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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
5109 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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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
Matt Holmes
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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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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.
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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 5109 People Are Saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

I like to try new places when I’m in Chicago visiting my daughter. We were able to get a reservation for the same day, surprising for a Saturday night. The place was very busy but we were seated on time, and our drink orders were promptly taken. We ordered appetizers which were delicious. Our waiter was attentive but let us take our time to decide on our next course. For a busy Saturday night we did not feel rushed, and were able to linger and enjoy. The dishes came out in stages and we did have to ask the status of 2 of our tapas, but they were served quickly soon after. Food was flavorful, and the atmosphere was lively if a bit loud. Would recommend and would go again.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had a great time! Food was excellent and our server was attentive and accommodating

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food and sangria was excellent, service at the bar was a bit lacking but our waitress was very attentive and brought us a glass of champagne on the house at the end of our meal.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food for when my mom comes to town. Paella is phenomenal!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food as always great prices

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Great meal and service, and the atmosphere were fun. Reservations are a MUST here, and we were there on a Monday night!!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Bloody Mary bar is good and $10 glass of vodka seemed appropriate. We asked for another table since we were shuttled to the back room. A little too dark for Mothers Day brunch. We did get a different table and it was better but not great. Tables in the original part of the restaurant are in my opinion better. The place was busy, service good but very dirty. Floor was slick and there was trash from the trays very visible on the floors. Kind of gross and not sure anyone was really paying attention to that end of the service. We were given a $10 coupon by the manager to use at a later date. Would have been nice if they gave the mom's a pre-made simple dessert choice instead of a coupon. Tacky........like the floors!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was a special occasion - Mother’s day. The restaurant has great reviews and I decided to bring my mom. Can’t complain about the food, it was good. The service was just terrible! The waiter did not listed carefully and resulted bringing one salad instead of two. I was sitting for another 10 minutes waiting for my salad. We were waiting then for 15 minutes before our desert arrived. It was sitting on a counter awaiting someone to pick it up. And another guy stepped in to check us out. Overrated place, was not great choice for the Mother’s day. Won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We love coming here and we got a last minute reservation fo Mother's Day. We were nervous that our 9 year old wouldn't be a fan but he loved it. It was great and the service was top notch

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a great restaurant. This is my fourth adventeure here and it is always perfect. The food is great. The portions are wonderful. There is great ambiance, and of course excellent service :)

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother's Day breakfast and there was something for everyone! Only downside was that several of our dishes came out just lukewarm rather than hot, which affected the flavor a bit. Otherwise it was a lovely meal with good service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Café Ba Ba Reeba is the place to go for any and all occasions. They steady hit it out the park with their service, ambiance, and best of all their food. Just Go!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great spot! Great food and fun atmosphere. Close to the train and in a nice area to walk around. Friendly, knowledgeable wait staff.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Wonderful staff, wonderful food, always a consistent positive menu and I thank you for all of everyone’s hard work! I’ll be back :) cheers
-lisa

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The food was unbelievable. Top quality service. A wonderful evening

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Awesome atmosphere! The meatballs and Brussel sprout salad are incredible.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great food and service. Wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great tapas and atmosphere! I have come here 2-3 times this past month alone. I am addicted to their food. The sangrias are super good as well.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Didn't know what to expect, heard good things from co-workers. Definitely coming back. Good food, great service, price is very reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Awesome place. All other tapas is put to shame.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My family loves this restaurant! The food is consistently good and the service is great. It is a good place to go when you have 6+ people because you can get a taste of so many different items off the menu. Weekends they have a Bloody Mary Bar that is a must!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Hands down, one of my favorite restaurants to visit in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Fun vibe, delicious food.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

One of my favorite local restaurants. Love everything about it.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Best place ever hands freaking down. Will let others know to come here too

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2.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We have been here twice before and had a wonderful experience, regarding service and delicious food. We went there for a special occasion this past week while entertaining friends from out of town. They did a great job accommodating our request for having a quiet spot so one of our guests with a hearing loss could be involved in our conversation.

In our opinion, our server was short and condescending . An example was we ordered a bottle of wine ( it was half price bottle night). She told us they had run out and couldn't find anymore. We all ordered an alternative. When bringing a glass of wine ordered by the glass, the server stated that they had found the bottle, but since I already ordered the wine by the glass, she said"oh well".

We ordered paella. It was bland and would not recommend .

We asked for separate checks as food allergy and personal taste dictated we order our own plates in lieu of sharing plates which is what a tapas bar usually does. She seemed very "put off" and irritated by our request and stayed: "We usually do not do this, but for you we will make an exception". She repeated this three or four times.

We were going to the theatre nearby after dinner. It was a very warm day and did not want to leave our leftovers in the car. We asked if we could have ice added to our leftover contra or. Our server told us that was not possible. We asked her to check with the management . She said again they would not do so. We asked again, and she said again, they would make an exception , and they would save our leftovers in their fridge.

When we came back to get our food, and were greeted proffesionally and given our food.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Amazing food! Amazing drinks (loved the sangria, super fresh and summer-y)! Service was great and it was pretty reasonably priced for Tapas.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our first time there. The food and service were excellent. We were very pleased.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food was good . The restaurant is skittle but noisy.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great meal.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

For brunch, lunch, or dinner - a great Chicago spot for over three decades.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Good food but overall very rich, regardless of what we ordered. Makes you wonder if they can prepare food not relying on high amount of fat and salt that is yet more satisfying

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2.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We made a reservation and had to wait an hour. The manager was offering charcuterie boards to other people (apparently we didn’t wait long enough?) as an apology and I overheard him say that they had a private event that set them back. Still, it was disappointing to have made a reservation and still have a significant wait.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My friend is from Spain and we were all in town this weekend. He really enjoyed the authenticity of the tapas-style dining. The sangria and food were amazing... as always!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Service was great. It was a busy night, which I think it normally is. Our reservation was 15 minutes behind. But they seated us as soon as they could and gave us a free dessert trio on the house for the inconvenience. It was loud so you do have to speak up a bit. But the food was good, it was my first time visiting. I would definitely be returning, but maybe for lunch when it would be less busy and more quiet.

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1.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Despite making reservations weeks in advance, there were no tables available when we arrived. The whole restaurant, including the bar where we waited, was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation with anyone we weren't directly next to. After more than 30 minutes we still weren't seated (with not even an apology from the staff for keeping us waiting) and we decided to leave instead. An utterly disappointing experience.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Service was superb! Atmosphere is lively. We tried six items. Four were terrific. One was really good. The lamb was not a hit...and I love lamb. The short rib was to die for!!!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Buen restaurant, comida y atención 100% recomendable

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great reliable spot for when you are craving tapas. Always very consistent food and service. The only downer was the noise level was a bit much. Some sound absorbing panels might be a good idea. I wouldn't label it energetic, I would just call it too loud!

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2.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Despite making a reservation, they were 30 minutes behind to seat us. It seems like they knew this would be an issue, but never bothered to call me and let me know ahead of time. They then texted to tell me the table was ready, so we rushed to finish our drinks and pay our tab, only to arrive back at the restaurant to wait another 10 minutes to be seated. The food was great, but the beginning of our experience was very disappointing.

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