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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a tapas restaurant that's been around for a long time. It's ideal for a lot of occasions.

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About Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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.

2024 North Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs: 4:00pm-10:00pm
Fri: 11:30am-12:00am
Sat: 9:00am-12:00am
Sun: 9:00am-10:00pm

Tapas Brunch Menu and Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar are available on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.

Select $3 tapas, $1 pintxos and $16 pitchers of Red Sangria are offered in the bar area from 4:00pm-6:00pm everyday.

Please note: Our all-seasons patio is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to sit on our patio, please see the Host Staff when you arrive.

Cross Street:
Armitage

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 935-5000

Website:
http://www.cafebabareeba.com/

Entertainment:
Reservations for our Flamenco Dinner Shows, Paella Cooking Demos, Wine Tastings, and other special events can be made by contacting the restaurant directly at (773) 935-5000. For a full list of events, please visit cafebabareeba.com and click on "events."

Catering:
At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 in our private and semi-private rooms. Lettuce create something extraordinary with you using our variety of tapas, paella and sangria! Cater a private party at the restaurant, in the comfort of your home or office, or even aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises. We are happy to help you create a menu for your guests. To view all of the different options available to you visit cafebabareeba.com or to book your party, call our Special Events Department at (773) 935-5000.

Parking Details:
Valet parking for $13.00 (cash only) is offered. Street parking is also available.

Public Transit:
Brown Line - Armitage
Halsted bus (route #8) - Armitage stop
Armitage bus (route #73) - Halsted stop

Executive Chef:
Matt Holmes

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
TAPAS BRUNCH * Saturdays & Sundays * 9am to 3pm
Menu features Spanish brunch favorites along with selections from our dinner menu. Sip on Cava cocktails or try our build-your-own Bloody Mary bar! Please note that seating on our all-season patio is first come first serve. For all special event reservations and private parties, please call (773) 935-5000.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Start Christmas Eve with tapas and bloody marys! Our menu of sweet and savory brunch bites available from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM has something for everyone, from Waffles with housemade nutella to Breakfast Paella with Spanish sausage. Not an early riser? Bring the family in for dinner.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Close out 2017 with brunch! Our menu of sweet and savory brunch bites has something for everyone. Not an early riser? Join us in the evening before you hit the town and enjoy tapas, paella and of course, sangria. We invite you to stay for the the midnight countdown and a Cava toast!

Private Dining

At Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 in our private and semi-private rooms. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (142)
Fun (94)
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Good for Groups (90)
Good for Birthdays (79)
Neighborhood Gem (71)
Casual (67)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Special Occasion (67)
Authentic (65)
Fit for Foodies (58)
Hot Spot (54)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Great for Brunch (44)
Cozy (41)
Good Vegetarian Options (39)
Romantic (38)
Tasting Menu (38)
Worth the Drive (36)
Bar Seating (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
People Watching (28)
Happy Hour (26)
Comfort Food (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Late-night Find (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Healthy (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Business Meals (15)
Kid-friendly (15)
Gluten Free Options (15)
Quick Bite (15)
Spicy (14)
Local Ingredients (10)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Seasonal (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined a day ago

One of my favorite restaurants for tapas in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview Area! The service is great, even when it's near capacity and the food never disappoints. I always recommend this location to students in the area because it's affordable and even offers discounts for certain schools!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

It was a great restaurant with all you wanted, good food, great prices and great service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food. Service was great!
Highly recommended!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food and amazing service from the server to the food runner to the service assistant! Thank you everyone!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Consistently good food. Great drinks, great tapas. Reasonably priced. Always look forward to going back

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Ba-Ba-Reeba is one of our go-to spots in the neighborhood. This visit was part of a family "tradition" - we always come here for lunch/dinner after I do a crafting class at the nearby Paper Source. Its a lovely place for me to recount my experience at the class to my husband.

Tags: Vegan, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

This is a perfect girls night spot. One thing to note is paella dishes take 30-45 minutes, so plan accordingly. Every item we ordered had great flavor, although the lamb kebabs were a little underwhelming and small. Service and ambiance were top notch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service. Great food.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

ZERO COMPLAINTS! I have Celiac, and they were MORE than accommodating. Gluten free bread at no extra cost. Traditional sangria was delish. The scallops tapa was to die for, and everything else we ordered was so good too! Extremely knowledgeable waitress, very helpful busboys that came around often (as tapas came out at different times thorughout the evening - though somehow in the perfect order!) The atmosphere is fun but can also be romantic, without being stuffy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We overall had a great experience at Cafe-Ba-Ba-Reeba, but the only reason I don't give it a 5 is because I am gluten intolerant and I was told I would be brought gluten free bread with my meal and when the plate showed up I assumed the bread on the plate was gluten free like I was told it would be, but then the waitress brought over the gluten free bread fifteen minutes later after I had already eaten the regular bread. It was disappointing that they were not as conscious of allergies as I would have liked, but the rest of the meal and service was perfect.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I enjoyed the food, the service and the overall atmosphere....and I would go again. I have been there 4 times now and often bring friends who visit from out of town. While I was there on a Saturday evening and I realize that is a big financial night for the business with full bookings, I found that our table was so cramped that we were half into an aisle and my two guests were getting bumped all evening by customers and staff alike even if they were doing their best to not do so. We happened to be next to a table as well with a group who spent the evening screaming, well beyond an enthusiastic, boisterous group.....clearly over the line and yet no one did anything about it. Tricky thing to do but just a thought that there should be a line by the wait staff/ownership to keep a reasonable environment for everyone. You need a rating metric for noise level that is above "energetic" when it tips into "annoying/uncomfortable".

