Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar
Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilboscoristorante.com/
  • Phone: (704) 987-1388
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm,

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm,

    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,

    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Intimate 50 seat restaurant available for reasonable "Buyout" Call for rates.
  • Private Party Contact: Jim 7049871388

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free public parking in rear of restaurant and street parking in front.
A word from Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar
Intimate Italian Restaurant, located in Historic Downtown Davidson. Classic Italian cuisine. Featuring homemade pasta & desserts.
We also offer steaks & chops and daily seafood specials.

Attire: Business casual

Reservations are suggested.
Large parties & prime time seatings: Please make reservations by phone.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (37)romantic (36)fit for foodies (25)great for outdoor dining (23)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    Merlo
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Great food, wonderful service. One of the best restaurants in Charlotte. The Corvina special was absolutely delicious, as was my wife's chicken entree. Salads, pastas are always excellent. Il Bosco is a warm, friendly Italian restaurant with a wonderful wine list and exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great consistent food
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Have visited at least 10 times Consistently great food friendly service and overall great night. Menu tweaks to reflect season of year. Appetizer salads always superb. Main dish sauces always a highlight
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not So Hidden Gem!
    AgoodtimesVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Since moving here recently, we have tried every restaurant in Davidson, and Il Bosco is the best hands down! Il Bosco is tucked down a side street in Davidson, just off Main, but should not be overlooked! Deconstructed Caesar salad with HOT polenta croutons? Delightful! Gnocchi with fresh Italian sausage and a side of shredded honey-brussel sprouts? I wish I had leftovers right now! Beautiful& interesting food presentation, excellent service, romantic atmosphere, and, of course, delicious food. The best fine dining the town has to offer! We already can't wait for our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Experience
    Disappointing
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Il Bosco is a regular spot for us. The setting is very serene, pleasant and accommodating. We've been there for dinner ourselves, brought business clients and had a group of 20. Always attentive service, excellent food, always served nicely and attractive presentation. Il Bosco has received many praises by area media, it is located on a quiet street, next to an Inn in the college town of Davidson, NC. It is an owner operated restaurant and the others in the family respect the integrity of the goal to be a fine establishment. In the warmer months, the outdoor dining is as close as you could get to an authentic restaurant in Italy. Nothing but great feelings for Il Bosco.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Salad Ever!
    LAJOHAVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Il Bosco was great, all the way around! They had a flavorful marinara, perfectly al dente pasta, and offered "real" Italian food! Not just soggy pasta with red sauce and cheese covering everything, like most Italian restaurants. The server was professional, the drinks, with hand squeezed juices, were delicious, but, best of all was the...SALAD? Yes, as great as everything else was, their Caesar Salad was the best salad I have ever eaten! It is chopped, with warm little polenta croutons and cheese shaved on top. Not only was it delicious, but a piece of art. It was a truly memorable meal (and that says a lot coming from someone who normally hates restaurant Italian!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    Frmjr
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Birthday celebration meal. Dining room is well laid out with plenty of space between tables. Our server was great, attentive without being in the way. Food was excellent, well presented, and servings were large. Try the Caesar salad, it an interesting take on the classic. The owner visited our table, seems like a great guy. I've heard good things about the lunch menu. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was so hopefull!
    MMC001VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    After reading so many good reviews, I booked us a table here. The food was mediocre, and nothing like the rave reviews I've been reading. The service was ok. I don't think we'll go back.
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  • Great Italian Spot
    JimHVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We discovered this place about a year ago and have eaten here at least 5 times and the food is always very good. Pastas are excellent and fish dishes are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High quality
    chasing2daughters
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Quality ingredients very well prepared. Don't go looking for creativity but after 4 visits you can be assured that you will be very satisfied when you leave.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rick from NY
    RelaxRPVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you are looking for delicious and authentic Italian with unusually sourced ingredients, all the while being served by warm and gracious owners and their friendly and extremely competent staff. A must for me every time I'm in the Davidson area.
    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.
  • GREAT!!!!
    moemoemoeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great all around! Food, Service, Price and Ambiance - GREAT-GREAT-GREAT! Had a perfect dining experience. We had a (recommended) reservation and received a nice warm welcome and then immediately seated. Staff did a fantastic job answering questions and making recommendations for food and wine perfectly. We had a great time, perfect service, and great food. Will absolutely be going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love the ambiance.
    Nana
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service was wonderful. The food excellent. Always greeted with friendly greeting. Owners always wonderful. Favorite place to dine. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, 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.
  • Never disappointed
    Monica
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Pear, walnut & Gorgonzola cheese salads are on many menus so what makes Il Bosco different? Real dolce Gorgonzola just like Italy as is the atmosphere, service & menu. The owners are there overseeing all aspects of your dining. The wine list is excellent & advice is always available if you ask. We have always had wonderful food & service. Il Bosco is just the right size not too big and NOT noisy as are so many restaurants today. If u have never been. Make a reservation today
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steve
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wonderful food and service! We are excited about going back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saucy!
    RGinTallyVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good ambiance and service. My veal piccata had way too much sauce. My wife had the gnocchi (small dish) which still was too much to eat and also had too much sauce. Inside room temperature was cold. There is an attractive outside dining area under cover. The wine list is almost entirely Italian. White linen table cloths changed for each diner. Good place for a hot date.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing as Always
    PcityVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always hear and order the fish specuals, they are really quite special
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italian Cuisine??
    redD2eat
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Il Bosco, once the clear top purveyor of Northern Italian cuisine has fallen into the the garlic trap, certainly not northern Italian. The restaurant smells like and food tastes like garlic everywhere. Very disappointing unless you are a garlic lover, and clearly many are. But it is as clearly not northern Italian cuisine any longer which rarely uses much garlic. All of the service staff and owner are totally pleasant, attentive and wonderful, and the ambiance is the best north of Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wineandfoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My most favorite place to eat! I have never ordering anything I absolutely didn't love. For appetizer the mussels a must, to go with the homemade bread for dipping and when the season permits the octopus! You can't go wrong with any of the homemade pasta dishes as well as the rest of the entrees all with fresh seasonal ingredients! Everything is well planned out by the Chef. The wine selection is also very nice with a nice recommendation available if needed. The family and staff all round out the entire dining pleasure to an absolute must! Reservations are highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite restaurant
    lakelady3922
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    In addition to having outstanding food this restaurant has made a point to have some distance between tables. The décor also absorbs noise rather than amplifying it as most restaurants seem to do these days. It is so nice to be able to have a conversation with your tablemates while enjoying a great meal with great service.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Has Potential
    Scotty
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here on Friday night - we'd been looking forward to trying for some time. Having moved recently from Boston, we are anxious to find good Italian food in the area. Cozy atmosphere, service and food were ok, not great. We ordered a caprese salad at the recommendation of the waitress, the chef forgot the basal and they didn't bring any even after we mentioned it. I had a veal dish which was good, my wife had a chicken dish which was also good - the food took over 40 minutes to arrive after ordering. The menu is ala carte and a side of potatoes were $6 - they were mixed with cheese and leeks and very good. 2 dinners, 1 salad, 1 glass of wine and $85 - it costs more than I thought it worth. I will try again though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    TheThreeMusketeers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First time here. Started with the cheese plate. Really nice, 4 cheeses, sauces, etc. They also start you with this delicious bread and bean combination. Beans in olive oil to spread on the bread, fabulous. For entrees, my daughter and myself got the fettuccine with mushrooms in a creamy tomato sauce. It was great and came out piping hot. My wife ordered the chicken which she liked a lot. They also give you a few cookies to end the meal. We also ordered kale, which was sauteed and drizzled with olive oil, and the mashed potatoes. All the food was excellent, tasty and the service here is second to none.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was great and so was the service. I will be back to try pasta dishes. Making reservations was simple. I also appreciate the special request that I put in for dessert and candle for my girlfriends birthday. I didn't have to remind anyone. Thank you so much for great service and food. My girlfriend really enjoyed her birthday dinner. -Paul-
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and service, seasonal menu is great, definitely will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian dining
    cycledaddy15
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went here for an anniversary dinner and were very pleased. The food was very authentic and carefully handmade. The staff was polite, knowledgeable, and prompt at all times. Highly recommend for a great Italian dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delighted
    PNWesterner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Disappointed that the menu had just changed and we couldn't get the grilled octopus app we were looking forward to, but were quite pleased with the duck comfit app instead. Very nice salad selection. I would recommend splitting a salad for two people having apps and mains as they are generous portions. The wine list was wholly Italian, but a nice selection with knowledgeable staff. The staff was friendly with just the right level of attentiveness. Both veal dishes were quite good. We noted on our Saturday visit that many tables were repeat customers that the staff knew quite well. We too would recommend this restaurant and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wish we had found them sooner!
