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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#46 of 7,756 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
11:30 am - 12:00 am
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
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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  • 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
Great Sunday Brunch choice

My son took us on Sunday for the Bloody Mary bar (awesome) and lunch. Mixed up cold and hot small plates and split a paella- lots of food. Service was average but it was busy. Food was good, but the hit was the Bloody Mary bar. If you like Spanish tapas, this is a very fine choice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Jeffrey S
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Quincy, IL
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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Quincy, IL
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My son took us on Sunday for the Bloody Mary bar (awesome) and lunch. Mixed up cold and hot small plates and split a paella- lots of food. Service was average but it was busy. Food was good, but the hit was the Bloody Mary bar. If you like Spanish tapas, this is a very fine choice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

If you love tapas and you love food with a flare from Spain, this is the place to go. Tucked onto Halstead St. in the LIncoln Park neighborhood. At 7:00pm there was a lively crowd at the bar and seated in various areas of the restaurant. I had called ahead for a special occasion delivery of cupcakes to be served... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

With the feel of a hot new spot Lettuce Entertain You did it again. Great service. 4-5 star tapas. We had the 5 best sellers we heard waiters suggesting. Goat cheese . bacon wrapped figs. Salmon. All memorable. They were all lively. The desserts were all tasty and small portioned. Perfect ! The only question mark was I ordered a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

We really loved this place. The food was excellent, very tasty and perfect for sharing. Our favorite dish was the grilled squid! Great ambiance, the seating, the atmosphere, the music. Service was A+, our server stayed with us even past the closing hour, and got us complimentary deeserts!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is another one of my favorite go-to places in Chicago, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has an awesome tapas menu! It can be a little loud in there, so if you are looking for a quiet dinner, this is not the place. I have had most of the menu (been going there for years) and I have loved everything! Two thumbs up!

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Calgary, AB
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I wish this was in our city! We would visit all the time! A very well done tapas restaurant, with great service and great food quality at pretty good prices. Our fave were the berry sangria, the chorizo dates, the garlic shrimp, and dessert trio. Great experience start to finish. Fun and lively, with funky decor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

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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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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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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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: Dining on a budget, Large groups

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.