About Us

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

Since opening in 2003 we have 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 you’ll experience with each and every visit.

Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, we’re the perfect location for that casual catch-up, the important business meeting or a group gathering of family or friends to celebrate… well, anything. You’ll just need to book to ensure you get a spot with the current restrictions on numbers.

As well as our extensive list of local and imported wines, we offer a great choice of beers and killer cocktails.

Our 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.

Awards

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2020
Rated Best Romantic Restaurant – Restaurant Guru 2019
Entertainment Card 18-19 Gold Award Winner

Menu

Our open kitchen is a focal point in the restaurant delivering a sumptuous array of authentic Spanish tapas dishes.

Menu choices are aplenty and all available across lunch & dinner services from Wednesday through till Sunday. We make it easy for you with our ever popular 5 course Chef’s Selection menu based on 5 of our most popular dishes and priced at just $60 per person. A vegetarian version of this menu is also available.

Why not pair it with Spanish wines for just $30 per person more.

For larger group bookings at our peak times, being our Friday & Saturday dinner services, our set menu is our standard offer with any dietary needs or allergies managed around this.

Drinks

Our wine list at Duende is a combination of quality imported wines, primarily with an Iberian focus, and a selection of hand-picked West Australian and eastern states drops. We actively seek unique wines to complement all aspects of our tapas menu.

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.

For coffee lovers, our choice is based on a locally roasted, small batch blend served by our talented baristas.

 

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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.

Phil

Phil

Owner

    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 guests and our team. Get them together and we have a load of fun with plenty of happy souls.

    Rica

    Rica

    Owner

      Why hospitality? It gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with people from all corners of the world, just like travelling the world, without needing to catch a plane. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Probably the drink that I try and stay away from, but describes me well – Tequila. Very adventurous, occasionally spontaneous but always tries to bring out the fun side in everyone. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Duende is a very multicultural place, my workmates come from all over the world too; from Europe, to Americas all the way to Asia! We’re all very unique and different, but when put together, work cohesively, just like the flavours of our food.

      Tayla

      Tayla

      Owner

        Why hospitality? It’s just me, it’s second nature and in my DNA. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? Margarita, always with a sugar rim so a mixture of strong and sweet, just like me. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende? Being able to work at my favourite restaurant for the past 5 years is a dream come true and being part of the continuing journey is very exciting. Can’t wait to see what the future holds.

        Warren

        Warren

        Staff

          Why hospitality? It gave me the opportunity to travel & immerse myself in so many different cultures. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? As much as I would like to get creative with my answer, I would likely be a beer, ice cold with a bit of body and refreshing. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende?I enjoy its warm, homely feel. It reminds me of the traditional family owned restaurants I experienced in Europe and that suits me far more than being lost in a bigger, corporate style venue.

          Laura

          Laura

          Staff

            Why hospitality? It’s the place I was meant to work in, 14 years in all aspects of the industry & no place I’d rather work. If you had to describe yourself as a drink, what would it be and why? A gin martini, strong, straight up & what you see is what you get. What do you enjoy most about being a part of Duende?I like being part of a team who are like a family. A smaller business who appreciate the effort & hard work I put in to my job.

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

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              Discover the world of Spanish Wines with Anja Lewis

              Discover the world of Spanish Wines with Anja Lewis

              Exciting news: We teamed up with Anja Lewis of Canny Grapes who will be hosting Spanish Wine Tasting Classes at Duende. Each class will have a different theme so you can come along and enjoy them all. Join Anja on her fun and educational wine tasting journey through Spain. Travel to Spain’s many wine regions, discover grape varieties you may never heard off, learn about wine making techniques, wine styles, how to match food and wine while finding your new Spanish favourite. All classes include seven wines and small share plates. Bookings are essential as the classes are limited to 10 seats only. Stay tuned for the next classes and for more details go to cannygrapes.com or find Canny Grapes on facebook. Private classes for 10 guests also available. Enquiries can be made at hello@cannygrapes.com.