    SicilianInCornelius
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We had no idea Il Bosco had been open for 3 years! Boy have we been missing out. The hardest part of dinner was deciding what to have as there were so many great choices. They have just switched over to their early fall menu. We opted for the Italian sausage with creamy polenta appetizer -- wonderful. My husband had the duck with a side of carmelized leek mashed potatoes and I had the Gnocchi Butterra. Both were excellent. I ate the leftovers for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day! We'll be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food/service but bit loud
    PJoseph
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Very good food and service. On the downside, the place is small and the tables a little too close together and we could hear the conversation at the table next to us a bit too clearly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the homemade pasta
    JK01
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It's gotten to the point where I beg my husband to take me here for dinner b/c I'm craving the homemade pasta. The figs fresh from the garden were a nice touch this time too. Another delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    hawkfeather
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We have dined in this restaurant at least five times in the past six months. WE have brought four different couples to dine with us and each time the service has been progressively worse. Extremely slow, despite the fact that they were not crowded. It is such a shame, especially since the slow service detracts from the quality food, and makes everything appear substandard. All of our guests, subsequently have complained to a point where it would be difficult to recommend, or bring visiting guests there again. The people are friendly, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, they either do not care, or do not realize how poor the service has become.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BobC
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Excellent. While we had a rather a staple for Italian restaurants, clams with linguini, the clams were very fresh and the broth complementary, not overpowering nor weak. Our wine choice came with a personal story from the owner about the winemaker . We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Celebrating our anniversary, my husband and I enjoyed gnocchi with tomato cream sauce, mussels, and the MOST AMAZING pork chop we've ever had. Having just returned from Tuscany, we are so happy to have this restaurant in our back yard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food, great service. Great experience for my wife and I while celebrating our 15 year anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Italian
    LivesToEatVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    What a tremendous find. Well worth the drive (under normal conditions but even during rush hour fiascos as we recently experienced). The very best Italian food to be found in the Charlotte area. Truly impressive. Very welcoming staff. Definitely will visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    DavidsonDiner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My husband and I like to dine here on those rare nights that our son is with his grandparents. Food is consistently great...esp love the gnocchi. Service is top notch. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saturday night dinner
    Patrick
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had a truly enjoyable experience. The restaurant was very busy but quiet and romantic. The owner Jimmy picked a bottle of wine for us – Tignanello 2011. It was spectacular. The king prawn and arugula appetizer was amazing and my rib-eye cooked perfectly the way I like it – medium rare. My wife had a great salad to start and the roasted salmon with capers, baby tomatoes and whole olives for dinner. We finished with a few home made pignoli cookies. Can’t wait to go back….
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quaint and enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Neighborhood feel and definitely a nice option relative to large and impersonal. Food was very good, veal saltimbocca excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience
    flywalt
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our party of 4 was promptly seated and asked for our beverage choice. The wine list is adequate with Italian wine prominent. The food service was timely with nice presentations. My only gripe was the warm bread with a bean and olive oil garish was a little late arriving at the table. Also, I would appreciate the management allowing guest's to provide their own wines with a corkage fee.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Intimate, yummy, and local.
    NakiskaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Intimate, yummy, and local are three things I look for in a restaurant and Il Bosco has them all. A great neighborhood place with good food and great service. Pearls not required, but the crowd looks and acts respectful to the fact that they are in a restaurant. Seems obvious, eh? But so many places don't have that vibe. Italian menu, and always some wonderful specials. Good wine list and a full bar. Davidson is a college town so the crowd can dwindle in the summer at most restaurants. On our recent visit, Il Bosco was almost full on a summer Friday night which speaks to its popularity. If you haven't visited yet, please do so! You'll enjoy a great meal and will be supporting a local business.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd Time There
    Mike
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was great .This place will not let you down.I travel over an hour to get there.When my wife says LETS GET ITALIAN we head for IlBosco
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 218 reviews are from the Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent as always. My favorite Italian restaurant in the Charlotte area. Baked goods, desserts and pasta made on premises are especially good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.