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Sat, 2/24
8:00 PM

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4968 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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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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 or to book your party, call our Special Events Department at (773) 935-5000.
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Cross Street
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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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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 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.
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
What 4968 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Always an amazing time here! Food and service were exceptional, was a bit noisy but overall such a great time!

darahlee (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food is Great! Service was great! Atmosphere is fun!

Lauren (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Good service and good food! The portions were smaller than I remembered, but the food was still enjoyable. Cozy and cool vibe.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We always seem to get the same waitress and we always feel just a tad rushed. I mean yes we get you want to turn the table but gosh you’re putting a $40 tip on the it.

Other than that....we live for this place.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Food and service was amazing!

ChrisG (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We celebrated a birthday. The birthday girl had never been to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. She loved being able to taste all the different dishes, the peach sangria and the exciting atmosphere.

vipFranz42 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic vibe, great selection of well prepared items, speedy service, good and reasonable wine list!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My daughter’s birthday unfortunately after some tapas my daughter got sick not from food. Just bad timing the entire staff couldn’t have been more attentive and courteous. Thank you for having such a great staff.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is fun, energetic and you are not rushed. It's a great place to sit, relax, eat and catch up with friends. The food is fun and very, very good! Lots of young people but great for all ages.

OpenTable Diner (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was delicious and the servers helped each other out.