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468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
+1 510-893-0174
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“paella” (38 reviews)
“fideua” (8 reviews)
“tapas” (38 reviews)
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Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Duende is a lovely spot in downtown Oakland for tapas and paella. the locations is very hip and the service impeccable. You cannot go wrong in ordering anything off the menu. We had several tapas. The jamon with butter was divine. There are several options...More

Thank sreisinger
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Been coming here for years. Paul Canales continues to surprise and delight with traditional and innovative cuisine. Never boring or tired, both food and service are stellar. Too many dishes to praise, but our continual favorite is the Aroz Negro. Squid ink black and amazing!!...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Five of us (four adults and one teen) dined together here in September 2017 and had a phenomenal meal. We started with beverages, two ordered the 3-glass $20 white wine flight and two of us had beers or a glass of Cava. The basic Cava...More

Thank TinPeacock
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We met a friend at Duende Restaurant to try it out, as none of us had eaten there before. We arrived early and waited at the bar. The friendly bartender served us great bevs, including a Turmeric spritzer, made with their own special syrup of...More

Thank Helen S
Reviewed 13 August 2017

After receiving a $100 gift certificate almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to use it this week for dinner. We wondered if we would be able to use it all in one visit, but after a quick look at the menu prices,...More

Thank MauriceTheTourGuide
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

While it doesn't evoke Spain, it does bring you a hip Oakland cum Catalonia vibe where you can savor an olive oily beefy robust savory veggie vibe. Good cocktails, too. So, yeah, this place is a must. You'll go back again and again.

Thank Jack A
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We were searching for something "ethnic" on our recent trip to Oakland. We've loved our visits to Spain, and Duende really appealed to us. Tapas, paellas, Spanish wines -- everything enticingly Spanish. We settled on the tapas--small plates with maximum flavor. We loved each dish...More

Thank MeleMom
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic restaurant with luscious, savory dishes. We had two tapas (grilled octopus and a summer squash dish) and the Fideua- a paella made with duck and a small macaroni instead of rice. Just delicious! The Spanish wine choices were numerous, most over...More

Thank A S
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Although not situated in the most inviting part of Oakland, Duende is in a great Art Deco building with a cavernous space. Every tapas we had was full of flavor, and the choices are more interesting than you often encounter. It is a bit pricey,...More

Thank JDW952
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

went to duende because it had relatively high reviews and a spanish menu with tapas and paella. everything was great. our server mirsa did a great job explaining things that were out of our league. most of the wines are spanish. after a couple of...More

Thank ldgaff
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$25 - US$80
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-893-0174
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Duende is a Spanish-inspired, neighborhood restaurant located in Oakland's Uptown district, featuring a modern and casual dining experience, a cutting-edge cocktail program, and an inviting Spanish-based wine program including more than 20 sherries by the glass!
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