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Duende

4.6
4.6
1386 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
Duende is a Spanish Inspired neighborhood restaurant in Oakland's Uptown district.
A modern and casual dining experience, a cutting-edge cocktail program, and an inviting Spanish-based wine program!
Parties of 7 or more will be served a prix fixe chef's menu, please email reservations@duendeoakland.com to make a large group reservation.

For private events please email events@duendeoakland.com

Duende reserves seats for walk-ins! If you don't see your desired reservation time, come on down and we will find you a seat!

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 893-0174

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Paul Canales

  • Private party facilities

    Memorable events begin with thoughtful planning. Duende offers several options for large groups. Chef Paul and the Duende team will work with you to design a unique dining experience for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Bredesen: (510) 893-0174

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway $ Telegraph Ave

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Half a block from the 19th Street BART station.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Noche de Flamenco: dinner & a show!

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 7 - Sep 1, 2022
    Join us and enjoy an evening of a classic Duende meal and a live flamenco show in our Mezzanine! Dinner includes: Pitcher of Sangria, Ensalada de Col, Patatas Bravas, Choice of Paella and Turron. Show includes: Live dance & music by the incredible Theatre Flamenco of SF and their visiting guest artists, the show is guaranteed to take you out of this world and into theirs! 6:30p Dinner & 8:00p Show
  • Chef's Tasting Menu (Large Party Reservation)

    $64.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    For large parties we do our Chef's Tasting Menu, a prix fixe family style meal that consists of a great selection from our seasonal menu of the day! The menu is designed, with any dietary restrictions of the group (vegan/pescatarian/dairy-free/gluten-free/allergies, none are a problem). It's a great experience for large groups, takes the pressure off of ordering & no one goes home hungry. Tapas: multiple tapas dishes picked from our daily menu & all scaled to the size of your group Raciones: larger, more protein forward, similar to entree style plates to be shared amongst your group Paella: selection of our made-to-order paellas Ducles: a sampler of our in-house desserts Pricing is $64/person, which does not include drinks or gratuity.

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What 1,386 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Spanish

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place for tapas. The plates are small, so order a few at least. Try the steak if you're a carnivore.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty cool place with really good food at a reasonable price. The staff, every one of them, was absolutely amazing. Quick, courteous, knowledgeable, and beyond professional.
  3. s

    suzlar17

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious food and wine. Service was friendly and on the mark. A very nice evening.
  4. TK

    ToniK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! The cocktails were delicious and the tapas and Paella was great. Waitstaff greeted us and asked if we had dined there before! Because the Paella has a longer prep time. We were there to see a show at the beautiful Paramount Theatre so she told us to order asap.. highly recommend!!
  5. RG

    RobertG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Service a little slow, but everyone who works there is polite and friendly
  6. SM

    SandraM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was our first time. We love tapas and it did not disappoint. The staff was wonderful. Our server was incredible. He knew the wine, food and made the right suggestions. He was aware of our timing for the show and made sure our order was in and out on time. He was great. Highly recommend. Oakland rocks.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious pork shoulder and upside-down cherry tart for dessert. Solid service. Busy enough on a Monday night... paellas are amazing. I love this place!
  8. DM

    DaveM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, service, and ambience. Perfect location for dinner before a Fox Theatre concert. Craft cocktails were really good and the wine list is interesting, intelligent, and not hideously over-priced. Try the delicious '21 Mathis Rosé with anything off the tapas menu! Our table stuck with the shared small plates. But will be back to try the paella.
  9. CU

    CandiceU

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the staff. Food and drink were delish
  10. AH

    AndrejH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    paella was too salty and sour. great service and ambience. would come back again for sure.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were whisked into the dining room as soon as we arrived to meet the rest of our party. The service was top notch and very helpful. The food was just right with drinks to chat with friends. Overall a wonderful time was had at Duende.
  12. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful selection of Spanish inspired tapas and paellas!
  13. d

    davidj

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    everything was great. the paella and shared dishes are fantastic. We'll be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, great drinks! Really convenient before our show at the fox.
  15. JS

