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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Casual (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (8)
Seasonal (8)
Cozy (8)
Local Ingredients (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Organic (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 5, 2017

The best restaurant in Alameda, hands down. And not to diminish any other part of the meal, all of which were excellent, the Caesar salad was the best we've had anywhere.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Love Pappo! Great food, friendly, professional staff! There was something on the menu for all of us - from picky pre-teen and up. We had fried chicken sandwich, scallops, gnocchi and ravioli - all delicious!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Faced with taking a visitor out to a good local restaurant we stayed home in Alameda and chose Pappo's. The specials that night involved a grilled octopus appetizer and a duck dish - both delicious. The duck was especially tender and flavorful. We were also really happy with the cocktails.

Pappo is always doing something great with local ingredients - and you don't have to drive into Oakland!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Great dinner with terrific service. Shared 4 different plates and each was great. Fantastic cocktail list, small but very good wine list. Not a wide selection for vegetarians, but I made do.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

hard to choose between all the delicioius choices. The tuna tartare was a very generous serving. I tasted my husband's risotto which was done perfectly and lots of flavor. my gnocchi was good but the tomato sauce overpowered the dish. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Pappo. The wait staff is excellent. It's always a treat to eat there!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Menu seemed small but food was great. Appetizer pork ribs were delicious. Gnocchi was served with a warm yummy sauce and lots of good veggies. Filet Mignon was perfect and served with tasty garlic french fries.
Busy night as we waited almost an hour for our appetizer. Waitress and hostess and water guy were very attentive.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

My wife and I had a date night and were treated to a wonderful culinary experience. I had the best pork chop that was perfectly cooked and seasoned. My wife had the pappardelle with cream truffle sauce and butternut squash that was outstanding. Do not pass this place up, great food and wonderful service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

We had an excellent meal. The Market dinner,
Duck Cassoulet was perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Great night out

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2017

We hadn't been here for awhile and forgot how good the food is. Husband had pork chop cooked perfectly and well seasoned, I had the Shrimp and grits which was exceptional.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Very nice staff. Food was fantastic. Expensive but worth it. Ambiance was very comfortable. Once again food was fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Pappo's has my very favorite Caesar salad anywhere--and I've had a million!
Also, one of the best burgers around, it melts in your mouth! The service is lovely and very friendly.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

When Pappo is good, it's really, really good. We had the beet salad, ceasar salad, shrimp and grits and duck sugo. Every bite of everything was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Amazing food! I had the special "chicken and waffles" aka duck confit in waffle batter and it blew my mind. Very inventive cuisine!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Our steak was cold. Otherwise ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

A great, cozy dinner. The food was delicious (especially the duck sugo), and the service was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Everything was great! We were pleasantly surprised to have our favorite sever, Fay :) Can I suggest cushions for the chairs? You have them for the bench seats. Those chairs are not very comfy :/ It would be nice to see the menu change a little more often but that does not keep us from coming back :)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I have only eaten there three times, but it was great all three times. Last night I had the special - duck dipped in waffle batter and fried. How can one go wrong with that? It was crunchy, sweet, and juicy. My wife had the chicken sandwich which she enjoyed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2017

A great local and special restaurant. Chef John creates delicious, seasonal menus and the quality is consistent. The duck dishes are great, as is the salmon, flat iron steak and burger. Too many to list. You must try it! The new addition of special cocktails is nice. The wait staff is friendly and efficient. A GREAT 'go to' favorite of mine!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Sadly, Pappo's is going downhill. Stressed-out, uninvolved wait staff, salty uninteresting food. Hopefully, this is just the holiday madness and things will improve next year.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Always a treat to eat at Pappo.
Great Service! Faye and Chris were excellent.
Food is always delicious

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Yum! Everyone enjoyed their entrees--I had trout and it was super. The staff were helpful and attentive, ambiance was casual and upscale at the same time. I'd definitely go again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2016

I have been a customer of papo's since it first opened. It has always been consistent and delivered high-quality well-prepared too. Something has definitely changed as evidenced by this last visit. The food was not very good and the delivery was poorly timed. I noticed for a Friday night that the place was only half full, which would have not been the case only 3 months ago. Perhaps others have noticed what I did and that is Chef John has either moved on or is no longer creating the magic that used to be his signature.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 13, 2016

The caesar salad was AMAZING!!!!! I loved that they substituted Filet Minon for their normal flat iron steak for the evening, it was a wonderful upgrade! The waiter was especially pleasant and attentive and had great recommendations! Will be returning when we are in town next!

