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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

#20 of 7,635 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
Lincoln Park
Spanish, Contemporary
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2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Armitage)
+1 773-935-5000
Today
9:00 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
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Shorewood, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated a late x-mas with my son's fiancee'. First time there. Loved it. Lots of action--it was packed on a Tuesday night. We had beef, chicken, Octopus, scallops, seafood paella. 2 types of Sangria. We will be back!!

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Thank Mark G
Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner with 10 and sat at a long table in front of the restaurant. Tapas style worked perfect because the dishes can be shared and it is fun to discover the different flavors. We ordered 20 different dishes, had a big jar of sangria and yummy deserts. All enjoyed the evening. Only that was missing was a big... More 

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Elburn, Illinois
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had about 10 of us and did family style. No idea what all the things we had were but the simple truth is everything was really good. We tried all the flavors of SanGria and they were solid. They had a bar next door and I wish we had time to hang out as it really looked like old... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to make eating an experience Cafe Ba Ba Reeba delivers . My family prefers tapas as you can try variety . There were very unique items on the menu which we have seen no where. Amazing taste. Brunch options on weekend which allows you to explore both lunch and breakfast menus. The spicy Bloody Mary is great... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere and food at this restaurant are great, We normally visit a different tapas restaurant in the city and gave this one a try. It started badly as they did not have our reservation on file even with I having the reservation confirmation email and number. After a while we were told that they were running 15-20 minutes behind... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I eat here every chance I get when I visit Chicago. It's a quick cab ride from the mag mile and well worth the visit. We usually go with a group of 6-8 so we can order a variety of small plates. Even my teens love it here and we comment that we have never ordered a plate we didn't... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is amazing!! we tried 6 different dishes and all of them great. When we arrived the kitchen was about to close and they were still able to accomodate us and serve us amazing food. The food and beer menu is pretty authentic and has many Spanish items.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came with a large party of 9. The food was tasteful but somewhat inconsistent. We had 2 orders of each tapa and 2 types of paella. One of the paellas was "al dente", the others rice was fine, one of the calamaris was soggy and rubbery the other one was fine. One of the short ribs was stringy, the other... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Will never get tired of this place!! The tapas are great, they have amazing gluten free options and the quality is always the same. My favorite options are the bacon wrapped dates, the patatas bravas, tortilla española and the pimientos de padrón. The classic sangria is my favorite drink.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've had Tapas all over the world, and who knew that Chicago would have one of the best Tapas menus anywhere? The food is delicious, authentic and the variety of choices is vast. Don't miss the Paella choices - several and all of them great. The sangrias are terrific and, again, several good choices. The excellent meal was matched by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Cuisine
Spanish, Contemporary
Meals
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, Valet Parking, Delivery, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
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
    (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.
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