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 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.

We gladly accept the Entertainment Card however there are certain days where this offer does not apply. Please refer to your card terms and conditions for a full list of these days.

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.

Dessert is well catered for and includes the ever popular doughnut balls and house made 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 chef’s selection menu. This menu incorporates six dishes including our signature dessert for just $55 per person. A vegetarian option is also available. All of our chef’s selection menus are based on shared plate for a minimum of 2 people.

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 West Australian and eastern states drops. We actively seek unique wines to complement all aspects of our tapas menu.

Our very own Duende label Tempranillo comes out of Mount Barker, beautifully crafted by the team at West Cape Howe. Our white, Viura, hails from Navarra, Spain and reflects the talent of the team at Azul y Garanza.

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? 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? 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.




            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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            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

            Cava Masterclass: Saturday 12th January 3-5pm

            Vino Del Sur: Sunday 17th February 3-5pm

            End of Year Parties & Gatherings

            End of Year Parties & Gatherings

            Now is the time to lock in your end of year parties & gatherings. Whether it be your workmates, your sports team, family or just friends wanting to get together we can look after you. We tend to book out early at this time of the year so jump on to it and call us or email us at duende@duende.com.au

            New Years Eve

            New Years Eve

            We’ll rock again this year when we see 2018 out and welcome in the New Year. You’ll start with a glass of cava on arrival followed by a 5 course dinner, all for just $65 per person. Naturally we’ll have plenty of great wines, beers and cocktails on offer and our team will be fired up to make it a night to remember. Reservations and prepayment are a must so just call us on 9228 0123 or email us at duende@duende.com.au

            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.

            A minimum of 12 people are required and whilst this works best, if you’re all good friends it will take 14 and just be that little more cosy. Bookings well out are essential so just call or email us.

            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.

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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.


            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 all bookings of more than 6 guests a credit card is required to secure the booking. We reserve the right to charge $25 per guest charge in the event of any significant reduction of numbers or complete cancellation where this occurs within 24 hours of the booking time. A full charge at the same rate will be applied for all guests booked in the event of a no show situation.

            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 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.


            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 11:30am – Late*
            Most Public Holidays 11.30am – Late* (See below closer to the date)
            Saturday 22nd December 11.30am – Late
            Sunday 23rd December 11.30am – 10pm
            Monday 24th December Midday – Late
            Christmas Day Closed
            Boxing Day Closed
            Thursday 27th December Midday – Late
            Friday 28th December Midday – Late
            Saturday 29th December 11.30am – Late
            Sunday 30th December 11.30am – 10pm
            New Years Eve Midday – Very Late
            New Years Day Closed

            *Kitchen closing hours may vary subject to demand.