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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7696 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 178 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 7,696 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

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Diner

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the tapas, which were very good and fun to share. The service was excellent and very helpful in making selections. It's obvious why Cafe BaBaReeba has been there for so many years.
  2. MB

    MarjolaineB

    Northern Territory

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really good food but too noisy. The windows on the roof should be able to open.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a great time :) very busy, make sure u make a reservation to skip and hastle.
  4. JF

    JacqnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent good. Waiter was frieny and knowledgeable.
  5. JO

    JoshyOhMyGoshy

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always awesome. Food was great, waiter was great, love, love, love! Can’t wait to come back!
  6. MG

    MeiG

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Tapas were perfectly sized for sharing among three or four people. We had several of the tapas plus the paella and enjoyed everything.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, good drinks, great service. The paella was incredible - can’t wait to come back!
  8. LK

    LivK

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Sangria was amazing!
  9. RS

    RaSam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot, just gets really loud. Be aware that it will be hard to talk to one another.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here many times, always enjoy it!
  11. BS

    BrittanyS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my favorite place for authentic tapas! highly recommend!
  12. MW

    MichaelWLL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    We made a reservation two weeks in advance, once arrived we were seated at a long table that would seat eight. Not the privacy we come to expect celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary.
  13. S

    Stratford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food5service4ambience4
    We made a reservation for 4 pm and ordered the paella. We also indicated it was a birthday. Both were overlooked. We were told it would take 45 minutes even though we pre ordered. It looked as if 2 other tables were made to wait for their paella. No bread was served, no appetizer was offered gratis for their mistakes. Very disappointing especially as Lettuce is pretty good overall. The server was nice.
  14. C

    Chi456

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful server - JG! We loved it as always!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days 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.
  17. L

    Lasanz85

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

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

    JustinT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was great, as always! The white peach sangria was made with love. We got all of our regulars (potatas bravas, garlic potato salad, piri-piri chicken) & tried the blue cheese tenderloin — it was delicious and grilled perfectly. Service was great & friendlier than normal.
  22. J

    Justathought

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been a customer for 18 years and this place never disappoints. Always the freshest, fastest served food. Delicious!
  23. VS

    VikramS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    Jef1f

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for brunch
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo perfecto
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun and excellent restaurant. Loved the flight of sangria. The little plates and paella we had were amazing. Highly recommend this place for a fun evening out or celebration!
  30. SC

    ShawnC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience all around!!
  31. KM

    KMac

    Rome

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

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

    OscarB

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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.
  34. JM

    JennyM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    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.
  35. EM

    ErynM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    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
  36. 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
  37. 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!
  38. 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
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

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 7696 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 178 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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