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What Insiders Are Saying
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a tapas restaurant that's been around for a long time. It's ideal for a lot of occasions.
Birthday and graduation
Our dinner was AMAZING! We will definitely be back
We had the best service. Our waitress was Jocelyn and she was amazing.
Pretty good food, great service. Was disappointed in the atmosphere, too warm, and the “patio” is roofed in, only a small number of tables actually outside.
I enjoyed having dinner here. I love tapas style dining and it’s great for a first date, which was the reason I was here. The food was good, we tried about 6 tapas and my favorite was the scallops. My only complaint is that most of our food did not come out hot, just warm. I’d come back to try more of their tapas for sure!
Came here for a graduation dinner with 6 people. We were early for our reservation, but the table was ready and we were promptly seated! The dining room was pretty busy, so we weren't greeted by our server for awhile, but we got water and were fine. Service was a little slow, but the restaurant/our server seemed super busy with other large parties, so it wasn't a big deal. Overall, dinner was awesome and we'll definitely be back!
Food was great for the most part. Paella was a huge serving but loved it! They had variety of sangria so that was a plus. Overall, it’s a great place for tapas dinner.
We love this restaurant, the ambiance and food is very good, the only thing to complain is the service , we had been there multitude of times and no matter how you said the order that you want the tapas, they always bring you whatever comes first out of the kitchen. Sometimes you have an entree first and them the tapas appetizer that you would like to eat in the first place.
Dear Marina, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the service 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 we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.
Loved the food and location we sat to have convos without feeling like people could hear.
Service has disimproved since I started going here and it is no longer value for money
As usual, we had an amazing experience! The server was extremely helpful/accommodating with my moms gluten sensitivity. He went out of his way to ensure she could enjoy her meal, and was helpful in adapting dishes to meet her needs
It was our first time and it was outstanding! Great food and great service!
One of the best Tapas restaurants in the country. Well worth the trip.
Really good food. Good service, very nice place i definitely come back.. see you next time
dinner was great. waiter was great server. was not happy when bill came. almost didn't check because there were so many items on check but was advised to by a friend who had an issue being overcharged and sure enough, 3 items were charged twice ...felt like was done on purpose to pad the bill as waiter was not surprised. food great as always. service good also. just warning for people to check your bill! lots of items, easy way to overcharge.
Dear Susan, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the items you were incorrectly charged for. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.
Great place for tapas(small plates) and good drinks and service. The Q’s shared: Beef Empanada, & garlic shrimp – which was to die for. All delicious along with their delicious homemade bread, great drinks and lively atmosphere made for a great dinner. All tapas we ordered had 2 pieces of food per plate and some, like the shrimp had four pieces of shrimp. Of course, the Mr. had to have the meatballs. I wanted to try their Carpaccio. Eat in the bar area, there are tv’s to watch a ball game or news but the tv is not loud. Choose from a few “specials” at a discounted price.
Mrs. Q says: Yes, it is handicap accessible if you eat in the bar area. A note of caution, depending on your disability there are two steps to get to the bathrooms irregardless of where you are seated.
Great food. No bad dishes and really loved the piri piri chicken thighs. A tad noisy but we could hear each other if we spoke up. Would definitely come back.
Wonderful food. Great service. Accommodated us for our anniversary. Had a great time and will definitely return.
Always a great time and the food and drinks are never disappointing!
So noisy and congested. Very much like a single bar, rather than a restaurant. Food was good, but the whole scene was a big negative.
My son and I enjoyed and hope to visit soon. The coupon was a great incentive!
Another fantastic dining experience! Love those bacon wrapped dates & passion fruit sangria. Thank u!!
Cafe BBR is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, but my last visit with a first-timer was disappointing. The paella was dry. The noise level was way too high. And I didn't get the feeling that the staff were as attentive as I'm used to -- although our own wait staff was excellent. It just didn't feel as good as it usually is.
This was one of the best eating experiences I’ve ever had... if you have a chance to eat here, do it... you won’t be disappointed!
We only had two dishes, the NY strip was very good but the paella was way too salty. The services was absent minded at best. Altogether, it was an okay dinner.
Regular here at cafe ba ba reeba. Our server was great. Service was not. The food was not done well for example the fried chicken was very soggy. Waited 20 minutes in between 2 sets of tapas that came out. And waited another 20 minutes for the paella that didn’t come out and ended up canceling. Spent a total of 2 hours with most of it waiting for food to come out or not to come out.
My wife and I have been coming here for 30 years. Always a great time!
My girlfriend and I were visiting and saw the good reviews. We were not disappointed. Great wine list, great food and reasonably priced.
Food was really good only issue we had was our server was not attentive and seemed to be rushing is out .I also stated on my reservation dinner was for a Birthday never once asked about it
We have been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba many times before and are familiar with the process.
The food was consistent with what we had had before but the service was lacking. When we had been there for 40 minutes we had only received 1 beef empanada. (There were 3 of us and we initially ordered 4 dishes). It was hard seeing the tables around us receiving food before us. When we asked our server about when the food was going to come he gave the standard “kitchen is backed up” excuse. It may have been true, but we would have appreciated a heads up after we had been waiting for 30 minutes. To have to ask him where the food was made us feel like we weren’t all that important to him.
We have always enjoyed it here, but tonight was a miss.
I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the wait times for food as well as the service. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so we can have one of our managers get in touch? Thank you.
My favorite Chicago restaurant. The food the service the ambiance, it's all perfect.
The food was great! Our service was really good. The waitress pointed out the favorites but also mentioned what she liked. The breakfast Paella was great!
The food is amazing and the experience was great!
The food was outstanding. We really enjoyed the whole thing, food, drinks, and the service.
Our party of 7 ordered 2 tapas each and 1 paella. Every dish was excellent. The atmosphere was fun and service was spot on. We can’t wait to go again.
Love this place never disappoints. The food and drinks are always great. Great place to bring a crowd and have some fun.
My glass has something floating in at and the staff made it seem like it was a hassle. We had to ask for extra silverware after our plates and silverware were carted away between portions. Our waiter barely checked on us and when he did he was badgering us to buy more or move along when we still had drinks. No bread came out. And on top of that we had a coupon for a free item per guest and he scrutinized us like we were pulling some hoax. In the end he gave us the free item from the lettuce promos but not without hassling us.
Very nice time. Food, service and Sangria were amazing!! Can’t wait to go back!!!
Wow I am blown away by your brunch! I’m surprised I did not know about it before and waited this long to go. I’ll definitely be back! It’s a great way to get a little taste of everything.