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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5058 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
Matt Holmes
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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.
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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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mom with our “Tapas for Mamas” brunch! Enjoy Pintxos such as Deviled Egg with Bacon, Short Stack of Pancakes, Spinach & Artichoke Crepe, as well as a variety of brunch tapas, egg dishes, and breakfast paella. Plus, all moms will leave with a surprise gift compliments of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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.
What 5058 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Hanger steak and white sangria were our favorites!

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5.0Dined a day ago

It was an amazing experience and the food was delicious

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

More than anything, I loved the ambiance. We were fortunate to sit in the all seasons patio area and went for a date night on a Tuesday night. Sangria was great and bacon wrapped dates are a must. Service was good, but average and the server was slow to take our check. The chicken paella was a hit with me, but not for my partner. Nothing that is bringing me back when there are other places to try in Chicago.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing service and incredible food! We ate 6 different things + dessert + drinks and were pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the bill was. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Always delicious and fun for brunch great Bloody Mary bar

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Never disappoints! Every time I bring friends here, everybody leaves happy.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Paella was amazing! Would go back to try other dishes on the menu.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Our service was terrible. We waited and waited and had to keep asking out server to check on our order. At one point, a man with a blue tooth in his ear, not dressed as a server, brought us a dish. In the middle of things our server disappeared and a new one appeared that had no idea what we ordered. I like this place but the service was shockingly bad.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I love everything about this place. Food is amazing!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We have come here so many times and continue to love it every time. Service and food are amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Love the food here! We were lucky to get a table around the bar area so we had way more leg room and were able to have a conversation since it can be pretty loud in here. The service was great and since we had an issue getting our table management gave us free dessert! That was such a nice touch on their behalf. Love it here. Will always come back.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Sangria is always a winner here. This time we went Cava Sangria, and while very refreshing, I'd stick to the traditional. Food is always good, and service is on top of it. It does get a little tight amongst the tables sometimes, that's one thing I would change if I could.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

No since I’m leaving a bad review. Every place is not for everyone! Just not for me! Hope your experience is better.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always great food and great service , and don't forget to order a pitcher of sangria.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Divorce party

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Overall good food and ambience. Tapas are larger proportions than expected.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Heard my co worker talking about this place and loved to try tapas. Sunday brunch is a big deal for routine for my family every time i'm off on a week end. Parking can be a challenge in this area but I use the park whiz and it was fine, otherwise, this restaurant has a valet for $13. The restaurant is large enough to accommodate group of people but the seat is pretty much close to each other. The menu had choices for brunch but we choose to try tapas. The french toast and rib sandwich was a hit in my family but miss short stacked of pancakes. Seared salmon was just okay and if your into paella, order it early because it takes a while for them to make it. By the time our seafood paella came, we were already full but it was very tasty next day. The noise was vibrant but not loud and can still have conversation with your family without shouting at each other. Overall, i would recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food as always!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I absolutely loved it! I lived in Spain for a couple years, so I loved that they had some authentic tapas found in Spain. The food was delicious and it was a very cool place.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent selection, value and ambiance! Will definitely come back and try more from the menu

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was absolutely horrible. It was my birthday too. Our waitress was rude and forgetful. It took us forever to get our food, and when we did order it always seemed to be an issue/our waitress seemed very judgmental. My friend tried to order a birthday dessert and it took forever bc our waitress was dismissive of our table, but catered to the table next to us. Hugely disappointed in Cafe Baba Reeba as I’ve eaten here many times and it’s always been one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. Not sure if I’ll be returning as I had a subpar birthday experience.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

College reunion baby!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing tapas and sangria! Tapas are portioned for 2 very hungry people. 3-4 tapas were more than enough! Max, our waiter, was attentive, friendly, kind and all-around awesome! Great meal!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

the tapas and the sangria were amazing!I will definitely return often.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great per usual

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Bacon wrapped dates, brussel sprouts, scallops, and the spices potatoes are definitely mist-haves if you go here.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was good

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch - excellent

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Have been before for dinner, but went for brunch this time- I definitely recommend it as a unique brunch spot. The Citrus French Toast was fantastic, as was the bacon Mac n cheese dish. There’s a Bloody Mary bar, as well!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Love Cafe Ba-ba-reeba! Every time I come here I leave happy and full, the food and service is always excellent, one of the restaurants I always recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Very good, we will forsure come back. Lots of things we didn’t get to try.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

My husband and I came with our two young children for a weeknight dinner while visiting the area for spring break. This was a great experience for all; the food and drink was delicious and there was something for everyone - even my picky two year old left with a full belly. The ambiance was warm with lively conversation such that we didn’t worry about other tables even noticing if our kids had a fit of some sort as they sometimes do. They have kids menu options, activity packs, kid cups with lids. It was great to be able to enjoy a quality meal and drinks as a family.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Grilled octpus was amazing!! I will definitely visit again soon. One of the best restaurant for friends' get- together in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food in a fun atmosphere. The selections are all so fresh and flavorful. The hardest part is narrowing down to a few dishes to try. I was here five years ago on a business trip and this week everything was as good as I remembered.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Everything was perfect. We had a great time.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We've been coming here for 20+ years. Great Tapas and sangria! Needs cleaner updated decor though.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The tapes were good and came quickly. Our server was very attentive and nice.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

One of my favorites! Great food, excellent service, and pleasant atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

It was our 30th anniversary so we were a bit dismayed by the crowds and noise level when we arrived and realized most people in the restaurant weren't even born thirty years ago. Bad choice? But everything ran like clockwork. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we were seated at 8:31. Cocktails and first tapas came promptly, the wine arrived just ahead of the entree, and any need we had was addressed promptly. It's just too loud to be romantic, but thankfully they stuck us in a corner where the walls on either side of us enabled conversation. On Saturday nights on Chicago you can often wait long past your reservation to sit down and your meal may take hours to arrive, so we give Ba-Ba-Reeba high marks for their tight ship.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Good food, “amazing” peach sangria, with an energetic vibe!

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