Duende in Oakland: Arroz negro with bomba rice, Petrale sole, scallops and more (two-person pan: $38). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Duende in Uptown Oakland.

Ever since Duende opened in January 2013, the restaurant has drawn crowds and won acclaim for its stylish digs, creative menu and professional service. Paul Canales, husband of Ici Ice Cream-owner Mary Canales, has created an impressive menu featuring small plates and Spanish food. Next door, diners can enjoy coffee, churros and a more limited menu during the day at a small, but beautifully appointed, bodega, which also features a selection of olive oils for purchase. (The bodega recently added lunch to its offerings.) Paul Caneles’ name is likely familiar to many East Bay diners for his 15 years at Oliveto restaurant on College Avenue, where he started as an intern and ended as executive chef. Upstairs at Duende, Canales has teamed up with Rocco Somazzi to bring an eclectic mix of musicians to an intimate performance space. Read more about Duende on Nosh.

Duende Restaurant & Bodega is located at 468 19th St. in Oakland. If you’ve sampled the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)

Piquillos rellenos: Piquillos, dungeness crab and pea shoots ($15).
Ensalada de col with savoy cabbage, mahón, green olives and pistachios ($9.50).
Asparagus with smoked beets, blood oranges and Moroccan black olives ($13).
Brussels sprouts with sunchokes and idiazabal ($7), left, and patatas bravas ($6), right.
Fideua: toasted fideos, duck, wild nettles, medjool dates, olives and balsamico (2-portion pan, $38).
Duende takes its coffee program very seriously. The restaurant serves Verve. Read more here.
Ice cream via College Avenue’s Ici is the perfect end to the evening. Duende owner Paul Caneles’ wife, Mary Caneles, owns Ici.
Ice cream via College Avenue’s Ici is the perfect end to the evening. Duende owner Paul Caneles’ wife, Mary Caneles, owns Ici.

See more restaurants featured on Nosh on the Town.

Related:
Nosh on the town: Centouno in Jack London Square (03.12.14)
Nosh on the town: Vientian in Oakland (02.20.14)
Nosh on the town: Bourbon & Beef on College Ave. (01.09.14)
Hot East Bay restaurants, food news of 2013 (01.02.14)
Nosh on the town: Barkada Bakery in Oakland (12.31.13)
Nosh on the town: Bleecker Bistro in Berkeley (12.24.13)
Nosh on the town: FuseBOX launches Sunday brunch (12.10.13)
Nosh on the town: Desco in Old Oakland (12.03.13)
With Duende, chef Paul Canales breaks free (01.24.13)

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist...