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Bonterra
Bonterra

Bonterra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bonterradining.com
  • Phone: (704) 333-9463
  • Hours of Operation: Open for Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Wine Bar open nightly @ 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
  • Executive Chef: Bill Schutz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Bonterra can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 225 guests. Please call for details.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rehersal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings for up to 225 Guest

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Light Rail at West Blvd. Station
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Bonterra
Bonterra is located in a renovated 100 year old church in the historic Southend District of Charlotte. Sommelier & Owner John Duncan has created a stunning array of 200 wines by-the-glass and an additional 300 selections from the cellar which comprises one of the largest wine lists in Charlotte. Featured in the November 15, 2000 issue of Wine Spectator Magazine as one of the New Wave Wine Bars in America. Winner of the prestigious AAA Four-Dimond Award and DiRoNA Award of
Excellence. Complimenting John's selection of wines are the menu offerings of Executive Chef Bill Schutz. Chef Schutz's elegant approach to cooking shows nightly in his diverse menu of fresh seafood, Midwestern lamb, oven roasted filet mignon and the signature fried lobster tail.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Amazing food, great atmosphere and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This is a place that came highly recommended by a friend. So I hoped on the Queen's Feast opportunity to try it. This person is no longer my friend. Out of the 3 courses we experienced, the mussels were probably the best. Not the best mussels I've ever had, just better than the other things we had that evening. the lamb was okey, but fatty. the fried lobster tail lacked flavor. And the desert was more of a pallet cleanser. $100+ later, I am simply annoyed. All items came from the regular menu, so I can honestly say, I will NOT be back. This is a great place to drink (the wine selection is great). Food---pass!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We went for Queen's Fest as it's a wonderful opportunity to test a restaurant for future visits. They were very busy and possibly understaffed. The food was very good but very small. Only two scallops for an entree which is small even for an appetizer. The ice cream dessert was the size of a mellon scoop. While the Queen's Fest is certainly a discounted meal, my advice is don't participate if you can't serve at least a meal that won't send you away hungry. Serve a meal that will entice the customer to come back. Too bad, lost opportunity."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We have eaten here numerous times, each surpass the previous."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Server was knowledgeable of wine list and pairings. Food was fabulous. Loved the ambiance of the restaraunt."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "One member in our party was gluten free & the waiter was very accomodating."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food, approach, service are all fresh! We like the menu for its diversity"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Bonterra is fine dining in Charlotte. The ambiance, service, and food are top shelf. It is always a memorable evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening at Bonterra. The food was excellent, the wine was devine and our waiter was very attentive. We will certainly return again sometime in the near future."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent fare, service and atmosphere always a superior experience."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We are planning a rehearsal dinner here soon and came for dinner recently! It was simply perfect! The Hanger Steak and scallops were perfection! BUt the flatbread was to die for! Cant wait till our special evening!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great place for a special occassion dinner. Intimate setting....looks like an old church that was converted. Elegant but not overly pretentious. Service was excellent and the food superb! The Ribeye was melt in your mouth tender and had an excellent smokey flavor. Can't wait to go return to try more dishes!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Been the Bonterra several times and liked the food options we had. Service was very good this time compared to most recent visit. Overall good experience and wil try again down the road"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Went for romantic date night. Perfect! Staff is very attentive."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Bonterra is overrated. My friends and I thought this place is just good. They must have cranked the air conditioner on over-high. We were all freezing and had to put our jackets back on. The food were salty, and the service was professional (but not friendly). Unfortunately, I don't have much incentives to come back to this place. There are plenty of competitors in Charlotte for fine dining that I will frequent more often."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had a good dinner at Bonterra but the water was unfiltered and had a very strong cholrine smell. When we spoke to the owner - after having finished our meal - he was very rude and said that bottled water was available for purchase if we did not like city water. It was not only the answer but even more the rudeness that really turned us off. By the way a brita filter is all he would need. All in all a pity because we had a good meal but will not be going back!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We've come to see Bonterra as a hit or miss dining spot. Wine list is ok and when you find something in the menu that appeals to you, it is usually super. Last time there, though, of 8 entrees, between us only saw 2 that'd even slightly appealed to us. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We were here for a special occasion and the restaurant treated it graciously. The menu, while not exotic, was limited but exquisite and the food was prepared perfectly. The service and detail could not be better."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I liked the location and the waiter was pretty attentive. Sometimes a little slow. The food was not bad but not worth the money either. Overpriced. My meat was not cooked the way I requested and my husband and I traded dishes. I wanted to like this place but for how much you pay the values not there."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Bonterra. My wife really likes it, because its a really unusual building (an old church) with very high ceilings, lots of thick trim around doors and windows, light gray painted walls - and white table clothes. I guess we don't go to many restaurants with white table clothes. We were not disappointed with the ambiance at Bonterra. The service was very nice- not rushing us, but making sure we didn't wait too long. The food, however, was a tad disappointing. Ordering the Yellowfin Shashumi starter and the Scallop entree, I was hoping to be impressed. NOT. But, in all fairness, we are not usually impressed with fancy restaurants. Maybe I'm not a foodie, but I feel we cook better tasting food at home. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Excellent food choices...was there with a vegetarian...though not a lot on the menu vegetarian they suggested something that was very good... I also liked that that are very wine friendly."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Service and food are always excellent... Love the wines... Artisan cheese board super!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "I'm not sure why my husband and I waited so long to return to Bonterra, but now that we have, we'll be back as often as possible. I love the look and feel of this church-turned-restaurant -- the decor is simple and airy, elegant but comfortable. The food has always been top-notch as well. I wanted the scallops (which I love but never cook at home) but also really wanted the sides that came with the chicken breast, and our server encouraged me to pick and choose from the menu and create exactly the meal I desired. He could not have been more helpful but was easy-going and not the least bit intrusive. My husband did the same mix-and-match for his meal and we both thought everything was delicious. Can't wait to go back to Bonterra!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Bonterra has always been one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte, but I'm afraid I see them slipping a little. For the first time my NY Strip was not a very good cut and although they had Alexander Valley wines listed on the menus they weren't carrying them anymore and the waiter hadn't been told. All little things but I expect more from Bonterra. Going back in two weeks hopefully it was a one time thing."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "It has been at least 5 years since I was at Bonterra. The ambiance is amazing and probably the best in the city. The old church feel with tall ceilings, overlook, and basement have a charm unsurpassed in Charlotte. The food was good. Unfortunately for them, Charlotte has really stepped up the food game in the past five years. They are still serving the same food (which is good), but lacks originality. No nightly specials, no tuna, salmon, grouper. The only fish was snapper. I ended up with steak. It is a phenomenal steak, but not unique in preparation or sauces. The service was impeccable. We were there on a Saturday night and it was relatively empty. I hope they are able to rejuvenate their menu and I would give it 5 stars."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The menu prices posted on Open Table site were considerably lower than than those printed on the restaurant menu. We alerted the waiter to this discrepancy and expressed our dismay. After consultation with his manager the waiter announced that they would charge the prices indicated on the web menu. Good and fair move. We had an enjoyable evening with good food. I picked an excellent Vouvray which mellowed me even further."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This is a very nice restaurant in an old church building. It was a nice find for a visitor from out of town looking for a unique restaurant with some local touches. Its away from the main convention area which increased its appeal. Food was very good."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had a group of six for a Friday night dinner and it could not have been a better experience! Accolades from everyone in the group for the food and the staff."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "What a gem! Made a last minute reservation and it was the best meal I've had in a very long time. Great place for a really nice date night."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Bonterra is one of my favorite spots in Charlotte and it's one of the few restaurants that has never disappointed me. The service is impeccable and the menu is always interesting -- this time out, I had a pork dish served over sweet potato and collards with a maple-balsamic glaze and my partner had a hand-cut farfalle pasta with peas and fried oysters. Everything was excellent."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Don't eat the calamari - greasy and soggy, and don't eat the Bew York Strip. The steak was so tough I could not eat it. They took it off the bill, but I went home hungry. Should not happen in a restaurant like this, with these prices. The lesson learnt is to eat the finer things only I guess... Fish is good, as is the Filet."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We had a great time at Bonterra, lovely dinner. My wife refers to her meal as the best steak in town!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great atmosphere! Wasn't pleased with the set menu options for valentines day. Would have preferred to order from reg menu. When booking the reservation, was not aware of set menu. Smaller, limited portions were served. Food was good, not great. I felt we overpaid for what we got."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our dinner here. We sat in the bar area though and the poor bar tender had to service tables also. She did an awesome job but lord get her some help!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Bonterra was absolute first class. Everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was pretty good with the pressure of Restaurant week always a challenge to keep up to their normal standard! If you want a really good dinner avoid Restaurant week!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Cold temp. Another table was moved upstairs. Parking was on the street . Let people park in your lot parking. Goog soup Beef was tastybut minute mashed potatos Yummy molten cake"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is located in an old church, and I love what they have done with the space. The portions were not huge, but for restaurant week, they seemed just right. Food was great, and the wine list was awesome!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We were disappointed that the service was very slow. The servers seemed to have too many tables and were always on the floor. They were busy and hustling. It took 45 minutes from the time our appetizer plates were cleared and our entrees were brought to the table. It took 30 minutes from the clearing of dinner plates for dessert to be brought. Maybe too few cooks in the kitchen. The food was fabulous."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Resturant week. Arrived 30 minutes early, went to bar for wine. Bartender very helpful, wine selection exceptional. Seated on small table by columns. The table was put there for restaruant week. The host asked to take my wife's mink jacket and fur hat becaause table so small that there was no room to put it on the table. We assumed wrongly that it was for a coat check room. No flowers on table. All others had them. No salt and pepper either. We had to request salt and pepper. Bread was forgotten, after three request it arrived without the oil. Scallops had only two. Lava cake was cold inside. Looked and tasted like store bought. Food overpriced . When collectiing coats, we discovered public coat rack and hat was on floor."
    Dined on 1/25/2014