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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#22 of 7,553 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Lincoln Park
Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-4314 (Armitage)
+1 773-935-5000
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All 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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Duluth, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter and I had been in Granada Spain a few years ago and enjoyed Tapas everywhere we ordered a Cerveza or Tinto Verdano. We relived that experience at Café Ba=Ba-Reeba. We sat at the bar and had several different tapas. The bartender was especially happy that we ordered the Morcilla (blood sausage). The croquettas were also fantastic.

Thank Bjorne3888
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unique and fun place to spend time enjoying out of the ordinary foods. Sampled a number of the topa's and they were all delicious. Friendly helpful staff and servers.

Thank wk r
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10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cozy Large room. We enjoyed a date night on a Sunday Evening and the room was packed. Took a journey through the Tapas menu. Love the Shishito Peppers. Listed as Fried Green Peppers finished with salt..lovely tasty surprise. Loved the Manchego stuffed dates. The bread basket was great. The cocktails ... give those a 3 and the service a 4... More 

Thank Onthegrill
Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great selection of tapas and delicious food. The place has a great bar and lively atmosphere. The restaurant was surprisingly big but service was a bit slow and we waited for dome time to be seated despite having reservations. Good for a night out and sharing with friends.

Thank lectu
Newburgh, New York
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a pleasant surprise this restaurant was. We had dinner with family there and the food was outstanding. It is a tapas restaurant with a multitude of selections. In particular you must try the paella. Our server was excellent and explained our choices.we tried all the desserts....yum

Thank terwic
North Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place for Spanish tapas and more. Vibrant and lively place, excellent food. Can get crowded with long wait times so make a reservation.

Thank VSChicago
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tapas...as long as you understand the concept of getting a bunch of items this place is a blast. I went with my wife and son and we tried about 7-8 dishes all of them were good but we all picked a few which made it a more enjoyable experience! With a big group grab a pitcher as the normal cocktails... More 

Thank Frank R
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Festive atmosphere with lots of attentive servers. Good variety of tapas including veggie dishes, plenty of meat dishes and paella. Try the brussel sprouts salad. Tasty sangria as well. In Lincoln Park close to blues and Wrigley.

Thank ReefWatch
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved everything! Get a pitcher of their classic red sangria and be sure to put your paella order in early! The staff does a great job of bringing out the dishes and is very attentive. The place is loud and a great experience - so it is not the right place for a quiet dinner. If you have never had... More 

Thank NatFaye063
West Sussex, England.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This great Spanish Tapas Bar was recommended to us by the concierge at our hotel in Downtown, as we were heading out to Lincoln Park for the evening. To be honest, if I had just been passing I would not have looked twice at this place but I would have missed out. It is a lot bigger inside than it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Valet Parking, Delivery, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614-4314
  • 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
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Is Chicago's original Spanish tapas bar, serving the Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1985.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • 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.
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