Best Tapas Restaurants in the U.S.
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Duende, Oakland, CA
Chef Paul Canales, beloved for his long-standing Italian restaurant Oliveto, takes on Spanish food, with some inspiration from his Basque grandfather, at Duende. Located in an Art Deco building in Oakland’s Uptown district, the industrial space fits a bodega and wine bar and a lounge and dining room. There are more than a dozen pintxos and tapas (lamb and currant–stuffed piquillo peppers and shredded cabbage studded with olives) to catch your eye, but you won’t want to miss the paella laced with whole cipollini onions, tender hunks of rabbit, and spicy merguez sausage. Linger over a glass of Spanish wine or sherry while the live music plays. duendeoakland.com