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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BP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delicious meal and a fun, but classy vibe. It wasn't my first time there, but I'm glad I came back. Definitely a nice place :)

JC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and drinks are great. But it’s really a little too loud in the restaurant. I and my date can’t barely each other.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, overall great experience! Will definitely be back again soon!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to get together, with great food, service, and ambiance

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We had the sprouts salad, which was amazing..the garlic shrimp...definitely ask for the extra bread..the octopus which was a total surprise..so soft and well prepared...and to close the night we had the paella with sea food..it was so much that we took some home and we will have it for lunch :) will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner date! Our waiter was great and the food was even better :)

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great customer service!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We have been going to Cafe Babareba for years. Some things changed a little and weren’t the best but it might have just been an “off” night.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Freezing cold in table by window. We were the only table in the entire place at 4:30p and could have been better accommodated.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great!

DS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Chicago

DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled octopus was the best I've ever had. Would strongly suggest trying.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m in vacation from Miami great food!! Love the ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had a wonderful time and the meal was absolutely delicious. Best paella I've ever had.

OT
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great!

LP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was especially delicious. I took two friends who had never been to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba before, and they both loved everything!

H
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great food...ok service. First time there and we had a terrible table...right outside the men's bathroom! Absolutely horrible!!!

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on January 6, 2020

Dear valued guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the table you were seated at. 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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S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

New Years Day Pajama Brunch. Our reservation was for 3:15 (the only time available) and we arrived at 3:05 and were seated at 3:20. Host warned us that at 3:30, they switch to dinner so if we wanted brunch, we had to order before 3:30. Ok fine. Our server took our order but was replaced by another server. At the end, he said the “brunch special” (gift card equal to the bill) ended at 3:00 and we were not eligible. The Manager over rode this and we got the gift card but next year, Open Table should warn patrons that if your reserve is for 3:15 instead of 3:00, the special does not apply. Thanks to the Manager who cared about us and our return business. Happy New Year, what a FUN idea the PJ Brunch.

Y
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy the food and atmosphere here.
We were a bit disappointed with the garlic shrimp, as the butter / oil sauce had garlic, but the shrimp itself lacked much flavor. Recall it being tastier on previous visits.

Love the variety of choices, and always enjoy returning for some favorites.

N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is the most consistently satisfying restaurant in Chicago. The food is always delicious and same in taste. The classic red sangria is authentic and refreshing.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Been coming here for about a decade. Had a bad experience on Jan 1st. Not recommended. Other options in the area.

LK
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba was outstanding! We had the best time. The food was wonderful and our server was incredible! Thanks for being the last best meal of the decade we could’ve asked for.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants! Great way to celebrate NYE!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Year Celebration

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food! Only complaint was that our server brought me the wrong drink. I told her and asked for the one I ordered but she never brought it and kept the wrong drink on the bill.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on January 3, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the service 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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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great as always. The only thing I was dissatisfied with was the waiter.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on January 3, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the service 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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DC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! This is one of our favorite places for dinner with family and/or friends.

TR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO AWESOME! Loved the warm service provided by the team and the food was perfect in quality and pacing of meals presented!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I sat the bar with our one year old daughter. The bartender, I wish I remembered his name, was amazing. He sent us little bites for my daughter. The food was outstanding, will definitely be back for the Wagyu Carpaccio it was so decadent, the Pata Negra was also very delicious as well as the Grilled Octopus. The bartender also let us know about the Lettuce App, which I did not know they had. Thank you, we had a really nice dinner.

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

I requested a great table as we were there for the first time together after not being there for 20+ years. It was a first for my boyfriend and I to go to together. I requested a good date table in my reservations. We were seating up against a wall. So the person facing the wall only saw the person and the wall. It was horrible and claustrophobic and definitely affected our night. lame.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Family dinner. Food was exceptional as always. Service was a little slow that day, wished server would check in more frequent. Other than that love this place, will never stop coming here!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very very hot in the restaurant

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious meal, served quickly and at the right temperature. Love the dates wrapped in bacon, potatoes, scallops, and 6 piece brunch (forget what it’s called) peach sangria was a perfect compliment to the meal with family. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago and we find any excuse to dine here.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience3

It was great

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When we checked in for our 4:30pm reservation the hostess noted that it had “disappeared”. We were instructed to wait and we would receive a text when our table was ready. This seemed odd since we were on time for our reservation and there was only 2 of us. After waiting for 10 mins and seeing other parties who came after us get seated we went back up to inquire about our reservation. They said our reservation had been moved to 6pm but they could still accommodate us. This was a bit frustrating since we had made the reservation for 4:30pm, had a confirmation email, and arrived on time. There must have been a glitch in the system. Regardless, our waiter was outstanding. He made us feel at ease and gave some great recommendations/suggestions. The food was good as well.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The server was pleasant food was good

FB
Chicago
1 review