About Us



Duende is Perth’s first and original Spanish tapas bar.

Since opening in 2003 it has continued to provide a unique culinary experience dedicated to the Spanish tapas culture with this experienced in warm, rustic surrounds.

We are positioned on the fringe of vibrant Leederville in a location that could easily leave one wondering if they were in Barcelona, Seville or San Sebastian.

Duende essentially means ‘having soul’, a feeling that is experienced with each and every visit.

Open for breakfast (Fri – Sun) and lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Duende is the perfect location for that casual coffee catch-up, an important business meeting or a group gathering of family or friends to celebrate… well, anything.

Our wine bar opens from midday with an extensive offer of local and imported wines, beers and killer cocktails.

The team at Duende look forward to seeing you soon, whether for a first time visit or returning to us again.

Click here to see the Duende Liquor Licence Policy.



Duende’s open kitchen is a focal point in the restaurant delivering a sumptuous array of authentic Spanish tapas dishes. Only fresh, local produce is used in crafting our dishes.

Tapas is all about sharing with all tastes covered through the extensive selection of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. And if help is required our team are always on hand to advise and make recommendations.

Don’t miss tasty chorizo straight off the grill, our ever popular sweetcorn & manchego croquettes or Vientra de Cerdo, slow cooked pork belly with Spanish slaw and pomegranates.

Dessert is well catered for and includes the ever popular doughnut balls and condensed milk ice cream, the perfect finish to a meal.

The queso (cheese) selection is regularly varied to maintain the most interesting cross section of unique flavours.

The ultimate tapas experience comes with the shared plate degustation menu. This menu represents great value with ten dishes including our signature dessert for just $65 per person or our 7 dish option for just $50. A vegetarian option is available for both menus. We also provide a wine matching option of 6 paired wines for further $45 per person.

Our Almuerzo (lunch) menu is a great way to grab a quick tapas fix, running Monday to Friday from 12-3pm and offering 6 tasting dishes including a glass of wine for just $36 per person. A vegetarian option is also available.

The breakfast / brunch menu offers a selection of tantalising dishes to give you the best start to your day, running until midday Friday through till Sunday.

Gluten free options are also available.



Duende’s wine list is a combination of quality imported wines, primarily with an Iberian focus, and a selection of hand-picked local West Australian and eastern states drops. Sommelier Josie actively seeks unique wines to complement all aspects of our tapas menu.

Our own Duende label Tempranillo is the creation of talented young local winemaker, Ryan O’Meara from Mount Barker and hailing from Navarra, Spain is our Duende Viura, caringly crafted by another talented winemaker, Dani Sanchez.

Sangria is made fresh daily with the freshest of locally sourced fruits and our range of beers includes some great Spanish favourites along with a selection of locally brewed specialty styles.

If it’s cocktails that take your fancy our inspired and talented team behind the bar are constantly developing new and exciting concoctions. Gin lovers will be delighted with our list and the sherry offer covers the full gamut from dry white to sweet dark and everything in between.

Juices are cold pressed in the Swan Valley from locally grown produce and delivered the same day. That’s fresh.

For coffee lovers, our Duende label specialty blend coffee is locally roasted on a small batch basis and served throughout the day by our skilled baristas.

Our scullery made tea is served hot or cold, stimulating the senses through the unique assortment of flavours .

And then there’s our morning (booze free) cocktails…


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Our Team

The Duende management team are dedicated to making your visit memorable each and every time you dine with us. To find out a little more about them just click on to their mug shot.




    Why hospitality? Just love the opportunity to be that bit different, if you dare! If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? A good, aged, well rounded red I think. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? All the great people, our customers and our team. Get them together and we have a load of fun with plenty of happy souls.




      Why hospitality? Thought its a great way to combine my love of food and my dislike of excercising…plus the fact that everyday is never the same because we get to meet different people. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? A double shot of espresso or hard liquor – small but gets the job done. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? The team flows well together and everyone has each others’ backs. Plus the chefs ain’t half bad looking too! :).




        Why hospitality? It’s in my blood. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Carlton draught because its cheap and reliable. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Because I can be myself.




          Why hospitality? That’s what I have been doing for the last 5+ years and I still enjoy it so much. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Negroni (you’ll understand if you meet me). What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Stocktake!!! Hah, but mostly working with nice people.




            Why hospitality? Because I failed my law degree… Hah, but seriously, the food, the booze and the people. Why NOT hospitality? If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? A happily, stereotypical British Pimm’s Cup. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Our excellent charity toilet paper!




              Why hospitality? Eating releases endorphins in the same way as exercising and laughing. Why wouldn’t you want to give people pleasure and relieves stress? It’s hard work at times but pays off with that positive connection to your customers. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Anyone who knows me well would agree when I say Jameson Irish Whiskey…in any form! What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? I love how creativity is constantly encouraged. Great tasty, daily specials and the wine and cocktail list is under constant revision to keep you coming back for more. There’s always something to be learned or taught.




                Why hospitality? Making people happy. Seeing their smile when they get their favourite dish, makes it all worth it. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Umm, bourbon and coke. Simple, to the point and a little sweet but with a kick. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? The crew. These guys are some of the most passionate people I’ve ever worked with. In turn, that makes me want to reach higher.




                  Why hospitality? So I never have to decide what to do on the weekends. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Anything bitter. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? We have a great, friendly team who are like my family.




                    This could be you! Check out our employment section to see for open positions!

                    Come in & meet the rest of our great team!



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                    International Sherry Week 7th – 13th November 2016

                    International Sherry Week 7th – 13th November 2016

                    To celebrate International Sherry Week we have curated an exclusive 10 course degustation menu matched from start to finish with the wines of Jerez. Come and experience the full spectrum from Fino through to Pedro with many stopping points along the way.

                    We will also be offering custom sherry flights throughout the week – please ask your friendly server for more information.

                    Both of these extra special offerings will be available from Midday, every day during Sherry Week. Bookings not required but advisable. Salud!”

                    6 for 36 Almuerzo (lunch)

                    6 for 36 Almuerzo (lunch)
                    12-3pm Mon-Fri

                    Need a quick bite to help power through the day? Enjoy 6 tapas items for $36. We’ll also include a glass of Duende’s award winning Tempranillo or a lively glass of vibrant, aromatic white. If you can’t booze during your break, we’ll shout you to one of our cleverly crafted mocktails or iced teas. Bookings recommended.
                    Click here to view the Almuerzo Menu and the Verduras Almuerzo (vegetarian).


                    Champagne Campaign

                    To share our love of the bubble we’ve chopped all of
                    our Champagne by the bottle to half price,
                    everyday between 4-5 and again after 9pm.
                    Hoorah for the fizz!

                    Click here to view the selection in our Book of Drinks.

                    Chef's Table

                    Chef’s Table

                    Your own patch of Spain at our Chef’s Table providing a semi-private space situated next to the atmosphere of an open kitchen. Our Chef’s Table is a high, boardroom style table catering for groups between 12-18 guests.

                    Click here for sample menus and further info.

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                    Champagne Campaign


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                    Chef’s Table


                    AVAILABLE CHEF’S TABLE MENU OPTIONS INCLUDE (please click on the menus to view)

                    10 course DEGUSTATION MENU – Click here for menu.

                    – 10 DISHES INCLUDING DESSERT $65 per person
                    – sommelier matched wines available at $45 per person for 6 wines
                    – or $80 per person for premium options

                    AND AN EXTENDED 13 course DEGUSTATION MENU – Click here for menu.

                    – 13 DISHES INCLUDING DESSERT & CHEESE $85 per person
                    – sommelier matched wines available at $60 per person for 8 wines
                    – or $110 per person for premium options

                    Both menus are designed to leave you satisfied but not overwhelmed, covering favourites from both the tapa and racion sections of our menu in addition to any specials Chef may be running according to his market purchases on the day. Please allow 3 hours for dining on the degustation menus. In the spirit of Spanish cuisine the dishes are served as a sharing style with detailed descriptions provided by our informed staff. We can happily cater for any dietary requirements with prior arrangement.

                    Contact is online duende@duende.com.au or phone (08) 9228 0123 to speak with one of our staff for more information, to discuss wine alternatives, or to check availability.

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                    Revelation Perth International Film Festival

                    Perth International Arts Festival

                    We’re excited about the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and the amazing program for 2016. To ensure your tummy rumbles aren’t the only sound others in the cinema will hear we’ve got some great meal offers for you.

                    1. Revelation Platter for two – Plato de Embutido for two with two glasses of wine* or Sangria. Platter contains chorizo, jamon serrano, longaniza, guindilla peppers and caperberries just $36
                    2. Revelation Tapas tapas for two with two glasses of wine* or Sangria – this includes croquetas for two, Queso Halloumi – grilled halloumi cheese, pepperonata, bell pepper and chimmi churri and Noquis con de Rabo de Toro – gnocchi, braised oxtail & beef ragu, creamed chestnuts with mahon wafers .…….. just $55
                    3. or just dine with us off our regular menu# and show your session ticket to receive a complimentary glass of wine* or sangria.

                    # Offer available on day of session only for pre or post movie meal on presentation of ticket for the same day that will be stamped once redeemed. Complimentary wine or sangria applies when tapas meal of a minimum of 3 Racione dishes for 2 people is purchased

                    * Wines are choice of Duende Viura or Duende Tempranillo

                    Offers 1 & 2 available for all bookings made between midday and 5.30pm with 90 minute sitting times. Offer 3 available for all bookings made between midday and 9.30pm with 2 hour sitting time.

                    Cedi’s Revelation Cocktail – our head barman has developed a knockout cocktail just for the film festival. Available daily from midday for just $15

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                    Gift Vouchers


                    For that special gift there is nothing better than a Duende gift voucher.

                    Just pop in or phone us with your credit card details and we’ll get things under way.

                    Alternatively complete the details below and one of our team will be in touch to get your credit details and complete the process.

                    Postage of the gift voucher can be arranged using Express Post. A $5 charge applies for this service.



                    Duende welcomes bookings and also maintains space for its walk-in guests. We do tend to fill up quickly so we encourage you to come in early.

                    With breakfast we don’t generally take bookings, however if you’re a group of more than 6 by all means give us a call and we’ll do whatever we can to assist.

                    For lunch and dinner, should you find that your preferred time isn’t available, give us a call and we’ll see if we can weave some magic.

                    Booking for more than 6? Click here or call us direct!

                    El Lugar Para Reunir

                    (The Place to Gather)

                    Whatever it is you’re celebrating, Duende is the place to gather.

                    We have a variety of seating options from our plush booth area to the chef’s table seating up to 16, or outside in our covered alfresco space.

                    Enjoy the flavours of Spain with our degustation menu covering 10 shared plate dishes that includes our signature dessert. Or even go one step further and indulge yourself totally with matched wines.

                    Our extensive wine list has an Iberian focus but also incorporates some amazing drops from many other parts of the globe and of course, those local gems. We also offer over 50 wines and sherries by the glass so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

                    Combine all that with a great selection of beers and cocktails and we know you’ll be in for a top time.

                    View our sample degustation menus here.

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                    Duende has a culture of giving its guests the best possible experience whenever they choose to dine with us.

                    This can only come from having a dedicated and committed team in both the kitchen and service areas.

                    We offer a fun and lively working environment along with structured training to ensure the skills of our team are constantly tuned.

                    If would like to register your interest with us just email your CV along with a short covering note to duende@duende.com.au

                    In the event of a position arising that aligns to your skill set and experience we will contact you.

                    All available positions will be posted in this section along with being advertised online. Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia.

                    Opening Hours


                    Monday to Thursday 12:00pm – Late
                    Friday 7:30am – Late
                    Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – Late