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
46 reviews since May 22, 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 (28)special occasion (27)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
  • Vongole
    George
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Good but portions too small. Need too serve more pasta. The hamburger was excellent. The service was the best.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected pleasure
    Menti
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great evening....food was fantastic, service was outstanding (especially our next best friend Tracy). This was an unexpected pleasure....went there several years ago and was unimpressed to say the least about the service..... what a change... every thing was great. So excited to try it again, we will be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chef John knows how to prepare
    joecoolortiz
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Chef John knows how to prepare exquisite food, and the atmosphere and service are always outstanding. A great local secret in Alameda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall nice dining experience. Sat
    Peach
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Overall nice dining experience. Sat down and waited 10 minutes before wait staff approached table. First course dishes were removed and we waited 10-15 minutes for main course. Not sure if it was wait staff or kitchen. Other than that, all good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pappo continues to deliver
    Denia
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We attended the special Winemaker's Dinner on Sunday night that featured Stage Left Cellars. Chef's John's savory and delectable courses brought out something different in each of the wines. And at $59 per person, it was an indulgent but yet affordable date night for 2 working parents. Thank you so much Chef John and Pappo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent experience
    CDB1
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Went to Pappo again Friday night. The service is always excellent and the ambience attractive and relaxing. The food is always good as well, but some nights it is just excellent and this was one of them. The short ribs were just right, all the flavors coming together to make a terrific dish. Even better was the special salad with a meyer lemon dressing made with lemons from Chef John's sister's own tree. What a neighborhood gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There aren't many higher-end
    Xenos
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet food in Alameda
    looning
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impress the visitors
    crabby
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Perfect
    SandyL
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    Patty
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We dined here Friday evening
    MaxchotshotVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A big dissapointment this time out!
    Skip
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We were quite disappointed this time out. We usually are very pleased with Pappo. One of out favorites in Alameda maybe even our favorite restaurant in town. Usually I have to choose between entre's but the menu was very limited this night. For a carnivore the choice was duck or hamburger which is not what I expect when dining out for a special occasion. One of the entre's we choose was spegetti with shredded zucchini for $15.00. It was just as advertised spaghetti and zucchini, no sauce no spices evident in the flavor. We had to ask for Parmesan to brighten up the flavor to make it palatable. The $15.00 hamburger was good it not up to the price. The duck was good but dry and had been prepared for some time before it was served.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Outstanding!
    JP2GPVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Gave it a try
    MsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We wouldn't make the trip to go back, but if we lived in Alameda we would eat here. We tried the anchovy olives mentioned by some reviewers & liked them. The tomato sauce on the chicken was flavorless, the bird was slightly overdone, but the polenta under it was excellent. I was surprised there was no green vegetable served with it to perk up the plate. The duck leg was very good, but not outstanding. We like that they try to serve sustainable and locally sourced food and especially appreciated that the chef does not over-salt the food like so many places do. The service was excellent (except for the initial seating when I had to request a quiet table that was open, even though my Open Table reservation had already asked for it).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    TuckVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would absolutely dine here again
    lovesagoodbook
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    Wade
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Menu is small. I ordered the burger with a salad but they brought out fries instead. I asked for tomato with my burger and they didn't have any.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific from start to finish
    eksiii
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Dinner and Movie
    SweatPants
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Much better than a few months ago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise is unbearable. Appetizers
    lovelife
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    Noise is unbearable. Appetizers not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Good
    ThatsItVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The food is consistently very good. The duck I had was outstanding..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local Gem
    StaceyMJ
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Love this place! Wonderful food and top notch service. I love that the family produces their own wine. Their Pinot Noir is outstanding. A must try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best in Alameda!
    MaxchotshotVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Food was Excellent! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The Food was Excellent! I had chicken which was delicious served with amazing polenta! My husband had the duck which he really enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special treat in Alameda
    Kuttner
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildly inconsistant
    PtwoS
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Took a couple of out-of-town visitors to dinner last Sat night. Three out of four meals were really poor - a fish entree was over-cooked & tasteless accompanied by under-cooked potatoes; squid was bready and tasteless, and a third (hot) entree was served cold. Talk about an off night in the kitchen. I regret not sending back at least a couple of dishes, but we were all very polite and didn't compare notes until we left the restaurant. How embarrassing! We've had good meals there before, and mediocre. Too easy to find good execution elsewhere… why go back?
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  • L's Alameda Favorite
    larmsVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Always love going to Pappo. The food is always delicious with a changing menu to suit the season and a delightful wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Bittersweet Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    While the food was pretty good, the service was appalling. I had to constantly remind the waiters and bus boy to bring us our silverware, and bread (and refills for our main courses).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu
    George
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Need to change menu more often. Add more beef dishes plus specials.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot afternoon in Alameda
    retiredguy
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to par
    McFoodie
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Friendly, but slow service in nearly empty restaurant. Too buggy sitting by outdoor space. Food mediocre. Overpriced not what it used to be.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I need to eat a gluten free
    Patty
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I need to eat a gluten free diet for health reasons. Whereas the waitress volunteered to answer my questions, the chef was not very cooperative. We ordered some fries and the chef just explained that the oil they were using had been used for other foods that had gluten. I would have liked for him to volunteer to use new oil for our order. So, I could not eat any fries.
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  • A gem in Alameda
    John
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Our dining there matched Pappo's reputation. It seems to be the best place we've found in Alameda. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    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. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Overpriced for what you get and the quality. The food is average. I ordered the hangar steak medium. It came well done and tough. Service is extremely slow. If you're going to a movie, allow extra time. We won't be going back, as there are other restaurants that give you more value for your money.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet