Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5212 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
Eric Jorgensen
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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.
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

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 Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

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

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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5,212 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service and yummy food!

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

I loved my experience here! We were able to sit outside and enjoy the great weather and there being not a lot of noise!

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HL
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fun atmosphere. Great tacos and delicious guacamole. Margaritas were awesome!

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

fav restaurant! Always so amazjng

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J
5.0Dined 3 days ago

The service was very timly, especially considering how packed the restaurant was. The peach sangria was enjoyable and the chicken empanada was our favorite.

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Dinner with another couple before a concert. Great time and delicious food!

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LS
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a very enjoyable brunch. Since it was fairly busy, we didn’t not receive the most attentive service but the meal was great and super enjoyable.

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OT
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Tim was a wonderful server!! I brought my family for their first time and they loved everything!! Ba-ba-reeba was the perfect choice.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This was our first time here and the food was excellent. I wasn’t crazy about the brussel sprout salad, which I felt didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the menu. I also didn’t care for the flan dessert, which was cinnamon. The service was great and the price was so reasonable. I will definitely go back there again.

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E
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Good for friends' get-together instead of dating. Portion size small. Food very good. The potato-related things are good. All seafood choices are good. Good service - except a staff member who is responsible for filling water always (9 out of 10 times) pours everywhere - on food, table, etc.

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B
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Chicken paella was very good.
Seafood paella was overlooked.

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J
3.0Dined 6 days ago

I always enjoy dining at CBBR, however the last 2 times that I have dined there, I was the lucky guest who found a hair in my food. One of the times I pulled it out of my mouth which isn't cool. The other time I caught it before I ate it, but others in my party ate off the same piece.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great brunch birthday celebration!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was excellent

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RS
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Cafe Ba B Reba is always one of our go-to favorites. We were super excited when we got a reservation at a decent time! We highly recommend this restaurant!

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C
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Wonderful food and sangria. The two times I have been there I have never been disappointed. It is on the pricier side but all the food items are well executed.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Such good brunch loved the Cubano

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My husband and I been here more times than I can count. Cafe ba ba Reeba is my go to place when I want to show my out of town guest a taste of Chicago’s greatness. The food was perfect and consistent as usual...you must order gambas con ajo, tenderloin blue cheese and chips, sausage platter (best morcilla around!), grilled octopus, papas bravas, pan con tomate. Wash it down with a cold Estrella and some sangria! Mmm mmm mmm. I’m am actually drooling a little as I write this!

Our service was excellent due to the service and interactions with Manuel who was our busser. He was so attentive, kind, and joyful which showed our out of town guests the Midwestern hospitality and care that makes our city special.

I have spent months abroad in Barcelona and come here to get my fix of the dishes I recommended above. In fact, one time a group of us drove 45 minutes in the middle of a blizzard to eat here. Make a reservation and go! Buen provecho!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I will be back

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Best sangria !

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JD
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

I always like going here when it isn’t crazy busy. The food is great but depends importantly on your choices. The bacon-wrapped figs are outstanding. Good when you visitors. Everybody likes tapas!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Very nice all around. Great food!

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p
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

This place is high on my priority list NEVER fails to please

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Love this place. We are never disappointed

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

The brunch menu was SO good, with lots of different sweet and savory options! Loved the Bloody Mary bar too, but I wish there was an option for bottomless!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We enjoyed dinning there. But it is a bit hard to have a conversation cause everyone is so loud.

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CJ
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

We think it's over rated. The tapas were very good, and very expensive. One half of a egg was $2.50 so if each you get 1/2 egg each it's $5.00. Bacon wrapped medjool dates were good, and cost a little more than $1.00 per date. We ordered the mango sangria, and there are were no mangos in it, not even as a garnish,only lemons and apples. Good , but not great. A pitcher is $30.00.
The specialty is paella. We had the seafood one. There's suppose to be monk fish in it, but the pieces are teeny tiny. I guess we were expecting to actually see the monk fish, which we have had in the past at much better restaurants. Same for the tiny clams, I actually had several that were just empty shells . We've had paella in Spanish restaurants both here and in Spain, this falls very short. Also, we never had it scooped out to us onto tiny plates before, it's always served in the skillet that its prepared in.I would not recommend it.
And as for the dessert. My husband had the custard, tasted very good, but only got a shot glass portion, about a teaspoon full for $3.50.
we will never be back. So many better restaurants than this one was.

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HA
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Somewhat disappointed this time -- some of the choices were not that great or did not "come out" like they usually do. All in all, okay meal.

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SA
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I decided to go based on a couple friends telling me about this place. I thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday brunch and mango sangria!! The eggplant was amazing - even my meat eating family loved it. The Paella was delish. Will definitely be back. I've heard Happy Hour is great too!!

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KL
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Waiter was horrible....kept walking away from table when we were talking to HIM! Plain & Simple Bad!! Im sure you get tons of complaints about him. Don't even know his name because he never gave us the time of day! Our busboy was awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Love this place so much. Food is authentic and yummy. It is a great place to go for any ocassion. Would definitely recommend this to my friends and family.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Loved everything: the ambiance, the service and the food. I highly recommend.

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LL
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

I have been a Fan of Ba Ba Reeba since it open. Great place, great neighborhood, just plan fun. Something for everyone.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food great service!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always love this place! Great sangria and great atmosphere for a casual special occasion!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Love their sangria!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Love the ambiance, the food, the sangria, the service! Everything was great!

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B
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was pretty good, but I would say it's average for Chicago standards. The Sangria was good, and my experience overall would be rated as "good", but for how much hype I hear about this place, I'm not sure it's worth it. I wouldn't travel out of my way to try it. Sorry!

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CV
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Everything was delicious as always, and our server was so wonderful and attentive.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Birthday dinner

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