Pappo

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$30 and under
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Californian
"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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AlexandraR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we got a chance to dine at Pappo again before the (hopefully brief) closure. Always excellent, with warm friendly staff.

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HelenL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious, but the serving size of the ciopinno was on the small side. Service was wonderful. Ambiance and coziness were very nice. Thank you.

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Darlene
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was definitely a cute little local place in Alameda. The food was really tasty and fresh. And the service was very good. The only negative thing is say was that I paid $17 for a cocktail I was very surprised.

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SMBDMW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, service was friendly and efficient.

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vipPatR
San Francisco
187 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Enjoyable meal with friends. My pork chop was a little too done otherwise everything was good.

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jae510
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely server, food excellent

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Peter
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, drinks—consistently the best East Bay restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pappo is the best restaurant in Alameda. Great food, fantastic service. Perfect place for a date night.

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356tub
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent attentive service. Our meals were beautifully prepared and yummy. I especially like the ahi tartare.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

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PointsOnPoint
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in the East Bay. Right across the street from the historic Alameda theatre. Perfect for an elegant dinner and movie date.

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vipSue77
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipAdamG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic burger! Service was even better than the burger.

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TinaC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

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MichaelT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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Peter
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food and drinks are excellent but the portions are very small. The service is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food were just so so for the price.

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VickiF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent start to finish.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Excellent food, server was wonderful, but busy.

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Peter
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-rate service, drinks, and food. Atmosphere was pleasant.

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ErinW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening at Pappo! Super service, great vibe. Yummy food. 😄

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vipHayden4
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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vipcherylm
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipEveryday
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Pappo's is a fabulous place to eat. Always creative menus using local produce and paired with local wines.

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vipKevin
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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).

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vipRuthS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, family friendly, neighborhood gem. Brought three people who had never been before an they loved it!

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GoodEats
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Sonia
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice experience each time!
The zucchini spaghetti was very tasty!

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eatoutmore
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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ElizabethT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ThomasB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! I highly recommend Pappo for a great meal in a nice location.

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vipTCZDiningTips
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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ChristineJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipMoofjo
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parpadelle with duck!!!!

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JerryM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend this restaurant to every one we know this dinner was so good

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at 7:30 and were seated immediately. The service was flawless as Julie, our serve

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The portions were very small. The slice of the peach pie was ridiculous. It was a bite of pie.

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Susanne
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really fresh and seasonal -- delicious corn, peaches, etc. Everyone in our party loved it!

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NYBORN
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

FAQs

Pappo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 337-9100.

Pappo is rated 4.5 stars by 856 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.