I'd been wanting to try Pappo for a while. Seeing their special dinner menus looked like the chef is creative and interested in market fresh ingredients. We finally made a reservation to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was busy, but the noise level was tolerable. The seats are moderately comfortable - not long dinner comfortable. Service was efficient, though I wouldn't say we were helped in the direction of our choices - ergo the 3 stars for food. The items that were good were quite good and a good value for our group that included gnocchi and pork chop mains. The disappointments were a cioppino that was way too salty with an almost gravy like sauce, and the cassoulet that was rather dried out - two dishes that we were all excited to see on the menu. We did the 3 starter option and our selected ones were generally good - nothing stand-out, but take the term "small plate" to heart. As for desserts - again we did the 3 plate option. Creme brulee did not have the cracklin crust one hopes for & flavor was not particularly compelling, there was a chocolate something - I weirdly don't like chocolate but others said it was fine, and an almond cake (I think) that was the winner. Wine list was decently priced and enough of a range of interesting wines to accommodate the food.
So - good location, decent prices, good staff, but wildly uneven food - just like all my fine dining experiences in Alameda oddly. I'd recommend it in context, but I won't be making an effort to return.
Lovely server, food excellent
Service, food, drinks—consistently the best East Bay restaurant
Pappo is the best restaurant in Alameda. Great food, fantastic service. Perfect place for a date night.
Excellent attentive service. Our meals were beautifully prepared and yummy. I especially like the ahi tartare.
The three part appetizer dish with the mushrooms was absolutely terrible. Service was slow and it wasn’t busy. Convenience to the theatre makes it a go to but they really need to improve food and service.
A gem in the East Bay. Right across the street from the historic Alameda theatre. Perfect for an elegant dinner and movie date.
The service is excellent, attentive. The tuna tartare is my favorite appetizer, large enough to share or just right for a meal in itself. On other nights, we like to sit at the bar as well.
Fantastic burger! Service was even better than the burger.
We really enjoyed our evening out at Pappos. The was very good as always. If you find yourself in Alameda I would highly recommend this place. You won’t be disappointed.
I have been to Pappo's several times over the years and like the restaurant because it's local and has an upscale menu. John, the owner is a strong supporter of local causes and is environmentally responsible.
The food is more than OK, but can almost be exceptional with certain dishes. I had the Caesar Salad, followed by a Spaghetti Squash. The salad was very good. The squash met requirements, maybe with an added bolognaise it would be better - maybe next time. My date had the Halibut, which she said was good, but was unevenly cooked.
Our server was very good, she was accommodating to my quirky requests.
I want this restaurant to flourish and hope the chef can step it up a little.
Food and drinks are excellent but the portions are very small. The service is excellent.
Food were just so so for the price.
It was excellent start to finish.
Excellent food, server was wonderful, but busy.
First-rate service, drinks, and food. Atmosphere was pleasant.
Always a great evening at Pappo! Super service, great vibe. Yummy food. 😄
Our server was pleasant and quick to get our drinks. After eating the squid appetizer and halibut for main entree, which both tasted fresh, I was very ill the next day. Another in our party had ordered a hamburger MW, it was served MR, we asked for it to be put on the grill a bit longer. Instead, they started over, so the other two had finished their meals by the time the new hamburger was served, it was burnt to a crisp! We were not charged for the burger, nor was it eaten. The third person had the special "Medallion Steak" for $36. The pieces were scrawny and not appetizing, although it tasted okay.
This was our third time to this restaurant over a few years and each time it presented itself with a challenge, we will not be returning.
The food was very good although pricey for the amount/quantity received. For example, the gnocchi was delicious but for $25 only 10 gnocchi?? We split is as an appetizer for three (one lucky person got four) but as an entree it would not be enough. My husband had the fettucine and again, it was delicious but very little pasta for $25 or 26.....the noodles are pennies and they could easily increase their portion size without really impacting their bottom line.
Pappo's is a fabulous place to eat. Always creative menus using local produce and paired with local wines.
Great neighborhood vibe with very good food and service. Ideal selection if you are in/near Alameda. The Alameda theater & cineplex is conveniently located across the street. Plenty of street & off-street parking (FREE in the evenings).
Fresh, family friendly, neighborhood gem. Brought three people who had never been before an they loved it!
Pappo is a hidden gem in Alameda. Their wine menu is phenomenal and the food is always so fresh and delicious. I rarely like to go back to the same restaurant because I love trying new places, but Pappo is one that I find myself returning to. Great for date night or an evening with friends.
Nice experience each time!
The zucchini spaghetti was very tasty!
Appreciated the fresh ingredients in all of our dishes. Was very disappointed that my dinner - gnocchi- was ‘blackened .’ Leads me to think that they were probably frozen. Overpriced for the meals we had. Will probably not return.
We had reservations for 7:30 but got into town about an hour earlier. There accommodated us even though they had reservations for the time we arrived. We sat at the outside seating (that was not held for reservations.)
All our dishes were outstanding.
We found the restaurant on Check Please a PBS show.
We would go back again.
Great food and service! I highly recommend Pappo for a great meal in a nice location.
My meal consisted of: fried anchovies stuffed olives, Ahi Tuna Tartare, and duck over noodles. The meal and service was excellent. Chose a Sauvignon Blanc that was also great. I shall return, soon!
Everything was excellent except they forgot to give me my take home box. I was hosting an out-of-towner and we had a great conversation. I left without taking half a delicious rib-eye steak home.
Parpadelle with duck!!!!
We would recommend this restaurant to every one we know this dinner was so good
We arrived at 7:30 and were seated immediately. The service was flawless as Julie, our serve
The portions were very small. The slice of the peach pie was ridiculous. It was a bite of pie.
The food was really fresh and seasonal -- delicious corn, peaches, etc. Everyone in our party loved it!
The Gnocchi was excellent. Fresh and tasty! The gilled Salmon was OK, not great. It could have been grilled a bit more. Staff is great.
The food was fantastic and the service was great. This place is a gem and gets better all the time.
It used to be my favorite restaurant in Alameda, but not anymore. The service is still wonderful, as is the wine list and certain items. But the overall food quality has gone down. Come on Pappo!
Excellent! Attentive, professional staff, delicious food, trendy, warm ambience.
Amazing service, and great pairing for a fantastic experience - I enjoy regularly and still get a kick every time!
Went for wife’s birthday dinner. Great food as usual with super fresh ingredients. Outstanding service and refreshing craft cocktails. Always a good time. Loved the mango cream pie desert!