Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5427 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Private dining
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
Eric Jorgensen
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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.
Additional
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
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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Christmas Eve Dinner is synonymous with sharing laughs, memories and plates – so why not do it with us! Lincoln Park’s premier dinner spot is open this Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24) from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Choose from more than 35 shareable tapas to customize your own holiday dinner!

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

On December 31 from 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM, we’ll be hosting partygoers for their final meal of 2018! Choose from more than 35 shareable tapas to customize your own holiday dinner, but save some room for our signature paella served tableside. Our Happy Hour will be going strong from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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 5427 People Are Saying
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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good, service could’ve been better. Also, some portions were just too small.

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

Kind of a last minute addition to our trip - it was a great stop. The cava sangria was probably the best sangria I've ever had. We shared 6 plates between the 3 of us for lunch, which was just enough. Server was on top of things and very upbeat. Food was excellent. Only bad thing was lighting - downward spotlight above our table was SO bright that we couldn't look up at waiter without shielding our eyes. Otherwise it was wonderful.

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus was to die for. I highly recommend this place great food, service and ambiance and some of the best tapas we’ve had. Will def be back soon!

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PP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love their chicken paella. Great Tapas options for everyone

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love this place...so much so, that I decided to celebrate my birthday here with my family this year (also a good place to bring people who are visiting from out-of-town). The cocktails and sangria are spot-on, the paella is always amazing, and I cannot get enough of the seafood tapas! Also, the Christmas decorations are so cute. We had such a good time :)

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N
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Currently Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is all dressed up for the holidays and it was a festive brunch we had. I can't get enough of the tortilla espanola and the waffle battered chicken!

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EP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was perfect for my boyfriend’s birthday. The food was phenomenal.

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MD
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Great food and service but the temperature in the restaurant was so hot it was almost unbearable.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service and server were amazing. Food and Sangria were superb

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here after seeing a show at Steppenwolf & had a lovely time. Had a hard time getting ahold of our waiter sometimes but the food was great & the atmosphere was nice.

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TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a fun spot for a date or dinner with friends. The service was amazing and the food was even better!

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C
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!! loved the paella, spicy potatoes, and manchego stuffed mushrooms. Sangria pitchers are a great deal.

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D
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba has, over time , become a Lincoln Park institution; a fun, lively place for an evening of dining experimentation or just good food. Tapas, the Spanish style of sharing small plates of unique food, is the reason to come here. It's fun, tasty, and surprising. If you've never eaten here it's a must try.

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SS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it every time we visit. Great food, great service and you get a warm friendly cozy feeling whenever you dine there.
Tip: Make a reservation because it really really gets busy

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SG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, but I wish they brought all the tapas out at the same time.

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Q
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite of mine. I've been for birthdays, date-night, bachelorette party, and a group dinner and it's always been wonderful. Make sure you make your reservation in advance! (ask for Daniel - he's the best server they have)

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RG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and have been going there for about 15 years. The food is always delicious and the service is phenomenal.

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DS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Don't forget the bacon wrapped dates!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jess our server was absolutely amazing. We can’t say enough good things about her. We were well taken care of and felt at home and as if we had known her for years. The food was of course amazing as usual but Jess made this night better than any other time we’ve been there.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food ok but level of noise and no of people made the meal a bit problematic

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e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our son turn 18 wanted to have him experience different meals and ambiance. He was delighted with the options and enjoyed family time.

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting the restaurant. Everything we had was served promptly and was delicious. We definitely come back.

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RS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Disapointed with the food. Great service. Reasonable prices. Good sangria.

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F
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have celiac disease and they have a ton of gluten free options that are very good.
Have come here with friends and on dates before, great spot for both.
Tapas so you can eat light and prices are pretty reasonable overall.

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J
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as usual and our server Maggie was outstanding. We got the table behind the host stand and it worked out perfectly because it’s tucked away and quieter than most all other tables in the restaurant.

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GV
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. I especially like garlic prawns.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and aws

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T
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived and only waited 5 minutes to get our table. The staff are so friendly. The only reason I did not give 5 star rating because our server was a bit overwhelmed and we had to wait awhile for drink refills. But the food was timed well and was so very good. The temperature was perfect. We really enjoyed our evening

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EL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas & drinks!! We had an amazing time, and will definitely be back again.

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L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool place to try new foods

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DC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a special occasion so decided to go to this restaurant. It was a great pick because you can try many foods since the tapas plates are a reasonable size and price, and it's a great new restaurant to show people in the Lincoln Park area! Also, fantastic sangria!

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful Tapas Choices, Delicious Sangria, & Staff Delivery of Excellent Suggestions & Service!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice in Chicago. Nothing better

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J
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent an entire half of the year living and traveling through Spain, and these are best patatas bravas I’ve ever had! Loved everything we ordered. Came for my birthday, definitely coming back again. Better than café ibérico!

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is always my go to restaurant when I have guests in town and it never disappoints! The food is always amazing and the staff is excellent and always ready to help you navigate the menu. I could eat the spicy potatoes for every meal for the rest of my life and be okay with it.

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AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful menu with friendly servers and delicious food. Try the bacon wrapped dates and stuffed mushrooms!

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S
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The atmosphere is dark and old

Food is mediocre at best
Better Tapas to be found

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is always great here, have a good variety to try... Bread is excellent

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food is amazing ! Our server Chris was so friendly and was super helpful.

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Noise level very high. Having a conversation difficult. Service excellent.

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