Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
Eric Jorgensen
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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 or to book your party, call our Special Events Department at (773) 935-5000.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking for $14.00 (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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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 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.
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