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Libertad, Skokie, IL

Libertad

4.7
4.7
3071 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Libertad is a casual, chef-driven neighborhood restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine.


Executive Chef Mark Mendez, 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 Ziyad Asrar 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (847) 674-8100
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mark Mendez
  • Neighborhood
    Skokie
  • Cross street
    Oakton & Lincoln
  • Parking details
    Complimentary lot parking and easy street parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 3,071 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Innovative

3,071 Reviews
  1. Foodclown

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food and service was great, sitting in the outside patio in cold weather was challenging. Climate control was modulating between hot and cold.

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  2. VickyH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the food. We had eight of the small plates - all excellent. Plus sorbet. We sat in the tent patio and dressed appropriately for the cold evening (this was not our first time sitting in the tent and we brought an extra wrap). Server was lovely but definitely busy! Twice the wrong food was brought to our table. Our cocktails were overly sweet. We highly recommend Libertad.

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  3. JudithF

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious! Services was amazing. Would love to see a few more original menu items return!

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  4. MitchS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food terrific service nice dining experience

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and it was absolutely fantastic! Definitely would recommend! Great food!

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  6. PatriciaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m quite disappointed that you all have changed the menu. I also wasn’t satisfied with the waiter’s service.

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  7. Foodie

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappoints! Such flavor in every bite or sip! Best hidden gem! The staff is all wonderful and very genuinely kind.

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  8. Tosaguy

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Libertad is among our favorite places to dine when ordering off the menu and sitting on the patio during the summer or inside during winter, so it was very disappointing to have such a bad experience with The Argentinian wine and food experience. Specifically, the beef in the main course was as tough as leather, and my wife and I both chose not to attempt to eat it (for fear of choking). Also, the beef tartar course was flavorless and the beef tartar didn't pair well with the crispy bread it was served on. Additionally, the jury rigged system for heating the outside patio was a distraction for all diners and did a very uneven job of keeping the temperature consistent in the outdoor enclosed space not to mention the noise created when the blower motor turned on. The staff kept having to reach under the table of the couple seated right next to us or behind their heads to adjust the heating. All of this created a setting not at all suited for outdoor dining at $120/head. We did like the host of the event and the job he did presenting the wines, and the servers were good and offered more wine several times which was appreciated. Overall, we would not consider attending a future special dining experience at Libertad and even would have second thoughts about coming back for a regular meal off of the menu.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I started with the Chipotle hummus with the house made chapati. Delicious! Great consistency and lots of flavors. For cocktails, we ordered the La Gran Guerra. Smoky and sweet. Our mains were the Risotto, the Camarones (shrimp) and Pulpo (octopus). Everything is so flavorful and perfectly cooked. The risotto was creamy and tender. The shrimp had a little zing and a little heat. The pulpo was tender, not chewy. Grilled to perfection. For dessert we had the bread pudding which was a perfect ending. The caramel sauce goes so well with the bread pudding, horchata ice cream and plantains. Our server was excellent. She was so nice and kept checking in on us even when it got a little busy in the restaurant. Definitely one of my best meals.

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  10. flycaster

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was outstanding. Emily, our server, was super. When we return we will ask for her table.

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  11. Randy

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After >6 visits have yet to find a single dish that is not wonderful and liked by everyone at our table. Service was attentive but not intrusive and cocktails were different and much enjoyed.

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  12. tinasuem

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Libertad offers a consistently great experience. The food is excellent. The service is excellent. The drinks are excellent. Every. Single. Time. We had a lovely brunch and my friends who have not been there for dinner made a reservation while we were sitting there. It's always a pleasure to introduce new people to Libertad. This is a restaurant worthy of being downtown on Randolph or Michigan Avenue. We're so lucky to have Libertad in Skokie.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a fine dining experience in the town I grew up in. The food was beautiful and tasted better than it looked. Amy was the best server, informative, attentive and fun. Can’t wait to go back. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

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  14. Workin4Alivin

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love Libertad and the team there is amazing

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Portions are large. The broccoli was outstanding! Enjoyed the whole meal.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food and drinks! Lots of flavor, everything had the right amount of heat. Courses were well paced. Only drawback is that it’s close quarters/loud so would go off hours if you’re hard of hearing.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and amazing cocktails. The service was excellent.

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  18. ChicagoFoodie

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem with fantastic Latin American specialties, great service, great wine selection. Breath of fresh air for date night, thank you!

