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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LilianaC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and food quality. Not as authentic as expected.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Smelled like sewage in there.

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scoop
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and the food and sangrias were great! Even my picky friends loved it.

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DelphineL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a really pleasant night and the food was really good

KP
vipKPMI
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening out to celebrate my nephew's birthday. Excellent service!

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MargaretB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my 6 month anniversary with my boyfriend and it was an amazing experience! Highly recommend for a nice night out. Best things were the spicy potatoes and the calamari!

MC
MariaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ba Ba Reeba! Always order paella and sangria!! Amazing! Only thing I would say, improve on the flan recipe. It wasn’t at the level of the rest of the food.

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vipZenchant
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun place to go! Beef empanada was a wonderful starter. Best dish was the grilled squid - sweet and tender. The anchovy toast was very interesting - didn’t have the overly fishy taste. The rack of lamb was the only disappointment - leaning on the bland side.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

Dear Zenchant, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of our signature dishes 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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LaurenC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My family and I LOVED the food at this restaurant. Highly recommend the hanger steak, lamb, scallops, and brussel sprout salad. We were wowed by it all! The only thing we weren't a fan of was the noise level in the bar area. We made a reservation and anticipated being seated in one of the main dining rooms. Not a huge deal but it definitely made conversation difficult! We will be back!

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

Dear Lauren, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the area you were seated. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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vipBarbaraB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kevin was a superb server--he was friendly and warm, informative and efficient. We enjoyed dinner and, while the food was great, the server made it even better.

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vipJamesD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Don't ever go early for your reservation. They make you wait until almost the exact time, even though when I walked around to use the restroom and saw open tables where my group of two could have been seated. Most annoying. Still would recommend because overall the place is great.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

Dear James, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the time you were seated. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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MeghanB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! The food was great and service was good. Always a good time!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED! Went twice in one week for dinner. Goat cheese is a must and the scallops. Butterscotch dessert is life.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The manager was very accommodating for our group when we made changes.

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Deenip
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates were super delicious. My fav was the brussel sprout salad and bacon wrapped dates. Sangria is also a must! Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is the perfect date spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here - food is delicious, and price point is better than area restaurants for getting to try so many dishes. Mojitos was as good as the ones in Barcelona! Kind, attentive staff

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LaurenA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus a la Plancha was phenomenal. Cooked to perfection

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a much needed date night

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun date night! Loved the experience ordering tapas! So fun having the small plates come out in intervals. And the food was DELICIOUS. Must go back

AJ
AlisonJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always fantastic!

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vipJuanpablo
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the bar area for brunch. Bartender was great and the food came out fast

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ValerieH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down best tapas I've ever had. Cozy, warm environment and food that will leave your taste buds speechless. This is my new favorite restaurant!

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely recommend. 10/10 one if the best eateries in Chicago if Spanish tapas is your thing. It's an experience more so than just going out to eat. I can't wait to go back.

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Coachjr1
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I along with another couple were at Babareeba for the first time in years. And it's still a raucous as ever on a Saturday night. But the food and service were great. We'll be back.

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Nomnomnom
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tapas restaurant! Sangria is great. Desserts are small but but tasty. The burrata toast was heavenly.

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Ilovewine
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had written my wrong phone number so when our table was ready I obviously missed the text...when I went to the hostess they immediately sat me even though totally my fault! Could not have been more understanding!! Always the best meal 😊

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience

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vipLLLM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A new favorite for tapas! Portions are larger than most restaurants. Garlic potato salad was so delicious!

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RoyG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excelent food, quality products and great service. We will definitely going back there. Thanks

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Millie
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always come back to this restaurant. My order included beef empanada, goat cheese baked in tomato sauce, beef carpaccio, seared scallop and more... Blueberry sangria was so good

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2 birthdays. Paella was great

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Willow
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and i celebrated our anniversary this past weekend. Our waiter was great, food and sangria were delicious! I’ve been coming to cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for years and can’t wait to return!

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AmiHoBav
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, incredible service & food. I always recommend this restaurant to friends and family!

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SteveD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good. Just was extremely loud. Even the waitress had hard tile hearing us

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vipMarwoo
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch! Love a brunch spot where I can order food I wouldn't be able to make myself. Delish! Love the red Sangria.

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AdamS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba never disappoints. I wish the escargot dish was still on the menu, but other standard favorites will make do. The special steak with manchego mashed potatoes was outstanding!

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BrennaB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner, quick and perfect! We love this restaurant.

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vipbabagourmet
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Happy Hour deals are fantastic and service is prompt, friendly, and with a smile!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sangria, spicy potatoes, sweet potato soup, meatballs.... yum yum will highly recommended.

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Paella
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Though the server hostess was polite and the server Tim was great... the food was subpar. Eating in different restaurants around the world I have tasted a variety of foods.

The Paella was dry and tasteless. The price point for the majority of food was high based on the size and quantity of the plates.

Ambiance was too dark, the metal chairs did not complement sitting there waiting 30 mins for food.

All in all, some may enjoy but not us.

Cheers.

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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, 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 6435 OpenTable diners.

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