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Arrived 5 minutes late but seated promptly after checking in with the friendly hostess. Service was good, very helpful with the menu. Cocktails were in point. Food was served timely and line great. Flavor was average but not bad and better than most. My date and I were able to hold a conversation which was nice, and we shut the place down. Wish it would stay open later but I get it. It's Alameda. I do most of my dining in SF where it's open later. Overall I'd return:)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Pappo is consistently good and service is always friendly. Most recently, there was a mistake on one of our meals (it happens). After a bit of a wait, they brought out a new one and it was wrong again. I would've expected them to comp the meal or offer a free glass of wine or dessert or something. They apologized, but I think something more was in order for two mess ups.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2016

How was Pappo?
Fantastic as usual. My spouse and I try to visit at least once a month, usually twice. Try the pan seared scallops on a bed of turnip puree! Melts in your mouth.
Tuna Tartar with home made potato chips, very very tasty.
However the highlight of our meals is the warm and efficient staff that John has in place.
Can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Love this place

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Food and service at Pappo are great as is the décor. I feel the food is a little over priced but a nice treat on occasion. It does get quite noisy when the place is full but it's lively and fun. I had the zucchini spaghetti for the second time and it's delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2016

Some of the most flavorful food I have ever experienced! I will be going back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2016

We went on a Thursday night, and it was pretty full by 7pm. The food was quite tasty, even if you are dieting...and if you are not dieting, it's tasty then too! I had a black cod dish that was a generous piece of fish, perfectly cooked. Our waitress told me that they usually cook it medium rare, and I asked for medium, and received what I asked for, the fish was perfectly moist.

We had wonderful, thoughtful servers.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Four of us dined. All enjoyed our meals. The zucchini spaghetti was great! Lively, fun atmosphere. Tiny.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Lovely duck and wonderful staff, reminiscent of Baywolf happy to know we a replacement!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

I have eaten at Pappo's quite a few times. I was a little disappointed this time. The food was still very good, but there seemed to be fewer choices, with some previous more creative options possibly being replaced by burgers and chicken sandwiches and the like.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We had tickets to see _Our Town_ at the Altarena Theater, so we had dinner before the show. I had the crispy skinned duck. It was great. I am a fan of dark turkey meat, so the fact that the duck was a leg and a thigh was perfect for me. It was like a really juicy turkey with crunchy skin. If I could have ordered an extra plate of skin, I would have done so. :-) My wife had the chicken sandwich with fries which she also loved. We finished off with a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful with her recommendations. "Our Town" turned out not to be our favorite play, so our meal was the highlight of the evening. We will go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Consistently reliable! The food is always good. One of the few local places I know that know how to cook the meet just right "bleu" when asked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Healthy, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

This place is really terrific. Seasonal menu, super friendly staff and wonderful food. My girlfriend and I try to go one every two weeks or so.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Everything was perfect: the food, exquisite! the service, spot on! the entire experience was utterly delightful! Emily is a gem!! Hands down, our new favorite.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2016

We have contemplated coming here for years as Alameda locals but they only served beer and wine. On Saturday morning we decided to give it a try after reviewing the menu so I made a reservation. We were seated promptly and to our surprise, they now have a full bar!!! the food was very good and everything was very fresh! Our waitress Fay was amazing!! They were a few servers down but she was always attentive and very nice. We will definitely return!!! :)

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