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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#41 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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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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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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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 tapas restaurant but a little pricey...

Great place to unwind and get a drink. Excellent place to take friends and family. Their tapas are unique and tasty. Atmosphere and service is very nice. Sangria is excellent. Cons: - Tapas can get pricey as you experiment thru each of your favorite ones. - Prices may come to you as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to unwind and get a drink. Excellent place to take friends and family. Their tapas are unique and tasty. Atmosphere and service is very nice. Sangria is excellent. Cons: - Tapas can get pricey as you experiment thru each of your favorite ones. - Prices may come to you as a surprise if you over indulge in Sangria,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is a good solid choice. It has lot of seating. There is a small patio and a lot of inside seating. There are all kinds of nooks and crannys that have tables so you never feel like you are in a huge restaurant. Our server was pretty good but not great on refills and drinks. No big deal... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This was our first visit to this popular Tapas type restaurant. The menu looked reasonable and most of our choices were good (but not great)- except one, which they cheerfully took back and did not charge for. The bill was about twice what we expected (about $80 for brunch for two, with half pitcher of Sangria). I doubt if we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

first thing: attentive service, but out of our way once the food was on the table. Date-glazed bacon side: order it. Pintxos platter: one of us ordered it, but with all the other tapas we ordered, this didn't quite get finished. The platter is enough for one person if other dishes are not ordered or are at a minimum. The... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I've heard about this spot, as it's one of the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants, so I've been wanting to try it. I went during happy hour and sat at the bar. There was a small but good selection of happy hour tapas - some for $1 (1-2 bites each) and others for $3 (pretty standard size small plates). Since they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a great spot for a fun and festive night. Service definitely varies- some nights (and not necessarily the "busy" nights) an individual tapa may take upwards of 30 minutes to come out, which can get frustrating when you need more than a few to get a satisfying meal. Great for a celebratory occasion, girls' night out, or a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ate here last night. Solid tapas place. I was impressed with the shrimp and salmon dishes as well as the Sangria. Less than impressed with the pork cheek (dry). We had fun though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is our go- to restaurant for family fun and incredible food. We love to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and soon we will be celebrating our daughter's rehearsal dinner before her wedding. We always have wonderful service and the food is not only delectable, but so are the amazing drinks. If you like sangria, be sure to share a pitcher so... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Service was very good and so were the drinks. My friends who had the mojitos said they were the best they've ever had. The food was good but not drool-worthy. It's a very nice atmosphere. All that being said, I think we have more restaurants to explore in the city rather than return, although, I would definitely come back for... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I first went to Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba the first year it opened in 1986. It was awesome then and it is awesome now. I took my family there a few weekends ago and my son born in 1986 was shocked when I told him the restaurant was the same age as him! The service is great and the choices are... 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 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Contemporary, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, 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.