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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#16 of 7,466 Restaurants in Chicago
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Neighborhood:
Lincoln Park
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2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-4314 (Armitage)
+1 773-935-5000
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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
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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had dinner here for the first time and it was extraordinary!! The deviled egg and olive starters were wonderful and the garlic shrimp was superb. It was the perfect amount of food. I'm not a huge dessert person but I loved the cheesecake. We tried the red and white wine flights with dinner and it was fun to experience wines... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We've been here twice and have loved it both times. We love the variety on the tapas menu and like that you have the option on the weekend to do regular tapas or their take on brunch. We sat at the bar both times and have found the bar staff to be extremely friendly and attentive. We found the prices... More 

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david.pattison@chrobinson.com
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this is a busy restaurant in a busy neighborhood, so parking can be a challenge. I like the old brick feel of the interior. this is tapas style eating, so try lots of stuff. we had the chicken dish and short ribs that were both very good. also had the scallops that were excellent. booked our res. on open table.

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Thank Daveptaz
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You should book ahead. Opentable is useful here. Vibrant young crowd. Nice ambience. Great food. Try as many tapas as you can eat/afford! Nothing bad.

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great food, really fun atmosphere. Great cocktails. Excellent small plate menu. Reservations are a must as the place is very popular.

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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place for tapas(small plates) and good drinks and service. Shared: Goat cheese baked in a delicious tomato sauce and toasted garlic bread, & beef tenderloin & blue cheese & the boneless fried chicken thighs, & garlic shrimp – which was to die for. All delicious along with their delicious homemade bread, great drinks and lively atmosphere made for a... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tapas in an eclectic and trendy setting. The tortilla is phenomenal and the best item on the menu. Bsure to make reservations well ahead as it is popular.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is quite large. The service is excellent and it's quite a popular place. I felt that the restaurant was very warm though. We asked to be moved, but it was still too warm. They need better air conditioning. I felt it took away from the enjoyment of our dinner and we were anxious to leave. The food was... More 

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Dunwoody, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a return visit to this cafe up near Lincoln Park. We went for brunch and had some wonderfully inventive breakfast tapas. Although I had been to the cafe before, my guests had not and the verdict was unanimous - we would all go back next time we are in Chicago. Good service and a nice mix of savory... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us visited this restaurant for a wonderful meal-we had a variety of small plates, including fried calamari, a satisfying paella, bacon wrapped dates, and wood oven roasted vegetables. Our waiter helped narrow the menu by pointing out the most popular dishes, and accommodated dietary needs. The only less than stellar item was the really boring Sangria, but the... More 

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
Spanish, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Gluten Free
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-4314
    (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
Description
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago's original Spanish tapas bar, serving the Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1985.

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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.