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Bonterra Trattoria
Bonterra Trattoria

Bonterra Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bonterra.ca
  • Phone: (403) 262-8480
  • 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 (403) 262-8480

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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The first time I have ever been disappointed with the food. The carpaccio was chewy. The pasta tasted boxed. I've loved it every other time I've been, so I won't give up yet."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Simply put - the food is delicious and well made, the staff were attentive but not over bearing, the ambiance is intimate and welcoming, and there's a good variety for all to eat (we are vegetarians but the rest of my family eat meat). When the patio is open it's a must to sit outside. Beautiful."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It was our first time on the patio, and we loved it. While we have come here before (and will certainly continue to do so in the future) we had never been on the patio until now. The atmosphere out there was great. From the planters streaming with herbs to the geranium-laden flower pots, it was like a setting taken out of a rural Italian village. The carpaccio and bruschetta starters were amazing (as we've come to expect from Bonterra) and so were the salmon and tuna we had. Service was great as well, with our waitress returning frequently to top up glasses or ask if there was anything else we required. Like a good Italian restaurant, focaccia bread was also brought around frequently. We can't say enough good things about this place. 5/5"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "The ambiance at Bonterra is lively and would be good for a group of people. We had booked a small table for a birthday dinner so it was hard having a conversation because of the large table beside us. Although the food was great, our service was very slow. Our server was at another table for most of the night telling jokes and drinking with the customers. Although we weren't in a rush, we often didn't have drinks and had to wait a long time for service, while we could see our server socialising and drinking. Overall I would recommend Bonterra for a livelier meal, but on this occassion the service was very disappointing."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "When you walk into a restaurant and four staff actively avoid making eye contact to welcome you, it's not a good sign. It was all downhill from there. I asked for a carafe of wine and only got a glass. I ordered the prosciutto appetizer and got the tomato soup. I thought I'd try it. My mistake - watery with zero seasoning. Likewise a tiny main course pasta with, perhaps, a scant teaspoon of cheese on top. Absolutely bland and flavourless. Chef, it is your job to taste everything!!! But I guess you were too busy visiting with your friends on a large, centre table. A little bit of food for three (we left hungry), a few glasses of wine (literally), and $175 later, and I have seen the last of Bonterra. You obviously don't want us there anyway."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Cold food. Seated next to 6 women who clearly had never eaten in a good restaurant due to the noise and poor manners. Won't go back. Had reservation, seated next to restrooms. I have eaten there previously and felt it to be the "best food in Calgary"....New owners??"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "loud, average food and high prices doesnt add up to a return anytime soon"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service is always great here, and so is the food. Portions not too large (and you can order half portions of the pasta). The patio always fills up quickly over lunch hour, because in spite of how many tables they cram in to their outdoor space, there is no traffic noise, and they've done a lovely job with all the flowers and hanging baskets."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Bonterra has one of the best patios in Calgary. It has developed organically over the years. Tasteful vegetation under a large pergola grace the eating area. Further protection from sun and the elements comes from retractable awnings (and a large umbrella). It is sheltered, intimate and inviting. By the way, the meals that we enjoyed were flawlessly prepared and served by someone who obviously enjoys the service industry. What more could you ask for?"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We dine here often. Unfortunately the food quality was not a good as usual and the service was good but not great. Patio is one of the best. Maybe just an off day."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Delicious as always! The patio is lovely on a warm day."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Bonterra is one of my two favourite restaurants in Calgary. It has consistently offered great food and service and has the best outdoor patio in the city by far. Make reservations a good 45 minutes before the normal busy hours if you want to eat on the patio and have parking in the lot behind the restaurant. We had reservations for 11 for lunch. 11:15 would work too."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our absolute favorite patio restaurant. Excellent every time!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A perfect summer lunch – and the watermelon/mint sorbetto was to die for!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The service was not very good. The food was sub par to say the least for the amount we were paying. Took about 20 minutes to get our drinks. Over all not impressive at all. However the patio is nice to sit on but does not make up for everything else."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Heard rave reviews about this restaurant and wanted to bring my better half here. Lot's of variety on the menu. Everything was delicious. Only issue was that they didn't receive my open table reservation, but they didn't care and gave us one of the best seats in the house next to the fireplace."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It's the Monday after Stampede. Half of the menu is not available."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It was a lovely day and the patio was awesome. Open air without having to to deal with wind or sun to bother us during lunch. Food was great, and even though bread is high in the Weight Watchers points plus system, I had two pieces of their lovely fresh baked offering! Worth the points! We were both happy with our menu choices: salmon salad and carbonara."