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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 8,268 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
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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85% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
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 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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69 reviews 69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This place is just entertaining and always great...food, drinks, atmosphere - they hit on all of it. It is noisy and you will have to wait but it's all worth it. Every time we are in Chicago we find this place...we say "OK, next time let's try something new...and then there we are back at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! The neighborhood can't... More

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Austin, Texas
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89 reviews 89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My local friend made our reservation well in advance so our indoor patio table was waiting for us. It was difficult to narrow down our choices from the menu. Our waitress was able to help us select by describing the items in detail. The two of us ordered 5 plates plus dessert and we felt like we had too much... More

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Austin, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Oh, my gosh...best and most delicious assortment of tapas I've ever seen or tasted! Loved that we could just look over the list and choose from each category; the size of each order was perfect for my daughter and me, the wine list was just right, and the price was very reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Antioch, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

It had been about 10 years since I had been, but my rave reviews are still very much warranted! The chorizo wrapped figs, the shrimp with garlic/red pepper flakes, bacon wrapped dates, deviled egg, blue cheese tenderloin and stuffed mushrooms were fantastic! The shrimp and figs were out of this world. Had a 1/2 pitcher o f classic red sangria,... More

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