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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

GS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect anniversary date night! Thanks Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

b
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Been around decades and still good food, fun and atmosphere.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had 10 different dishes at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and they were all delicious! My favorite was the grilled octopus. I highly recommend this restaurant; it's also great for bigger groups.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food! The sangrias are a MUST HAVE, I highly recommend this place!

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The brunch food here is absolutely fantastic. Everything we tried was delicious and great quality for the price.

SK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and the food was even better! I will definitely be coming here over and over again! We had an 8:00 reservation but were seated at 8:30 because they were running behind but we didn’t mind the wait at all because the atmosphere was so fun and they even took off some of our bill for the wait which was awesome! LOVED this place.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good and reasonably priced food. Great server and good ambience. Thanks to OpenTable that we don’t have to wait for long...

KI
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our family had a great time. The food was very good, and the service friendly and helpful. There’s a reason this place has been around so long - everybody is happy, accommodating, and the menu offerings allow lots of choices. Definitely recommend

KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Erin was phenomenal. Friendly and informative, particularly when it came to navigating dietary restrictions. Assistants were great with refilling waters and clearing space. Food was tasty too!

K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience coming here! My boyfriend and I ordered one tapa at a time to enjoy it as long as possible. Excellent service & never disappointing. I recommend to anyone and everyone!

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was only okay.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded 4 days ago

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch is phenomenal. What a deal, potatoes bravas changed my life.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day date

LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delish and the sangria was a fast favorite. Highly recommend!

AA
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had to wait over 20 minutes past our reservation time for a table which was annoying. A heads up that they were running very behind would have been nice otherwise we wouldn’t have rushed to get an Uber to get there on time. The food overall was just ok. There are better tapas in the city.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Super quick and prompt service which is awesome

SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ba-ba-Reeba is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago and once again, it did not disappoint. The food and service are wonderful. I'll definitely be back soon.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

VV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambience was amazing! Our waiter, Chris was super nice too. I'd recommend this place and would definitely go back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and nice people

RK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I think the food is special. It is a little crowded, and service is hard to satisfy our demand instantly, but after all it is in the restaurant week.

GG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere ! Food choices were fun and interesting .

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a fun birthday! Great food and great service!

ER
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the tapas and sangrias, a place the entire family loves!

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Would recommend to a friend & go again for brunch

RS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch, and the bloody mary bar was excellent (even though we opted for virgin bloodies)! Brunch tapas were delicious as well, we loved the citrus french toast with goat cheese, shrimp and grits, and all the others! Chicago restaurant week menu was a great deal.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great value

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner and restaurant week!
Food was great. Service was quick but we never felt rushed. It was wonderful to have a slice of birthday brought out for the birthday girl - I booked via open table and mentioned it was for a birthday so we were happily surprised! Wonderful dinner. We would all love to come back again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great restaurant to go to, especially with friends and when trying to explore new foods. The service is always incredible when I go.

N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba many times and it never disappoints! Food is delicious! Sangria is the best! Our server was great!

TG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m always happy with this place. Food is always on point and so is the customer service. I’m always leaving full and 😃

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and filling

MM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy our brunches at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. It’s fun choosing different tapas all the time. They have some very unique and delicious dishes. The service and food is always excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch as always!

SE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was delicious, the noise level was a bit obnoxious though. Service was good but could have been better.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time there. Waitress we had was honestly the best waitress I’ve ever had in my