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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
(773) 935-5000
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Ranked #65 of 8,279 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $21 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Portuguese, Spanish, Tapas, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Cross street: Armitage
Transit: Just North East of the Brown Line on Armitage.
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305 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is a favorite restaurant of mine and I keep going back over and over and never get tired of this place. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by reading the faces of the wait and bus staff. Are they frazzled, slow, tired, hard to find? Here they are genuinely friendly, know the menu, continuously clear away the... More

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chicago, illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had been talking about going here for a long time and we finally got there. There was a little bit of dithering at the front desk about our reservation but we got seated pretty quickly. The place is quite large with several big rooms and one smaller one. I think there might have been a private room in the... More

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Muskegon, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I am going to sound repetitive but this place was, for us, as good as Café Ibérico. Service was quick and friendly, tapas were fantastic and sangría was tasty and refreshing. We recommend it highly, the prices are very reasonable and, in spite of having many customers, we could carry a nice conversation.

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Being a vegetarian, my options were always limited. Was surprised to see the number of vegetarian options Cafe Ba-ba-Reeba. The tapas are outstanding and we absolutely loved the food. One best part of this restaurant is they don't wait for all the dishes to be cooked, they serve you stuff as and when it's ready, so you need not starve... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We arrived during dinner time without a reservation, however we were still seated promptly. The restaurant did get much busier when we were there however, so i would recommend a reservation to be safe. The atmosphere was lively with very friendly staff. Plenty of variety of food and drinks to choose from. I had the pork loin kebabs, and short... More

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

We were seated right away and the waiter was very helpful explaining all our options. My wife requested a gluten free menu and had a lot to choose from. We don't go out for tapas often so I don't have much to compare it to but we both left satisfied. Save room for the flan!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I'm from Europe and have been in Spain plenty......also visited plenty tapas restaurants in the USA....I will keep my review simple.....I liked all the Tapas we had.....aside from the Paella.....it tasted more like a "dirty creole rice" ....certainly not a Spanish paella with yellow rice......come on Ba Ba Reeba..,,,you have a great place there.....improve your Paella !!!!

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I celebrated both my 60th and 72nd birthdays at this restaurant plus have been here many other times. The tapas are outstanding with a tremendous variety. I spent two weeks in Spain and these equal any I had there. The atmosphere is lively and colorful. Do save room for dessert. I am not a sangria fan, but those whom I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I love coming here with a group of people. The food is great and its perfect for sharing. One of my favorite parts of eating here is that they bring things out as they're ready - so you're never waiting long for your food. Cafe Ba-Ba- Reeba can get really busy so I recommend always making a reservation. Waits can... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I really like Tapas restaurants that have gluten free options and are willing to adjust their menu to fit gluten free as well. This restaurant is nice on the inside, has outdoor seating, and plenty of street parking. They have gluten free bread as well.

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