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food! Great environment for my moms casual birthday brunch!! One of our favorite tapas restaurants!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice welcome with happy attitude, servers were educated about the menu, very helpful when question asked, food was served and it was delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The service was great as well as the atmosphere. The food was not as good as the price on the menu. Pretty average food that is way overpriced.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Never a disappointed! One of my favorite restaurants. Do not pass up the spicy potatoes and short rib!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Monday’s half priced cocktails were awesome and every tapas was delicious.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Yummy food, great ambiance, delicious wine. Had a delicious dinner with a friend on Sunday. Staff is always very accommodating. I always enjoy Cafe Ba Ba Reba!

Tags: Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The Tapas are great and we loved the Mango Sangria:-)

And the service is top notch;)

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Tapas, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and service, highly recommend the sangria and Brussel sprout salad!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were greeted right away. We were seated within 5 minutes of arrival of our reservation. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. We had a wonderful time

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A wonderful experience, start to finish. Great food and great service. We stayed with the tapas, but the paella looked delicious. The garlic shrimp was the best, but everything was great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Café Ba Ba Reeba is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. Of their tapas I would humbly argue that the grilled squid (#42) is by far the best, although the braised short rib is a second close. We ordered two orders of the paella (it’s only available in orders of 2 or more). It was good, albeit overall unimpressive. BUT: the FLAN. I cannot brag enough about their Natilla Flan. Don’t waste your time with any other dessert because it will only disappoint when compared with this indescribably delicious flan. Thank you so much for a wonderful night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Tapas, Cozy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My husband and I went here before going to a play at the Steppenwolf Theatre. We hadn't been in many years and the food didn't disappoint us. I long for the bacon wrapped dates. My husband liked his octopus. It can get prices with so many small plates. I was surprised how crowded it was on a Sunday at 6. Many families and very noisy. The waiter was busy and not very friendly. The busboy saw to our needs. We got in and out in an hour and were in time for our play.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great spot for big groups! I went for my birthday and we had a blast!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Tapas
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

great food, small plates so you can try many things, everything I ate was great. Reasonable prices.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Wonderful service and the restaurant made our evening so special!!

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

First table seating had one of 4 chairs in a traffic aisle and it bumped up to next table. We asked to be re-seated and Cafe B was immediately accommodating. But this seems consistent with reservations being made by Open Table instead of calling restaurant: horrendous seating. The two worst seating arrangements I've ever had were both from Open Table reservations (and they were made weeks in advance!!)
As for restaurant, all fine, except we were advised to order paella 30-40 minutes in advance so we ordered small plate tapas in meantime. AS soon as they arrived, a fellow came out with the paella and was "visibly miffed" when we said there is no room on table and we're hardly ready for it.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great place for a date!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food is always amazing! Love this place!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

This is always a go-no-wrong choice. I have dined here on a number of occasions and am never disappointed. The food comes quick, always hot. It has expanded my taste pallet. Everything I eat here, I love. A must for a girl's night or a date night.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Every single dish we received was cold. Very disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A group of friends and I decided to meet here for dinner after work. When we arrived, the hostess informed us that they were running a bit behind. However, the wait was not too long. We were seated fairly quickly. Our server came to us and suggested his favorite items on the menu. Since it is a tapas style restaurant we ordered about six different items from the menu and shared each of them. Overall, the food was tasty and it was great to be able to taste so many different dishes

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Delicious and fun for birthday.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had the rudest, most condescending waiter named Elohim P. All four of us noticed how rude our waiter was from the start by the way he spoke to us. We have eaten here before so we knew what we wanted (lamb, shrimp, meatballs, chicken, beef empanada, potato salad, desserts, cocktails & beer). Although the food was good, we will not be back due to the terribly unprofessional wait staff.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great experience! I'm a vegetarian and there were still a ton of options for me! We went for Sunday brunch for my fiancé's birthday. The service was great. We got mango sangria which was probably the best sangria we've ever had. Definitely recommend!!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

It’s an incredible place to have tapas. I had the best empanada I have ever eaten. The only thing that I didn’t like was the table. It was too small even though it was my boyfriend and I. We ordered several tapas and sangria and the table didn’t have space to put everything on.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Been years since we’d been there and boy has it changed. Very bridge and tunnel crowd and got seated at a table that was terrible but didn’t want to wait so sucked it out but it def put a damper on the evening.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We drove in from Ohio and had to go to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. Excellent food and great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I don't know the name of our waitress but she was spectacular! So good in fact I had to leave a 20% tip and I NEVER do that. My daughter and I had dined at Fogo de Chao a few weeks ago and the wait staff was annoying, kept interrupting us and made us feel rushed. I also like the food at Baba Reba, we've been coming for years. The service and food were excellent. Wish I knew my waitress' name because we'll be back in 2 weeks and I'd like her to wait on us. See you Veteran's Day.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great experience

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