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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (9)
Seasonal (9)
Casual (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Organic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Healthy (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great for casual night out, with or without friends! Nice menu and wine list. Great service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

A wonderful dining experience with great food and great service. Food was exceptional

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Pappo's never disappoints. Another delicious meal with plenty of time to make it to the theatre.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a very nice meal at Pappo. We started with a shared caesar salad which was very good and fresh. I had house made pappardelle pasta with bolognese which was very good, but had a little too much tomato taste for me. My wife had native halibut which she really liked a lot. We each had a glass of wine from a well curated list. Both of us had an affogatto for desert which were prepared at the table with house made vanilla gelato which was very good. I would recommend this restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious and our server was friendly and efficient. The problem was how long it took to receive our food. We sat down for a 6:15 reservation and ordered a salad to share and wine. We did not receive the entree we planned to split until 7:20. It was a problem as we had to make an 8:00 show in Oakland so we had to ask for our entree to be packed to go. Our server apologized but no other concessions were made. The gnocchi was delicious but didn’t plan on eating it in the back of a cab.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great dinner with my Wife here. Every portion of each disk was excellent, something I can't say about any recent dining experiences. The salt levels were assertive without going over the top (although it was close)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent meal, great service, cozy ambiance - purely delightful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Pappo has never failed to impress, in the dozen years I've lived in Alameda. On this occasion I was looking for the perfect little romantic spot to celebrate two years with the bf (and also impress him with Alameda's unexpected cuisine, since he is a SF native). ;-) It did the trick! We accidentally booked during Alameda Restaurant Week and were convinced by the diner next to us to try the duck (I'm usually not a fan, re: fattiness). It was delicious, tender, NOT fatty, and the only duck I've ever liked. Yes to Pappo!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Ribeye was tasty but was cold and served on cold plate. They did accommodate menu entree item changes for low carb alternative. Expensive “WAGyu” burger with bone marrow” $17 then you charged additional for cheese and anything else - while it was tasty the burger came to $20 with the extras and you just feel ripped off.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This was our second time dining at Pappo’s. The duck was amazing.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent restaurant! All of our meal’s were amazing.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Good local restaurant with a good atmosphere. Great food with a good selection and great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Delish!

Pluses +
* Atmosphere
* Relatively easy to reserve a table
* Starters--esp. ALL of them!
* Tuna is amazeballs
* Sides
* Mains (Salmon, Pork chop, Spareribs)
* Wine list is limited but curated by chef from private cellar around popular mains
* Cocktails
* Bar
* Desserts--not your grandma's bread pudding--it's even better! The nostalgic taste is there but with modern lightness and house-made sea salt Carmel
* Gelatos are delish, esp if you're an espresso fan
* Excellent capuccino
* Staff

So, yeah, pretty much everything!

Minuses -
* Butternut soup was just so
* They're about to get a whole lot busier--may get hard to get into

Eat here!

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Casual, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I ordered from their restaurant week menu, and I think that was a good deal. The duck was very tasty, the flourless chocolate cake was very soft. My friend ordered from the a la carte menu because she wanted the salmon. I had a taste of that and was pleasantly surprised to find the skin crispy. How they were able to cook that without tearing the skin was beyond me. My friend said she would be coming back so she could order the duck. It was my first time there, and I definitely would be back, possibly for a special occasion.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It always seems they are out of what we were hoping to order. Once duck, then steak, last week pasta. We should learn to go before 7:30pm. Our second choice has always been fantastic, their chef is magnificent.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fay was so sweet and the food was good! The burrata!!!! Yummmmy!!!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice place, great staff. I called and told them I was running a litttle late and they understood and we didn’t lose our reservation or had to wait despite it being busy.

Food was ok. Shared the bolognese and short ribs with my wife. Tasty but for the amount paid I would like to have been blown away

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this place. One of the best restaurants in Alameda

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

What a delightful and delicious way for us to honor my son’s Jewish roots—a Chanukah dinner@Pappo’s!!! Wish we could’ve had seconds of your heavenly brisket!!! 😍

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food waswell prepared, service was great and nice wine selection.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Delicious food, wonderful service. Cozy. Highly recommend. Will return, again…

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Was seated next to the bar that had several loud people standing up and kept bumping into a couple of us. We could hardly hear each other so we would that very unpleasant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 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 1, 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 28, 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 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 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 13, 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 7, 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 7, 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 6, 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 5, 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 September 30, 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 September 30, 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 29, 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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