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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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6483 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! in Lincoln Park is now open for indoor and outdoor dining, with new responsible standards of service and distancing are in effect. Your health is our top priority in everything that we do. Steps we are taking include: dine-in services at reduced capacity, masks and gloves on all employees, disposable and digital menus, thorough sanitation procedures and continuous hand washing.

Just a few notes to help make your meal with us an enjoyable experience:

-Reservations are strongly encouraged for main dining room seating as distanced dine-in spots are limited. Patio dining is on a first come first served basis.

-Guests are required to wear a mask at all times when entering and inside the restaurant, of course except while dining at your table.

-Please take care to arrive on time and limit your dining experience to 90 min as we would like to welcome back as many guests possible.

We appreciate your understanding, and thank you for your patronage of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 6483 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience. The precautions taken for COVID were spot on.

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KerryD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is always good and the staff is friendly and attentive!

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SamanthaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unforgettable. Can’t go wrong at Cafe Ba - Ba - Reeba.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant make sure to check out the sangria and the Spanish Grilled Octopus tapas.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and good vibes,a new find in my hood😊

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Professional, Covid forward, but still intimate experience. Thanks!

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CarieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant every time I visit Chicago!

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ElliotL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect was great. All others should follow suit.

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AndrewU
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As authentic to paella from Spain that I have been to find in the US.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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vipRalt
St. Louis
69 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and we loved it. We ordered a number of tapas dishes and were happy with each one: Brussel spout salad, date wrapped in chorizo, tenderloin with blue cheese, avocado toast (had a little kick), stuffed mushrooms and vegetable paella. We also had the black raspberry sangria which was delicious. We were very impressed with the paella because the last time we had paella was in Madrid Spain so our expectations were high. The only thing I was disappointed with was the tomato bread. I didn't realize that it would be served cold. We definitely enjoyed our meal and can't wait to come back and try some other dishes.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. They created a safe environment for both employees and customers. Good table spacing. Everyone wore mask until they sat at tables. Excellent food and a great time had by all.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent as always - seating was spaced accordingly and felt very comfortable.

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52761
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time, had no idea just went based on the menu. Fabulous! All the way around. Food fresh and hot. Creative pairings. Just lovely. Wait staff was terrific too. Will make this a breakfast on the way out of town stop in the future!

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Milly
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Waitress was extremely courteous. A table nearby was kind of loud, but we decided not to move.

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EllenG
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a good job with Covid restrictions. We sat “outside,” which is not totally outside, but it was open and tables are spaced well. The noise level was low. Initially they tried to seat us inside, but it was very loud and more populated.

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Daniel
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Everything is great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Bday Dinner, great as always!

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Goodfood
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and good service. Large table of 8-10 were so loud, it affected our experience

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Leon
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Try the blackberry sangria... delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thanks Katie!

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Johanna
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was friendly, charismatic, knowledgeable. Great experience! He was awesome!

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John
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly my favorite tapas bar in the city. Hands down great customer service and great quality food.

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JudithR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time eating out since covid started and we don't regret it. Staff was professional, food was AMAZING as always and there was lots of social distancing which made us feel safe. Without a doubt our favorite date spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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Kyrene
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Covid-19 set-up is good and safe. Will definitely go again.

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vipbentley
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

They took excellent precautions to social distance, wore masks and gloves. The server and hostess were so accommodating.
Wish they would bring back the horseradish sauce with the beef tenderloin.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every thing was wonderful. Safe, cleaning above standards and all were very well informed.

Meatballs and goat cheese tomato bread was amazing! Flan was the ever I ever had

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always! All social distancing and sanitation standards were being followed. Highly recommend!

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ShaunaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The social distance seating was great and the food did not disappoint.

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AnishaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Love Love the food, service and atmosphere. Will be coming back.

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NathanC
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our go-to restaurants in Chicago. The food and service is always great. We will be back!

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Maureen
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience1

Overall it was a great experience! Also going to keep in mind it was the second day indoor dining was allowed due to Covid so keeping in mind that employees were likely getting into their groove with it still. Our waiter (I don't remember his name) asked if we were ready to order anything and we asked for a minute. What felt like a long time passed before we saw him again. He did come over and it was fine, we ordered drinks and a variety of tapas.

Somehow we got multiple tapas before we got our drinks which seemed weird. There were 8 of us but the cocktails weren't outrageous orders (one pitcher of sangria, 2 vodka cocktails that were on the menu as a specialty cocktail, a vodka soda and a mojito).

Food was amazing! Everything I had was flavorful, well cooked and seasoned and the delicious. Classic sangria red was very refreshing as well.

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LizEm
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went here for the first time for my little one’s birthday. Good ambience. I felt cafe iberico had more options than Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba but still enjoyed myself. Order the paella right away as it takes 30-40 minutes to prepare. My favorite dishes were: hanger steak, grilled pork, and flan. Absolutely delicious.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done a wonderful job opening up during the pandemic. Most of the same menu from before is available and it's ALL amazing. Bacon dates, meatballs, and the paella were some of our favorites. Plus truffle chocolate cake for dessert!

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vipFunsands
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our fav restaurants. We didn’t care about Covid surcharge. Tables were well spaced!!

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Michelle
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We were seated on the patio that is located right next to the street, which was fun! The only thing that was bad was that it started raining and we couldn't move inside due to COVID, so we got rained and had to squeeze in to be covered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vibe even with extra safety measures in place. Wear a jacket at night because all windows are open during covid-19 phase 3 dining. Everyone loved every dish and our waiter did a great job helping us decided how much our group of 6 should order

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vipMikaelaP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! The Sangria was to die for, an amazing way to enjoy outdoor dining again!

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vipdm123
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! Our server was phenomenal and had great recommendation. Tables were extremely distanced away from each other and had the choice of online menu or paper. Can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Chow Now, 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 6483 OpenTable diners.

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