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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7679 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Cancellation policy:
For parties of 5+ you need to cancel by 9am on the day of your reservation, otherwise it is a $25 fee. For smaller parties, please give us one hour in advance, in the event of a last minute cancellation or no show it is a $25 fee.

Located in Lincoln Park, the All-Season Courtyard and Dining Rooms at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! are open with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System.
Your health is our top priority in all that we do. Steps we are taking: disposable and digital menus, continuous sanitation procedures & hand washing.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 168 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (773) 935-5000

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eric Jorgensen

  • Catering

    At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 50 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises during the summer months. Please visit cafebabareeba.com to fill out your inquiry form, or call our Special Events Team at (773) 935-5000.

  • Private party contact

    Private Parties Department: (773) 935-5000

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. We also offer valet at $15, cash only.

  • Public transit

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

  • 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."

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,679 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful server - JG! We loved it as always!
  2. C

    Chi456

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Great food and service but our table location was very loud and had lots of foot traffic.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Booked on a Wednesday night and it was packed! Thankfully my group was seated in a corner away from the patio, bar, and main dining area. We went here after trying their sister location a week ago. All of the tapas we had were great. Highly recommend the seafood paella and classic sangria. Our server was also really friendly and tended to our requests in a timely fashion. Would book again but most likely after the summer crowds lessen.
  4. L

    Lasanz85

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always take visitors here if I can, as it’s always a great experience. My mom loved it and was so happy with the mango sangria (a special), and all of the dishes we tried. Musts are the Brussels sprouts salad with manchego, the goat cheese in tomato sauce, the potatoes with spicy aioli, the beef empanada, and the bacon-wrapped dates. I always love the white peach sangria. A fantastic place to come back to again and again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, as always. Service was on par.
  6. JT

    JustinT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Came here with the fam and ate so much we had to be rolled out. Sangria and paella were highlights. Dont snooze on the goat cheese tomato dip or the ham croquets!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Came back to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for the first time in 10 years after moving out of town. The food and ambiance are as good as ever! I only wish they still offered the huge skewer of shrimp tapas. We were alerted on arrival that the restaurant’s computer system was down and that this may impact the speed of service. The problem was solved relatively quickly but somehow that hiccup translated into waiting 5 minutes for a glass of water after being seated and then waiting 10 minutes for our drinks.
  8. VS

    VikramS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love this restaurant delicious food and nice ambiance
  9. J

    Jef1f

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience! Food was excellent and came out fast. Service was knowledgeable and attentive. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for brunch
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo perfecto
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! Looking forward to coming back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place with a great variety of share plates that taste great. Also one of the best plans I've ever tasted.
  14. SC

    ShawnC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience all around!!
  15. KM

    KMac

    Rome

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular!! Unique atmosphere. The weekend brunch is unmatched. An absolute must-go to!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favourite restaurants, great food and service.
  17. OB

    OscarB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The last few times we had a reservation, we were seated in the back in a not great location even dough there were other tables open.
  18. JM

    JennyM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was incredible, my only constructive piece of Advice is to not push table against the wall. I felt very cramped against the wall and didn’t have any room to move. But overall I will be back and my family had a lovely time.
  19. EM

    ErynM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service, great food, great value for what you are getting. I recommend sharing a pitcher of sangria. Only negative is it gets pretty loud indoors so don’t go there if you really want to talk. Overall, outstanding experience. It’s my go-to restaurant for impressing out of town guests
  20. d

    daniellew

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place the paella was outstanding !the sangria was yummy as well
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were a party of 8 and were very well looked after by Ryan. We had a bunch of tapas and all were great — from the garlic potato salad to beef skewers. The restaurant was busy but Ryan kept checking in on us to make sure we had enough to eat and drink. Definitely a place to return to again and again!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a double date and it was the perfect place for it
  23. K

    Kudude

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A lively bar and restaurant scene with very good food and service.
  24. EM

    ElizabethM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We've come in multiple times and each time we each get a plate of the Peri Peri chicken thighs. We expected it to be saucy and spicy we did not get that experience this time. But the potato salad delivered it's normal punch of garlic that we love. We got a great table ...no one was in our way. The beef empanada was so good. Crazy beefy tasting.
  25. JM

    JanetM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing night
  26. S

    Shoutout

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Has fallen off since our last visit
  27. S

    Skeppydines

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I love this place, but I have to be honest... the service wasn't as great as it has been in the past. Food was amazing as always. The tenderloin and the goat cheese in tomato sauce is always excellent.
  28. MK

    MinK

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The processing fee is ridiculous. If they need to surcharge they should just raise the price of menu items. I will not be dining at LEYE until is it removed.
  29. AA

    AprilA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious plates, splendid drinks and amazing service. Couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my birthday - thank you to the restaurant for making it special
  30. MS

    MSKLS

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Their service is extremely slow. Bringing one order of grilled calamari in front of 5 people is insane. 2 more plates came out 15 minutes later and so on. We were not able to eat and enjoy our dinner. Too many people inside, too loud

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded on August 2, 2022Dear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the atmosphere and some of the signature dishes you received. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your email so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback. Thank you, Teresa M.

  31. DI

    DIOGOC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food and good price. The peach sangria was delicious.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sangria was ok but the food was excellent!
  33. PG

    PatriciaG

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all enjoyed the quality food and varied menu. We will definitely come back for more tapas!
  34. J

    Jason

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, and always efficient and friendly service.
  35. T

    Tassa

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! Red Sangria is a must have!
  36. KC

    KristinaC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was enjoyable, but the menu isn't particularly interesting. We really enjoyed the chorizo dates, crystal bread, salad w/shaved squash, and the shrimp special. We ordered some other things that were good. The red sangria was quite delicious. The paella looked amazing, but there were only two of us and we didn't order it. I would go here again if someone wanted to check it out or it was their go-to spot. We sat in the back room, which kind of dulled the experience. I would opt for outside (full at the time) or the main areas. The back room, the "castle" as it was described", felt very cut-off.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience2
    Way too noisy. Even after reserving the table, didn’t get it on time. Food was good and service was excellent.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded on August 2, 2022Dear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to the atmosphere in the restaurant and your late seating. We always try to exceed our guests' expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Would you be willing to provide your email so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback. Thank you, Teresa M.

  38. TR

    TamikcaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my hubby here for his birthday he loved it. The food was awesome and it was an amazing experience overall.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Moving out of Chicago after 5 years and I will miss this place the most. Had my last dinner in the city here and almost cried.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time, eating drinking, and having conversations!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Café Ba-Ba-Reeba using the Order Online button. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now, Postmates and Uber Eats. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 935-5000.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is rated 4.8 stars by 7679 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 168 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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Google Map for Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Armitage

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Park

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free and paid street parking is available on Halsted, and around the corner along Armitage. We also offer valet at $15, cash only.

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Eric Jorgensen

  • 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."

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (773) 935-5000

  • Catering

    At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 50 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.

  • Private party facilities

    Contact us to learn about safe indoor private party dining options. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises during the summer months. Please visit cafebabareeba.com to fill out your inquiry form, or call our Special Events Team at (773) 935-5000.

  • Private party contact

    Private Parties Department: (773) 935-5000

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