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Date
Sat, 4/21
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9:00 PM
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Convito Cafe and Market

4.4
710 reviews
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$30 and under
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European
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, Italian, French
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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
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Phone number
(847) 251-3654
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nancy Brussat
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sheridan Rd
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking is available in the Plaza del Lago parking lot.
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate Mother's Day at Convito. We will be serving our regular menu and in addition to it specials like: Salads Lyonnaise, Asparagus Milanese, Crepes, Omelet, Quiche Lorraine, Rack of Lamb, Grilled Salmon Nicoise, Profiteroles, Sundae and more. Check with us for seating availability.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 710 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very busy at lunch. Hadn’t been in a long time. Food was delicious. Only complaint is that I wasn’t given open table points. Don’t know why.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Either our server was grossly overworked or somewhat incompetent. It was nearly impossible to get his attention when we needed something.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I have been dining here for lunch and/or brunch for decades, but have never had dinner.
For a change decided to try it.
The caesar salad was delicious. We split 2 entrees one the roast 1/2 chicken & a seafood pasta entree. The chicken was absolutely delicious well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The fries, which I am very selective about, were amazing. Even though I try to not eat fries I couldn't resist.
We were very disappointed in the pasta dish. The shrimp were very tiny, other stuff also small & kind of fishy. The pasta was surprisingly overcooked & was very hard to eat, very slippery & looked like the stands had been broken in 1/2 so you couldn't twirl it around the fork.. Also, for a bit shy of $25, both the pasta & seafood portion were very small (maybe totaled 1/8 of a cup for seafood). While I certainly wouldn't have wanted more of the quality of seafood that had been provided ( we actually left several of the seafood pieces ), the pasta amount should have been doubled to be considered an entree. I've had the cold pasta salads here for years & they have always been delicious, so this was very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Had a wonderful birthday dinner with a good friend!!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nice restaurant with good choices on the menu. Service was decent although it took a while to get the attention of our waiter. Warning if you order French toasts: it comes with fruits and juice spread all over. As there isn't much to absorb sound the place was loud.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Convito is one of our regular choices and is always good

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Had asked for a quiet table. We could not hear one another for most of the meal. This is not the first time we have had this problem. The man setting the tables was intent on ripping paper off each table and was most unsympathetic as were the hostess and server.
The server was pretty inattentive and the food mediocre, at best.
Have tried to reach the management in the past to discuss and never heard back. We've come here many, many times for family or business events.
On to other places in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Highly recommend this wonderful gem! Food and friendly service never dissapoints. Side deli has many choices for takeout of their fresh soups, pastas and salads. Has become a favorite place to get together with friends. Went for Sunday Brunch and ordered a refreshing Bloody Mary, delicious vegetable crepe and finished with a Cappucino. Love this place!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Lunch with 13 year old granddaughter

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

One of the most uncomfortable meals out I've ever had. Clearly the two people working Wed night couldn't wait to close and I felt like we were rushed through dinner and out the door. I booked an 8:45 reservation (the final res avail was 9 pm) and we were one of two tables in the place. The hostess/server came back so many times to see if we were ready to order, that it was obnoxious. The bus boy seemed totally put out that someone was coming in so close to closing time.
Wine was good. Food was ok. I ordered spaghetti and marinara. It was such a MINUTE portion, I ran out of pasta and asked for more so I could finish eating the sauce (that was very good). I suspect that was all that was left at the end of the day. My companion had cavatappi that looked microwaved but he said it tasted good.
I've been to Convito before and enjoyed it BUT this was very, very disappointing to the point of being frustrating. If the staff doesn't want to work late, then close earlier and DON'T put later reservations on Open Table.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Had a wonderful time as always. Food was wonderful and the staff was attentive without hovering. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food and Wine were amazing!!! Everytime we go there there is always something new on the menu to try..

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

A group of us were out celebrating a birthday and we had a great time. Two of is chose the beef tenderloin, one the bouillabaisse and the other got the pappardelle bolognesse. All were superb per our reports and hums. My tenderloin was the best meat fish I’d had in a long while. Our wine choice was also excellent, but the wine list was a bit small. Looking forward to visit again!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Convito is a great place to lunch with friends. Good food, great service and easy parking all make for an easy and enjoyable outing. The quiche is spectacular and so is the French Onion Soup! Great place!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Fun place to lunch with girlfriends

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day. Food came out way too quick. Main Course before salad was even done. Recommended a terrible wine that I believe was done without any knowledge.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great dinner as always.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Great as usual. Always reliably very good food and service!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Long time favorite. The fish special & pasta Bolognese were excellent! Service was friendly and professional.

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was delicious and service top notch! Full bar and great wine list.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful homey ambiance and atmosphere and very tasty food. Will definitely return

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good food and great service!

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Convito seems to be so-so these days. Everything we ordered seemed to have been sitting around for a while, with a tell-tale film over the sauces. The soup was good but not hot. The pasta did not seem to be freshly sauced. The dessert, a concoction of rhubarb (hardly any of it to taste), strawberries, and, of all things, spumoni, was very disappointing. Who wants a cobbler soggy with melted ice cream? The dish lacked everything, including visual appeal. Service was sluggish, and the restaurant was nearly empty, maybe 6 tables on a Wednesday night. It will be a while before we go back to this place, where we've gone for many, many years. Not what it used to be. On the good side, it is one of Wilmette's most beautiful places to have lunch or dinner. Lunch is generally better than dinner. We've seldom been so thoroughly disappointed in dinner at Convito as we were with this one.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Never disappoints! Food is always fresh and delicious, along with a great vibe! Make sure to stop by their deli inside restaurant to pick up fresh pasta dishes and sides to take home! :)

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We experienced just what we have come to expect at Convito: excellent food and service, pleasant environment, conversation-friendly.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Tasty delicious food with great presentation-whitefish and special of the day chianti braised pot roast! We were celebrating Birthday - the chocolate fondant was amazing! Service was friendly and attentive!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Long time favorite! Always excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Great lunch menu. The salmon entree was outstanding, perfectly cooked (they ask you for your preference on doneness), and the salad trio entree was delicious and the flavors of the different salads all complemented each other. The service was consistently attentive and, bravo, the iced tea refills always arrived before our glasses were empty. Convito also has a market within/next to the restaurant which offers numerous prepared meal items all of which look like they could be quite tasty and worth a try on a subsequent visit.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was fantastic. Great experience!

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

The food and service was wonderful but the room is way too noisy. Conversation at the table was almost impossible.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We enjoyed lunch at Convito with long time friends and celebrated a Birthday too while dining on the sunny porch area. The quiche is the Best Ever and the BLT with Avocado is very good too, others enjoyed smoked salmon BLT and a salad. Everyone had a fabulous time!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Quaint, cozy, charming, delicious. The pappardelle bolognese is phenomenal. The soups remind you of your grandma's, but better. And try not to by something in the attached little store; I dare you.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

The new chef keeps improving the menu. Service is excellent. Just a nice bistro-like experience.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Like the atmosphere of Convito, the food is fresh and the service is good. They do not have a very large menu which is a plus, for me.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Getting push pushed out at 9:30ish on a Saturday night a bit frustrating but good food and nice neighborhood location.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent as always! Delicious comfort food. Friendly & professional service, warm festive atmosphere. Also we couldn’t decide what to take home from their deli case in a market, everything looked great.

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2017

Love this place. Our meals (BLT sandwich, hamburger, 4 cheese fettuccine, crepe & quiche of the day were outstanding! Festive decoration. Polite and educated service. Great take out area in the market .We will be back!

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Family favorite! We love the charm inside and out only to be outdone by authentic flavorful dishes.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

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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