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Date
Fri, 5/25
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9:30 PM
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Libertad

4.7
1863 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 674-8100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Marino Gil
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oakton & Lincoln
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Parking details
Complimentary lot parking and easy street parking
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

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Sun 7:45PM - 9:30PM
Tue - Wed 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was a wonderful surprise. We loved everything we ordered. The service was outstanding from helping us choose wine, to picking which dishes and how many, to spacing out order and timing of dishes to dessert. We loved it here and will be thrilled to go back!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was good. Happy with menu options for dinner and cocktails. Ecstatic that chef accommodated bread pudding request—- it was on the online menu but not ok restaurant menu

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved it, as always, very unique dishes, great and friendly service, fun venue, casual-chic. What's not to like, this is an excellent place to go with good friends.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, quite pricey. Everything we had was at least very god and most were excellent, but it costs over $260 out the door for four people. It's not THAT good! That said, the place is always crowded, so supply and demand justifies the price. If you don't care about money and like great, creative food, this is a great spot!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We’ve never had a bad thing on the menu here. Tonight the short rib special was outstanding. We will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

My husband and I came to celebrate our anniversary, and we were both blown away. We weren't expecting much because we live downtown where there's obviously an abundance of restaurants, but we walked out of our dining experience beyond satisfied and can't wait to return. We were a bit late for our reservation due to city traffic, so we waited at the bar where we had delicious cocktails (Pisco Sours made very well), and when our table was ready we were treated to a complimentary app for waiting...The wait was not even that long so we were pleasantly surprised! Every app and entree tasted so fresh and the Latin flavors were unique and memorable. The chicken entree we shared was especially outstanding, it was so tender and the chile sauce was perfect. Our waiter and the service in general was top notch as well, and the owner was also incredibly friendly. Heard they have a killer Sunday brunch too, will be returning soon!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The food is phenomenal. Every time. So flavorful! Nice people, fun lively atmosphere. One of the few suburban restaurants that can hold a candle to the city!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

awesome food and service. I can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Don't be put off by the rustic exterior. Once you enter the restaurant, the magic starts.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Dined here on Mother’s Day for the first time. Service was very attentive despite us coming in thirty minutes before they closed. They were extremely accommodating and understanding considering it was the only time available that I could treat my mom to such a wonderful dinner after a long days work in the industry. The old fashioneds were delicious and all the food offerings I would have again. I look forward to dining here again soon for another special occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

What an amazing place... willl definitely go back

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a cozy place. Small and not a whole lot going on in way of decor but a good feel to it. Food is pretty good. Simple and flavorful. Had brunch and had steak and eggs with chimichurri sauce along with fried potatoes. I had thus on a previous visit and the potatoes were blue and had color, these were regular, but tasted good. Steak was unbelievable. Tender, perfectly prepared, chimichurri sauce was excellent. Drinks are amazing. Truly a great bartender there. Waitstaff are upbeat and never in your face.great service.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food, great drinks, great bartender! We sat at the bar and loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We often come here for dinner and the food and service is always amazing !!! We love Arturo especially he's awesome ! He makes the best drinks and makes sure to accommodate us with all our food choices going above and beyond ! The complimentary soup yesterday was lobster and since I'm vegetarian he made me a special appetizer that's not on the menu just for me !!! Love Libertad and always visit here !!!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This is simply the most fabulous restaurant!! Every dish is amazing. One of the very best restaurants.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Libertad was great - the only issue is I would
Have liked a little more space because it was a business dinner. Other than that, I would try it again.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I always enjoy Sunday brunch at Libertad. The food is fresh, beautifully presented, delicious and the service is friendly and helpful. The bench seating against the walls is not particularly comfortable however, so we tend to avoid that when possible. The outdoor seating is back on pleasant days.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

LOVE EVERYTHING. Worth the drive from the city. Love love love.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food is amazing. The noise level is very loud. Can’t comfortably carry on a conversation at the table. I will still return due to excellent, innovative cuisine, but they have to get a solution for the noise issue

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great local restaurant in downtown Skokie!
Winning combination- Great menu matched with exceptional service.
Fun evening!

