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468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
+1 510-893-0174
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Ranked #6 of 1,121 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $25 - $80
Sun - Mon 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Description: 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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English first
Merced, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is place is right in the heart of downtown Oakland. The decor is awesome, the food was great (both the main dish and the dessert) and they have a great selection of local beers. Their dishes are mostly family style (actually couple style), so solo diners might find themselves with a limited menu, but still a good selection. For... More 

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Redwood Valley, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The atmosphere of Duende sets the tone--your palate is going to be entertained and all the senses aroused! We've been again and again and are never disappointed!!

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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Phenomenal food designed for sharing, creative drinks (a sherry menu and a cider menu?!), reasonable service. The tapas are great. Who would have thought something as simple as avocado and grilled padano peppers would be addicting. And the mains aren't far behind (try the squid ink paella, if you don't mind picking up crayfish and cracking them with your teeth).... More 

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I came here for dinner for First Friday in Oakland without a reservation. I was the first to arrive of a party of six - a good hour and half before my other party. I asked what their availability would be when my party was expected to arrive. The hostess politely said that they were booked completely for reservations but... More 

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Berkeley, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I eat out often. And I live in the bay area. The food here was minimal and below average in my book. The dishes we got were simple and could've been made in five minutes at home. There is nothing special about it. Everything was expensive, including the drinks.

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Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I tend to end up in restaurants by myself as I travel a fair bit for work. I visited Duende on a Monday evening and was pleasantly surprised by the overall atmosphere. It was quite lively for a Monday and the bar was fairly packed. The bartender was quite friendly and accommodating and the cocktail menu had some interesting choices.... More 

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Oakland, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I have eaten twice in the Bodega and once yesterday in the main restaurant. Each time, I brought 3 to five other friends. Each set of friends were completely different from the other for a total of 10 different extra opinions. Every single person has loved this place. It is on the higher end of the price spectrum for Oakland,... More 

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Oakland, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Study the menu and ask questions. Might be a lot of new terms and names for many. The wait staff us excellent and will make suggestions and explain the items. Suggest one large dish to share and a number of small plates to share as well. Everything we tried was excellent. For desert, the iced coffee chocolate chip ice cream'

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We ate here with two other couples and had just a totally great experience. Every dish was excellent - traditional paella was very good, but definitely try the duck paella - it breaks with tradition a bit but is one of the best dishes I have ever had. Small plates were all superb, from the super crispy patatas bravas to... More 

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Lafayette, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I met some friends for drinks and dinner at Duende. We did not have a Rez but they did not make us feel bad about it. Rather, the hostess said to have a drink at the bar and come get a table when we were ready. i had a Manhattan up that was delicious. My brother was offered a Spanish... More 

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Additional Information about Duende

Address: 468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone Number: +1 510-893-0174
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 80
Cuisine: Spanish

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