Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafebabareeba.com/
  • Phone: 7739355000x
  • 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
429 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (292)fit for foodies (266)neighborhood gem (219)special occasion (209)hot spot (194)romantic (138)great for outdoor dining (128)great for brunch (84)great for lunch (72)vibrant bar scene (62)kid-friendly (57)late-night find (49)notable wine list (37)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Still a favorite spot! Will always love dining out at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Dinner
    JenBaronVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    It had been a long time since I'd been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, and I had forgotten how much I love it! Our waiter was outstanding and the food was super yummy. My only disappointment was that I was not thrilled with the table we sat at, felt tucked in a corner hidden away across from the door to the stairs down to the bathroom. I should have asked for a better table but then we really liked the waiter. SO all in all, still had a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep it coming
    Uwec88
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had 5pm show tickets and ordered a lot quickly. The food started coming and just keep coming. We added items and dessert, all delicious and prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago'a finest tapas!
    estabonchapman
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Not only is this my favorite tapas restaurant it's my favorite restaurant in Chicago. Delicious food, phenomenal sangria, warm inviting atmosphere, & great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tapas Around
    Billyk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you like tapas you would love this place. We went on a Saturday and it was a bit crowded, but the service was helpful and friendly. The sangria choices were excellent, and the food was amazing! I especially enjoyed the garlic shrimp and the potato aioli. But it's hard to go wrong on any selection. If you have to wait for your seat to have a large bar area that is convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Tapas in Chicago
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the extensive menu, everything we ordered was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas...Love them
    Michele
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great service and speedy food delivery. Food always great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tops for Tapas
    Rdunc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We live in the far north suburbs, when we get into the City Cafe Ba-ba -Reeba is a favorite for everyone in the family. Lots of variety, lots of flavors. Reservations are a must, as it is always crowded. Not the best for an intimate dinner though since it's almost always packed it's a bit noisey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun dining experience!
    Ilovewine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was amazing. We ordered out paella first since we were informed it took awhile, then ordered to two tapas to eat while we waited. The sangria is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another excellent experience.
    Ldub1994
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were treated very graciously and seated immediately. Our waiter was kind, attentive (when needed-not overly so, just right) and helpful. Two in our party were over an hour late (traffic) and we were never made to feel uncomfortable. The food is such a treat. They accommodated my gluten-free (Celiac disease) needs carefully, well , and correctly. Excellent deviled eggs, fried peppers(so delicious) , heirloom tomato salad (big favorite) short ribs with Manchego mashed potatoes, beef skewers, stuffed mushrooms, spicy potatoes, and garlic potato salad. My nephew is a picky eater and after one plate he said order anything for me but keep ordering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lots of good times
    GoodVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great time with good food and service keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch experience
    ClaireVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I always bring out of towers to brunch here. Such a fun interactive experience. Everyone always enjoys the short stack and the maple bacon. The blood Mary bar is worth a try and don't be afraid to add a shrimp or two into your bloody.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Best selection of sangria! We had a great variety of different tapas. The goat cheese marinara is highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific pre-theater
    TheaterFanaticVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was an ideal choice prior to theater at Victory Gardens. Tapas provides many options, best of which is dining light but still getting a variety. Nothing took too long to be served, so we had ample time to dine comfortably and still make our performance with no delays. Tasty menu -- I will be back to explore more. The octopus was cooked to PERFECTION. That is worth mentioning because it often is not done well in many restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for any occasion!
    Kochi
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My boyfriend went here to celebrate our anniversary and had an amazing night! The waiters were very knowledgable and knew what recommendations to make to not just complete our meal but to also get the most for our money. The place itself is very intimate yet has a fun energy. We felt the romance but there were also families and larger groups enjoying themselves too. The food was excellent. The tapas were served in perfect portions (and my boyfriend and I tend to eat a lot). The mango sangria changed my life. I don't drink a lot, but this was not something I could pass up! They even offer half pitchers of sangria so that was just the right amount. Great place for eating good food, good drink, and spending time with people you love!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good eats!
    keenspider
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wife and I were curious on what everybody else is talking about. Friends recommended this joint and it didn't disappoint. Tapas are really good. Try the octupus and lamb... plus the chorizo wrap! Paella are good for 3-4 pax i think (though they say it was for 2 servings) and it was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charmingly consistent
    Croquetas1
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    CBBR has remained a favorite of mine over the years for its prompt and friendly service and it's deliciously consistent menu. I trust that each time I am in, whether on my own or introducing the restaurant to someone new - the classics will not disappoint. Once again, a delicious meal! Thanks CBBR!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Years of Excellence
    Mike
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Have been enjoying the food and ambience for years. Travel from the western suburbs for the experience despite like restaurants. Makes its own unique mark.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba!
