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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Pappo reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (39)special occasion (30)romantic (25)notable wine list (20)great for outdoor dining (13)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)good for groups (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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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    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
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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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    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
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    • 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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Could easily be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    Once again, Pappos fell flat for me. They were seriously understaffed and it took 3 hours for us to have drinks, appetizers, dinner and dessert. The waitress, while she said all the right things, was not warm and did not cue into us well at all. The table was too small for a party of four and we were constantly trying to move plates around. Food was pretty good...kale salad and desserts were outstanding. We were trying to celebrate a special occasion but something kept getting in our way...I think it was the waitress.
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  • Charming and Comfortable
    LARay
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food ... varied portion sizes
    Melinda
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • it's fresh...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    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...
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    apfood
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alameda Gem
    BonTon
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Love going to Pappo's--perfect caesar salad, perfect steak and the most perfect chocolate terrine on the planet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A-MAZING
    SocialSandi
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Alameda spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pappo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little neighborhood special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    A little neighborhood special in Alameda. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    I had dinner at Pappo's several times several years ago and thought it was wonderful. I had Easter brunch there a couple of years ago and again thought it was great. However, our brunch there last Sunday was just okay. The service was quite slow, especially since we arrived early and there was only one other table occupied for the first 20 minutes or so. It took too long to get our drinks, to get our order taken, and to get our food. I had the strata with strawberries and pecans (a variation on French toast) and it was overly sweet, with very few tiny fragments of pecans and not enough strawberries. To be fair, my friend ordered the egg scramble with smoked salmon and asparagus, and I tasted it and it was quite good.
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  • Tasty, fresh, cutting edge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Tasty, fresh, cutting edge and traditional, well curated wine list, good prices, great neighborhood, across from beautiful historic movie theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food is predictibly and solidly
    OpentableVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    Food is predictibly and solidly good and menu is varied enough to meet most anyone's taste. The once "must have" bread pudding has lost some luster.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A pleasant return visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was the best meal out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Everything was fantastic .... great portions ... great quality .... very good service! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We hadn't been to Pappo in
    denaliVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • I love Pappo's. The food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I love Pappo's. The food and service are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • We enjoyed our pre-concert
    GoodfoodfanaticVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    We enjoyed our pre-concert dinner with friends! Food and service were both excellent.
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  • We went during the weekend
    mesohungryVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    We went during the weekend between Christmas and NYE, so this may not be normal, but the waiter first told us that they were out of most of the salads and then were out of both of the entrees we ordered. When we finally received some appetizers, there was paper in one.
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  • My husband and I LOVE Pappo.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    My husband and I LOVE Pappo. We have yet to be disappointed with the menu or service. The staff is amazing. The food is wonderful. Only one very minor thing to note - the last two times we have gone in... it seems the restaurant has gotten more kid-friendly. This means dining with some parents who can't comprehend that not everyone finds their obnoxious children as adorable as they do. The last dinner was accompanied by a mother and child yelling as they played rock, paper, SCISSORS! This shouldn't be held against Pappo - just something to be aware of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location, decor and
    Douglysf
    Dined on 12/21/2012
    Great location, decor and vibe. Unfortunately, the food and service did not measure up.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service. The
    Jean
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Great food and service. The weekly market dinners are always excellent, and a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ecellent restaurant fails Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    Pappos is wonderful for dinner, but completely different for Sunday brunch. The menu (a la carte) is VERY limited, but does include a few breakfast items as well as about two items for lunch. My friend ordered their sandwich of the day, which was described more or less as a Croque Monsieur, but was basically a BLT with a choice of "cheddar or jack" on a bagette. Very boring and hard to eat. I ordered a Bolognese Pasta and the sauce had a nice sage taste, but way too much sauce. The server got some aspects of the order confused, but cheerfully eliminated charges for unwanted items. The place was almost empty. Since there are few places to enjoy a nice lunch on the island on Sundays, let's hope Pappos brunch improves!
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    neighborhood gem
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  • The staff is what makes this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    The staff is what makes this place such a gem it has a great feel and the food was really good too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menu choices vary considerably
    TravelinGal
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    Menu choices vary considerably from season to season. While the food is good, it is not great, especially for the price. Interior is attractive but because there are no soft surfaces it is very noisy when full, limiting the conversation you can have with your table mates. Also, the time required to be served seemed long.
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  • Your restaurant lived up to
    JandB
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Your restaurant lived up to the great reviews we read on the Internet. We had a very pleasant dinner, the food and service were excellent.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I would like to see more opetion
    Sheki
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    I would like to see more opetion on the entree list. I very much enjoyed what we had and I would have like more options.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    The service was outstanding - best experience I have had in Alameda. The food was excellent. I had the burger, and my friend had a pasta dish. Both came out quick and were full of flavor. Great wine and beer options too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Pappo! The food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/7/2012
    We love Pappo! The food is terrific, the wait staff is attentive without being overly so, and very professional. The duck liver appetizer is amazing, as is the gnocchi entre - light and the bolognese sauce was delicious! We also had the bolognese sauce with shredded zucchini (in place of pasta). Terrific! We didn't have time for dessert this time, but usually have the bread pudding - delicious!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and ambience
    cgc94705VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    Food was very good. Sumptuous bread pudding for dessert. Waiter was cool and mechanical, the weakest part of the experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ordinary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    Service was good but the food was ordinary. My friend and I were warned that the Liberty Ranch Duck Leg was almost out. It was only 7:15pm and already out of a dish? I tend to like dishes that are not typically made at home. I wanted the duck leg. The service person took so long to get back to us; it was no surprise that they were out of it. I ordered the filet mignon prepared medium and it was served rare. The tables are set close together. It was hard to hear ourselves over our neighbor’s conversation. For the price of food, I would expect exceptional, out of the ordinary dishes. I had been wanting to experience Pappos for some time. Now that I have, I probably won’t be visiting again any time soon.
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  • It's delicious. Specials are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    It's delicious. Specials are always interesting. It's nestled in the Alameda downtown (you know Alameda? where the hipsters come to breed?) and it's got the exposed brick and nice wood kind of thing going on but really the food and service are the best. Always ask about the soup. Really good stuff is in there. The wine is swell too. The chef's family has a private brand that is only sold in the restaurant. We had a bottle of Pinot Noir that was just great. You will really like the laid back atmosphere and the high quality food. Just the thing for a swell, quiet, and special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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