Libertad
Libertad

Libertad

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.libertad7931.com/
  • Phone: 8476748100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00 pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Armando Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Oakton & Lincoln
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary lot parking and easy street parking
A word from Libertad
Libertad is a casual, chef-driven neighborhood restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine.



Executive Chef Armando Gonzalez, whose experience includes Chicago"s most notable restaurants, pairs bold and exciting flavors for a seasonal menu of small plates ideal for sharing and experiencing the diverse mosaic of the countries that make up Latin America.



Noted mixologist Adam Seger has put together a fun and creative cocktail menu while Sommelier Shebnem Ince compiled a succinct wine list that complements the menu with by the glass and bottle selections.



You'll quickly find that Libertad personifies the true neighborhood restaurant - a place you want and can dine at all the time because it's welcoming, relaxing and offers a menu so good it's hard to choose. The answer to that dilemma? Visit often.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Libertad reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (176)neighborhood gem (172)great for outdoor dining (110)special occasion (91)hot spot (62)romantic (47)good for groups (40)great for brunch (25)notable wine list (10)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • upscale urban gem in suburbia
    cerealberry
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    As you drive thru downtown Skokie, it's easy to miss this hidden gem. The exterior is beautiful but dark and easy to miss. But it is definitely worth the hunt. Food was creative and delicious. Inside the atmosphere is bustling with excitement. It's a restaurant you would expect to find in Lincoln square or Lincoln Park, not in Skokie. Can't wait to go back. We had the octpus, duck in spicy nectarine salsa and acorn squash stuffed with rice, mushrooms and truffle oil. Each dish was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little for a lot
    AndiVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I thought the food was alright but the prices were way high in my opinion. $19 for 2 scallops (though delicious) was way out of line . The steak (ordered medium rare) was not tender. The chicken flautas were dry and tasteless. $10 for a 4oz sangria was outrageous. I can see the appeal for the lively atmosphere but after seeing it on Check Please where they said the average tab without drinks per person was $25 was misleading since the average cost of entrees was $15. I'm glad I went but will not be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tallent
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great place, pleasant service, delicious food. Came before the Skokie Theater show, which was good decision.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Outstanding food, beautifully presented, original. Will go back often, but two-4 diners is best because it is noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My hubby and I came here for a birthday dinner and could not stop raving about the food as we were eating it! The servers' recommendations were delicious, the service was great, and the ambiance was perfect. We are already planning when we can go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    AplatowskiVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wonderful food...Calabasa outstanding. Frenetic noise level but what do you expect from a storefront with no sound baffles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience yet again
    kristin6
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have now been to Libertad twice and both times, I had an amazing experience. The food is spectacular - one of the best Latin fusion restaurants I've tried, to date...and I'm both Spanish and Puerto Rican so that's saying a little something. Another bonus - you'll be able to find solid choices for a vegetarian, seafood lover or meat eater since the menu is so well rounded. Service is always spot on, servers are very knowledgable and everyone is incredibly welcoming. I'm sure we will return many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viva Downtown Skokie!
    skokierocks
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed every moment of our evening at Libertad. Each of the four small plates that we ordered were beyond delightful; yet the skirt steak and acorn squash were somehow truly stellar. What added to the food was the impeccably timed service. Each new small plate arrived at the perfect serving temperature just as we were swabbing the current plate for the last delectable morsel. The expertise involved in this high quality of service was not lost on us; it added much to the evening. There was no more perfect way for us to celebrate eleven years of marriage than with this wonderful dining experience. Thank you, Libertad!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find!
    mimiteach
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Though there are only fifteen items on the menu, the three of us dining had a hard time deciding on our selections. The descriptions of each item were tantalizing. Of the four selections we chose, we especially liked the pablano pepper and steak. We will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super yummy
    Jess
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We have been to Libertad several times but this was the first time for brunch. We took our kids (3&7) and they were very accommodating. This is the 2nd time we've taken the kids and I would suggest going right when they open if taking kids for dinner. It gets a little loud and really busy. I highly recommend making a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French influenced Spanish food
    Twentieth
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wonderful dishes. Uncommon tastes. We shared several dishes made vegetarian and with chicken that seasoned perfectly. Thank goodness we can find a place that can let go of the salt and actually prepare meals with proper seasoning and temperature.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthdayfun
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food and service are consistently good. My favorites are the scallops and the skirt steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat 'Delicious'
    Chiberia
