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Convito Cafe and Market
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Ranked #5 of 77 Restaurants in Wilmette
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: French, Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Sheridan Rd
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Average/poor food. Poor service. Waiter uninterested. Not very good few ouside along parking lot. Needs to improve.

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Thank Richard B
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convitocafe, Owner at Convito Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2014

Thank you for your review. We have taken into consideration your comments and have met with all our staff regarding seeming disinterested! Mistakes happen and we do hope you will try our upbeat, interested and longtime staff again soon. Again, sorry for your experience. Please email us next time you come.

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

This is a place that's hard not to like. Everything we had was very good. The menu is pretty straight forward, simple preparations and very fresh. Service is good. Parking easy in the mall lot.

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Thank WINEandTRAVEL
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We have frequented this restaurant for a myriad of reasons - it is great for an intimate celebration dinner, a larger group dinner, and a family dinner out. The food is excellent, and always varying based on seasonal and locally available ingredients. Meals with young kids have always been possible here, but don't think of it at all as a loud, kids-running-rapant locale; good manners are in order. The adjacent market offers a good selection of meals and dishes to take home or pack for a local outing. Extensive wine list - from the market selection (corkage fee on top of retail, so very reasonable as compared to typical restaurant prices). Outdoor patio overlooks the parking lot, but views of Lake Michigan beyond the buildings to the east are possible.

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Thank DSandJK
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Convito Cafe and Market has been around forever ... as they say reputation increases, quality overall declines. Food is just okay - nothing to write home about and since it is Italian it could easily be much better...service that day was worse than dreadful which I couldn't imagine. Server knocked my sister's setup on the floor - said she would be right back, didn't come back. New server came to take order - third person delivered the food and just plunked it down. Sis still did not have silverware. Once food was on the table we were non-existent. When we finally got coffee it was about 1/2 in the cup and 1/2 in the saucer. Not terribly appealing when coffee is $3 a cup. no apology - just taking the saucer and pouring the coffee back - duh, the bottom of the cup drips. When it was time to get the check we realized no one was paying attention to us. We could have left without paying - I felt perhaps we should have. They have a captive audience for the location ... unless you want a quick bite from Starbuck's or some groceries from the local super market. I feel the other reviewers must have been paid to be this darned positive. Keep driving into the village. A chain restaurant would be better.

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Thank FormerChicagoGal
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convitocafe, Owner at Convito Cafe and Market, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2014

We are so sorry for your experience at Convito. We take reviews very seriously, and did take action when you reviewed in October. Our servers should not be careless about coffee drips, and service details. We have met with everyone regarding this. Our Italian food is quite refined, as the owner traveled to Italy almost 100 times. She has a blog on her travels and how Convito started. Anyway, we are a family business and pride ourselves in good food and service and hope you will try us again. Thanks again for your comments. We try to improve all the time.

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Reviewed 1 July 2013

After discovering this great little restaurant, we returned for two lunchtime visits with another couple visiting Chicago from Ireland. A third visit with our resident daughter (Glenview) completed a delightful fortnight stay in Winnetka, a pleasant 2-mile stroll from our accommodation along Sheridan Drive. There were rave reviews for each of the menu items selected. Check out their web site for a creative selection of menu items. Service on 2 of 3 occasions was excellent. On second occasion with our overseas guests the waitress ignored our table after the food was delivered. Not even a "Is everything okay?" Hello! A refill of water or soft drink/iced tea? Finally we had to stop the food delivery garcon for attention. Fortunately the food compensated well for that oversight. Service including our earlier first visit and review warrants a 3 stars out of four, therefore.

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Thank QuebecoisFrancophile
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