Duende

4.7
1277 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!

Duende requires proof of vaccination for all diners over the age of 12. Those who are immunocompromised and can not yet receive the vaccine, can provide a negative COVID test within the last 48 hours. Thank you for helping us keep each other safe!

Experiences

  • Mariscos Nights

    Multiple dates available

    Duende is open on Monday nights with a salty twist <*))))>< On Monday nights we offer our Spanish bar night menu full of cheap drinks specials and salty snacks! In addition to some classic Duende dishes, we have a curated Spanish tinned seafood selection. A slightly more casual service than our Wed-Sun dinner menu, the space is great for groups, cute catchups, cozy dates and spending time with your people. Check out the menu at https://www.duendeoakland.com/mariscos-night or come check us out in person :) !
  • Chef's Tasting Menu (Large Party Reservation)

    $58.00 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 $58/person, which does not include drinks or gratuity.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1277 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
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OnlyLoveHere
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you, we love you Duende!!!! xoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxo

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vipFoodie1970
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My 3 friends and I went before a show and it was outstanding! Loved the food! Our server was the best! Had a great time. Definitely going back.

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Eldienne
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience at Duende. The drinks were excellent, and we loved the ensalada del col (cabbage salad), the patatas bravas, the fried brussel sprouts, and the fideua. Everything was delicious and perfectly flavored. Our only complaint was the service, which was just so-so. Our waiter had a number of other tables, but there were other staff bringing dishes out, but no one really checked in on us and even when we received our bill, it took a while for someone to come run our card. But, the food was so delicious we'll be back!

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AlamF
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the Duende Burger, Paella, Calabacitas and Sword Fish. Went with my family and we all enjoyed the experience. We also got a complimentary side of potatoes. Would recommend if you are looking for a great restaurant in downtown Oakland.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Really great service, the staff is super knowledgeable and freindly. The food comes out right on time. Overall the menu is good. Some items like the current flat bread with porkebelly, remind me of some of my own 2am after drinking all day creations.

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MaryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great night out! Food and drinks were delicious, service excellent. Love the space and decor. Felt lively without being too noisy.

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Seefood
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

It was good. Some dishes were better than others. The swordfish dish was deelish

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CherylG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Duende was the perfect place to eat before a show at the Fox Theater. Service was excellent, wine and food were very good.

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RyanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I chose this restaurant for its proximity to the Fox theater, a friend and I were going to a concert there, but the minute I walked out I felt like I’d struck gold with the choice. The atmosphere, the staff, the excellent food and attentive service all served to win me over and kept me won over the whole time we were there. I’ll be back.

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JeffreyN
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Great Spanish style tapas. Great wines (also with Spanish predominance).

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vipAredub
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was perfect in every way! We'll be back.

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BayArea
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service, price appropriate to the experience.

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bnelson
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed having lots of small plates! Food was delicious!

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vipRLynn
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love Duende and it was better than ever. It was really busy but the staff did an amazing job of taking care of everything. New menu items plus some old favorites. I had the Pisco drink snd it was amazing. The paella is superb also.

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BunnyB
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals and best restaurant experiences I've had in a while. Such a fun evening. Great drinks, great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

Service and food were great - until they blasted the music to a deafening level to cue that all remaining guests should leave immediately so they can close. Not cool.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It’s the perfect place to dine before a show at The Fox Theatre, so you to can avoid the overpriced “crap” they serve there. 😎👍🏼

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RobertG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and paella. Better beer selection would be nice.

JG
JordanG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal service, food, ambience, and experience! Way to go Duende, Team! We loved!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great to get back to Duende with the pandemic easing. A good crowd with adequate spacing, and very attentive staff. We shared Brussels sprout and anchovy dishes, and a wonderful skillet of arroz negro. Chocolate pave for dessert. Everything was excellent. Fine evening.

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DebDP
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eating at Duende is an experience. The ambiance of the restaurant coupled with the incredible sets of taste relationships is transporting. Everything was full of beautiful flavors from the first cocktail to dessert. You must try this amazing restaurant! Thank you Duende wait staff and Chef Paul!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Weekly date night success! This place has fantastic food, great service and a beautiful ambiance!

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HeyoAO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great server, super attentive, food came quickly and all was delicious - the bar was a little backed up but otherwise great!

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Delicious
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and great service at Duende! We will go again and highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

Food was disappointing. Lacking flavor. Patatas bravas smothered in way too much sauce.

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IsabelS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and experience! Amazing vegetarian paella!

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vipNeilT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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JohnR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Duende was one of our favorite restaurants when we lived in the Bay Area 10 years ago. It still lives up to the same excellent standard so many years later.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was all delicious and the service was outstanding. Can’t wait for our next visit to Duende!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday, fun dinner! Loved the paella! Very happy you require vaccinations! Our waiter was so nice! Thank you!

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stacyr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every paella is next level delish as is the cabbage salad (ENSALADA de COL)

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juliej
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, discreet and efficient service. Will definitely come back!

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michaelg
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Have been here once before, a few years ago, and liked it. Decided to return since we were in the area and wanted to grab a bite with an old friend. Love the ambience. Lucy, our server, was great - friendly, helpful, efficient. Food selections are fun, interesting and tasty. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, good service, and a very cute spot for a date, a special occasion, or just a night out. Highly recommend.

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Vivek
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Tapas were great, drinks were incredible! Def a great date night spot.

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JacobS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot , chic, hip, artsy, delicious food and drinks

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Celebrating our 20 year anniversary. Wanted to try something new. Unfortunately we did not enjoy our food and the service started out good, but towards the end we felt ignored. To make things worse my husband felt ill all night, after getting home. Maybe it was a bad clam in the pállela…We for sure will not be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, fun atmosphere. Sat upstairs which was nice since it wasn’t as loud. Got the giant steak dish which was great! Swordfish was meh to me. Sangria was good.

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kenp
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Duende is festive and fun, and the tapas are varied and flavorful. Service was a tad perfunctory at times, but efficient and effective.

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vipMike
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time here, and we will return. WE took BART to the 19th Street station and had a short, safe walk to the restaurant. We arrived early before a show at the Fox Theater. Our server was VJ. He was excellent and helped guide us through the different dining options. Everything was excellent!

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 4.7 stars by 1277 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.