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, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, Duende is the perfect location at any time of the day 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.



Duende’s open kitchen is a focal point in the restaurant delivering a sumptuous array of authentic Spanish tapas dishes. Only fresh, local, organic 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 the tasty chorizo straight off the grill, the popular prawn & chorizo paella balls with paprika alioli, the slow cooked pork belly or mushrooms in PX vinegar with valdeon and candied walnuts.

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 $60 per head. We also provide a wine match of 6 paired wines for $50 per head.

Our Almuerzo (lunch) menu is a great way to grab a quick tapas fix, running mon-thurs from 12-3pm. Vegetarian options also available.

The breakfast / brunch menu offers a selection of tantalising dishes to give you the best start to your day, running until midday 7 days a week.

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available across the day.



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 Aaron actively seeks unique wines to complement all aspects of our tapas menu.

Our own Duende label Tempranillo was judged as the trophy winner for its class at both the 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show and 2014 National Wine Show of Australia.

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 every customer’s visit memorable. 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? By the time I realised there were other options, it was too late, I was in for life If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? The first drink, cos that’s usually the least memorable one. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? The croquetas… mmmm croquetas.




        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? The love of food, booze and people, definitely not cos of the hours. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Champagne, bubbly and always around for the good times. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? The team and atmosphere we create for others to enjoy.




            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.




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

                    Come in & meet the rest of our great team!



                    What’s On

                    New Years Eve 2015

                    We have two sittings available, the first of these with choices of 6pm, 6.15pm or 6.30pm starts for those wishing to eat earlier and party on elsewhere. Plenty of time with this sitting running for two and a half hours.

                    For those that want to see the New Year in at Duende our second sitting times commence from 8.30pm and are staged every 15 minutes with the last of these being for 9.30pm.

                    We are serving our renowned 10 course degustation for just $60 per head. Bookings and pre-payment essential.

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

                    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 for the flyer or to view the selection in our Book of Drinks.

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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 customers.

                    If your booking requirements fall outside of our standard booking guidelines just jump on the phone or pop an email through to us.



                    Duende has a culture of giving its customers the best possible experience each and every time 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 7:30am till Late
                    Saturday & Sunday 8:30am till Late
                    Public Holidays 8:30am till 10:00pm
                    Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day