Cafe Ba Ba Reeba

(773) 935-5000 | View Website

2024 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL | Directions   60614

41.919021 -87.648573

Open Hours

mon-th: 4pm-10pm

fri: 11:30am-12am

sat: 10am-12am

sun: 10am-10pm

 
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Tags: Dine At The Bar, Cheap Eats, Food Delivery, Group Dining, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Local Favorite, Outdoor Dining, Online Reservations

Cuisine: Italian, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Price: $$

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diners Club

Neighborhoods: North Side, DePaul

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Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
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From The Owners of Cafe Ba Ba Reeba

Tapas, Pintxos & Sangria

Menu
Chorizo-Wrapped Medjool Date & Cheese, Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, Goat Cheese Croqueta with Lemon Gastrique, Short Rib-Stuffed Piquillo Pepper, Deviled Egg, Bacon & Mustard, Roasted Beet Crostini, Herbed Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts, Pintxos Platter, Nicoise Coquillo Olive Tapenade, Goat Cheese, Pistachio, Mint and Nispera Preserves, Wood-Roasted Peppers, Eggplant and Tomato... more

Reviews for Cafe Ba Ba Reeba

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
Recommends

Always an enjoyable night out with round after round of sangria and typical tapas like bacon wrapped dates and goat cheese marinara.

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
Recommends

Chicago's tapas standby is approachable even for the unadventurous eater. Red sangria is clearly a must.

Cafe Ba Ba Reeba
Recommends
5.0

Best tapas restaurant in Chicago - loud, fun and delicious.

2 months ago

The meals that they have in here is as authentic Italian as it can get. I love the sauces that they have in here, not that very oily and enough to make you day.

7 months ago

I used to really like this place but the last few times I went the food quality was down. I love the atmosphere and it is still more affordable as small plate places go. I hope they can turn it around

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Good tapas...nice atmosphere – I have been craving tapas for many years since I studied abroad in Spain. I never knew where to go until I did a search on Urbanspoon.

I got there right when it opened for dinner and sat at the bar. Everyone was friendly (the greeter, server, etc.). I ordered the same tapa that I ate all the time in Spain--tortilla española (warm potato and onion omelette)--and it was fantastic. Nice presentation, reasonably priced, and it tasted great! Everything from the atmosphere to the bread and olive oil took me back to Malaga.

I believe this would be a great spot by yourself or in groups...check it out!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Perfect place for big groups! – This is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago! The key is to always make reservations through Open Table. The atmosphere is fun & loud and perfect for big groups, such as birthday parties or girls night out. The blue cheese steak and spicy potatoes are a must!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

great place! – this place is soo cute and has great food. try the sangria, its to die for!! great tapas and service was excellent... just another quality restaurant in great lincoln park! :)

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH – SERIOUSLY the best tapas! Get the dates wrapped with bacon and the cheesey potatoes and the meatballs and the goat cheese with tomato sauce. oh my gosh. its soooooo damn good.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Terrible service-Caution w/Open Table reservations – I made a reservation through Open Table for 7:30 pm on May 25. I received 2 emails confirming this reservation for 7:30 pm. When I showed up to the restaurant at 7:25 to check in, the hostess informed me that I did not have a 7:30 reservation and that I was a no show for my 6:30 reservation. I showed her my confirmation email for 7:30 on my blackberry, but she rudely told me to contact Open Table because the restaurant had me in their system for 6:30. I have used Open Table successfully close to 50 times in various cities and I have never had an Open Table reservation disregarded in this manner. I am extremely dissatisfied with how the hostess treated me. With thousands of other restaurants in Chicago, I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A nice surprise. – I've been dying to find a great spanish tapas bar in town. And although Babareeba is not your "authentic" spanish tapas, it takes what is great about spanish flavors and gives it a nice twist. Tried the "toro brochetas" which are basically a skewer to great tender meat with a plate of potatoes, caramelized onions and a stewed tomato - had the pork and it was very flavorful. Had the scallops, pine nuts, couscous and that was very delicious - strong garlic flavor, well seasoned. The mushroom empanada was small, but worth every bite, esp the porcini alioli on the side. Lastly the mini desserts were perfect sized, nothing profound, but was a nice sweet end to a great tasty meal. I'd rather have a tasty twist to classic tapas than have not so great authentic tapas. Make reservations!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Worst paella I ever had. – I went for the Paella. Traditional paella has a crispy, caramelized, toasted bottom (called socarrat in Valencian) that is considered a delicacy. To achieve a socarrat, one either needs to time the evaporation of the water properly with the completion of the rice being cooked or turn up the heat to high and listen to the bottom of the rice toast. Once the aroma of toasted rice comes from the pan, but before the rice burns, the heat is removed once again. The paella is ready to be served after having cooled for several minutes.

The paella they served me was not crispy, and it was loaded with grease rather than broth and had way to much salt and not much meat or seafood at all. It was more like and overpriced rice pilaf. I was very dissapointed. I know they are well known for the tapas and the $3 tapas bar but if you are looking for an authentic paella, this is not the place to spend $60.00 for it. It taste like grease and salt.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great tapas – The food here is great,service is good too. A litle crowded on the weekends so make sure you have reservations. Paella, brochetas and tapas tasted great and they have a wide selection of them.fun atmosphere and cheap.

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