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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 11 times today


687 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (18)
  • Good for a Date (16)
  • Creative Cuisine (12)
"Northern California Cuisine Done With Precision"-Oakland Tribune A Blend Of Local, Seasonal and Organic Ingredients Prepared Using Classic and Modern Technique."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday. Starting at 5:30 pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(510) 337-9100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John Thiel
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Private party facilities
Pappo is available for Private Parties up to 45 people. Great for showers and rehersal dinners!
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Private party contact
John Thiel: (510) 337-9100
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Cross street
Park St.
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Parking details
There is a large Parking Garage Located Across the Street, Next to the Alameda Theatre.
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
What 687 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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wish (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

AlmostaFoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

vipRIGLEW (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Michele94501 (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  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)

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

vipBeee (San Francisco)
3.0  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.

vipheadroper (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

hijoanne123 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

BeeDoubleU (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018


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!

HMRL (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

Chantalnoelle (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Love this place. One of the best restaurants in Alameda

vipneighborhoodgem (San Francisco)
5.0  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!!! 😍

vipEveryday (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Wendy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

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

vipauntlisac01 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  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!!

mia99 (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipDivebudee (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

One of the best in Alameda. Definitely will repeat.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  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

vipSusanAlice (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

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