Paul Canales has long had a culinary hold on Uptown Oakland thanks to Duende, his impeccable homage to Spanish cuisine. Unsurprisingly, his take on the South of France — specifically, the Occitanie linguistic region, which includes Italy’s mountainous north and Spanish Catalonia —is just as transportive, and delicious. The menu blends traditional fare with fresh, local produce and meats — try a dish of Smoked Rockfish or a Pissaladiere, a traditional Provencal tart made with onions, olives, and anchovies, before tucking into Steak Frites or a classic Roast Chicken — plus a standout wine list and cocktails to boot. The high-ceilinged space draws inspiration from a Provencal color palette, along with the region’s iconic mistral winds.
How to book: Make a reservation online.