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  19. MelissaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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  20. Jojo

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Libertad is the best! The customer service is unrivaled, the food is simply outstanding, and the drinks are amazing. You are honestly treated as though you are in someone’s home when you dine here. The staff is exceptional and there to please you. A special shout out to our favorite waiter, Hugo. The special touch of homemade, seasonal soup upon being seated is another example of why Libertad is so great. The food entrees are extraordinary and beautifully presented. Our favorites are the flautas and carne asada. If you are looking for one of the best local places for dining in, Libertad is a perfect choice.

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  21. JAHDiner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such great food! Nicest servers. Perfect local place.

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  22. DeniseB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely! Presented with warm soup as an introduction. We arrived early by Uber (prior to open) and waited a few minutes in the rain, so especially welcoming. Everything was a hit, octopus, flautas (highly recommend), salmon and homemade ice cream. Thank-you Christina!

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  23. DebraK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salmon and black rice was outstanding!! Jennifer, our server, was very pleasant and offered very good suggestions!

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  24. amjogo

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Reserved a table on the enclisosed patio. It eas either cold or VERY hot. Never comfortable. Food all tastes the same. Spicy from hot peppers, no other flavor. Would not go back.

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  25. TFos

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an excellent meal! We have always been impressed with every aspect of this restaurant. My wife has celiac disease and this restaurant does an AMAZING job with tailoring our meal to make it safe but still delicious. Our waitress was Jenny, who was very prompt, friendly, helpful (checked with kitchen regarding an entree's gluten content) and polite. The food is also unique and delicious. Thanks!

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  26. Marge

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and creative. Our server Jenny was very attentive and helpful.

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  27. 1234

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is very good quality and service was good but our outdoor seating was bad. We were right next to the door where the wait staff kept running in and out of to bring people their meals.

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  28. JudithF

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional meal…. Always enjoy Libertad! Enjoyed the retro menu offerings.

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  29. glutenfreefoodie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was wonderful . It was very cold in the restaurant wear a sweater. Lots of gluten free options. Waitress was outstanding.

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  30. natethegreat

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite food, great service, delicious drinks, fantastic ambiance. Would definitely go back. Highly recommend!

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  31. TomD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very friendly service. Drinks menu is electric. Drinks and food had complex and layered flavors. A real gem in Skokie.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and drinks were, as always, fantastic. We love the patio in the summer but, in the winter, found the temperature to be inconsistent. Service was good.

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  33. MSfromKC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We highly recommend Libertad! The food and drinks were excellent and the service was great!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    There were only 3 tables occupied when 3 of us arrived at 6:00. That concerned us until about 7:00 when all the tables were full. The service and food was excellent. Unique and very tasty. I didn’t like paying $6 for bread and butter, but, I must say, it tasted great. The tables were a bit too close and the noise level a bit too loud. I had the octopus which was amazing. Overall we truly enjoyed the experience!

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  35. TimothyA

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We went as a family to celebrate Christmas--before seeing the play Dial M for Murder. The food and service were excellent, but the prices were high. I'd recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

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  36. Chitowngirl

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Don't expect a Mexican menu, but the offers are not full meals, sharing small pricey plates. Lots of Mexican cream used in the 3 dishes we chose, creative but I'm missing the sides.

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  37. MariaS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Libertad is exceptional and a real gem. Every dish we tried was unique, interesting and delicious. The staff if very friendly and makes you feel like you are visiting family for dinner at their home. The drinks are original and delicious. 5 start place. There is parking on the street right outside the restaurant. Highly recommend this place. I went there for the first time to treat my cousin for his birthday and he was super impressed. He grew up in South America and feels the cuisine is outstanding. Make reservations ahead of time because this place books up quickly.

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  38. JenniferG

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From walking in the door to leaving, you feel welcomed and appreciated. The food is delish, the service is personal and profesh and the ambience has a warm energy. Don’t miss out on this gem!

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  39. Tekarra

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my first time having brunch at Libertad and I will definitely return for brunch. The breakfast burrito and chicken sandwich were both delicious and the portions were generous, leaving some to take home. Yum!

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  40. MikeK

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal and service. Definitely would recommend and come back

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Libertad using the Order Online button. Libertad also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 674-8100.

Libertad is rated 4.7 stars by 3071 OpenTable diners.

Libertad does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Libertad

7931 Lincoln, Skokie, IL 60077

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Oakton & Lincoln
  • Neighborhood
    Skokie
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Contemporary Mexican, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Complimentary lot parking and easy street parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Mark Mendez
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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