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Second visit to this excellent restaurant. The food continues to be as flavorful and well presented as our previous visit. The regularly changing amuse-bouche was a carrot and pepper soup that led the way into excellent flautas and a delightful lump crab cake The service continues to be fabulous. Perfectly attentive. The staff is outstanding. Libertad is fast becoming a favorite for us - and judging from the full house - for many others to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was really good. So were the drinks. Chocolate dessert was not as rich as the last time I was there. Nice sized sharing portions. Experience would have been better if the waitress knew anything about the food on the menu & you didn't have to ask for utensils or to have players removed & food cleaned off your table every time a new course came. Eat outside when weather permits where the ambiance is much preferred.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Interesting menu, not intimate and gets crowded. Loved the squash and Risotto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Siesta
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Took a friend to Libertad the other night...we sat outside...her first visit and she loved it. A great ambiance and the watercress salad is the best...we shared the scallops that were moist and delicious. I highly recommend Libertad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was awesome! We were a little early, I did not request outside sitting and they accommodated us outside which was wonderful, nice night, great staff, and GREAT food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood's Best
    eatoutoften
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everything was great! We had 6 people who ordered 2 dishes each which we shared, and everything was excellent, including the service! We sat outside on their cute patio, to avoid the noise inside. It was a cool evening but the heaters kept us comfortable. We had just come from the James Brown movie and they had a couple James Brown songs playing- perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    we were lucky enough to sit outside on a nice evening. as we passed through the inside on the way out of the restaurant, i was aware of how loud, noisy and smoky from the kitchen it was. i'm not sure i would have enjoyed the atmosphere inside the restaurant as i was sitting outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect anniversary dinner
    yogamom66
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had dinner here for our anniversary. The service was very good. Friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. Cocktails were delicious. Although mine had jalapeno in it, it was not overly spicy, just enough kick to make it interesting. After reading reviews on this restaurant we ordered the octopus and flank steak which were outstanding. We also ordered the duck which we found to be very tender and delicious. The mashed parsnips flavored with nectarines were possibly my favorite. I would definitely recommend Libertad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it very much!
    rusputina2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    great food, great service, but dining room a little small and tables are too close to each other. They also should give customers a choice of inside or outside reservation on Open table. We where there first time and had no idea that there was an outside patio. We would rather seat outside on a beautiful summer evening than in a dark crowded dining room.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • well prepped food, friendly service
    macaronisoup
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was my 4th visit - so up front - I like Libertad. The risotto-stuffed acorn squash was the highlight of our meal - flavorful and hearty. The pollo was moist and tasty, but without a "pow" factor. Asada - perfectly cooked to order, piled high with frites. Service was overly attentive - one inquiry per course is enuf. Location is very convenient. It's a step above anything else in the area. However, it's SOO dark, I suggest that diners bring a flashlight or use your phone to read the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flavor
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Libertad blends fresh and sometimes unexpected ingredients into creative and memorable dishes that make me want to come back right now. Without feeling as if I overate, I was absolutely satisfied when I left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a good time!!
    Lamaita
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I will go back any time. Great food and service!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful jewel in Skokie!
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    One delicious plate after another, tapas style. Spectacular camarones, crab cakes, hummus (spicy!), pear salad, etc. Brownie and plum crisp desserts delicious too. Excellent service. Noise level a challenge for some guests in our party of eight. Kudos to patient and generous staff as we lingered a long time. Have already booked next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Latin fusion
    HeyJudeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My group of 6 ladies ordered one of everything on the menu & shared. "Only" have 15 items (they were out of one). Favorites: Peras salad with thin slices of ripe pear, mushroom risotto served in a tasty roasted squash, carne asada, amish chicken. Loved the crunchy spiced garbanzo beans that were part of the octopus dish. Not fans of their crabcake. The chocolate dessert offering was disappointing. Lovely wine list, a few interesting beers & some tasty cocktails. Waitress knowledgeable, esp about wines, but could have been more attentive. The other staff made up for that pretty well. We were not rushed. Energetic but not too noisy. Nice patio but we ate indoors since it was drizzling. Wheelchair accessible. Clean bathroom. Price-y
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Host did not recognize our reservation/special request for seating near door to accommodate some of the party with walking challenges--although I reserved on line--got confirmation a day AFTER going to restaurant. Food was excellent and had good presentation---had ordered hummus as an appetizer--needed more pita bread for our group of 4--was told there would be a $2 charge (yet there were no rolls/bread with the dinner)---seemed a bit of a CHEAP gesture on the part of the restaurant. Overall we felt RUSHED-and one of the party had his plate removed before he was even done! Would NOT rush to go back any time soon!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Probably never return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Second time visiting this restaurant. First was couple years ago. Drinks not good. First asked for Tanqueray martini. They only had 1 kind of gin, something I had never heard of, but I tried it. Asked for lemon twist. Came out with lime slice. Gin was spicy and not good. Thinking perhaps mor Latin American, then ordered margarita. Bad. Felt extremely hurried and rushed. Small plate bite almost pushed out of my mouth by server delivering entree. Extremely loud and rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy but delicious
    Dragonfly
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Smaller, sophisticated venue. The menu is not especially extensive for tapas, but there's a good range of selections and the food was excellent. Two plates are recommended per person or 3 or 4 per couple; we needed 2 dishes apiece plus dessert to satisfy our appetites. We can recommend the Peras, Poblano, Pulpo, Asada and Ciruela. Tables are very close both inside and out and the sound level is high; a little quieter on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food
    mcle
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Libertad is a truly amazing restaurant. On Friday night we had a lovely table on the patio, and started the meal with a delicious Caipirinha cocktail. We ordered the Asian pear salad, risotto baked in a squash, poblano with goat cheese, shrimp, and octopus dishes. All 5 dishes were glorious. The waiter was attentive but not intrusive. I would give this restaurant 10 stars if I could. Thank you Libertad for being the best restaurant I have been to in decades!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great nuevo Latin cuisine!
    RonF
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Libertad is a wonderful gem of a restaurant in downtown Skokie, with a limited (15 item) menu of modern interpretations of a variety of Latin cuisines. Not to be missed items include the asian pear salad, the scallops served over black rice with long beans, and a lovely braised duck with habanero-apricot salsa. All dishes are well executed, a positive arising from the limited menu. Cocktails are an interesting lot, with several sangrias and an assortment of margaritas and other Latin inspired cocktails. One caveat - this is a small plates restaurant, so if you come with a hearty appetite, be prepared to spend over $30 per person before drinks - you'll need at least two plates per person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    Like2eatitalianVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Everything that we ordered was great. I loved the variety of choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GizzesMom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was amazing. This is a great place and so close to home. Skokie is up and coming with this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been here a few times and the food just keeps getting better! The mushroom risotto with squash is one of my favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is so delicious and unusual and everything arrives at a great pace -- it's a wonderful restaurant -- one of our favorites. There is nothing we have ever tried at this restaurant that we haven't thought was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great early dinner
    DavidD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went there for a joint wedding anniversary dinner and sat outside. My wife and I have been here many times but never sat outside. It was fantastic and not as loud as it is inside. Hugo was our waiter and did a great job recommending dishes for my wife's aunt who has a sensitive palate. We had the crane and it was wonderful and nicely paired with an Argentinian Cabernet Sauvignon at his suggestion. The pacing was great and we never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, excellent margs but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Delicious scallops and tuna, great margs, but the $$$ was ridiculous !!! $19 for 2 scallops!!! This was our third visit and probably our last. Too expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing experience
    Nomorelibertad
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I've eaten at Libertad in the past and have enjoyed the food. The restaurant, however, is very cramped with tables right next to each other so you feel like you are eating dinner with strangers, or eating at a caferteria lunch table. This time, when we arrived the restaurant was fairly empty, yet we were placed at a table right next to three people. I would have asked to change but I thought the restaurant would fill up. . .it did not. Nevertheless, throughout the meal one of the people next to us was apparently trying to sell a financial product to a couple...I felt like we were at a sales seminar with an very obnoxious speaker. The server took no notice and, for the most part gave very mediocre service. Will not be returning.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has been better in the past
    Booktah
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Been here 4 times in past 2 years and food was always incredible. Has "open kitchen" concept. I would leave there smelling heavily of all foods. This time we sat on patio. Food was good - had: poblano, flautas, camarones. My friend and I agreed the shrimp had too much of a fishy taste other foods were delicious as usual. Service was so-so. My Open Table reservation request listed patio dining but the host seemed unaware. Had to ask for it after being led to indoor table. Was told there was patio dining but it was "tight" (was he concerned my pregnant self couldn't fit at the table?). Patio table was fine. Bus boy was not on top of things. Had to ask for flatware and linen napkins. Never got clean plates between dishes like past.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Miserable experience
    Hensel310VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Four of us went to brunch at Libertad. it was not busy. We ordered the eggs benedict, the omelette and a pork scramble. The pork scramble was the only dish that was half way okay. Have you ever heard of an omelette with peas? this dish was like eating a pea pie, disgusting. There were other vegetables in this rubbery concoction but there were so many peas that the other flavors were lost. There was no salt and pepper, hot sauce, not enough set ups on our table, (I had to get up and ask for all 3) and to make matters worse, a two top came in 20 minutes after we were seated, and they were served 10 minutes before we were. the music was too loud, even for the 24 year old who was dining with us. Worst brunch EVER.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic