Neighborhood gem certainly applies here. It's my family's Northshore favorite and I know many of my friends share that opinion. Try to go early or late to avoid the busiest and noisiest times. An example of an outstanding choice is the lunch of grilled salmon with a really unique salad of baby spinach, tiny carrots and cauliflower florets, farro grains and citrus dressing. The menu at both lunch and dinner is varied enough to please everyone!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Consistently excellent food
Consistently excellent food and pleasant ambience.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful neighborhood
This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant and deli with great restaurant meals as well as meals to go, extensive wine racks from which you can choose a dinner wine, fine array of cheeses, etc. Great food, good service and friendly owners. Don't miss it.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went to Convito for Easter
We went to Convito for Easter dinner. Everyone had something different and it was all good. We had one of their wine specials, which never disappoint. This is a great place for a couple or a small group.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
I always have a few "musts".
I always have a few "musts". Great food, quiet enough to engage in conversation, smiling wait staff that check in frequently without being obnoxious, and a bonus: table by the window.
Convito Cafe gave us all that.
For which I am grateful.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely lunch. Attentive service.
Lovely lunch. Attentive service. Lots to select from. Will definitely return.
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always dependable for good food and service! especially for lunch.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
nice food,lovely atmosphere,
nice food,lovely atmosphere, attentive service, conversation friendly
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food in Wilmette
Everything that we tried was fresh and very tasty. I would definitely recommend it.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good neighborhood restaurant;
Very good neighborhood restaurant; very good
good food, very good service, nice for
special occasions. Only down side is that
it is a bit noisy and difficult to have a
conversation across a table for five.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always A WInner!
Food was great as usual and our server was excellent. Vegetarian friendly and omnivores have a variety of meat to choose. Pasta and salads are great too. Salads are always perfectly dressed.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Art Show Dinner Fare
While visiting the Art Show, one of the Artists had a birthday, and we had a lovely birthday dinner celebration in an intimate setting. The food was wonderful, and the waiter even remembered to put a candle on the event. We would return to this venue again.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and very good service.
Great food and very good service. Will definitely return
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simply consistently good!
This was my fifth visit to Convito Cafe, and have never been disappointed. The menu offers a nice variety of items, the atmosphere is very cozy and inviting, and I almost always leave with something from the little market adjacent to the dining room. All in all, a very positive experience, and consistently good from visit to visit.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
have been to convito dozens
have been to convito dozens of times--very, very noisy, but food is really good
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Father's Day Dinner
Very nice dinner. Good food selections and a delicious desert with mint ice cream! Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. Will be dining there again.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Convito if better than ever
Wednesday's visit to Convito was very satisfying. . Not only did the restaurant have the tried-and-true selections on the Convito Cafe regular items, but also a number of creative and adventuresome additions on their special daily menu. As always, the waitstaff is one of the most professional on the North Shore. Bjd
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our Favorites
Convito Café has become one of our favorite restaurants. Every time we go the service is wonderful. The menu is a delightful mix of unique ingredients and creative combinations. The portions are perfect-we always have a little room to try one of their scrumptious desserts. The dishes seem so well thought-out and beautifully presented. We have never been disappointed.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good place to meet for lunch
Convito Café is a popular and pleasant restaurant to meet friends for lunch. It was too cool to eat outside on the day we dined there, but the alternative of eating in the bright "front porch" area was perfect. The servers were attentive and the lunch selections were excellent. Although the restaurant was very busy, we didn't feel at all rushed through our meal.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
Love Convito's and love the options on the menu. The food is always consistently good and the service is with a smile. GREAT eggs Benedict for brunch and the tuna fish is perfect!! Definitely a staple on the Northshore for a reason.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable Italian cuisine
Convito's always provides a great meal at reasonable prices. Service is prompt, the ambience is homey, and the choices are interesting. Wines are unusually limited in a wine shop, but sufficient. A real go-to place!
7/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a satisfying experience
I have been eating at Convito Café for years and it is always a very satisfying experience. They continually update their menu to keep you coming back. The food in their market is clearly outstanding too. Some people complain that the market is expensive; but, I say you get what you pay for.
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This North Shore Bistro has an exceptional menu and the food reflects their good taste in selections and of course, flavor of the food itself. Their attached deli is ever tempting with fresh salads not seen elsewhere. Wines are paired perfectly with special of the day. The service is friendly and pleasant. The staff make diners welcome right away. On nice days eating outside is lovely with a view of Lake Michigan quite close. I have been happily dining there many years.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would like to go visit again!
