Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
7313 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Cancellation policy:
For parties of 5+ you need to cancel by 9am on the day of your reservation, otherwise it is a $25 fee. For smaller parties, please give us one hour in advance, in the event of a last minute cancellation or no show it is a $25 fee.

Located in Lincoln Park, the All-Season Courtyard and Dining Rooms at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! are open with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System.
Your health is our top priority in all that we do. Steps we are taking: disposable and digital menus, continuous sanitation procedures & hand washing.
To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees during this time, we have set in place new dining standards:
-Guests & staff are asked to wear masks if not fully vaccinated
- Please note reservations are limited to 1hr 30min for parties less than 6 guests. Larger parties will have 2 hours to dine
To learn more about what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our guests, visit leye.com/coronavirus.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 7313 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Karen
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and reasonably priced, waiter was great and helpful. Highly recommend.

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CarlyR
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar food, service, and ambiance! Easily the best place we dined out at in Chicago on our trip!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family dinner for eight of us celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Staff were all super attentive and food was amazing!

PK
vipPaulK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun ambience, nice service and delicious food. Was a great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating a new job

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Beth
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a good place, always our go to with friends / family in town.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing, everything we tried was delicious. Our party highly recommends the beef empanada!

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EmyT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!!! Thank you :)

EL
EmmaL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a crowd-pleaser! Came here on a casual work dinner and it was a lovely night. We had patatas bravas (must order), bacon wrapped dates, grilled octopus (tender and so delicious), chicken and chorizo skewers and the seasonal mango sangria. I don't find their sangria to have much alcohol in it but I've never had a bad meal or time here. Great for so many occasions and we saw a ton of groups in. Servers are also top-notch.

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David
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was AMAZING! We would've given Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba 5 stars, however, they were out of glassware for our sangria upon arrival and we ended up getting some of our tapas dishes before our sangria arrived. This threw us for a bit of a loop but all in all the meal was worth it. They also didn't have our table ready at the time of reservation and we had to wait ~15 minutes.

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Tazo
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, Great service, I will recommend this place to all my friends.
Chorizo tasted little old

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RyanL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing 11/10 would recommend to anyone

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Drew was phenomenal as always!

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AlexandraR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. FANTASTIC staff. (Thank you Rachel!) Best Spanish food I've had since living in Spain. HIGHLY recommend.

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LysandraB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the happy hour tapas menu! A good time with friends after work. The sangria is a must! Looking forward to my next visit there already…

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great on all facets. First table we were seated at was freezing but the staff moved us to a warmer table by the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! It’s one of my favorites. The goat cheese, patatas bravas, stuffed mushrooms, burrata toast and crystal bread are our go tos. We also enjoyed the veggie paella. The white peach and mango sangrias were delicious. We are so thankful for the birthday dessert (flan and a fudge dish); it was delicious! Highly recommend.

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Dans
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Chicago, and I've been to a lot of restaurants.

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RamsayS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service felt a little rushed. Food was good, wish they had paper menu’s.

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DebF
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never, never disappoints! We
Were seated right away having made reservations ahead. Food was great, we had ham croquettes, goat cheese bruschetta , empanada, white sangria… fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was great and the service was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

We were told at 4:20 we were too early for our 5pm reservation and to wait at the bar. Bartender was convivial and service was great. We ordered pinxtos and were served promptly. Our table was ready and we closed out and the bartender made sure our second pinxto was personally delivered. Arrived at the table. Not sure why we were put in the children’s section. It was wildly loud, what with the children screaming, and the vibe sucked. Our server was wonderful however and we felt bad taking most of our food to go, but it was really a buzzkill to be surrounded by screaming children as a 2 top at a 4 top table that necessitated being same side booth sitters (which is embarrassing and weird and I hate). Food was good, drinks were fine, hosts could use some fine tuning for determining where to put tables, I understand if using a rotation it makes sense but it sucked for us

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Heater40er
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, great for any occasion and group. Excellent food and plenty of options to choose from.

KM
vipKasiaM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The service was poor. Our waiter did not know any Spanish names of the dishes. And he did not seem to need to learn them when asked. We wanted to sit on the covered patio but were told the tables are all booked. There were several open tables there when we came and still some open when we left. Besides the service the food was good and the place has a nice ambiance.

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Chantal
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

They serve sangria in many different flavors. We got the seasonal special--mango sangria, and pork and chicken paella. The food is yummy. The only shady thing is that they add 3% transaction fee to your bill, without reminding you, other than a fine print on the menu.

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BrendaG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to the great meal and service I'd like to send a special 'thank you'. Someone in our party forgot their purse at the table and within ten minutes I received a call telling me we could pick it up at the hostess desk. That was really a nice surprise and much appreciated. THANK YOU CBBR!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very loud today but food was terrific.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and service! We loved the tapas idea and both shared the chicken and pork shoulder paella - it was to die for!! We are already planning our next trip back

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Mishie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic in every way. All 4 of us had a great time.

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Chicagogrl18
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great paella and sangrias, service was great as well.

KS
KateyS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food presentation, exquisite flavors, and large shareable dishes. Service was a bit unimpressive- we felt like the server was simply there to take our orders and get us out the door. We were seated at a strange table directly next to a bar where servers picked up food. Ambiance was a bit off because of that factor, but the overall vibe of the restaurant was great. I’d come back again but ask for a more private table.

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Ig123
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and atmosphere. Vegetable paella is amazing and can be made vegan.

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vipJohnZ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a class of its own. The most original tapas and pinxtos you can find outside of Spain. It does not get any better than this.

JC
vipJCA1
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is worth all the hype. The food is delicious and service is great. Everything we tried we LOVED!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unbelievable!!! BLOWN AWAY STILL!!! Best restaurant ever! We will be back soon!

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JenP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Exceptional service and phenomenal food, as always! Highly recommend.

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Cate
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba with some friends to catch up and everyone loved it! There are tons of food options so everyone can find something that they like, and the drinks are incredible as well.

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JohnH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time , food was excellent service was great

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vipKelseyF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always enjoyed the food here, but came specifically for the Happy Hour and it was such a deal! I will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect like always! A must go!!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba using the Order Online button. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 935-5000.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is rated 4.8 stars by 7313 OpenTable diners.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.leye.com/gift-cards/?utm_source=opentable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=holiday%202020&utm_content=cbbr%20confirmation%20email.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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