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Café Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Tapas Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
North Side, Chicago
200 Tips and reviews
  • tapas
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • bacon wrapped dates
  • lively
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  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JuniMarch 26, 2015
    This place is amazing! The paella is wonderful. Everything we tried was so delicious. You can't go wrong! You can ask the servers to make suggestions on how many tapas to share based on your group.
  • Alanna M.
    Alanna MApril 17, 2014
    The shrimp with garlic is amazing. The buttery sauce has just perfect amount of kick from the chopped garlic and pepper flakes, and it's the gift that keeps on giving-dip your bread in till it's gone
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LibianoMay 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Chicago, especially for tapas. Try the roast dates wrapped in bacon and the spicy potatoes w/ tomato alioli, so delicious! The sangria's great too! =)
  • Marjorie M.
    Marjorie MullerSeptember 22, 2015
    The food is exquisite. Mallows you to try a multitude of things and in the end, it's usually cheaper than if you went out and bought your own meal. I love this place for brunch!
  • jonas
    jonasMay 9, 2013
    Obviously, Dates wrapped in bacon is a must. Goat cheese and sauce - another one to order before you even look at the menu. Try the new Blood Orange Sangria that should go nicely with summer!
  • Lukas V.
    Lukas Veselka-PaulenasFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious... And a definite place to go for a casual, romantic or business occasion... Love the atmosphere and the the way things work there... Tapas is the best at this location so is the staff
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterApril 16, 2014
    Great Date Spot for Bacon Wrapped Dates on any Date of the year. (See what I did there?) Oh, and have some Sangria while you're at it. Makes the bad jokes a little more fun.
  • Trevor C.
    Trevor ConnollySeptember 3, 2013
    Everyone is going to recommend the bacon-wrapped dates or the spinach-artichoke mushrooms, but I say make sure to get the Blue Cheese Beef and save room for the Butterscotch after. WHOA!
  • Margaret
    MargaretJanuary 6, 2015
    This resturant was wonderful! Not only was the food epic ( potatoes with tomato aioli and BACON wrapped dates) but the wait staff and manager were GREAT! Great service all around!
  • Bathilda H.
    Bathilda HMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great service, never disappointed.. Always packed so if you don't mind waiting atleast an hour during busy hours. Glass of sangria! Figure out what you want before server arrives to make it go faster!
  • Allie M.
    Allie MartiniFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a pitcher of sangria-- it comes out to more than 6 drinks, by far the best value. Also, I'd argue that the plain red sangria is the better than the (more expensive) flavored ones.
  • Claire M.
    Claire MirandaJuly 12, 2013
    Loved the bacon-wrapped dates. The Paella Valenciana was very well done and that peach sangria is just dazzling. Do not leave without trying it! One can never have too much sangria.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 6, 2013
    A great selection of tapas with a nicely organized menu. The endive salad, short rib and empanadas are especially worth ordering. The service is very helpful and accommodating.
  • lauren w.
    lauren wellsSeptember 21, 2014
    One of the best dining experiences of my life! Tons of different sangria flavors, amazing tapas, and great atmosphere. Start with a chorizo wrapped date.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineApril 13, 2012
    Paella comes three ways (we liked the Valenciana, with chicken, pork, green beans, and artichokes) and is available in individual portions. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TerrellSeptember 19, 2012
    Mm tapas! If you’re looking to visit Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and also want to meet interesting new people, they’ve partnered with to host a social dinner on the first Thursday of every month.
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HarmonFebruary 3
    Lamb was good , had a bowl of rice can't quite remember the name of it . Wine was exceptional quality place to take a date ,or night out with the fellas .
  • Linda A.
    Linda AlexanderMay 1, 2014
    Always an interesting meal. Be careful with the fried peppers as the red one will get you. Get the Pintxos Platter to try an assortment. Very good.
  • Taylor K.
    Taylor KonigsederMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spinach & manchego stuffed mushrooms. Yum. Blue cheese tenderloin & seared scallops. Double yum. But the butterscotch dessert? MUST HAVE. Fun atmosphere & delicious food!
  • Emily M.
    Emily MerlSeptember 8, 2015
    So many great tapas! If you are there for lunch/brunch you can still ask to see a dinner menu and they'll make you anything from it
  • Christy
    ChristyOctober 27, 2012
    Classic red sangria all the way. Don't get bacon wrapped dates - it's just bacon & there are much better things. A+ to goat cheese croqueta and spicy potatoes (although they're not spicy, at all)
  • Allison D.
