Duende - Basque Cuisine in Oakland

  • March 29, 2013 · 5:45 PM

Duende is a stylish, ambitious Spanish restaurant located in the historic Floral Depot building in the shadow of the Fox Theater.

The seasonal menu is divided into sections based on portion sizes, from bite-size pintxos and tapas to family-style "platos familiares" that serve two to four people.

Although some of the dishes - paella, albondigas, escabeche - might seem straight out of the Spanish culinary canon, they're often interpreted with a local sensibility, like a wild nettles-studded fideua ($19) or razor clams with preserved Meyer lemons ($14).

http://duendeoakland.com/

http://www.yelp.com/biz/duende-oakland

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  • beth b

    Cool. Thanks for sharing!

    April 4, 2013

  • Tamara

    Hey all. Remember when we talked about dumpster diving at dinner? I just ran across this article. Fascinating. I hope it's still open the next time I go to Boston: http://business.time.com/2013/04/03/dumpster-diver-cafe-underground-restaurant-to-feature-discarded-foods-and-no-prices/

    April 4, 2013

  • Tee

    Many thanks to our gracious guest host, MJ, on loan from her own very active meetup group. Looks like everyone had a great time sampling Basque food at this new local eatery. MJ, hope you'll host another event for us when your schedule permits!

    3 · April 1, 2013

  • beth b

    I uploaded one photo, but the other one (of Sandra, Tamara, and Martha) did not do justice to any of these lovely ladies - probably that blinding flash LOL

    March 29, 2013

  • beth b

    The food was absolutely wonderful; I truly enjoyed every dish. And the company of my co-eaters :-)

    March 29, 2013

  • MJ

    Thank you all for sharing a lovely meal with me. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, the company and the conversation. See you at another meetup soon.

    2 · March 29, 2013

  • beth b

    Just finished re-reading a review of Duende; my mouth is literally watering! For those interested: (sorry, long link) http://www.sfgate.com/restaurants/diningout/article/Duende-impresses-with-tapas-paella-4358596.php

    Can anyone tell me how the parking situation is likely to be?
    See you all tomorrow!

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • MJ

      Hi Beth, There's lots of neighborhood parking within a few blocks of the restaurant. The area has quite a few restaurants and bars so you may have to drive around a bit to find a spot. There is also a pay lot on Telegraph, but I'm not sure of the cost or hours.

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • beth b

    This is totally crazy. Saw the notice at 1230 when I was out and about, but was too late. Resigned myself to not going, then came home to find ANOTHER spot open?? And I got here in time!!

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Tee

      Looks like your patience paid off, Beth!

      1 · March 23, 2013

  • Esther L

    How about getting a second table?

    March 19, 2013

    • Tee

      Esther, your email program rejected my pm, so I'm posting my reply here. When a spot opens up, meetup.com will email everyone on the waiting list to let you know. There will be a link to the event in the email. The first person to click YES, gets in. Does that help?

      March 23, 2013

  • beth b

    thx for asking, MJ. Personally, I'm not up for $55.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • MJ

    So I'm going to increase the RSVP limit to 6. I spoke with the restaurant and if it 7 or more people it would be the Chef's menu, which cost $55. I wasn't prepared to put a credit card down or to take on any financial obligations that would happen if someone did not show up. Sorry I couldn't accommodate everyone. If there is some interest in doing the chef's menu and you wouldn't mind pre-paying, let me know and I might post another meetup.

    March 22, 2013

  • beth b

    Laura, looks like we missed it again lol

    March 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      lol

      March 19, 2013

  • MJ

    I'll see what I can do about adding to our reservation. I may do this agsin since it's so popular.

    1 · March 19, 2013

  • beth b

    Now there's an idea! MJ?

    March 19, 2013

  • beth b

    not again!?

    2 · March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I know, right?! This is kind of silly.

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be a wait list for this dinner?

    March 17, 2013

    • MJ

      There is a waiting list now. Thanks for the reminder.

      1 · March 17, 2013

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