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Tapas, Pintxos & Sangria!

An Authentic Taste of Spain

Authentic Spanish Tapas
Try our bite-sized Pintxos
Six styles of Sangria

Spanish Tapas in Lincoln Park

Dine-In • Takeout • Delivery • Meal Packages

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is Chicago’s original tapas bar, serving authentic Spanish cuisine since 1985. The menu is designed to share, featuring tapas, pintxos (bite-sized tapas) and the classic Valencian rice dish, paella. Pair the meal with sangria, craft cocktails, Spanish wine and local beers in our lively Lincoln Park restaurant.

Our All-Season Patio & Dining Rooms are equipped with AIRPHIX Air Filtration System. Starting January 3, 2022: Please be advised, in accordance with the Chicago City mandate, all guests age 5 and older are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Valid forms of vaccination verification are required, including vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, digital record or app, or printed record from vaccine provider. Guests age 16 and older need to show government proof of identification along with vaccination verification.

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Call us at 773-935-5000 for more information, or follow us at @cafebabareeba for all the latest.

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Welcoming groups of up to 160 guests in one or more of the six private and semi-private spaces. For more information, email the catering team at

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Our Story

When Founding Chef Gabino Sotelino first pitched the idea of traditional Spanish small-plate dining to Lettuce Entertain You in 1985, there was nothing else like it in all of Chicago. Sotelino took pride in representing the culture and gastronomy of his home, going to great lengths to achieve authenticity – even having a wood-burning oven flown in from Madrid. Now over 30 years later, current executive chef Eric Jorgensen holds true to Spanish traditions, while at the same time continuously renewing the menu with modern techniques.

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