Convito Cafe and Market

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859 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too many flies. It’s not appealing to eat when there are flies around the food.

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NS
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere always excellent at Convito. Great extended family brunch

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PL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and a wonderful place to sit outside and catch a glimpse of Lake Michigan. I love stopping at the market inside to grab some lasagna and desserts to go

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F
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

When I recently dined with three friends in Convito Cafe, I had asked in advance for a quietly situated table. I'm glad that I had done so because when we arrived, we were given a far corner table, which was a lot less noisy than many other tables in the room.

Other than the noise issue, we had a pleasant evening.

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MM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We have been at this restaurant and liked it very much. This time was a big disappointment. Food was poorly prepared, service was not good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were seated too near the traffic pattern for service to the diners outside.
My house salad was barely dressed or perhaps not at all. I like my salad lightly dressed but this had little taste of dressing at all and was basically tasteless. The french onion soup was edible but not great. My dinner partner finished his whole wheat pasta entree and we left a bit disappointed.

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PE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am rediscovered this wonderful restaurant a month ago and have been back with a different friend each of 3 times. The fresh pasta is perfection no matter in which form you choose it. The bread is delicious.

In fact, cutting to the chase this restaurant is a wonderful.

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CN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for lunch - go there often-convenient and views of lake

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place for entertaining guests. It never disappoints.

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JP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

When service is slow it skews everything to the negative .

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OT
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were excellent an there were so many prepared entrees to choose from on the way out.

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CN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convito has good food, good service. We come here often

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Convito. The food is delicious, the wait staff is friendly and courteous, and the ambiance is lovely. However, the noise level is so loud it is very difficult to have a conversation, and is quite unpleasant for persons with hearing difficulties. I really hope something can be done to quiet the noise as it is my favorite place to dine.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely meal in a pleasant atmosphere. The server was friendly and helpful, as always.

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BL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The Trio salad was just so-so. My friend enjoyed the quiche special, however. The noise level was way too loud!!!

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DA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We always enjoy the food, but the restaurant seriously needs to do some noise abatement work. At the lunch hour it's especially bad; when you're sitting across a small table from someone and you can't have a pleasant conversation because of the decibel level, it's a problem--and I don't have a hearing deficit.

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SQ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed my menu choice! Crab cake appetizer was delicious and the Beet & Arugala salad with goat cheese was perfect. Wait staff was attentive yet not overly so - the perfect balance! Special surprise: my favorite Limoncello Parfait was available for dessert!!! Love it - the best summer endulgence!

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It’s a nice location. Dining room seating is too tight. It is quieter than some restaurants but still a bit loud. More space between the tables would help. Service was slow, but food was good. Something happened with our server and mid way thru the meal he disappeared never to return. We will go back when when can sit outside and don’t feel so crammed in.

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasant place for an intimate lunch, or to entertain friends. Very welcoming environment.

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OT
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a very nice restaurant with consistentlyy good food, nice atmosphere, easy parking and good service.

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o
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Simply too loud for conversation. Won't return. Food was acceptable.

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EP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

It was so loud we could hardly hear one
Another. Drinks were lacking and it was only
Ice and hot tea. Food was just ok.
Location is convenient but that’s about
It. Convito has really gone down over
The years.

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on May 23, 2019

We are so disappointed that you think we have gone down over the years, as we strive as a family business to keep up all of our food, service and atmosphere to please all our guests. We know it can be loud sometimes, and apologize for that. We hope you can find a time to come back, as we have just changed our menu, and feel our drinks, and food selections are wonderful and diverse. So sorry you had a bad experience.

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W
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great.

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S
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love having lunch at Convito!! It's relaxing & the food is always delish! Love ordering either a salad or the fabulous salmon dish.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Convito is a very handsome restaurant, with the nicest decor of any such establishment in Wilmette. Food and service are generally reliable, and we go there often.

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LF
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch was delicious. Service was excellent. A great place to dine.

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H
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seating was comfortable and prompt. Our waitress was pleasant, prompt and knew the menu. Food was very good. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Convito Cafe is always a warm and relaxing place to dine -- particularly on the night of a late winter storm. Service is very attentive and pleasant - and food is interesting.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was outstanding and ambiance was perfect.

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WB
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prettiest restaurant in Wilmette, hands down, with some of the best food north of Andersonville. A warm welcome and a very attractive menu. Pastas are always carefully done and full of flavor. Satisfying variations on stand-bys such as BLTs and French dips. Even the bread is good. Our favorite dessert is the blueberry tart with ice cream, like others big enough to share and so good that half is enough. The food is beautiful without being fussy, out of the ordinary without going too far. A wonderful restaurant and a delight to visit.

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m
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The more I go the more I appreciate what a nice neighborhood restaurant this truly is. The food is classic bistro style— simple and well prepared. Everything is so reliably comfortable it is no surprise I always see many friends dining here— couples, groups, grandparents and grandchildren, they are all there having a nice time. And the staff is excellent, always on top of things. I’m within walking distance, but there is so much easy parking available in Plaza Del Lago it makes getting there that much easier too.

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GG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

As always, food at Convito was very good. Unusually the service was NOT. We were there at the time that lunch service began. The menu of daily specials was not available and the server couldn't tell us what they were because "they're being typed up now." (Really? The manager couldn't tell the staff what the soup and sandwich special was???). Service was slow - we were seated for 45 minutes before we got our food.

So...don't go to Convito when they open - wait until they're prepared. And they should be prepared when they open.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice traditional Italian for a quiet meal. Good for a multiage group

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TC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most interesting Caesar salads we've ever had. Loved the Parmesan "bowl"!
Enjoyed the bolognese pasta.

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KD
Chicago
138 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! Had the trio of salads and they never disappoint.

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BH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated my husband to dinner Monday night. He had pasta carbonara and I had the pot roast. Both were excellent. Waiter was very attentive. Only negative (for me) is that they don’t have white Zinfandel wine.

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PA
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place for lunch, but very noisy! Real value for the quality and amount of food.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Our waiter didn’t seem to like us..., it was awkward at times. I have been coming for years and we love it, just wish the service was less abrupt.

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CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always take friends for occasion lunches. I love the Trio salads!

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B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. Food is always amazing so as service.

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