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468 19th St, Cross Street Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-2204
+1 510-893-0174
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Mon 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Oakland, California
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291 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Easy to reach using BART, this place has a lot of energy. The selection of small plates (tapas or pinxtos, they are closer to the latter) is excellent. We tried several and never made it to the paellas. The drinks were very good too. Also has a nice wine list with some excellent reds. Service is great but sometimes a... More 

Thank Frank E
Santa Rosa, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We were not in a rush and the service was very accommodating. The tapas menu was so interesting we didn't venture to the larger plates or the paella. The cabbage salad was delicious and the quesadillas were very tasty. The atmosphere was very cool. It's so close to BART and the food was very good, we will be back.

Thank Trippy_TT
San Francisco
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221 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Went here for father's day and had a very nice lunch. The bloody mary's were quite good as were the Bunuelos (Yumm!). Everyone enjoyed their eggs. Our only criticism of the meal was that the poached eggs came on a biscuit which alone would have been good but it crumbled and so was impossible to use to mop up the... More 

Thank Oaklandish3
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Very fun and easy way to share dishes on a sunny day day. Attentive staff, great appetizers, especially the pork belly and walnut toast lemon curd! Yummy and flavorful. Let's try dinner next time!

Thank Mary M
Tampa, Florida
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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Food,Service and wine selections was a pleasant change from other Spanish restaurants! Cocktail selections are quite interesting, Server was on her game and answered our questions with no hesitations. Nice wine selections were fun and the regions were list quite clearly on the wine list. As for the ambience, just do this, you won't ne disappointed. Our business partners recommended,... More 

Thank Robert B
San Francisco, California
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504 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Friends had recommended Duende so we made a reservation for a Friday night dinner and they didn't disappoint. We started with the tapas and this included the pork skewer, fried rabbit, halibut cheek, rockfish, and several others and everyone of them was very good. For the main course, we decided to try a pasta-based paella instead of rice and it... More 

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Oakland, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

This wad a restaurant my mother and i heard about. The food was amazing. I have not enjoyed a meal as much as i did today. Drinks were good as well. This is a to do for anyone visiting Oakland.

Thank Renee S
Breckenridge, Colorado
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Spanish restaurant serving tapas, paella and other Spanish style food. Tapas are great, all the food is served family style so be prepared to share, and the paellas are for 2 or 4 people. Lots of unusual dishes and wines, don't be afraid to ask for help, the servers are friendly and knowledgeable. It is pretty dark inside and warm!... More 

Thank caroleweller
San Francisco, California
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

I try to find something good to say about places and the best I can say is that the location is good. We were a group of 7 and tried to simplify our order by telling the wait person that we wanted 3 paellas and said one was for each of 2 people. One couple ordered a tapa in addition... More 

Thank Janice C
Oakland, California
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Rocky start but staff's attention to detail compensated. Paella can have a variety of ingredients but the one common to all variations is Bomba Rice. The Paella we ordered came with noodles and I just had to turn it back. The staff quickly provided a rice based serving. I also asked to see the bottle of the wine we ordered... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $80
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?