Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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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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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Average quality. Kitchen is a bit dirty. Some items came hot as you would hope some came in cold.

AF
Nashville
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is a staple, go-to restaurant for my boyfriend and I - it is good every single time we dine there.

MS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Consistently good! Went with a group of 7 and everyone was delighted with the options and the food. Service was Wonderful!

MV
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Food is always delicious, the service is on point, and the wine selection is wonderful.

KR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in Chicago. Great food, great service, and beautifully decorated!

DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!
Great food drinks and fun!
Love tapas
Great shrimp tapas and scallop tapas

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great! Gift certificate deal was the best!

AH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was good. Dates and chorizo was excellent as were the jamon croquettes Waiter was efficient.

OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely experience. Get the spicy potatoes.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. All food came out quickly and was delicious. We had the calamari, buttermilk chicken, and spicy potatoes, and paella mixto. On a Tuesday night, we had reservations for 6pm and the restaurant was mostly empty. By 7pm or so the restaurant was completely full.

AW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as usual, delicious and nothing less!

F
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve patronized this restaurant since the 1980s. As good as ever, across the board. If you can’t find something you like on this menu, you’re probably not hungry!

a
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Some of the best small plates I have had. Great atmosphere had great company and and would recommend this place to go with friends or great for date night

KT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always. We always try to do a family dinner here when everyone is in town.

KD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our waitress was very easy to deal with and was very patient with us. We enjoyed the food very much! My only complaint was the place was relatively empty when we arrived and the first place the hostess seated us was against the wall in a dark corner, so I asked to be moved to the larger dining area, which was better lit and more spacious.

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch options all served Tapas style - we will be back!

SS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was perfect for brunch , I loved their platter option , my mom also loved it . Only complain of sorts is their drinks wasn’t cheaper for brunch . Service was excellent :)

SL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went with a large party for a birthday. Seated a little before reservation (definitely make a reservation, particularly on the weekend) in a cute quieter room in the back which made it easier to chat with my party. Food was delicious! Not one dish we didn’t enjoy although some were a little smaller than others which made sharing a bit difficult. Our waiter was helpful gauging how much we needed so everyone was satiated. The house sangria was very good and seafood paella tasty. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and we will definitely return.

GP
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the full package! great food drinks service lots of conversation - a chicago neighborhood gem!

NO
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Tapas style food- great for trying a little bit of everything. Highly recommend the Wagyu beef and deviled eggs.

K
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drink options and friendly service. Love this place!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing like always. My friend had never been to Cafe Ba ba Reeba and he said it was one of the best meals he had ever had.

JV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite place to done with friends.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a while since we’d visited but as always it was outstanding.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was cold and they never compensated for it. Terrbible service!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wine, and cocktails. Great overall ambience! We will be back, yet again.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite tapas restaurant in US!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite!!

NR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The quality has gone down a bit over the years, but is still redeemable.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on November 20, 2019

Dear Nickolas, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the meal 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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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience all around (food, options drinks, ambiance, service, etc.). Highly recommended!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They sat us in the back room to the right and it wasn’t as good as the other rooms we’ve previously been in, which is why the 4 stars. The room felt enclosed.

L
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba used to be solid. We were excited to dine at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba last night. We left disappointed. Food came out cold. We ordered 4 dishes and it took awhile for each items to come out. Quality, taste, and temperature of the food was poor.

EP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing and would definitely recommend a pitcher of sangria. We lost our server a few times, but food came quickly, so no complaints. Will definitely be back!

R
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Amazing tapas and great service! The sangria is delicious. My family enjoyed the experience. The paella is delicious as well.

JD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried some of the new winter menu, so good and had some old favorites too. Lovely evening!

G
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good; service was fair; valet parking was non-existent.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on November 14, 2019

Dear Gwenevieve, Thank you for coming in and we appreciate hearing both the positive and negative aspects of your visit. I'm so sorry to hear that the valet and service staff fell short of our expectations. We strive for excellence with every guest visit but, unfortunately, sometimes we 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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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff was very kind and prompt. Gabe was our server and he was wonderful. Food was really fresh and flavorful. Good portions for a tappas restaurant. Really liked the atmosphere and decor.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on November 12, 2019

I am so glad to hear your experience was so wonderful! I will be sure to share with Gabe the positive feedback and we hope to see you soon!

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