Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
6435 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

Support Café Ba-Ba-Reeba during COVID-19

Get it delivered

What 6435 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
LC
LilianaC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and food quality. Not as authentic as expected.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food3service5ambience1

Smelled like sewage in there.

s
scoop
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and the food and sangrias were great! Even my picky friends loved it.

DL
DelphineL
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a really pleasant night and the food was really good

KP
vipKPMI
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening out to celebrate my nephew's birthday. Excellent service!

MB
MargaretB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my 6 month anniversary with my boyfriend and it was an amazing experience! Highly recommend for a nice night out. Best things were the spicy potatoes and the calamari!

MC
MariaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Ba Ba Reeba! Always order paella and sangria!! Amazing! Only thing I would say, improve on the flan recipe. It wasn’t at the level of the rest of the food.

Z
vipZenchant
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Fun place to go! Beef empanada was a wonderful starter. Best dish was the grilled squid - sweet and tender. The anchovy toast was very interesting - didn’t have the overly fishy taste. The rack of lamb was the only disappointment - leaning on the bland side.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

Dear Zenchant, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of our signature dishes 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

Report
LC
LaurenC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My family and I LOVED the food at this restaurant. Highly recommend the hanger steak, lamb, scallops, and brussel sprout salad. We were wowed by it all! The only thing we weren't a fan of was the noise level in the bar area. We made a reservation and anticipated being seated in one of the main dining rooms. Not a huge deal but it definitely made conversation difficult! We will be back!

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

Dear Lauren, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the area you were seated. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

Report
BB
vipBarbaraB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kevin was a superb server--he was friendly and warm, informative and efficient. We enjoyed dinner and, while the food was great, the server made it even better.

JD
vipJamesD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Don't ever go early for your reservation. They make you wait until almost the exact time, even though when I walked around to use the restroom and saw open tables where my group of two could have been seated. Most annoying. Still would recommend because overall the place is great.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on March 11, 2020

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

Report
MB
MeghanB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! The food was great and service was good. Always a good time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED! Went twice in one week for dinner. Goat cheese is a must and the scallops. Butterscotch dessert is life.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The manager was very accommodating for our group when we made changes.

D
Deenip
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates were super delicious. My fav was the brussel sprout salad and bacon wrapped dates. Sangria is also a must! Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is the perfect date spot.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience here - food is delicious, and price point is better than area restaurants for getting to try so many dishes. Mojitos was as good as the ones in Barcelona! Kind, attentive staff

LA
LaurenA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus a la Plancha was phenomenal. Cooked to perfection

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a much needed date night

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun date night! Loved the experience ordering tapas! So fun having the small plates come out in intervals. And the food was DELICIOUS. Must go back

AJ
AlisonJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always fantastic!

J
vipJuanpablo
Chicago
14 reviews