Libertad

4.9
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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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.6
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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and server was outstanding

RW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The menu is amazing. I loved the carne asada and the camarones tacos.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem of a restaurant located in an area one wouldn't expect.
Amazing food and service.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious. Cooked to perfection. Interesting preps and seasonings. Yum

R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always interesting tapas type dining with group of 6 and all rated it excellent. Food interesting and flavorful and fun cocktails. Never disappoints.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Libertad is ALWAYS a wonderful! They are so consistently excellent! Bravo and thank you for another special dining experience!

PG
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dishes were excellent (fish tacos and also their fish of the day, and their house salad). I'd definitely recommend it.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing. It was so delicious and I feel like I am hard to impress. Great food and you don't have to go into the city! The ambiance could be a little more cozy, but the food is so great, I didn't mind. The Paella is off the charts.

OT
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food as usual. We love this place.

MS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is creative and consistently outstanding. Service was excellent. Always wonderful. We’ve never had a bad dish there.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. So excited the Calabasas is back!!!

C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Libertad never lets us down. The food is superb and the service is always excellent!

LK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were spot on! Be prepared for loud as the open kitchen turns up the volume of the whole room. Nevertheless, you can find it just part of the experience.

W
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, interesting selection. My second time here and I look forward to returning.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, food, and ambiance. Incredible food options starting with a special soup shortly after being seated and then every single dish (3 of them) then 2 desserts- fresh, flavorful and unique. Will definitely drive again (almost an hour) just for the great food and experience!

c
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flavorful food in a cozy setting.

HJ
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with excellent preparation. Top notch treasure of a restaurant in downtown Skokie.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jennifer and the entire staff here are wonderful, the food is always delicious and creative. It has become our place to go to celebrate anything. I cannot recommend enough.

JT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place. Service was just a little bit rushed, but that is understandable given how popular the place is. Each dish, individually, is worth the trip. Together, it is fantastic. This is a destination restaurant disguised as a neighborhood hangout.

AE
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Such a great restaurant !! Thank you!!

JC
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy the fun menu. Great for sharing.

NM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Libertad is a gem in Skokie. Initially the music was way too loud but after asking our server to lower the volume, it was great. Every dish we picked was really fresh and full of flavor! The chef also mixed things that I would not have though of such as scallops with tempura fried avocado. The octopus was divine as was the scallops and the pork belly. Dishes are relatively easy to share and you want to because everything is so good. More than moderately expensive but worth every bite. Not one morsel was left on the plates! Friendly, good service. I would not hesitate to come back again and again.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful!

ST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and cocktails as always! Noise level remains too high to have a consistent conversation.

F
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have an excellent experience at Libertad!!! The food is always outstanding, and prepared with care. Our friend experienced Libertad for the first time and agreed. Even the coffee was excellent and I don’t usually drink coffee!! The cocktails were very good, and love the margaritas. We have never had a bad meal here

k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Libertad does everything well

F
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I picked this restaurant my belated birthday.
We were the first in but my friends who hadn’t been there were confused as suddenly there was no sign on the door.
That needs to be fixed immediately!
Service was good, cocktails great.
My only issue is they advertise as small plates.
No small plates. Regular portions.
We had poblano, flautas( excellent), paella, ok. Carne just ok. We would have been fine with one app or salad with 3 entrees.
I may be back for the great drinks but for the price perhaps not for dinner.

H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with my boyfriend and best friend. Always a pleasure to dine at Libertad. The food is always amazing and we love the service Arturo provides!

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant! Food is outstanding. Vibe is fun yet unpretentious. Noise level is a bit high for my taste (after 7:30, table conversation becomes an effort). The bill can add up quickly but portions are generous, so sharing is an option

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous meal! Incredibly tasteful food and presentations. Mo was exceptional with helping for celiac options and celebrate anniversary with champagne and dessert!

e
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the outdoor seating on the back deck!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We found that the “small plates” was misrepresented as the servings were large compared to other small plates establishments. We ordered three plates and it was far too much food. However, everything was fabulous! Table placement doesn’t allow privacy for table discussions.

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been visiting Libertad since they opened. They consistently have innovative, quality food. It is always served in an appealing manner. The staff has always been welcoming and friendly. It is a great value. It remains one of my favorites for both brunch and dinner. It is a fun place to go with a group, so you can try lots of menu options.
I only wish it was not so cold and the music was a little softer...otherwise - The BEST!~

FL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely and the food and drinks great as usual! Our server was a very nice lady. She made us feel very welcomed me and we had a wonderful time celebrating our anniversary!

MV
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I sat out back in their cute patio. It was a cool night but the heat lamps kept us toasty. It was very comfortable. Music in the background was fun and a throwback to the 80s/90s. Food was excellent too! Each plate is big enough and meant to share...but bigger than tapas. We had the Pulpo, Flatbread special (with sweet plantains!...yummy!) and the Flautas. All fantastic.
I had the Sangria Libre....refreshing and delicious!...I ordered two they were so good.

OT
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The striped sea bass was outstanding

AT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and creative. Enjoyed the experience and didn’t feel rushed. Service was great.

NS
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go there. A gem in Skokie

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE THIS PLACE!! Delicious food, lovely service. We can't get enough of it!

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