Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5590 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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1 review
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Not only was the food great, but it was very reasonably priced and the staff was incredibly attentive. Would highly recommend.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

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2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! Delicious flavors! Great service and great ambiance. The place is big and was lively even on a Sunday night when we went. Will be back for sure!!

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KE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing! I’ve been coming here for years but haven’t had a chance as much recently since moving further away, but it is worth the drive.

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KH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Great food, great sangria, and great prices!

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AH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The patatas bravas and goat cheese dishes were so tasty. The meatballs, chicken empanadas and shrimp paella were ok. The red and white sangrias were sweet. Our waiter was so attentive.

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RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, always great service.

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LH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome spot for birthday brunch - we loved the Bloody Mary bar, food was delicious and we had an awesome server. Highly recommended!

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J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time back in 5 years and the food was just as amazing as we remembered it. Loved ordering a number of different but small dishes to share. The short rib was delectable, the garlic potatoes potent but delish and the meatballs were tasty. My only regret is I couldn't eat any more, stuffed!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Valentines date night!

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DD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with tons of flavor! You won’t regret it! Make reservations to have a guaranteed seat! They do weddings too!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go-to spot!

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KB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for food and drinks! One of the best if not the best one so far, in Chicago for Spanish Tapas.

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DB
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was a very nice dinner among friends. The tapas are great. Very flavorful and served hot and quick from the kitchen. The service was a little slow from the order taker and had to chase her down to get the check. This is a lively place and loud conversations. We were there for fun so it wasn’t an issue.

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

Always wonderful!

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

Great food and great place!

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TV
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went on 2/15 to celebrate Valentines Day. The food came out at strange intervals and not 1 item came out hot. Luke warm at best. Flavors were delicious ok, nothing special.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were at Cafe Ba-ba for valentine's. The service was good, but the food did not meet our expectations. The lam order was good, but the side salad that came with it had something that looked like a nail that belonged to the person who was cutting that salad. We informed the server and she took it off our tap.

I was hoping a manager could have looked into this to avoid having this happen to other people in the future.

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LD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great but the hostess was extremely rude. They accepted a 10 pm reservation and when we got there the door was locked. We and a bunch of other couples who had a 10 pm reservation had to wait outside and knock on the door a few times to get the attention of the hostess. She then proceeded to yell at all of us for coming late inspite of them calling and asking to come by 9:45 (none of us got any such calls btw). She said “for this one time..”, she would seat us but going forward if we come after the doors are locked, they would not allow us in.

This was the start of our valentines day dinner. The food and the service staff were great though. We may come back in the future for the food

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1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Waited over a half hour with a reservation, comp'd us desserts for it, server okay, typical low key restaurant, bar service sucks, otherwise nothing to complain about besides the wait.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best server I have ever had. She was so nice and had great suggestions. It was my husband's first time at the restaurant and he loved it. Thank you so much for making our Valentine's Day so wonderful! We will certainly be back and hope to see the same server again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day dinner

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to go to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba :)

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always!!

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BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Unfortunately we had a snake of a waiter assigned to us. We came in for happy hour just in time and he was trying to restrict us from getting an additional pitcher of sangria, and gave us the most expensive wine choices when we asked for recommendations. Otherwise, one of my favorite places and food is delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite spot to go to.

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ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. Service was friendly, helpful and efficient.
The food was very delicious. We will return.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been here many times. Favorite restaurant in Chicago.

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JR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the Paella and the Octopus. Cut up the octopus, mix it with the Paella. Also, get the sangria.

You're welcome.

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AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great and everything tasted really good!

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DK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun place to enjoy tapas! Great sangria! The recommended items on the menu were wonderful! We were there on a Sunday night 6 pm so wasn’t noisy. We will return

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Food was perfect, will be back again.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Always difficult to find a well rounded gluten free menu but this place does it. Drinks were just as good.

Will definitely be back. Only downside; so good it’s always busy and super packed. Making a reservation is the way to go especially on the weekends.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very nice and the food was excellent. Pretty decent value considering how much we ordered!

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The hostesses were beyond kind in helping us. We knew we'd be a little late for our Open Table time slot because we were coming after a play, so we stopped in before, and a hostess added 15 minutes.
The play ended a little late, so we were a little late, but were seated right away. I thanked the hostess on our way out, and she so very gracious.
Our server was excellent also.
I would have liked the order of our food served slightly differently, but it was really tasty!

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FM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food just ok tasting in comparison to other. Tapas restaurants

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N
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always!!

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AB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very accommodating because we had two more extra guests than expected

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