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Duende

4.5
4.5
1442 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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! January 12th

    $75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jan 12, 2023 only
    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 1,442 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Spanish

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  1. Z

    Zabaglione

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Disappointed upon return to Duende. Drinks continue to be excellent. Service great. The food was cooked well and tasted great. However, in ordering one of the paella (chicken and shrimp) the ingredients were missing!! Paella should be full of the goodies…this one was not. Chicken nowhere to be seen. Felt ripped off.
  2. JF

    JenniferF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Drinks took 25 minutes to arrive to table. Food was average.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent dinner, drinks, and price. Great waitstaff but one bar tender had attitude and not very helpful with our questions about drinks, as if we were bothering him/her (sorry, they had a mask on). Overall great!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Before the morrissey concert
  5. AA

    AAIK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duende never disappoints. Always a great place.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, really tasty food, really helpful server.
  7. RM

    RichardM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, they made an extra effort to get us out quickly as we were going to a nearby show.
  8. TP

    TPerdue

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food is good, but overpriced. Four tapas and cocktails cost my party of two upwards of $120.
  9. p

    piccolo

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab squid ink paella and amazing flamenco show. All was perfect except we were hoping to see Paul. We’ll come again.
  10. G

    Globi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food is good but not very authentic from Spain and a bit pricey
  11. L

    Lori

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Kitchen is quite slow. The menu is very limited. Not a tapas bar… too few tapas to choose from. Paella was very overpriced. The wait staff was friendly and made an effort to get us out in time for a show.
  12. LF

    LarryF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went there before a event at the Paramount (at 7:30). A little tight on time given the restaurant doe not open until 5:30 but the server kept that in mind and got everything to us in a timely manner. Menue was limited but we all found something we liked and it turned out great
  13. H

    Happytoreview

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A real treasure! We ordered the squid ink paella and the vegetarian paella and both were amazing!
  14. J

    Jeanne

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duende is an elegant way to start an evening at the Oakland Symphony. The service is great and the food and beverages are superb. There is parking close by and a short walk to the Paramount.
  15. JS

    JanS

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is extraordinary and the service is excellent. It's wonderful to share the dishes as the portions are large. Our favorite is the cabbage appetizer and usually one of the paellas. We had the veggie one at our recent dinner that I had never had before and loved it. Great atmosphere!
  16. JT

    JorgeT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food1service4ambience4
    Truly surprised. I’m from Valencia, Spain. Capital of the Paella. Their food is not authentic at all. If you are looking for the real deal, this is not the place.
  17. EC

    EmCee

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The host was incredibly kind and personable. The service was good though it was clear they were understaffed. The food was delicious - particularly the bunuelos. The paella de carne was cooked perfectly - the only part I didn't enjoy was the house made sausage. The flavor was lightly gamey and didn't suit my personal tastes, but the rice and veggies were perfect.
  18. RR

    RachelR

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before a concert at the Fox Theatre. The waitress asked if we were attending an event and advised us to order our food all at one time so we had a relaxed meal with plenty of time to get to our show! Excellant food and drinks!
  19. CZ

    CZ89

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was delicious (we had patatas bravas, tortilla espanola, the noodle paella, some olives, and some drinks). The drinks were really great as well. Kudos to our server who was very friendly and accommodating. The only thing that really disappointed me is that a Tortilla Espanola was 3 tiny pieces of cold Spanish tortilla. It definitely was not what we expected when we ordered this appetizer. Either change the name or specify it's basically a sampler.
  20. OA

    pckOAK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    First time at this restaurant- lovely building, congenial staff at the door. We informed our waiter we would be leaving by 7-7:10 for a show down the street, and he said not a problem- we had plenty of time. After taking our order and delivering our drinks, that is the last we saw him before asking other staff at 7:15 to please find our waiter so we could leave. When he showed up to give us our bill, without a question about how out meal was or apology about getting back to us later than we discussed when we sat down. But the food was more disappointing than the service. Wow. We ordered 5 small plates, and all but the potato brava and squash dish was uninspired at best. One plate was so salty that we didn’t eat it. The cheese fritter was oily and heavy and we left that half eaten as well. Maybe it was an off night for the chef? Not going back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were going to a show at the Paramount so we decided to try this nearby eatery. What a gem! Tasteful decor greets you when you walk into this place along with a friendly staff. The food was delicious and fresh. If you are a fan of cocktails I highly recommend the Oaxacan! We shared the potatoes, fish, charcuterie and a lamb burger all perfectly delicious!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Overall a pleasant experience. Parking is an issue.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ensalada de col and lamb jamon were amazing. We got a few tapas and a racione of Wild nettle pasta with butternut squash with limon crema. A nice selection of wine as well. The Alboriña is my favorite. Thank you for making my birthday special! Lovely staff and ambiance.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great
  25. a

    alysk

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good. Everything just took a long time. First drink came 30 minutes after being ordered (glass of wine), and after first food plates. Remaining food dishes were delayed coming out as well. Not the best experience I’ve had here.
  26. SS

    SheriS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious as always but oh so noisy!!!
  27. SS

    ScottS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Helpful and friendly staff. A bit over priced, but tasty.
  28. L

    Leorn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great spot before a concert at the Fox. Nice variety of appetizers. Wonderful vibe!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service excellent. The meatballs were too salty. Everything else was awesome.
  30. DF

    DavidF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Duende has a pretty cool atmosphere and friendly folk. But I was fully underwhelmed by the quality and the variety of the menu, and, so, the value of the restaurant experience. Note to future self: instead of dinner, just have a tapa and a cocktail at the bar
  31. OK

    OrlyK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday celebration with the chefs tasting menu! The whole group enjoyed all the food and drinks. There was plenty to share and all good options for vegetarians or not.
  32. MW

    MichaelW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Be sure to order the Calabasas a la Plancha, and the Buñuelos de Tres Quesos! Absolutely delicious starters!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Bday. Nothing was done about it
  34. ME

    MichaelE

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Seemed like the restaurant was understaffed. Our server took a while to get the order, then the food came before the cocktails. No one cared about that.
  35. OW

    OaklandW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always delicious food. Fideua was amazing and is one our favorites. Can’t wait to go back again.
  36. a

    aliceg

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  37. c

    cjmtdmonterey

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will be back! Thank you for taking such good care of us and making such good food.
  38. MH

    MicheleH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks! Also not overly crowded which was nice.
  39. MP

    MathewP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thomas was very helpful! He gave good tips about what to choose.Can’t wait to go back .
  40. B

    Bobd

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Duende is always great. The food, the drinks, the service and the ambience are reliably top notch. I have gone many times over the years and it has never disappointed in any way. Long may they run-

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 Chow Now and Postmates. Duende also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 893-0174.

Duende is rated 4.5 stars by 1442 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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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