Duende

4.5
1015 reviews
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Spanish
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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LP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great ambiance and service was excellent

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LN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food came out fast and everything was delicious

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BG
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was decent, but overpriced for the quality level. The by-glass red wines weren't too great for the price either.

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j
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, the drinks - the PERFECT place for good food and conversation!! We will definitely be back!

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OT
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is unmemorable. Paella is ridiculously overpriced. Sangria bland and uninspired.

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ES
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a tapas evening for us! Enjoyed the traditional patatas bravas and several not so traditional, but delicious tapa options. The chocolate pot de crème dessert was outstanding. Loved our friendly and attentive waiter as well!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I mentioned it was a birthday dinner (special occasion) but there was no mention of it by our server. Overall 5star service. Came earlier in the evening so noise level quiet.

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C
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my third time at duende and each visit is better than the last. Brought a friend who hadn't tried the restaurant before and she can't wait to come back. Service is as good as the food!!

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YC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Six diners on a Sunday night when our food was very good as were the surroundings. Wait staff were helpful and all in all it was a most enjoyable dinner. We'll be back.

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Enjoyed the tapas. Waiters were great. The restaurant could be a little cleaner however.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went on Father's Day according to an Open Table review, wanting an excellent meal at a good restaurant with a cool, interesting vibe in Oakland. After an Oakland A's game. I had anticipated a good experience and good food according to the Open Table description. We were not disappointed in any way. Everything was so good...the ambience, service, and food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WILFREDO Es the dream. My dream, your dream, the best ever, and I hope everyone has the privilege of dining and meeting him.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service, but it was very hot inside. It was a hot day, but had the air conditioner been on, we would have stayed for more drinks.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal and drinks. Staff was awesome -- great service. Would definitely go back again. And perfect dinner option, if you're going to the Fox Theater!

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d
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Spanish food in a welcoming setting. Very near the Fox Theater for a pre-show meal.

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M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and a nice find near the Paramount theatre. They opened earlier because of the shows happening that Friday night. Good food. Adventurous fare. Seemed a little pricey overall though. Would go again.

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AA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times, and it's always great. I love this place.

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m
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was tasty but very pricey. Not sure the vegetarian paella was worth $80. Next time we'll stick to the tapas.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoy this place! I've yet to have a bad meal here whether with a larger party or just two folks. The service is always wonderful. Try the house-brewed ginger beer!

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The vegetable paella was very good and the burger was also great. We enjoyed the cocktails too. This is a great place to go before a show at the Fox or Paramount.

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FA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and ambiance. My only complaint is that the menu navigation was more difficult than I wanted.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We shared 6 tapas for a table of 4 and were very full and satisfied. We ordered a pitcher of palomas, which were particularly tasty and I would highly recommend. Very refreshing!

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MW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love duende, we went there for our first date 2 years ago and this was a great follow up before I meet her parents

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OT
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

The food, other than the prawns on toast, was terrible. Will not go back. Food was either too salty, too mushy, or just plain not good. Sangria was pre-made and poured from a carafe with a slice of orange. The wine in it tasted like it was 2 weeks old. A rip off at $12 for a very small glass. Another rip off was the “giant” octopus at $20. A few very tiny bits of octopus were sprinkled on a loaf of garbanzo beans to make it look like a big dish.

The bar and dining table were both sticky and the place just doesn’t look clean. This is evident as you approach the entry and notice all of the posters in the window. You then have to move through a grimy curtain from the doorway to enter. Not pleasant.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I love Spanish tapas. Duende was a nice fix for me. I liked the room. The seating was ok; not super comfortable. The noise was nicely baffled. Our sever was delightful. I am always happy to see Cava on a menu. It was a bit pricey.

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YC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent Cal-Iberian cooking and the paella we had on our last visit was top notch. Not quite what you'd get in Valencia but one of the best paella I have had in the USA.

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B
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Innovative menu, fair prices, good service, pleasant surroundings. Would go back

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R
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped late on a weeknight so the quietness is an aberration. Our party of six had varying appetites given the hour, but all managed to find a hunger after tasting the variety of creative and flavorful food. Kudos to the kitchen and the service was attentive and informative about the ingredients. Although Duende was new to four in our party, all are likely to return.

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RE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duende is superb in every way. The food is magical, flavorful and a gift to the palette. And the service is refreshing, not overwhelming, and professional. The restaurant itself is beautifully artistic and akin to a sanctuary. It is always a pleasure to visit this Oakland gem. Extraordinary.

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EM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere! Loved the paella! Great place for a small group to share plates.

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LB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu with great flavor profiles and pairings. Enjoy shareable dishes with friends.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Duende has fabulous atmosphere, efficient service and good food, but it was a bit noisy when we had dinner with long lost friends last Friday eve: the background music is cranked up high and is just not allowing for normal conversation. I was hoarse when we came out. Great place, but..not a quiet place.

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N
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu and liked the tasty food! Great service by Tristan! Good place to eat and enjoy to get in the mood for my trip to Spain, where I lived and studied many years ago.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. Food is great but the prices are a bit on the high side. Wine corkage is also too high at $25.

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JB
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting environment. Food was all delicious and innovative. Great experience enjoyed by older foursome..

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was good but service was less than stellar.

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JA
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and waiter was amazing! My fianceee and I will visit more often.

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UF
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Great ambiance and location in Uptown, close to Fox and Paramount. Food was very good with good size portions. Patatas Bravas was crispy throughout (which we liked); meatballs entree was tasty; and paella with lamb chop and clams was flavorful and cooked perfectly. The only negative would be the slow, inattentive service. Our server was not attentive after she took our order and we had a few failed attempts to get her to notice us. She seemed to pay more attention to the larger tables around us. Our drinks remained empty for quite some time until eventually the manager saw our irritation and came by and asked if we wanted another round of drinks. In summary, we'd definitely go back for the food and atmosphere but have very low expectations regarding the service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Good service and ambiance. Food was not tasty and flavors desperately lacked depths. Asparagus with egg was the only palatable food we had that night. Everything else was underwhelming. Romain salad had good citrus dressing but the bits of eggs and lack of imagination in its presentation made no sense. The shrimp was over salted and sat on a bread which was soaked with brine and became too soggy to eat. The lamb paella was by far the worst plate we had for dinner. The lamb had a mutton taste to it and was severely over cooked. The paella was flavorless and there were over cooked clams placed circling the plate and a dollop of a paste that looked and awfully tasted like mayonnaise. I’m sorry for such a harsh review but Duende falls very short of representing good Spanish food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unforgettable! Can’t wait to go back again!

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