials.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
L's Alameda Favorite
Always love going to Pappo. The food is always delicious with a changing menu to suit the season and a delightful wait staff.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special treat in Alameda
Our dinner at Pappo was very good. The food is consistently delicious and the service is lovely. Unfortunately, the prices are too high and portions are a little small so Pappo is a special occasion for me. I appreciate the quality, emphasis on sustainable ingredients and seasonality. Dinner (two entree, 2 glasses of wine and one dessert, tax and tip came to $108.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Food was Excellent! I
The Food was Excellent! I had chicken which was delicious served with amazing polenta! My husband had the duck which he really enjoyed!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best in Alameda!
Pappo's changed the dining scene in Alameda when they opened in Alameda. It is by far one the best restaurants in the Bay Area, not just Alameda. The service is always friendly and professional. The food is Fantastic! You can never go wrong. particularly with the duck. The last Friday, both my husband and I had their special for the evening the Beef Sugo...it was exceptional! The beef melted in your mouth. The chef,/owner John Thiel is gracious and charming and so very talented in the kitchen. We look forward to our next visit.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is consistently very good. The duck I had was outstanding..
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Much better than a few months ago
Went a few months ago and service was not good. This time, it was excellent, efficient and available. Very good food and good wine suggestion from waitress. Yay Pappo, keep it up!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for Dinner and Movie
Great ambiance and delicious food. Very convenient location with parking garage right around the corner and beautiful movie theater right across the street. For us, this is a splurge location but well worth the splurge.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific from start to finish
My spouse and I had a salad, a soup, 3 appetizers, and a pasta dish in all. Each was spectacular, with the lamb bolognese pasta, ahi tuna, and fried anchovy olives being the stand-outs. Rose wine was excellent, as was service.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Great Meal
My wife and I have been to Pappo twice. Both meals have been delicious. The duck was excellent, the zucchini spaghetti was really tasty and the arugula salad was a hit with both of us. We'll be back!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would absolutely dine here again
After reading the reviews here we were wondering how our visit would go service-wise! However, with the exception of a large lull between dinner and dessert, service was perfect for us. 2 ordered an aperitif which was apparently much enjoyed, as a second followed. The four of us shared 2 Caesar salads, which were perfect in size and composition - greens seemed picked moments before and dressing was spot-on perfect. For entrees we had read the reviews and chose: sole (good), chicken parmesan (good), steak (good) and duck (amazing). Desserts were split again, the chocolate terrine was lick-the-plate delicious and the strawberry shortcake was perfect, with the cake warm, and fresh berries and whipped cream in perfect proportion.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We LOVE Pappo's. John does a fantastic job with the menu, the food is dynamite and they have a great wine list. My only complaint (and it's a personal bias) is that I don't like sitting right next to someone else. Wish there was a bit more elbow room. Other than that, we'll come back again and again. One of the absolute best spots in Alameda
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined at Pappo at least a half a dozen times over the last few years; by ourselves or we have brought friends and family. The service and ambiance is always very good. You can be casual or dressy. The food feels so fresh and tastes wonderful, from the appetizers, salads, entrees to the desserts . The wine selection is quite nice. We and our dining companions are never disappointed.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined here Friday evening
We dined here Friday evening and remembered why Pappo's is one of the best restaurants in Alameda. The service is friendly and professional. We both had the duck which was excellent. We couldn't resist the pumpkin bread pudding with bourbon sauce, it was divine! If you like great food and wine, this is the place!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service, wine, desserts, just excellent in every way!!
Walkable from jingletown area of Oakland. It is our family's go-to place for special occasions.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been a fan of Pappo for eight years. The menu is amazing and changes seasonally. Everything is fresh and well prepared. The wine list is very good and priced fairly. Service is great. Most of all, dining at Pappo is always a special experience.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gourmet food in Alameda
I loved my Pappo experience. Service was very cordial and I liked the fact that there were several options of wine by the glass to match the food we ordered. Flavors are interesting and I loved their zucchini spaghetti!!! Great idea, great taste. I do feel the menu is limited, I would have like to see more options. What we had was great though. I will be going there again.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Impress the visitors
Pappo was highly recommended to me so I didn't hesitate about taking out of town friends for a "good" dining experience to remember their visit to Alameda. What we didn't expect was "great" dining experience, an all around hit. My friends will return in the spring with the expectation to return to Pappo. For myself, I intend to dine often in an attempt to sample the complete menu, soup to nuts. The duck entree will remain an all-time favorite. I am still conjuring the smell and taste of stuffed olives and wish I could have that tidbit on a daily basis.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
There aren't many higher-end
There aren't many higher-end restaurants in Alameda, but Pappo definitely fits the bill. It's not just a good restaurant for Alameda though, I think that it would fit right in in San Francisco or Rockridge.
If I had a complaint, it's that they only serve beer and wine, while I normally like to have a cocktail with dinner. However, on the plus side, their wine prices are very reasonable.
Overall a very nice restaurant.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM