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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St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH good food. loved the tapas, and great for celiacs.

OT
1 review
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great time it was my significant others birthday

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time!! Thank you!

f
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This restaurant is a favorite when friends visit from out of town. The small plates make for a fun dining experience and it's nice to taste so many different dishes. New to us this time were the chicken and chorizo skewer with peppers and horseradish sauce as well as the paella. Two servings of paella for five was more than enough to get a very satisfying serving. We'll keep coming back!

NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Very busy Thursday evening. Had a reservation, seated right away, requested a special table for a birthday occasion but did not receive that but instead were seated in a a tiny area in the bar area cramped and in the aisle way. Service was pleasant and prompt, food was above average.

We chose Cafe for the energy, atmosphere, sharable and vegetarian options, it met those requirements.

TS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Monday and their cocktails were half price (not including the sangria). Every dish we ordered was delicious!

d
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love sharing small plates with friends. Paella was outstanding!

MA
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Reservations for2 at 6pm. Not super busy but was seated at a 4 top next to a door. I made a special request that was a fairly simple delivery request to the table of a package i left earlier in the day and it was on the table when we got there instead of delivered with drinks as requested. Food was good but on par with every other tapas restaurant I've been to. Price fair.

ER
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to mention the service was excellent. The reservation process was outstanding. Did not wait a single minute. I want to thank the host staff for providing fantastic accommodation. The valet parking was fast. The food was very tasty. The desserts were delicious. My wife was very happy.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind words Ernesto, we are so glad you enjoyed your experience here!

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FN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It usually a little cramped in there. However, it is my favorite place in Chicago. Always delicious food and great service.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great value.

CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was really mediocre, nothing about what I ate was memorable or had much flavor. There were many items on the menu, so the variety seemed great, but nothing had exceptional flavor.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on December 9, 2019

Dear Casey M., I'm so sorry to hear of your recent experience here at the restaurant where the flavors were just not up to par. Good food is the backbone of our business so it is disappointing to know that you did not enjoy your meal. 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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PH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Planning rehearsal dinner at the restaurant so had to try food.

MR
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a great server who listened to us and was very attentive. The restaurant also accommodated my ask to have our table of 8 somewhere more private. Was very happy with our time at Ba-Ba.

OT
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were in town for the annual Radiology show. This is my regular Chicago food stop. Came with small group. Great meal, great fun as always!
Thanks

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My daughter loves this place but I didn’t think it was anything special. It was cold food was just ok as was the service. Our busboy was great .

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on December 9, 2019

To whom it may concern, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the food that was cold and the poor service. 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
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive ! Food is amazing as always !

TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
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 on December 2, 2019
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 on December 1, 2019
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 on December 1, 2019
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 on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic

F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great! Gift certificate deal was the best!

AH
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
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