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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7877 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
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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 180 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 7,877 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. JH

    JulieH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Blood Orange Sangria was delicious ! Food was very tasty and timed very nicely !
  2. SM

    SteveM

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was solid as always and our server was very good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly staff and delicious food
  4. LH

    LinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is great and our server is very good.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Sara, was excellent. She provided helpful information to accommodate our needs. The food was delicious. Thank you!
  6. R

    Rosy

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time we come to Chicago, we love to eat at Cafe BaBaReeba, the food never disappoints and the service is always amazing.
  7. J

    Jeannes

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Portions even for tapas are smaller than in the past and the prices are way higher
  8. FC

    FranC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was insanely good. We had to get extras of most things even with two paella orders. Our server was fantastic! Very helpful, welcoming, and constantly recommending things or checking that everything was okay. We were a party of 14 and the location was more than accommodating to us and other large parties. My whole family enjoyed the experience and everyone would definitely return!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!
  10. JL

    JoseL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  11. CK

    CharlesK

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Good food as usual. Service rushed. Table wasn’t ready for 10/15 min after our reservation, which was fine but then we were pretty rushed out of there. Server was okay, but not enthusiastic at all and everyone else seemed to just want their shift to end. Used to love this place and I’ll be back but was definitely an off night ( I hope)

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 3 days agoDear Charles, 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 email so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback, Thank you, Teresa M.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our waitress was kind but seemed overwhelmed. We ordered immediately but after ten minutes nothing came. Our waitress asked if we wanted to order more, but we hadn’t even eaten yet. When one of the three dishes cane, we were confused because two should have been the same. One apparently went to another table. It was a decent but not worth the money visit. I have been frequenting this restaurant since 2008 and it is sad to see it go downhill. They are just riding their notoriety and it doesn’t make me eager to return.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded 3 days 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 email so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your feedback, Thank you, Teresa M.

  13. AO

    AlliO

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    Our food was delicious! We were seated though next to a huge rowdy group, so it was often hard to hear our conversations at our table for 2.
  14. J

    Jlis10b

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sangria was 🔥 We had the seafood paella and the chicken and pork paella. Both were outstanding! We requested a specific table because we had our toddler and they were able to accommodate. We had an amazing time and will definitely be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food and service were both spectacular. It’s great for parties or a night out. Unfortunate, we chose to go on our Wedding Anniversary and we’re seated between a table of kids and a fun party of 8. Not the most romantic setting for a date night or anniversary. But, the food, wine, and service were all A+. The ambiance…not so amazing. Lol
  16. S

    Salud

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, this spot never disappoints. The food is delicious, wait staff very helpful, and it is always a pleasure to dine here. Everything was delicious!
  17. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food and ambiance, it's a really fun restaurant! Pricy but the food is delicious.
  18. C

    Carlos

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service! Food was amazing, and I recommend the sangria.
  19. CA

    CarolineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time back this year. One of my fiancé and my favorite restaurants
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    I requested specifically a quieter area in advance and they sit us in the middle of the biggest salon, we had people passing through around us 100% of the time, we could not hear each other or the waiters, it was beyond loud. Since I requested a quite area in advance, we were not specking a dead silence, but at least a corner table, of course my guests were not comfortable at all. They charge for bread in a Spanish Tapas restaurant??? Incredible!!!!! How do you eat Tapas with not bread, the charcuterie’s board came exactly with 3 tiny pieces of bread for the whole board, so basically you end up eating the charcuterie by itself, I just simply don’t have words for this nonsense. The top of the cheesecake was burned. For the price paid, I was really not impressed at all.
  21. JP

    JosephP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food. Service was excellent. Very upbeat vibe.
  22. s

    saad

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Food was awesome but I wish it was a little quieter.
  23. D

    Diner

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was very, very good but the beef with blue cheese, which was over cooked. The waitperson did say it would be done medium, but it was dry.
  24. AF

    AracelyF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing server, I cannot recall her name, to be honest I was having dinner with a friend I had not seen in over a couple of years and we were mostly focused on catching up. But, I do know we were attended to very often and it was reassuring.
  25. MA

    MaryAnnW

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, quick and friendly service. Pretty loud and bustling, even on a weekday night.
  26. IL

    IsabelleL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We waited 20 minutes for our table that I reserved which meant we overstayed our welcome (the restaurant was closing and we were still there) which was tough as that was not our fault.
  27. A

    Alyssa

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall great dinner. Our waitress was very attentive and food was excellent. Never had a bad meal here.
  28. MC

    MeganC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent selection of sangrias and tapas at Cafe Ba-ba-reeba. I recommend this to anyone looking to dine out in Lincoln Park, it is always a great experience! The only thing was that it was a bit difficult to chase down our waiter when we had to leave to make a show at Park West, but it was also during a dinner rush, so it was completely understandable.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tapas were all great and I especially loved the sangria flight!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, service was perfect (always around when we needed something, never intrusive), and the hostess was accommodating when we messaged that we we running late. A great night.
  31. G

    Gina

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely incredible, some of the best I have ever had. Everything was fresh and well seasoned without being overly salty. The drinks were so good. The sangria flight was perfect for my first time trying their sangrias.
  32. VS

    VickiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All plates were delicious!! Fun place to go to share small bites.
  33. I

    Ilianag

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is the best paella in Chicago !!! Really good service and the empanadas I can’t wait to come back again!
  34. n

    natalieo

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    JB rocks !! Great waiter with a great sense of humor .
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our corner where the table was smelled horrible. Not sure what the smell was.
  36. GF

    GenevieveF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. So many amazing things on the menu, you might as well try them all
  37. MH

    MelissaH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I haven’t been here in a long time but the food was just as good as I remember. We had a reservation, which I recommend doing, but we got there 30 minutes early. At first the hostess said she couldn’t seat us and we had to wait 30 minutes but after noticing some empty tables I asked if we could be seated earlier. The manager was kind enough to allow us to sit earlier. I had to send back one of our dishes since it was a little under cooked for our taste. When they brought it back they apologized which wasn’t necessary but appreciated. They also gave us two desserts for free since we had to send back a dish. That was so nice of them!! Overall great place! It was pretty noisy though so hard to have conversation but fun atmosphere!
  38. a

    ajga

    Indiana

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the sangria was delicious. Love this place!!!
  39. SB

    SuzanneB

    Chicago

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going here for 30 years and it is still amazing. My friends LOVED it and can’t wait to go back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is fantastic. Well prepared and presented. Tasty and delicious. I’d say identical to what you would be served at a bar with tapas in Barcelona. The red sangria is among the best that I have enjoyed. Our waiter was excellent. He checked in and greeted us soon after we were seated. As it was our first time, He explained the menu and the ordering process. He periodically checked in with us - wry appropriate frequency. The main downside is that it is loud! I had to talk very loudly (almost screaming) to my dinner partner who was less than 3 feet away. Perhaps some sound -deadening artwork on the walls or ceiling would help. Nevertheless, will definitely, definitely enjoy Ba-Ba-Reeba again in the near future.

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 7877 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 180 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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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