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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.7
4890 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
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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.
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Phone number
(773) 935-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Matt Holmes
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $13.00 (cash only) is offered. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Brown Line - Armitage
Halsted bus (route #8) - Armitage stop
Armitage bus (route #73) - Halsted stop
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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."
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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.
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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

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.

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What 4890 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Great experience

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Christian 
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

I had a delightful brunch with my partner. The food was quite tasty, such as the Spanish shrimp & grits, Spanish Cubano & breakfast paella. The sangrias had a nice kick!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

Always enjoy the food, sangria and festive atmosphere at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. Top spot to bring friends and family visiting from out of town!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Birthday, bacon wrapped dates were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Great service and amazing food!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0
Dined on January 8, 2018

Service started put great but the waiter disappeared for 15 minutes just when we were looking to get the check and pay. Highly recommend the bacon-wrapped dates, the chicken thighs, and the baked goat cheese. Avoid the pork paella - far too greasy.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

My boyfriend and I come here ALL the time. This is our favorite place to go to dinner ever. As a Christmas present I wanted to treat my parents and little brother to a weekend in Chicago and have dinner here.

I made a reservation weeks in advance and when we got there it was about an hour long wait. We didn’t complain, but checked in every once in a while with the hostess to see if our table was ready.

It was finally ready and everyone absolutely LOVED everything! We got grilled octopus, spicy potatoes, goat cheese, green peppers, Spanish sausage and the seafood paella! Along with 3 pitchers of sangria and my dad had 2 beers. The manager, Jessica, came over to our table to apologize sincerely for the wait and was so sweet she even took care of the whole bill!! We were taken by surprise and so so so so incredibly appreciative of this kind gesture.

Thank you so much Jessica!! You didn’t need to do all of that but we are extremely appreciative! Regardless we would come back, but that was the nicest thing I’ve ever experienced.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Great service and food! Very energetic place. Always a fun time!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a fave spot. My wife & I make a point to come here at least once a year. White peach sangria is very good too. Patatas bravas, bacon wrapped dates a cpl faves

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