Bonterra Trattoria
Bonterra Trattoria

Bonterra Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bonterra.ca/
  • Phone: 4032628480x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Glen Manzer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bonterra Trattoria would love to host your next corporate event or private party dining experience. Our wine room seats up to 40 people and can be divided to more intimate spaces to accommodate smaller groups, while our main floor seats up to 70 guests. As well, don't forget about our exceptional patio, open all summer long, which seats 60.
  • Private Party Contact: Steven Borthwick 4032628480x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10 Ave. S
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is on the East side of the restaurant and is accessible from 10th Ave S. There are also plenty of parking meters along 10th and 11th Avenues.
A word from Bonterra Trattoria
Italy is a country of breathtaking beauty - both the land and the people. It is this beauty that is the inspiration for Bonterra, a lively and spirited Italian Trattoria.

Chef Glen Manzer prepares contemporary Italian fare with the emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients with an exciting twist. Experience the passions of Italy in our casual dining room; on our stunning Tuscan terrace; or in the Wine Room for a more private event.

Our vibrant cuisine perfectly reflects the passions, style, and gusto that is the hallmark the Italian way of life.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Bonterra Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
231 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (165)special occasion (127)fit for foodies (117)romantic (116)great for lunch (88)notable wine list (78)neighborhood gem (73)good for groups (69)hot spot (35)late-night find (14)scenic view (13)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My favorite patio in the city. Great food and wine, and we were not rushed in anyway which made for a relaxing evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic lunch
    Qman
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Lunch for a group of 10. very well executed, no complaints. Calamari starter was to die for! Seafood pasta was excellent...did need just a sprinkling of salt...but otherwise very good. No complaints from others at table. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a variety of occasions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Service was excellent, food was amazing! I love the patio, great atmosphere overall. I would take anyone here and I know it would be an enjoyable experience. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad to have tried it
    Areallocal
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've wanted to try Bonterra for sometime, as I've heard nothing but great things. Maybe my expectations were too high, but my experience was only average. While the service was very good, everyone was attentive and kind, the food and ambiance left something to be desired. My meal was ok, but in my opinion not worth the price. It was also so horribly loud that I could not carry out a conversation. I'm glad to have tried Bonterra, but probably won't be back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great food and service
    Sandie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, awesome selection for every palette! Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic chefs and staff!
    Face
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Thank you all for yet another great meal at Bonterra! Never give up that calamari appetizer - I eat it for lunch EVERY time I come in! The wine was superb and the experience always impresses my family friends or guests! Don't change a thing...!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • REB2014
    REB2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Bonterra Patio has been a long time favourite of mine. Best ambiance for an outdoor patio. I wanted to try somewhere different for my son's 15th birthday. The menu seemed unusual for one of my two sons, so our waiter actually offered to get him a cheese pizza from the neighboring restaurant. I thought that was amazing service and not only that, the pizza was delicious! When the rest of our meals came, my pizza loving son soon realized there was incredible food here. I had the breaded pork chop which is a large enough portion to share - which I did with the kid who just finished his pizza.... it was so delicious - he wished he had ordered that. The other meals, steak special and seafood pasta were also excellent. Very enjoyable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our experience was enhanced by the outstanding service of Melanie. We planned to order Tagliatelli con Vongole which was listed in the online menu as well as the paper menu posted outside the restaurant but it was not available. Otherwise, we plan to be back there.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    lulu25
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and ambiance. A little bit on the expensive side but worth every penny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great, Service - not so great
    PJMfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I went to Bonterra for the first time. We had no issues with the food (stuffed chicken breast, mussels, salads, ...) as it was all delicious. The ambiance is great (it was late yet still busy and vibrant; their patio looks like a great spot which we'll try sometime later). But our waiter... Spoiled the meal. Arrogant, inattentive, almost condescending. Bonterra - don't allow this. Your restaurant is worthy of better staff. We saw the pleasant and attentive nature of other wait staff. Maybe our guy had an off night. No matter. Like your job or get out, eh? We'll be back and hopefully have a better service experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but delay was rediculous!
    Lucky40
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Seated next to bathrooms with reservation when restaurant was not busy? Flowers wilted on adjacent buffet. Appetizer mussels were great! Delay with food between appetizers and main course was rediculiously LONG! Company was great so made up for shortcomings!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Mouse
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a 3 course meal; appetizers, main, desert and a bottle of wine. Good food. Very rich and tasty. Price is very expensive though and for my budget, only suits special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Casey
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have eaten at Bonterra several times over many years. I have not had a bad meal yet. It's central location outside the downtown core makes it easy for people who live anywhere in Calgary to meet there for a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOOT
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great experience. Great, knowledgeable staff, friendly, attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our "go-to" favorite...
    Drew
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Calgary has developed into a vibrant town, with a very good food scene. We like to eat all over town, but keep coming back to Bonterra for special occasions due to its consistency, value, and experience. Arguable the best "fancy" patio in town, it never disappoints for mood and ambiance. The food is always great, and the value is second to none in my opinion. Rounded out by consistently good service, I find it hard to beat for a nice, quiet, intimate dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal at Bonterra
    SirEpiQure
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have never been disappointed by the meal or service at Bonterra. The management and staff always deliver. This occasion was no different and compliments to chefs and wait staff for a superb dinner. Bonterra makes the best Gazpacho in Alberta because the chefs use all the fresh vegetables that are available in their formidable recipe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    ChrisMatthew
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Good food and presentation for all appetizers, main pasta dishes and desserts to share. Service is ok, could be slow when the place gets busy. I think the floor is understaffed. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMYUM1
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Enjoyed having guests join us for lunch on your delightful Patio. Thought we were in a lovely restaurant in Europe. Loved the greenery, the lighted Fireplaces, the food was outstanding, our waiter was excellent! Have been there previously and cannot wait to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • live2dine
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Menu and food has dropped in quality, but the patio is still the best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful ambiance
    MaiMai
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I invited a friend who happens to be in mourning for lunch and made sure we were seated in the beautiful patio. The yummy food, some wine, the delightful ambiance of the beautiful day, the outdoor setting (birds, flowers, plants, water) and good conversation allowed me to give my friend a gift of joy to help lift his spirits.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not great
    jMo1973VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It's been a while since I've been to this restaurant...and we won't be going back any time soon. The food was ok, but they had a limited selection of traditional Italian food and the service was not great either. We were expecting more....and got way less...
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diningdiva
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We have dined at your restaurant many times , we were disappointed with the last experience there. It was not the fabulous service we have had in the past and lacked enthusiasm on the part of your staff. You have a beautiful setting and the service should equal the gourmet presentation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    Planner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food and Ambience were great but the service was very slow! We had to call the waiter over several times to get drinks and had to express our urgency for quick service before they even put in the dinner order. It took forever to get our bills and make payment. We were a group of 11 girls for a bachelorette and had a night out planned with the limo waiting for us and we ended up being there for 3 HOURS! Don't go here unless all you have planned is a long dinner night out! We booked this a month in advance and we also had a set-menu so the food was planned and not complicated. They should have been more prepared for this.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay dining experience
    feedme
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had made a reservation for a family dinner (6 people). Got in right away. Server came by to take our drink order then food, but did not check on us once after until our food was served ( 50 mins after we ordered). I had to ask how much longer. As a server myself, i found it unacceptable for a server to not check in once to update us on our food. When the food FINLLY came, mine which was made with GF pasta- the pasta was still raw. I did not want to send it back as i did not want to wait another 50 mins for new dish to be made. Overall- it was a mediocer experience for a $200 bill.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stuffed!!
    LuvGreatFood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great ambience; perfect for our romantic dinner for two. Server recommended great wine that paired nicely with our food. The food was beyond delicious! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    happyfoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Three for lunch, early enough for patio. Outstanding food. We all had an appetizer, two pastas and a main for lunch. Pricy, but worth it. Excellent, friendly service. Loved every bite. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonterra Trattoria
    YYCAugust
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very good because of - Good menu. Satisfactory wine list. Good service. Fair pricing. However, too noisy for anyone over 40 years old.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprised
    Surprised
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I have never written a review and usually find people usually complain than compliment, but I was surprised and disappointed with this restaurant. It was one of those places we were told we had to go to, but would not go back. Wrote down it was our anniversary and wanting a nice table. None was given and no mention of our special occasion. Food was certainly good, but I was not wowed by any means. Escoba was a wow for us in a positive way. Not sure what all the hype was for this place?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A worthy favourite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Four of us enjoyed a lovely soiree. The menu is focussed and unfussy - menus with fewer choices generally mean the chefs cook everything well. And they do. The calamari was fantastic - no yucky breaded garbage here. We tried the bison and the chicken - both perfectly cooked and very tasty. The Tiramisu and the Pannacotta were also to die for. Ryan looked after us - he knows his stuff especially re the wine, without being patronizing. One of our entrees was wrong and he whisked it away, organized a replacement pretty quickly and there was no charge on the bill - that's GREAT service. We stayed nearly three hours, never felt rushed, never felt ignored. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had never been here before but had a great first experience. Food was good wine was good. Patio was beautiful!! Would be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    LisaLouVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had an excellent lunch of a Tuna Nicoise Salad but the service wasn't that great. I had to direct the waitress on taking drinks, appy and dinner orders.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening!
    Carrera
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We were a party of three, and really enjoyed the evening. Food was very good and service was attentive, but not intrusive. This place is one of our favourites. Have come here many times over the years. Will return, as it's pretty consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food lacking great atmosphere
    Foodygal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Recently engaged we are looking for a venue for our wedding next summer. I love the patio! We were extremly disappointed, to be fair the melon prosciutto appetizer was nice and the bread was very tasty. I also liked the tiramisu. Servers are happy. However my risotto was absolutely terrible, undercooked, watery, raw rice and corn with burnt scallops on top. I was surprised they would serve this to me. I had a couple bites and that's it. I decided to keep our experience for the evening a nice one so I didn't conplain. I left feeling disappointed that I did not find my wedding venue. I called the next day and left a message for the manager to call me, but he never did. They need more quality control. We dined The evening of Aug12/14
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food service and atmosphere
    LuvItalian
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is amazing, the service outstanding and such a beautiful atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Celebration
    Celebration
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Not many families get to celebrate a year in the life of a transplant recipient, but we did! I had a "lung" cake made at Glenmorgan Bakery and brought it to the restaurant to be presented to our table for dessert. Dinner was wonderful, tasteful, excellent! The service was exceptional and the presentation of the cake was extremely well timed. They made everything perfect, including reserving our favorite table. Thank you for helping to create a magical Lungiversary! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    diner23
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This is the second time in as many visits that I have had shoddy service here. It took our waiter forever to get to us, he stumbled over our orders, we needed to repeat later what we asked for, he was extremely slow and inattentive (it was a Sunday night and he didn't even seem to have a full section). When he brought me a cold, stale cup of decaf I had to get up to find him to ask if he could brew another pot. He was annoyed and I joked to my friend that he'll probably bring me a caffeinated cup and I'll be up all night. Which, as it turns out, was exactly what happened. There are lots of good restaurants in Calgary...I won't be going back to this one anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely patio, great pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Bonterra definitely has one of the nicest patios I've dined on in Calgary. It's a garden oasis that makes me feel more like I'm dining in the European countryside than in the middle of the city. I also love that Bonterra changes its menu to stay fresh with the seasons. My friend and I both tried new items they were debuting on the menu. My friend had the basil pesto pasta with ricotta. I had pasta with house made sausage, broccolini and gran pandano. My dish was very flavorful and hit the spot (especially after cycling almost 230 km for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer!). For dessert, we both selected the sorbetto with my friend getting the passion fruit and I the grilled grapefruit. Both sorbettos were tasty and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Klove
    Klove
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We came to celebrate 2 birthdays and an anniversary and we were very pleased! From the minute we walked in we were treated very well, our server was excellent and the food delicious, presented beautifully. It was a lovely summer evening and we had hoped to sit on the patio but it was full. We were seated inside, first on the list to go out but opted to stay in as the dining room had a very vibrant atmosphere and we would have had to leave our server! What a great smile! I guess we will just have to try the patio another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • momhubbard5
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved the beautiful garden atmosphere! The food was delicious. I really appreciated the lovely girl who constantly refilled our water glasses.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waynesworld
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    great place for a family celebratory dinner; staff was very accommodating with a last minute change in reso.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.