It has been difficult for me to find a true good Italian restaurant in the north suburb. This is a casual place with a touch of elegance, and I liked the authenticity they serve. Except pasta, which was over cooked and not al-dente at all, all what we ordered passed our test. (Yes, both my friend and myself are crazy fan of Italy, and know the taste they serve in Italy across the country.) The server of our table had quite good knowledge of Italian wine too, and the two bottles we ordered were both excellent with no high price. I am looking forward to visit them soon again.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Experience at Convito
I had made a reservation for noon on a Friday. The restaurant was busy, as expected, but not packed since outdoor dining was available. When we checked in , we had a choice of 3 tables. My only disappointment was that they were all for two people. I would have preferred a larger table as it was very cramped, not only with all the dishes on the table, but there was no place to put my purse (the chairs weren't constructed in a way where you could hang your purse over the back).. We split an order of the parmesan French Fries and they were fantastic. The food was great and the waiters were very friendly and accommodating. Can't wait to go back!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Convito is a gem
We love Convito Italiano. Have been there many times and have never been disappointed. It is a gem of a restaurant.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ladies who do lunch
Great food (trio). Great service. Pretty location.
The problems was the noise level... Couldn't
hear the conversation across the table of six.
Still love it.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
also try excellent adjoining mkt
Good food. Nice atmosphere. Great service.
We tried the fresh peach cobbler for dessert. Warm and wonderful!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch selections offered
Brunch selections offered a bit more creativity than the usual brunch fare you find at other restaurants.
Very friendly staff.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
AS always, we love Convito Café. The chef puts together such wonderful combinations-there are always new things to try. Very creative! The service is superb-very attentive and the meal always flows perfectly. Definitely one of our most favorite restaurants.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great dinner - good
Always a great dinner - good prices and variety in the menu. Love Convito. Food this time was good not great..
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Convito Cafe and Market is a favorite of ours. It's a wonderful place to meet friends from the city and a great place to go to when we are going to theater in Evanston.. The menu is terrific. There is something for everyone. We love it!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Convito is always wonderful,
Convito is always wonderful, but our last meal there was fantastic. Wonderful Walleye in a great preparation. Keep it on the menu!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Moderate pricing and tasty food!
Met some friends for lunch and all 3 of us really enjoyed ourselves. Two had salads, I had the gazpacho and caprese sandwich. Very fresh and nice ingredients. Even though I live 15 miles away, it's my 3rd time here and I've recommended to several others.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at a lovely setting
I enjoyed dining at Convito. It was an older crowd. My granddaughter and I ate inside but was no rushed and had an enjoyable
Lunch and the service was excellent.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Italian good wine
We have been here a number of times and always have great service. Food is usually very good especially the pasta. Generally an older crowd most nights except weekends. Deli has some special italian goodies with good wine selection.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This little gem combines a varied food menu and nice wines with very fair prices.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but noisy
We had 2 guests with hearing deficits. Despite staff seating us at a corner table, the noise level with a full restaurant was terribly loud.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a grand experience. From the Moscow Mule, served in a copper cup that stayed absolutely frigid even after the drink was gone, thorugh the wine selections and into the meals (a rich mushroom soup, coq au vin and creme brulee for dessert with coffee for me) it was just wonderful. We have been going to this restaurant for decades. There can be a noise problem if you sit in the dining room at peak hours, but on a Wednesday night, they put us out on a little enclosed porch and it was just great. I would recommend this restaurant for anyone or two people looking for memorable food in a comfortable atmosphere.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Noe is an amazing chef! Have never had a bad meal at Convito. Always an A+!!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Spot for Lunch
Four of us had lunch/brunch yesterday. The food and service were very good. We would go back again for lunch, brunch or dinner.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a lovely evening. Restaurant
We had a lovely evening. Restaurant granted our table request when we made reservation. Food was good, however, I would not order the duck again. It had a strong grilled flavor and the cherry sauce did not have a lot of flavor and was very thin. That was disappointing. The pot pie looked amazing and I hear it was tasty. Skirt steak looked and tasted good, too. Squash soup was yummy and came nice and hot! Wouldn't order the crab cake again; it was bland, but the bruschetta was good and the calamari was tender. Desserts were all a hit! I would go back.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM