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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4.8based on recent ratings
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great experience

LL
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

RG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2 birthdays. Paella was great

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

AS
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!

BB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

b
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
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.

GS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were good as usual.

b
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

K
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

k
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server was excellent. Don’t go here expecting outstanding food. It’s truly just okay.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of fun with great food!! My favorite place to eat

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 on February 19, 2020

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.

KT
Chicago
9 reviews