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Bonterra Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bonterradining.com
  • Email: melanie@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 WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "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 was absolute first class. Everything was perfect!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We were given a gift certificate as a Christmas gift. Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Being new to the city of Charlotte, I must say I had my doubts when I found out that my dining experience was going to be at a church. To my surprise it's was more than I could have imagined. Very tasteful and romantic. That's exactly what I was looking for that evening. Thank you!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Food was OK, but not memorable. We made reservations way ahead of time, but were given even what the restauratant considered an inferior table, although we could have waited for something better. Mostly, were disappointed in the food."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Joel provided our table great service. Very professional and engaging. Meals were delivered with good presentation, warm and delicious."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Bonterra easily accommodated our large group of 12. They were very nice and everything was delicious!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "the food, while fine, was stingy!! Smallest Caesar salad ever and the two scallops served for the entree were more a mere appetizer. The dessert portions were equally miserly. Big mistake..all four diners vowed not to return due to the stingy portions."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This restaurant boasts great food in an atmosphere that caters to foodies and the normal person. Starting off with a great cocktail or glass of wine begins the evening on the right note. The service and the food continues the excellence. Bonterra is an exceptional place for dining."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Was a great restaurant for me and my girlfriend to go to for our anniversary. Portions were a little small, especially the "JUMBO" scallops, but everything was delicious! Definitely will go back!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "My daughter and I dined here for restaurant week. The service and food was excellent! I highly recommend Bonterra!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "A 4 diamond restaurant that was disappointing. Food was just ok. Service was very good and the ambience was nice. But overall not what we thought it would be. My husband had to send his steak back and not much flavor to it. We wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "We went to Bonterra on a Tues w/a reservation for 6. They had our table ready. The prices were on par with other eclectic/high-end restaurants in the area, and so was the food! I loved the wine selections and menu choices. The only thing that was not as representative of the price was the service. Please do not get me wrong; it was not at all bad. It just was not a "wow" experience. One person in the group did not receive their appetizer and it was several minutes before the server noticed. Food was delivered to the wrong person, so we had to switch around plates. We had wine bottles and waited a few times for pours. Still; great experience and ambiance!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "My husband and I tried a new restaurant for Queen's Feast, and were very impressed with Bonterra. Each of the food choices looked delicious and the meal we chose was excellent. The extensive wine by the glass menu was very nice and allowed us to choose new wines with dinner. We also were given a tour of the wine cellar and private collection of the owner and unexpectedly purchased a bottle for our wine cellar! We had a good time at the restaurant and look forward to going back."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Food and atmosphere were great. Service was fair, at best, even taking into account it was a busy Restaurant Week Friday night. Server was at our table three times before we even had time to look at the menu and wine list-- and we weren't dallying. Then we basically didn't see him again. 3/4 of the way through the meal, we flagged him down to ask if they were serving bread because it appeared every other table had a bread basket. Bread arrived as we were taking our last bites and stone cold. Didn't ask if we wanted a second glass of wine until we were finished dinner. Never asked if we wanted to order coffee with our dessert. I'd like to think this was an aberration. The restaurant was full, but...."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My boyfriend and i tried bonterra as part of restaurant week. Several friends recommended bonterra as nice place for romance and excellent food so we decided to give it a try. First bonterra used to be a church and atmosphere was lovely. The food was superb. I recommend the shrimp and grits and also the pork tenderloin medalions. My boy friend had the tomato and goat cheese souo which he said was sublime. A truly wonderful food experience."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "I visited for the first time with my husband during Restaurant Week. We had an 8.30pm table on a Saturday night, and the restaurant was buzzing with a mixture of couples, larger tables and parties. The food was excellent and the standard of service was very good despite how busy it was. The wine list is very extensive, especially for wines by the glass. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week and the menu and service was fantastic. Had been once before and was equally impressed. Amazing wine menu and one of the very best restaurants in Charlotte"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Server had too many table and was not able to spend the right amount of time serving our table. Waited 30 minutes beyone our reservation time to be seated."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner at Bonterra for Restaurant Week following an afternoon there for the kick-off party for Charlotte Food & Wine Festival. Lots of great wines by the glass. Bonterra offered a variety of options from the menu for Restaurant Week, including a vegetarian pasta option, and the pork tenderloin with greens and sweet potatos (a feature on their regular menu). Both were excellent. Our server, Jeff, provided top-notch service, and we enjoyed talking with him about the restaurant, wine options, and the wine cellar dining area. We always recommend Bonterra to visitors to Charlotte. One of our favorites."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times and each time it has been elegant, delicious and I've never been disappointed with service, food or ambience. Great place to go when you want to eat slowly and savor the moment."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This was the second time I have visited Bonterra wine room. The first time was for a special occasion. This time I took my fiancé during Charlotte restaurant week and was utterly disappointed with both the food and the service. when we arrived at the restaurant we were seated immediately, the problem was out waiter. He was very slow and tended to show favoritism to other tables. He never once offered to refill our water and we observed him filling other groups water glasses with the carafe sitting on the table. It often seemed like we were his last priority (I'm assuming because of our race). The food was terrible (over cooked salmon, cold couse couse and colder pork tenderloin). The best the about the experience was the appetizer."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "One two previous occasions I had been to Bonterra and was excited that they were participating in restaurant week. However, I think the entire staff (including the kitchen) was overwhelmed by the number of guests. Little things like having to wait for teaspoons when we ordered coffee (they were in the dishwasher) and the limited amount of mashed potatoes (which were very watery and tasteless) on the plate all said to me that the entire organization was overwhelmed. However, I hope my bad experience was a one time mishap. The restaurant is lovely and usually the food and service is wonderful. I was just disappointed Friday night because we had taken guests who were excited about experiencing this fine restaurant."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Bonterra is an excellent restaurant in a great old building (formerly a church). The food is creative and well prepared and the service was efficient and attentive."
    Dined on 1/17/2014