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 every weekend 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 a further $45 per person. All of our degustation menus are based on shared plate for a minimum of 2 people.

The breakfast / brunch menu offers a selection of tantalising dishes to give you the best start to your day, running until midday on Saturday and Sundays, and most public holidays.

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? 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? 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? Hospitality is such a diverse and ever changing environment that is not only exciting but always challenging. Wine for me is one of my biggest passions and being constantly challenged whilst learning is something I want to be a part of. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? A drink to describe myself would be a Trinadad sour. Something out of the ordinary, loud and boisterous, but delicious at the same time! What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Although im the newest addition to the Duende team, I am excited to be here. Bringing my knowledge and passion for wine to the table along with managing the wine list and keeping the staff excited about all things hospitality, I am looking forward to my future at Duende!




                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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                Great Southern Wines Showcase Dinner - Wednesday 12th July @ 7pm

                Great Southern Wines Showcase Dinner – Wednesday 12th July @ 7pm

                Join us for the next of our popular winemaker dinners as we welcome 5 of the Great Southern region’s top producers presenting 9 outstanding wines. Enjoy this with a sumptuous 4 course dinner presented by talented Chef Ben Toye and the team. All this for just $99 per person. We expect this to be another sell-out so book now. Call us on 9228 0123 or email us at duende@duende.com.au.

                Bookings and prepayment essential.

                The Best Flight You’ll Ever Experience

                The Best Flight You’ll Ever Experience

                Join us any day between 3 – 5pm for our wine or sherry flights. Three amazing wines or sherries matched to three incredible cheeses. What a way to spend an afternoon.

                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).

                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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                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.

                For lunch or dinner bookings of 10 or more a $25 per person deposit is required. This is fully refundable up until 48 hours prior to the booking time and thereafter is chargeable for any reduction of guest numbers or complete cancellations.

                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 14, or outside in our covered alfresco space.

                Enjoy the flavours of Spain with our degustation menus covering 7 or 10 shared plate dishes that include 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.

                Please note for lunch and dinner bookings of 10 or more a $25 per person deposit is required. This is fully refundable up until 48 hours prior to the booking time and thereafter is chargeable for any reduction of guest numbers or complete cancellations.

                View our 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 Friday Midday – Late*
                Saturday & Sunday 8:30am – Late*
                Most Public Holidays 8.30am – Late* (See below closer to the date)

                *Kitchen closing hours may vary subject to demand.