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About 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.

1515 Sheridan Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
European, Italian, French

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

Cross Street:
Sheridan Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(847) 251-3654

Website:
http://www.convitocafeandmarket.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking is available in the Plaza del Lago parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Nancy Brussat

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Come and enjoy Pre-Thanksgiving dinner in a festive atmosphere of our Cafe.
Regular dinner menu and specials available on Wednesday November 22nd.

Convito Cafe and Market Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (15)
Casual (11)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
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Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 2 days ago

excellent food and service and we enjoyed the atmosphere as well as the deli

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

We’ve been a customer many times over last five years. This time the food was notably disappointing uniformly lacking in flavor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Extremely disappointed in service, how the reservation was handled and the dinner. See below for details.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We have gone to Convito for lunch and brunch often,but this time was disappointing because they were out of salmon in all forms.
It would seem to me that someone at Convito really screwed up because the salmon is surely their biggest seller.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Homey, honest atmosphere. Friendly server who was very attentive. They were out of special fish entrée, which was ordered before server knew they were out, but flexiblilty in the kitchen allowed preparation of a more favorite fish entrée in same fashion. Vegetables all fresh and Salads just terrific. This was not the first time I dined there, but it will also not be the last.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Convito is a charming bistro tucked into the lovely Plaza del Lago on Sheridan Rd. It is both a market for prepared foods, wine shop and restaurant. Outdoor seating and a sunny indoor glass enclosed porch in addition to inside tables give you several venue choices. The food is well prepared and presented, very tasty and great selections of entrees, appetizers and desserts. The service was professional and friendly. We wanted to linger and never felt rushed at a Sunday brunch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We go to Convito frequently. For some unknown reason our entrees were very disappointing this time. Maybe a substitute chef or a chef change? We were very surprised how ordinary and bland everything tasted. We'll go back again to give them another chance. They were very accommodating about seating is at a table of our choice.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Always a very good meal. Nice friendly service, lovely ambiance, easy parking and delicious food. Varied menu with lots to choose from. Very fairly priced.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Healthy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always the food , wait staff and ambiance are just great. This restaurant never disappoints. Parking is easy, and you are always assured of a good meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Met a friend here for dinner on weeknight. Service was great, food was delicious! We both had the French onion soup and both agreed it was one of the best either of us had ever had! Nice pasta options. Decided on the special which was very good. Sambuca and Frangelico after dinner drinks were a nice ending.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Very courteous staff; good wine list, authentic Italian/European cuisine. A neighborhood gem, for sure.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding! Our group ordered specials of the night- sauteed trout, chianti braised pot roast & shrimp risotto, everything was so delicious and our server was fabulous! Great lake view. We will come more often.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great Beer, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Our party of four found the al fresco dining at Convito very enjoyable. The service was excellent and the entrees delicious. Thanks for a pleasant evening.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

My wife and I have eaten at Convito a number of times. The food is always nicely prepared and tasty including this visit. This time around however the service was quite slow and the waiter was not very attentive. Drinks and the salad first course came promptly. However we had both ordered pasta dishes and the wait between the salad and the the pasta was about 20-25 minutes even though the restaurant was not full. Come on neither dish was complicated. Our waiter seemed to be only concerned with a family birthday party of about 6-8 people. He seemed to hover over that table making it very difficult to get his attention as time passed. Convito is not a cavernous dinning room with dozens of tables. When our pasta finally did come there was no offer of grated cheese. I really don't think the waiter was aware nor had been told that in a good restaurant serving Italian food the server delivers the dish and naturally follows with an offer to grate some Parmesan over the pasta. We should not have had to wait several minutes to catch the waiter's eye once again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

One of our favorite North Shore restaurants. Great atmosphere, attentive service and great food. The rotisserie chicken is over the top! You are never rushed, but always have service when you need it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Scenic View
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

It was too loud to hear my lunch date and something burned in the kitchen which created a terrible smell.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Convito always meets our expectations! Wonderful menu, nice seasonal specials and very attentive (and friendly) service. We've enjoyed over the years and will continue to come back frequently.

PS: They honor reservations in a timely fashion!

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This is a charming place with pleasant ambience, in the style of a country Italian cafe-restaurant. The menu offers a reasonable selection of dishes, and everything we had was tasty and attractively presented. Prices are reasonable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent! Delicious fresh food and daily specials. Nice wine list too. Service is always friendly and attentive. Market is full great take away food. I cannot wait to come back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

A large loud group

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Lunch was what we wanted..Liked the soup , salad and sandwich options..Javier, our server was attentive and personable as always! Our experiences were as positive as they have been for the last several years. We will return

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2017

It makes you feel like in Europe. Really nice service and outstanding service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Fresh ingredients, carefully prepared, attractively served. Salads are always good, especially the trio of the day. Bigger dishes, such as pork or fish, are nicely seasoned, distinctive without too much edge. Servings are of a reasonable size. Dessert selection is small but there are standouts, including creme brulle. You can have a well-paced lunch here, never feeling hurried or ignored. Some things are worth coming back for, especially the white bean soup, a signature here for many years. In addition, Convito is a beautiful restaurant, striking artwork and beautiful glass. Excellent service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food was good and the staff was outstanding in arranging a table for the 4 of us in a semi-private area near the wine racks. It was perfect for us to talk and lunch and catch-up with old friends. What a great place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Convito has reinvented itself over the many years it has served this community. From a casual cozy dining spot in a wonderful interesting Euro-styled market to a wonderful Euro-styled elegant dining spot with a cozy market. All of the dinners in our group were excellent. I was particularly impressed with inventive white fish entree which I strongly recommend.
The flat breads and calamari were excellent starters.
Convito is a worthy dining destination.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great Experience. Service was outstanding. Menu had just changed and everything was delicious. And the Sangria! oh yes!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

disapointing- we have been coming to convito since opening in the city. portions, presentation, service was faabulous. today, more price conscious then pleasing customer. portions small for pricing. even wine should be 12 a glass not 14. no substituting with up charges everywhere. coffee cold and not good italian. no pride. and service is always russhed and you have to flag down. throw check on table. bummer and there are too many choices that satisfy and you want to give them your business.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always a reliably good meal with good service. Respected our reservation, which is always appreciated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Food not flavorful, fish was overlooked and dry although sauce was ordered on the side.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food was good with enough of a selection and the ambiance is very nice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This is the third final time I was giving them to redeem themselves and they unfortunately did not pass the test. The food is actually solid (particularly for the North Shore). The service is so bad it's almost comical. The waiter was so overworked that I thought he was at risk of a meltdown. I have been a patron of Convito for 25+ years and it breaks my heart that it is this bad. 10 minutes to be seated (with a reservation), another 10 minutes to get menus.....it just got worse from there. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get better staffed. Raise your prices if you have to. Don't do what you are currently doing because it is not working.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Absolute best Caesar salad on the North Shore! Been dining at Convito since its beginning as a market -- a regular place for us. WE love it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

As usual, a tasty meal and a great ambiance. A relaxed yet elegant meal. Terrific!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good place to bring friends. Nice outdoor dining area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We had a delicious lunch celebrating a birthday. Five of us enjoyed the bacon,lettuce,tomato w/avocado sandwiches and one had the chopped salad. Our server was attentive and the food great - we ate it all. The noise level was a little too LOUD.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Convito is one of our favorite restaurants in the northern suburbs. Food, service & ambience are great, & we have never been disappointed. It is well worth the drive from Northbrook to Wilmette. Michael is one of the best servers anywhere.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 12, 2017

A BIT HEAVY ON THE SALT....AND OVER-PRICED FOR THE SIZE OF DISHES

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Had a burger, Cesar salad with salmon and anchovies, 1 coffee and 1 tea....spent $52 before tip. Cesar salad was $10, but was charged another $13 to add a piece of grilled salmon and another $3 for anchovies. It was good, but not a $26 salad. Felt taken

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

always a great meal with a solid menu, great staff and nice wine list

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We always like eating at Convito, especially in the summer when we can sit outside. Food was good, as always - a very pleasant dinner experience overall.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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