Pappo

4.6
789 reviews
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"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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F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Pappo is a lovely place. I would make some recommendations, however. Because it is such a noisy place, particularly in the evening, if it’s possible to take out 2-3 tables so it’s not so crowded, I think that would help a good deal. if you’re thinking about doing something about the noise level, which is really intense, replacing the tile floors with wood, or some kind of modern very nice marmoleum would help, as would replacing the brick walls. Noise really bounces of of these. Varying the menu a bit at different meal times would be a good thing to do. Otherwise, it’s a lovely restaurnat

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DK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I often dine at Pappo. We like the seasonal menus, their specials and especially love the duck dishes.

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M
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love Pappo. The food is consistently great. The service is personal, familiar and prompt. The atmosphere is warm and appropriately lit. This is my favorite restaurant in Alameda.

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CS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food at every course, truly lovely staff, and an unhurried, welcoming atmosphere. This is a real neighborhood gem, with familiar menu choices served creatively. Portions are in the “Goldielocks” zone of neither to large, nor too small. Wine list was fairly priced, and the cocktails should please just about anyone. Try the “Princess Leia” to start. The homemade pappardelle did not disappoint.

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pappo's is one of our favorite restaurants! Located in the heart of Alameda it is small enough to have a wonderful friendly atmosphere with servers who remember you and welcome you back at each visit Chef John is excellent and his special market dinners on Thursday are always a great treat. He and the staff care about the Alameda community and coordinate several outreach events each year to help those who need a helping hand.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere. Can't believe I passed by all the time. I finally went in, the food and the service was great. You have to try it.

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F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pappo was delightful: the food was excellent, the service friendly, efficient and timely. Most appreciated that there was no loud music. It was possible to talk intimately without strain. One small suggestion: tables for two could be just a bit larger and spaced a little more from one another.

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SO
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had exceptional service and the food was fantastic especially the duck risotto and burata.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best food on the island -- on the level of chez panisse and gather -- the quiche & strawberry pie are sublime

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m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an anniversary dinner, and they greeted us with champagne and wished us happy anniversary. We also had some dietary restrictions to deal with, and our server was very patient and helpful with that. Can’t wait to go again! No wonder they’ve been around 15 years!!

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

brought my daughter here for Easter weekend. good service, but food was mediocre (lamb shank and pasta dish)

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p
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Fun. Great ambience.

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W
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A beautiful spring evening, so we dinned in the patio area . Our Market Dinners not had a wonderful taste course by course, but the the texture + color presentation added to the whole experience.

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DD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birth in the family. Came with my wife and the new grandma. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Duck confit, gnocchi, and halibut, accompanied by a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Great service by Julie. We love Pappo and it was a great place for a special dinner!

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FF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My brother & I were having a get together with to discuss family matters with my cousin whose aged mother who has been suck for quite some time just passed away & the funeral services was just the week before. So in essence—I was trying to cheer up my cousin from all the preparations & commotion of the service plus to get him to “chill” & “recharge” his outlook. He was staying with his Mom (my Aunt Soledad) here in Alameda & taking care of her for over 2 yrs. He is from Huntington Beach, CA. The nice ambiance of the restaurant & the excellent food & good craft beer plus our nice chat did just that. We had the pork chops, the pasta & the fish entree plus the buratta appetizer & salad that we all shared. It was great that the North Coast Brewing Beer Pilsner was available as well as the crisp amber ale which paired well with our dishes.

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7
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I walked in at 5:30 for salad and dessert, and didn’t get out of there until 6:45. Ridiculous. Their Caesar salad is good, although the bread wasn’t ‘ready’ until 6:00. I had already been served the salad. C’mon. Should have called to ask whether they were still serving the bread pudding - they weren’t. So disappointed, because that’s one of the few things that’s really great on their menu. Waited 30 minutes for the apple pie, which wasn’t worth it.

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j
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Sunday Spanish Supper on 3/31. Food was amazing. The waitstaff is always so fun and courteous. There was a large birthday party that night so actually extra loud and noisy. Not Pappo's fault. It was very hard to have a normal conversation until they left. There were 2 other older couples that sat near us. We carried on a fun conversation and ended up closing the restaurant! Love their Thursday Market Dinners as well.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was amazing, from the food, to the drinks, to the staff. Every single staff member that helped us out and checked in on us were so nice and polite, despite the busy atmosphere of the restaurant. The food was devine, and the drinks phenomenal. Would definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, amazing service.

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FW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pappos is more than a good restaurant with high quality food, wine and staff It is a community dining hall that draws the best of our neighborhood.
All wait staff are well trained and professional but I must say Fay is our favorite. She has a way of making you feel most special.

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PN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took 20 minutes to get waiter to table after being seated. They forgot to bring the honey for the tea. But due to the extreme delay in service they comped the appetizers so that was a nice gesture in the end. Food was good, ambiance is noisy when crowded. I would recommend to visit non-peak hours / weekdays for a better experience.

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O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish! I had the halibut, my friend went with soup and hurrays. Loved the cocktails and scrumptious flourless chocolate cake. Wonderful service from a pro.

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ! Fun! Easy! Sympatique!
Clean! Cosy! Interesting!

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DG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but the wait staff was disappointing...typical Pappo in lacking energy...felt like the owner was away on vacation...great location, poor / very poor parking, and aging interior.

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JY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a surprisingly slow and quiet night which was lovely for us. Usually busy and noisier especially on Sunday night when many restaurants are closed. The cocktails were excellent, as was the wine- a Zin we always order- Lusa.
Food was very fine. I had the filet madallions and they were cooked perfectly. My husband had the pasta which he enjoyed but wished there had been a bit more pasta with the good meat sauce. Finished with affagatos. A very nice dining experience.

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r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Pappo's for our date night. My wife had the gnocchi and I had the Pork Chop. Both meals and service were excellent. We will be coming back!

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J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting course selections - not too many. Well worth a visit.

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B
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice menu. Haven’t been here in a while but food was good. Go back to Feel Good French bread with your Pate.

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JP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pre-Valentine's Day dinner at Pappo and the food, service and ambiance were excellent. Their wine list is also full of great values.

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DP
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and delightful dining experience!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Small portions that were too expensive for the taste.

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JO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pappo is a very good local restaurant that serves quality food and excellent cocktails.

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FK
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and good food. Great wine pairing recommendations, too. Ambience was great. Friendly and knowledgeable servers.

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7
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Great Caesar salad, but had to wait forever for each course to come; it was hard to appreciate the
main dish because we were so irritated. Everything fell apart with dessert. We all ordered the bread pudding, and one of them hadn't "settled" but was served anyway. It was a soupy, undercooked
fiasco that tasted like raw batter. Appalled that they thought it was okay to serve something so gross,
and then to charge for it. Will not be returning.

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JS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was our first time here. Food was great. Server was excellent. Helpful, good advice, accomodating. Very tolerant of our kids (who are not the best behaved).

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JY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a nice experience. Beth is an outstanding waitress and Maia, the bartender wrote out the recipe for her holiday cocktail "Festivus"which was delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great atmosphere. Hands down, one of the best meals I've had in quite some time!

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f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love going to Pappoflr

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GC
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little pricey but great food and service.

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice service and food. Four of us had a good time. Two adults and two teenagers enjoyed the food. Not a big place but clean an cozy. Jess was our server and she was very friendly yet professional and knowledgeable.

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