    JanS

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food is excellent and very tasty. The service was slow and the wait staff didn’t remember some of our drinks order. We were going to the Symphony and told the server, but we almost did not have dessert because the service was running late.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We love Duende and have eaten there many times. Service, food and ambiance are always great. This particular night they were slammed due to a show at the Fox Theatre and the bar was backed up. We received our appetizers before our cocktails — we had actually finished our appetizers when they arrived. Same experience for wine we ordered to have with dinner. They were obviously not staffed properly. Which is quite common right now due to staffing shortages. But they were very apologetic, brought us a glass of sparkling and comped our drinks. Our server was great and handled the situation very well. How a restaurant handles these type of situations says so much! I hope they can find more good people to add to their team — seems like a fun place to work. We highly recommend Duende.
  17. J

    Junior

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was okay
  18. TG

    TGH1

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Brussel Sprouts may have been the best we have ever eaten! Entrees were great. We had the cookie plate for dessert. Perfect amount to solve the sugar craving. Margaritas very well done. Service, first class. Loved the decor.
  19. l

    lovetoeatwithfriends

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was very good, However the high ceilings contributed to a noise level so high, at least until the theater crowd vacated, that will make me think about going back.
  20. LI

    LINDAT

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    The service was just a little slow, but otherwise everything was good!
  21. S

    Sally

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Duende is a lively downtown spot near the FOX where there was a performance the night I was at the restaurant. The food is very good and cocktails are imaginative and flavorful. It's so good to have this fine restaurant in Uptown Oakland.
  22. S

    Shah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food, service, and environment was great. highly recommend
  23. JP

    JeremyP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Intriguing, well thought out menu. Very nice service, including very nice restrooms. Thoroughly enjoyed our snacky dinner -- tapas and one entree, shared between us.
  24. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chefs Table experience is fantastic for business dinners.
  25. c

    chrisg

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space, great menu, great service. Across street from the fox.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It was excellent cant wait to go back!
  27. LI

    LINDAW

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. ! I cannot wait to come back
  28. F

    Favorites

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was sooooo delicious! We had most of the small plates, and our server created a multi course meal for us. Great service and tasty cocktails enhanced the meal even more!
  29. MD

    MrDodgy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food!
  30. G

    Girlene

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Very lackluster service. Thankfully our food was excellent. The sad sack who served us might be in the wrong profession.
  31. S

    Spencer

    San Francisco

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Frankly, I’m over the reclaimed wood look. This restaurant feels like a horse barn. Zero style, dark, and yes, booths like horse stalls. Service: felt like I was at Denny’s. Fine. Cordial per job description. No personality. Food: predictable ( roasted Brussels sprouts anyone) and nothing where you would say, “oh I’m coming back for that!”
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Every single item I ordered from the Tapas to the paella were some of the best food I and my party had in a long time. The Brussels sprouts were hands down the highlight of the night. Can’t wait to show this place off to others.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haim concert
  34. TW

    ToddW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great choice in Uptown. Terrific menu of small plates and mains, nice cocktail menu, attentive service (especially if you are going to a show nearby). Food and drink delivery was a bit slow, but nothing to get too worked up about.
  35. AR

    AlexR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great spot for high quality tapas and paella. A bit noisy when crowded.
  36. NB

    NBSR

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I haven't been here in years. Our server was friendly and helpful. My friend's burger was undercooked after making a specific request. The server and kitchen righted the mistake. Overall, not a bad experience and food. I liked my cocktail. A good option in the area for a Monday. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here.
  37. C

    Cathy

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the atmosphere was really perfect for a dinner with my grown daughter and her significant other. The vaccine/ID card check I felt was annoying and unnecessary. My husband had a cocktail as did the significant other. Both cocktails were superb and interesting! The food was excellent. Delicious Brussel sprouts, a lovely paella, terrific chocolate cake. Service was also wonderful. I highly recommend and would go again in a heartbeat.
  38. BC

    BobC

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice bday celebration for my wife at Duende. The food was SO delicious, and the service was excellent. Thanks!
  39. a

    aloo

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Spectacular in all ways. Service was terrific. Food wonderful, inventive. No upselling of alcohol. Very accommodating. Loved the entire experience.
  40. b

    berkcal

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We only wanted Tapas so missed eating the always excellent paella. The smoked swordfish was fantastic. Service was friendly and attentive with lovely explanations of the food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Duende does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Duende also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 893-0174.

Duende is rated 4.6 stars by 1386 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Duende

468 19th Street Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway $ Telegraph Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Half a block from the 19th Street BART station.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Canales

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 893-0174

  • Private party facilities

    Memorable events begin with thoughtful planning. Duende offers several options for large groups. Chef Paul and the Duende team will work with you to design a unique dining experience for your special event.

  • Private party contact

    Matt Bredesen: (510) 893-0174

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