Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafebabareeba.com/
  • Phone: (773) 935-5000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner is served 7 days a week from 4pm - 10pm Sunday through Thursday, and 4pm - 12am on Friday and Saturday. Lunch is served on Fridays from 11:30am - 3pm.
    Brunch is offered on Saturday & Sunday from 10am - 3pm and features a build your own Bloody Mary Bar and Cava Cocktails
    $3 tapas & $1 pintxos available at the bar only from 4pm - 6pm everyday and from 10pm - 12am Friday & Saturday nights.
    Please note: Our all-season patio is available on a first-come, first-serve bases and is limited to parties of 6 or smaller.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Matt Holmes
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 in our private and semi-private rooms. Lettuce create something extraordinary with you using our variety of Tapas, Paella & Sangria! Cater a private party at the restaurant or in the comfort of your home or office. We are happy to help you create a menu for your guests. To view all of the different options available to you visit cafebabareeba.com or to book your party, call our Special Events Department at (773) 935-5000.
  • Entertainment: Reservations for our Flamenco Dinner Shows, Paella Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings, and other special events must be made by contacting the restaurant directly at (773) 935-5000.
  • Special Events: BRUNCH BA-BA-REEBA * Saturdays & Sundays * 10am to 3pm Featuring selected Brunch tapas, Bloody Mary Bar & Cava Cocktails. Please note that seating on our all-season patio is first come first serve. For all special event reservations please call (773) 935-5000.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Armitage
  • Public Transit: Just North East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for $13.00 is offered. Street parking is also available.
A word from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!, Chicago's first Spanish restaurant, serves authentic Spanish cuisine. Featuring award-winning sangria, tapas & pintxos (the famous small dishes of Spain) and paella (a traditional Valencian rice dish) offers savory and colorful combinations of vegetables, cheeses, meats and seafood. Escape to Spain and experience inspired service while dining in the all-season patio and warm, hip ambiance enhanced by lively music. Monthly special events, cooking classes and catering for private parties of all sizes complete the offerings.

Rain or shine, summer or winter, dine in the all-season patio featuring a sliding glass roof that opens during the city’s warmer months.

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba! is owned by Chef Gabino Sotelino and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba reviews from OpenTable diners
384 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (275)fit for foodies (238)neighborhood gem (182)hot spot (181)special occasion (163)romantic (104)vibrant bar scene (68)great for brunch (64)great for outdoor dining (60)great for lunch (55)late-night find (45)notable wine list (40)kid-friendly (38)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Fun dinner
    SaturdaynightVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    This was our first time here and we really enjoyed it. The menu is varied and the 3 tapas we tried were all very good. We also had the seafood paella, which was excellent, although too salty for my tastes. We also each had one of their small desserts and they were outstanding as well. We'll be back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ba-Ba-Brunch
    LPfoodie
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I had previously only been to ba-ba-reeba for dinner but vrunch was really delicious! I like tht hey have unique options at brunch but the dinner menu options are also available. The seasonal sangria had apple cider in it and was really refreshing and light so not overwhelming early in the day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I chose this place for a special birthday occasion - we had a great time! The food was awesome and our waiter was so great! The front desk lady was a little rude to me when I asked if they did anything for birthday occasions but other than that it was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend!
    Margaret
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Cafe BaBaReeba is a great place for a romantic date as well as a night out with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best find ever!
    Joobi20
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Been going here since 3 years and never once had a complain!! LOVE their black raspberry sangria and mango sangria. Great choice even for vegetarians like me because there're plenty options to fill you up. Will continue going there for as long as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite restaurant in the city
    Bridgette
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    every time I go to Cafe Babareeba I'm reminded why it is my favorite restaurant in the city. Amazing food, great atmosphere, reasonable prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Tapas
    MsMitch216
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Havn't been here in years and boy they didn't disappoint me. Love this place. The White Peach Sangria is a thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staple!
    JLBcottageVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Always a great meal! A definite must for chicago! Food and service is always top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite restaurant!
    Reeba
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has quickly become my favorite Chicago restaurant. It is a must try! The atmosphere is great. I highly recommend the Sangria and the bacon wrapped dates. I have never been disappointed with anything I have tried here. Service is always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite Chicago find
    Crys07
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We always go here for special occasions because we always know we will be super satisfied with the whole experience. It is pricey but that's why we only go a max of 2 times a year. Food is always amazing and the servers always have great recommendations on drinks and food. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to try something different. Take your time and enjoy it all! We are usually there for 2 hours just enjoying the food and our conversation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not for first dates
    Ughneveragain
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    i wasn't feeling the ambiance. The food portions were horrible. The tables didn't feel cozy. Never again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yum
    Ruth
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went here for my husband's birthday on Sunday evening after a show. We loved the 1/2 pitcher serving size of sangria and the small tapas portions. We shared four tapas for dinner and two for dessert. Exquisite food and just the right amount. Attentive, non-intrusive service. I'd definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for brunch
    bkchicagoVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Excellent brunch tapas menu. Lots of variety, good for sharing. Everything delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent. Meal
    Theos
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Cafe ba ba reeba is truly a fantastic restaurant. The service is some of the best I have experienced. The food is excellent. The atmosphere is fun. I highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downright Disappointing
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very disappointed with the service at the restaurant. Made reservations for a birthday. The waiter was dry and unenthusiastic the entire evening. Only came by a few times to bus the table. His lack of energy brought me down on my own birthday. Left him a decent tip despite his miserable service. Ps: servers name was chad.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Tapas place
    BeernBBQ
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have only been to one other Tapas place in Chicagoland and this one is better...by far! The tapas were all very good, they serve a really tasty sourdough bread with good olive oil. The drinks were good but not outstanding (could use a bit more punch). Service was friendly even though some things took quite long. However, good Tapas place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    jean40
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great time and great food! Only complaint would be that the tables were too close together. We were a party of 2 and could hear every thing the tables next to us we're saying (and vice versa, I'm sure). Was also difficult to navigate between tables without hitting their food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool tapas place
    JoLC
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I really like Ba-Ba-Reeba because the tapas are all delicious and I love the cool modern environment. I lived in Spain before so it's always good to take people for tapas there. Love the croquetas and shrimp. Always ask for the chef recommendations. Best sangria ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Singer1
    Singer1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We came early with one less than our reservation. Nonetheless, we were seated right away. The food and service were very good, though the food was not as impressive as the time before. The autumn salad and the grilled octopus were the highlights of the meal. All in all, a very enjoyable afternoon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing with friends!
    wynnzdinner
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was the perfect dinner option for a group of friends. We let our server decide what to order for us, and were pleasantly surprised by a lot of the items he chose for us. We enjoyed the daily special sangria (something apple-y and delicious!). Overall it was a fun and delicious social dinner setting. The restaurant was very busy the night we were there - we had a reservation, but still had to wait ~15 minutes for our table. Highly recommend booking ahead, as we heard the wait time without a reservation was 2.5hrs that night! The neighbourhood it is in looked like it had a lot of different places, and would have liked to spend more time exploring in and around there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous for a celebration
    jarnow
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was the perfect restaurant to take our friends for the dual celebration of the upcoming marriage and their finishing their Ph.D. programs! Everyone could eat what they wanted, although we all shared nearly everything. Each small plate was better than the last. And the desserts were the perfect, light endings. We will definitely come back to this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Went for a birthday celebration, asked for a good table and mentioned it was a birthday. Food and service was great, nice table and one of the desserts had a lit candle in it - thank you so much for making our celebration special. We definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun night
    Kate
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We went here for daughters 15th birthday. With our Open Table reservation we were seated right away, 4:30 on a Saturday night. When we left there was an hour and a half wait! Great service, fun menu. Fun kiddie cocktails for the kids. Great spot, would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary
    MPG1VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Tasty, but nothing really stood out in an "Ah Ha!" way. Please don't stick us in the dark, back part of the seating area when there are plenty of spots underneath the skylights!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JoJoandCCO
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Table was too crowded. We felt rushed with our meal. Stuffed mushrooms were good as was goat cheese with tomato sauce. Steak was okay but nothing great. Food was generally mediocre from the standpoint of presentation and taste. Service was good. Staff was cheerful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    dale
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We just came home from Barcelona and had not been here since it opened...we decided we would celebrate our Anniversary here...it was a great decision...food was really good! We are vegetarian and I am gluten-free...lots to choose from...we will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    foodwithfriends
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Very large selection on menu. Fun and trendy place to go with friends. Would not recommend for individuals that are sensitive to loud noise, as the scene is rather vibrant. Service was prompt and professional but not as friendly or energetic as I personally appreciate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wait staff was great and the food was delicious! We had a reservation and they got us right in. It was my 3rd time, maybe 4th and it was just as good as I remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, energetic atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Cafe Ba-ba-reeba is always busy! Serving sizes are perfect for sharing and the food is consistently good. Love this place for a fun night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Spanish Tapas in Chicago
    sgal85
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Overall our tapas were great! The dishes that we liked the most were the shrimp aioli, the chimichurri steak and the caramelized banana as dessert!! We'll def be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eatsweet
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We loved it! Went with my husband and adult daughter. The waiter helped us work through the menu with excellent suggestions concerning how and how much to order. We had a fantastic meal that was tasty, quick and a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delightful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba several times for dinner, but just recently tried their brunch menu. Needless to say, it was just as outstanding! We also had a gluten allergy at the table and the seever was very helpful in selecting appropriate dishes. I now have another reason to come back (not that I really needed it)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    Aao14
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful tapas. Everything we ordered was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish tapas with a flair
    Ashley
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I loved this place. The service was excellent, food was delicious. The tapas don't give you that authentic Spanish taste, but they are flavorful nonetheless. The paella was plenty to share and incredibly tasty. I wasn't impressed by the sangria, it reminded more of juice than wine, however despite that I loved this place and would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichiganVisitor
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great selection of small plate, Spanish cuisine to share among friends; outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoyable and reliable
    ChicagoHockeyEpicurean
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Cafe Ba Ba Ree Ba as usual. It's nice thAt the menu changes regularly son that there are always things to meanwhile many of the standards remain constant. Service was great and the ambiance is bustling but controlled so conversation isn't difficult. We loved the seafood paella and the chicken empanada. The grilled octopus was tasty, juicy and tender. The short ribbons.a.favorite and pleased as always. And the sangria is a great accompaniment to any meal there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had not been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for years. We had a gift certificate which brought us there. The food and the service were both excellent. I guess there's a reason it's been here for 30 years. We were there for an early dinner on a Sunday night and the place was totally happening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always ensure that we enjoy a meal at Café Ba-Ba Reeba when we are in the city. Every item on the menu is prepared to taste amazing, and we have never been disappointed with the meal, ambiance, or service. If you are in the city, and looked for high-quality food at a reasonable price, then head to Café Ba-Ba Reeba.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tapas!
    bs093070VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is a great neighborhood joint with excellent tapas! Food was really good and sangria was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fan for past 7yrs
    ChicagoBest
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Always been fan and so has my family and friends. Enjoyed last weekends outing with family and enjoy food, service and attention!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.