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Duende

4.6
4.6
1412 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Regional 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

  • Neighbourhood

    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! November 10th

    US$75.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Nov 10, 2022 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.
  • Noche de Flamenco: dinner & a show! January 12th

    US$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)

    US$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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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Spanish

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Bday. Nothing was done about it
  2. OW

    OaklandW

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    aliceg

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  4. c

    cjmtdmonterey

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will be back! Thank you for taking such good care of us and making such good food.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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-
  8. DE

    DaveE

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in an inviting, interesting space. We'll be back.
  9. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    This was our third time eating here. It might be our last. The food was great, as usual, but the service was horrible. We barely saw our server so we relied on the bus boy to attend to us. One two different occasions they brought food to our table that we had already been given. Somehow, they messed up the order on a salad and by the time they figured it out they were out of salad. Then we ordered four entrées abd only received three. We told the bus boy and asked it be taken off the bill as we had finished most of tye food we did receive. About 10 minutes later, the bus boy stops by to tell us that the fourth entree was coming right up. At that point we asked for our bill and the bill we received was not even ours. What a way to end the evening. It does not matter how good your food is if you can't handle the basics.
  10. NL

    NapaLifeforMe

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very tasty. Paella was awesome. Our salads were wonderful!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Overall the food was fine, I think it was overpriced for what it was and I wouldn’t say it is traditional Spanish. The biggest issue was everything took a LONG time to come out. There were awkward long waits between items and drinks, we had to check on things several times because things were coming out at a snails pace.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Too loud. Too salty. Paella too expensive. No longer two tier pricing and what we saw on other tables looked like the old size for two yet it was priced as if for four.
  13. TE

    TEGJ

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, great drinks, very fun setting. Establishment was clean and well staffed.
  14. F

    Farzan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there many times, however this was the first time for the flamenco show and it was fantastic.
  15. SM

    StanleyM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered was good. We especially loved the halibut tapas.
  16. A

    Ariadne15

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The menu selections seem to have decreased, but what was available was ok. We had the Pesce crudo which was very good. In addition we shared 3 other tapas which seemed ordinary though they tasted good. The staff was not particularly friendly as they didn't know how to deal with older women. Tant pis. We will not be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great cocktails and tapas menu!
  18. JS

    JuliaS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best paella I've ever had! We thoroughly enjoyed our time and our server was awesome.
  19. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Duende every time we go. Last night was great!
  20. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, Pausa was excellent! The food was delicious, but the service really made the evening special.
  21. YS

    YvetteS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seating was quick with reservation, server was nice made you feel welcomed, got our food at by the time we wanted and left full and happy. Food was amazing full of flavor. Will return.
  22. DO

    DONALDC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Casual but sophisticated so it felt special but unpretentious.
  23. DD

    DianaD

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Everything was delicious. Can’t wait to visit again
  24. SB

    SarikaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered the brussel sprouts and veggie paella. Both were incredibly flavorful and delicious w complexity in flavor and texture.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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.
  27. 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.
  28. GB

    GregB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Really want to like this place but a couple of times now the service has been really bad. Our last visit included the server totally forgetting our first round of drinks and once we reminded him it still took until after our first courses arrived for us to get them. The serving sizes are pretty small for the money they charge, so not really eager to give them another shot. Bummer.
  29. 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!!
  30. 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
  31. 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.
  32. 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!
  33. DM

    DaveM

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  34. CU

    CandiceU

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the staff. Food and drink were delish
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

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

    davidj

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    everything was great. the paella and shared dishes are fantastic. We'll be back.
  39. 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.
  40. JS

    JanS

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 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.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 4.6 stars by 1412 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 p.m.


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Duende

468 19th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Between Broadway $ Telegraph Ave

  • Neighbourhood

    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, Regional 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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