    Atticus11
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food is really special and the service is great! Really enjoy the Brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, service and price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was wonderful. Sangria was tasty. Service attentive. There was a creepy guy at the bar who the manager dealt with deftly and professionally and escorted from the premises- we were very impressed! We were also pleasantly surprised that our bill was under $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    SeaShoreVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent place to eat near Greenhouse theater. My favorite was the potato omelette - tasty, large portion and gluten free. Shrimp and calamari dishes were seasoned just right with plenty of garlic. Very good service and food was prompt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Menu Items
    Foodie4VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Black Raspberry Sangria, Ham and Chicken Croquettes, Bacon wrapped dates and the warm goat cheese with tomato sauce are to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Carola
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I love the restaurant Food is delicious I usually do not eat to much so I love tapas. The passion Fruit sangria is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love those Tapas
    BoatingGirl
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    When we are in Chicago we always end up visiting Café Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park and have never been disappointed. We have our favorites but we always try new things. They change their menu frequently. This time our new favorites were the roasted chicken empanadas and the meatballs with cherry tomato sauce. We always order the bacon wrapped dates and for dessert the caramelized bananas along with a few other offerings. We live 1.5 hrs from Chicago, otherwise we would definitely go more frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BellVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant was exceptionally noisy - we would not return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NewOrleansvisitorVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food! Very good and friendly service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for friends night out!
    Cindylou21
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. Definitely will be back. Try the sangria and the bacon wrapped dates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food with something for all
    Great
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    one of the best tapas places I have been in a long time. so many great choices, there is something for every taste. not one of the items we picked was disappointing. The squid was a particular hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to be back at Cafe Ba Ba Reba
    VinoveritasVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a wonderful evening, food wine and service could not have been better. Great place and great people!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    cbl4
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was great, very busy and energetic place, and great service. I would go back and recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Everything was perfect except for the seating. I felt that my table was too close to the next table. I was sitting at a booth table. I had to have my husband pull the table out so I can get out of my seat comfortably. I had to squeeze in between the tables which can be embarrassing for a female.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella was just OK
    Lisabe
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our first time at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba but we have gone to Emillo's several times. The dining room had a retractable roof, so we were dining outside. The chairs were metal which made sense but not really comfortable. Our waiter was good but the men doing the busing were not. My husband was bumped several times and complained when he dragged his sleeve across our food to refill the water glasses. The tapas dishes were fabulous but the paella was just OK. Next time we will skip the paella. The best paella we had was from Columbia in Ybor City, FL.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food, the service are incredible. My son and I enjoy everything we have order so far and try something new on every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience
    JayGenius
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife & I had an wonder time, even our picky two year old enjoyed himself. The food was excellent amd the service was great. We can not wait to go back with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Attentive service!
    Kel1218
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This place was great! The only thing to remember is that it is a tapas place. The dishes are tiny and often meant for sharing small portions with others. You typically order 2-4 tapas dishes per person depending on how hungry everyone is... I went with a friend and we ordered 7 different tapas dishes and shared all of them. They also offer paella, which is a bigger dish that can follow a smaller sampling of tapas dishes if you so choose. (We did not, this time). The desserts were amazing and also are small portions. I particularly love this style because I have a hard time deciding what to get and this way you can taste many things at one sitting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas bar
    trynewplaces
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The restaurant has a small exterior from the street but it has a large seating area inside and another glass covered porch/outside area. The food was very good, chorizo and chicken tapas were especially delicious. It is difficult to go wrong with any of the tapas. The paellas were delicious, you have to order them for two people so if you have two people in your party and if you like to try different types of paellas you are out of luck. Service was on the slow side, our tapas came one at a time and one of them arrived after our main dish arrived. The server said he was trying to pace them so we have something on our table all the time. We end of having only one tapas at our table at one time. The sangrias were delicious too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service
    Watz
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They made my wife's birthday really special. I can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant has nice lighting and mood to it. We ordered 11 "entree" tapas and multiple dessert tapas too. Each one of them was excellent. We had wonderful service. They were also very nice to accommodate us coming a little late due to rush hour traffic and difficult street parking (they do have valet service though). They also accommodated my request to sit in a certain section of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Plavi
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. They keep their good reputation. Always add something new. Mussels were great and a variation on their octopus interesting. Their Spanish sausages are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Eats!
    foodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is phenomenal! This place is great for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic