Convivio

Price guide: Mid-range

29 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD

Price guide: Mid-range

Convivio
#14 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Chester
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Convivio

A delicious-looking Mediterranean restaurant with modern cuisine.

In one sense Convivio is bucking the trend of a beautiful restaurant – with its large sparkly wine glasses, ornate mirrors that take over the walls, immaculately-presented staff and crisp white linen tablecloths - because the food is plentiful, there are no miniscule portions here. The white paper tablecloths that sit on top of the white linen are a bit of a let-down though.

I’ve given Convivio a boost up the Chester restaurant rankings following a competent lunch visit in late September 2010 with 17 fellow diners. While “service with a smile” isn’t a cliché I’d happily use here, it was at least speedy and efficient – we were in, fed, paid up and leaving within an hour.

Food and drink: 

Italian, Greek, Spanish...all sorts of Med flavours are present on the massive menu. My saffron cream ravioli with asparagus could have done with more seasoning and less saffron but was otherwise perfect. And while seafood on a pizza doesn’t do it for me, my dining partner was thrilled with the combination. The house rosé is creamy and delicious.

Recommended dishes: 

The huge calzone for a fiver at lunchtime is a steal. 

Ambience: 

The historic building is fantastic and adds to the refined air. Clientele is smartly-dressed locals, and it’s a great special occasion place.

Service: 

Immaculate, crisp uniforms adorn knowledgeable waiting staff.

Location: 

On a junction of a big traffic island on Chester’s Ring Road; it’s the edge of the city centre.

Price advice: 

The express lunch is a steal with many dishes for £5 (noon until 4pm). On the main menu, pizza and pasta dishes average around £11, food off the grill about £18.

More information on Convivio:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
29 Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD
Telephone:
01244 400029
Website:
http://www.conviviochester.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 11am-midnight
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Convivio? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (2)

I have to disagree with your review of Convivio's service. It was, on my one and only visit, very poor. The waiter took an age to ask us what drinks we wanted and then even longer to actually get them, preferring instead to serve other tables whilst we waited. And all done with a superior sneer.

The price at lunchtime was good for food which was okay but not great. Don't think I'll be eating there again.

Their meals for a fiver menu is a great lunch time choice!