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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Libertad reviews from OpenTable diners
250 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (188)fit for foodies (184)great for outdoor dining (106)special occasion (99)hot spot (69)romantic (52)good for groups (49)great for brunch (29)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    outstanding restaurant in neighborhood food was inventive, tasty one of our best meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love coming here. Food, service, everything is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was good but service was poor as we had made reservations but the hostess refused to allow us to change tables as she said the others were reserved. We were seated in high traffic area and 2 other tables in a less busy section remained unfilled even though supposedly reserved. Wines were overpriced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Special Place
    Bee2Bee
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My Fiance and I love coming here for special occasions. We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here all the time. The staff is always FANTASTIC at accomodating all of our needs and the food is always spectacular. Our favorite dish is by far the Veneras (scallops) and we always debate if we should order 4 orders and skip the rest of the menu! The outdoor patio is stunning and perfect for a late summer evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food has so much favor!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food has so much favor that it keeps you coming back! Best hummus ever! Best drinks! Outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Amra
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything we got was great. Service was great. Neighborhood Gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FunTime
    Sahara
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Five women shared ten plates...I liked all but the crab cakes which seemed a bit dry...I was comfortably full but still managed to taste the flan Which was also exceptionally good...the service was great..the waitress made recommendations and was very attentive to our needs as were the others who opened the win e, filled our water glasses and brought extra plates and silverware as needed.. My friends and I had a wonderrful time and did not feel rushed with our selections. Once again, exceptional food and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice food and atmosphere
    MarkmyWords
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was very good... Only small comment I have is over pricing. I think $17 for half a baked acorn squash (70 cents in the store) filled with rice (50 cents) and wild mushrooms ($1-2) was a bit excessive. Other dishes, with scallops etc. we're priced about the same so it seemed a bit shameless and brazen on their part.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Juzee
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We visited Libertad for a date night. Everything was perfect. Food. Service. Ambience. There were several groups there too, having as much fun as we. The hostess called us prior tonour rsvp and asked if we were interested in outdoor v indoor dining- what a nice thing to be offered! Its up there w the best to offer in Chicago proper without driving to the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary food and cocktails
    Jojo
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Do not miss this amazing array of exceptional cocktails created by a mixologist and entrees featuring amazing and bold flavors. Everything from homemade hummus with black sesame seeds to a skirt steak with chipotle goat cheese or scallops with black rice. The menu features something for every taste and will not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChicagoT
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food is outstanding. So delicious! When the waitress mentioned the plates were slightly larger than tapas, it made me overorder. 3 dishes for 2 people plus one shared bowl of soup. Also the food was very rich which isn't a bad thing; it was decadent; but you don't need that much of it. I like this place a lot! You won't find these recipes anywhere else. Very artistic cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    Luvtodine
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was really good and service was some of the best I have ever had . I would definitely return even though we live 45 minutes away
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice
    GS20076
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Not an expansive menu, but good food at good prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I loved it. The risotto butternut squash with wild mushrooms was great. Grilled octopus was outstanding and the duck was delicious. To top it off the plum crisp with Mexican vanilla ice cream hit the spot. thanks..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need to Vent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love Libertad and have visited several times. Great cocktails and food, and a much-needed hip restaurant in downtown Skokie. My only complaint is that the past two visits, I have left with an awful grease smell in my clothes, hair, coat, etc. I really hope Libertad will fix their ventilation system soon; otherwise, I'm not sure I'll go back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our food was amazing and service was wonderful. Really interesting flavor combinations. Great drinks, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful gem in Skokie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were three people and ordered four different plates which were sufficient for us. The octopus was outstanding and very fresh. I would've liked it to have less potatoes though. The asada was out of this world. Very juicy and super tender. The best was the duck, it had a lot of flavors and the meat will melt in your mouth. The pear was ok, not my favorite after tasting the other three dishes. The place is really small and it gets very smelly so make sure to bring clothes that you don't mind getting stinky. The cocktails are really good too. I ordered the Margarita and it was very fresh and traditional-make. Definitely a restaurant that I will visit more than once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is wonderful and the service quite good. However, seating is quite crowded and the noise is rather loud. Challenging to have conversation. All that said, it is well worth dining at Libertad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find!
    mimiteachVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skokie Gem
    ChiryanVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    They simply have great food at cheap prices that can beat finding a similar restaurant in the city of Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Service
    • 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