Bonterra Trattoria
Bonterra Trattoria

Bonterra Trattoria

  • 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 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Bonterra Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
194 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (112)special occasion (103)fit for foodies (95)romantic (85)great for lunch (65)notable wine list (62)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (55)hot spot (27)late-night find (13)great for brunch (10)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • REALLY BAD
    Alice
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The waiter was great. The room is nice. The food was awful - one or 2 too many ingredients in everything. Salads were overwrought (and overdressed). The rabbit pasta didn't need cauliflower in it as well. The first latte tasted like dishwater, the second SO strong it needed more milk. I don't remember Bonterra ever being so off the mark. Will try again if the menu changes.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Only thing is $45.00 Parking ticket, we were not aware we had to give them our licence number when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with a friend
    ABAGUY
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Bonterra is my "go-to" restaurant for lunch with a friend. That is largely because it is located within walking distance of where I work. The last spectacular meal I had at this restaurant was served on the patio in the late fall. Since then, I have had two meals that have fallen well short of "spectacular". (This may have been because there has been no patio dining. It's winter, you know!). The calimari, on my last visit seems to have been thrown together with golden raisins at one end of the plate and almond crumbs spinkled haphazzardly over the remainder of the dish. There was a clump of half sawn cherry tomatoes off to one side. I could count the number of arugula leaves on two hands. (There were so little that I thought there might be an aruguila shortage!). The calimari is usually an excellent dish with warm (not cold) grilled calimari complimented by greens, dried grapes, tomatoes and slivered almonds. At the Friday lunch it was still edible but lacked the quality and care of preparation that I have come to expect. I had linguine alla carbonara for my main. It was also less warm than usual. The wild boar bacon was not cooked down enough for my liking. I had pieces of unrendered fat floating around in a near soupy mixture of egg and noodles. I think that the dish would have benefited from having the rendered fat mixed in to flavour the linguine. My waiter was delightful and asked for my feedback. He helpfuly told me that I could ask for the drier carbonara next time. I would like to have said that the food at Bonterra was prepared with care and love. Unfortunately, for whatever reason (perhaps busy Friday lunches) these elements were missing. The food is still edible and inoffensive, it is just not as "spectacular" as it could be.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pasta dish!
    greatview
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I had a pasta dish with huge shrimp in it that was incredibly good and must have been at least 8-10 of the shrimp. I ended up giving a couple to a colleague as his pasta dish (Carbonara) was not as full of good stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely brutal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Bad, rude, pompous server who brusquely answered a question about gluten and walked away, then had to be reminded for every following course. Food was overcooked. We were Sat directly beside another table even though restaurant was nearly empty. The silverware still had food on it and my water glass was sticky with something. Server didn't know how dessert was prepared or allergens in, and commented on how quickly I ate the affogato (the only thing that was truly good), which is completely inappropriate. Hated the experience. Will never ever return and will discourage friends from going.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bonterra great food!
    calgarycowgirl100
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dined at Bonterra Saturday evening, our first visit.Its a very nice restaurant,vibrant and noisy.The outdoor patio looks lovely. We had great service and very good food. Unfortunately, we had an extremely loud table beside us. The man was almost shouting.He and his wife were having a competition to see who could talk the most and the loudest. I realize that this can happen and it is not the fault of the restaurant.However, the whole restaurant was very loud and noisy so it was impossible to have an intimate dinner. Its pricey but the food is wonderful.Its a place we would visit for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every Bite Bursting with Flavour
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I (who dine out frequently) recently enjoyed the beet salad, veal meatballs, crumbled pork and grilled tuna - easily one of THE best meals we have ever had in a restaurant. Highly recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy food and wine :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ClosetlessFoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is not the place for a business lunch as it was extremely loud and we barely could hear each other. Our pasta was smothered in olive oil and the oil had pooled in the bottom of the bowl. The broccolini was overcooked to some pieces being crispy burned. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Birthday
    KKBook
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our server was great! She was knowledgable and funny. She provided a terrific dessert for one of us celebrating a birthday too. She wouldn't sing happy birthday because when she worked at Westjet she learned she could NOT sing. The entree's she suggested were spot on so we forgave her for the lack of song. We had a great time...and it was only lunch!
    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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impromptu great evening
    chickenman
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Everything at Bonterra went smoothly from the parking to being seated to the excellent service and of course the great Fall menu! The Duck and the Rabbit were great pared with a decent wine. Better have a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Value
    FryGuy
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Calamari was to die for. Excellent pasta specials and very good value for either a smaller or regular option. Reserve early for those weekend outings. Covered outdoor patio looks like the spot to be in the summer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighted!
    Bonappetit
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    First time on the terrace and it was perfect for our late evening intimate celebration. The food presentation fit the charm and character of this backyard gem nestled behind walls that provided a haven from the busy streets around .The seating by a fireplace provided added warmth to an already delightful setting and the service just made it an all around lovely evening. I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Last Days of Summer
    Barbie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The patio at Bonterra is amongst the best in the city and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit there and enjoy lunch outside in October. Service was great, friendly and just in time, and the salad was just right. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bonterra Trattoria
    T42and24T
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Really a delightful surprise - outstanding food, which was reasonably priced, and delivered by attentive, friendly staff. We had the house version of a Caesar Salad, referred to as a Cato Salad, and very much enjoyed the slivers of grape and orange (which worked beautifully). The Carbonara was perfectly done, loaded with nuggets of boar-belly pancetta, and blessedly not over-sauced. Lovely bread and grissini, too. I'd return in an instant, and doubtless will, the next time I'm in Calgary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildly overpriced
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I love the patio and ambiance of Bonterra. I likely won't be back, the prices are too high for the quality of the food. If I pay this much for a meal I want to be wowed and I was not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Atmosphere
    KittyandRooster
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Early October and their famous patio was still open. The food was fantastic and service was impeccable. Only downer I hadn't realized that the four parking spots behind the patio are not owned by Bonterra and I got ticketed :-(
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was better
    Zec48
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ambiance is becoming dated, light or color or something needs changing. Service for appetizer and dinner took two hours, we skipped the dessert. I used to love this place now it is just ok
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a memorable dining experience
    fansofBonterra
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful evening with our friends in your wine room. The service, wine and food were exceptional - all of which we will savour until our next visit - hopefully soon!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ++
    outonthetown
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    As a group of ladies out for a nice meal and visit, there is always a fine balance between service and let us be on our time. We experienced this with our server, who let us know it was OK to take our time, yet he was always present when we needed something. It was about us - not him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • diner1211
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Food was great, setting excellent, service though less than attentive, felt like we were chasing our waiter around the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our office celebrated an employee's 20th anniversary with the company. Lunch was very good and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RISSOTTO TO DIE FOR
    goose
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Loved all the dishes I ordered. STARTERS Bruschetta, Shrimp and Meatballs (YUM). Carbonara and Risotto was excellent. My favorite dessert was the cheesecake!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Patio
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. Nice place for summer outside dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I found the dish I had very much overly amvbitious. The truffle pesto would have been lovely but mixing bitter [kale] with atringent [truffle] overbearing and ultimately, sadly , too much for my pallet. Please keep it simple.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great food and service
    SandieVIP
    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.
  • WOW
    SheppieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    What can I say. This was an amazing night. The food, the atmosphere and the service was incredible. If you get the chance, the patio if so beautiful. From the time we arrived to minute we got in our car, we were treated like gold. Our servers mad this night, one to remember. I cant thank you enough. The people in our party are still raving over the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, 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.