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Everything we ordered was terrific!! We shared the pear salad & we each had a fish dish. Since we were celebrating my friend's birthday, they brought a delicious flourless chocolate cake dessert!! Yummy!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent as always. Food delicious, never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing food with great value. Authentic yet creative Mexican cuisine. We ha even repeat customers for years - and for good reason: great food and good service.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always delicious and always great service! Our favorite place to go!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very loud alcohol was over priced very limited menu

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Tasty small plates with variety of veg, fish and meat. Service was attentive and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I love the food at Libertad. I have visited the restaurant twice and really enjoyed it both times. One thing to be aware of...first visit was on a Tuesday night and the whole experience was great. I was with a girlfriend and it was easy to talk. Then my husband and I went on a Saturday night and once again the food was excellent! But being a Saturday the restaurant was packed and so loud we could barely hear each other, even though we were at a small table, and close to each other. I will go back but never on a weekend. The short rib with spaetzle was fantastic, loved the whole branzino, perfectly cooked.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent food! We've been here several times and keep going back for our favorites like octopus, squash with risotto, carne aside and sea bass.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Hugo, our waiter for dinner. was friendly and attentive. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The scallops were perfectly sautéed and the tuna was nicely seared. It is a very festive restaurant with a very friendly atmosphere. Since the tables are nestled closely together, we struck a conversation with the adjourning tablemates which enhanced our experience. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The food was varied and quite tasty. The server was knowledgeable about the menu and made the experience fun. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food in this restaurant is comparable to $500/plate places (think Alinea and such) as far as the taste of dishes and innovation goes, but it is modestly priced for an elegant restaurant (dishes can range from $10 to $30) and quite unpretentious. The people providing service there are genuinely nice and at the same elegant even good looking, you feel celebrated there. By far the best food I ever had in any suburban place. I was very impressed and I don't get impressed easily. I got so overly excited that I ordered a tropical cocktail (Brazilian - this being Pan-Latin place) and even that wasn't bad!

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and good service. It’s just that place is little too loud.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Noisy and packed because the food is fantastic.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food was amazing yet the noise level was terrible, and it was only a Tuesday night.

As well the GPS sent us around the corner...hmm

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent food in a city-like atmosphere. Seating is tight and it's pretty loud, but the food and service is pretty great. It's a vibrant atmosphere and the store front is minimal, so don't expect to be wowed when you enter the first door. We actually thought the restaurant was closed--it's hard to see in even in the daylight, but this is a true hidden gem. The steak asada is amazing with the slivered fries that will have you beckoning for more. We had the duck special and were treated to heaven. Everything here is really amazing!

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I love the food but we were so RUSHED in our meal. We were told once we sat down that the table was book for 7pm and we had to order. It was a date and I was treating my date and had bragged about this place.

The food came out so fast and they kept shuffling our plates. Are you done? Are you done? VERY VERY distracting and not an enjoyable date. Really bad.

It w as SO obvious they wanted us gone so the big party they claimed they were expecting wouldn't be inconvenienced.

Won't go back. $150 is ALOT of money to be treated like CATTLE. In fact, any $ is too much $ to be treated like that.

Molly Stamer

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food and staf!! Will come back again ..
Very accommodating and food is awesome! Great selection and cooking superb.
Cocktails are well prepared

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Everything was absolutely amazing. Each course was savory and left us wanting more. The drinks were outstanding and our server, Hugo, was well-informed and very personable. Going back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've been going to this restaurant for a couple years and we honestly love this place! The food is to die for and I seriously mean it.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

As usual, our dinner was scrumptious! My two favorite drinks were no longer on the menu but they made Margarita Rojas for me anyhow! (Please put that and Spice and Ice back on the menu) we had 5 courses, a salad with poached pear, the Hummus, (we always order that) a grilled shrimp special, Asada with the best chimichurri sauce I’ve ever had. We ending with a delicious little cheesecake with nuts and ice cream on the side. Libertad consistently exceeds our expectations!

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