Bienvenidos a Duende!

The oldest tapas bar in the Netherlands, that promises something!

Bienvenidos and Duende!

The oldest tapas bar in the Netherlands, that promises something!

Tapas BAR Duende


Welcome to Duende, the oldest tapas bar in the Netherlands! For almost 30 years we have been combining fresh tapas, delicious wines, great atmosphere and the best music daily. A visit to Duende is so much more than just food...

In the summer we have a nice terrace and also inside we have many tables. We don't work with reservations (except for concerts and groups), so everyone is always welcome. So come by and enjoy a piece of Spain in the Jordaan!

Between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. it can be very busy, especially on weekends. Please try to come earlier or later so we can get you a table faster.

Tapas, y mucho mas!

Keeping it simple really brings out the pure and original flavors of Spanish produce. A bowl of Jamón Ibérico with a glass of wine, some tapas on the terrace or an entire meal for a large group. By combining everything is possible, plenty of choice!


Live shows

Over the past thirty years, Duende's back room has grown into a small but full-fledged theater. Classical, world music, jazz and of course lots of flamenco, but also stand-up comedy in Spanish or Storytelling are featured. You can order tickets below. During the performance you can eat and drink. In short, a great night out!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions to properly plan your visit here.

Can I reserve a table?

Because we want everyone to be welcome at all times, we do not work with reservations (only for groups). Upon arrival, we look for a place and if it is very crowded, you can leave your number and wait for a table either at our bar or in one of the cafes nearby. We will notify you when your table is almost ready and you can keep track of the waiting list on your phone.

What happens when the restaurant is full?

If all tables are occupied, you can leave your number. We will then send you a text message when it is almost your turn. You can then wait either at our bar, or at the bar of one of the many cafes in the area and keep an eye on the waiting list on your phone yourself.

Do you have vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options?

Yes! We have more than 50 different tapas, most of which consist of just a few, pure ingredients. For example, there are many vegetable tapas so that everyone, with all types of eating preferences, can find enough variety.

What is the best time to come if I want to be sure of a table?

It is usually very busy between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., especially on weekends. If you manage to come before or after, there are usually plenty of spots available. Our kitchen is open until 11 p.m. every day.

I am coming to a show, do I need to make a reservation?

Reservations are recommended for the shows. You then buy tickets online, where you are automatically assigned a table at the show. You can eat there. It is not possible to reserve a table in the front area as well. However, if there is room there, you can always move after the show.


A sampling of recent reviews online

Topper in Amsterdam! Eaten at Duende dozens of times already and every time a pleasant and delicious experience. Tasty tapas at correct prices; friendly service and cozy atmosphere. Topper

V. V.


Super cozy restaurant and delicious food! Super sweet and nice service works here. We had a great time. Food is super tasty and quickly on the table. Muchas gracias todos!

Nena Ogwuru


Super tasty tapas! What a nice place. Good and lueve service and delicious tapas. And especially look at the interior with the beautiful Spanish tile panels. We will be back.

Monique Paquay


Incredibly good food. Great Rioja and the best Mojito I've ever had. At Duende they know how to do it. See you soon!

Marijn van Twuyver


Great food at Café Duende, highly recommended. We came from limburg and someone had recommended this restaurant to us.Also the kids had a great time with a nice piece of chocolate cake for dessert for the youngest, we had 2 and a half hours to enjoy. Tasty tapas (the Berenjena frita was one of the toppers👌🏻😍) and very friendly service.If we are in Amsterdam again we will definitely come back.

Claudia Zonneveld



Because we work without reservations, you are always welcome at Duende! If you would like to come with a larger party, please send an e-mail to or use the form to the right.

‍You will
find us in the heart of the Jordaan, behind the Noorderkerk. From Central Station it is about a 10-minute walk. There is usually ample parking on the Lindengracht.

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 17.00-00.00
Sat 13.00-00.00
Sun 15.00-00.00

December 25 and 31, we are closed.

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