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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.
Wilmette, IL 60091
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Plenty of free parking is available in the Plaza del Lago parking lot.
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Convito Cafe and Market Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
We enjoyed a wonderful Birthday celebration luncheon with long time friends. The lunch was terrific and the Crème Brule is "THE BEST" ! Nice place! Will be going back.
Plus they have a deli as well as frozen options that are great for taking home for dinner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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