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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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
13 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
18 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!

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I was unaware when I scheduled that it was a prefix menu and $100 per person. The waitress didn’t tell even inform us it was $100 person, we overheard her tell other tables. Out of the 5 courses 3 plus the amuse Bouche were One flavor .. chipotle. Very unhappy

C
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and lovely service. Each time I come to Libertad it is a unique fascinating journey into the wonders of cuisine. Love it!!!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libertad, a favourite of ours, always provides 110 percent with their excellent preparation, service and quality of menu items.

J
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always glad we chose Libertad. Delicious food. Friendly service.

MO
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tastes on every order!! Nice atmosphere and delightful service

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit and still in love. The creative menu, delicious food and impeccable service has not yet disappointed our guests. Make us look brilliant!

e
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are always excellent. We went for brunch on Saturday. Although the menu has changed everyone in our party was excited about the menu and their selections. We even had to ask about what people were eating at other tables because their food looked so good.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious cuisine well prepared. Service was outstanding.

KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience. Fresh ingredients prepared thoughtfully and with care. Service is superb especially the busser.

J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libertad is extraordinary! The food is exceptional , the service impeccable, and the overall treatment of guests is unequaled by any other places we have dined.

Arturo is especially attentive to every detail from the appetizers to dessert. He’s also an amazing mixologist.

Libertad is one place not to miss!

g
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meals, only complaint would be the service was a little too fast.

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friends I had the Spice & Ice that had a kick from the habanero syrup. The 5 of us ordered 7 plates since they were meant to be shared, but the Calabaza, Pulpo, Scallops, Tuna stood out for me. We picked 2 desserts, Tres Leches & a Chocolate plate which came out to be non-traditional, each plate had a twist but were very good. Our server, Cleo, was helpful in going over the menu as some of us were particular with the ingredients used. Overall, I would highly recommend the place, I myself would go back.

j
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Libertad is always amazing!

R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
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
13 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
11 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.

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