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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is Chicago's original tapas restaurant, serving authentic Spanish cuisine in Lincoln Park since 1985. Founding Chef Gabino Sotelino’s menu is designed to share, featuring tapas, pintxos (bite-sized tapas) and the classic Valencian rice dish, paella. Guests will experience a variety of tastes and flavors with signature dishes including Spicy Potatoes (patatas bravas), Baked Goat Cheese in tomato sauce and roasted Bacon-Wrapped Dates. The beverage menu boasts an extensive Spanish wine list, along with six types of sangria ranging from classic red and white to seasonal flavors like white peach and passion fruit. The restaurant is known for a lively atmosphere and warm ambiance, decorated with artwork celebrating Spanish language, cuisine and culture. Guests are invited to dine on the all-season patio,which features a sliding glass roof that opens during warmer months.

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is owned by Chef Gabino Sotelino and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Fri: 11:30am-12:00am
Sat: 9:00am-12:00am
Sun: 9:00am-10:00pm

Tapas Brunch Menu and Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar are available on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

Select $3 tapas, $1 pintxos and $16 pitchers of Red Sangria are offered in the bar area from 4:00pm-6:00pm everyday.

Please note: Our all-seasons patio is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to sit on our patio, please see the Host Staff when you arrive.
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Phone number
(773) 935-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Holmes
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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 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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $13.00 (cash only) is offered. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Brown Line - Armitage
Halsted bus (route #8) - Armitage stop
Armitage bus (route #73) - Halsted stop
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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."
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Special events & promotions
TAPAS BRUNCH * Saturdays & Sundays * 9am to 3pm
Menu features Spanish brunch favorites along with selections from our dinner menu. Sip on Cava cocktails or try our build-your-own Bloody Mary bar! Please note that seating on our all-season patio is first come first serve. For all special event reservations and private parties, please call (773) 935-5000.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

At Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 in our private and semi-private rooms. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a tapas restaurant that's been around for a long time. It's ideal for a lot of occasions.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 5154 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

Father’s Day

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Such a wonderful place. Especially if you're looking for something interesting and very good food. you will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was amazing as always, but the service was wayyy too fast. We were brought all of our dishes at once and it was a bit overwhelming & crowded at the table. I felt like we couldn't slow down and enjoy each other's company. Nonetheless, a great value for a fun dinner.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Left feeling SO full but was so worth it. Drinks wise we got the white peach sangria and it was great. Food wise the papás bravas were INCREDIBLE and so was the goats cheese baked in tomato. There were a ton of vegetarian options. Overall highly recommend

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2.0Dined 2 days ago

Was tremendously disappointed in the food, very very subpar in flavor. I had very high expectations considering many friends had raved about it. The service was amazing. I’d go to Cafe Iberico for tapas over this restaurant. Will not be back to Ba-BaReeba.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We love this spot! Great atmosphere and we’ve always had top-notch service!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Dinner overall was excellent. The server was wonderful with advising us in our dietary restrictions and made all necessary modifications we needed. Drinks were of great value, well made and large. Please note that the paella takes about 30 minutes to make so take that into account when ordering and deciding the pacing of your meal. The paella was outstanding with a nice layer of soccarat which is then scraped from the pan and mixed into the rice. The white anchovy pan de tomat is just ok although the actual anchovies were very good. Octopus with giardiniere and short rib with manchego mashed potatoes were both excellent.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Phenomenal - not one bad thing to say about the food, service, atmosphere etc

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Johnny was a gem! He gave us great suggestions and came by routinely to make sure we were taken care of.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Drinks weren't good
Food was better
2 ppl ate for around 50$

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Delicious food and a very energetic atmosphere! Had a great time!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We were lucky to have made a last-minute reservation while walking from the train stop. It was packed! Our party of 6 was looking for good food before going to Kingston Mines for some Blues music (highly recommend). Very nice tapas menu and each item was flavorful. Decent gluten-free menu and our waitress brought out gluten-free bread without our asking! We only had one gluten-free person in our party and she had more than enough tapas to fill her up. Cocktails were yummy as well.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The pinxtos sampler and pineapple-serrano caipirinha were delicious. The pastry on the empanadas was perfect.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Had a great time and will return again.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

If you are visiting Chicago as a tourist like us or full time resident you will be thrilled with your experience at Ba-Ba-Reeba!! The energetic atmosphere immediately welcomes you as you open the door. Stacks of small plates in the middle of the table were soon filled with a diverse selection of Tapas. The pacing of the arrival was perfectly managed by the wait staff who flow as a team to make the evening exceptional! We were there to celebrate a special birthday for our 16 year old granddaughter, she loved the experience trying many flavors for the first time. The execution of the food was outstanding along with the staff. Lifetime memory for our family. Thank You!!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

What can you say about Café Ba-Ba-Reeba? It’s been open for at least 30 years and continues to be fully booked almost all the time. That’s because the tapas are great! It’s become a tradition.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I love cafe ba-ba-reeba. It is one of my two favorite restaurants. I'm kind of annoyed however because the last TWO times I went the hostess told me that dessert would be on the house, so we ordered it, and then when the bill came it was on the bill. Like I said the restaurant is amazing but this is an annoyance I have had to deal with twice in a row.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Still a favorite after many years. Brought the kids for the first time and they LOVED it. Youngest enjoyed the kid's vegetable paella. Favorites included the patatas bravas and the buttermilk chicken in piri piri sauce. The sangria is delicious and we love ending the meal with a glass of red wine and the chorizo wrapped dates.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is my go-to for every birthday and anniversary, and it did not disappoint this year. The mango sangria was delicious, and the beef short ribs were so tender. But the big winner for me is always the spicy potatoes -- so perfectly crispy and spicy that my husband and I ordered two servings!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We went to Babba Reeba's on a recommendation and we really enjoyed it. When we went back with our 24 yr. old son and he loved it. The appetizers (aka Tapas) are expensive. 2.50 each but literally a mouthful. I think only one of them could be called two bites although that's how they describe them all. They are very tasty with a pretty presentation. The Paella was outstanding. I would drive forty-five minutes to a restaurant to eat it. We had a few appetizers each and then the three of us shared the Paella for two and we were good not stuffed but happy. I would recommend this place. Crowded but very small wait. We made reservations in advance but there was not a line on Friday at 6:30 pm.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food is delicious! Sangria is great! No complaints here!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing food and Sangria!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We ordered way more tapas than we could eat... and then ate them all because they were all so good. Favorites were the scallops and the beef and blue cheese.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Fun, relaxing atmosphere. Delicious tasting menu you can try so many different things. And great service!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food and and overall experience. White Peach Sangria also a hit!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We loved the Tapas Brunch - delicious food and a fun change

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

It was my first time there and it was amazing! I heard about the sangria and it more than lived up to the hype. Looking forward to going back again.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Always great food and service! The waiter was on top of it... Did I mention the food was great!

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Lamb was seasoned well and cooked just right. Spicy potatoes, croquetas, empanada were very tasty.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Great food and service, accomodating to our 1.5 yr old too!

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Amazing as always! Never disappoints

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The food was isn’t what it used to be, some of the recipes seem to have changed. We’ve been coming for years and we’re really looking forward to reminiscing the great flavors since we hadn’t been here in a few years but we were sadly disappointed and probably won’t be returning again.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food great but the chairs on the Patio are so uncomfortable - we had to get done ASAP. They are horrible.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Must try the bacon wrapped dates and the pork paella! The beef empanada was also very good! Will definitely be back soon!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The tapas we choose were all excellent. One of the best things about our experience was our server - Tabitha. Ask to be seated in her area and she will guide you through the menu, check on your progress and ensure that everything is delivered promptly and is to you liking - and she does it all with a smile.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Haven't been here in years and could kick myself for staying away so long. Food was fantastic. Only hitch was we ordered the potato onion omelette and it seemed like FOREVER before it was brought to the table. Our waitperson failed to mention how long it would take for that item. Other than that, everything we ordered - some brunch, some regular - was soooo good. Looking forward to going back real soon.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Plates and drinks came out quickly and the waiter was nice and friendly. Definitely coming back again, but be sure to make reservation a few days in advance as the prime time spots fill up very fast.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

My favorite restaurant. Food is amazing. Sangria is a must.

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