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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8
4.8
7989 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 226 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 7,989 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. AP

    AlexP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  2. FO

    FOODIE

    Chicago

    75 reviews

    2.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. PA

    PAULAD

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  5. T

    Theos

    Chicago

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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
  6. O

    Omar007

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing 10/10
  9. JR

    JacalynR

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.
  10. N

    Natasha

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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 todayDear 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.

  11. S

    Skym

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    GoodEats

    Chicago

    290 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    290 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, excellent food. Chorizo wrapped dates and paella stood out amongst them all
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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!
  17. MH

    MaryH

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really good food!
  18. MM

    MeganM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent and the service is great. The house sangria is amazing and everything is reasonably priced. It is always crazy busy so a reservation is a must!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great food and drinks!
  20. P

    Paulina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was very attentive and helpful. We had an party member with a food allergy and she kept us informed about everything. And we really appreciate it!! She was also great at providing recommendations. The food was also fantastic. Loved all of the tapas on the menu!!! Thank you for the fun experience! Will come back again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious food and good times. Waiter was excellent and everything we ate/drank was fabulous
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vicente our waiter was absolutely amazing! Knows his stuff there and can tell he loves his job.
  23. D

    Daphne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the dishes were fantastic and came out within 15-20 minutes of ordering. The pitcher of sangria is perfect for a table of 4!
  24. KM

    KaiMustacheGuy

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was very accommodating and I very much appreciated it! We will return just because of her!
  25. H

    Hannah

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely waitress and phenomenal food! She recommended the octopus and it was so delicious I’ll talk about it for the next week. Everything else we ordered was delicious too - try the piripiri chicken and the stuffed mushrooms too!
  26. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I expected a lot since it’s so hard to get a Rez here. But I found the food mediocre. Having lived in Spain, I didn’t think the tapas were anything special. The chorizo - which is a Spanish mainstay - and chicken were blah.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Amazing food and experience. They are clearly a bit understaffed and I feel for the staff running around. We saw our waiter maybe twice and the other time we had to flag him down real quick. Otherwise, absolutely fantastic!

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded on January 12, 2023Dear Valued Guest, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us, especially in regards to some of the service you received. 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.

  28. SS

    SherryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to have a decent gathering with friends. Love the sangria!
  29. A

    Adams07

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated a birthday, and chose Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, not having been to Spanish restaurant we took a gamble. With 4.8 stars and almost 8000 reviews it couldn’t be bad, right!?!? We ordered plenty of Tapas they were outstanding, we also order the chicken paella which everyone in our party was not a fan of, I am going to guess it has saffron in it which none of us had ever had, it wasn’t bad, just we would not order that again, but we will definitely go back for sure!! I docked one star off, just for the Paella.
  30. L

    Luv2dine

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Love this place and its ambience and would definitely go back. Patatas Braves ftw always
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing. Server was super knowledge and helpful with providing the vegan options and helped us sign up for rewards. Busy and noisy but still a great Chicago spot
  32. BG

    BurnellG

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a date night with my wife and took her to a restaurant that she hadn't been to in years. We both truly enjoyed it. Will definitely be back and will recommend it to others. Lots of great choices on the menu.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is one of my favorite places. I usually come a few times a year. This time the paella was not as flavorful as it usually is and was a bit soggy.
  34. MS

    MarielS

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We’ve always loved Cafe BBREEBA but recently the quantity of food have gone down. I know it’s tapas and it’s small portion but the Shrimp Ajilio is more garlic than shrimp, the grilled octopus is more potato than octopus, and bread is not complimentary anymore but either way, we’ll still keep going cos it’s the best tapas in town
  35. MC

    MaryC

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food was definitely not as good as in past visits. And the Bloody Mary was marginal and I have had an excellent Bloody Mary here in prior visits. Not rushing back anytime soon.
  36. KM

    KatherineM

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and the service is impeccable. Such kind, efficient servers!
  37. JF

    JFHP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We went for early dinner with our 8 and 10 year olds. The kids liked trying lots of different things and we were able to order our own plates too. I was surprised to have to ask for and pay for bread at a tapas bar though, I thought it used to come to the table with olive oil when you sat down. The charcuterie board only came with 2 pieces of tomato toast, disappointing since the rest is all meat and cheese . . . . Overall, we a fun night and great server and will come back.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Definitely recommend the shishito peppers. Service was also great and quick.
  39. RO

    ROBERTC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT service. Very careful and skilled on handling food allergies.
  40. SS

    SophieS

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Food and service were excellent but the room was not comfortable. It felt cold at times or hot air was blowing over us and we were squeezed at the table. I would not recommend this restaurant in the winter !

    Café Ba-Ba-ReebaResponded on January 5, 2023Dear Sophie, I'm so sorry to hear of your recent less than acceptable experience with us. We always try to exceed our guest's expectations but unfortunately, sometimes fall short. Customer feedback is very important to us. Would you be willing to provide your contact information so I can have one of our managers get in touch? We truly appreciate your time; thank you. - Teresa M.

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 7989 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 226 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

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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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