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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JV
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite place to done with friends.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exquisite!!

NR
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded a day ago

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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food.

DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite Lincoln Park restaurants for causal Tapas dining.

KW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the environment was welcoming and friendly! I would definitely go back.

L
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place is great, it's a bit "Americanized" Spanish food but it's still delicious.

Just as an example, and maybe I missed it, but I really had just wanted the Catalan Tomato bread, but each time it was served with Burrata or some other cheese, which made it more expensive...I just wanted the bread which is what they do in Spain.

That's super picky though, other than that everything was delicious and I would definitely go back!

P
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose to hit Chicago for a baby moon weekend. This place came highly recommended from a friend of ours. The food is absolutely fantastic. We’ve had Spanish tapas in a couple of cities and this is right up there with the best. Make sure to try the croquettes and the scallops. Our waiter was super knowledge and definitely made some great suggestions. It was busy so I definitely recommend reservations.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for being such great hosts! The food & the service are as always absolutely amazing!! We are grateful for such a great place to celebrate the moments in life!!! <3

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Tables are close together, rude lady sitting next to us. Our table was split for two parties. Some food never came out.

The food is delicious and great place to meet with friends!

GG
Sonora
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food was outstanding and they were very knowledgeable and accommodating with gluten free food (even bringing me GF bread). I will be returning.

DM
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Look this restaurant and their food. The service was fabulous even though it was very busy. It is loud, but energetic and fun.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat a little after our reservation time and they gave us a free app and dessert, great service

JB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba when she visited for the weekend and we both loved it. It was both of our first times and everything was perfect from the ambiance to the sangria to our waiter. I definitely recommend trying this place! I will be back :)

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food with so much variety on the menu!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday with my daughter. Great food: paella, date tapas, jamón serrano and meatballs!

AF
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Absolutely would recommend to a friend! Great food and good ambiance.

GS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an awesome seasonal sangria involving apple cinnamon spice. It was delicious! I ate a mixture of brunch and dinner tapas including the spinach crepe and octopus. Again, all delicious! It was comfortable for our large group of 7. It was a lively and comfortable atmosphere where we felt we could take our time and enjoy each other's company.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it - everything was delicious. Was there for Saturday brunch. Wish I liked Bloody Mary's as the bar looked terrific. Had the Sangria of the day - superb! Definitely need to go back for dinner soon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! We got married this morning and then went to lunch here with our mothers, they gave us complimentary champagne and dessert!

KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot, always a great spot

GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was incredibly slow - so slow we had to take our favorite dishes to go as they came out 45 mins after ordering them. also, 2 of the 3 kids menus came out within 10 mins and my 2 year old sons came out 30 mins later - so what happened, he didn't want to eat it as he was so upset waiting for his meal and had wanted to eat with the rest of the kids.

a
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, prices were all great - around $20 to $30 per person, +$10 to $15 if you get a drink. The waiter recommended 2 plates per person, which was exactly enough. The bacon wrapped dates are a must

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Can't recommend enough! We love coming here for tapas and paella!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always the best food and drink --------------------------------------------------------------

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is my 5th time here and it surprisingly was a disappointment. We had plenty of different dishes, however the paella (what I was really looking forward to) was underwhelming. We got the paella mixta and the vegetable paella, however both were like warm when they came out and both missed paella’s signature characteristic, the crispy bits of rice. My wife and I will be looking for another tapas place now to get our paella fix in.

RI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very loud, great food, good service- forgot one of our tapas but gave it to us for free.

SN
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite Lettuce restaurants. We had a couple of new tapas (in addition to the old standbys). This included wagyu carpaccio and scallops on a half shell. Yum!

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