Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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N
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is tasty as ever! Quick service too! You should definitely try the spicy potatoes... which mine were spicier.

JF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service. Some food slammed out fast. Then a 30 minute wait for other order. A bad fast food joint with zero ambiance.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 2 days ago

Dear JFNGlobal, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us. Our management team wants to acknowledge your feedback and make sure your next experience with us is nothing less than memorable. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your time; thank you. - Teresa M.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as always. Love this place.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Family event and we ordered tapas which met everyones preferences and all the food and service were great

CV
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my parents here when they were in town for the weekend and it was absolutely perfect. We loved everything we ordered and our server was wonderful.

CG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was fantastic and the prices are reasonable. I came here to celebrate my 25th birthday with a group of 8 people. Making reservations with Open Table made it much easier to accommodate all of us. We had a wonderful time.

KE
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a MUST go to. I have been here 10+ times and every single time it is amazing. If you are not from Chicago, please visit here. It is so tasty, there is something for everyone and you must get sangria! Enjoy!

RL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve always enjoyed this place in small groups and was a little unsure about booking a table for a large group at a tapas spot but it was perfect. Great service, great food as always.

BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this restaurant. The manager gave us a free dessert because we were seated after our reservation time. I had put in a note about needing a gluten free menu and they actually gave us one. Most restaurants don't read the Open Table notes and I have to ask in person for the special menu.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delicious meal and a fun, but classy vibe. It wasn't my first time there, but I'm glad I came back. Definitely a nice place :)

JC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and drinks are great. But it’s really a little too loud in the restaurant. I and my date can’t barely each other.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, overall great experience! Will definitely be back again soon!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to get together, with great food, service, and ambiance

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We had the sprouts salad, which was amazing..the garlic shrimp...definitely ask for the extra bread..the octopus which was a total surprise..so soft and well prepared...and to close the night we had the paella with sea food..it was so much that we took some home and we will have it for lunch :) will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner date! Our waiter was great and the food was even better :)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great customer service!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Mediocre food. Felt rushed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We have been going to Cafe Babareba for years. Some things changed a little and weren’t the best but it might have just been an “off” night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Freezing cold in table by window. We were the only table in the entire place at 4:30p and could have been better accommodated.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great!

DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Chicago

JO
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and amazing as always

DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus was the best I've ever had. Would strongly suggest trying.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m in vacation from Miami great food!! Love the ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had a wonderful time and the meal was absolutely delicious. Best paella I've ever had.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!

LP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was especially delicious. I took two friends who had never been to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba before, and they both loved everything!

H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great food...ok service. First time there and we had a terrible table...right outside the men's bathroom! Absolutely horrible!!!

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on January 6, 2020

Dear valued guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the table you were seated at. 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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S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Years Day Pajama Brunch. Our reservation was for 3:15 (the only time available) and we arrived at 3:05 and were seated at 3:20. Host warned us that at 3:30, they switch to dinner so if we wanted brunch, we had to order before 3:30. Ok fine. Our server took our order but was replaced by another server. At the end, he said the “brunch special” (gift card equal to the bill) ended at 3:00 and we were not eligible. The Manager over rode this and we got the gift card but next year, Open Table should warn patrons that if your reserve is for 3:15 instead of 3:00, the special does not apply. Thanks to the Manager who cared about us and our return business. Happy New Year, what a FUN idea the PJ Brunch.

Y
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere here.
We were a bit disappointed with the garlic shrimp, as the butter / oil sauce had garlic, but the shrimp itself lacked much flavor. Recall it being tastier on previous visits.

Love the variety of choices, and always enjoy returning for some favorites.

N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is the most consistently satisfying restaurant in Chicago. The food is always delicious and same in taste. The classic red sangria is authentic and refreshing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Been coming here for about a decade. Had a bad experience on Jan 1st. Not recommended. Other options in the area.

LK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba was outstanding! We had the best time. The food was wonderful and our server was incredible! Thanks for being the last best meal of the decade we could’ve asked for.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Great way to celebrate NYE!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year Celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food! Only complaint was that our server brought me the wrong drink. I told her and asked for the one I ordered but she never brought it and kept the wrong drink on the bill.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on January 3, 2020

I'm so 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 we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.