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Libertad is a casual and lively downtown Skokie restaurant featuring Latin American inspired cuisine.
We pair 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 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.
Skokie, IL 60077
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday 10:00am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Oakton & Lincoln
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Complimentary lot parking and easy street parking
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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Libertad Ratings and Reviews
Having never been to this restaurant and just relying on what I had read on line, I was a little nervous as we had invited several friends for the evening - but we were not disappointed!!! We ordered several entrees to share and pass as well as a couple of appetizers and everyone really enjoyed the food! Everything was excellent and was served in a timely manner. Our waiter was very accommodating as we reminded him that we had a show at the North Shore Center Theater. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and would give it a "two thumbs up!"
Libertad was recommended a few years back, and since we were in the area it was a great chance to visit. I would say the atmosphere was loud and the music was hard to hear, and sounded like it was coming through a drainpipe. It was also a bit cool when we sat down. I think a cross breeze was probably created between an open kitchen door and the front door. Our service was outstanding. The waiter made note of my wife's allergy to cilantro and initially told us the poblano dish had cilantro and then came back to let us know the chef could make it without. The dish was outstanding, and the texture of the poblano was perfect. A wonderful cheese was inside, and the cornmeal on the outside was the perfect addition. The octopus my wife ordered was outstanding. It was seasoned perfectly with lemon and oil and laid upon a bed of hummus with fried chickpeas. I had the langostino, and it was the best preparation I have ever had. Cooked to perfection, with a pineapple relish on it. I did notice that the cilantro was in the relish and within 5 seconds of noticing the waiter descended upon our table to offer to prepare it again. Since my wife was already full, this wasn't necessary. The chocolate cake we had for dessert was prepared with candied walnuts and walnut ice cream, and it was sublime. The cocktails were good, but not special. I would highly recommend a visit. The menu looked to have many other interesting choices. The kitchen is small, but one of the best functioning operations I have seen, and was in the restaurant business for years. Everything coming out was beautifully prepared. The prior Saturday we went to a 2 star Michelin restaurant for our anniversary and were somewhat underwhelmed by the food, here we were overwhelmed! A gem.
Food and atmosphere was great. Would have been perfect if server paid a little more attention to our table and swung by more frequently. We wanted food to come out whenever it was ready to be served. We were holding a plate at the table because we wanted to pair it with another entree, not because we didn't want him to bring out the next serving yet.
Food and service both good. Cramped quarters and very loud. The dishes individually are not expensive but when you're finished sharing a couple of small plates , one main course and a glass of wine , it is expensive. We had a bill of $120 without tip. This is not a restaurant that warrants the money spent. We each had a glass of different red wine,( about a 4oz. pour) that was probably the worst I've had anywhere. They're still busy, at least on weekends, so perhaps we ordered wrong. Won't return
Totally delicious, inventive yet accessible Mexican food. The chef starts you off with an amuse bouche - the squash soup, so rich and delicious, we ordered bowls! The seared tuna, goat cheese stuffed poblano and branzino were all standouts. There were no misses. For meat eaters, the skirt steak and skinny crispy fries were delicious as well. Great drinks- some unusual combos. Pisco with strawberry- not too sweet. The margarita is outstanding. Great selection of beers and wine as well. Delicious brownie and ice cream dessert finished off our delightful experience. This was our 4th visit and we will definitely be back!
Place was small, but very lively. I enjoyed the music and ambiance, but my husband found it too loud and crowded for conversation.
Upon seating we were greeted with a corn and poblano pepper soup. We ordered 4 plates: hummus, mushroom risotto, skirt steak, pork belly & scallops. All the food tasted good, especially the risotto and pork belly/scallops! I would return for that alone. However, our only complaint is that our steak was more rare than what we had ordered.
Service was rough at the start, as we were seated 10 minutes later than our reservation. And I believe our orders were switched with the table next to us as we kept getting each other’s orders. Other than that the staff was very friendly and attentive. Our waters were never more than half empty and our waiter checked up on us often. Plates were cleared and replaced immediately. They also acknowledged that we were celebrating my husbands birthday and brought out a small cake and candle for him, I didn’t even have to ask.
WE have been going to Libertad since its opening and have never been disappointed. The food is always interesting and delicious. The great cocktails are an added plus. There is always a delicious soup/amuse bouche offered shortly after arrival. I appreciate that the chef does not use cumin, which I don't tolerate, and is currently overused in most cuisines these days. I highly recommend the poblano pepper, as well as all of the fish dishes, which do change seasonally.
My only complaint is that it can be quite noisy and difficult to converse.
The food here is delicious. Always a wonderful culinary experience at this Latin restaurant. Our waiter Gabriel was so friendly and helpful with our food and drink selection. (Their Peruvian Sunburn cocktail is irresistible!). The hostess was so affable as well. The surprise dessert at the end capped off a lovely dinner.
The food was sensational and deserves applause but the music was too loud and we felt rushed. It would have been nice to linger over the dishes, order more and have a second drink as well, but the noise level made it uncomfortable and challenging to hear those around the table and the hurry to clear our plates made us feel as if there was a long wait for our table, which there was not. This place with its creative dishes could be so much more, than a bar!
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