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

A full bar will serve mixed drinks as well as wines from Italy, France and beyond.
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John
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Sunday evening dinner. We were one of only 2 tables inside. A few occupied tables in the tent outside, in spite of the rain and cold weather.
Food and service were great. Just wish more people would be patronizing the local restaurants during these difficult times.
I highly recommend Convito.

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NatsukoD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I always enjoy great food and service. Thank you!

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vipBarryL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was delicious. Had a great time!

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vipallenm
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I went on a Sunday afternoon and sat outdoors. Area was well protected from elements.
good menu to choose from.

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CarolynM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fodd and service were outstanding.

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vipChicagoPacker
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

After several lunches and one dinner at Convito, I'd say it's GREAT for lunch, but I can't imagine going back for dinner. Each time I've enjoyed the lunch food, service, and ambiance, but food and service were lacking on my one dinner there.

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DinerMcGee
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Convito, has a nicely diversified menu. Reasonably priced. Very helpful staff. I have been there several times this summer, dining outside. Either in the open air or under the tent.
Inside dining is also an option.

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vipPhyllisB
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The tent outside was about as good as can be expected in these pandemic days. Service was efficient and careful. I love liver and Convito makes it well. This time it was outstanding. I don’t eat bacon and spinach was substituted instead of bacon. This was the best liver dish ever. Convito is always good, but this dish was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding!

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vipMamaTembo
Chicago
105 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place for outside dining. Two sections: completely open air and under a spacious tent. Good food and service. It was really crowded yesterday but I felt safe

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vipPhyllisB
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Considering we were outside for lunch, we missed the very lovely indoor atmosphere. Convito does a super job dealing with all the difficulties we are now faced with. Love this place!

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vipLadieswholunch
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service
Two small pieces of salmon on sandwich, 1/2 of sandwich, tomato slice and lettuce, would not order again
Disappointed

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vipsmc73
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch at Convito! Food and service are always excellent. All time favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Very pricey for the food.

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MerrilyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It may be too late this season, but I would recommend a second opening in the tent to increase ventilation

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vipRachel
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I enjoyed being by the lake, however, the service was slow and the food was just okay. Additionally, we were literally swarmed by bees at all times. We had to move tables because we were seated with 2 toddlers next to the bus station which must have had bins with old food in them and there were bees everywhere. We asked to move as there were a TON of other open tables, and we had to move all of our plates and silverware etc, on our own. And I'm not sure why there would seat us there when there were so many other better options.

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Izzy
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, came promptly and waiters were effective

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JanR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here all the time. Consistently delicious, fresh food in a very inviting atmosphere, both outside on the patio where you can see the lake, or inside with socially distanced seating. A real treasure!

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marlain
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner with friends at Convito. Everyone loved their dinner. Our server was excellent, friendly, funny, and efficient. Prices are moderate for such quality food and nice portion size. The outdoor dining is pleasant, with umbrellas and heaters if needed. As far as we can see, all Covid modifications were observed.

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JoeD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We ate outside. Tables were spaced more than 6 feet apart and the staff was great! The food was outstanding. I felt very safe eating there.

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Valente
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

There seems to be a great difference between eating inside and outside recently-- based on a recent outside experience due to Covid concerns about inside dining.
In general, the Convito management should try to ramp up the level of service outside if they want to consider people having a good experience dining here.
Here I will cite 4 factors of concern: (1) length of time for food to reach table; (2) relative absence of wait staff for help during meal for items like water, and additional items; (3) lack of temperature control on foods served; (4) noise and air quality due to proximity to parking lot during dining.
Of these, I would say that the general absence of wait staff during the lunch on a recent Sunday was the most disconcerting item: one person had to go fetch a wait staff person on three occasions--where are they waiting during lunch? If the wait team is understaffed, please do not have all the outside tables filled and then make clients wait and wonder where the wait staff possibly is. This is simply inexcusable.
Second, for outside dining, the noise and car exhaust pollution is really unhappy and unnecessary: I suggest that Convito build some outside planters, such as you find in any downtown outside seating area--planters filled with bushes and flowering plants will break up the unsightly presence of cars a few feet way from one's table, and diffuse the car exhaust--so easily done and it shows you care about your outside clientele!
Summary: for a lunch that averaged about $40.00 a head around the table, this was not supposed to be like eating out at a inexpensive pizza place--so come on, Convito, try harder!

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eminny
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

During Covid, there was plenty of outdoor seating once that opened back up. Tables were seated relatively far apart, with fresh air from the lake blowing in. There is street noise so don't expect it to be completely quiet. The food was pretty good, albeit a bit expensive once you get out of the sandwich/salad choices.

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vipTheo
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the meal plus the calamari appetizer. Outside venue was comfortable and well-spaced.
Outstanding coffee.

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CindyM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Convito is my "go to" place.. never fails to have great Trio salads

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Traveler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience! Great food in a lovely setting.

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Graham
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an absolute GEM on the North Shore and perfect for every occasion. Great amiable staff and solid food served in a wonderful setting. Run- Don’t Walk to Convito Italiano!!!!!

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EveH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was plenty of outdoor space and the tables were appropriately separated.
The restaurant was well organized so that service was quick, food well prepared, and the hospitality gracious. It was an enjoyable evening in a lovely outdoor space, far better than having a meal sitting in the street in the city in a contrived setting.

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vipDeborah
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Waiter took forever to deliver the check and then to make it worse we had to wait forever for him to bring back the check with credit card. Actually it was too long where I had to get up and walk to find the host asking for the check and credit card back. Very disappointing.

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MEB13
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful outdoor lunch. casual, superior food and service as always

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Cath
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and seating. Have been to restaurant many times and will continue to eat at Convito.

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vipJimmy
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful delightful lunch. Great food, service and location.

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vipLizS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, spacious outside dining area. A little pricey but food is exellent

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vipCherylR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner! We all enjoyed the Caesar salads, entrees and yummy molten chocolate cake.

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vipSandi
Chicago
107 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All the items we had were very good. Just wish that they had more appetizer choices ... like maybe flatbreads and grilled calamari.

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on August 27, 2020

We do have a flatbread special every day, and fried calamari. We love grilled calamari too, and are considering it for the future :) thanks and we hope to see you again soon!

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vipPhyllisB
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating out since the middle of March. What a delight! Lovely day, good food, great service and just a lovely place to be.

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on August 27, 2020

Yay! We are so happy to provide a great place to eat as your first place out. Times are challenging for us, but glad it was a lovely experience! :) Hope to see you again soon!

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KOB66
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome birthday lunch outside. The device and the food are second to none. They took special care on the Covid 19 restrictions and 6 feet apart. Highly recommend for any and every occasion!

Convito Cafe and Market
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thanks for your kind words! So happy to make someone's birthday special!

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vipJimmy
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and professional staff! Perfect location. We will return.

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vipRickJ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined outside. Staff were all wearing masks. Tables were spaced far apart.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!

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vipJimmy
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service & food is always great. My favorites are bruschetta, white bean soup, liver & pasta Bolognese. Market has great salads & heat up home options. Nice patio set up with lake-view.

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You can order delivery directly from Convito Cafe and Market using the Order Online button. Convito Cafe and Market also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Convito Cafe and Market also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (847) 251-3654.

Convito Cafe and Market is rated 4.6 stars by 1027 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.