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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
8015 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 162 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 8,015 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

    Tapas / Small Plates

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Most Booked

  • Chicago

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  1. LG

    LucasG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Amazing food, nice ambiance, delicious sangria, efficient and nice service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Puebla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and vibe !
  3. AP

    AsmitaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, great ambience. We got free dessert for our anniversary.
  4. s

    sammyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great server, always fun. Red sangria, potatoes bravas, and their flan are a must.
  5. JT

    JimT

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salmon dates strip steak
  6. HM

    HollyM

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite!
  7. JB

    JudithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant week portions were large, tasty and so much fun to share.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!!!
  9. GM

    GustavoM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing, specially the paellas. Always great restaurant for any occasion.
  10. DW

    DajaW

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great experience per usual. The sangria flight was delicious
  11. SL

    ShanaL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for the first time during restaurant week. The dinner menu was fantastic everything we tried was delicious. For $42/person it felt like we definitely got our money's worth with sangria, 2 small apps each, a first and 2nd course and dessert. Loved the warm vibe of the space and the service team was on top of their game. Would recommend!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to show a new flame one of my favorite places to dine out and it was his first time. He loved it and I know would definitely be back as well!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great.
  14. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week and it was wonderful! Best tapas around and my new favorite in Lincoln Park.
  15. v

    vivanina

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The restaurant week deal is a fantastic way to try places that I normally would not go to.
  16. KA

    KAH456

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We intended to go for restaurant week menu..but when we arrived we went with everyday choices. NO issue with the restaurant week menu but, it had a been a while since our last visit so we wanted som of our favorite tapas. All were amazing! Our server was very welcoming and pleasant. She gave us time between courses and food came out in great time once we ordered. Desserts were also good and the sangria was delicious. Valet service and attendants also great! Hope to get back sooner vs. later. We are never disappointed!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    So they at first tried seating us in this room off to the side literally directly across the mens bathroom like 4 feet away from it lol. I requested to move and we did. The food was great service was good drinks were delicious. I did make note it’s a birthday, i’m not sure if they do anything special for birthdays but nothing was mentioned which kind of sucks because you go somewhere for a special occasion spending 200 dollars for 2 people it’d be nice to have the birthday acknowledged especially when it’s your guests birthday and you’re taking them out. Overall the vibe is good I think the host stand could use work
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Emma went above and beyond as a server! will come back just for her!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Only “issue” was we were sat 30 minutes after our reservation started but we enjoyed a cocktail at the bar. Just a heads up in case it’s super busy when you arrive at your res time! Food and drinks 10/10!
  20. I

    Innsywincy

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The paella was so good and my server was so kind to offer me a to go bag that i unfortunately forgot to bring with me. I’m still upset about it! But other than that, everything else that I ordered were amazing too. Always love coming here
  21. ML

    MrsLove

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is awesome all the time. I’ve never had a bad meal here. The reason for the review is the waiter and the hostess. They were really nice and friendly. They gave my daughter crayons and pixie straws to play with during dinner. They just made the experience so much better
  22. ST

    STEFANP

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always solid
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and delicious food all around. Shishito peppers and beef empanadas were delicious. Octopus and deviled eggs were great too! Butterscotch dessert and flan was to die for. Pomegranate and ginger sangria was yummy! Highly highly recommend. Waitress was great and Mark the GM was so accommodating and excellent!
  24. N

    Nicolas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious! Came in for Chicago Restaurant Week and was very pleased with the pricing as well as the amount of food available to try.
  25. AP

    AlexP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great support staff but we were not fond of our server. Very off, seemed bothered and timing was terrible for our food. Extra bread to accompany an appetizer literally took 20 minutes, it was cold. Would ask if I needed a refill when my glass was more than half full and be no where to be found when my glass sat empty for 5 minutes. Dessert and payment took too long as well
  26. FO

    FOODIE

    Chicago

    75 reviews

    2.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was OK. Not great. Food came out slow. Server acted like we were bothering him. When food was served to us, no one took the time to explain what we were eating. Restaurant was not very busy. We will definitely not be coming back. However, to not be completely negative, the valet was very nice.
  27. PA

    PAULAD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the Restaurant Week menu - just amazing!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  29. T

    Theos

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff greeted us and we have to wait about 10 minutes or so for our table which is not bad. The restaurant was pretty crowded for Sunday night. Our waitstaff were friendly and helpful. We did tapas for dinner. Great choices. All very delicious. Spaced well. We really enjoyed our dinner and we recommend going here
  30. O

    Omar007

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend! Great place for date night! Excellent food choices!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always delicious here. The food is aleays on point and the sangria is always so delicious one of my favorite places.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 10/10
  33. JR

    JacalynR

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We booked for the 2023 Restaurant Week and decided to order off the menu instead. The deviled egg was delicious, but the cold potato and egg were less than par. Really enjoyed the tenderloin benedict brunch choice and the grilled octopus was tender but a small portion for an $18 item. Overall, we would return, but perhaps there's a better tapas restaurant in Chicago.
  34. N

    Natasha

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went for my birthday dinner!! I did put birthday in the reservation but no one really acknowledged it and we all felt awakes asking for a little celebration so that’s as unfortunate. food was absolutely amazing. we got so many tapas to share with 5 people and they were extremely accommodating with our dietary restrictions and suggestions.

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded on January 27, 2023Dear Natasha, I'm so sorry to hear you did not have a good experience with the quality of service. 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. -Teresa M.

  35. S

    Skym

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food-good service for a busy night! We plan to go back
  36. GE

    GoodEats

    Chicago

    293 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    293 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at Ba-Ba-Reeba! The pork shoulder confit, chicken thigh and chorizo paella was exceptional.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food. Chorizo wrapped dates and paella stood out amongst them all
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and the food was great! Lots of different options, including vegetarian options. Will definitely be visiting again!
  39. c

    calliemc4

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, great experience with my friends for a fun dinner!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing time! I’ve been a loyal customer to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for over a decade, love the place!

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 takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 935-5000.

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is rated 4.8 stars by 8015 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 162 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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