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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Very good because of - Good menu. Satisfactory wine list. Good service. Fair pricing. However, too noisy for anyone over 40 years old."
    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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Had never been here before but had a great first experience. Food was good wine was good. Patio was beautiful!! Would be back!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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."
    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"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the service outstanding and such a beautiful atmosphere!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "great place for a family celebratory dinner; staff was very accommodating with a last minute change in reso."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant for a special occasion birthday dinner and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The patio was classic comfy and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great food but will be reconsidering our monthly-or-so visits in the future. I understand the 'no reservations' for the patio. But not the part where we specified our preference for the patio (we were there for a 60th bday), putting our name on 'the list' then then seeing table after table being sat on the patio while inside the basically empty restaurant. Over 3.5 hours to dine, with a 7pm reservation, a (very well behaved) toddler and 4 week old infant, on a Wednesday, in a half-full restaurant is beyond ridiculous. Extra grating was the table for two that sat next to us while our appys were served, order the same dishes as a lot of our table did, and then get the check and leave before our entrees. Unbelievable."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Once again ... very good! Bonterra has one of the nicest patios in Calgary. It has been constructed organically, with thought and love."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The food was pretty good and the patio outside was absolutely gorgeous. The service was not what I would expect for the price though so this would probably prevent me from returning."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My wife and I chose Bonterra on a warm summer day to enjoy the outdoor patio and we weren't diappointed. We shared the Risotto and flat iron steak and they were both prepared perfectly. The patio really creates an authentic Italian atmosphere and is an absolutely perfect spot for a brief escape."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "One of the best patios in Calgary...you feel very removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. And the food and wine selection never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "For a last-minute decision we were able to book a table for lunch on a Friday with a half-hour notice. The food was five-star, the service professional and unobtrusive; we sat inside but have been just as delighted with the outdoor patio in the past."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Lunch at Bonterra was a wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived, when our server took pains to find exactly the right table on the patio, we enjoyed every moment of the experience. The restaurant takes great pains to accommodate any allergies or special requests. We savoured every morsel of food, and the whole experience was made more enjoyable by the beautiful surroundings on the patio."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "the place is excellent. I love the outdoor space. the food quality is great .. but this time my meal was a little too salty.. but normally everything is fresh and delicious !!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Beautiful patio in the City centre - service was good, food was good, restaurant is noisy but the patio is peaceful. Would go back just to sit on the patio with a glass of wine."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "One of the best patios in calgary. Barely hear all the outside noise - great wine list, opportunity to have smaller portions is very welcome"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "When the sun is shinning and we want to have a nice lunch and visit, Bonterra is my favourite. The food is great and never disappoints. Good wine list, service and offers a little escape from the city buzz. Delightful!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "we sent 1 meal back twice and finally ordered a small appetizer to replace it as the other diner had finished thier meal. The service was slow, the food was average to less than average. had to ask for wine vs being offered. no correct cutlery to eat the appetizers. The patio was lovely, the indoor decor was lovely. We will never go back. you shoudl have an option under (2) to not recommend"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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