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We continue to come back because of the great food, good service and ambience. We always order the veal meatballs, and shared the risotto (w truffle oil) and the grilled ahi tuna. Amazing."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Great food, Service, Ambience and the patio is amazing."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Waiter was friendly to begin with, then turned indifferent. Not attentive at all in the latter half of the evening. Helper says to us "I only have so many hands"!!!!!!! One time the waiter says he is too busy!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The patio was great . The food and wine were also very good !"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Beautiful environment, delicious food & great service!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Gorgeous outdoor patio. Unlike any other I have seen in this city! Made it feel like you were sitting in a bistro in Italy! Gorgeous plants and flowers all around. Decor beautiful. good food, great wine and great service! Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had to get on the patio before the end of summer so we got a reservation at 5:30 p.m. Server was attentive and funny, however, we got a table near the basement kitchen door and all night all we could smell was fish. Incidentally, I had the arctic char, which was fabulous but could have done without the odor the entire time. Will remember for next time. Food was great - only complaint was a goat cheese cheesecake that was just so-so. Always a treat to visit this venue."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
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    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had a beautiful lunch on the patio. The food was wonderful and the service was great!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "On a sunny, holiday Monday we headed to the beautiful patio at Bonterra for a late lunch date and a great pizza was on our minds. Unfortunately, the chefs did not agree to our vision and would not manage to get a pizza from the sister restaurant, Posto (same building), to meet our request. We had to order from the main menu; no big deal but rather disappointing as it is limited in choice and quite odd in ingredients. The pasta was absolutely disgusting! First, the $16 half dish of linguini was exactly 2 bites (pasta is the cheapest form of food available to restaurants!); secondly, the Butternut Squash ravioli was previously frozen, recooked, too sweet, w sour sauce and seriously inedible. We paid the bill and left. Arrivederci, Bonterra!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our food was delicious, we sat upstairs, which I recommend, it's a little more cozy. Our waiter was attentive and courteous. Everyone at the table loved the dish."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We made our reservation hoping that the patio would be open. Bonterra has a lovely patio and we always try to make it at least once a year. Weather didn't cooperate but we still have a very nice meal. We did the family thing, ordering many smaller dishes and sharing with 4. Worked out well and price was a very reasonable 40+/person including a glass of wine for all. Loved the calamari, very different but very good"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and service was excellent, we really enjoyed ourselves. The service from the staff was very good, the only bad part about it was we came in at the street entrance and there seems to be a back entrance that seems to be where the host actually is and it took a long time to seat us from there.. The waiter we had was great and the food even better."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Superb, one of my favourites. Great wine list & specials."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took my sister here for her 21st Birthday. We both enjoy good food, especially Italian food done right. The menu looked fabulous as well as the desserts. Everything we ordered was very tasty and took our taste buds to Italy! The setting in the restaurant is very romantic and is well suited for special events."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Ate here on Sunday. The service was horrible. Stood by hosting station for 10 mins before anyone acknowledge us and there were no other patrons in the entire place. When a host finally asked if we had been helped, I told him we were here for our 5 pm reservation. He snapped back "I asked if you'd been helped." Communicating with waitress was just as allusive. She seemed bored, bothered, and disinterested. Patio looked lovely and food was good but there are so many other fantastic places to eat in this city that actually care about their guests."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is our second time at Bonterrra and it was as good as the first. We would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good Italian cuisine"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Have problems with my mobility, staff very kind and helpful. The appetizers were delicious, main course could have been better."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "great food, great service. One of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Wonderful! The staff are excellent & fun, food fantastic, best homemade pasta in Calgary - will be back for certain. Much Appreciated"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had great expectations after hearing an outstanding review, but were disappointed. Despite having made reservations the hostess attempted to seat us at a table that is awkwardly placed just outside the washrooms. When we refused that table she disappeared back to her station for several minutes to figure out where else to put us - even though there were many other available tables. The over-priced menu selection is very limited, and both of us were disappointed with the quality of the food. My chicken was overcooked and the risotto was tasteless, while my friend's pasta was definitely not to his liking. I'm not likely to return."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "It was a wonderful evening with great food. The 4 hrs free parking in the back was a bonus!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014