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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7517 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

Cancellation policy:
For parties of 5+ you need to cancel by 9am on the day of your reservation, otherwise it is a $25 fee. For smaller parties, please give us one hour in advance, in the event of a last minute cancellation or no show it is a $25 fee.

Located in Lincoln Park, the All-Season Courtyard and Dining Rooms at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! are open with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System.
Your health is our top priority in all that we do. Steps we are taking: disposable and digital menus, continuous sanitation procedures & hand washing

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 935-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Jorgensen

  • Catering

    At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 50 in our private and semi-private rooms. Lettuce create something extraordinary with you using our variety of tapas, paella and sangria! Cater a private party at the restaurant, in the comfort of your home or office, or even aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises during the summer months. Please visit cafebabareeba.com to fill out your inquiry form, or call our Special Events Team at (773) 935-5000.

  • Private party contact

    Private Parties Department: (773) 935-5000

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. We also offer valet at $15, cash only.

  • Public transit

    Brown Line - Armitage Halsted bus (route #8) - Armitage stop Armitage bus (route #73) - Halsted stop

  • Entertainment

    Reservations for our Flamenco Dinner Shows, Paella Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings, and other special events can be made by contacting the restaurant directly at (773) 935-5000. For a full list of events, please visit cafebabareeba.com and click on "events."

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Available daily from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in the Bar Area

Pintxos

bite-sized tapas popular in the bars of Northern Spain

  • +Deviled Egg with Crispy Jamón Serrano$1.50

    huevo diablo con jamón serrano

    • Stuffed Olive with White Anchovy & Piparra Pepper$1.50

      "la gilda"

      • Potato & Egg Bite$1.50

        patata y huevo

        Tapas

        • Chilled Gazpacho Soup$3.50

          gazpacho andaluz

          • Garlic Potato Salad$2.50

            ensalada de patatas con alioli

            • Ibérico Ham Croquetas with Sherry Alioli$2.50

              croquetas de jamón ibérico con alioli de jerez

              • +Housemade Catalan Tomato Bread$2.50

                pan con tomate

                • +Roast Dates with Bacon & Apple Vinaigrette$3.50

                  dátiles con tocino

                  • Meatballs with Sherry Tomato Sauce$3.50

                    albondigas al jerez

                    • +Spicy Potatoes with Tomato Aioli$3.50

                      patatas bravas

                      • +Fried Green Peppers & Coarse Salt$3.50

                        pimientos de padrón fritos

                        Featured Drinks

                        • +Pitcher of Classic Red Sangria$20.00

                          • Estrella Damm Bottle$4.00

                            • Mañana de Mallorca$5.00

                              spanish tea ipa

                              Surcharge

                              A 3% restaurant surcharge has been added to all guest checks. If you would like this removed, please let us know.

                                Last updated: May 13, 2022

                                What 7,517 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

                                Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                4.8
                                4.8 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.8Food
                                • 4.7Service
                                • 4.7Ambience
                                • 4.6Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                1. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined today

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  So so good. Don’t hesitate-delicious and great service. Cocktails to sangria to all the food-its a must do experience.

                                2. KT

                                  KenT

                                  Chicago

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Exciting and fun place. Great food taste and selection

                                3. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 2 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Came for a friend’s birthday - service and food were excellent!!

                                4. E

                                  Elizabeth

                                  Chicago

                                  3 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined 4 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Food was quick and fantastic! Great service and delicious sangria.

                                5. AS

                                  AnaS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Service was superb, food excellent quality. Our server was very knowledgeable of menu and answered all questions.

                                6. E

                                  Evan

                                  Philadelphia

                                  3 reviews

                                  4.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined 5 days ago

                                  overall4food3service5ambience5

                                  The food was okay. I definitely wouldn’t come back for the food but the sangria was yummy. The servers were very attentive and accommodating. The ambiance was nice too.

                                7. JB

                                  JordanB

                                  St. Louis

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We LOVE Cafe Ba-ba-reeba!! It's amazing everytime!

                                8. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  always amazing! you can’t get this many different flavors anywhere else!

                                9. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  New York Area

                                  5 reviews

                                  vip
                                  1.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall1food4service1ambience3

                                  Good food but and herein lies the problem. When we arrived at the restaurant the host informed us that we had an hour and a half to dine. And the clock would be ticking the moment we sat down. Now weren’t those restrictions put in place during Covid? Because the tables in Ba-Ba-Reeba were extremely close together and there was no Covid precautions being taken. The hostess took us to our table, seated us she then informed us that the clock was starting. That’s a bit of unnerving. What happens if we go five minutes over? Are they going to pull our food? When the waitress arrived she also informed us that we had an hour and a half to eat so we should order quickly. Wait, who is paying the bill here and why are we being rushed? The waitress came by again within two minutes and asked to take our drink order which we put in promptly. She then came back with our sangria and said we needed to order quickly because again the clock was ticking. We ordered one round of food and felt so pressured and uncomfortable that we left. Yes, the restaurant does have good food and the ambience is fun. But the hour and a half and the clock ticking made the overall experience unbearable. We went up the street and had drinks and food and had an enjoyable evening. Dear management, please take a look at this and talk to your staff. I’m sure you don’t want to see more of these reviews coming out. And if this is your policy, I thank you because then I will just go to other restaurants in the city.

                                  Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 2 days ago

                                  Dear Valued Guest, I'm sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the service you received. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback, -Teresa M.

                                10. KO

                                  KathrynO

                                  Chicago

                                  5 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  5 reviews

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Loved everyone bite! Great experience for all ages

                                11. I

                                  Itzell

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                  overall5food4service5ambience5

                                  Everything was really good, i was just disappointed with their desserts, i ordered a cake and it tasted like dark chocolate pudding, size was okay tho for what it cost. overall i had a good time there

                                12. WR

                                  WilnelyR

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I love it 🥰 First time being there and my partner and I enjoyed it so much !

                                13. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined 7 days ago

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great food, great service. Have been coming here for years!

                                14. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Philadelphia

                                  6 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on May 14, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The old lady can still bring it!

                                15. I

                                  Irenez

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                  Way over priced for very small portions! Much louder than expected and service was incredibly average.. Won’t hurry back with so many other great options out there.

                                16. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Houston

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Graduation Party

                                17. AR

                                  AaronR

                                  Pittsburgh

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Parents were in town

                                18. JB

                                  JorgeB

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love this place, awesome food, friendly staff, decent prices.

                                19. DL

                                  DominicL

                                  Chicago

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  A great place to go for Mother’s Day! Great food great service and great atmosphere!

                                20. G

                                  Gracie

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 9, 2022

                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                  Love food , just perfect !!! Love the goat cheeses and the octopus with potatoes , just delicious 👍🏻👍🏻

                                21. C

                                  Cfredrickson

                                  Chicago

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 9, 2022

                                  overall4food5service2ambience5

                                  Our server was not available most of the time. Food was excellent as usual.

                                22. AM

                                  AlyceM

                                  Chicago

                                  13 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Mother’s Day

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  4 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great service for Mother’s Day.

                                24. C

                                  Chunk

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  3.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                  overall3food4service3ambience4

                                  We thought that the brunch menu was good but there could have more selections of paellas.

                                25. M

                                  Mindy

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  I've been coming here for years and celebrate my birthday here every year. It has never disappointed.

                                26. JM

                                  JoMi

                                  Atlanta

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  Best tapas I’ve had since Barcelona 2019. All seafood tapas were excellent! Will definitely recommend to others who explore the Lincoln Park area.

                                27. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Food was good. Price was very good!

                                28. D

                                  Dragonfly

                                  Chicago

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Had a wonderful Mother's Day lunch with our daughters and grandkids. I was disappointed that the bouquet of flowers I requested for the table was not placed.

                                29. MD

                                  MarisolD

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 7, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This place is amazing the food delicious and service awesome 🙂

                                30. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Detroit

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall2food4service2ambience4

                                  The food never disappoints!!

                                31. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  It was so busy they forgot one of our appetizers and drinks but delicious nonetheless! Thoughtful and hardworking staff

                                32. KC

                                  KellieC

                                  San Francisco

                                  4 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  4 reviews

                                  Dined on May 6, 2022

                                  overall3food3service4ambience5

                                  Cool outdoor/indoor look. Food was okay. Some dishes were nice, others were just fine. Nothing spectacular.

                                33. MK

                                  MarthaK

                                  San Francisco

                                  2 reviews

                                  2.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall2food2service1ambience2

                                  Limited food selection Server untrained Dishes mediocre

                                34. N

                                  Niadesignz

                                  New York Area

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience3

                                  The noise level was kind of high when you walked in but once we asked the server if she could move us she gladly helped us with this request. The food was good if you decide to do dishes try ordering two at a time so that the meal is served fresh throughout your time there. We had the sangria with lots of fruit it was delicious not to watery or too much dry wine.

                                35. MM

                                  MartaM

                                  Chicago

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience3

                                  Overall we had a good tiem, food and service were good too.

                                36. AF

                                  AlexanderF

                                  Kansas City

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on May 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  As someone who frequents Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, this was another stellar experience. Their seasonal sangria (Strawberry Kiwi) was fantastic, and the patatas bravas were great as usual. This time I got the pallela which was delicious and came out hot and fresh. I would recommend anyone come here, especially for happy hour, but also for any occassion.

                                37. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Chicago

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on May 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba always!!

                                38. AS

                                  AnnekaS

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  An awesome spot! Great tapas to share with the table. Everything we got was amazing. The spicy potatoes were my favorite 🫢

                                39. AP

                                  AlexandraP

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Always a great choice! Love the consistent food and service.

                                40. M

                                  Mark

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 1, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  One of our favorite places in Chicago! Still great after all of these years.

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                • Screening

                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                  • Staff temperature check required

                                FAQs

                                You can order delivery directly from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba using the Order Online button. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 935-5000.

                                Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is rated 4.8 stars by 7517 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Booked 142 times today
                                Google Map for Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

                                2024 North Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614

                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  Armitage

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Lincoln Park

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, American

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Dining

                                • Dress code

                                  Casual Dress

                                • Parking details

                                  Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. We also offer valet at $15, cash only.

                                • Public transit

                                  Brown Line - Armitage Halsted bus (route #8) - Armitage stop Armitage bus (route #73) - Halsted stop

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  Eric Jorgensen

                                • Entertainment

                                  Reservations for our Flamenco Dinner Shows, Paella Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings, and other special events can be made by contacting the restaurant directly at (773) 935-5000. For a full list of events, please visit cafebabareeba.com and click on "events."

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (773) 935-5000

                                • Catering

                                  At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 50 in our private and semi-private rooms. Lettuce create something extraordinary with you using our variety of tapas, paella and sangria! Cater a private party at the restaurant, in the comfort of your home or office, or even aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. 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.

                                • Private party facilities

                                  Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises during the summer months. Please visit cafebabareeba.com to fill out your inquiry form, or call our Special Events Team at (773) 935-5000.

                                • Private party contact

                                  Private Parties Department: (773) 935-5000

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