    Allison DavisSeptember 9
    Absolutely love this place! Amazing food & drinks, everything was delicious. So fun & perfect for a girls night out. Plus, incredible value!
  • Stefanie
    StefanieOctober 5, 2014
    The sangria is perfection. Lots of tapas from which to choose. I liked the spicy potatoes, the goat cheese, and the shrimp with garlic.
  • Ronald V.
    Ronald VieiraFebruary 22, 2015
    Delicious tapas. The paella was very Americanized, but still with good flavor. Definitely a should-try!
  • Jenn W.
    Jenn WayboerJuly 24, 2015
    Amazing black raspberry sangria! And the tapas are perfect to split so you can try several. I think we split like 6 of them.
  • Andriana A.
    Andriana AlbamonteJuly 22, 2013
    Pinxtos platter was amazing and perfectly portioned and priced! White peach sangria is a must try!
  • Sophia R.
    Sophia RamdassDecember 28, 2014
    Super impressed with everything we ate. Loved the calamari and beef empanada. The flan was amazing for dessert. Can't wait to go back!
  • Satish
    SatishMay 7, 2014
    Amazing Tapas! Killer Sangrias. So far the best I have come across in Chicago. Lively ambience, great place for groups, .
  • Max M.
    Max MossAugust 23, 2015
    Expensive! But really good. You'll want to try everything. And just when you think you're done, the desserts are awesome too.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonSeptember 8, 2014
    Sangria, bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese baked in tomato sauce, meatballs - all amazing. Would love to try the paella next.
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HSeptember 14, 2013
    Pleasantly surprised it wasnt overly salty. loved the Spinach mushrooms, brussel sprouts and the meatballs. loved the fresh sangria
  • Rashawn S.
    Rashawn SimsApril 11, 2014
    Youreally cant go wrong with anything you order here. Best tapas ive ever had. Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer StraubDecember 22, 2011
    If you go for brunch, you cannot pass up the Make-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary bar. If you're there for dinner, the bacon-wrapped dates are awesome.
  • Tres Chic C.
    Queso de Cabra was the best I've had. Share the Brussels Sprout Salad and get the Granny Smith Empanadas for dessert!
  • Thurgood C.
    Tapas, tapas, and more tapas! Literally everything was amazing and the Sangria was to die for.
  • Christina
    ChristinaJune 14
    Many delicious sangria options! I enjoyed the peach and passion fruit!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuenoMarch 17, 2015
    Great place for Brunch if you have kids. Their menu is amazing and the Classic Sangria is off the hook.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerDecember 14, 2014
    The olives are a great started. Also recommend the goat cheese in tomato sauce and the octopus.
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsJune 20, 2011
    Our concierge Catherine at Sax Chicago recommends Café Ba Ba Reeba for their happy hour- $1 pintxos and delicious short rib-stuffed piquillo peppers.
  • Elizabeth G.
    Perfect for dates! Must try bacon-wrapped dates, beef empanadas, any paella and goat cheese
  • Nancy
    NancySeptember 8, 2013
    Caramelized bananas for dessert were to die for! Perfect size! And the bacon wrapped shrimp was amazing!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 30, 2013
    Try a little bit of everything, save room for the paella, and avoid sitting at the bar at all costs.
  • Dana T.
    Dana TedescoFebruary 5, 2012
    FREE Pintxos Platter (one of each bite size tapas) for first-time check-in. Then get the Dessert Pintxos too!
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanNovember 6, 2014
    Delicious blackberry and peach sangria. The potatoes are also a must for your table
  • Todd B.
    Todd BernierMarch 21, 2015
    Love this place, especially the red sangria. Busy on weekend nights but worth the wait.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SeletosMay 11, 2013
    Always order a pitcher of Sangria! It's a great deal and delicious! Try things you may not normally eat and obviously share it all!
  • Eating It All
    Eating It AllApril 30, 2015
    Sausage fried paella with a poached egg and warm potato onion omelette are a must!
  • Joey N.
    Joey NowakAugust 9, 2015
    Don't overlook their brunch menu. Awesome Bloody Mary bar. Get the gazpacho mix!
  • Christopher F.
    The garlic shrimp, baked goat cheese and meatballs are great tapas dishes!
  • Vik K.
    Vik KuttappanAugust 10, 2014
    Must try the Patatas bravas and the beef with horse radish and red onion!
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