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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (137)
Good for a Date (89)
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Good for Birthdays (74)
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Special Occasion (64)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Authentic (55)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Hot Spot (46)
Worth the Drive (40)
Romantic (38)
Tasting Menu (38)
Great for Brunch (36)
Cozy (35)
Bar Seating (33)
Good Vegetarian Options (33)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
People Watching (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (22)
Kid-friendly (21)
Late-night Find (18)
Pre/post Theatre (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Happy Hour (16)
Quick Bite (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Business Meals (12)
Healthy (12)
Spicy (11)
Local Ingredients (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Seasonal (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Unpadded metal chairs and an overly loud room, coupled w/ average tapas, means I won't return.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Quick Bite
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·Dined 6 days ago

Never had a bad dish here. Best place for standard service for good tapas.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Amazing food. Wonderful staff. Wonderful wonderful wonderful. I can’t wait for next experience

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a great time after visiting zoo lights. Service was outstanding and the food was just as good. Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great menu and service. Atmosphere is a bit loud but still would recommend

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was delicious, tapas style, perfect for sharing. I highly recommend it for a night out with friends. The service was great too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have been coming here for many years and were disappointed in the meatballs. Our first order was cold. Our second order was warm tasted watery and warm. The lamb was good and our waiter was knowledgeable about the wine. Have had better food on previous visits.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food is amazing as always. The bacon wrapped dates are my favorite by far.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great neighborhood feel. Creative menu and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

HAPPY HOUR IS A MUST!!
Happy Hour is Sunday-Thursday 4-6 and they have amazing deals and the food is amazing!!! Its not the full menu but definitely a lot of the crowd favorites!

Tags: Tapas
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Enjoyed it all. The food and service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent service and amazing food!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been to Ba-Ba-Reeba quite a few times before and this experience was very underwhelming from the moment we walked inside. We had a 7:00 reservation on a Saturday night; showed up at 6:50 to have them tell us our table would be ready in a few minutes. It was 40 minutes later when we were finally seated despite our reservation. Once we were seated we placed our order. The manager came to our table to apologize for the delay in being seated and said the patatas bravas and dessert would be on him. We were grateful to hear this but come to find out at the end of the meal, this took extra work on our part. When our bill came out the patatas bravas were on our ticket and only the desserts had been comped. I told our waiter and he said he would take care of it. Meanwhile I wrote my LEYE check-in code and birthday reward at the bottom of the receipt...these were totally ignored when our bill was processed. Another error that we had to wait 10 minutes to be fixed.

While the food was good, as usual, the service was absolutely terrible and disappointing. Don't know if the food is enough to draw us back after that service.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Loved Cafe ba ba Reeba! Went on a double date with close friends and everything was amazing and they have pretty fair prices, especially for the city. Our reservations were a bit delayed as they were so busy but we got drinks while we waited and once we were seated the service was outstanding. Worth the drive to the city and the wait!! A must try! will be going back.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Made reservations for 6, but we were not seated until almost 645. The manager gave us two free apps and apologized for the wait which was beyond generous!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We brought a group of 6 for lunch. The food was on point, as per usual, especially the bacon-wrapped dates and the beef skewer. However, the waiters seemed annoyed that we didn’t order enough food by their standards.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great experience as usual!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Experience was great, would highly recommend this restaurant!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great date spot. Pitcher of sangria and various food options makes a fantastic night.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We just loved it! And our waiter Jesse was excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Have NEVER been disappointed here, and have been dining there since it’s inception

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This used to be one of my favorite places...I was very disappointed in the food...the Potato Bravas seemed pre-made...not fresh...the sauce not so good...and my absolutely favorite dish was the Brussel Sprout Salad with Marcona Almonds and Manchengo cheese...well, it was awful...again seemed pre-made..the brussel sprouts were hard to find with way too much cheese and dressing ...seemed much richer than before...not many almonds...the server brought me another, but it really was not much better...needless to say I was very disappointed!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tapas, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food nice atmosphere enjoyed it. Would go again

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This restaurant appears on many must-visit lists in Chicago so my expectations were high considering all of the "hype" and it met those expectations! This place is great value ($6 for a large plate of DELICIOUS patatas bravas) and the pitcher of sangria ($27) easily gave 4 of us a refill or 2. All tapas we ordered were really good, the food came pretty quickly and our waiter checked on us regularly to see if we wanted to order more. I went with my parents, brother and grandmother and it was a perfect meal for everyone. I highly recommend it!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

What a disappointed meal!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed the food and Peach Sangria. Good service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always a great place for a dinner with friends.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 21, 2017

My mom and I ate here as we love tapas. The dishes were delicious and much larger than expected. The ambience was great! Would definitely come back here.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

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 on November 20, 2017

We came to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for a light, late night bite after agroup of friends left a Gallery Exhibit a few blocks away. The waiter was very good, as were other staff and the atmosphere was nice enough. They need to invest in some improved chairs for their tablesbecause they are not at all comfortable.

The food came out quickly and was tasty. We shared a paella. If you order paella for two the portion is large and eaily feeds three. The small plates we tried were classics like the bacon wrapped dates - delicious, the goat cheese in tomato and the beef tenderloin with blue cheese. They have such a nice menu of tapas - and we should go there again to try others because it had been years since we had been there. I do not think much of anything had changed in the years we had been away.

They do have valet but for $15! Street parking is available within about a block for the usual pay-to-park prices. Again, I wish they would invest in sprucing the place up a bit by re-investing some profits. Not a really comfortable place in terms of ambience and the furniture, but we did enjoy the classic dishes they continue to have.
No stairs to enter but a couple of stairs between various of the seating areas inside. The bathrooms are downstairs but they allow handicapped to use the employee bathroom on the main floor level so they can avoid stairs.

Tags: Disabled Access
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Fantastic food. Service was great!
Highly recommended!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fun atmosphere, great food and service.

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