Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5250 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
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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Catering
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 cafebabareeba.com or to book your party, call our Special Events Department at (773) 935-5000.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Armitage
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Parking details
Valet parking for $13.00 (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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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."
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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.
Additional
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

Private Dining

At Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! we can accommodate groups of 10 to 300 in our private and semi-private rooms. We also offer carryout and off-premise catering including aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a tapas restaurant that's been around for a long time. It's ideal for a lot of occasions.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 5250 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Small plate, wide variety. Knowledgable staff and hand-crafted cocktails, with many options

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great food! However, the noise level was so high that we had trouble hearing each other without yelling.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was really good, we went for a special occasion with the family; we asked for all tapas and I can tell these were really good, they were on good time, obviously it wasn't fast because we asked for all the recommendations. Is possible to say is a little bit overpriced, but we really enjoyed our meal; also the kids meals are not enough.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and reasonable prices. This is a great place for any appetite and occasion.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Took my Spanish husband here for his birthday. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great food especially the beef tendeloin and vegetable paella!! Perfection!!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Excellent as usual. Food allergies handled carefully and thoughtfully. Wait staff is always kind and conscientious.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Great food, great ambiance and great service!
Definitely recommend for weekend brunch.
Very casual hang out spot with great food and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Perfect spot on a summer night in Chicago with old friends

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The food is VERY good but it comes in very small portions so the prices do add up after a while

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Lively atmosphere, great food, they accommodated our requested table change without question as we were originally seated next to a large and loud table. Thanks for that!

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

What a fun place to go while in the City! We were recommended by a friend and enjoyed trying many different dishes. Our server was friendly and made good suggestions regarding favorite dishes. We'd go back!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Cafe Ba-ba-reeba. Our waitress was incredible, and made great recommendations and was very attentive. The food was delicious and the drinks were great as well. We were already talking about coming back before we left!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Just eat here! Now!!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Fun atmosphere. Servers were very attentive. If you like the tapas approach to dining this place is for you. We tried a large variety of tapas, our favorites were the goat cheese in tomato sauce and the steak. The caramel brownie dessert they brought us for our anniversary was also really good.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food. We ordered 7 different dishes. My favourite was grilled octopus and stuffed mushrooms. My friend found Little hair in brussels sproud salad so we asked for New one. Manager come to our table and appologized for it which was nice. The salad was so so ... by the way. I like this restaurant and definately come again.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Ba Ba Reeba is our go-to spot. My girlfriends and I go here pretty regularly, and are never disappointed with the food, service, or drinks. The sangria is always so good, and the amount of food + drink you get for the price amazes me every time. This is a great dinner or brunch (surprisingly) spot, and it's great for large groups, get-togethers with girlfriends, or a date spot. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This is one restaurant the whole family loves to go. Great food!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

So so amazing. The potatoes are the best I have had in my life. Also hugely recommend the Spanish omelet, the meatballs and the baked goats cheese. HUGE fan this place is amazing

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Brunch waffles with cream and berries are not to miss!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Had never been here before and was really thrilled with the overall dining experience. Great food, great service in a fun, vibrant setting. There's a reason that they've been around for over 30 years. I'll be back!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Fantastic food and environment! Always a pleasure to dine here.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The food was too salty and too expensive. The service was good.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Very accessible Tapas with many great options. Fun for groups!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Amazing food & sangria

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Everything was good! Especially the small bites but was very disappointed with the grilled octopus especially since it was their special and was the most expensive tapas we order that night. Rather safe that 13$ or gotten two other dishes.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Perfect spot to take two clients to catch up over sangria and tapas. We had Karl as our server. He was fun and attentive while providing all the right suggestions. Definitely go for the spicy potatoes, hanger steak, and the octopus as staples - just be sure to leave room for the natilla flan and affogato for dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Amazing dinner! The food was amazing and the sangria was perfect! We ended up ordering the green peppers and we weren’t super thrilled with them and the waiter took them off the bill which was so not necessary and so nice of him! A+ to Ba Ba Reeba!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Love Baba. One of my favorite restaurants. The tapas experience is so special and decadent— they just really get right.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

We love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. It's a lot of fun trying so many different dishes. And, we're always surprised by the amount of the bill when it comes after having so much to eat! The service is also excellent. It can definitely get a bit noisy - but that's part of the fun. It's a lively, festive place.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Waiter and food were excellent but it was a little loud

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

I have been a fan since they have opened. Food is always great along with the service.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Great experience for our two year anniversary

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I adore this place. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent service and yummy food!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I loved my experience here! We were able to sit outside and enjoy the great weather and there being not a lot of noise!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Love this place! Favorite group dinner restaurant in Chicago. Definitely get goat cheese tomato skillet and the bacon wrapped dates. Also the paella was unreal and tasted like we were back in Spain.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fun atmosphere. Great tacos and delicious guacamole. Margaritas were awesome!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

fav restaurant! Always so amazjng

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The service was very timly, especially considering how packed the restaurant was. The peach sangria was enjoyable and the chicken empanada was our favorite.

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