Libertad

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$30 and under
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Latin American
Libertad is a casual and lively downtown Skokie restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine.

Chef Marino Gil offers bold and exciting flavors on a seasonal menu of small plates ideal for sharing and experiencing the diverse mosaic of the countries that make up Latin America.

Noted mixologists Ziyad Asrar & Robert Hanes present tasty and creative cocktail selections, and Sommelier Shebnem Ince compiles a succinct wine list that complements the menu with by the glass and bottle selections.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service5ambience1

The restaurant is too dark. I also felt rushed.

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food. Very good staff, friendly and knowledgable.

CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It’s not my first time to be in this place, I have dined here a couple of times with friends; my friend who I was with for dinner had been to this place too. I always find the food outstanding. We ordered 3 plates. We had the Col Rizado which was Kale salad with hazelnuts, feta cheese, etc. We both loved it, the dressing was light & the cheese was just a few crumbles, not overpowering. We also had the Jumbo shrimp & Tuna, I loved how the shrimps were grilled perfectly & the fish was cooked just right, raw in the middle. And both dishes were well balanced, with greens & sauce. We had the Chocolate for dessert, it was not too sweet specially the ice cream in the middle.
We just felt our server was rushing us to order right away. We were still going over the menu, (we were aware that they change it every so often) & she probably came by our table several times to ask if we were ready. My guy friend was actually irked but the food eased him up.
Overall, I would still go back for the food.

NU
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libertad was wonderful. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. A great place to go with a group of friends or for a romantic dinner. We will be back.

m
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Too noisy to be comfortable. Next time we'll have to be there earlier on a Saturday night. Food excellent as usual, except veal and asada were a bit tough.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fine service. Nice accommodation for our friend with food allergies. Will return.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the drinks were amazing. Get the horchata drink if you go!

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite spots.

M
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for Valentine's day, our server was excellent, hosts were friendly, food was exquisite. Highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Nice little gem in Skokie. City vibes in the burbs. Small space with big tastes and spirits. Tables are close and intimate. Once you're situated in the tight quarters its a great experience.

AA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a little gem!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I’ve been there a couple times.
My wife favorite spot. But it was very disappointed this time. We order four drinks and only three were delivered. I have to go to the bar and asked for the four one.
We are celebrating a birthday lunch. we ordered trio tacos for shared again I have to stand up and get some plates so we can shared.
We ordered two steak and egg, and a torta the milanesa. The steak was so chewy. Even my daughter said it. That was the first time Libertad disappointed us.
Of course will be back. But I hope my meat and service will be on point next time. We love Libertad and the owner is always nice to us.

OT
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our daughter flew in from Denver for the weekend and always loved Libertad so that’s where we went. Fantastic drinks, great service, yummy food, just great.

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been about 8 times - always great!

RL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

all was good. WE have been there several times. Always had a good time

OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Libertad and food was excellent. I plan to visit again soon!!

l
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The flavors are so good! Nice neighborhood gem! A definite recommend!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, small charm restaurant it simply will not disappoint.

K
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our early Valentine's Day dinner here. Started with a wonderful salad with pears and goat cheese. My dish, asada skirt steak with chimicuri was only so-so. Steak was perfectly cooked, but the cut was tough, and they seemed to have forgotten the chipotle goat cheese. The thin yucca fies were great and the chimichurri was really good but was not placed directly on the steak but rather on the fries, which were atop the steak, so it was hard to artfully move the chimmichuri onto the steak (& the fries got soggy faster than they should have). It was beautifully presented, but the presentation compromised the tastes. My husband's cochinta pebil was absolutely terrific--I wish I'd ordered it. We'll definitely return, but next time I will order the cochinita pebil.

A
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. We tried the Flutas and the Paella, but other dishes looked interesting as well.

TH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is always incredibly delicious! I don't mind paying a higher price if the food is worth it and it definitely is at Libertad.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really neat place, very cozy but cool. Two of us shared 3 plates, all fantastic, was hard to choose, everything looked good. Amazing service as well. They change their menu 4 times a year we were told, so will definitely be returning.

MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors, sharing food is a must. It’s a bit far from where I live but it’s so worth it! Bar is a nice size and I like you can eat at it.

JG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As alway Libertad was delicious. It is a definite go-to place.

j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite. Consistently outstanding

IF
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I enjoy bringing guests to enjoy your wonderful food and service! I had my favorite burrito yesterday for brunch, but the wrap usually has some crunch to it. This time it was soggy all the way through, so I thought I'd just let you know. Hopefully, it was a one time occurrence. I'll mention it next time if it occurs again because otherwise the texture of this meal is divine and the taste is almost intoxicating to my taste buds. I usually order it because it's so delicious. Your hostess Jennie is delightful and our server is always cheerful and very helpful. I'll be back again soon as I saw you were now serving your brunch menu during some weekdays. Always look forward to a meal there. Wish the seats were a bit softer for our aging bones and that would also absorb some of the noise level as well.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance.. terrific team and a carnival of flavor

RK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Creative dishes with flavors that worked well together.

NM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and a great option when you're not looking to trek into the city

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not as loud sitting in front area

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! I went for lunch on a Friday so it was pretty quiet, but I could see it getting a bit noisy if you’re there for dinner on a weekend due to its small size.

OT
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible

HJ
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and specialty cuisine. Food is always fresh and tasty.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience overall! Highly recommend! It’s best to make a reservation ahead of time. Do keep in mind that the place is a bit loud.

PD
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal started with a little taste of soup, which was lovely. Then my guest and I shared to plates, one was creamy and earthy and the other dish was spicy hot. They both went well together. There were plenty of other dishes I wanted to try. I am definitely going back.

SP
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Liberiad has kept up its quality since it opens. The food is delicious innovative without being innovative for innovations sake. The drink list is equally excellent. If you actually like to talk at the table, go midweek when it is not as loud.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times and it's always an amazing meal experience. Great food and service.

J
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us, two had the short rib. Absolutely delicious. I had the scallops, loved the preparation. Cocktails were tasty. Server was delightful.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Professional Networking group of my own’s New Year Dinner.

F
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Pros:
Great dishes with a substantial amount of heat, which was a lovely surprise.

Amuse bouche of a squash soup in had a substantial kick! Not crazy heat, but seemed more than avg...No complaints from us.

The scallops were incredible. The preparation was divine. So complimentary with the red cabbage slaw and chile de arbol beurre blanc--wow! Best dish of the night!

The shrimp were lovely. They were grilled semi Jumbo shrimp served w/ very yummy little yucca gnocchi & serrano-pea puree. Though I couldn't taste a drop of heat in the puree.

The beer battered pablano stuffed w/ chevre & habanero jack cheese was awesome! The actual pablano was Super Spicy hot--perfect!

Also enjoyed the arugula salad w/pear, sunflower seeds (aka pepitas) grapes, and two wads of yummy fried goat cheese.

Cons:
Would not recommend the Banana Tres Leches, unless you enjoy carrot cAke. It was basically 3 small pieces of carrot--tasting cake and a yummy scoop of caramalized banana ice cream. NOT at all anything close to slice of traditional tres leches cake. Very disappointing and misleading if that's what you're expecting. Need to change the name on that. It was fine as a dessert.

Overall it was excellent minus the dessert snafu. Though this isn't a place to sit and linger or apparently drink. They weren't very keen on asking about drinks. The waitress was going to leave after taking our food order. I had to STOP her and ask if we could order drinks. Not a usual experience. And very difficult to get another drink. May be that this place is located in the sleepy suburb of Skokie and not in Chicago? We drink in Chicago! We live on the Northside and it was still worth the quick Lyft trip over. Also quite loud even though they had ceiling sound tiles installed. Difficult to have a conversation unless oddly enough, if you were a bigger party and had more space. The tables are very close together. But the FOOD wins!

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