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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.8 based on 1859 reviews
Cuisine Type Tapas / Small Plates
Price Range $30 and under
Neighborhood Lincoln Park

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+1 773 935 5000

About Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is Chicago's original tapas restaurant, serving authentic Spanish cuisine in Lincoln Park since 1985. Founding Chef Gabino Sotelino’s menu is designed to share, featuring tapas, pintxos (bite-sized tapas) and the classic Valencian rice dish, paella. Guests will experience a variety of tastes and flavors with signature dishes including Spicy Potatoes (patatas bravas), Baked Goat Cheese in tomato sauce and roasted Bacon-Wrapped Dates. The beverage menu boasts an extensive Spanish wine list, along with six types of sangria ranging from classic red and white to seasonal flavors like white peach and passion fruit. The restaurant is known for a lively atmosphere and warm ambiance, decorated with artwork celebrating Spanish language, cuisine and culture. Guests are invited to dine on the all-season patio,which features a sliding glass roof that opens during warmer months. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is owned by Chef Gabino Sotelino and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.
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Cuisines Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
Dining Style Casual Dining
Phone Number +1 773 935 5000
Website www.cafebabareeba.com
Dress Code Casual Dress
Payment Options AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef Eric Jorgensen
Location 2024 North Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614
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Menus

  1. Lunch Menu
  2. Dinner Menu
  3. Brunch Menu
  4. Gluten Free Menu
  5. Happy Hour Menu
  6. Drinks Menu
  7. Kids Menu
  8. Dessert Menu
  9. Friday Lunch Menu

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4.8
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Based on 1,859 reviews
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Moderate
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was awesome and quick!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful all around! Thank you for a great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were celebrating our 7 year anniversary. All the staff knew we were celebrating and they really took the time to make us feel special. The food was great. It was just a really fun night. Would highly recommend especially if you have never had tapas before!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Worth taking an Uber out of downtown to go here. Paella is fantastic, the croquettes are unreal and the sangria is strong and delicious. \n\nThe service was impeccable and we can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a cafe baba reeba fan from way back. They have good food in nice sized portions. They are especially accommodating for all my allergies. Just a fun place to go!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

YAWN! No idea why this place is still so popular? Tired, stale, dirty, expected, noisy, boring and very bland. This place has lost the plot and not kept up with the times. Very disappointed with pretty much very thing from the moment we walked in the door. If you've never been before I'm sure you'll like it, but believe me it's best days are distant memory. A once great tapas icon reduced to tourist tat, students looking to get drunk and wanna be Lincoln Park hipsters who have yet to figure out that even that style and attitude is out of style. Nothing to see or experience here. Move on. 2 out of 10

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing, and it didn't break the bank. Definitely would recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of my favorites in Chicago. I love going with friends, family or with my bf for date night. So many options and wonderful sangria. This is what you want when you go out for tapas!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The menu had a really good selection, and the tapas we chose were delicious. The paella was little salty, but the seafood; especially the shrimp was perfectly cooked. We ordered a pitcher of raspberry Sangria, which was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious, on time service and meals. Waitress was extremely helpful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We sat at the bar and had great service and as always really great food. Love the tortilla there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'll start with the service was impeccable. The food was just as amazing. Not one dish was so-so -each one was extra amazing.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately, I got food poisoning. My friends and I shared tapas and I alone had the lobster bisque. No one else got sick so it must have been from that. I ended up in the emergency room - it was so bad. Other than that the food was fine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dad in town from East Coast. He LOVED it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The sea bass special was OUTSTANDING! The only problem I have with CBBR is that I EAT TOO MUCH WHEN I DINE THERE!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

this is still one of my favorite spots in chicago, can't go wrong dining here

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

#GetInMyBelly you delicious tapas, sangria, and paella! We (my girlfriends and I) had a wonderful time, the foods was delicious and very filling BUT the star attraction is the GRIA aka Sangria. You think 'you have 1 sangria you've had them all' not the case here; phenomenal and we were beyond tipsy. This place is extremely kid friendly so bring your unruly (kidding) children and have a great family night; its also great for couples stopping in for a date night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun atmosphere, tasty tapas, good drinks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The portions are large for tapas, so if you're used to tapas, think a little smaller when ordering. My partner and I got 5 tapas dishes and had left overs. Food was great, the atmosphere is fun. Server seemed a little over the whole shtick, but was competent and nice and I don't really blame him-it's quite a busy spot so I imagine the nights get long. I still enjoy Babareeba and will probably be back when entertaining people from out of town.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and dining experience. Our server Matt was friendly and very attentive during the entire time we were there. Our food came promptly and was hot and delicious. As it was my first time there, the experience left a memorable impression.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great, our waiter seemed short with all the customers he was serving and didn't check up on us much. I've been to cafe ba bareeba many times and this the first time we have an issue with our server.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food in a fun atmosphere. Restaurant is huge! Service was top-notch and attentive. Small plates means you have to order a lot of food, but it also means you get to try a lot of different things. Everything was fresh. Brought us a complimentary piece of chocolate truffle cake that was amazing for my daughter's birthday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was spectacular! The best service I have ever received at a restaurant. The food is ridiculously tasty. Definitely, one of a kind.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The atmosphere and food were great. The waitress was attentive and well versed on food and any specials. I had a wonderful time and will be back for dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The portions are very small, but friggin delicious...just like I remembered. Great place for a one on one conversation, stuff drinks, and great ambiance. I hadn't been there in almost 10 years, and can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for our Valentine's on Monday night 2/13/2017. We've been here before couple of times, each time had a great experience. We enjoyed menu items 'marked red = chef's recommendations', as well as pitcher of White Peach Sangria was delightful. Our server was very professional available during entire dinner for any questions we had. We'll visit again soon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a very good experience and a great place to go to with friends, big or small group. Must love tapas!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great staff, however very cold (had to sit with coat on during dinner) . Would greatly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved atmosphere and food was high quality with very attentive service too. Sangria tasty as well!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in the country. Make the trip just to done there. AWESOME!!!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the best place for tapas in Chicago! Each dish is outstanding and provides unbelievable flavor. The pitchers of Sangria are a great pairing too!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food quality & portion size were exactly what we expected. The menu is a little pricey, but the service & ambiance make it worth the visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was at Cafe Baba Reba last week on a date. Liked it so much I'm back for brunch. Loved the brunch specials thanks to our server Patrick for his recommendations. He was very knowledgeable and provided us with great service. With that saying I told the manager how Patrick made our brunch experience an enjoyable one. Food was made to perfection. Portions were enough for my friend and I. And the build your own Bloody Mary!!! Oh my that was fun how we can be creative by adding all the garnishes they provided. Thanks again Cafe Baba Reba but I just wish you can be in the west burbs :(

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really good food. Love the bacon wrapped dates, shrimp in oil, blue cheese tenderloin. Everything is wonderful. And the service is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for my birthday lunch with a friend. Great time. Food was fast and delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I absolutely love this place! There isn't anything on the menu that's not delicious. The sangria's are also tasty. The atmosphere is alive and fun. The service is top notch. Their servers know exactly what their doing and are very helpful with helping you choose your dishes. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Tapas and a lively atmosphere! Fun for groups and parties of just two.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been here before but coming back for restaurant week made me realize I need to come more often. It is a tapas place and portions are small but they are to die for. Small plates but BIG flavors. And you can't forgot about sangrias and bloody Mary's. So delicious!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Boring Resturant Week menu.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

not my type of restaurant - loud, had to raise my voice to be heard, cold, kept coat on, did not understand the menu, would not go back,

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The paella was beyond amazing!! Best thing we ate by far however all of the food was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Short rib is unreal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious tapas! Absolutely love so many dishes on the menu! \n\nThe Sangria is excellent. Favorite is the classic Red Sangria. Always enjoy the Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Baked Goat Cheese, Beef Tenderloin & Blue Cheese, Meatballs, Spicy Potatoes, and Seafood Paella. Must try the desserts as well! \n\nPerfect for any occasion. Always a great experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is excellent in every way....Love love love it!!! My only disappointment was that on this particular Sunday, they did not offer their brunch Peenchos (don't know how to spell it)....and did not have the breakfast Paella.....when I took my group there....I specifically went to have those items and they were not serving them because it was Superbowl Sunday......however....we had an excellent brunch and in the end I did not miss what they were not serving that day.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were pleasantly surprised after being told our menu item was not being offered this particular day due to PJ Brunch. This promo of communicated would have been bigger, I would have spent more. Everyone got their tab total back in gift cards. We def will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the food. It's a fun atmosphere, and service is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and tons of options on the menu. The sangria and bacon-wrapped dates are particularly delicious. The only downside is that it can get pretty loud, and therefore pretty hard to hear.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was all very good - we have the restaurant week menu; it was difficult to know what you were ordering at times without assistance from the waiter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

At first they served us complimentary bread, which I think is so good the crust of the bread is tasteful. The paella is the bomb! I can eat this all day, whoever made that dish..I fell in love with it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is always good, service was rather slow this time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tapas for brunch 😍 This place never disappoints and neither does the sangria!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I typically love this restaurant but last night was not great. The food was wonderful as always but we were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time and waited 45 from the time that we were done until we could pay and leave.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A friend of mine and I were looking for a great spot to do happy hour, just a couple of drinks and tapas for hump day. We spent almost 4 or 5 hours downing pitchers of sangria and catching up! We didn't even notice how late it was. The atmosphere was incredible, although it was very loud we were still able to maintain a conversation without screaming into each other's ear. I would definitely recommend this place to other friends and I would definitely go back for another happy hour!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent experience. Delicious food. Waiter was very helpful and accomodating. Great recommendations. Even offered a complimentary dessert since it was our first time. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great time at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. Original intent was happy hour but that option is only available at the bar. There were 3 of us and we split 4 tapas plates & 3 desserts, perfect portion for us and when splitting the bill not too much damage! Our server was wonderful and the service was very speedy and efficient. Definitely a great place to get together with friends, if you have similar taste buds and easily share food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. Squid, pork paella, and custard are all amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Many different varieties of tapas that we all shared from lamb, beef, chicken, octopus and shrimp.\nSeafood paella was terrific and the Red Wine sangria was maybe the best I have ever had.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went here on a double date and it was a lot of fun. Perfect for a group of 4. The menu has variety of options/flavors. A little something for everyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always delicious and lots of fun. Terrific service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Appreciated that staff went above and beyond to accommodate our party that grew from 6 to 7 at the last minute! Hostess was incredibly sweet.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had some really good dishes. The portions were good for a tapas place. The spinach & goat cheese crepes and the breakfast paella were both solid dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reba never disappoints. Food is always delicious & the white sangria is divine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome find in Lincoln Park! Sangria on tap! Food was fantastic too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been dining at Café ba ba Reba for over 25 years and it is still A fun place to go and eat. Although it was incredibly crowded, we had a reservation and were seated right away. Our waiter was attentive but the service was lacking in that we had to ask for water more than once during the evening and he was unable to recommend a glass of wine at the end of the evening (our table had already shared a bottle and I was looking for a comparable wine by the glass).\nThe tapas were tasty and came out at a good pace.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was excellent,food,service and Sangria the best ...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, and Amazing Service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We did the restaurant week menu and it was definitely good, but the kitchen was very backed up so we all got food at different times.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great lunch. we were surprised how JAMMED it was at noon on a Saturday, Food and service were terrific. BUT it was so crowded and loud that we could barely have a conversation!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service, friendly staff, food was good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant week menu was confusing as individual items could be purchased in the same combination for less money off the regular menu. However it was a fantastic experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago for a reason. Never had a bad meal there...and that's pretty good considering I have eaten here at least 50 times, 35 of which I booked on opentable. (You learn this fact when they come up to your table to celebrate your 30th anniversary with them.) Love Ba Ba Reeba!!!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was made clear to me by the restaurant and management. My horrible experience is common for a person of color going to a restaurant in Lincoln park.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba is one of our favorite local spots, and it never disappoints. I think the food has gotten even better in the past few visits - even fresher and more imaginative flavors. We're vegetarians, and the selection for us is one of the best in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing spot. Service was great, food was quick to come out and it was absolutely incredible. One of the best dining experiences I've had. Try the bacon wrapped dates!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Tasty and good atmosphere. Server staffs are friendly and informative.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I LOVED this restaurant. Not only was the food delicious but the vibes were so energetic. Cannot wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very happy with this restaurant as it combines all elements I like - style, coziness, excellent food and great service without breaking a bank

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing place! From the service to the food, everything was fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have enjoyed every meal I have had at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. I went Saturday morning with five girlfriends, it was my second time going for brunch and everyone else's first. The brunch was a big hit and we are already planning another brunch at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. Our table shared a couple orders of patatas bravas then we all ordered on our own. My friend ordered the Pinxtos Platter which looked awesome, and she said it was delicious, the perfect size for a brunch meal and a great value. I had the ham and poached egg hash, which was AMAZING, and the short rib bocadillo. The bocadillo was just okay, probably wouldn't order it in the future. The bocadillos in general were larger than we expected, two of us probably could have shared one considering we all ordered a second tapas item to go with the sandwich. Overall, a great meal, in a great atmosphere for a good value (about $30 per person including drinks).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is a staple; consistently great food and moderately priced in an energetic environment. Always wows out of town guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went there for my birthday- BEST CHOICE EVER! I work at a different tapas restaurant and this is by far the best in Chicago. YOU MUSY TRY IT!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is always good love the small plates

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been to Cafe Baba a million times as every time I go I have the best experience--food and ambiance.\n\nI was disappointed with my visit this time for several reasons. First, we were placed in the back room next to a party of 30 and it was very noisy. Our server was much more attendant to that party then to us, it took almost 20 minutes to get our wine. He also failed to mention that wine is 1/2 off on Tuesday, we didn't figure this out until we got the bill. We would have likely gotten more! He failed to put in one of our food items that we had to ask about. There was also a party in a private room that had a photographer so we had flashing lights in our eyes the entire time. \n\nOf course, this didn't ruin Baba for me because I come so often and love the food, but was disappointed with how Tuesday went! \n\nBest,\nEmily

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been going to Cafe BBREEBA for over a decade now and it's been our favorite. The quality of food and service has not change since. We esp like Flamenco nights! Live Spanish guitars and flamenco dancer... such a treat! This location is always busy so plan ahead and make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I had our second date here. We took my daughter on shared our favorites with her. As usual sangria was great as were patatas bravas and garlic shrimp....mmmm good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great place for brunch! The Bloody Mary bar has great alcohol and topping options (including shrimp)! Citrus French toast with goat cheese is great to share for a sweet brunch ending. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was all great, especially the sangria! Atmosphere was great and the staff was very helpful. Only thing was weird was that we had made a reservation and had to wait 25 minutes for our table, which seems odd but the sangria made the wait just fine!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

never ceases to please me! great for sharing - super fun for good friends and group dates. fantastic drinks compliment tasty food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tapas were interesting, tasty, and fairly priced! The atmosphere is upbeat but not too loud - overall I can't wait to be in Chicago again and go again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always good and consistent. Nice cocktails and good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place. Food is fantastic! Look taking out of town visitors here

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great. Awesome food, great service, and amazing prices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I came during their Friday lunch hours. It was a very small crowd but super warm staff . Loved my selections.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!! They have an interesting and delicious assortment of tapas - something for eveyone! Great Bloody Mary bar at brunch. Fun atmosphere - we celebrated my husband's birthday there over the weekend and they recognized the special occasion with a (free) presentation of a piece of cake and candle. Sangria (multiple flavors)is also awesome. Reservations are definitely recommended.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'd like to hope that this particular trip to Ba-Ba-Reeba was an anomaly, since previous visits there had been of a higher quality. I went for brunch with two other people and we enjoyed the bloody mary bar (great for alcoholic & non-alcoholic options) and more than half of the food we ordered was delivered to other tables plus we ended up getting food that was not ordered by us. Our waiter for very accommodating and took the non-delivered items off our check. Unfortunately, because we had only allocated an hour and a half for brunch, we ended up not getting 1/3 of our order due to needing to leave. The food we did receive was good and I like that it's possible to get non-brunch items, as well as a variety of vegetarian & gluten-free dishes too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Braised short rib was amazing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Chicago has a thriving spanish tapas scene and this place is among the best. Reliable place for good good and sangria. Easy to make a reservation a few hours in advance, which I recommend, because it gets busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a favorite, love this place. Food and service was excellent. Took my boyfriend here for his first time and he was majorly impressed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing and the service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've now dined at Cafe-Ba-Ba-Reeba two years in a row now for New Year's Eve. I brought a good friend, and I should mention, her family is from Spain. She absolutely loved it and said the food was authentic. I love bringing out of town guests here--one of my favorites in the city!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unbelieveable experience

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very friendly workers. Our server even paid for our desserts which were delicious. All of the tapas were just as good as expected except for the beef empanadas which were clearly the worst part of the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We have been to several other restaurants in the neighborhood, including Summer House Santa Monica and Oyster Bah. I think I like Cafe Ba-Ba-reeba the best. There are so many wonderful dishes to choose from, especially earlier in the day on Saturday when they have brunch and lunch choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best Paella in the city, hands down! Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba never dissapoints. Still a favorite after many, many years!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food, amazing sangria

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

There were four of us and we ordered about 10 tapas plates total. Everything was at least good to very good. Obviously some were better than others. We'll definitely dine there again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

hanger steak was sub-par - slightly burnt. Our waitress messed up our order twice. :(

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food with a large menu so you can always come back and try something new every time

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were walked through the empty beautiful restaurant to be seated in the back add on with tile floor that belonged in a bathroom and was full of families with small children. I went for the ambiance and instead had overpriced food and sangria next to little kids when the rest of the diners my age and older were seated in the actual restaurant. Will not be returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Garlic potatoes. My favorite.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was the second time I've been to Cafe Babareeba; both times were for a special event. The first was spectacular- great food, wonderful seat in a sunny location for a brunch. This time, although we had a reservation and there were many tables available in the restaurant, we were placed in the back room which is very dark. The service from the waiter was good, but the runner just slammed our food down and walked away. Although the food on our first visit was spectacular, this time it was not very good at all. We did not complain about these things while there, but I would not be inclined to make the effort to return. So very disappointing.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ba-ba-reba never changes which is good and bad. It will never be better than ok, but will not completely disappoint the crowd, either

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visit here every once in a while and it's always just as good as it was the time before. Great food, good service. The patio's enclosure was a bit stuffy and hotter than we'd like but what do you expect for an enclosed patio in 0 degrees. \nOverall, great experience and would recommend/go back time and time again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Like it, affordable price, tasty food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! Seated right on time and in the perfect area for a party of 13. Thank you!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was really good - brunch tapas were amazing and creative. We got seated next to a huge group doing their Christmas exchange so it was loud and we felt like we were intruding on their space. Honestly thought it was because that was the only open table but then I saw their was a restaurant full of empty tables in the back. Probably would'veasked to be reseated had I known. Overall not great service but good food.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

After reading the reviews, I was extremely disappointed in the food. There were four of us celebrating a birthday dinner. We have been to Spain and other areas and enjoy tapas very much. The dinner started poorly with a basket of stale bread. The signature dishes such as the paella were just okay. I would not describe any of the pintxos as delicious. It was a Monday night and some of our choices were dry, perhaps reheated. The paella lacked that delicious crisp crust. We were fortunate that Monday night drinks were half priced. I will say they make a good Pisco sour. We did not try the Sangria, wines or beers.\nWe left the restaurant a little prematurely because no one wished to try anything else on the menu. All four of us decided we would not return to Ba-Ba-Reeba as there are too many other good choices. Also be prepared they have those extremely uncomfortable metal chairs.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent per usual. I always love the ambiance here. great datenight spot!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was marginal and expensive. It was cold and took forever to cone to the table! The Sangria was weak. Not my kind of place! I will not go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great tapas and great service. Love the passionfruit sangria!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love Ba-Ba-Reeba. Will continue to come back for years to come. Our server was so kind, thank you for all the gluten free options!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely amazing food! Favorite restaurant in Lincoln park hands down! I would recommend to EVERYBODY!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When we were seated, we noticed the space would be a bit tight for our group and the staff were accommodating. We were able to switch to another table right away. The food was delicious as always!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambiance here was great in the patio area, nicely decorated with holiday decorations and a great comfortable temperature when coming in from the cold (not too warm like most places). The service was excellent and tapas were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic service and meal all around. Wonderful selection of tapas to please every palate! We really enjoyed the bacon wrapped dates and hangar steak. Dessert portions are perfect for a small bite of sweets.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT!!! Can't wait to come back to Chicago and try it again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant has been here a long time, but maintains consistent quality and seems to still be packing in the crowds. You can now make reservations, which is a huge help. What places this above many other tapas places is the creativity and variation of the menu. We keep waiting for a let down, but we've not yet found it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service is top notch. From checkin, hostess, bar staff and the wait staff, attenive and wonderful service. We loved their classic red sangria, meatballs, skirt steak, brussel sprout salad, and empanadas.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun restaurant to hang with friends. Our server was very indifferent and always took a long time to return so she made the experience slightly less enjoyable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated promptly and our waiter was very knowledgeable. He recommended the blackberry sangria and paella, both were delicious. We ordered a slew of items and they all came in a timely manner. Overall, great experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious and fun!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of our favorite standbys for a date night or work dinner. It is also good for families, but a bit noisy. Great value for what you get. Friendly service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Brunch was so delicious! Loved the menu options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and wait staff were great! The woman who greeted us when we arrived may have been having a bad night. She seemed a bit crabby and uninterested in us. Other than that, the rest of the night was wonderful!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba was fantastic. Food was great, especially all of the beef and chicken options. The restaurant is always rather noisy but it's fun for groups and dates if you can find a spot within the main building rather than covered patio area. The sangria (blackberry is my favorite) is amazing. There are usually around four flavors, all of which worth trying. \n\nThe only issue I had this visit was the fact we added a note on the reservation that it was my boyfriend's birthday but the waitress didn't do anything for it. The manager emailed me back and said he left a note on my reservation and I reminded the waitress when we walked in yet they didn't do anything special for him as promised.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is an early and excellent Tapas Restaurant in the near to Lincoln Park. Nice neighborhood, valet parking. The restaurant is huge but broken into rooms. \n\nThe Tapas are very well prepared, very different and go down easily with Sangria. The waitstaff is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. \n\nExcept for the Friday night noise level it was a very good meal--beef chicken, mushrooms, shrimp all very nicely prepared.\n\nMy young granddaughter, age 10, enjoyed it immensely

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated immediately even though we arrived early on black Wednesday. Every question we had about the menu was answered clearly. It's disappointing when the staff is unfamiliar with the menu and can't give suggestions or know what major ingredients are in a dish; i.e. cheese, pork. They noted that is was our anniversary and sent a dessert.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere. Very good service. The wine list, like all Lettuce restaurants, is horribly overpriced but the food is reasonable. Brunch tapas are excellent.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was horrible!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am not a big fan of tapas but this restaurant did a really great job. Traveling from out of town, I wanted to be a bit adventurous on my food choice. I found this restaurant on OpenTable.com and decided to give it a try. A little away from downtown Chicago but worth the cab ride. A bonus: good bread and olive oil. House Margarita was great too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved the atmosphere. The food was very good. The sangria was wonderful. The whole staff was very pleasant and helpful. Our server, Erin, was outstanding!! Loved her!!! We would go again and ask for her section!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exceptional food. Unique drinks. It was great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved EVERYTHING! It is my ultimate fav restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place! Good food for a great value. Love their sangria.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went for Sunday morning brunch with some friends...enjoyed some mimosas with our brunch (always a plus)! The citrus french toast was stellar, as was the Spanish Cubano Bocadillo. About half of our party doesn't eat pork, so that severely limits some of the options...otherwise there are a lot of other things I would have liked to have tried (and will likely go back for). Bonus - you can order from the regular menu, as well...not just restricted to the brunch menu! Another great feature of the brunch menu is the Brunch Pixtos, which are basically individual bites - so if you just want to taste something, or if only one person wants something - you can just order one or two bites (the potato & egg bites were delightful)!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

CBBR used to be one of our favorite brunch spots - we would come at least once a month. We hadn't been in a few months, so were excited to go, only to see that the brunch menu has changed a ton - no more omelettes or other more hearty items they had before that were everyone's favorites. Now they have everything that is starch heavy (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, etc.) and no more omelettes or egg-centered dishes. We miss the old menu! Sadly we won't be coming back for brunch unless they go back to what worked for them for years!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is by far the best tapas restaurant in the entire Chicagoland area. This is no surprise as Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You knows how to pick them!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have never gone to Ba ba reeba without wanting to go back the next day. The food is always on point! I don't know how they do it but i've never had food that good anywhere. If you're looking for somewhere to eat once you spot Cafe Ba ba reeba don't look at anything else.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service, our waiter was always there for us, even past closing time, he still offered to serve us whatever we wanted. He even got us dessert on the house.\nFood was excellent, we tried several of the tapas, our favorite by far the grilled squid, our least favorite the tortilla española. We also tried the charcuterie and cheese plates, garlic shrimp, beef very good.\nGreat ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food, impeccable service!! Waiter had great and accurate recommendations for food and drinks!! A must try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Varied menu and terrific brunch options. Highlights were the bocadillos and the waffles.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food in a comfortable atmosphere. Great for meeting up with friends; food brought out at a good pace and was able to casually eat and drink for hours to catch up. This is a favorite place of mine to go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, perfect sangria

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

10 years later and this meal did not disappoint. My, now husband, took me on one of our first Chicago dates at this place. 10 years later when we booked a trip to Chicago, this was the first reservation I made. Sangria is amazing. The experience of small tapas (plates) and being able to sample different types of food and allow different levels of adventure is the most appealing. The food is wickedly good and the service is solid. Fun times and wonderful place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sangria is a must.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always good. Bacon wrapped dates (#67) are a must. The chicken paella was pretty good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always have great service, great food and an all around amazing time. Celebrated a birthday and it was a fantastic dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been here many times and never been disappointed. The food is great, the service has always been top notch, and we have a great time! Living a little further from the city now, we don't come as often, but my out-of-town guests came here with us 2 years ago, and upon visiting this year they asked to go back! We always vary our meals, that's the joy of tapas, but of course we have our standard go-to items that we order every time! Love this place! Just be sure to make a reservation well in advance, especially on weekends, as the wait times if you don't can be extremely long.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've always heard great things about this place. My fiance always thinks 'tapas' isn't worth the price. We both loVed it! Spicy potatoes are amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a great place to go with a group of friends and order a bunch of different things to share. My favorites are the brussel sprout salad and the braised short ribs. My husband and I also like to go here to grab a few small plates while we're out in the area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is our favorite tapas restaurant. We try to go there anytime we visit Chicago. We have never ordered anything that wasn't excellent, and they let you relax and enjoy yourselves, never make you feel rushed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was referred by former Chicagoan, and we loved it. We're foodies and winos from Denver, and loved the selections on both counts. You will definitely find something to love here

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I would highly recommended the spicey potatoes with tomato alioli and the grilled hanger steak with smoked fingerling potatoes and black garlic mushroom butter. This is a fun spot for a date or small group of friends who are excited to try a lot of different things.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ba-Ba-Reeba! lived up to every expectation. Having just returned from Spain in January 2016, I've been on a quest to find the delicious authenticity of the tapas I had while overseas. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is the closest bet I've tried. From the serving plates to the portions to the not-too-sweet sangria (just how I like it), I truly don't have one complaint. \n\nIt served as a girls' night for me, but would be awesome for date night or a special occasion, like a birthday or an anniversary. Standout tapas (for us): Rioja-braised short rib and the brussels sprout salad. \n\nService was great. The waiter recommended we get 2-3 plates per person. We went with two + patatas bravas for the table. If we had passed on the patatas bravas, 2 plates pp would have been perfect. But the potatoes are a filling commitment (you've been warned!), and they put us over the edge.\n\nDefinitely check out Ba-Ba-Reeba! It's energetic, fun and a great start to a night out in Chicago. I'll definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent Spanish tapas and Paella. I will definitely be back the next time I'm in this area of Chicago

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

First time there but won't be the last. The tapas we chose were excellent including the yummy desserts. There were four of us and it would have been nice to have a bit bigger table than a four-top. Not much space for moving things around but overall a great meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall had a great time! Perfect for a group, and saw lots of parties there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love love love this resto! The food is outstanding and the small plates make it fun to try new dishes. You can also order appetizers and an entree, if you're not in the mood for a feasting marathon.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our group was treated awfully by the manager Scott. It was such a disappointment. I visit Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba frequently. I rave about the place to people from out of town & make a point to bring them here too. During this experience I had 3 people visiting from out of town. We met 2 people whom live locally at the restaurant. After arriving the hostess let us know our table was ready & informed us to go to the right to be seated. Visiting before, I knew this meant go to the right & wait in the cluster of people until another individual takes you to the table. There was some kind of confusion at this point where our group believes someone shortly after escorted us to the table. I was greeting the people & truly was not present for this moment. My guests are confident someone led us there, & I really cannot believe they would walk to a table & sit down without being told to do so, nor lie about it afterwards. From Scott's take on the situation, perhaps my group inferred this without it truly happening. Miscommunication is of course common. Regardless, we sat at a table we later learned was not intended for us. In writing this out and hearing that last sentence aloud, I'm flabbergasted that a mistake of that magnitude, no matter who made it, would be as large as a deal as it soon became that night. I've worked in the restaurant industry from bars to high end restaurants.. Busy nights are understandably stressful from time to time. General I've always known the manager to be the level headed person on the floor- to make amends whenever issues arrive. This was the farthest thing from the case in this situation. With no explanation Scott approached us & abruptly informed us *we* had made a large mistake. When he received pushback from our confused group he reacted by making a large scene. He was rude & loud. Further he went on to tell each person who served us that we were difficult & they mocked him for it at our table. I'm just sad about it. I hope it never happens again

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba (CBR) is one of our go to restaurants when we want to eat Tapas. We were celebrating my son's birthday last Saturday and made reservations online thru Open Table. This restaurant gets SUPER busy, even at 5:30 pm, so be sure you make reservations. Parking is permit only in the neighborhood and there is no garage. CBR does have a valet service for $13. Totally worth it, Lincoln Park is super busy on the weekend and it's very hard to find street parking.\nWe began our evening with cocktails; they offer many flavors of Sangria. I usually order 1/2 a pitcher of red wine Sangrias. You get about 3 full glasses from 1/2 a pitcher. It's more economical than individual glasses. CBR also offers full pitchers. My sons ordered a margarita and a mojito. We discovered that many places offer a mojito but there is an art to actually making a good mojito, CBR fell short on this mojito. Not mixed correctly. Margarita was fine.\nTapas is a great way to try several dishes with your companions. Tapas are appetizer sized portions of Spanish dishes and arrive at your table in no special order. We usually start off with 2 per person, keep a menu handy and order more as the night progresses. We've been to CBR a few times and have tried pretty much everything on the menu and have been happy with taste, quality and quantity. If you order the paella, allow some extra time for it's preparation.\nOur waiter, busboy and servers were very efficient, even thought the restaurant was packed! They never forgot about us and were quick to refill our water glasses, clear dishes and bring new dishes to our table.\nWhen making the reservation on Open Table I did note that we would be celebrating my son's 22nd Birthday but, no complimentary dessert was offered to him :(.\nNote: The noise level does get loud due to the high ceilings, kinda hard to hear your diner companions sometimes.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Chicken Curry Salad and brussel sprouts salad combined on a small plate - AMAZING. Great Sangria. :) Also butterscotch desserts and Gluten free menu. So good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great as always

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a good time. Lively, fun atmosphere with lots of great food & drink choices; been going here for 20 years.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere but the service was not as good as it has been on previous visits.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was absolutely delicious! (Especially the desserts!!)

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Upon arrival we were greeted very warmly by the host. We had a reservation and were seated immediately. The server arrived and knew of the birthday we were celebrating and told us some of his favorite dishes. We ordered four tapas dishes, two came out within 10 minutes.....we then waited another 30 minutes before the server (Jacob) came back to the table to ask how we were doing. At that point we asked about our other dishes, he did not apologize he just said he would look into it. The calamari arrived 8 minutes later, and then after another 6 minutes the empanada arrived. Tapas usually does not take this long to arrive at a table. The final straw is that I had to ask for a birthday dessert, even though the server knew we were celebrating. I will not go back to this restaurant again, however I will still frequent Lettuce Entertain You restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food and service as always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service is sassy and on point and food is always delicious. Bloody Mary bar and sangria are also just perfect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Has been a fun get together spot for many years. Great place to taste a bunch of different small plates and relax for awhile.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There are many creative options that were perfectly seasoned. Often tapas are too garlic-heavy. These dishes has nicely balanced flavors. I especially enjoyed the shaved melon cold tapas. And the grilled octopus. \n\nThe pacing was slow but I loved that! It allowed for lingering and conversation. Just be aware in case you have a time limit. Order several tapas together to finish faster. \n\nThere is a gluten free menu with nice selections. And gluten free bread that is offered. It tasted exactly like Udi brand. That is my favorite gluten free store bought brand and I appreciate the effort. But I am surprised that they chose to serve an easily available store bought bread.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a party of six and they sat us in the table in the back room way in the corner where everyone that wanted to get out had to get up for the other etc. SInce I had made the reservation weeks in advance this was a disappointment as there were other tables vacant. Food and service were very good - especially liked the filet eggs benedict and the brussel sprout salad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing service and attentiveness. The food is fantastic, the portions are good sized, and the variety is huge. I wish I lived closer to visit more often.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fried squid was exceptional. Sat outside--- that was lovely. Service was attentive. Nice evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great menu selections. Good service as well. Lots of variety for all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous tapas. Tried as many things as I could and each bite was better than the last!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

What we had was not as good as the restaurant once was. Perhaps the happy hour would be fun to try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a fantastic experience at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. We visit Chicago every year and make it a point to hit Ba-Ba-Reeba for brunch. Their Bloody Mary bar is superlative, the space creates a great Spanish taverna vibe and the tapas are well planned and excellently prepared. We've had ups and downs here, as with anyplace, but this year was a slam dunk. Wish I could move this place to Boston!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Huge tapas selection! The tapas are the perfect portion size and the food is excellent quality and flavor. I will definitely be coming back to try more!\n\nThey specialize in sangria (which they do very well)! At first we ordered cosmos. They were terrible but our waiter was quick to replace them with sangria at no charge. \n\nThe restaurant is super cute and feels trendy yet home-like all together. The staff were all very helpful and the service was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great brunch here. Plenty of options for vegetarians and omnivores alike. We'll be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Cafe Ba Ba Ree Ba was a fun place to go with my husband to celebrate our 2 months anniversary! We arrived for our reservation a half hour early and had a couple of drinks at the bar while we waited for our table. The bartenders made us 2 delicious drinks and was prompt, polite, and attentive. Our table was ready for us 15 minutes after we arrived, so we were pumped to sit and start eating. The short ribs are incredible and fall apart as soon as you put your fork in it. The chorizo wrapped date pintxo was one of my husband's favorite dishes of the night. We tried the bay scallop empanada, though it didn't quite seem to go very smoothly with the rest of the flavors we ordered. We may skip that one next time (and I love scallops!).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful experience here. A dinner with family from out of town and the location was the perfect choice. Our waiter did an excellent job of spacing the tapas so that we did not have an overloaded table. He also brought them in a wonderful order for the flavor variety that we had ordered. We are looking forward to returning here in the future!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Once seated no one came to table to welcome or get a drink order. The food came before drinks and soft drink was flat. It felt like a fast food chain.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love love love this place. I'm from Cincinnati and hit this spot up every time I'm in Chicago. I love all of the small plates for sharing. Everything here is so yummy. I always love returning here for a wonderful dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sit on the patio. It's worth making a reservation at an earlier or off time if you think it means you can sit on the patio. The atmosphere is really special and the food is incredible. This was my second time dining there and I'll definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic night out with family! It was a Sunday night and the place and packed, great buzzy atmosphere. Food was fantastic also.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had high hopes for Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, it'd been on the list of restaurants I want to try for quite some time. We went over the weekend to celebrate a birthday and while the food was good -- it wasn't GREAT. We had 4 people in our party and they sat us in a table that was right behind the host stand and the entrance to a private party room. There was no atmosphere or ambiance, which was disappointing. I was expecting literally ANYTHING related to Spain, Spanish Culture, tapas, etc. but that just wasn't in the cards. I'd recommend Black Bull in Wicker Park for more of an experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was okay. Probably wouldn't go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best Paella. It's so good. Love the seafood one most of all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place every time I go there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went for Sunday brunch and the menu was great. French toast was amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great choice for vegetarians going out with omnivores.\nFood is good but nothing special. Atmosphere is good for going out with friends.\nCocktails are above average.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had lots of fun sharing a variety of tapas/small plates for dinner. Great atmosphere, excellent service and food. Would definitely recommend!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was delicious, everything we had!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice ambience and service. The tapas are great, but the pealla was a disppointmemt.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My fiance and I went to dinner here to check it out as a Rehearsal Dinner space, and loved it! The tapas style of shared dishes is something we really love; we got to try so many different things! The food was solid, sangrias on point, and desserts great. We also thought the value was fantastic: the bill didn't make us cry like other similar-caliber restaurants in Chicago. Definitely recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I didn't know I needed breakfast tapas in my life until I ate hear. So good. Basically, it's any usual tapas dish, with an egg. Either way, it's really good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ready to visit again! Perfect for early evening before the theater. Food and service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My fiance and I love this restaurant! If you like tapas or small plates this is a must visit in the city! It's much larger inside than it looks from the street, but I'd still recommend a reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was ok. Surprised they are packed on a busy night. I love tapas and have had way better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! Fantastic food and so affordable! It's high energy and loud, so may not be a good place for a quiet romantic outing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything we ordered was excellent! Very authentic

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

When making the reservation I asked to be seated in the main dining area to celebrate our 10yr anniversary . When we arrived they tried to sit us in the rear of the restaurant in a back corner on a hideous table. A phone call or an email would have been nice to receive to explain why they couldn't sit us before we arrived . I would have made other arrangements . My now fiancé and I have been going there yearly and now will be searching for a new restaurant .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorites! So many options and everything is delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food and great sangria. Always a favorite place to go

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The small plates are excellent for sharing. 2 or 3 plates per person provide for a satisfying meal. The buttermilk-soaked fried chicken thighs were scrumptious. Service was good, with prompt food delivery.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tapas were super authentic and our waiter was very professional.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, great ambiance. Went from brunch on a sunday for a meet up with friends really good experience. Definitely go for brunch again, lots of selection for everyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Reservation was about 15 minutes late, but it seemed very busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a wonderful meal here before heading to Steppenwolf theater. The food was excellent. My favorites are the garlic shrimp and the beef tenderloin with blue cheese. Outstanding! They often have really good specials too. Today's was fried green tomatoes. They were unique and delicious. Our server Samantha was great! She was very knowledgeable and fun. With food and service this great, we always choose Cafe ba ba reeba for our pre-theater dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Every dish we tried was delicious! And we had phenomenal service from Jose. We enjoyed the garlic shrimp, octopus, tenderloin with blue cheese, deviled eggs, and barata. Incredible meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Impeccable, attentive service. Delectable food & energetic, vibrant ambiance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an excellent dinner experience. We were going to attend a play at Steppenwolf Theatre after the meal and our server made sure that we were finished in time. He was very considerate and the food was delicious. Our favorites are the garlic shrimp and the beef tenderloin with blue cheese. The little deviled eggs are wonderful too. This place has been around for 30 years and it is still so popular and busy. I think that says a lot about how good it is.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The baked eggs, goat cheese, and burrata were phenomenal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great for a group! Our waiter Quinn was excellent at recommending tapas to try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the minute I walked I was welcomed and laughed with the hostess. \nFood was good and even though the menu has changed I still enjoyed myself.\nWaiter was the best and look forward to going back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time there. I loved everything there, especially the names in red. You have to try everything you are interested in and you will be aspired!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, helpful staff, great atmosphere

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not a first time here, always good food and its variety. This time we tried raspberry infused sangria and agreed that it is better to stick with original one (red).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We eat here often and just love it. Food & service is wonderful. Wait staff is exceptional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ba Ba Reeba is my absolute favorite resteraunt! What can I say but GREAT service, GREAT vibe, and GREAT food!!! You can never go wrong with Ba Ba Reeba! It's an overall... GREAT experience ;)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent, especially the tapas. We had different opinions at the table of the paella, but takeaway was stick to tapas if you go. Sangria was delicious. Fun atmosphere!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My most favorite restaurant it never EVER disappoints.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was subpar and tasted like everything came from a can. Use to be great YEARS ago. Now I think it's a tourist trap. Extremely disappointing. Will not return. Can not come close to recommending. I know it's suppose to be a big Chicago hot spot but that's based on old news as far as I'm concerned. Chicago is teeming with great restaurants where you can get a reservation at a normal time and without a 3 hour wait!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Greatest place on earth!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a good experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Recommendations:\nSangria (often times the special of the day i.e: Mango or Pomegranate is wonderful)\nPintxos Platter (a little sample of everything; great if you've never been)\nArtisanal Cheese Selection\nSpicy Potatoes with Tomato aioli\nGoat Cheese Baked in Tomato Sauce\nBeef Tenderloin & Blue Cheese (this is MUST have)\nGrilled Squid with Olive Oil & Garlic \nRoasted Dates with Bacon & Apple Vinaigrette\nSeafood Paella\n\nDifficult to get a reservation on the weekend and is very loud. Lively ambiance with consistently great service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We arrived early but they were able to seat us right away on a Sunday night. \nThere was a great variety of small plates, some one or two bites, others larger \nwith plenty to sample for 4 people. In all it ended up a LOT of food since we\nordered a number of dishes and did not, regrettably, have any room for dessert. \nGo with the Potatoes Brava, a real favorite, very flavorful and fun. \nYou will enjoy this spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very satisfied with our meal at cafe babareba. We were told it was great,NAND it didn't disappoint.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best tapas place in chicago. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun night.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was an amazing experience going back to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba, this time around to celebrate a birthday. The food was as usual outstanding & we simply love the ambiance of the place. We would keep going back for more!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

good to be back in chitown and dine in one of my favorite resto...never disappoint...delish!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love the food and ambiance! Can be tough to get a reservation as it is a popular place that gets busy, so book early!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Quick service and very tasty food. Highly recommend to go with friends or on a date

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delish! Have already gone twice now in 3 weeks!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Tapas! Good selection of drinks and tapas. Good adventure to try and guess what some of the Tapas was and to try it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Still a Chicago gem. Choose wisely and you can have a great meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Consistently good food. Great Sangia, great food, good service. Always happy to go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun trying lots of different foods and combinations. Cold tapas were not very unique or special. Warm tapas were delicious!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wait staff was horrible and we tried getting in for 8 people and they told us they were booked solid but it was all empty tables. Waiter charged us for terrible sangria that we didn't even drink and was a jerk.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food and service. Nice drinks and beer. Noise level can be high

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed the tapas - size food servings. Food was excellent. Save room for desserts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Recommended by a friend, had a really good time. Food was great, both the small tapas and the paella, a bit too salty for me but very true to Spanish style!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I usually really enjoy CBBR, but this time the service was terrible and some of the food was not cooked right. I don't know if they were short-staffed that day, if our server was overwhelmed or something else. I was disappointed, but will try it again in a month or two to see if this meal was a fluke or if they are having problems.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Sour dough bread with a soft middle and rustic crunchy crust, dates stuffed with sausage, dates wrapped in bacon, or grilled, garlicky calamari were all in competition for the best tapas last evening. I think the delicious bread might have edged out the others. We always enjoy eating at the bar rather than at one of the tables...probably because we get quick and frequent service from the bartenders and can sit closer to one another than at a table. It works well when sharing tapas for a dinner and hearing each other is easier too. The cold gazpacho was extra spicey hot. Wish I would have known that before ordering and eating it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The traditional sangria was on point. Food was delicious. Our server was great - helpful and quick. Best of all, affordable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Great food, awesome service, amazing drinks, and good prices!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was AWESOME, and the prices for the flavor were amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food here is very good and the sangria is delicious! I would recommend going with a large group because the food is easy to share.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Place for a date. Food is excellent and the Passion Fruit Sangrias are Outstanding!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Although we had a reservation, the place was full up and we were forced to sit in the bar - a tiny bit irritating but sort of fun, I guess. Seems to defeat the point of having a reservation though . . . Our server was pleasant and friendly, although he seemed to have too many tables and we had to hunt him down to re-order and to get our check. Food was very good as usual - the deviled eggs are excellent with a tiny topper of bacon; jamon iberico came with bread and condiments; meatballs were hot and savory. The egg on the Jamon Bennie were overcooked (no liquid at all) and the monkfish special was way overcooked - - it was very tough and hard to get a bite of it. Huge menu is available and a nice list of alcoholic beverages. We tried the sangria which tasted great but didn't seem to have much alcohol in it. We love Babareeba and will definitely be back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I didn't give the food a higher rating as it was served tepid, not hot. We didn't love some of our choices but I will attribute that to our poor choices. It was Mother's Day brunch and I don't usually eat out on Mother's Day, now I know why. My first visit was much better, food wise which is why I came back. Service is always good. Noise level is high but that is part of the fun. High energy place. The menu offers something for everyone, meat lover, vegetarian. The Bloody Mary bar was a fun novelty. I'd recommend it and will try again, just not on a holiday.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I used to love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and would make a point to eat there every time I was visiting from California but was disappointed this time. The food was only okay, Paella was a little burned and very salty. We hardly touched it. The rest of our dishes (empanada, brussel sprout salad, bacon wrapped dates) were nothing special. The burrata was good and we loved the sangria. \n\nWith so many good choices in Chicago, I won't be coming back here again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's great for sharing as everything comes in small plates. Noticed every table ordered paella which takes about 45 minutes. Energetic ambiance. There was a valet service but we didn't use as there was free street parking. Sangria was good. Will return when in vicinity of Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place. Understand it's a tapas place. It the portion could be a little bigger. We were 3 of us and ordered 7 different dishes. I felt not full when we left the place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love cafe babareeba. I think it is one of the best Tappas place in Chicago!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit. Late lunch. Great menu. Interesting and authentic items. Good service. Sangria red - white - or sparkling! Really good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place! Great food, drink and great staff!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great 1st time experience! Wonderful food and awesome service. Lauren was terrific!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere, amazing food, and surprisingly inexpensive! We ordered a ton of tapas and when the bill came we thought there was a mistake, it was so low! Highly recommend this place, the pork paella was to die for!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our third visit to Cafe Ba Ba Reba and every time it is a different experience. You must go there with the midst to share plates - this is the way you can taste so many fantastic things on the menu. I was surprised this time by the scallop empanadas - who would have thought they would be so good??? If it is just the two of you, take your time - don't feel like you have to order everything right away. OH - AND ORDER SANGRIA!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love cafe ba ba reeba! I keep coming back. Great atmosphere, delicious food and very affordable ! Must get the bacon wrapped dates !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba offers a fun night out for a group or couple! The small plates are delicious and sharing is part of the fun and ambience of the experience! The restaurant is lively!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's amazing how this restaurant stays fresh after all these years. I've been going there for over 25 years and it still excellent. And this trip my only complaint was the hostess was not very good. She couldn't find our reservation it took her to long to have us seated. Once we were seated, the food was excellent. I was especially impressed with the wine list. They are very reasonably priced, excellent wines. Highly recommended.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The menu has great variety of tapas plates and the sangria is AMAZING!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was good, but overall visit was ok. Nothing especial about the place. We`ve been waiting for our food for a while and it was not coming at the same time. I received my plate first, and in 15 minutes they brought food to my husband. It is pretty busy and noisy place. And not that much space in between tables.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great cocktails and small plates. Even the small plates had filling portions. Many vegetarian choices. Loved that you could order brunch small plates as well as those more for appetizers and meals!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a great find in a safe neighborhood! The food options were bar none, and the cocktails were awesome too! Great ambience, clean, beautifully lit. We loved how we were sitting outside but it was inside at the same time…

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I absolutely love Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. I have eaten tapas in Spain and like like Ba Ba Reeba better!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time I've had brunch here, and it was great! I will definitely be going back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was good and so was the sangria. It was a great opportunity to try a lot of dishes and share. However, service was paced way too fast. We hadn't even had time to serve and eat before four more dishes showed up making it hard to find room on the table for them (and even harder to find room on the tiny plates).

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place never fails to please! Can't write more reviews because it is always top notch! Love it

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My daughter and son-in-law told us about this restaurant and it took a couple of visits to Chicago before we made it, we won't hesitate the next time. Tapas is a great way to try various things without filling up on one. Short rib and mashed potatoes, hanger steak, shrimp with garlic, olive oil and red pepper flakes and roast dates with bacon and vinaigrette were our choices and they were equally delicious. Looking forward to next visit and would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat. The service was very good as well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

A good place to eat tapas and paella. The place is pretty good, and the service was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The sangria here is delicious. A friend and I split a pitcher and it was the perfect amount for the two of us. I think I had at least 3-4 glasses which was very worth it. The tapas were also great. The prosciutto was delicious and I enjoyed the other dishes as well. The only thing I would say is that we had a reservation but had to wait a little while because it was extremely crowded but nothing drastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We loved Cafe Ba-ba-reeba! The food was delicious and the service was excellent... We loved our waitress. The ambiance was a bit dark and some of the dishes the table was set with initially were dirty, but the situation was quickly remedied. We would absolutely return and we were happy with our dining experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had written this place off after a so-so first experience, but when I was invited back when a friend came back to town and they started their Brunch offerings, I was hooked! Their sangria was always great (I had loved the peach but they also nailed the passionfruit flavor) but some of those french toast/waffle combos are amazing! The spicy potatoes (patatas bravas) are always a favorite, and the calamari is good. Somehow I didn't get the highly recommended bacon-wrapped dates, though.\n\nNOTE TO PAELLA LOVERS: I've not had great paella here. Go for the smaller plates.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just a fun place. A group event. Food is good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love coming here, you can try so many different things and always leave full. Everything was delicious especially the short rib!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic service and GREAT food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a fun time and great meal with our teenage sons while vacationing in Chicago. Excellent service and delicious tapas. It was very busy but we were seated quickly with our reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great as always. Burrata and chicken empanada were firsts for us and delicious. Also got patatas bravas, bacon wrapped dates, short rib, chicken and chorizo skewer, and a scallop empanada...all tasty. Enjoyed the apple sangria.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great service, each dish we ordered was delicious. We had a reservation but when we got there they tried to seat us in a very dark secondary room against a wall in the back. We saw a bright/ open room in the front when we came in and asked to be seated there instead which they agreed to after we asked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and location for business lunch. Wide variety of items to consider. All enjoyed each item. Worked well for my group.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrific Tapas Place. A must-visit for anyone in chicago

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing meal!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really amazing and awesome place. By far my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really wonderful place. By far my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really awesome pajama brunch. Loved every dish. I will definitely come back again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place. Best restaurant in Chicago

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Another great night at cafe babareeba! This place is wonderful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great dinner. Love this place!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best tapas dishes i have ever had. Really really incredible.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is incredible. A must-go for any foodie!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my husband's first trip to CBBR and I have not been in many years. Wen we arrived we were seated promptly near the kitchen which probably contributed to the high noise volume. It took some time for a wait staff member to come to greet us. When she did, she was very soft spoken and difficult to understand, especially in our environment. All our food arrived bit by bit which was nice. Everything was good- didn't really care for the fried green peppers, but the bacon wrapped dates and fried chicken thighs were amazing. Other wait staff was great at refilling water, clearing plates, etc. Overall, a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really awesome place. Favorite restaurant in Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a great dinner with my dad. Love this place. Will be coming back tonight!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best tapas ive ever had. my favorite place to eat in chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome dinner. Your restaurant is the best in chicago!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

What is normally a fantastic night out with great service and even better dishes turned out to be a huge disappointment. The service was exceptionally slow. Tapas took forever to arrive at the table and two dishes were simply forgotten. The dishes - normally well-presented - looked sloppy and under portioned. This has been one of my favorite go-to restaurants in the area, but I will look elsewhere after two sub-par experiences.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My daughter, adult granddaughter and I went to CBBR Sunday for brunch. Unbelievable. We've done tapas before, but this was the best. Each thing we tried was better than the last.\nWe started with the Bloody Mary bar - try Uncle Dougie's Torpedo Juice, spicy but not too.\nThen we ordered the pintxo platter - the citrus french toast was wonderful, we loved the waffle-battered chicken, but the true star was the deviled egg; how they got that filling so smooth and creamy is beyond me.\nThen we had the ham hash with a poached egg, shrimp and grits, and the amazing beef tenderloin eggs Benedict. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.\nThe prices are very reasonable and you order as you go so you don't end up with leftovers - unless you plan really well! :)\nCBBR is a must-do!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I hadn't been to Ba-ba-reeba in many years and for some reason decided to meet friends there for dinner. We all commented how long it had been since we'd dined there. The food was as good as it was in the past. We had a great waiter who's every recommendation was perfect. And we had two excellent Spanish wines \nWe all agreed we would not wait so long to visit Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love this place!! The potato and onion omelet is outstanding!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe ba ba reeba is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It's perfect for dates or to go with friends. The spanish tapas is amazing, and ordering multiple things for everyone to share is the way to go. The roasted dates w/ apple&bacon vinaigrette, the flank steak w/ chimichurri, the stuffed mushrooms and the pork belly & pork loin skewer are among my favorites. You HAVE to get the paella while here, but be sure to order it along with your first choices because it takes about 30 min. to make. Don't worry about not being able to pronounce an item...they are numbered so you can just tell your server what number you want. You can't go wrong with the sangria either!!! In addition to the food & drink, the service is always spectacular and the servers certainly demonstrate a mastery of the menu. The ambiance is energetic, loud, and fun. Feel free to dress-up a little, but it's not entirely necessary. Also, if you can snag a table outside, I suggest trying that. However, I don't think they take reservations for outside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My 1st visit to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, but not my last! Not only were the Tapas and Paella stellar, but the service was above excellent! When the waiter noted that my wife required Gluten Free preparation, he not only provided their GF menu, but proceeded to bring her Gluten Free bread! This act alone shows the attentiveness and care of their entire staff...I was beyond impressed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe babareeba is one of my favorite local spots. Great drinks, great food, wonderful service. It's always an easy choice.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I only wish we would have been told that the Paella takes 35 minutes. We had already done a few tapas dishes, and wanted the Paella. This was not our first time here, but never realized it was a 35 minute wait. We ended up getting more small plates, instead of the Paella. Disappointing, because we felt that the Paella would have been a great 'finisher'. Everything else was delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was good but service was sketchy. We had a reservation and we told the server we were headed a few blocks down to Steppenwolf Theater and what time we had to leave. We had given ourselves - a party of two - ninety minutes from arrival to departure. Unfortunately the restaurant got busy and the server couldn't keep up with the quick seating. We barely had time to eat some of the later tapas brought to the table (we ordered them all at the beginning). We had to flag the server twice to get a check.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was amazing. We ordered more than we needed, but it was still cheaper than I planned on. Will definitely be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was perfect he explained every plate we had a question on

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great spot! really enjoyed the atmosphere! been coming for years!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing tasting food! Will go again! A little pricey but worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food - tapas were on par with authentic Spanish cuisine. Had a lot of fun splitting a pitcher of sangria with friends. Highly recommend. I will definitely be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Spanish restaurant! The food is pretty authentic. The tapas were fresh, tasty and just the right size!\n\nVERY baby friendly. They have highchairs and chairs that fit a car seat. Also, they have a great changing station in the women's bathroom inside the toilet stand for people with disabilities, which is fantastic because it gives you privacy and plenty of space to change your baby.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our food was delicious as usual, but some items ordered came out quite late ( like a roasted vegetable dish ) after we had eaten everything else, so it wasn't as enjoyable .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this restaurant. I try to always visit when I'm in from out of town. The food is perfect. Love the tapas style of dining.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decent food, terrible service. We made our reservation 2 weeks in advance to ensure we'd get a table at a prime time (7pm on a Friday) and at around 6:30 I started getting text messages from them that my table was ready and that I needed to close out my bar tab and see the hostess. I wasn't at the bar at 6:30 though because I didn't think I needed to arrive 30 minutes early for a dinner reservation. When we did get there (which was around 6:50), the hostess was so rude and rudely told me that they contacted me about my table and now I'd have to wait. I was kind of dumbfounded by the whole thing since I was 10 minutes early for my reservation. Which if I had to wait because of that then that is fine, but she was yelling at me because I didn't show up 30 minutes early? In a huff she then had someone else seat us in the far back corner next to two parties with 5+ people, blaring music, and TVs. Not a romantic date night at all. The food was decent but not worth going back based on how we were treated from the very beginning. There are plenty of other great restaurants to eat at in Chicago that far surpass this place on food and service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a quite enchanting. It's cozy, but definitely transports you to some cafe in Spain. The tapas are the best part as well as the pinxos! The only thing I didn't quite enjoy was the Paella. It's lacking a fresh ingredient to offset meat, salt and savor. Also I would've liked more ice in more (lol, I know picky right?). But to easily spend $60-80 on dinner or lunch alone, they better bring it!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit to this restaurant, this time we were able to also try some brunch options. Once again, we were not disappointed in the delicious food, drinks and service provided. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, we were there early for brunch and it was nice and quiet as well. Every tapas/item we ate was delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. Love the gluten free menu. Hard to share tapas with others that are not gluten free so just ordered the short ribs for myself and that was filling. GF bread complimentary, so that was nice, and got a $3 dessert. Sangria was bomb, mango flavor. The place was SO loud, hard to talk but still a great night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything we ate was delicious! Definitely would also recommend the sangria.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

So loud that it was difficult to talk at our table of four. Service was slow. Paella was very salty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent as usual. Great food, great variety....good prices. We will return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was great! We tried a lot of different types of plates, and the sangria was amazing! definitely coming back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

AMAZING!!! 100% going to return with more family and friends!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was recommended to us while on a short anniversary trip to Chicago. Not only was it the best food we ate, my picky eater husband loved every tapas plate we ordered! Add the pitcher of peach sangria and it was the most unforgettable dining experience of the trip!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was recommended to us by a friend and we wanted to check it out. It was worth the trip off the beaten track and we loved the food and the experience!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to this restaurant several times and is definitely one of my favorite places, food is great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been here before and loved it. However, this last visit my date and I both found ourselves sick that evening. This is not my usual experience, so I know it isn't normal and would return again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was nice it just wasn't my style.\nService and food was good but a little high priced for what you get

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Loved everything about this place. This was the first time in years that we had gone to Cafe Ba Ba....we had guests from out of town and my daughter and her friend who had spent the Summer in Spain.\n\nWe ordered Paella and lots of Tapas. Have to say that everything exceeded our expectations. Pitchers of Sangria flowed and 2 people had the bloody mary bar that was great.\n\nWe would go back in a heartbeat.\nDon't miss this place-

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing service, amazing food. A must go to restaurant in the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The bacon wrapped dates are the best I have ever had!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service was great, but they didn't stick to our reservation. They sat us 30+ minutes late and I got an email from OpenTable that I didn't make my reservation which makes me think they forgot to check us in. So that part sucked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hits the spot every time! I love the bloody mary bar at brunch. Such a huge generous pour. Two of them and I am done for the day.\n\nFood was amazing. Service was spot on. I could not find a thing to complain about. Server even brought my daughter a small dessert with a candle in it for her 22nd birthday!\n\nWe had a great time. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been going to CBBRB for quite some time. It has never failed to please.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite places to eat in the city! You must try the sangria (half red/half whit)

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious and the tapas style allowed us to try several different things.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything at Cafe Babareeba is delicious. Their staff is wonderful as well. I have nothing but great things to say about this place--I bring my family here almost every time they visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The sangria pitcher definitely was wonderful and the tapas filled us quick.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is always good. Service tends to be hit or miss. Delicious drinks and fun atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lots of hustle and bustle, high energy makes this restaurant a fun find. Add the food (terrific!) and it's a don't-miss spot in Lincoln Park.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We visited mid-week after not being here for years. Still a lively place, with a large menu and most dishes fun to share. We really liked the melon and ham salad, the garlic shrimp and the mini-desserts (more restaurants should have small desserts). Less impressed with the garlic potato salad, which tasted mostly mayonnaise-y, and the beef tenderloin (meat was ok but could have used a better side than potato chips).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place. Food is amazing. Price is on-point. My only complaint is the noise level. Otherwise amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is always good here! That's why we choose it to take a friend from Turkey for brunch. Love have gazpacho as a bloody mary option, along with all the other goodies! Great service and great food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious and different - the breakfast tapas were a huge hit with our crew. Looking forward to a return visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a disappointment. I have always loved the food at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba but this time virtually everything was disappointing. We had recently gone to La Tasca in Arlington Heights and the comparison added to our disappointment. We love Spanish cuisine but the paella was really oily and the fish overcooked/tasteless. Inedible. No mussels ??? The only parts of the meal that were ok were the scallops and the chocolate truffle dessert. Pity. Maybe it was because it was the Friday of the Memorial weekend and the chef was overwhelmed. Service though was (as always) excellent.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Bad service, lousy food, hard to talk above the noise. A big fat disappointment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I had dinner with our son and his girlfriend - both DePaul students. The tapas was fabulous - great selections and sized just right to try several different dishes. Our server was very personable and made great recommendations on food and wine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent - loved the variety. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food ...second time there. Enjoyed completely

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe-Ba-Ba-Reeba is one of our favorites, always delicious, great service, and amazing sangria!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here with family, enjoying a weekend in Chicago. We LOVED this place. Being able to try so many different dishes and share everything was so fun and the food was awesome, so good. If we lived closer, this place would become one of our regular eating locations. We even had a picky eater with us and she found many dishes that she enjoyed. We all rally enjoyed the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

From the outside, this restaurant has no appeal, but once you walk inside, it comes alive. We sat inside in the garden area where it was light but very noisy. If you want a quiet place to have great conversation, this is not the place. The food is very good but you need to know how to order. Some dishes take a long time to prepare and others are ready quickly, so you need to place several small orders throughout the dinner. The sharing of each dish makes for a fun experience. I would highly recommend the Sangria, paella, and dates wrapped in bacon.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food and nice atmosphere. Staff was knowledgeable and prompt. Cocktails were different and tasty. It's definitely noisy, not in a bad way, but not where I would go for a quiet dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Can't wait to go back! Food was delicious

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food and amazing service. Really wouldn't be able to tell you the best dish because everything is amazing. From the tapas to dessert

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Friendly wait staff, eager to please. Portions perfect for two persons. Flavors were good and interesting. I would go back again.\nWe chose it so we could get a variety of dishes and its close proximity to Steppenwolf Theatre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have dined here twice and on both occasions, it was great! I went for sangria and a late dinner with my best friend and it was a 10/10. Sangria was great. We had about 7 dishes split between us and we were stuffed. Our waitress was so kind and attentive. Second experience was great! Took my dad who is very picky when it comes to dining and he loved it! Meats were cooked well, drinks were flavorful, and service was once again wonderful! This place is good for a night cap or for fathers day, great for every occasion!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place for tapas(small plates) and good drinks and service. The Q’s 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 great dinner. They also have many sangria to choose from and a variety of paella.\n\nMrs. Q says: Yes, it is handicap accessible if you eat in the bar area. A note of caution, depending on your disability there are two steps to get to the bathrooms irregardless of where you are seated.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place to end the day and sample a variety of tapas. Food is excellent. Wine list appears to be extensive, all Spanish wines, so do some advance research if not familiar with that vintage. Did not have the paella....but looked awesome.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We always enjoy our visit to this restaurant and have been there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious tapas, nice outside seating, great sangria!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We no longer live in the Chicago area, so it was a treat to dine here again last weekend. Never fails to impress. Great food, service and a great experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dishes have changed a bit, not a fan but overall we had another good evening at CBBR...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

fantastic brunch and for 2 people 4 dishes is PLENTY!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took a visiting friend here and we were not disappointed! Even on a Sunday night it was packed with people of all ages. The ambience was great and the patatas bravas were even better. Definitely recommend!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my 5+ time at Cafe Baba-reeba. We had challenges with our reservation and spent a good bit of time adjusting it earlier in the week as the party was booked for 4 instead of 6. When we arrived, we had to wait a bit, but had been warned. I used the restroom and my husband was told our table was ready by the hostess. He asked her if we could wait for my return and to finish the minute left in the game on at the bar. She informed him he could sit at the bar and give up the reservation. He asked again if she could wait for me and was told we could sit at the table then or give up our reservation. They reluctantly sat without me. The food this time was so-so in comparison to our last visit(s), which could be due to the ambiance the staff provided. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful, but it just wasn't as good as when it opened. We love Lettuce restaurants, but will plan to try some others before returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun atmosphere. Food was excellent, we particularly loved the octopus and cheese plate. The Bloody Mary bar had great 'add-ons'. Service was top-notch.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the original tapas bars in Chicago, BaBaReeba has been around 'forever' for a reason. Consistent favorites and minor tweaks/updates make this place a go-to when you need a real crowd-pleaser. Plenty of options for just about any taste. The only real challenge is choosing when there are so many yummy options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great tapas. Fun place to share food with your friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious and the service was good. It was our anniversary and our waiter surprised us with desert. Great restaurant, if we're in the area again, we would definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a crowd pleaser. Delicious food and fun atmosphere for all ages. Our go-to dishes are the bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese in tomato sauce and paella, but everything on the menu is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to this place a handful of times and it is never a disappointment! The tapas and sangria are always good, and the service is too. Sometimes the wait can be a bit of a hassle even with reservations, but not this time. We were seated quickly. Great place to go for a special occasion or fun night out with a group of friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This a is a great find and the food was amazing the staff was wonderful and very helpfulw ith the menu being it was my first time diamond in the ruff !!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I visited this restaurant during Restaurant week and was a bit disappointed. I was excited to try the Paella and that is where I went wrong. The overall experience was good, it just didn't taste like Authentic Spanish food. Nice place to visit, but I probably won't go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went for our anniversary. Very fun place. Great service. Great food and drink. Can't say enough about it! Think its popularity speaks for itself too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful food. We just love it and keep coming back again and again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had to wait 45 minutes past our reservation time. BUT, they gave us a complimentary plate and dessert which made it worth it! Sat at the bar and had wine before being seating so it worked out. Would have been nice to plan for that in case we happened to be in a hurry, though. Overall, good experience. GREAT staff & great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food. We were in front of the chef station at the end of the night, so it was very active -- everyone was running through to clean up and my friend got hit (gently and accidentally) with a broom. The server apologized excessively, and we realized it was not necessarily his fault, as he was trying to dodge his coworkers. Diners may want to choose a spot away from the action.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time coming to café Babareeba and I've loved it both times! I love that the plates are shared and you get to try different things. The food has always been phenomenal and the sangria is pretty good too. =) This is a great place for a night out with friends or date night!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba was so fun! The food was incredible on top of it. We went with a friend visiting Chicago for the first time, and she loved it. We will definitely going back, as nearly everything on the menu sounded both creative and appetizing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome brunch spot

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is always a must when we visit Chicago. We always try to visit the restaurant at least twice a year. It has always been a favorite of ours. As you can see in my past reviews. The food is really good. The restaurant is always a lot of fun. In saying that, this time was not our favorite. The waitstaff has always been excellent and this time our waiter was not very good. A good waiter really sets the mood for the meal. We ordered off the tapas menu. We know the menu pretty well but we love input as well (which we did not receive very much of). We order our items in a certain order so as to pace it as a meal and the waiter got caught up with something else and forgot to put the order in for our first item so it came out with our main items. He did not offer refills on our drinks. He charged us for an extra iced tea. It really makes us think that the 'glory days' of Cafe Ba Ba Reeba are done. That being said the food is very good and our water was refilled and clean plates were brought by the other waitstaff. We may come back to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba or we may try a new place. Maybe it's time to move on.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Many good small plates to choose from. Nice spot to swing by late night and have drinks.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The tomato toast is a tapas go to, and I really like Ba-Ba-Reeba's take on it. The bloody mary bar has a lot of ingredients and it's easy to go overboard and ruin your drink with gazpacho or shrimp. Overall a nice atmosphere and good service with a great selection of Spanish classics as well as new takes. I would go back for brunch or dinner.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent small plate experience! It's challenging, but save room for dessert!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the food and energy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, delicious sangria, great service. The staff is very attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place but way to loud wity the music. Let us talk to each other!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time there and a very wonderful time. Our waitress was excellent !!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a really good tapas place, and has a decent number of options available for all sorts of meats and vegetarian options as well. The wine list is decent and the sangria was prepared well as well. \nHowever, we felt that the quantity for the Paella that we ordered was considerably low as compared to what the server described it would be, and also for the price and the time it takes to be ready.\nI would still recommend this place for its overall atmosphere, service and the tapas.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

They need to clean better. Napkins, dishes, and some silverware was dirty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here with my parents when they visited the city. Great food, great atmosphere, they loved it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is got to be the best place for tapas in the city. Great ambience great staff and even greater food. I love the portion sizes and I love how things are spaced out when they come to the table

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I will cut right to the point. This place has a great location and ambiance but the food we had was just average at best.\nPinxtos Platter - This was the best tasting choice with a variety of small bites. Nothing stood out as being wonderful, but it was tasty.\nCream of Mushroom soup - So apparently the mushroom baby food idea didn't fly and Café Ba Ba Reeba bought the entire stock of this apple sauce textured extremely weak attempt at soup. Good news babies, no 'soup' for you! \nGrilled Octopus - Cooked very well but had a fishy taste which they tried to cover up by coating it in smoked paprika, nothing more here...just an over load of smoked paprika\nSeared Salmon with Dill Crème - That's about it. Just a piece of overcooked salmon with dill sauce on the side. Just not exciting at all. No additional flavors on the salmon besides 'dry'\nAnd I think we got something else forgettable, but they did make sure to include that same dill sauce that the salmon had. I mean, why not just cover everything up in dill sauce, right?\n\nI do have to say that the desserts were good and our server was excellent. He was super attentive and the best part of the meal. \n\nI will never go back here unless they realize that location doesn't mean your food tastes good. I also have to ask all the positive reviews here. Are you seriously smoking crack or just have no idea what good food is? Maybe you were drunk?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent - Bacon covered dates, deviled egg, spicy potatoes, cheese and smoked corn, and scallops\n\nGood but not special - Lamb, pork shoulder, desserts, sangria\n\nNothing was bad; will definitely go back. Good for group to try a lot of small plates

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had reservation and still waited about 5 minutes for table; not bad. I would definitely make reservation on weekend. Dates and deviled eggs were great. Spicy potatoes also very good. Had another 6 small plates but all were solid but not exceptional. Like the small tapas deserts. Feed your sweet tooth without a ton of calories.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a fun place to go with good food and you can experiment with trying new things. We always share several plates. I always get the bacon-wrapped dates - so good. We had the cheese plate and that was really good too. The salad with corn and avocado was very good. Beef Skewer good and scallops and shrimp great. Tried the grilled calamari and it wasn't really that tasty... I've had better so probably will skip that. Tried the pinot cava and that was refreshing... for dessert we shared 3 mini desserts .. just the right amount

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have to get the patatas bravas anytime I come here, they are so delicious. The seafood dishes are also outstanding

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food, nice atmosphere, but pretty loud

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always solid service and food. Can get a little noisy inside, but we scored a table on the patio and it was perfect. The shrimp with garlic, olive oil & red pepper and the beef tenderloin & blue cheese were stand out dishes for us. And of course the garlic potato salad is a must (loads of fresh garlic!). I don't drink sangria much but we all enjoyed the classic red. Nice fruit flavor without being too sweet. Fun atmosphere, good service and solid food at reasonable prices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You cannot go wrong with this place. Always good service and great food. One of our favorite spots, we have been here at least ten times.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Came here for a belated birthday dinner after it had come highly recommended by several friends. The decor is warm and lovely. The menu is quiet large and not easy to navigate for our visit but our server Cody took the time to explain things and gave great recommendations. We have house Sangria and cocktails while we finalized our food choices. We absolutely loved the deviled eggs and olive starters. We got the two wine flights to go with the rest of the food and the wines were fun and interesting and paired well with the rest of our meal. The garlic shrimp was wonderful. We got the cheesecake for dessert and I had to fight the urge to order a second one it was so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We come to Ba-Ba-Reeba every time we visit Chicago. The menu is extensive and the sangria is great. Try the garlic shrimp, the beef and blue cheese, and the pork cheek.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am very on the fence on this place for tapas. The food was okay. The fact that they offered breakfast tapas was fun. But the lunch/dinner tapas were a little on the bland side. I might prefer Cafe Iberico for the grill octopus which comes with French style fries.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was very kind and gave us a quick guide on the menu and drinks. \nI brought my friends here for brunch and they quite enjoyed the overall experience. The quality of the food hasn't changed much since my last visit over a year ago. The white wine Mango Sangria was refreshing and apt for the warm weather outside.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very very good items with huge selection to fit all tastes

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Tapas style brunch? Genius! All our food was amazing. Could not fault the service, we were visiting from out of town and they made us feel very welcome. An absolute mist visit !!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Found this place online while looking for a nearby tapas/paella restaurant. So glad I stumbled onto Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! This would be a great place for a date night or special event, but you could go here for any reason. \n\nDefinitely a popular place: even on a Wednesday night around 8:30 people were waiting for a table. Make sure to have a reservation before you go or you could be waiting for a while! We had a reservation and sat down right away. \n\nFood was delicious: ordered the goat cheese with marinara and seafood paella. Goat cheese was so good with the garlic bread that came with it, and I am now in love with paella after getting it here. Plenty of paella provided per serving. \n\nI highly recommend visiting this neighborhood hot spot!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place to go with a big group or just as a couple. Small plates are excellent. The breakfast paella is delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Café Ba-Ba-Reeba is a great place to take friends. Sharing a number of plates and you can try the whole menu by sharing different items. \n\nOrdered a pitcher of Sangria- Passion Fruit \nGreat drinks and a great place to go with groups. Prices are decent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba always delivers great tapas, delicious Sangria, and wonderful staff. Great atmosphere and the food comes out quickly. We will be back for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great for sharing small plates and splitting a bottle of wine. Great variety of food

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I made a reservation for 6 for brunch. We told our server we weren't going to share our plates. I requested that everyone to get their food at the same time ( like a normal restaurant) . Our server said no to that and we would have to take it as it comes out of the kitchen. So we had people with no food watching others eat. Come on baba reeba, it's hard to share one egg with 6 people.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, great service! The metal chairs at many of the tables are very uncomfortable! They need to be replaced with the wooden chairs with padded seats that are at some of the other tables.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was delicious and service was very fast; however, not great quantity to price ratio.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's one of our most favorite spots to dine. Their Sangria (red) is a must have.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba quite a few times for dinner but this was my first brunch experience. The price, quantity of food and service were all phenomenal. Our server was friendly and extremely attentive. Highly recommend the french toast, spinach and artichoke crepe, bacon mac 'n' cheese and obviously the bloody mary bar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding! Small plates = lots of variety. Everything was flavorful, some items we re-ordered. Yes it's noisy on the weekends, but well worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the shared tapas, always fresh, awesome sangria!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love Cafe Ba-ba-reeba and try to visit every time we are in Chicago. Wonderful paella and sangria. Service is outstanding!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The 4 of us loved everytapa but1. Goodwaiterbutbusy. Iwouldgoback

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ba Ba never disappoints! There are many small plate options that are still large enough for sharing with a group. The ambiance actually does remind me of Spain and the place has street cred after being around since the 80's. Our waiter actually had been serving since that then!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is amazing. Definitely order the paella ... You won't be sorry. Server was great at helping with gluten free options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba - second time visit while in the Windy City! Perfect combination of lively atmosphere, fun, great variety of food, wonderful service and affordable! Looking forward to our next visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is a favorite. The service is always friendly and fast. It is a great spot for a quick bite before a movie or a leisurely dinner. The food is flavorful and nicely presented. The selection of traditional tapas is great, and I really enjoyed the new Pintxos options. And the traditionl sangria and optional sangria flavors are delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

After many rescheduled reservations, my boyfriend and I finally made it to Cafe baba reeba and it was worth the wait! The food and drinks were so good! And we can't wait to go back to try other dishes because there are too many good options for one visit. Since its tapas you get small dishes and we chose 4 small plates to share. That was the perfect amount of food with room left for delicious sangria and a small dessert. Definitely go for the sangria..the passion fruit was my favorite but we also tried the black raspberry and peach, and both were great! \n\nYou need to plan ahead for a reservation..I got a good time a week in advance otherwise be prepared to wait for a table because the restaurant was packed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome food! Each plate was better than the last. Sangria was delicious! Our server Daniel was very personable and made great recommendations for food choices.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The ambiance is perfect, date, celebration, gathering of any kind this place is great, seating in the front area should be a bit more spaced out, but the overall seating is appropriate, the experience is one I'd share with more people, so they should expect me soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ate here late at night and food and service was great. Very reasonable as well with great atmosphere!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great, enough choices for an eclectic group of diners. Love the bloody mary bar!\nTables were a little to crowded together, but learned that you can request one of the more secluded areas. Small outdoor seating area. Had to ask on multiple occasions for more bread, as they kept bringing a basket for two for a table of 6.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place! Good food! Excellent service! Cafe was packed considering it was a Weds. Make a reservation first.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place for tapas(small plates) and good drinks and service. The Q’s 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 great dinner. They also have many sangria to choose from and a variety of paella.\n\nMrs. Q says: Yes, it is handicap accessible if you eat in the bar area. A note of caution, depending on your disability there are two steps to get to the bathrooms irregardless of where you eat.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Q's ordered several small plates and shared. Enjoyed our cocktails, as well.\nGreat for before/after the Theater experience. groups. Large outdoor seating that doubles as indoor seating when the doors are closed.\n\nYes, we will return to continue trying the other small plates. \n\nMrs. Q from Chgo and FL

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

CAFE BA BA REBA – 2024 N Halsted St., Chicago, (773) 935-5000, cafebabareeba.com\n\nQ-tips say: Great place for tapas(small plates) and good drinks and service.\nThe Q’s shared: Goat cheese baked in a delicious tomato sauce and toasted garlic bread, seared sea scallops with leeks and seared oranges, & beef tenderloin & blue cheese. All delicious along with their delicious homemade bread, great drinks and lively atmosphere made for a great dinner. They also have different flavored sangria and a variety of paella to choose from. Life is short - go and eat hearty or share some tapas.\n\nGreat service and never a wait for a clean plate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was amazing and the service was awesome ! I recommend siting on the patio but it gets a bit chilly. We had a bunch of tapas and then the vegetable paella which was great but HUGE. \n\nDefinitely worth checking this place out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The burrata made me crap my pants*\n\n\n\n\n\n\n*this is a good thing

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were so disappointed in the food and ambiance. The food was not special at all, the potatoes in the short rib dish were tasted like instant potatoes and the 'oven roasted vegetables' seemed like canned vegetables mixed together in a pot. The foods truly not good, the patatas bravas was over cooked potatoes with a sauce that had little spice. We love tapas food and expected this restaurant to have legit tapas food. \n\nThe ambience was not intimate or desirable. They pack as many people in as they can, so you feel as if you're sitting in a busy hallway. The tables were sticky and the seat cushions were ripped.\n\nWith so many other restaurants in Chicago I would steer clear of Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. The sangria(red classic) was good, so order it and be done.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

consistent excellent service, food quality, ambience. i go frequently!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The dinner was delicious, especially the albondigas and the spicy sauce--great for dipping the bread after the meatballs were eaten.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife and I booked a table pre-theatre and had a very enjoyable lunch. It's so fun to order small plates and share. We ordered both brunch dishes and some regular menu items. We started with great rustic bread and service was polite and efficient.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always good to go back to Cafe Baba Reeba. Love the Shrimp in Garlic and Pincho Solomillo. Food consistently good, good drinks, good servers. I wish they would bring back the pinxto that was avocado and tuna. I really liked it and was sorry they stopped offering it. Otherwise, I really like this restaurant and go there every few months.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My family hadn't been to Ba-ba-reeba since the birth of our now year old and we missed this place. The food was excellent and our older daughter was very impressed with the kids menu as we were.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Cafe ba-ba-reeba is a classic for a reason: impeccable service, excellent food, and an energetic atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my visiting family (7people total) here for brunch, and everyone loved it. They all admitted they had doubts about the tapas style, but it worked out really well. Tapas are great anytime but perfect for solving the age-old savory vs. sweet brunch dilemma. The service and atmosphere were excellent as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great as always . The service was just adequate . We had to look for our server to reorder food . Also , we ordered all but 1 dessert and when he brought them I asked him about the lavender with the vanilla ice cream . He said they were out of it. He just gave us plain vanilla ice cream and walked aeay. My husband had to call him back to our table to tell him we didn't want it. He said he would take it off of our bill, but seemed irritated . He did take pictures of us (5 people ) when we asked. The pitcher of mango sangria that we ordered wasn't very flavorful and seemed watered down. Withstanding those small issues, we will still return because the food is so good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I were looking forward to trying this place because we love tapas. Unfortunately, it didn't meet our expectations in terms of the food. I have traveled to Spain and I feel that other restaurants in the Chicagoland area are more authentic than this restaurant. We ordered the tortilla espanola, bacon wrapped dates, croquetas, patatas bravas and the seafood paella. Out of all the items, we really only enjoyed the seafood paella, but since we ordered the tapas before that we were too full to eat it so we took it home. I would say that the service was great and that they remembered it was my husband's birthday from the reservation. They brought a delicious complimentary dessert to the table. We appreciated that!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Phenomenal menu and diversity of flavors. I eat out often, and around the country and this was by far the best dining experience I've had in a long time. Service, quality and temperature of food was excellent. The seafood paella and. Short run were to die for.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had several great dishes. The blackberry sangria was fun. We even took home a loaf of the wonderful bread. The empanadas were great. We had one of each kind! Mini deserts were nice touch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a great Lincoln Park staple. It's consistently good and lively. Always a fun spot to bring visitors to the city.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Cafe Baba Reeba and the food never disappoints. Great for all occasions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of our favorite tapas spots... Great food & ambiance. Good for friends/family/groups!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Problems: Our server changed 3 times. The portion of the potatoes was always much much larger and we literally got a tiny plate with 7 pieces (I KNOW-its TAPAS)-HOWEVER, the portion of the potatoes was always larger enough for two to share-We have been coming to babareeba for YEARS now. The service was mediocre in comparison to our past trips. \nLastly, the chairs scraping the ground where we were sitting CONSTANTLY INTERUPPTED OUR CONVERSATION. that needs to be addressed its killing the ambiance. We sat on the patio or whatever you prefer to call it and those tiny cold uncomfortable metal chairs kept scraping the ground whenever people got up, shifted their seat, etc. It was horrible. Not coming back for a WHILE.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Have been dining since I was a teenager. Was one of my father's favorites and to this day remains one of my favorites also. Brought two new friends to share the experience and they loved it. Consistently outstanding food, great service, and a beautiful room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time here and I enjoyed the food, sangria, wait staff and ambiance.\nCozy with an energetic vibe, would recommend to anyone. Varied menu will be easy to please a large group. If you haven't been, I would definitely try.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This has been one of my favorite restaurants for years and will continue to be. Food is always a pleasure and a delight and I always leave happy!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been here more times than I can count for a great meal which is why I picked it for Father's Day. But that was not the case this Father's Day. In fact, the staff served everyone BUT my dad and when everyone finished eating they brought dad the wrong food, that the server had given to another table .... and then took the dish away from that table saying , 'Oh, that was for you.' Needless to say, an awful meal experience. \n\nWhat happened Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba?

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Most of the food was great! There were two of us and we each ordered 2 pinxtos (chorizo/date thing was amazing) and then we ordered 5 tapas to share which was almost too much food. The ham and chicken croquetas were my favorite! Wasn't impressed with the hanger stake at all. The ambiance was fun, only complaint was that the chairs were super uncomfortable. Overall I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend! If you are staying downtown and want to try it, I would suggest taking a cab or uber...our uber was only $10 to the loop area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Calamari was the best. (Did not need or care for the sauce. ) Roasted vegetables also delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun neighborhood spot. Crowded but lively.\nCreative tapas offerings-delicious paella-yummy Sangria!\nWhat's not to like!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were placed in the back corner by the restrooms--so it was dark and lacked ambience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fine but just mediocre. Nothing really special about brunch. I wouldn't bother going again but it's a bit out of our way.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was salty. I've visited this restaurant before and it was much better. Very disappointidisappointing .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is our go to spot hands down. Menu is vast and every time we go we try and switch it up. The tapas are amazing (bacon wrapped dates, scallops, etc) and the pallellas are phenomenal as well.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great tapas! Service was ok but all the food came out fast and hot. I would suggest not sitting on their covered patio since it was pretty drafty and not well heated compared to the rest of the restaurant. We were cold the entire dinner!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is a great restaurant for family and friends. Food is very good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was listed as ADA accessible but it was very crowded and restroom had two steep steps; I had to use the employees' restroom. Staff was helpful, though.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious tapas! We ordered way too much food, but all the dishes were fantastic, breakfast paella, beef tenderloin with blue cheese, and buttermilk fried chicken being the top picks. Don't miss the Bloody Mary bar!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food. Amazing drinks. Amazing service. Amazing Experience. Always a GEM.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been going there for years so I am always comparing it to the past. Seems like the dishes were all really special but now some are better than others. Service fell down when drinks came very late after we ordered a second round. Still one of my favorites and overall the service is good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Most of the evening was great, good recommendations from the wait staff, yet not to pushy. Food was excellent and brought back memories of our trip to Spain in years past. Definitely the dishes highlighted in red were the dishes to go for in tapas and meals.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Father's Day brunch. Super kid friendly and very responsive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Exellent food. Great options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Roast Dates and a pitcher of sangria are a must try. On my reservation through Open Table I mentioned that it was my boyfriend's birthday and the restaurant/server kept that in mind throughout the entire dinner experience. Make sure to save room for dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was delicious. Just returned from Spain and the menu and flavors were very authentic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you're looking for amazing sangria, flavorful and unique dishes, this is the place for you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service is always attentive without being smothering. They were accommodating to our special requests. And the food is very good. We were a little more adventurous than normal with our ordering and didn't care for some of the items as much as in past visits, but that was not the restaurant's fault at all. Every dish was prepared with good ingredients and presented nicely to the table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome service. I mentioned it was the anniversary with my girlfriend on my reservation through open table. The restaurant did keep in mind of that. I'm very impressive!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

There's a reason that Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba has been around for so long - its food and sangria are always good!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a wonderful night here! Started off with a pitcher of the passion fruit sangria. Then proceeded to order lots of tapas. The bacon wrapped dates are a must!!! I also loved the tomato goat cheese!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food at a reasonable price. Lots of different choices if you have a hard time making up your mind and picking one or two things.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We took friends from California after a Sunday matinee of Million Dollar Quartet. Being from Southern California they were familiar with tapas but said it was some of the best they ever experienced. We had little wait to be seated, and our waitress, Marilyn, was very personable and efficient. We'll be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my favorite restaurant! For any special occasion I will try to find an excuse to drive in to the city to eat here. The sangria is delicious and the food is always amazing. I have gotten consistent, tasty items every time without fail and cannot recall trying anything I didn't like. My favorites are the bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese, chicken curry salad and beef skewer. Can't wait to go back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Usually I am very impressed by both food and service but this time the service was not good. I asked our waiter if we could order our tapas staggered and he told us he could stagger them himself. They all came within about 5 minutes of each other, overwhelming us and not giving us time to sit and talk over tapas. Waiter was inattentive and did not bring our drinks for 20 minutes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

a little dark. Had to use my phone to see the menu. Service was good and courteous. Too close to the next party.... difficult to simultaneously listen to our and their conversations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ba Ba Reeba is one of my all time favorite restaurants. Eat here.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place never disappoints us. One of top Spanish tapas restaurants in Chicagoland.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a reservation at 8. We were promptly seated. We enjoyed almost everything. Ordered stuffed dates, beef tenderloin with blue cheese, handmade beef empanada, grilled squid, shrimp with garlic. Enjoyed every dish!! We then ordered the chicken paella. Unfortunately this was tasteless. We were disappointed. This was much more expensive then any of the other dishes. But, we certainly didn't leave hungry. Service was a bit slow. But, we were not in a hurry. Overall I would definitely go back!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My boyfriend was in town so we decided to try Cafe ba-ba-Reeba. We got seated in the outdoor-ish area, which had a really great atmosphere. Their signature red sangria was amazing! We got the green peppers with salt, shrimp, octopus, and fried chicken tapas- all delicious. For dessert we had the cheesecake and custard. The custard was a little too thick and rich (more like ice-cream than custard). Great date spot for sure!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had an amazing sunday brunch with my mom! She was visiting from out of town and this is her favorite place to eat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Second time I have been there and the foods and drinks are beyond delicious I will definitely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fantastic food and sangria!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible table in the corner that was so tipsy we had to hold one side while we dined. The wait staff literally threw our food where is slipped off the plate. We raised our concerns to the manager who did not seem to concerned.\n\nThis is our at least 10th time dining here. Very disappointing experience this time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Made a reservation via open table, but weren't seated for another half hour after our reservation time. I had to check back in with the hosts to get the ball rolling again.\n\nWaiter was awesome, food was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good variety and tasty food! Great for groups or date night.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Meh. Felt like third shift working the kitchen. Poached eggs tasted like too much vinegar. Other dishes under seasoned. Waitress appeared once to take order and once to deliver check. Overall just unimpressive. Maybe if I drank more....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unique offerings. Something for everyone. Felt like a really fun local spot and we were treated great by the staff. A must do for Sunday brunch if you're in Lincoln Park!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very nice restaurant ambiance with great tapas and drinks selection.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

As always, great experience from hostesses, servers, food runners and bus folk. Top notch start to finish. The chefs are fantastic.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food. Grateful they could accommodate my gluten free needs (not a choice for me). Waitress could have been a little more attentive as we had to chase someone down for more drinks. Would return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service and food were amazing. Sangria is to die for - 4 different varieties. Every dish we ordered was amazing. Meat balls and octopus were my favorites. Cannot wait to return. Just a hint, make a reservation days ahead. If you do things last minute, you will not get in till very late. I wish I had our servers name as he really explained how the place works and made sure every plate was brought out at the perfect time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I took his mother for Mother's Day brunch, we had reservations for 1pm. We arrived and were seated right away. The service was good, the food was great! Will return again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love the variety of tapas, the ambience, the sangria, the respect for gluten free. Our waiter was awesome! We arrived 5-10 mins early for our reservation and were seated immediately.\n\nI haven't eaten 'outside' since the patio was enclosed, and it was quite nice. (We always seem to sit 'inside'.)\n\nWe like to bring our friends, out of town guests, and meet family for special occasions. Just a fun, friendly place to eat, with really good food. Everyone finds something to like.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I had been to Cafe Ba Ba a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Ever since, I've been looking for a good reason, and person, to go back with. My boyfriend took me there this year for my birthday and I was a little nervous because I really talked the place up! But it didn't disappoint! The food was excellent and for how much we ate and drank the bill was pretty reasonable. My one complaint had to be our server. Although he was very \nfriendly and seemed to be on top of it all at the very beginning his service really fell off as the night went on. There was a good hour where he hadn't even acknowledged us and we were definitely ready to order a few more dishes. He even stopped by the couple next to us (literally if I reached out I could probably touch the girl next to me) and he didn't even spare the extra second to say 'need anything?' After our hour wait we wound up getting one more dish because we really wanted to try the lamb. It was well worth the wait but we skipped dessert all together because it was just about 8 o'clock and we had started our meal around 5:30. Aside from that little hiccup Ba Ba Reba was amazing. I could drink their sangria all night. We'll definitely come again but maybe when it's not so busy and the servers aren't getting overwhelmed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love all the choices and being able to share. Also love bringing my kids and having them try new things.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for Mothers' Day brunch. It was recommended we order 2-3 tapas per person, we started with 2 and that was already way too much. Some tapas we really enjoyed, others were a little disappointing (namely the citrus French toast). The pear sangria was great though!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Met with family for an early lunch here and I thought everything was ok but could have been a lot better. It feels a little cramped, not a lot of space to move between tables and the bathroom was a less than pleasant experience. Our server was just ok but didn't really go out of her way to make the experience memorable. I love the idea of ordering 2-3 different dishes per person to try/share but I didn't like that they all came at different times with several minutes in between each. While one person had something to eat, the others were staring out the window. Regardless of service issues, the food was VERY good and the bill wasn't outrageous, my favorite was the pork & fennel slaw. Word of warning, there is virtually no street parking in the area so be prepared to pay $13 for valet...

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the first 'tapas' restaurants in Chicago! Noisy. Fun. Exuberant! Enjoy! Relax. Have the specials!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My group of 7 enjoyed brunch at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba on a Sunday morning. We ordered a handful of tapas to share, which is perfect for those days when you can't decide between eggs, French toast, potatoes... Everyone left ful. The Bloody Mary bar was great, too.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Ordered the wood-oven roasted vegetables, spinach and manchego-stuffed mushrooms, shrimp, seared salmon and a desert and loved it all! Four tapas were enough for my friend and I - went on a Sunday night and it wasn't too loud. Great atmosphere. Service was great. I'll definitely go again!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Love this place! Great for small groups - had an awesome meal with three of my girlfriends. Great food, wine, sangria, etc. And, affordable!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My husband and I brought my daughter and her boyfriend for their first visit and they enjoyed every last bit of their meal. This will always be our go-to place to bring special people and for just because occasions.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Fun, bustling restaurant environment. The menu has a ton of options on it with the chef's recommendations in red. We stuck mostly to those and had a great experience trying different Spanish dishes. Always fun to share plates with those you're enjoying dinner with and the sangria and dessert were nice additions to the tapas. Definitely want to go back with a larger group so that we can order more dishes and even a plate of paella. Definitely worth a try and would highly recommend for family/large group meals.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! never disappoints. Food, atmosphere, and service are top notch.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

If you enjoy Tapas, this is one of the top places we've found thus far in Chicago. The dishes are wonderful with an eclectic range of flavors from spicy to sweet. The bleu cheese filets, spicy shrimp, burrata and ham and chicken coquettes were particularly popular with the group. Sangria will hit the spot if warm out, but their list of Spanish reds is sufficient to hold up with the food. The service was spot on and ambiance 'nice.' Just enough noise to know it's a happening hangout. Definitely would return. Note: Rarely award 5's so this is very good rating.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The tapas were terrific.....& the brunch Bloody Mary bar superb ! Our server Josh was friendly, informative & attentive. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal !

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was UH-mazing!!! Be prepared to share with your group mates as ALL the food is delicious. Beef was perfectly prepared, sauce from spicy potatoes has a mild heat and goes great with EVERYthing. Don't pass up the pitchers of Sangria. Great taste and value for the amount you get. Servers bring food to all tables at all times so don't get offended if it isn't all for you. Our server was a little hard to track down later in the meal... this was the only thing I would've changed - after all - Sangria refills are VERY important. Overall price was decent. Group of 4, with 2 pitchers of sangria, came out to $30 per person before tip. Great for special occasions or the upscale date. Dress was casual, no reason to get fancy. One last note, take careful mind of the parking meters outside: they say metered parking ends at 9pm yet we got a $100 parking ticket at 9:17, 11 mins after our parking 'expired'.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We are a fan of Cafe Ba-ba-reeba, but this time we left underwhelmed. There was a recent update to the menu and you could tell that the chef/cooks were having a tough time with the new items. Overcooked steak and broken claim shell inside of the paella are just a few of the issues we encountered. We notified our server and he brought over some 'on the house' desserts. A manager never came over to apologize for us biting into gritty paella due to the cracked clam shells. We are typically fans of this restaurant, but if this keeps up, we probably won't be coming here any longer .

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was good as has been many times. We had to wait about 15 minutes for our 9pm reservation. Server very good but food took a while for tapas.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Good time but our waiter left in the middle of our meal that was awkward. And the main entre was burnt.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great menu choices, options, attentiveness and ideal for a mixed group of people for just about any occasion. only downside - The servers were attentive but we felt rushed - food whisked away as soon as a bit taken, asking us if we were all set while we were eating and ordering more ... can be a fantastic experience if you let people enjoy a bit more.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food here is ridiculously good. We couldn't get past how amazing everything tasted.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This great local spot is reliable for delicious food prepared in an interesting way with unusual combinations. It's got a very pleasant ambiance and the service is good as well.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

CBBR lived up to its durable reputation on a recent Friday, late afternoon. Fortified by an ample pitcher of refreshing red sangria, we had a small plate feast starting with genuine jamon iberico (all their charcuterie are imported from Spain) and lusciously fruity mini-olives. \nOur wait staffer was then thoughtful and timely in bringing us 'paired' small plates: mushrooms stuffed with spinach and manchego + beef skewer; gorgeous roast pork + fresh grilled calamari and baby arugula. We finished with house made green apple sorbet and a small, tightly textured chocolate truffle cake. Our only small but significant complaint is the high level of ambient noise and foot traffic in the 'middle' seating section, adjacent to a long series of cooking/prep stations.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Loved everything about this place!\n\nMade reservations for myself and a friend based on good reviews and was not disappointed. Great atmosphere, servers were attentive and the food was sooooo good. I think that we would have been happy with just a bowl of the tomato aioli but the fact that everything else tasted great was a bonus!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent evening. Waitress was wonderful. Food was fantastic.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

A lot of our food came out lukewarm. Our waiter was unenthusiastic to say the least. Most of the food got an 'ok' from our group but definitely nothing spectacular. I wouldn't venture out of our neighborhood to come here and I probably wouldn't bring out of town guests. The overall experience was quite sub par for the expectations we had.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

everything was great, only thing that sucked, was having to wait a half hour to be seated. We had made the reservation 3 weeks prior

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Patient staff yet attentive to our needs. We enjoyed the choices shared several appetizers and sides. Cocktails were unique and offered a delightful and new take on old favorites.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I just love tapas...thanks to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. Every single thing I have ever tried is good. My toddler loves hummus, and they give complimentary hummus and carrots to kids. Awesome! The sangria is SO GOOD too! The most notable thing, though, about this restaurant is how attentive the bussers are. They are quick to pick my empty plate right up as soon as I am done.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food it great, love that they do brunch tapas. Bloody mary bar is awesome, recommend the gazpacho bloody. Friendly service and food comes out fast.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I love this restaurant but for whatever reason the service was awful on this night. The tapas came out very slowly (if at all, in some cases we needed to remind our waiter that we ordered something to receive it). Our waiter comped us some dessert to make up for the service which was nice but overall I was disappointed in the experience. Especially because normally, this is my favorite restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Max gave us excellent service, the food was delicious and the white sangria was super!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have been to babareeba many times and was always pleased. The food is awesome, probably the best tapas in town. The place has a very nice vibe from a vibrant bar atmosphere to a nice intimate and romantic scene. Great for going on a date, or hanging with friends in a smaller group. I am sure you can also reserve for bigger parties. Awesome patio!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I went to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for a birthday dinner. The staff was quick and friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. The food was quick to come out and was good overall, however, if I hadn't been paying with a gift card, I would have been slightly disappointed. The majority of the meats were cooked perfectly, but were under seasoned and most of the dishes seemed fairly bland. I ordered the pork Paella and it was the star of the show, the different cuts of pork were fantastic and the rice was perfect. All in all a good experience, just wish the food had been seasoned better. Definitely intrigued by the brunch menu!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This was our first visit to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, and for two members of our party, the first experience with a Tapas style restaurant. The food was interesting and delicious, loved the chance to try several different dishes. The food was served promptly at just the right pace to allow a leisurely dining experience without long waits or feeling rushed. Our waiter was friendly, informative, helpful and was attentive without being intrusive. Looking at other reviews, I suspect the time of day you choose to visit may effect the ambiance. We were there early in the evening and there were several tables with large family groups, including children, so I wouldn't say it was a romantic setting. I could see, however, that it could be at a later hour. We visit Chicago regularly and always try to find different restaurants to try and will certainly pay another visit to this Lincoln Park gem. Perfect place for a light bite and drinks after the theater.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Service is great - we sat in the front of the restaurant and it was freezing. My only complaint!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My go-to place. Spicy potatoes, goat cheese dip and bacon wrapped dates are must haves. My waiter was very knowledgable and was always around to refill our glasses. Red sangria is out of this world delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything is so fresh. Nice portion sizes. Sauces are paired so well with everything. Highly recommend to anyone

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food was amazing. The restaurant was very warm and somewhat loud.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Another excellent meal. This was our first brunch experience. Highly recommend the Bloody Mary bar. Many options and additions. All of our food was delicious. The baked eggs and the short rib sliders were outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful place. We love dining there always great food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We were told about this location by our B&B concierge. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba did not disappoint. A great variety of items on their menu and not one failed to taste great. Our group would definitely return to the cafe when we come back to Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

You can never go wrong with Cafe Babareeba. I love to come here when I have friends or family in town. The tapas style makes it great for large groups, as it allows everyone to try something new. They're bloody mary bar at brunch is also to die for. Awesome toppings! When going for brunch, you have to get the eggs benedict, french toast and bacon mac and cheese. Everything we had was delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful food, wonderful atmosphere and an overall wonderful experience! Would highly recommend and would absolutely go back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Seafood paella was amazing!! Also highly recommend the sangria.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

One of the best restaurant in Chicago!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

love it! everything was perfect. the waiter was fantastic. go back every time we go to chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The sangria and paella are outstanding. It was seriously popping on a Saturday night, I was so glad I had a reservation because there was a 2 hour wait. Traditional Spanish tapas dishes, that are on point in quality and flavor. Very reasonable priced when you split amongst the table too! Fun atmosphere. Highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I'm gluten free and the waiter was very kind with making suggestions. He also brought me gluten free bread which was a nice surprise.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We were really impressed with Café Ba Ba Reeba. From the friendly, attentive service, to the fantastic food. Looking forward to our next visit to both Chicago and Café Ba Ba Reeba.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing tapas and sangria. This has become my families new favorite restaurant to go to when they come and visit. It's an experience you don't get anywhere else.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Baba Reeba never disappoints. Great food, creative menu, delicious sangria, and a lot of fun. My favorite restaurant in the city by far. I highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We hadn't been here in 20 years and it was so wonderful to eat this delicious food again !

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

As always the food was delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was wonderful. Great vibe. Fantastic service from our waiter. So good I even remember his name is Daniel. Definitely going back

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My favorite restaurant in the area!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Unbelievable sangria and tapas! The best seafood paella I have ever had!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant exceeded expectations on Valentine's Day. I always heard positive things, but was worries it would would too much hype. Nor the case! The portions were perfect for Tapas, and the food was so delicious. I can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Came here after work for happy hour and a few tapas. We had a great experience. Our server was helpful and made good recommendations. Would definitely return.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I wanted a Paelle that is authetic like the one I had in Barcelona. Now I know Chicago has one.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I went to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba with a couple of friends and we had a great time! The food was wonderful, the restaurant was vibrant and had a great atmosphere, and the classic sangria was fantastic. We easily lost track of time over food and drinks and ended up staying for three hours. The service was a little slow throughout the meal, but we also never felt pressure to leave, especially when it got later in the event. The dishes are great for sharing and they have a wide variety of food. I would highly recommend it to others and I'm already looking forward to my next trip back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have yet to try a dish I didn't like. First time there for brunch and I was not disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food had hits and misses, the short rib was great while the croquetas were a miss. Just depends on what you get. But the small plates are a great way to share and try new dishes.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Ba Reba has always been our go to for a wonderful meal and delicious sangria...Staff very accommodating if you have a toddler (YIKES) -- Great red sangria! Honestly what do they put in those spicy potatoes -- Amazing! Highly recommend for friends, family and date night!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place never disappointed with the food or service. Paz was great and I can't wait to come back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My lovely girlfriend had our evening set up for my first experience in tapas. The idea of small portions was questionable at first, but man this works! \n\nWe ended up having (per her experience and my veto power) a nice spread: croquetas, una empanada, garlic shrimp, steak with blue cheese, and goat cheese. I believe I repeated 'let's have another round of everything, especially the croquetas. Can we also get 10 orders to go of only croquetas?' My gal was in on the plan, but alas our bellies were at the brim with no room to spare. \n\nService was smooth from greeter, to waiter, to food delivery, but only one complain that should be advised: if ordering the goat cheese ask for this to come first! We were unable to truly enjoy this because we were stuffed by other great food, but this didn't deter my 5 star rating. \n\nMust visit, must eat, and must drink place to experience. Perfect for a date night and exploring a new cuisine.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It was my first time visiting Café Ba-Ba-Reeba and it is likely that I will be going back! I went for a date night with my boyfriend and it worked out really well for just picking a new spot via OpenTable.\n\nAfter reading reviews and then trying it for myself, I agree that the chorizo wrapped dates and goat cheese in tomato sauce are musts! Everything else we tried was also tasty and I can't wait to go back and try some more. The butterscotch desert was also AMAZING! \n\nOn the topic on sangria....be aware! They're delicious and may trick you into thinking that it is reasonable for two people to share a pitcher and a half....on Wednesday. We had the blackberry and classic red. Classic red was the favorite of the evening though.\n\nMy only complaint was I was seated right under a vent and got pretty chilly, but the place is quite large so there and plenty of spots without the vents! The vibe was great and while the sound was moderate it was still easy to hear each other talking without having to feel like we were yelling at each other.\n\nOverall, really great spot for date night, girls night or just a drink!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Best place in Chicago!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The tapas we had Were quite good. The Paella was horrible. The rice was not cooked, it was dry and there was almost no meat in it at all. Simply awful. The worst I've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love this restaurant! Evertime great food great service! Always a good time

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great sangria and date dishes!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

some plates are dirty, and the rice is soooo raw...

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Dining at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba was a great experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This was our second time to do a brunch while they offered the deal with a gift certificate. Cafe Babareeba is our favorite restaurant and would visit regardless of the deal but certainly the deal makes it much sweeter. It's always good to dine at this place and we'll certainly keep coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Absolutely LOVED the bacon wrapped dates! And the braised short ribs were awesome as well! Our server was great. We had a peach sangria and a standard red sangria and both were delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was great as always, just one thing, we all notice the waiter was kind of rushing us, and she give us the check with out us asking for it. We felt rushed by her.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

It was very good. My only complaint is that it was January and we sat by the windows. \nIt was freezing, they had some air blowing on us and we all had to eat with our winter coats on.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was wonderful! But the service was better. I felt so welcome.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I heard raving reviews of the Sangria, but our pitcher was watered down, and had very little alcohol. The food was fantastic though- the octopus plate was by far my favorite.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food is delicious here, especially the paella. I'd eat here again, but probably wouldn't buy the sangria again, because it tasted as though it hadn't a drop of alcohol in it. Also, service was perky and relatively attentive, but our server did forget to put in one of our dishes that we ordered. It still arrived, albeit very late, even after we told our server that we no longer wanted it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The food was okay however this was not my best experience at your restaurant.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Ordered the blackberry sangria and received the peach sangria. Asked the server twice if it was blackberry because it tasted like peach and it insisted it was. He came to the table only 2 times on his own accord and 1 time when we got his attention. Never asked how the food was or how we were going. Bussers we're bringing food out and taking away plates we were literally eating off of. Picked up my sangria glass that was half full to take it away like they wanted us to leave. Sad because my husband and I love this place because we had one of our first dates there and we received a gift card for lettuce entertain you and out of all the great choices we had we picked this restaurant. We were disappointed and not sure if we will make it back due to the poor service.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We went to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for Restaurant Week 2016 and were not disappointed! Even on a Wednesday night at 8:30, the place was super busy - always a good sign!\n\nYou definitely have to start your meal with a pitcher of the sangria! We just got the classic red one and it was amazing. I'm a sangria snob and this sangria totally lived up to my expectations!\n\nThe RW2016 menu was fantastic - and a great deal! The lobster croquette was delightful but the Moroccan spiced chicken wings were the true star of the whole meal! The meat was so juicy and fell right off the bone!! And the spices - oh the spices. I wish I could just keep eating those chicken wings. Absolutely flawless! We also got the baked goat cheese (outstanding), the scallops (okay), the lamb (amazing), and the chorizo wrapped dates (out of this world delicious) as well as a few other dishes.\n\nWe also got three desserts - the butterscotch custard (my favorite), the chai tea ice cream (my boyfriend's favorite), and the chocolate cake (good, but a little too rich for me).\n\nWe were so impressed with our meal and cannot wait to return to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Paella was hard and seemed uncooked. When asked about, waiter said it was supposed to be like that. Waiter also came to our table every 30 mins. We had to constantly wave at him.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It was a great time! While I knew it was going to be slightly pricier after looking it up but still heard great things. \n\nWalking in I enjoyed the décor and atmosphere. It was slightly louder then I would have liked, but I believe that was due to the tables being close. \n\nThe menu was big, but nicely put together. Grouped off by food types, it made it easy to focus in the areas you wanted to try. The descriptions were also accurate.\n\nThe food itself was enjoyable. I enjoyed sharing the food with my girlfriend and it helped put a bit of extra romance into the evening. However, I would say that you need to make sure there are an even number of the items on the plate. For example, we had 7 bacon wrapped dates. Having to decide who gets the last one is hard when you both enjoy them. \n\nThe drinks were tasty! There was a great list that can fit every persons preference. \n\nThe service wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. I would simply recommend that they ask if anything extra is needed as they serve the dished. Our table ordered a total of 9 dishes. While they came in a timely manner (I liked that they didn't all come at once and were spread out), they were just dropped off at our table and the server immediately left. \n\nI would recommend this restaurant to others.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Knowing it was our anniversary, the restaurant went out of their way to make it special for us - and the wait staff was incredible. The tapas were delicious and the desserts (chocolate bar and the flan) were out of this world. The paella was delicious, but definitely different than I've had in the basque region. Tasted a little more like a delicious fried rice. \nGreat experience though overall!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had a really great experience, good for our group, amazing food, reasonably priced

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

As an out of towner, I have been here twice within 1 month of each other. Both experiences were phenomenal. My recent experience was to celebrate my birthday with my sweetheart - great ambiance, service, eats, and a special on the house sweet birthday treat. Bravo!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The sizes of potions were small , tasted all right however everything was swimming in oil.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I went with friends for a tapas dinner. We had a great time! From the vibrant ambiance to the wonderful selection of tapas plates, everything was so good. You can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything we had was consistent in quality and tasted great. Service was high quality as well.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My bestie and I came here for a brunch outing. This turned out to be the perfect place. They didn't have any mimosas or Bellinis but they had a Bloody Mary bar and amazing sangria. I tried the blackberry sangria (or maybe it was black raspberry), it was refreshing and not too sweet and was made with real fruit, not syrup! We tried the vegetable eggs Benedict with patatas bravas, the berry buttermilk waffles, and the bacon Mac n cheese. Everything was outstanding. I'd highly recommend this place!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We've been here twice. Once we sat at the bar & had great service with sangria and several tapas dishes. Recently we sat in the back room, which was quieter, but with just as good service and great food. All of the tapas are wonderful. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great restaurant!! Ambience was on par.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great tapas and sangria! And the staff is always very nice and welcoming!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Can't get enough of that wonderful tapas. This place is great. So many delicious dishes.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

You really cant go wrong with Cafe BabaReeba. food quality is delicious all around and sangria is always on point.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I love Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and have been there many many times. My latest visit was a little disappointing service wise. We went on a Wednesday and waited 20 minutes for our 7:30 reservation. Then we sat and ordered drinks and two plates right away. The spacing was a little weird and we had to ask for more plates and were even stacking plates of our own to be cleaned up. In all my visits, this was the most disappointing service wise. I felt we were forgotten about, which is not the typical LEYE experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We've visited Cafe Café Ba-Ba-Reeba in a group of 6 people + 1 baby and everything was perfect.\nFood was delicious (datiles is the best!) and red sangria was a perfect match to the great food we had.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great happy hour selection at the bar (4-6 pm, I think?). We were able to get three seats no problem. Bartender and staff were great. Food was delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The variety and quality of the food was excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our waiter was nice and made great recommendations.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Paella was delicious, empanadas were nicely flaky, and grilled octopus was very tender.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love this place no matter the food and service. Everything is excellent here. I enjoy bringing my friends and family to share the wonderfull small plates and seafood paella.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I was excited to go somewhere well-known and a little more upscale in the city. Everything about Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba was fairly mediocre, even slightly disappointing. Two friends and I had a reservation for 9 p.m. and weren't seated until about 9:30 p.m. without any real apologizes and rush on the part of the hostess. When we were seated, we waded through the crowded dining room to a small table in the back by the restrooms. Our waiter was friendly but seemed a little stumped when we asked a few questions about the menu. Perhaps the most disappointing parts of the night was getting there to find out that you needed to order two of the same paella dishes in order to get any paella. We had selected Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for two reasons: the paella and the ease of sharing tapas between people with different tastes and preferences. We ultimately opted against ordering any paella because we didn't want two vegetarian plates when only one of us was a vegetarian. We ordered a lot of small plates instead, and most of them were pretty good (a creamy mushroom soup and the calamari). A few were underwhelming. We got the flan for dessert, and it was intensely sweet in a great way. The pitcher of blood orange sangria was also very tasty. Overall, the service was lackluster and the food was good but not great. For the price, I'm not sure I'd come back.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great food as always. Our waiter was friendly and attentive, but not too much. Food came out swiftly and my glass was never empty. Only problem was that we had to wait quite a bit past our reservation time in order to get our table.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Good food, friendly atmosphere . Went there to celebrate a birthday and the staff were very fun and accommodating . Great selection of interesting tapas. Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I love this place. My only issue with it is I do not live close to it. Of course, that is not their problem, it is mine. Every time we get some different things than the time before and we are never disappointed. There are a few staples however, The goat cheese with marinara as an example. We always get that. Great starter. This time we went with another couple so we got to try more things. All together we had 9 items and I honestly cannot tell you the one I liked best or least. I loved them all. Chicken empanadas, the goat cheese marinara, blue cheese crusted beef tenderloin, garlic shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, scallops, etc were all outstanding. We also shared red sangria and a blood orange sangria. Very good as well. Service was very good and while they were there whenever we needed anything they were not on top of us to make the next order. When we go we layer our order. Get a few things first, then a few more and then one more time. So we are ordering at least 3 different times. Very happy with the food, the experience and the price point and will go again, and again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My boyfriend and I dined at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba for our first anniversary, and it was the perfect choice. The white peach sangria was delicious- neither of us are huge drinkers, so a half-pitcher was MORE than enough for us. We split five tapas dishes, all of which were recommended by our waiter and all delicious. We probably could have ordered four- we were STUFFED at the end! So we skipped dessert this time around. We had a great time- two hours flew by! Highly recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I went with my family to Ba-Ba-Reeba on December 24. The restaurant was not very busy, compared to all other occasions I have visited it. The service was terrible. Our waiter, who could not understand the menu order if we use the spanish name of the dish, forgot part of our order and when we pointed it out, stated that we had never ordered that dish. There were four of us at the table and we all remember when it was ordered. The sangria - recommended by him - was watery by the time it came to the table. We mentioned to him that it was 'all water' and ordered a pitch of another sangria. He did not acknowledge our complaint. When he finally brought the second pitch, we had to ask for clean glasses to another server because he never provided them. At some point during the evening, he was going around the dinning room arguing with all other staff - apparently he had misplaced a payment that he later located. there are many other good tapas restaurants in Chicago - i do not recommend Ba-Ba-Reeba

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food was so delicious and the environment perfect for a special lunch with special friends. Our servers were fantastic and so attentive. I wanted to show a friend a great time in Chicago and this just did it perfectly!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Food was good but pricing a bit high for what was ordered. I would go back but this restaurant wouldn't be at the top of my list.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our server was very attentive. He made many good recommendations on new plates we hadn't tried based on our likes. He was very friendly and very fast. The bus boys were also extremely fast, we never had dirty plates on our table or empty water glasses.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I have been to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba before -- and it's always been fine. Nothing special, but people do love it and always come back -- it's always very crowded. At my most recent visit, our waitress was not very good or helpful which did not help the lack luster foods. She didn't even mention that they had specials that night -- we had to over hear another server explain them to another table. Besides that, we ordered a lot of food and it was all fine but nothing to write home about. You can find better tapas in the city -- but of course people do love this place -- I'm not sure why.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

30 years of outstanding dining. As good today as it was then.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Ba-ba-reeba is a family favorite . we love sharing a variety of little plates. They have something for everyone! Our waiter was very attentive. Since we had minors in our group, he had the bar tender mix us up a pitcher of non-alcoholic sangria. Very yummy!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We have been to CBBR many times before. And it's always a good spot to bring people from out of town. I made the reservation for an option for a 'lighter' New Years Day dinner since I figured we would be out and about eating/drinking off and on for a couple of days. We also had a member of our party who is a somewhat flexible vegan and I knew there would be plenty of options for her. It's always perfect for the fact that anyone and everyone can find something on the menu and you can order as little or as much as you wish. We will keep coming to CBBR many times in the future I'm sure!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

been to chicago a few times and its never dull. finding this place was spectacular. went there after the UP comedy show. fantastic!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We have eaten here on a few occasions and have enjoyed ourself previously. The was our first time dining since the new menu was implemented. The food sounded Great on the menu and we were excited. When the food arrived to the table it looked like it was just thrown on the plate, luke warm, and alot of it was lacking flavor. There was a few dishes that tasted good but just lacked execution. Some dishes were not cohesive with everything on the plate. ( example was the grilled pork shoulder with braised apples. The chestnuts were just a few peaces and off on the corner by themselves, did not provide anything to the dish, simply just confusing.) Shocking the dessert have been previously good this time around it was not even a pleasure to finish a meal with. The chocolate mousse came in a little cup, it reminded of what you can buy at a store the little snack packs of chocolate mousse. There was no sausser underneath no texture just an overwhelming orange syrup that covered a pot de creme. The other dessert we ordered was the caramelized banana with ice cream. Well we actually brought this up to our waiter that the banana was not caramelized it was just topped with caramel sauce the dessert was served on the smallest plate possible it just not what or how it was presented on the menu. And lastly the coffee was good flavor just not hot enough. We always enjoyed coming here since we do enjoy food, and small plates gives us a chance to eat a bigger variety of food. I hope that we can still come there and it was just a one time occurance. Thank you to our server who was great and friendly during our meal.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful experience! While there are plenty of options in Chicago, we'll definitely be back here, SOON!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excellent food, extensive menu, knowledable wait staff. Servers need to be watched, as they severed several plates we did not order and one of our plates came very late after a reminder that it had not come. Based on our experience, it went to another table.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've been going to Ba-Ba-Reeba for years and years and always on Christmas Eve. This year was yummy like always but the service was the lackluster for the first time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Babarreeba has a great combination of classics and their own creations of Spanish tapas. I highly recommend the paella, well worth the wait!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. I have been here four times in two years and consistently have had good meals. This time around was no exception minus the seafood paella. Typically I stick to their other tapas, highly recommending the platter of small bites, calamari, skirt steak, however the paella was average at best.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Spectacular Spanish cuisine in a vibrant and super-friendly environment - prices are VERY affordable for the quality of food, and the Sangria was also first- class

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I was pleasantly surprised. I have always known Baba Reeba to be a Chicago foodie favorite. I have been meaning to try it and I'm so glad that I did. We had a friend in from LA and he really enjoyed himself as well. We spent a long time catching up which was (probably) annoying our server who was eager to have us place our order. For that, we felt a little 'watched.' Other than that, the ambiance was amazing. The hostesses we fantastic and the food was delish! The scallops were just okay. the three of us agreed that the value we received for the price we paid was well worth it. Very affordable.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this place! Best Spanish restaurant in Chicago. They have a huge selection of tapas and a variety of sangria.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I recently made dinner reservations at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba from 8pm on a Friday night. When I checked in they informed us that they had a bridal party and several larger groups having Christmas parties and they were running behind. We were finally seated at 8:45, which was significantly past our original reservation. The manager tried to make it right by giving us free papas bravas but realistically a $4 tapa doesn't really make up for waiting almost an hour past our reservation time

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Such a great dining experience! Definitely brings back great memories of being in Spain. The atmosphere, food & experience all felt so authentic to the Spanish culture. Service was great & food came out quickly. The sangria is amazing, we had the peach and cava sangria and both were wonderful! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a different kind of dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food is ALWAYS fantastic. Best tapas in the city. Sangria is worth the trip alone!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Loved the restaurant. The food was delicious. The service was great. So helpful. Tapas was conducive to great place to visit with someone you need to catch up with.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Hadn't been here in nearly 10 years but went for dinner before going to Second City and it was even better than I remembered! Our waiter was fantastic with answering all of our questions and accommodating a unique drink request and the food (and sangria!) was all exceptional! I won't wait 10 years to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Had reservations on Sunday. Seated when we entered. Tapas were excellent. Service was good and friendly. Busy but not loud. My wife and I would definitely come back when in Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have always loved Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. I can always count on having an excellent meal here and the tapas are always delicious. One of my go-to places!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I made a reservation for dinner and I thought it was for the Flamenco Show that evening. The restaurant had our reservation only for dinner. They said we had to make a separate reservation through the restaurant and not through Open Table. Either I misunderstood when I made the reservation, or it stated that I had to make a separate reservation for the show.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I really enjoyed everything about my experience at open table. I went with a big group of 8 people and we were all able to sit at the same table and enjoy our food with space.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was excellent as always!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I've been here multiple times and have always loved the food and service. However, this last time I was here, I was really annoyed with the service. There were four of us out to dinner and we ordered about 8 tapas and a pitcher of sangria. The food was not at all coursed out and came so fast and so close together that between all four of us sitting down, ordering sangria, picking our tapas, ordering, and eating, we were done in under an hour. That is ridiculous! We never had a chance to finish cold tapas before the warm ones started coming and never had a chance to finish those before more came! I felt rushed and like the food was being forced down our throats so we would leave. I was not allowed to enjoy the evening. Obviously, I didn't let that force me out of the restaurant, but it really ruined the experience for me. Next time I will know to order 2-3 tapas at a time and essentially course out the meal myself.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

We went to Cafe Ba-ba-Reeba on a Monday night for dinner - our second time visiting but first time for dinner. Once again we were seated very closely next to 3 of the loudest women alive. Congratulations that you're getting married honey but if you're going to scream to the whole restaurant about your around-the-world theme wedding, I'm going to judge you on choosing a frat party theme. Half price cocktails on Monday nights - no complaints there! We had to drag the specials out of our waiter though and he knew shockingly little about their own menu. He just seemed really uninterested to be working. The food came out promptly though and the bussers were on point so I wouldn't let this one waiter dictate my entire opinion of the service. \n\nFor cocktails, the Mezcal Mule and Sherry Old Fashioned are good. I typically like gin, but the Martinez was like drinking a pine tree. For food, the grilled squid was just as amazing as the first time we tried it, and the chorizo wrapped date was a great bite. We also tried the warm potato and onion omelette which was pretty good but very filling. The grilled hanger steak and buttermilk fried chicken were both very disappointing. The sauces on both just didn't pair well with what was on the plate - I wouldn't order them again. Overall, I prefer this place for brunch.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was delicious and the service was spectacular. Glad I brought out of town guest here.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My group of four were in the city to go to the Bears game, but since it was so cold out we decided not to tailgate. Instead we planned brunch at Ba-Ba-Reeba for a nice boozy brunch before the game. It was a phenomenal decision. We were able to get our drinks in before the game with delicious food - both breakfast and the normal menu - and stay warm while doing it! We then did the short drive to Millennium Park to catch the Bears bus!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything. The food, service, and ambience were perfect. We didn't have a single complaint which is why I always come back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

As usual, the food was amazing. There were just two of us so we couldn't sample everything on the menu but gave it a good try. We had the tortilla, salmon, brussel sprout salad and a few other tapas. Everything came out fast and fresh.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Second time here, love this place! Food is excellent and the atmosphere is so much fun!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I went with my boyfriend and we had two tapas and two servings of chicken and vegetables paella. The paella wasn't really that good, but I'm sure the other paella options are better. If I go back to cafe ba-ba-Reeba I would probably just order a bunch of tapas. Overall, the food was good, the service was excellent and the place is really nice.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This was our first time visiting Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba - I've heard nothing but great reviews from my friends. I'm so glad we went for brunch! They have a tapas brunch menu you can order from as well as their regular menu, so we ordered a little bit from both. Eggs benedict with proscuitto was very delish, but also very rich - glad they come in smaller portions! We also had the grilled calamari, and ordered it TWICE because it was just that good the first time! I also recommend the red sangria - it really rounds out brunch nicely. We were squeezed in between two tables so we felt a little like we were sitting at a community table. It was fine, but your dining experience heavily depends on who is sitting next to you. We'll definitely be visiting again!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We've been to Cafe Ba-ba-Reeba a number of times and our dinner has always been very good. This time was no exception, but we had a misunderstanding when ordering paella. We've ordered it before when we've had eight people in our party and each of us was able to have a sampling. There were only three of us on this occasion. The server said that we had to order TWO orders of paella since they can't make it in small batches. And two orders of paella is way more than enough for three people with leftovers, so we'll know next time not to order any other plates if we want paella. By the way, our bill was $130.00 with tip for the paella, drinks and three other small plates. Whoa.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I really love Spanish tapas but I should have known this place wouldn't be that good because it was not a small, authentic, restaurant. We ordered shrimp which was OK, the catalan bread (best part of the meal but came last, should have been first), short ribs, beef empanada, and mushroom soup. All the food was luke warm but came out very quickly (except for the bread). I won't he coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Another excellent meal. Celebrating several birthdays at once and everyone had everything they wanted and tried several items for the first time. Delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

It's okay. Nothing great but not too bad either.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

It's always a good time at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Overall, I had a fantastic experience dining at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba. Our server was very knowledgeable and offered great suggestions. We were tended to very often and never once had to ask for more bread, water, or anything. They were very on top of everything.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Large but cozy restaurant with incredible service and even more incredible foood. Baked Goat Cheese in tomato sauce was my wife's favorite. Stuffed mushrooms did not disappoint. And the short rib was amazing. Can't wait to come back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

The restaurant was nice, and the food was really good. Our waitress was nice, friendly and attentive. The portion of the braised pork was a bit disappointing for the cost, but otherwise the foot items met or exceeded our expectations. Unfortunately, all of that was overshadowed by the fact that the restaurant sat us next to three separate tables with families with small children. Two infants and three toddlers under the age of 3. Needless to say, it ruined the evening and we won't be back for that reason. We don't spend $100 on a nice dinner out at 5:00 on a Friday to sit next to families with children. Unless this is an extremely kid-friendly place and we missed the memo (which it did not strike me as), I would not recommend going here for dinner. Maybe after 8pm when you know there won't be children seated next to you, but by then, it's no longer dinner and you are just going for drinks and appetizers I suppose... or just do yourself a favor and find a different restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had everything recommended by the manager Ethan, and our waiter. It was all delicious! The wine recommended by Ethan was great. Instead of Pealla, a main dish, we will try many more tapas next time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food. Great place to grab a few plates and share with your friends or family.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great place. Good food. Very good service. First time there and would definitely go back

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Met friends for a great birthday brunch. Our table was ready for us, our server was very pleasant, lots of great beverage choices and the food is always outstanding. I cant wait to come back.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I was very impressed with the ambiance, decorations and food. I have to admit that for a moment I felt like I was having dinner in Spain! Tapas were excellent and for sure I enjoyed the classic sangria!! I will be back to try more of your foods and wines!!!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Never disappoints! I hadn't been in 10 years, and still the bacon wrapped dates, chicken empanadas and spicy potatoes are my favorites. If you bring kids, make sure to ask for the complimentary fruit and cheese skewers. And the mac and cheese was a hit for our 4 year old.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is one of my favorite restaurants. Everything there is always great and I always leave full and very satisfied. Who knew those little plates could be so filling.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excelent food as always

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We had a great meal. Sharing tapas is encouraged. Everything was authentic and delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Dined at Ba Ba Reeba last Friday and it was fabulous as ALWAYS! The chicken curry salad and beef tenderloin with blue cheese were yummy as was the seasonal burrata heirloom tomato dish. I have enjoyed dining here for more than 20 years! I can honestly say I have never had a bad experience (although sometimes the noise volume and close proximity of the tables can be distracting) The sangria and food are consistently terrific and the festive atmosphere is contagious! I look forward to enjoying Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for the next 20 years! If you haven't tried it - go....If it's been awhile since you've been there, return for a great experience!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I have always loved coming here. It was where we went for our first date in 2007. We pretty much always get the same items. This time around was a bit different however as the food wasn't as great. Particularly the fried calamari. It was very greasy but not very crispy. When I made the reservation, I left a note for the restaurant saying we were celebrating our first year wedding anniversary. The restaurant didn't seem to take this into consider to make sure our dinner was special. All in all, our service was good. Waters were refilled and the server kept refilling our sangria (delicious). He also made sure to have the calamari comped. He did however slow down a bit towards the end as he seemed preoccupied about shutting down for the night. Definitely not what we've come to expect from this place. Wish it would have been a little more exciting of a visit considering what we were celebrating. We used to live in Chicago but have since moved. So coming back in meant more to us than just dropping by for a bite before a movie. We understand that things can't always be perfect, but you can always (hopefully) avoid these things in the future. Thanks for reading.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I enjoyed this place, would go back. Tables are a bit small for all the small plates and drinks you want to order. Candles lit on tables was nice, but no room for it so we had to remove it. Cool atmosphere. Check it out, good food.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our group of three loved sampling different tapas but the sangria was the biggest treat!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Excelent food

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I've dined here several times over the past 10 years and never been disappointed. This time the creamy curried chicken was unbelievable. For us the garlic potato salad is a must, and the bacon-wrapped dates always a treat my wife and I look forward to.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

service and food outstanding. \n\nloved the potato braised beef dish

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great restaurant...recommended by 3 different people for our visit to Chicago and were not disappointed. We have a tough time decided whether to go for brunch or dinner because both looked excellent. We decided on dinner because I wanted to try the Spanish red wine flight. It was delicious. The tapas were really good but especially liked the small desserts. Good atmosphere too.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I enjoyed most the tapas and atmosphere the first time and couldn't wait to go back, so I did within the same week (I was only visiting Chicago)! It was delicious and the service was great. I ordered the '2 serving' paella and it was so much rice, I think it would more appropriately be labeled for 6, so that'd be the only advice I'd give. My favorites were the plato de casa, beef empanada, and chicken and ham croquetas. Definitely worth going with a group to sample bites.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

4 of us dined at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba. We were seated right away. We ordered tapas and they came fairly quickly. The dates with cheese and wrapped chorizo was amazing, as was the Queso de Cabra con tomato with toast points. The chicken empanada, dates wrapped with bacon, and the calamari were all very good. Ordered a pitcher of the white wine sangria, recommend it, very good! When we got the bill, we were pleasantly surprised that the price was fairly reasonable for the amount of food that we ordered. We all agreed that we would definitely come back again!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Been here quiet few times and they are consistently great. The service is attentive and very informative. The food is great. Ambience is laid back but still sophisticated. Wine choices are good in reasonable prices.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I had higher hopes for the Paella. It was tired looking when it arrived.\nBrown. No vibrant colors like the rest of the food we tried. Tasted fine\nbut not fabulous.\nJust disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I absolutely love this restaurant! The food is very tasty !

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We brought some friends from out of state to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba hoping for something fun and different. It did not disappoint. The food was amazing, staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere was great. Not to mention the awesome sangria! We will definitely return. Try the beef tenderloin with blue cheese, spicy potatoes, bacon wrapped dates, pork skewers, fried calamari, and goat cheese baked in tomato sauce. We had much more and they were all incredible but those were our favorites!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

They are mine and my husband's favorite brunch restaurant. I am glad we found out about them through Open Table and are able to make reservations in advance, as there is never a time we go there that they aren't packed and with a bunch of people on the waiting list. Aside from the runners who always throw plates at the table without even explaining what order that was and finding the person who actually ordered the specific item, the food and service are always great. Great hosting and waiting staff! The runners have plenty of room for improvement though, as we often get confused and see ourselves starting to eat a meal we didn't order only to find out later that it was a different person at the table who actually ordered that. If only the runners took more than 5 seconds to interact with us and tell the table which item is which, annoyances like that could totally be avoided in the future.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We came to cafe baba reeba to have a small bridal shower for my sister and we had a great time. We enjoyed tapas (the bacon wrapped dates and patatas bravas were our favorites) and some delicious sangria. Even though we were stuffed, we decided to have dessert as well. The desserts were very small, perfect for just a taste of something sweet at the end of the meal. wait staff was very attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely choose this place again for a special occasion

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We arrived a little early for our 5PM birthday celebration reservation. Hostess was chatting with another employee. After finally getting her attention, we checked in and mentioned the request for the covered patio. She still lead us to the other side of the restaurant, which we declined. We decided to wait for a patio table since there were several available tables and the back section of the patio was completely empty. She was visibly annoyed and said it would be a 20-30 minute wait. After 30 minutes, we gave up. Took the hostess another five minutes to finally seat us in the section we did not prefer. Busboys brought water and bread, then three minutes later, the hostess came back and asked to move us to a different table because they needed our table to combine for a large party. Lo and behold, she then moved us to one of the previously open tables on the patio! Go figure.\n\nEven though this uncomfortable start put a damper on our celebration, on a positive note, the food was fabulous. Nothing beats their short ribs tapas as well as the mushrooms, and the figs. Their sangrias are truly the best in town. Just a shame our celebration was a bit ruined by a sub-par hostess.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

i visited this restaurant to eat seafood paella and experienced the taste of an over cooked paella with lack lustered seafood devoid of mussells, shrimp and green peas! I visited Cafe BaBaReeBa to honor the memory of my father, a seaman, a fisherman, and a master chef of all things seafood. This paella was an embarrassment, in my humble opinion. Amiss of a spanish style paella--where were the mussels, the green peas, the pimientos? i was very disappointed to write the least.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My wife and I love this place. We brought our friends and they love it too.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Loved the food (garlic shrimp, cheese platter, beef tenderloin with blue cheese, etc. ) and sangria were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was great and so was out service. A bit pricey but sic wit doesn't happen often its ok

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Came for birthday dinner and everything was wonderful. Wide variety of food choices, great price, and the food was delicious. Great atmosphere and service as well.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Never disappoints, it's my go-to place to eat with a group of friends or a nice date night! Try it, you will not be disappointed! Make sure to book a reservation in advance as it is always very busy.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

This is the second time in many years visiting this restaurant. It was noisy, the food was just okay and the service was less than desirable. My dining card was not returned to me and when I enquired, the server first took care of a large bachelorette party before looking for my card. I was nervous and frustrated until she finally returned. Then I discovered that I did not get the points. She had to go back again. I did not feel I received an apology either. This is not a restaurant the I will return to soon, without a reason.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great time and great place. Always a favorite to go to here in Chicago.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Valet parking, great atmosphere. I loved everything we ate. Sangria was excellent, truly a great place to eat.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have heard nothing but great things since I moved to Chicago and this was one of the best food experiences of my life. The beef tenderloins and wrapped dates are must haves! Thanks so much!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The small plates and variety of food made for a great dining experience with my friends. The restaurant was very helpful when accommodating my friend's shellfish allergy and guiding us toward dishes she could enjoy. The sangria was exceptional and service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The boyfriend and I have been here a few times and have always loved it. Took my parents here for their first tapas experience and it did not disappoint.\n\nThe service was good, and ambiance was great, and the food was fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Love Spanish tapas! Everything came out so quickly, and we loved the sangria pitcher.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We all loved the food (paella, bacon wrapped dates, garlic shrimp, ...) and mango sangria.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

I treated my friend to lunch for her birthday. I noted in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. The hostess showed us to a table in the area we requested right away. It took at least five minutes for the waiter to acknowledge us and longer for him to get our drink order. We had ask if they could do a Sangria flight even after I had mentioned that I would like to try several different Sangrias. It took him another 15 minutes to get us our drinks. Yes, it was lunch time but I have been there when it was much busier and did not have to wait so long.\n\nOur food also came out very slowly. We though he forgot to put in the order. When we asked about one item he said that takes a long time. He did not mention time being a factor when we ordered the item and I don't recall it taking so long on previous visits. Our Seafood Paella was partially burnt, a lot stuck to the pan so there was not any extra.\n\nOver all we felt like the waiter did not check in to see how we were doing, how the experience and food was or if he could do anything for us to make the celebration more special. We told him we were celebrating a birthday as well. It was mediocre and disappointing. Café Ba Ba Reba has been one of my favorite places to go to celebrate, I will not be back soon.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love love loved this place! Not crowded on a Wednesday night, great service (although waitress stopped pouring water after a certain point), and the food was all incredible. Perfect portion sizes, reasonable prices, good sangria. The tapas were familiar but inventive too. My favorites waere the grilled octopus, which had the consistency of filet mignon, and the goat cheese stuffed fig in chorizo.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We love tapas. Cafe Ba-ba-reeba has some of the best. On this visit, the octopus was very tasty.....a bit on the small side. They had a salad of burrata, fresh corn and heirloom tomatoes that was wonderful. The potatas bravas are always good. The chicken empanada was okay. The bacon wrapped dates were great as always.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food was all delicious, but pacing of the meal was all or nothing, and they did not take dirty plates away often enough. We ended up stacking plates of fresh food on dirty plates and had a stack of dirty plates in the corner of the table constantly. In a tapas restaurant with small tables, this small attention to detail is critical. Our server was good, but less attentive as the meal went on.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food was excellent!! You can't hear your partner across the table so smile a lot and just enjoy the food.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The food and the service are amazing. The tenderloin medallions are always a must have dish as well as the bacon wrapped dates

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I've been going this restaurant for 25 year, and it never disappoints. The food is always great, as is the service. The menu is constantly changing with menu items even better than before. I can't recommend a restaurant more highly!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

One of our favorites in Chicago! The drinks are great, the service is fast, and the ambiance is fantastic. Can't go wrong here.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food was great, environment fun. But had to wait 30 mins past our reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The service was great. I was meeting a friend I haven't seen in 20 years so we had a lot of catching up to do. The servers were attentive without making us feel like we needed to hurry. The food was amazing. The Potato and onion omelette was one of the best I've had.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Good is great, love shrimp, fried calamari, patates braves, croquettes, goat cheese spread...and for dessert the caramelized banana is amazing along with the butterscotch custard. The sangria is also fantastic!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Food is delicious! Price tag is a little much but the food is worth it!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

One of my favorite places in Chicago. Took my family here when they were visiting. Great service, ambiance and of course food! We have been there for dinner but this time we tried brunch and it was just as great. Sangria is amazing and the amount of options is great for a big group. Love this place!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Absolutely love the food here and our service was awesome.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined May 1 2018

Just about every food item was swimming in oil - very disappointing. Our service, however, was outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This restaurant is great for large or small groups.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The paella was amazing. Our server was so attentive. It was a great place to introduce our teenagers to tapas and the sangria's we wonderful.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The food is delicious and comes out fairly quickly but I feel like the wait staff is either over worked or given more than they can handle. Our waiter came once to take our order shortly after we sat down then we never saw him again. I had to ask other staff members to call him and it took almost 30 just to pay our bill. I am at the restaurant at least twice a month. I love the food but I hate the service. I understand if they mess up once or twice but there seem to be a pattern.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

My friends and I tried the octopus, pork belly, mango sangria, burratta, and sirloin tapas- all amazing! Server was fantastic and brought us 2 free desserts for our first time.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I have been going to Café Ba-Ba-Reeba for many years and their tapas and sangria are amazing! The restaurant staff is very friendly and they make you feel welcome the second you come in. The place is great for date nights, as well as family dinners. Their kids menu has a lot of healthy items that my daughter loves!

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Super tasty! They recommended 2-3 tapas/person; my group got 2 each and paella. So much food, had to take some home! Great deal, delicious food, and fast service. Would definitely go back, but would request an outside or patio seat.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

The Empanadas are GREAT!.... The Spicy Potatoes are a Hit! and the Sangria pitchers are the way to go. However, I dislike all the ice the bartenders put in the glass AND the pitcher. OVERKILL!!!! Can't really enjoy the Sangria after the 1st glass because all the ice added has watered down the wine. Highly disappointed :(

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

We always make sure we reserve 1 night for this place whenever we visit Chicago. The atmosphere is great. Tapas are all tasty, sangria is real and service is great. Nobody rushes you. Our favorite is grilled octopus. All of the tapas we tried are good except fried calamari. It has been little dry and overcook whenever we ordered it. The place is always lively but not noisy so you can enjoy the atmosphere but also have good conversation without yelling each other across the table.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Bloody Mary bar is awesome! Food was delicious, definitely recommend the French toast with honey and goat cheese on the brunch menu.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

we loved the diversity of taste a and flavors. The food came out at just the right time which can be an issue at some tapas restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

This is a must every time I visit Chicago. The tapas are superb and the place just overall fun. I have celebrated many special occasions here and have introduced numerous people to this fantastic restaurant. Only wish I could eat here more often.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I've been dining at Ba-Ba Reeba since 2009. I make it a point to go every time I visit Chicago! The food is outrageously flavorful, the sangria is right on point, the service is friendly and fun, and the ambiance is just perfect for first dates, girls nights out, or an impromptu Happy Hour! It's always a highlight of visiting Chitown...

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great food. Good service. Nice atmosphere. Best tapas in town

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

As always I had a delicious brunch and good time here. The food was top notch, the recommendations from the server were on point, and the sangria was fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

The tapas here are phenomenal and the sangria is the best I've ever had. Atmosphere is nice. Don't overlook desert - they are small options and very unique. Love the Butterscotch! Reservations definitely recommended as the place gets really busy.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Service could've been better. The waiter had taken down the order wrong but didn't seem to care too much when we told him. The spicy potatoes were delicious but everything else was so-so. It was good enough. I was disappointed by the paella. It just wasn't as flavorful as it should have been.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Cafe BaBaReeba is a must visit! Among my top restaurants in the city and was very excited to take my out-of-town mother for dinner. She loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I was really missing tapas after coming back from Barcelona and wow does this place deliver. The patatas bravas were delicious, as was the grilled octopus and paella. We got the Valencia paella and I would definitely recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great place to go for a fun dining experience, but bring your playground manners. Small plates are shared as well as the pitchers of sangria. The tapas come out fast, hot, and delicious. Bring plenty of friends because its always a good time. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Always amazing! Food, service, ambiance, everything.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Every time I'm in Chicago (several times a year), I always have to go to Ba Ba for Sunday brunch. Their food is outstanding and I love the make-your-own bloody mary bar. Full of everything (and more) that you could possibly want in your Mary. This is definitely a place I will be returning to over and over again.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

We've been here before but Never had the Bloody Mary bar. Worth it for a Sunday brunch.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful place. Decor was wonderful and the service was outstanding. The food was exquisite. However, I had never had Tapas before and quickly realized that single dishes to not go that far. So, be prepared to order many dishes. That said, all the food was fantastic. But overall, excellent experience.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing food, great service. It's no wonder the place is always busy. Will definitely be back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Wonderful experience. Great place to take out of town guests.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Great place, very cool setting in the trendy part of town\n\nMy only gripe was receiving 4 shrimp when there was 5 of us, other than that we order 12-13 plates and it was all delicious

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I try to get my family and friends to join me at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba whenever I get the chance. I love the brunch, dinner, and special occasion events like the paella demonstrations they offer. Food is absolutely delicious. Service is usually good. It is a loud place, however, depending on where you're seated.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Everything was great! Food was quick and delicious. Noise level was normal.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Loved it! Great food, good atmosphere! Absolutely recommend the goat cheese with tomato sauce and garlic bread, mushroom topped toast is also amazing!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Our son recommended the cafe as a compliment to going to Second City. Both were great as we celebrated our anniversary and father's day as gifts from our kids. Hope to be back and will try the outdoor area.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Amazing bacon wrapped dates and appreciated that the sangria was flavorful but not too sweet

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

To say that Cafe Ba-Ba-ReeBa has stood the test a time is an understatement , my wife and I first dined there