Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

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5682 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

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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.
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going over 30 years and never been disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and unique as always. Everything is always so flavorful, one of our favorite places in the city!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We had to ask to move because we were sat near the kitchen entrance. The food was ok, not the best tapas we have had.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with baby. Went well

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MS
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best paella and Bloody Mary Bar

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P
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a must-dine when friends or family are in town, and this weekend was no exception. Despite how busy the restaurant is, we never felt rushed, our server was so lovely and helped make great recommendations, and the food was AWESOME. We loved the lamb skewers, chicken and chorizo skewers, the chicken empanada is awesome, and the rest is all delicious. We had theater tickets and made the show in good time with no stress of being late. See you soon, Babareeba!

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LA
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for a long time and each time we come we have an even better experience than the last. Can't say enough good things about the food, atmosphere, and service.

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l
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant of over 20 years! Everything is delicious! The perfect place to dine with family and friends for brunch, lunch or dinner and to share Spanish style tapas. Our favorites include Patatas Bravas, Bacon Wrapped Dates, and empanadas.

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i
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delight to dine here. Their brunch is so enjoyable. The wait staff is helpful in answering any questions. Their Bloody Mary bar offers so many delicious options to your drink. Whether for brunch on the weekends or dinner they never disappoint.

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MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

BaBa always great, but the seating is so hard. Would have liked a better table but we will take what we can get.

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M
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Please make reservations in advance to save yourself the headache of a 2 hour wait.

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NN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We went there to celebrate and the place was perfect. The food was mostly great (our only dissappointment was with the paella, which was way too dry and tasted more like a regular rice plate with toppings). The variety of tapas was perfect and the Bloody Mary bar very cool.

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H
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always! Brought my friend here who is GF and I called ahead to see if there were gluten free options — I had no idea there is an entire gluten free menu! This should be advertised more for the GF community.

Highly recommend everything on the menu - we loved the black raspberry sangria to share.

Celebrated my birthday early and our waitress brought me a dessert - so sweet.

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RA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a great time, delicious as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously, so amazing! I love this place.

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HN
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Indianapolis but whenever we're up in Chicago for a weekend we try to make a visit to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. It's a big favorite for all ages, the food is delicious, and the milieu is fun.

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SO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Good for vegetarians. Good sangria. Would recommend.

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CG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Plates were dirty. Sangria was a pitcher of mostly ice. Waiter was great. Food good and bad.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom and I went out for dinner at this place and we loved everything, from the tasty food to the outstanding service and ambiance. Would recommend it to anyone!

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HP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service is great. Fun atmosphere. My only complaint is the metal chairs. I know it is a trend in the restaurant business but they are ugly and incredibly uncomfortable. Fortunately, wood chairs are available and were swapped out when I asked them to please change chairs. Would definitely go back.

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A
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tapas food in Chicago. I’ve been a loyal customer for many years!

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S
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service was amazing ! The environment was beautiful and I did not expect it to be so spacious inside. Food came out on perfect timing. Dishes were amazing !

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place! Try the spicy potatoes, shaved brussel sprout salad & the sangria!

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SG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Chicago restaurants! The food is always quality and they are so accommodating of me being Gluten Free (love the menu is so clear and that the wait staff knows what is just cross contamination and what actually has gluten in it!)

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V
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba never disappoints! Been going there for 30 years!

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KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was terrific! Server was helpful and friendly but we often found ourselves wanting things and the server wasn't there. We needed refills and waited for some time. We didn't have enough flatware and had to ask. We never got bread, though tables sat after us did, and we had to ask. This is a small complaint, I suppose, but the cumulative effect was frustrating.

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GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

BaBa Reeba is one of our favorite restaurants. We've been going for 20 years. This past Sunday felt like the service was slow. Waited along time for casa de cabra we placed with another tapas order. Also, Paella was not as flavorful or crispy on the bottom as we have experienced in the past. Hope this was just an unusual experience.

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NU
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. The service was great. It was noisy it still pretty great

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place!!! Beautiful interior and well attentive staff. Food was delicious and the sangria comes in large amounts if requested. Great for a big party but make reservations for sure

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NL
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Fun atmosphere, great variety of food. Something for everyone. That's our go-to place for casual family gatherings. Celebrated our daughter's birthday and they added a special treat for the celebration. Great sangria too!

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AA
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch experience!

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RO
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Dinner was great but brunch the following day was out of this world!

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l
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been in three years and was not disappointed! Always a fantastic selection of tapas to choose from making every visit a unique experience. Lively atmosphere and great value I find when compared to other restaurants in the area.

We will return on our next trip to Chicago!

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TB
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner. The menu is simply amazing, and the service was excellent. We can't wait to return.

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TF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Great food and drinks. A bit pricey

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! The food was great and we enjoyed the brunch tapas.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Get the dates. And the braised short ribs. And the spicy potatoes.

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ms. Paz our server was outstanding! So attentive and caring! Loved our experience with her 😊

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I went to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for their happy hour and it was well worth it. Their sangria was delicious. And I loved the beef empanadas. I will definitely be back!

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great.

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