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468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
+1 510-893-0174
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fideua” (8 reviews)
“paella” (34 reviews)
“tapas” (36 reviews)
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Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were searching for something "ethnic" on our recent trip to Oakland. We've loved our visits to Spain, and Duende really appealed to us. Tapas, paellas, Spanish wines -- everything enticingly Spanish. We settled on the tapas--small plates with maximum flavor. We loved each dish...More

Thank MeleMom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic restaurant with luscious, savory dishes. We had two tapas (grilled octopus and a summer squash dish) and the Fideua- a paella made with duck and a small macaroni instead of rice. Just delicious! The Spanish wine choices were numerous, most over...More

Thank A S
Reviewed May 18, 2017

Although not situated in the most inviting part of Oakland, Duende is in a great Art Deco building with a cavernous space. Every tapas we had was full of flavor, and the choices are more interesting than you often encounter. It is a bit pricey,...More

Thank JDW952
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

went to duende because it had relatively high reviews and a spanish menu with tapas and paella. everything was great. our server mirsa did a great job explaining things that were out of our league. most of the wines are spanish. after a couple of...More

Thank ldgaff
Reviewed April 23, 2017

Enjoyed dinner here before recent show at the Fox theater. The two of us shared 4 tapas plates, including the Piquillios Rellenos (awesome), the Esparragos (asparagus) Panceta y Queso (fabulous!), Pork Skewers (very good), and Smoked Albacore (incredible). Many of the dishes we shared, &...More

Thank hollisJ_dr
Reviewed April 10, 2017

We went to eat here (3) while we were in the neighborhood. Décor and lighting inside is dark and had more the air of its bar. Service was polite and acceptable. The paella verduras ($42) we had was a bit on the over-burnt side at...More

Thank reyt992
Reviewed April 3, 2017

We've had tapas from similar restaurants in the East Bay and agreed that we'd come back here to try other items on the menu before going back to other Spanish restaurants. Quality was quite good - loved the strong paprika in the aioli on the...More

Thank ozhmom
Reviewed March 13, 2017

This restaurant is very expensive, has mediocre food and bad service. A mixed appetizer for $17 was less than what you would expect for one. A paella for two was completely burnt and not enough for one person on a severe diet. Service was no...More

Thank DobbsFerryTraveler
Reviewed February 24, 2017

We needed a place near the Paramount theater for a pre-symphony meal. Duende had space, but the reviews of it were mixed, so we were curious how WE would feel. Meh...The cabbage salad with pistachios was ok, nothing special and had too much dressing. The...More

Thank HereWeGo282
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Duende is a Spanish restaurant in uptown Oakland. The menu is small, which to me is a sign that the chef can concentrate on a few good items rather than a lot of mediocre ones. And it doesn't disappoint. The tapas were really good and...More

Thank YayaShare
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $80
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-893-0174
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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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