              Next Classes

              Saturday 28th November 3-5pm Whites of Northern Spain

              We’re Super Dog Friendly

              We’re Super Dog Friendly

              We love our dogs, big & small, and will always have a place for them in our alfresco area … and a bowl of (filtered) water of course. Just let us know when you want to come down and we’ll find a spot for you and your beloved pooch.

              Chef's Table

              Chef’s Table

              Get your friends together and take over our chef’s table. Adjacent to our kitchen, you’ll see it all magically happen and we can also pair up an amazing selection of wines to make it a truly memorable dining experience.

              Bookings well out are essential and numbers are still subject to any restrictions imposed at the time.

              New Years Eve – Thursday 31st December

              New Years Eve – Thursday 31st December

              Join us to see 2020 out and welcome in 2021. Two sitting slots (6pm, 6.15pm or 6.30pm and then 8.15pm, 8.30pm or 8.45pm). Your night starts with a glass of cava on arrival followed by a cracking 5 course dinner from the hands of our Head Chef, Warren, and his dynamo team. Just $75 per person. Bookings & prepayment essential so call us on 9228 0123.

              Paella & Sangria – Wednesdays from 6.30pm

              Paella & Sangria – Wednesdays from 6.30pm

              Join us for a mid-week fiesta. A serve of paella along with a glass of sangria for just $30*. If your preference is wine or bubbles we’ll gladly swap your sangria out. Booze free is $25. Get a group together and make a night of it. Bookings always recommended.

              * first glass price, thereafter at wine list pricing

              Like your gin? Explore more with our Four Pillars paddles

              Like your gin? Explore more with our Four Pillars paddles

              Experience 3 of their greats served with Fever Tree tonic. Half pour flights $24, full pours $36.

              18/ 19 Entertainment Card Award Winner

              18/ 19 Entertainment Card Award Winner

              We were thrilled & excited to win the Gold Award for the western region. It reflects the efforts of our awesome team and their focus on ensuring our guests have that memorable experience each and every time they dine with us.

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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 within Australia can be arranged using Express Post. A $6 charge applies for this service.

              Bookings

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

              With the current restrictions in place bookings are generally a must but you can always try your luck and just pop in. If we can get you in, of course we will.

              We may require a credit card as guarantee for some bookings with the following terms & conditions applicable:
              - Any changes to guest numbers or cancellations of bookings are required no later than 48 hours prior to the booking.
              - Nothing is charged prior to the booking date however in the event of late advice, that being within 48 hours of the booking, of significant changes to guest numbers and / or complete cancellation of the booking or a no show situation we then reserve the right to charge $25 per person.

              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 that seats 12, or outside in our covered alfresco space.

              Enjoy the flavours of Spain with our Chef’s Selection menu covering 6 shared plate dishes that includes dessert. This menu is required for all bookings of 10 or more at our busiest times, these being our Friday & Saturday dinner services.

              Our extensive wine list has an Iberian focus but also incorporates some amazing drops that are primarily local with a selection from other parts of our great country. 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 dinner bookings of 10 or more on Fridays & Saturdays, credit card details are required to secure the booking. We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of $25 per person in the event of cancellation or a significant reduction of guest numbers within 48 hours of the scheduled booking time.

              Ready to book? Phone us directly on 9228 0123 or email us at duende@duende.com.au.

              Employment

              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

              Christmas / New Year

              Friday 25th December Christmas Day Closed
              Saturday 26th December Boxing Day Closed
              Sunday 27th December   Closed
              Monday 28th December   Closed
              Tuesday 29th December   Closed
              Wednesday 30th December   Midday till late
              Thursday 31st December New Years Eve Midday till late
              Friday 1st January New Years Day Closed
              Saturday 2nd January   Midday till late
              Sunday 3rd January   Midday till late
              Thursday 31st December New Years Eve Midday till late

              Normal opening hours resume.
               

              Monday Closed
              Tuesday Closed
              Wednesday Midday till late
              Thursday Midday till late
              Friday Midday till late
              Saturday Midday till late
              Sunday Midday till 10pm

              Public Holidays – opening hours will be advised in advance of the date.

              Kitchen Hours – our kitchen closing time varies with demand however we’ll always do our best to ensure you are fed & watered.