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

Always reliable and always crowded this is an outstanding tapas restaurant. We have always had excellent meals and and equally excellent service.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 6 hours ago

Thank you Robert! We appreciate hearing that you had an excellent experience and we look forward to seeing you again sometime soon. Thanks again!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as good as it was in the past. I would pass on the Seafood paella, the calamari as burnt and rubbery the muscles were a bit fishy and there were like 3 pieces of shrimp. The rice lacked seasoning. The spicy potatoes and goat cheese still don’t disappoint. The octopus tapa was good. The bacon on the bacon wrapped dates was really tough and think I remember it being thin, crispy and flavorful, which was no longer the case. The passion fruit and peach sangria were on point.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 6 hours ago

To whom it may concern, I'm very sorry to hear of your recent experience with us. It sounds like we definitely did not meet the expectations that we set for ourselves, especially in regards to the tapas and paella that we served. 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chorizo wrapped dates were amazing, lovely service

AC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very decent food, variety of options; Good service and great place for parties or special occasions.

JM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I was so excited for Paella here but you know what people says.. don't follow the hype. When we arrived the menu offered to us didn't include a Paella section and the waiter (or the person who assign the tables below the front desk) was reluctant to give us one. After we got one we ordered the Paella with Seafood. It was good and warm, but my expectations were so high based on other people's comments that it went below the bar. Go there for a spanish taste but take it as a normal lunch.

LL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Our party arrived half and hour early but they were able to seat us right away. Our tapas came out so quickly and we couldn't resist trying 3 different desserts! Get the flan, chocolate truffle cake and the banana/pistachio combo - you will not regret it. The stuffed mushrooms and also the garlic shrimp is a must order.

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

Food was amazing! Love their sangria especially.

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

Always have great food, the service was quick and excellent

KL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere and amazing food! Server guided us on how to order tapas and didn’t pressure us to order to much. 2 taps per person is perfect!

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

Thank u for another amazing dining experience. We really loved the squid-ink paella!

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch at this restaurant is a celebration. The food is delicious, the wine is wonderful and the service is excellent. This was the best meal I had in Chicago. The menu is huge with a wide selection of tapas that are simply divine. Our server's recommendations on what to order was right on the mark. First, the Cafe had the best brussel sprout salad I've ever put in my mouth. Likewise, the shrimp was was cooked to perfection and delicious--as were the spicy potatoes and hangar steak. My advice--don't eat anything before going to this gem and then eat as much as your belly can hold. You won't be disappointed and your taste buds will remember the unique flavors of the food long after the meal is over.

CM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and fantastic!!

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

Came here for our anniversary and they treated us so nice. The food was delicious and their sangria was amazing! I would highly recommend

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

Wonderful experience. Consistent as it gets. Better tapas and paella than actual Spain.

A
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food

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

Great food, but seems understaffed

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

Always have a great time here. The food was great and the wine recommendation was on point.

TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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

We love cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba !!!

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

The food and service were amazing! Great place to go with friends and family!

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

Love everything about Cafe Ba ba Reba

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and ambiance! They were out of oat milk for coffee at noon.

KM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast tapas and sangria.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great service.

OE
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We thought the food was fairly uninspired. There were a number good house specialties, otherwise we were disappointed. The service was slow, and our server disappeared for extended periods. Possibly they were understaffed. This place has been in Chicago forever, and we had looked forward to trying it. Have been to many tapas places, including a great one in Naperville. This was a disappointment.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Been there many times and will be back per usual!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Keep up the excellent work

GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming here for years. One of my favorite places in Chicago.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing per usual!!

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RT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a superb meal at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. Every dish is thoughtfully crafted. The menu offers so many excellent choices. Favorites include the Iberico pork, Spinach & Manchego-Stuffed Mushrooms, Buttermilk-Fried Chicken Thighs with Piri-Piri Sauce (we usually order that one twice), and the Garlic Potato Salad. It's our favorite place to meet friends. It's great fun trying so many different bites in a meal. Fantastic service too! Everything is always on point here!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is so consistent and that’s what’s great about it. The food is exactly as good as I remember it being the last 3 times I’ve been there. Half priced wine on a Tuesday was a great addition.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was good! Love this place, will be back again

BW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good as always.

d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved our waitstaff and tapas. great all around - would definitely return

w
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

A must in Chicago. Great neighborhood and the food is spectacular.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience every time!

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to take family that's in town visiting or even a date. I think this is an excellent spot to try new foods and have some of their delicious sangria. Even better is you can actually make a reservation, just might have to be in advance - worth it!

OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best paella in town. Reliably delicious and properly prepared.

AF
Nashville
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The chicken curry was delicious. We always get a pitcher of sangria and have the best time!

FP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic tapas--some authentic, some more
Americanized. Extensive drink list with some good Spanish wines. Really a place to recommend to your friends for a laid back, casual dinner with small plates to share--or not, since the tastes and flavors are so distinctive that you may wish to jealously keep your selection for yourself.

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