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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7591 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

8:00 PM


Booked 192 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 7,591 people are saying

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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

    Most Booked

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  1. c

    camille

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Are at the bar over tapas and some drinks. Great casual date. The roasted peppers were the best but the garlic shrimp and bacon wrapped dates were favourites as well. The bar service was above average, helpful with wine tasting. This is a go-to for sure.
  2. DH

    DarrenH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service coupled with excellent food - what else can a group ask for?
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The paella was awesome and so were the tapas! The paella was too good we forgot to take pics!
  4. JB

    JimBMaine

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Enjoyable meal - service and attention was great - pretty noisy and the food was fine - not awesome but fine
  5. S

    Sinead

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Booked a table here for my partners birthday. We were seated by a back bar that had ESPN on TV right in front of us, and there was too much foot traffic to comfortably sit across from each other. I didn't want to be feel like I was in a sports bar for an occasion but that was the case. I was very disappointed in the ambience, but I feel if we had have been seated in another area I would have had a different experience. No issues with service, food was decent. Just felt let down as I wanted the birthday dinner to feel special.
  6. CM

    CynthiaM

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is still as good as I remembered from years ago. Fun place, always a crowd.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I left my wallet after dinner,but they found it for me!!The manager waited me came to pick it up until almost Midnight🥹🥹. The food was amazing and the price is absolutely reasonable~I strongly recommend this restaurant for everyday dining and party!
  8. JB

    JorgeB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the best places to eat, everything is soo good. The sangria is amazing, and I usually don't like them.
  9. N

    Noah

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Brussels sprouts salad was great to start with, so crisp and refreshing. The brunch paella was very good and came out much faster (and bigger!) than expected. The croquettes were a real highlight, they were amazing, and so was the side sauce. The tenderloin was a bit overpowered by the bleu cheese, so we didn't get much meat flavor there.
  10. AW

    AlexisW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The food was great as always , but they decided to sit us in the veranda room that’s basically outside it was so hot both me and boyfriend got sick sitting out there. They should give you the option when making reservations to pick if you want inside or out. It’s just to hot out there for most.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 1 day agoDear Alexis W., I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to where you were seated and that you felt it was too warm and uncomfortable. 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. Eric L.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great time. Great service. Great food. Awesome time. Thank you Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba staff for a great time.
  12. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent tapas and great atmosphere! Our server was helpful and kind. Can’t wait to go back!
  13. J

    cassJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was all incredible and our server was so helpful and was always up to recommend something new for us to try!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service3ambience4
    Food and service were good up until the end. One of the workers was getting rid of the dishes, and while I was packing up the leftover paella in boxes, he just stood there and waited. And he also took away the lemons/sauce without asking and I wanted it to take home. I felt extremely rushed and annoyed. Also, the waitress never added my LEYE points so now I have to email.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 1 day agoDear Valued Guest, 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. Eric L.

  15. f

    faithxflow

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Just okay! Our server was great and the staff was friendly. The food was underwhelming unfortunately.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 1 day agoDear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to our menu offerings. 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. Eric L.

  16. D

    Dnarx79

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place, service is excellent everyone is super friendly. Only thing is is is very loud
  17. LR

    LucyR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There’s something so comforting about how much has stayed the same since I last came, around 20 years ago. The food is insanely delicious and comes out shockingly fast. The waitstaff seems to WANT to be working, which is even rarer and more appreciated these days. Get the hangar steak. Order like three.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING TAPAS
  19. AG

    AdrianaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent from start to finish. Everything we ordered was delicious, our server was helpful and knowledgeable and SAs were on top of every used plate and water refill. Couldn't ask for a better experience.
  20. AR

    AmandaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The restaurant is a nice environment, the service was very good. The food was okay, nothing great. It was an alright experience, but I don't think I would go again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the vibe and delicious food! Highly recommend
  22. D

    Djk802

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, jammed pack with people enjoying the Ba Ba Reba experience. It’s a local favorite and well deserved as such
  23. MK

    MarcK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening surrounded by tables of happy patrons and delicious food.
  24. C

    Cfredrickson

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good all around. It was very noisy.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day - our waiter was absolutely amazing!
  26. AV

    AliV

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service
  27. SY

    SaraYO

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun spot to celebrate Father's Day. Great food and service.
  28. W

    Wannabetasty

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    I’m sad to say that our group was disappointed in the Sunday brunch. We were hoping for more breakfast items and what they offered was just ok (other than the spicey potatoes which was amazing). Empanadas we’re very good but breakfast items, not so much. We’ll return but for lunch and/or dinner.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 4 days agoDear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to our brunch selection. 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. Eric L.

  29. RA

    RiseAndFly

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here multiple times. Quality and service are the best, as always!
  30. d

    dleyyy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I loved Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! We really enjoyed the sangria, goat cheese, dates, and chicken skewers. It seems like you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Highly recommend!
  31. TJ

    TaylorJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    They completely changed the menu and was not what I was expecting at all. I miss the menu before Covid. Very disappointing we barely ate anything and spent $200. Ended up going somewhere else to eat right after

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 4 days agoDear Taylor J., I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to your dissatisfaction with our current menu. 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. Eric L

  32. TP

    ThomasP

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is delicious here. We have our favorite choices and get them every time. The bacon wrapped dates and black-raspberry sangria are must haves. The service is excellent. Make your plans in advance. We would love to see the chicken curry salad make a comeback. Maybe even a season item. We miss it a lot. Well done again!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Table and napkins were dirty
  34. RL

    RobertL

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a night out with our adult kids! Loved the food! Favorites were: beef skewer, ham croquets, burrata,sangria passion fruit!), stuffed mushrooms and paella!!! Great night!
  35. LM

    LauraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and ambience as usual! Waiter was awesome!
  36. a

    abelgen

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It's quite expensive for what's it's worth. Most of the food feels like you can do it yourself at home, not as good as they make it, but it'd be achievable. Something as simple as bacon wrapped dates shouldn't be $10. They advertise their happy hour, which is only available at the bar, but the sitting space at the bar is very limited, maybe 15 seats maximum. Whereas the entire restaurant is gigantic and has more than 50 tables easily. So the happy hour is available to less than 5% of their customers even during happy hour.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Food was incredible. Fabulous service!
  38. HM

    HarrisM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The service was great. The food was just ok. Particularly for the price.
  39. S

    Stephan

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    I've eaten here a few times in the past and loved it, this time (on 6/12/22) the food seemed not as good. All the stuff I loved in the past seemed less than I remembered. Not sure if covid changed some things here (because he last time I was here was before covid) but like I said, not as good and that's why I gave it three stars. I still think its a good restaurant, just not as good as in the past.
  40. b

    bde61

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    I brought a large group (was supposed to be 10 people, then 7 came; 5 adults and 2 small children). We had a large table which was good. The mango margarita was very good and the desserts too. The food was a little bit on the "heavy" side, especially the fried stuff (calamari, chicken). Service was attentive but made feel a tad rushed. So all in all a good experience, especially with the two small children.

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 7591 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 192 times today
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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