Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
7181 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Located in Lincoln Park, the All-Season Courtyard and Dining Rooms at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! are open at reduced capacity with our new AIRPHX Air Filtration System. Join us, or get your meal to-go!

Your health is our top priority in all that we do. Steps we are taking: reduced capacity services, masks on all employees, disposable and digital menus, continuous sanitation procedures hand washing.

To help ensure the safety of our guests and employees during this time, we have set in place new dining standards:

-Guests are required to wear masks while in the restaurant and during interactions with staff, only to be removed while eating/drinking at your table.
- Please note reservations are limited to 1hr 30min.
To learn more about what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our guests, visit leye.com/coronavirus.

Thank you for your patronage of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! ~ A Lettuce Entertain You restaurant.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 7181 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Abbey
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sangria pitcher was a great value and all the food was delicious! Waiter was very nice and attentive. I’ll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

The food is always great but the servers were crowding the service station which ends up hovering over tables. It felt invasive and uncomfortable.

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vipHoward
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Most of our old favorite tapas were on the menu--and they tasted as good as ever. Service was attentive, professional, and friendly. We were a disappointed with the dessert selection, however. Of the 3 choices, none appealed to our group of 5. Please bring back the delicious small bite desserts!

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AidanK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious: crispy croquetas, perfectly cooked seafood, and great sangria. Our server was friendly and attentive. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was great . The server was a little on the pushy side and didn’t offer dessert just put the check on the table.

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MaryF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and servers were great. Masking and personal space excellent.

DD
DeeDeeT
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If we lived in Chicago we would be here all the time. Loved it! Waiter was great

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good place to hangout or date. Love the hanger steak and garlic shrimp

KC
KatieC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always! The Black Raspberry Sangria was perfectly refreshing on a hot day, and every shareable dish was more delicious than the next. Can't wait to get back!

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Saude1km
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is incredible, and affordable! I would go everyday if I could.

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Beachlover
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! Bit too hot sitting at a table by the oven & slow service but friendly & food & sangria can’t be beat!

KM
vipKatherineM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and AMAZING food!

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NancyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food choices and Sangria is always fun.

SP
vipSarahP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it here! The food was delicious and our waitress was very attentive.

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Carol
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just check in what we ask in case you forgot :) . We also give have a friendly reminder too

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MariaA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super fun spot, we are in town for a couple days and it was recommended by a friend...we loved the food and the people watching was super fun!

MP
MalavikaP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good, we all had a great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience3

The food lacked a bit compared to past experiences but good nonetheless.

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RUBENC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. We were there to celebrate a birthday and the staff was very kind and helpful in selecting items on the menu for one of us that has a allergy to garlic and onion. They also specially prepared items that omitted those allergens. Everyone was great from hostess to waiters to bar staff. Can't wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My crystal bread was cold

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve dined here many times but Jose A was exceptional!! He made our experience

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Avish
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always, highly recommended, especially the Tapas menu

LM
LeoM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Average food, nothing special...it used to be a lot better..

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on June 2, 2021

Dear Leo M., I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of our signature dishes 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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tomw
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had high hopes from all the reviews. But maybe I had too high of expectations. Been to Miami and have had many Cuban, Spanish Tapas experiences. This was not bad but not that great either. Maybe for Chicago it might be unique and novel but if compared to other places it's just OK.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on June 2, 2021

Dear Tom W., I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of our signature dishes and 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time back in over a year due to the pandemic and we were not disappointed! All the food was delightful, especially the beef skewers with caramelized onions & horseradish cream sauce 🤤 Our server was attentive & kind. Cant wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food! It was very affordable for our group of 4!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food wasn’t just ok, rice in the paella was undercooked, service was terrible. Server got lost for long time. Just bad. Will not be back. I remember when this place was great! Now feels commercialized and unauthentic.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on June 2, 2021

Dear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of our signature dishes and 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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MagM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All the food we ordered was delicious! For 3 people we ordered 4 tapas and paella to share and we were stuffed! The sangria flight was good to try different flavors if you're unsure.

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Amnica
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been eating here for over 20 years and the food has always been excellent. I was disappointed that some of their signature dishes, I.e. black beans soup, morcillas, etc., we’re not in the menu.
Overall, Excellent!

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Dolores
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is always very good, lots of options across tastes. The paella and the shrimp tapa are fantastic. Service is a bit hit or miss, this time we were waiting for at least 20m for our waiter. But overall, I usually recommend babareeba to friends and family.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba
Responded on June 2, 2021

Dear Dolores, 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 I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback; thank you. -Teresa M.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Server recommended wayyy to much food haha, and some were misses that we picked, but overall it was great, per usual! Pineapple sangria is IT.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was superb. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, but we have had tapas before at another restaurant. Cafe Barbareeba does not disappoint. I would recommend it to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great visit! Delicious food and great service!

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ElisaL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I love this restaurant. I had a private party here before and it was great. I went to dinner here yesterday. They were able to accommodate a last minute addition to my party. Food was great but they no longer give complimentary bread. Also, we spent well over 400.00 and we ordered another pitcher of sangria and they told us they needed the table so we had 20 minutes to finish. The place wasn’t as packed as they made it seem but when it did pick up we politely left. We stood by the bar to finish our pitcher and they told us we had to go. We were still spending money so I felt disappointed that they rushed us out. Also took our waiter over 20 minutes to take our food order. Other than that service and food was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, food came out quickly, drinks and good were great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Food was fresh, drinks were great.

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Julian
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my Birthday and the service was great, food and drinks arrived timely for our large group. Most food was great with only a couple dishes falling short of the others. The dates and goat cheese were both phenomenal. Would go back again.

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HaileyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Great food, drinks and service as always. Just a bummer that every time I make a reservation well in advance for outdoor seating they don't call to tell you that you won't be seated outside prior to arriving. Instead, they tell you when you get there that outside is booked. Normally not too big of a deal but at their restaurant the inside is extremely loud, dark and small – very different vibe from their courtyard seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service is always!! Every time I’m in town, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reena is always a must stop!

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 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 7181 OpenTable diners.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.leye.com/gift-cards/?utm_source=opentable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=holiday%202020&utm_content=cbbr%20confirmation%20email.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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