Convito Cafe and Market

4.6
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$30 and under
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European
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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MK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, with great food. Menu had a great variety of dishes to choose from. Good wine list to pick from.

e
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was creative and perfectly cooked. The restaurant was quiet enough for normal conversation. We are going back.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great

DF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whitefish was so tasty and well prepared. My friend loved the pasta bolognese. Our server Juan was excellent, friendly and paid attention to little details. We’ ll be back soon.

PB
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with another couple for a birthday. It was perfect in all respects. Food was fish for all and sauces and presentation were just right. Service was excellent as always.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big Convito fans - and brought some new ones with us!

D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the waitstaff was really good and attentive

LK
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a delightful birthday lunch with friends in a quiet corner table at this lovely restaurant. The food was excellent, service attentive and the special highlight was the flourless chocolate cake.

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Fresh, delicious food; great service; nice wine list! Would love it if they added some gluten free pasta as an option.

S
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always excellent food and service.

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party felt so cozy upon arrival on a blustery winter night. Although iris a little noisy we still enjoyed our meal. The waitstaff was excellent and prompt. The food was delicious and I was delighted that I had suggested it. Thank you for a lovely dining experience.

CH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely dinner, salmon with lentils from the regular menu was very good. Parmesan crusted, pan seared cod from the special list was excellent as well. Salad was fresh and well presented, and dinner portions were substantial.

F
Chicago
333 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was not pleased with my lunch bc I ordered a Cesar salad which I have had many many times and there have NEVER been olives in this salad. I do not like olives, and would never order anything containing olives. I did mention it to our server and all he said was that an olive tapanade was used to hold the salad together. Needless to say, I left most of my salad and did not enjoy the part that I ate because of the strong olive flavor.

RM
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were there for New Years Eve.... always go back as the food is always delicious

TM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambience. Tables are a bit close together, but otherwise a fine dining experience.

p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Quaint atmosphere. Whole wheat pasta w brussel sprouts and prosciutto was outstanding

A
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing escargot! Whitefish portion very small.. good service

KD
Chicago
146 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner is delicious!! This will become a new holiday tradition!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu. Great choices. Wonderful bar menu, wine list is super, and great choice of beers. A pasta lovers haven. But breakfast was simply the best. Lots of choices of fun things. We will go there again and soon. I took home some home made pasta sauces. Yummmmmm

B
Chicago
112 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our tradional Christmas lunch was as delightful as ever. Very appealing lunch menu in a festive setting.

AH
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and especially wonderful to be able to carry on a conversation in normal voices! Delicious food!

r
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convito is perfect because it’s consistently great. The menu, service and the ability to actually have a conversation makes it my go to neighborhood restaurant.

MF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience; excellent food and service. Waiter was very attentive .

PB
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great meal at a reasonable price. Very nice service...on a very busy Friday night.,, our waitress was attentive and very pleasant. Easy parking too . We brought friends who haven’t eaten here before, they will be back.

m
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

the experience is always good. simple bistro food w/ excellent service.

S
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Convito.. always a great spot for lunch or dinner.

PB
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a very good place for dinner. Both our entrees were well prepared and nicely presented. Service as always is good. A very good neighborhood restaurant. Parking is easy too.

E
Chicago
463 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere at Convito's is warm and homey, and now it is full of the Christmas season. The service is superb. We had a wonderful meal, my wife starting with calamari and then swordfish (probably her favorite seafood) which she loved (saving none for me!) I started with a special lobster risotto, light on the lobster but delicious. The surprise was the past'amore, a linguine dish with an interesting tomato sauce with capers and olives that gave it wonderfully unique flavor. The excellent dessert were shared was a pecan crusted carrot cake with cream cheese: fantastic! Finally, I was thrilled to find Gruner Veltliner, an Austrian chardonnay on the wine list! We had it in Salzburg and it rarely shows up in Chicago. It made the meal that much more special! We love Convito!

m
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all had different pasta dishes and the verdict was unanimous - most delicious pasta. We shared the Rustic Blueberry tart - to die for!
Service m, as usual, was attentive.

DM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

upon arrival I was confused, the website advertised a holiday meal with a selection of 4 entres-these were not being served and I was dissapointed not to have a turkey dinner as on the website menu

JB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

I had the Pasta Amore on Sunday 11/17 and it was outstanding. I ordered it again on Saturday 11/23 and it was unfortunately very greasy and there were no capers. It was totally different from the previous week so that was disappointing.

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hello, We are so sorry this dish is a new dish on the menu and that you felt it wasn't consistent, we will check on this, it could just be a human error-no capers. We will make sure it will not happen again, we have a great responds on this dish from many customers. Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it. Convito management

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My friend and I chose Convito because of the ambience and the fact that if you sit along the windows you can hear each other speak (he wears hearing aids) and we wanted to have a good long conversation. The restaurant has a pretty and welcoming interior and the servers are competent and professional. Personally, having gone to Convito on and off for years, I think the food has deteriorated. My friend chose the whitefish special and said it was good. He complimented the green beans. I had an orecchiette dish and the pasta was notably underdone making them taste tough and doughy. The chicken liver pate starter seemed to have had gelatin added to it and it was surprisingly sweet but otherwise not very flavorful. My friend and I did have a nice conversation so for that reason, I’m glad we went. But, in my opinion, the food is no longer as well-prepared as it used to be.

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on November 27, 2019

Hello, We are so sorry that you had some dishes that weren't to your liking. We are very proud of our new menu, preparations & freshness of our food. We are getting excellent feedback from regular customers and all the five stars reviews. Please let us know when are you coming back so we can make sure you will be satisfied :) Thank you for your feedback Convito Manegement

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food combined with a warm environment is hard to beat.

DS
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy, comfy, great choices-a perfect place to celebrate anything. We can’t wait to head back!

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect atmosphere. Warm and cozy. Great food. Have the salmon and cheesecake

s
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS A FABULOUS EXPERIENCE. GREAT PLACE FOR GOOD FOOD WITH FRIENDS

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is always delicious with a great selection. Noise level is conversationally friendly. Wonderful for lunch or dinner or special occasion.

W
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always high quality - food, service, ambience. Great option of selecting a bottle of wine from the market with nominal corkage fee. Meal specials and seasonal menu always interesting and tempting. Cozy in the winter, and great outdoor space with Lake Michigan breezes in the summer. Nice kids menu too.

c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Showed up early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate with 6 people. Service was great- right there when you needed them but not hovering. Food was excellent.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Convito cafe in a very longtime. The lunch and ambience were just what we were looking for to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Thank you see you again soon