Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5729 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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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.
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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time from the stellar service to the awesome food quality, all was spot on. We ordered bacon wrapped dates, spicy potatoes, garlic shrimp, classic red sangria, short ribs, chicken paella and my favorite was the octopus! Can’t go wrong with any of it. Finally, butterscotch desert was the bomb. Soooo goood!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a good time! Food came out promptly.

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J
Western NC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and the service were impeccable. Those manchego mashed potatoes were dreamy. We made a reservation and only had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. Considering how busy they were, I would say that wasn't too bad. The noise did make it hard to hear each other and our waitress but the delicious food made up for it. Go there! You won't be disappointed!

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B
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe BaBaReeba is our go-to place for consistent, flavorful, Spanish food. So much so, we held our rehearsal dinner here!

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Miami
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Les recomiendo probar las gambas al ajillo, los datiles con tocineta, la crema de auyama con sweet potato es divina, la paella de marisco tambien está buena.
La tortilla española estuvo bien, pero les recomiendo la que preparan en la Mercat ya que es mucho mejor.
Probamos la sangria de passionfruit y la de vino Tinto, ambas muy buenas

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IS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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LW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

great food and service. wish the four of us had more room to try even more than we did. the peach sangria was terrific (though skip the basic red sangria).

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this place. Food was sooo goood!! We had red Sangria and it was great as well. The price is fair! Will be back for sure.

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LB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delicious first dinner in Chicago!

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great at helping to navigate the menu and find items that could be made dairy free. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was great! Definitely a great place to catch up with old friends.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is good but they are busy. Even when you make a reservation you have to wait.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was too overpriced for the quantity and quality. Food was pretty cheap tasting and only came with one-person servings (even though the waitress said they were for 2-3 people). For example, I ordered "empanadas de carne" and it only came with one but costed almost $8. The only thing worth it was the paella because it was good and came with a lot but honestly, you're better off going to a small, family restaurant that serves the same food at a cheaper price and with bigger servings.

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GM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going for over 20 years, never disappoints!

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed there - the food is amazing and the service is great.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I made the reservation for 8 people at 7:00, we then had additional people to join our party and I called and said we would be having 12 the day before. When we all arrived at the restaurant for our reservation at 7:00 we checked in and were greeted with an extremely rude response that told us “because YOU changed your group number you’re going to have to wait at least a half hour”. I was very upset that they first blamed us and then next went on to push our reservation back. I completely understand ya adding people to the reservation may not have been easy however we called more than a day in advance and I was not given any pushback whatsoever when changing the reservation. Not only did we get delayed in sitting down when we went to check they constantly just said “cleaning off your table now”. There was no manager around to speak with and we finally sat down at 7:55 for our 7:00 reservation with no amends or apologies for the horrible service and treatment.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 3 days ago

Good afternoon, We're sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the service you received at the host stand. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so we can have our General Manager get in touch? Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! It gets messy around hostess desk as it gets crowded. Also the writer was a bit too persistent asking to box our leftovers many times.

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AD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service and food. Great space to catch up with friends over sangria.

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had not been there in a long time. I was not disappointed. The food and service was wonderful! Will definitely be back soon!!

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, very fast service. We loved the burrata with tomato toast, the garlic shrimp, and the manchego stuffed mushrooms. There are plenty of vegetarian and seafood options. There was a reception in the room next to us, which made it pretty loud, but it didn't really bother us. Highly recommend!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Experience! Love BaBaReeba

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LG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Top quality in terms of food and service, as usual. My only complaint is we were seated next to an extremely obnoxious group who were alarmingly loud.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, great service. Can’t wait to come back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wide array of gluten free options. Expectional service and food.

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went on a Wednesday night- food came out very quickly and was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every experience at Ba-Ba-Reeba is amazing. The staff knows their product, they’re excited about it. And the food is always exceptional and fun to try!

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BK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always great. The sangria always needs to be stronger, although it is delicious. Service is wonderful but it does get hot inside. It's worth it for the food.

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R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was truly a wonderful experience. Our visiting family were totally impressed with the food and service we received, as was I. Amy, our waitress was friendly and accommodating. Everyone loved the dishes they ordered- we all shared multiple different tapas plates of shrimp, octopus, squid, beef on skewers, marinated beef, etc. SOOOO, delicious. My daughters ordered the Butternut squash soup which the both raved about. We will be back again.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and service!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we order was excellent with exception of the calamari, over fried and too oily as a result.

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. Drinks were great. Price was just a little expensive for how much food you get

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CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The deviled egg was tasteless, the calamari was overcooked.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on April 2, 2019

Dear Carlos, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the menu items 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 we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 2nd visit here. Met my son and his friend here while I was visiting the city. Did not disappoint. Love the sangria and shrim n grits! Deviled eggs are heavenly!!!

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W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of 5 people and got 7 or 8 small plates to sample all types of food. We were satisfied with everything we got except ordering a side of potatoes because they came with multiple other dishes.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great spot, food was great but felt rush by the waitress multiple times

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on April 2, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us 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 we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.

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AH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect, service was great, our waitress was very knowledgeable about menu.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my new favorite places in Chicago! You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I can't wait to go back and try the paella!

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g
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The white peach sangria is where it’s at. We loved all our little plates, but the octopus was the show stopper.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and service is fast. Love the sangrias!!

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DO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with the family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience at this restaurant was amazing. My waitress took great care of me. I’ll definitely come back again.

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