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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."
Alameda, CA 94501
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday. Starting at 5:30 pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please call for details.
There is a large Parking Garage Located Across the Street, Next to the Alameda Theatre.
Private Party Facilities:
Pappo is available for Private Parties up to 45 people. Great for showers and rehersal dinners!
Private Party Contact:
John Thiel: (510) 337-9100
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Pappo Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I have never been to Alameda. So first of all, that was a lovely surprise - an neighborhood oasis among the hustle bustle of Oakland, CA. Pappo was a wonderful dining experience. The server was very helpful with locating dairy free options, and there were lots from which to choose. The food was delicious. I especially liked the mushroom soup--creamy, without any cream! The ambience was warm and inviting. I would definitely go back.
I would recommend to others your superb wait staff. They are excellent, energetic, fun and knowledgeable. The restaurant it did grow abit loud around 7:30ish on Saturday evening. The food was delicious; however, the price point extremely high for the volume of food serviced.
I ordered the 1 inch wide Halibut, 3 triangles of russets, 4 or so zucchini slices in a delicious bouillabaisse sauce. All mouth watering yet short to satisfy ....Not for the amount of food and certainly not for $29.00 a plate!
I saw your restaurant on Check Please. I took 3 others friends boosting about food and it's good reviews coming from the tasters.
Sadly, I will not return unless invited by others for a "friends night out". And at that time I would suggest a more affordable restaurant.
Thank you for asking my opinion. Please do something with the response. Vallorie
A great combination of a neighborhood gem, and good value foodie friendly cozy place. The location off Park Blvd at Central in Alameda makes it great for people watching, strolling before or after or catch a movie across the street. The food and wine list are always excellent and rotate just frequently enough to keep diners interested on multiple visits. The service is above expectations with pace of food service and knowledge of the menu and wine list by all wait staff reliable and professional. Kudos to our waitperson Julie on our last visit, great wine recommendations and accommodating some substitutions.
They were out of what I decided to order, I guess they could have mentioned it when they gave us the menu. I ended ordering my meal with a side salad, but it came with french fries. I sent it back and the salad was hastily thrown together with hardly any dressing.
We went here to celebrate an anniversary along with our adult daughter. We had not eaten here for many years despite being Alameda residents. The food (salads, main courses and desserts) , wine, and service were all excellent. We were glad we had reservations as the restaurant was packed. The weather was great so the front was open to the outside and we could enjoy the meal while enjoying the mild evening. While It is a little pricy for an average dinner out, we are happy to have rediscovered this local restaurant and will return for future special occasions.
We have been to Pappo dozens of times over the years and it never disappoints. But, Friday was better than ever. I had the best steak I think I've ever had. All of our meal was delicious. The service was excellent as always. This is just a great neighborhood restaurant that we are so fortunate to have here in our town. We love it!
This place is only a block or so from my place. I've been there a number of times. I'm always happy/satisfied when I leave. Great food and good service. I really enjoyed the roasted chicken last time I was there and that isn't usually my go-to dish but the staff recommended it and I will get it again!
Our server was charming, but was she ever slooooow. Seemed to have her head in the clouds, a little bit. At one point, I asked for the wine list and she strolled over to the Hostess station and grabbed one. Then she had a 10 minute conversation with the hostess. Lots of toe-tapping.
Food was solid. I had the rack of lamb. It was cooked perfectly. Wife had the zucchini noodles bolognese. She enjoyed her meal, too.
Cute place. I'll try it again.
The service as always was excellent. The ambiance is excellent I had the New York strip. New York cuts are usually tough and cutting isn't easy. This steak was so tough I had hard time cutting it. I believe the steak knife was dull because it was not to be cut. Suggest your steak knives be sharpened. My spouse's meal was excellent - Prawn dish.
We celebrated my daughter's 19th birthday at Pappo and had a terrific time! We were visiting from Boston so I googled reviews for a great place to eat and was not disappointed. The menu was fun, had some healthy options but did not lack flavor. The location and movie theater across the street made it even more fun for us. If ever in the area again, we would absolutely visit Pappo again. Thank you!
Located right across the street from the movie theatre, Pappo is very convenient for "dinner and a movie". The service is very good, there were 4 servers for a small room of 12 or 15 tables. The garlic shrimp plate was as good as I've had. The only downer was the bar selection, despite what looked like a full bar. I ordered a Kentucky Mule, but the server said she didn't think they had ginger beer (they don't) . I changed to a Greyhound, but, again, she said they didn't have grapefruit juice. I went back to bourbon, with 7 Up. You might not believe this, because I didn't, but they don't have 7 Up or Sprite. If you don't like to have a cocktail with your dinner, this is a fine place to eat. If you do, go somewhere else.
Pappo surprised us by having upped their game over the past couple of years or so. We were quite happy with the menu (my husband was quite happy with his cocktails) -- all dishes came out of the kitchen looking and tasting fantastic. Would recommend it to anyone wanting a pleasant night out with good food, and a noise level low enough to hold a meaningful conversation.
After dropping our daughter and friend off at a concert at the Oakland Colloseum, my husband and I were looking for a nearby date spot to spend a few hours. Our choice to drive ten minutes for a quaint dinner at Pappo turned out to be perfect. It's great that they accept reservations since we needed to get in and out in an hour and half. The location is also perfect for a movie afterward. The beautiful Art Deco Alameda Cinema is just across the street.
Aside from the convenient location, we were impressed by the service and quality of food. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and on top of their game. We ordered the anchovy stuffed olives as a starter. They are addictive ! with a crispy breading, warm, crunch, juicy, salty, goodness! They are a nice pairing with their well made Manhattans. I ordered the house specialty; home made gnocchi. It was prepared with fresh picked sweet organic corn and tomatoes, accompanied by delicious chunks of tender pancetta, (not too salty)in a delicate broth. The gnocchi is like perfect fresh potato pillows that melt in your mouth ... Yums! so delicately delicious! The portion was not overly generous yet was adequately satisfying. My husband ordered the burger which was cooked to order and tasted very fresh. With crispy garlic fries and avocado, it came to $19, the most we've ever paid for a burger and fries. Even considering quality and size, in my opinion, $19 is a bit steep.
Overall, I would recommend Pappo to friends for its service, quality of food and convenience to pair with a night at the movies.
Recommended by a friend with connections in Alameda, this was a solid success. We split one of each course and were never penalized for doing so, always fitted out with new flatware after each. Everything fresh, the flavors a fine fusion of tradition and invention in the Italian-French-Californian style. Waitstaff bordered on invasive, depending on how you like to play the game. Seats hard (just like Chez Panisse) and noise level over the top, when the place was full. The wine-list is good, but having the locally-made St. George Americano Bruto bitter to go with our perfect vanilla creme brûlée was fabulous. Very pleasant overall, and would recommend a later seating, like ours, to outlast the noise bit.
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