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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba



2024 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60614

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(773) 935-5000

  • Sun - 9:00am - 10:00pm
  • Mon - Thu 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Fri 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Sat 9:00am - 12:00am

Cuisine: Bars, Cafes, Spanish Restaurants

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4.7 of 5.0 from 88 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Blogger Reviews of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba

  • Eating For Sanity on Jan 28, 2014

    My girlfriend recommended ordering the short ribs. And I was glad she did. The dish comes with a sizable short rib that has been braised for quite some time. The tenderness shows that. It is served with manchego mashed potatoes, grilled onions, brussel sprouts, and ripened red jalapeños. The entire dish was incredible.

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  • og1corpchef reviewNow living in Houston, TX. one place I like to mention to anyone visiting Chicago is this excellent restaurant. My dining there was a unique experience. The menu has an excellent choice. The Paella is fantastic. Everything has a unique and excellent taste to it. I strongly recommend outdoor dining around summer/fall. I feel prices are reasonable for the quality of food and drink. Try some spanish wine. Visiting Chicago? You will really dig this place.

    44444 by og1corpchef


  • Jamil reviewHow many times have you ever thought about just eating a bunch of appetizers? Well, at this restaurant ... that would be the normal way to go!While the food is good, what makes this place most enjoyable its unique style of dining. My wife and I ordered & shared about 8 different dishes, filled ourselves up and at a very reasonable price.

    44444 by Jamil


  • RogerRabbit reviewThis place is bursting at the seams and there’s good reason for it: Amazing tapas and an energetic atmosphere make for an exciting dining experience. Made-to-order paella and mouth-watering tapas are pleasing to the stomach and easy on the wallet. The patio is very popular. It was really cool sitting on the covered patio during a massive thunderstorm. We ordered nine dishes and while some dishes were better than others, they were all good. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was fun, and the service was great. Don't forget to try the Sangria!!! I have been to one other Tapas place in D.C. (Jaleo). It was not as good as Café Ba Ba Reeba.

    44444 by RogerRabbit


  • Lettuce Entertain YouDon't miss the bliss. We're giving away a $250 gift card to CafĂ© Ba-Ba-Reeba. Click here for your chance to win!

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  • Claire G.Not a ton of vegetarian/vegan options, but the sangria is on point!

    55555 by Claire G.


  • J.r. H.Expensive prices for serving sizes that wouldn't feed a womp rat. Poor service if you order just water to drink, which tastes worse than well water, & no blue milk. Obviously, Sith run establishment.

    22222 by J.r. H.


  • Cristina N.Loved the bacon wrapped shrimp and chorizo wrapped dates!

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  • SofĂ­a B.White peach sangria is divine. Try the bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates!

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  • Mike M.Try the grilled squid

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  • Kelly D.Get the butterscotch!

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  • Dena F.You can never go wrong with bacon wrapped dates. I really enjoyed the pintxos platter, specifically the goat cheese croqueta with lemon gastrique and the roasted beet crostini! Yum!

    55555 by Dena F.


  • Anamaria H.The bacon wrapped dates are heavenly. The sangria is also perfection.

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  • Georgie W.Free dranks bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Veronica H.Pleasantly surprised it wasnt overly salty. loved the Spinach mushrooms, brussel sprouts and the meatballs. loved the fresh sangria

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  • NancyCaramelized bananas for dessert were to die for! Perfect size! And the bacon wrapped shrimp was amazing!

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  • Trevor C.Everyone is going to recommend the bacon-wrapped dates or the spinach-artichoke mushrooms, but I say make sure to get the Blue Cheese Beef and save room for the Butterscotch after. WHOA!

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  • Brian C.Get the tenderloin topped with bleu cheese!

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  • Sundar A.Great Spanish tapas, the food and the service was amazing.

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  • Manuel S.If you've been, you know it's awesome. If you've never been, it is a loss you are experiencing.

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  • Social N.A great selection of tapas with a nicely organized menu. The endive salad, short rib and empanadas are especially worth ordering. The service is very helpful and accommodating.

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  • Billy C.Great tapas popular restaurant so it gets crowded.

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  • Brian K.The bacon wrapped shrimp and white peach sangria is amazing!!

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  • Adam S.Most killer Bloody Mary bar in the universe. The spot for a boozy brunch to kickstart round II.

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  • Andriana A.Pinxtos platter was amazing and perfectly portioned and priced! White peach sangria is a must try!

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  • Mike M.Spicy potatoes and filet with blue cheese are both great!

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  • Claire M.Loved the bacon-wrapped dates. The Paella Valenciana was very well done and that peach sangria is just dazzling. Do not leave without trying it! One can never have too much sangria.

    55555 by Claire M.


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  • Jake S.Try a little bit of everything, save room for the paella, and avoid sitting at the bar at all costs.

    33333 by Jake S.


  • Theresa M.Definitely go for some paella! It's worth it.

    55555 by Theresa M.


  • M & M.Sangria and spicy potatoes are a must!

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  • Frank B.Try sitting in the Bar, have a drink and great appetizers.

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  • Elaine L.This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Chicago, especially for tapas. Try the roast dates wrapped in bacon and the spicy potatoes w/ tomato alioli, so delicious! The sangria's great too! =)

    55555 by Elaine L.


  • Anna S.Always order a pitcher of Sangria! It's a great deal and delicious! Try things you may not normally eat and obviously share it all!

    55555 by Anna S.


  • George W.They should make their items order-able from my smart phone by adding them to the app "appay biz". That way, I can order ahead using "appay"!!!!!!!!!!!

    33333 by George W.


  • jonasObviously, Dates wrapped in bacon is a must. Goat cheese and sauce - another one to order before you even look at the menu. Try the new Blood Orange Sangria that should go nicely with summer!

    55555 by jonas


  • PaulValet Parking @$11 available... it's pretty hard to find a parking space in this neighborhoods.

    55555 by Paul


  • Oddie G.Bacon wrapped dates and spicy potatoes. Nuff said.

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  • Bill D.Awesome food...the potatos bravos was excellent. Service is outstanding.

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  • Jazmin M.They have gluten free bread :)

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  • Taylor K.Spinach & manchego stuffed mushrooms. Yum. Blue cheese tenderloin & seared scallops. Double yum. But the butterscotch dessert? MUST HAVE. Fun atmosphere & delicious food!

    55555 by Taylor K.


  • Bathilda H.Great service, never disappointed.. Always packed so if you don't mind waiting atleast an hour during busy hours. Glass of sangria! Figure out what you want before server arrives to make it go faster!

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  • Luke V.Delicious... And a definite place to go for a casual, romantic or business occasion... Love the atmosphere and the the way things work there... Tapas is the best at this location so is the staff

    55555 by Luke V.


  • Allie M.Get a pitcher of sangria-- it comes out to more than 6 drinks, by far the best value. Also, I'd argue that the plain red sangria is the better than the (more expensive) flavored ones.

    55555 by Allie M.


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  • Chloe C.As someone that lived in Spain for 4 months, this place is legit. Get a sangria. Use Foursquare for a free appetizer for the table worth $9 and Yelp for a free dessert tapa per customer! DELICIOUS.

    55555 by Chloe C.


  • Thomas A.Sirlon was AMAZING

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  • dennosNot for the hungry

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  • Philly G.Peach sangria is great and pinxto platter

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  • Matt W.Tasty stuff. The beef tenderloin with bleu cheese was fantastic.

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  • ChristyClassic red sangria all the way. Don't get bacon wrapped dates - it's just bacon & there are much better things. A+ to goat cheese croqueta and spicy potatoes (although they're not spicy, at all)

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  • Darrell B.Great restaurant

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  • Allison D.The dates wrapped in bacon are a surprising favorite and the Sangria is awesome!

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  • Andrea G.Chicken and ham croquettes, baked goat cheese are a must!!

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  • Ashley T.Mm tapas! If you’re looking to visit Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and also want to meet interesting new people, they’ve partnered with Grubwithus.com to host a social dinner on the first Thursday of every month.

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  • Allie M.Plain red sangria is way better than any of the (more expensive) flavors

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  • Monty M.Get the sangria of the day and a platter of the tapas bites. The paella is awesome.

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  • Lin H.Try the Cava (via @Foodspotting)

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  • Lettuce Entertain YouEnjoy half-price cocktails & delicious weekly specials, every Monday, the whole month of August, compliments of Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

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  • Kendra S.The bloody Mary bar is genius! You simply must try it.

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  • Sergio N.You have to go with as many people as possible so you can try everything!

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  • Ed D.Great Tapas: try the bacon wrapped dates

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  • Karen H.The Goat cheese tapas are amazing. the dessert is fantastic too.

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  • Jim K.Scallops are unbelievable

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  • JaniceIt's so swt they give u a free pintxos platter on your 1st check in!

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  • Lettuce Entertain YouJoin the Lettuce Wine Club and Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba on Tuesday, 7/10 for a special wine tasting! Think Spain and France all in one night! http://ow.ly/c05iW

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  • Michelle Z.Way better environment than Cafe Iberico. :)

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  • Amanda S.Try the Deviled Eggs (via @Foodspotting)

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  • Michael G.Beef empanadas all the way

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  • Amanda R.GET. THE. BUTTERSCOTCH. CUSTARD. OH. MY. GOD.

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  • Baird Warner ConciergeSuch an amazing atmosphere, and you can't beat the menu! Get the goat cheese marinara.

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  • Brandon T.JUST MADE LOVE TO CAFE BABA REEBA

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  • Chicago magazinePaella comes three ways (we liked the Valenciana, with chicken, pork, green beans, and artichokes) and is available in individual portions.

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  • Darrick C.Great price for really great food. Try the Sangria!

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  • CandersThe brunch pintxos are genius and delicious.

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  • Dorri M.The wood-roasted sweet potato with pomegranate aioli are amazing!

    55555 by Dorri M.


  • Bathilda H.Everything is so freakin good. Nom nom nom!!

    55555 by Bathilda H.


  • Lettuce Entertain YouSangria and a pintxo platter anyone?

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  • Rudy M.The bacon-wrapped dates are the bomba!

    55555 by Rudy M.


  • Roosevelt CollectionBeef short ribs with mashed potatoes - meat falls apart it's so tender.

    55555 by Roosevelt Collection


  • Motorola M.We'd love to go everywhere during Restaurant Week but can't. Show us what you think we should eat the next time we're at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba w/a pic of your dish. Tweet it to us @motorola. Happy eating!

    55555 by Motorola M.


  • Josh A.I always order octopus, but expect the worst...Here it was the best!... well best in the US.

    55555 by Josh A.


  • Kyle L.Passion fruit sangria outstanding - crowd favorite

    55555 by Kyle L.


  • Dana T.FREE Pintxos Platter (one of each bite size tapas) for first-time check-in. Then get the Dessert Pintxos too!

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  • Veronica G.Not impressed w pixta platter as there free offer was not good at all

    22222 by Veronica G.


  • Leslie H.Order the spicy potatoes!

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  • Rebekah P.They have an amazing brunch on weekends. It's quiet, with no wait.

    55555 by Rebekah P.


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