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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#38 of 7,822 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: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Delivery, 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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  • 34
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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
Large plates.

We 3 loved several plates from the regular menu. We enjoyed it so much we decided to try the happy hour at the bar mid afternoon. Where can you get a great tasty small bite for $2-$4? The specialty beer hit the spot as well. We were to full for dinner.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
Bill T
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Ocala, Florida
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Ocala, Florida
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We 3 loved several plates from the regular menu. We enjoyed it so much we decided to try the happy hour at the bar mid afternoon. Where can you get a great tasty small bite for $2-$4? The specialty beer hit the spot as well. We were to full for dinner.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We called to see if we could get into the restaurant Saturday evening and was told there was a two hour wait, So we made reservation for Sunday evening. Couldn't believe how full the restaurant was when we arrived at 6:30. This was the best place to celebrate the ending to a wonderful weekend spent in Chicago. There tapas list... More 

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Chicago
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130 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

I had heard so many good things about this place I decided to book it for my wife's and I wedding anniversary. Frankly it did not meet expectations and out of the last three Tapas restaurants we have recently been to this ranked a distant third. It was not that anything was bad but we had 11 different plates and... More 

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michigan
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very good brunch here the food was excellent as was the service. The bloody Mary bar was great and the staff was very pleasant the food was plentiful there were 8 of us and we all had left overs. I would highly recommend this place for brunch!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Our son took us here during a weekend in Chicago. Wonderful dinner! We started with a pitcher of sangria, which was very good. We made dinner out of several tapas dishes, all of which were excellent. The grilled sausage skewers and the citrus cured salmon, especially, were outstanding. We finished up with a flight of sherry - four different sherries... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is an old stand-by. Good food with some stand-outs like the morcilla, potatas bravas and the short rib. The croquettas are as good as I've had in Spain and shouldn't be missed.

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Coral Gables, Florida
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

In a very nice neighborhood we found this great restaurant. We made reservations and were promptly seated in one of the back rooms which was spacious and already full. The restaurant and bar got full even though this was a Wednesday night and it is a sign of its popularity with the local crowd. The food was tapas and they... More 

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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our Cuban/Mexican friends said we'd do Sunday brunch and took us here. We're not tapas people usually -- and not brunch people usually -- but this was one of our most memorable meals in Chicago. We sat at a table near the bar with sangria to start with and looked through a comprehensive menu. The conversation switched into a Spanish... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The most impressive thing about this restaurant is the quality of the wait staff. These are professional waiters, not just college students there temporarily. The food was quite tasty.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I love all warm tapas and glass of red sangria its my fav spot in Chicago I don't like to eat giant portion so its perfect for me last time while sitting in the bar with my auntie one guest close by paid my check :) it was the best ever happen to me

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Additional Information about Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Address: 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Phone Number: +1 773-935-5000
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Lincoln Park
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Spanish, Contemporary, Tapas

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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, 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.