2024 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

Neighborhoods: DePaul
Cuisine: Tapas, Spanish, Small plates

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is a Tapas, Spanish, and Small plates restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 3/30/2014

    A diner from Chicago, IL tried it.

Gayot
Rating:
12 / 20
Price:
$$$$$
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witns

 Chicago, IL
 

come with a big group

This is my second time coming to Ba-Ba-Reeba for dinner. The first time I came w/ a group of 10 and this time w/ group of 5. It was definitely much better and more fun with large group because you get to try a much wider selections. You get a tiny bite of everything and each dish gets so much more delicious. Agree with the previous review that the dish is on the pricier side for dinner. One thing I didn’t like as much is that the dishes don’t come out at the same time so usually we have to eat one small tapa dish at a time and we wil be waiting for the next one. Overall, the tapas are pretty good. Generally I perferred the hot tapas over the cold ones. Most of the desserts are pretty delicious and the passion fruit sangria is something good to start out the dinner with. The ambience is definitely lively and loud. The stream of people just kept flowing in on a saturday night. I would recommend making reservation ahead of times.

Chicken Paella

A good dish to fill one’s stomach if the small tapas can’t satisfy you. It comes out hot on an iron plate and they transfer it to a plate in front of you. Chicken is well done and pretty tasty overall.

Seared Sea Scallops, Raisins, Couscous & Pinenuts

I really like the scallops. They are very tender, fresh and go well with the pinenuts.

Roast Dates With Bacon & Apple Vinaigrette

Good combination of sweet dates with bacon. We all love it on the first visit that we ordered 2 plates this time. However, the bacon was a little over done and a bit too oily this round.

Mushrooms Stuffed with Spinach & Manchego Cheese

This dish came out like 5 min after we ordered. Pretty good if you like mushroom.

Fried Calamari & Tomato Salsa

Could be more crispy. Average compare to many other restaurant’s fried calamari.

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tulips500

 Los Angeles, CA
 

expensive tapas

the food is so-so, the service is spotty, and the prices are $$$$. instead, consider going to cafe iberico for not only a better deal, but also a broader selection, prompter service, and a livelier ambience.

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smallfry

 Chicago, IL
 

always packed

My second time here… and each time I come, this place is packed (even on a Thursday night!). I was surprised again at how many people this place could hold with all its nooks and crannies. You’re almost afraid to let the waiter/waitress go anywhere cuz you’re not sure when they’ll return, but the service was pleasant and timely. I really appreciated the waitress making personal favorite recommendations.

One thing we found funny was that we could not order alcohol for our 30 year old foreign friend because the only foreign ID he had with him lacked a birthdate. We understood the proper formality of carding, but the waitress actually asked for a PASSPORT instead!! Hahaha – it was hilarious! Good times overall.

Btw, we all had a little snack before coming because we knew about the priciness – smart move thanks to the previous reviews!! :)

Spicy Potatoes with Tomato Alioli

 

Almond & Herb Crusted Chicken, Romesco Sauce

 

Chicken Paella

you can confuse the chicken with artichoke so look carefully!

Fried Calamari & Tomato Salsa

 

Roast Dates With Bacon & Apple Vinaigrette

always a crowd pleaser

Seared Sea Scallops, Raisins, Couscous & Pinenuts

first time having this – YUMMY! pinenuts/couscous combo was very satisfying.

Vanilla

cake topped with vanilla ice cream, rum, tres leche – mmmm. get your own dessert – they come in tiny portions!

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emunn

 Chicago, IL
 

Of all the tapas places in the city, this isn't the one t...

Of all the tapas places in the city, this isn’t the one to visit. The prices are very expensive for really mediocre food in small samples. The bacon wrapped dates are great and so are the spciy potatoes, but the sangria needs help and so does the service.

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temp

 Chicago, IL
 

Good Stuff

Had a great meal there. There server was pretty good and the food was great. It is amazing how many people go there. The summer time is rocking when you have the patio open and sunny. Great after a cubs game or during a birthday dinner.

Chicken Paella

Nice and smoky. Really enjoyed the flavor and the richness of the dish. If you order it though, do it right when you sit down, because it can take a long time to serve.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These things are really good. I can’t imagine they are good for the waste line, but the flavor is worth running and extra 1/2 mile or so. No dipping sauce needed.

Goat Cheese Baked In Tomato Sauce

This was good, but seemed like the cheese was not as flavoriable as in the past. They give you plenty of bread to enjoy every drop of it. The red sauce is a mix of flavors that complements the cheese. Great appetizer for all.

Roast Eggplant Salad with Goat Cheese

this was my only less then great experience. this dish was a bit blan when normally the eggplant is excellent. I will order it again next time hoping that it was just a one time event.

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etoiles

 Chicago, IL
 

The seafood and mixed paellas are delicious...

The seafood and mixed paellas are delicious here! Sangria (red, white and other flavors) is flowing and yummy – perfect mix of fruitiness and wine. The tapas are what makes this place memorable. When in doubt, get all the highlighted menu options (from both cold and hot tapas). Don’t miss the patatas bravas – potatoes may seem simple, but the spicy dipping sauce is to die for! The meat dishes are also delicious, especially the ribs and the lamb.

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Mikal

from GrubHub
July 7, 2014
 

Delicious!
August 24, 2010
 

Wonderful food, great ambiance

Ate here a year ago in the summer - dined al fresco in beautiful weather and had a great experience. The sangria was crisp and refreshing and we ordered based on the waiter's recommendations. Overall a delicious meal, really fun…
February 17, 2010
 

Awesome

Super cute date place! Nice atmosphere and very good tapas. They have a nice selection of Sangria which I definitely recommend trying. Not too pricey and very good! Definitely recommend this place.

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Tapas Spanish Patio
Tips
  • Don't want to wait an hour for a table? The full menu is available at both the front and back bars, which open at 4pm Monday to Friday.
  • Sip wine flights of Spanish whites or reds, sweet or dry sherries, or sangria for just a few bucks.
  • The bar features a $3 tapas special weekdays from 4pm to 6pm and weekends from 10pm to 12am.
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Hours
Mon-Thu 05:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 05:00PM - 12:00AM
Sat 12:00PM - 12:00AM
Sun 12:00PM - 10:00PM
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