Convito Cafe and Market
Convito Cafe and Market

Convito Cafe and Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.convitocafeandmarket.com/
  • Phone: (847) 251-3654
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 8:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nancy Brussat
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Convito Cafe offers an on site Gourmet Food & Wine Market which provides a delicious array of foods, wines and beverages for a wide variety of functions. The catering menu includes dishes from Italy as well as from other corners of the world. In addition to selections for your everyday enjoyments, Convito provides many special dishes available for holidays such as Easter, Passover, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Please call the restaurant directly for further information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Through the years, Convito Cafe has been successful in creating memorable occasions for their customers by planning rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, baptisms, birthday parties and many other types of special events. Convito Café pays great attention to detail, meeting the expectations of their customers' needs by supplying them with incredible food and professional service.

    Convito Cafe has the ability to screen off a lovely area for your party or offers the option to "rent" out the restaurant, depending on number of guests. Please call or email with any questions.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarka Kalocajova/Oscar Suarez 8472513654x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sheridan Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking is available in the Plaza del Lago parking lot.
A word from Convito Cafe and Market
Convito Café features dishes from both Betise Bistro and Convito Italiano that best reflect the homey flavors of the French and Italian countryside. The menus include steak, chicken, veal, daily fish and meat specials, earthy pasta dishes and an array of delicious appetizers and salads. Lunch includes a variety of sandwiches, pizza, salads and more.

We have a beautiful outdoor cafe, however it is first come first serve. If you make a reservation, you will be guaranteed a table inside, and if there is a table available outside, we will accommodate you.

A full bar will serve mixed drinks as well as wines from Italy, France and beyond.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Convito Cafe and Market reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)great for lunch (32)fit for foodies (22)great for outdoor dining (20)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (10)special occasion (9)good for groups (6)romantic (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • shariVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Had a great time!! Food and service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not go back
    Jean
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    The food at the Convito Cafe was excellent. But,service was poor--one waitress and two bus boys during a busy week day lunch time. The noise level was extremely loud. Coffee was consistently luke warm, despite attempts to ask for coffee that was hot. Overall, for the price of the lunch, it was not worth it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Lovely Brunch location
    Arlene
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our food selections were interesting variations of classic recipes. Everything, from the bean soup, to the salmon on the cracker-like bread, to the eggs benedict delighted us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Evening
    StaySpicy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We tried Convito for the first time Friday evening. My wife had the Green Market Street pasta; I had the Linguine Di Mer. Both were delicious, well presented. Excellent bread and appetizers. Bittersweet chocolate creme broulee for dessert was a nice surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We've dined at Convito a few times and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious. The atmosphere is charming. It does get a little loud but the food more than makes up for a little volume. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a nice meal
    mdbuttercupVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We were seated at a table near the window. No one else was seated nearby and the other diners must have known better. It was a windy, chilly night and sitting by the windows offered a cooler setting. I kept my coat on for most of the meal. Water was poured, bread basket arrived and drink order taken. We ordered our entrees and they came quickly. Whitefish and Salmon were ordered and enjoyed. Iced tea glasses kept filled. We didn't opt for dessert. Felt a bit rushed. In and out within an hour.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice place!
    Lovefood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Convito is a really nice place! As the evening progressed, it got considerably louder which made if difficult to hear the person across from me. It was a good thing we went early. The food was excellent and service was very attentive. I'll return however it will be at an earlier time. Glad I went there!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My family consistently relies on this local favorite of ours and many friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 90 decibels
    PresVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The table are so close, the surfaces so hard that it's a relief to get out of the noise into the market section. I used an app to determine that it was at 90 decibels at our table when we weren't talking! Leaning into the center of the table I could barely hear any of the other three companions. I will not go again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was my first visit to Convito in many years. The room is charming, our server was quite helpful, and my mussel dish was among the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brad22
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My cousin and I had an excellent lunch in a very pleasant ambiance. I will return and recommend Convito to friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outdoor dining
    candle
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We sat outside on a beautiful Sunday night. The outside seating area is very nice and quiet. We had great service and delicious food. We will definitely being back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hoodrat
    Hoodrat
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is a great place, combination of delightful Italian dishes and creative American fare. The attached deli and wine store is a bit bonus.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our old stand-by
    Blaidddrwg
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I cannot recall how many times we have eaten here or for how many years we've been coming here but this is the restaurant we travel the farthest to dine at regularly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Exciting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Ok food, ok ambiance, ok service. Not bad, but I don't see any reason to return. Kind of overpriced. It was very quiet and I can see why.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 409 reviews are from the Convito Cafe and Market reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food and service very both very good & we would return!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinnerDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Charming dining room. The sandwiches we ordered were very nicely prepared, presented, and tasty. The shoestring very crispy fries and homemade chips were delicious! Service was okay, not readily available when needing beverage refills and the check eventhough not a busy day. NOTE: Open Table's section on outdoor dining has a description Convito Cafe outdoor patio has a view of the lake, in reality the dining is at the BUSY entrance to the shopping area parking lot and one can not see the lake which is across the street and behind a tall building.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch on the patio
    ColonVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had friends in from out of town and enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio. The summer cocktail specials were good and the cold cucumber soup was delicious. Other items were as expected (Dixie chicken sandwich, tarragon chicken salad, kale salad). Service was a little slow for well after the lunch hour when the restaurant wasn't busy
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Covito Cafe
    frankVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Convito. The service was great, the food prepared well, and presentation was very nice. The room was a little noisy for us and the service was a little too quick. The prices were reasonable and we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistent
    zig123456789
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    a consistent neighborhood gem & always nice when the tables outside are available
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Calamari Needs Work
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    They me so little calamari with my order. It was extremely disappointing. I like this restaurant and I'll definitely go again but don't order the calamari.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We go to Convito for special occasions and have always had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so much
    Clarone
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Hadn't been there for awhile, and was really looking forward to returning. After getting a drink we sat for 45 minutes without being asked if we might like an starter or want to order. Lots of staff went by, but no one even said they'd be there soon. When dinner did arrive it was OK, but not any form of Italian I would bother to repeat. Had to ask for a little more water. All in all, not such a great experience, and one we won't repeat soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch with Old Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    What a wonderful time we had at Convito when 5 former neighborhood friends got together for lunch after 9 years....One had moved to Germany. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and helpful. The atmosphere was colorful, energetic and most pleasing. Several of us picked-up selections at the deli counter for taking home. There are also frozen sauces to take home.....Yummy! I plan to return for soft shelled crabs very soon for dinner. Cant wait! Great place! Easy to find and plenty of parking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What were the flavors?
    Travelswithteenagers
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was awesome. We shared several appetizers and they were all great. Everyone loved their entrées and several desserts were shared and enjoyed. Unfortunately we were there to visit with relatives from out of town and it was so loud you could only hear the person right next to you. The waiter could barely hear our orders. The waitstaff was spread a little thin. Our waiter was practically running from table to table. I had to walk up to the bar to order drink refills, which they brought to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Light bites !!
    puppyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    While the food is always good, portions always very small !!!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Excellent menu, attentive service, reasonable pricing
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NYCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Dine at Convito fairly often. Our waiter had too many tables and we were neglected. Had to flag down someone to ask for everything from water to main course. Our soft shell crabs were lacking in flavor. Would have ordered dessert but got tired of waiting for order to be taken. Too expensive to give then another chance in the near future.
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  • Consisently Excellent
    bernietubaVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Convito is a neighborhood treasure. It is also a Chicagoland treasure -- worth a trip from the Gold Coast for an excellent eclectic menu, in a very interesting atmosphere. The market selections are as impressive as the cafe menu offerings. Bjd
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    eetout
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Convito Café has a wonderful menu and excellent food and service. The chef came to our table and our daughter loved that! Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and delicious
    cookie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Always a place to look forward to going. Good dining and take out.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Everything was good. Everyone at our table of 4 liked their meal. Server was quick to respond when a steak arrived too rare. Interesting selection of non-alcohol beverages.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable experience
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We dined for lunch, having a sandwich and salad. Both tasty, fresh, and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Dining in a Country Home
    FooddocVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The ambience at Convito is a warm, homelike restaurant to one side, and a fantastic italian market and wine shop to the right. The menu was full of excellent choices, and focusing on pasta dishes, there were so many to consider. We had pasta with a four-cheese sauce and one with a sausage with onion gravy. Both were amazing! We both started with white bean soup, which was outstanding. The wine list was adequate, but could have been bolstered by the selections in the store! Service was prompt and freindly, and the prices were very good. Easy to come back to!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We travel to Convito Cafe often
    Blaidddrwg
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Alway good food, service and ambiance. For special occasions in that area we always dine there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid neighborhood restaurant
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The owner/manager is great, always attentive and friendly. Service is typically good. Beware that some soups are served chilled but may not say that on the menu. Any dish you have will be tasty, and the bread is great too!
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  • Favorite lunch spot
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Convito is in my neighborhood, and is the place I most often meet friends and business associates for lunch because the food and service are consistently good. The menu is simple, but interesting at the same time. Staff is always friendly, though at times could be more attentive. And there are tables outside for nice summer days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice luncheon place
    simplepleasuresVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Stopped by for lunch after viewing Open Table recommendations. Food was very good. The onion soup was particularly good and not too salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always so fresh!
    Medillian
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I adore Convito and smile instantly when I think of it. I now live in Chicago but when I get a chance, I come back to Convito. The food is so fresh, the soups are superb (a cold asparagus soup to die for) and the entrees are exceptional. I took a friend there this weekend and, as usual, we were treated so very well. I left smiling, of course!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops on Our List
    dinerwhoappreciates
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Everything about Convito Cafe is wonderful. We are never disappointed in the service or the good. 5 Stars on all accounts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate