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About Pappo

"Northern California Cuisine Done With Precision"-Oakland Tribune A Blend Of Local, Seasonal and Organic Ingredients Prepared Using Classic and Modern Technique."

2320 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday. Starting at 5:30 pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Park St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 337-9100

Website:
http://www.papporestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please call for details.

Parking Details:
There is a large Parking Garage Located Across the Street, Next to the Alameda Theatre.

Executive Chef:
John Thiel

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

Additional:
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

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Cozy (9)
Seasonal (9)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Fun (5)
Organic (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

If you go there, get the gnocchi, it's to die for!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

I love dining here! The food was amazing, as usual and the service was good. It’s always packed on a weekend night, but service was prompt. I miss the olives!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

One of the best in Alameda. Definitely will repeat.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Outstanding dinner experience. Every bite was superb and the service was impeccable. Truly one of the best meals in the Bay Area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Once again a fabulous meal. Pappo’s is so
Consistently good as is the service

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food and nice service... Honestly the food is always excellent here

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

This restaurant is so lovely. The market dinner is always delicious, unique, beautifully prepared.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This restaurant is worth the trip to Alameda. Food is excellent and very well-prepared. Wine list was varied and went very well with the food. Wait staff was friendly and attentive, responding to many special requests by everyone (lemon, extra cheese)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Love it...the olives, pastas, wine. Yummy gnocchi and out-of-this-world mushroom soup this week!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As in the past, the food and cocktails were delicious; unique entrees and flavors. Very personable service although a bit slow (may have been due to a crowded Saturday night).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Pleasantly suprised! I was impressed by the quality/taste of the food as well as the portion sizes. Would definitely come back and recommend to family/friends.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Pappos was amazing. I had the NY strip with duck fat potatoes. It was amazingly flavorful paired with a very fruity cab. For desert, the bread pudding with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce. I can’t wait to go back for more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Tuna tartare is generous and so good; halibut may have been just a bit overdone

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Our server was very nice and accommodating. Our pastas were delicious and the ahi tuna appetizer was great! We definitely will come back as we really enjoyed the cozy atmosphere at Pappo.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was fabulous but very slow to come out. Our waitress was great, very friendly and helpful. The tables were too small for 4 people, perfect size for 2 people. Looking forward to going back soon & having the zucchini spaghetti again, it was amazing!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I live in Alameda and have been to Pappo a handful of times. I am never disappointed. Food and wine are always good and the prices are in line with the overall experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great food, amazing service. It can get a bit loud which might not be for everyone, but we will be back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, People Watching, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good food but the kitchen was slow for their preplanned market dinner. Service and ambiance was excellent.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

consistently delicious, enjoyable dinner -- we'll look forward to future visits

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Pappo is one of my top 2 alameda favorite restaurants. The food is healthy and delicious. The appetizers are sized to share and so tasty - we love the tuna tartare with house made potato chips. The wine choices are good even for single glasses.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This is the 3rd time we have been to Pappo, and we will go back frequently, since we are in Alameda often. Every time the food has been excellent, and we love the casual, but elegant ambience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Portions too small. Hamburger bland, over cooked not as good as Burger King!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Friendly, nice but casual restaurant with great wait staff and eclectic, delicious menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Seasonal, Healthy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The duck sugo on pappadelle is always wonderful. I enjoyed the zucchini spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, a bit of spicyness. The fried olives are a reliable starter. The food is local, delicious and reliably good.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great restaurant! Our waitress was extremely attentive and had helpful recommendations. Everything we had was delicious! I would highly recommend this place to friends and family!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Wonderful food, best Pork Chop ever.

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