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 call 510-893-0174 to make a large group reservation. For private events please email email@example.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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
Paella de Carne
bomba rice + butiffara + rabbit + manila clams + romano & butter beans + allioli
Paella de Verduras
bomba rice + farm eggs + early summer vegetable + mojo verde allioli
crispy potatoes + spicy allioli
The food and service were excellent. A great place overall.
The food is good, the atmosphere is cool jazz mixed with funk, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. We chose to do a series of Tapas and Pinxhos for dinner. We were not disappointed! Don't miss the Patatas Brava
LOVE THIS PLACE
Delightful time with friends - the bacala fritters were amazing, as was the paella
So happy to have a source of delicious paella back in downtown Oakland.
Great food, interesting cocktails, and friendly service will keep us coming back.
Everything was great, we loved our meal and happy to be back at Duende!
We had a marvelous meal at Duende. Every dish was perfect - the sauces, the combination of flavors and textures, the variety of dishes - all excellently prepared and served. Service was great - attentive but not intrusive. We had a total of 6 dishes, all delicious.
Great ambience! I would consider Duende to be amongst the top 5 places to dine in Oakland.
My new favorite place, I look forward to when they open for lunch too 👍
The service was great. The menu was good but less than I expected given the reputation.
Delicious and authentic Spanish Basque cuisine. Say no more.
very unique and good tapes and excellent paella in an really cooll design
Top notch food and atmosphere!
The tapas here are out of this world good. The cobb salad is a major dark horse best item. The croques are delicious, and the pea salad is not to be missed. And don’t leave without hitting up the granita. Excellent service, killer cooks. I love this place.
The food is still just as delicious as ever and the staff is a delight. Thank you to them for making my birthday dinner a delight.
We had a group of 5 people so we were able to order several tapas as well as a paella. Everything was delicious! I’m so glad Duende is back! Slight service dip at the end but our server seemed really busy and we survived ok :) Overall a lovely meal.
Nice and fun restaurant.
Love the causal vibe with good music.
Food is good and drinks are a fun mix
Menu is divided between 15 tapas, 4 mains and 4 paellas. Cocktail menu, wine list.
We had a lot of tapas, paella. Cocktail and a few glasses of wine. Wine list extremely reasonable.
Black rice paella was amazing...and the cabbage salad was an unlikely star.
Although Duende was closed during the pandemic, they have reopened and Chef Paul Canales and crew haven’t missed a step. Everything was just as we remembered. So glad to have them back!
Paul and his staff continue to be one of the very best restaurants in the SF Bay Area. Creative and delicious food, and exceptional service.
Music was a bit too loud for conversation
Duende has upped its game “post pandemic.” Always enjoyed eating here. But the food and service are significantly better now. Can’t wait to get back to try a giant Paella! Good job Duende.
Our experience at Duende was five star from start to finish. Our waitperson, Carlos, guided us through a wonderful culinary journey with a solid knowledge of items on the menu allowing us to experience the delicious flavors of the plates chosen. The food, absolutely delicious, our server, stellar, and the ambiance relaxed and creative. Definitely on our return list.
Excellent and knowledgeable server set the stage for an enjoyable evening. The food was imaginative and delicious.
Great dinner at Duende, as always! We can count on fantastic service and people, amazing food, and a beautiful , fun restaurant- EVERY TIME.
Cabbage salad is so good! I’m not usually a dessert person but the apricot tart and the chocolate flan were outstanding. Always love the octopus and the rabbit paella was outstanding.
I was so excited to learn that Duende is back in business! Unfortunately, the food was horrible. The service was almost ok… yeah, almost but not even ok. We ordered drinks and a couple of appetizers first, 15 min later the appetizer arrived and still no drinks. There were only 2 other parties in the restaurant, I have no idea why the drinks took forever. The first 30-45 min of our dining experience was so disappointing I decided to not order a main course. I’m all about supporting local businesses especially during and post pandemic but unfortunately, I won’t be coming back.
We had a wonderful time! The service is great. Everyone seemed happy to be back out in the world. The food was magnificent as ever. I have been to Duende a few times before and always really enjoyed myself. I’ll definitely be back for some fried chicken and chocolate flan.
Truly spectacular experience. Love the vibe, the food is ... I have no words. Just weird moaning mouth sounds while savoring every bite that make everyone else at the table uncomfortable. Worth it. Can’t wait to come back.
Went here for our anniversary.
The food was spot on, we had a majority of the Tapas on the menu. they were all exceptionally prepared. We weren't a huge fan of the flat bread but it was cooked well and beautifully presented it just wasn't for us. The paella was exceptional. the rice was perfectly cooked with just a bit of crunch around the edges, and the chocolate flan was so good it made me want to punch someone.
They were a little understaffed but you wouldn't have noticed. Service was spot on and our server Kate was so sweet and was super helpful even though she was the only server on the floor. We will defiantly be back to visit with Kate soon.
It was most excellent
The food was absolutely FANTASTIC - the flavors are difficult to describe, but one bite of the salad and each of two paella's we ordered and we were in heaven. We ordered two different cocktails recommended by Kate and they, too, were delicious - mouthwatering flavors. The service was impeccable and we were greeted by Paul, owner and chef, and he couldn't have been more cordial, attentive to our experience, and enthusiastic about the reopening. The 4 of us couldn't have had a better time!!!
If you are an adventurous eater, you will love this place! The food here is superb and unlike anything you can get anywhere else. The drinks are also unique to this place, but you can also get any standard cocktail. The service is superb. It is not inexpensive, but it is well worth the cost. Of course, if you keep the alcohol to a minimum, the overall cost is lower. The noise level does rise as the evening wears on, but early in the evening, a quiet tète á tète is more than possible. We have been waiting for the reopening after the pandemic to get back to this place. We love it!
The vegetarian paella was incredible and the gin martinis were perfect. Our server was also just lovely.
So happy to be back at Duende!! Everything was perfect- food amazing, service lovely and restaurant full of life!
We were so thrilled to come back to Duende! The food, as always, was phenomenal, and service was impeccable. Thank you, Paul and team. Looking forward to our next visit.
Fantastic Spanish cuisine. Best since I was in Barcelona. The tapas and fideua were exceptional. Great service and wonderful staff. Comfortable decor. Background music was a bit loud but we were seated right under a speaker.
Service was great but the food was not that great. We had a flatbread with sardine, marinated mushroom, onion and arugala. The flat bread was tough and overall flavor of the dish was flat with the onion over powering all the other flavors. We had the carne paella as the main dish. This was salty and lacked any real flavor. The best part was the crisp rice at the bottom. Even the sausages had very little flavor.
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 4.8 stars by 1174 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.