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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#59 of 8,487 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Lincoln Park
Spanish, Contemporary, Tapas
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2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Armitage)
Just North East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
+1 773-935-5000
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Today
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago's original Spanish tapas bar, serving the...
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago's original Spanish tapas bar, serving the Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1985.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

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  • 205
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  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Tapas for the Group

We had a large group meet here at a recommendation from a local friend. The food was delicious! We had a set meal for everyone based on recommendations by the restaurant. We had a nice mix of different things. The brussel sprout salad was quite delectable...yes I said delectable. The bacon wrapped... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
tetringer
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San Antonio, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
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San Antonio, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

We had a large group meet here at a recommendation from a local friend. The food was delicious! We had a set meal for everyone based on recommendations by the restaurant. We had a nice mix of different things. The brussel sprout salad was quite delectable...yes I said delectable. The bacon wrapped dates and grilled squid in olive oil and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Three of us showed up without a reservation at 7:30pm on a Saturday night - and while we couldn't get a table, we were encouraged to grab a drink and wait for bar space or a high-top table as it shouldn't be too long of a wait. Within ten minutes we were seated at the bar and ready for our... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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106 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My wife and I went to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba recently for lunch. Restaurant is located in heart of Lincoln Park. We went for lunch on a Saturday and it was very packed. We decided to sit at bar area. The service was excellent and friendly. There is large range of various Spanish tapas type dishes. There was bloody mary... More 

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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We tried the original red sangria. It was horrible. We had to return it. The garlic shrimp tapa was good. The 3 pork paella was just ok. The pork belly was kinda fatty. The dessert tapas butter scotch and chocolate cake were really good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is definitely worth our trip to the Lincoln neighbourhood. The octopus and the paella was just lovely... And the tapa size desserts were perfect guiltless options. We had a great time.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We went here to celebrate my husband's birthday before going to a show. We didn't know but they were participating in Restaurant Week when we went and they had some great deals. We just chose our own range of tapas -and thoroughly enjoyed them. The ingredients were fresh, the flavouring delicious. We also had some beautiful desserts -compete with a... More 

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Waterford, Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This was my second time at Cafe Babareeba and it didnt disappoint! The food is amazing, atmosphere is great and staff is friendly and informative. If you've never tried tapas before THIS is your place. You wont be disappointed. Each plate if food is so carefully thought out and executed. One of my favorite Chicago resturants for sure.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very neat, warm, vibrant Spanish style restaurant near heart of Chicago. Lots of tapas to select from with friendly and upbeat staff the aromas reminds one of traditional Spanish or south European restaurants and the homemade breads & dishes will guarantee that you'll return. Need to call ahead for reservations as both the well appointed, classy bar and restaurant areas... More 

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canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

A very lively, busy restaurant with good service and delicious tapas. Its nice to get out of the MagMile touristy area to eat with the locals.

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Dothan, Alabama
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

47 countries in to my travel, Cafe Babareeba is literally my favorite restaurant in the world! Chicago is the original location, and the Cafe in Las Vegas is equally as fantastic! It is a tapas experience. I go for the foodie experience, but many enjoy the beautiful pitchers of sangria. You can chose the tapas portions, or they have paella... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
    (Armitage)
  • Public Transportation: Just North East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
  • Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
  • Phone Number: +1 773-935-5000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Contemporary, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget

Description

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago's original Spanish tapas bar, serving the Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1985.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Lincoln Park

Neighborhood Profile
Lincoln Park
Head to the North Side of Chicago for a stroll through one of the city’s greenest neighborhoods. Lincoln Park boasts over 1200 acres of green space complete with a free zoo open to visitors year-round. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is lined with parks, row homes, boutiques, taverns, and nature. Lincoln Park itself borders the lakefront area offering peaceful views of the water and the Chicago skyline. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of the most popular attractions in the area, with the Chicago History Museum a close second. Armitage Avenue is where you’ll find great shopping from high-end retailers and small boutiques, whereas Clark Street houses cafes and restaurants. For more highbrow entertainment, walk along Lincoln Avenue to find some of Chicago’s finer museums and theaters.