Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar
Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilboscoristorante.com/
  • Phone: 7049871388
  • 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 Service
Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)romantic (32)special occasion (26)great for outdoor dining (20)fit for foodies (20)notable wine list (17)good for groups (5)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • 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
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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
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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
  • 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.
  • Food and Ambiance -- A++
    delited2dine
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Elegant dining in a very cordial and comfortable atmosphere. Food was classic Italian--pastas, veal, chicken, duck, steak, fish--and the freshness of all ingredients was the crown on the delicious entrées. Creative and delicious appetizers as well as a dessert like no other I have ever tasted, really. The owner has been present and interacting with customers each time we have been there -- it's like dining in his personal dining room. It is evident that many customers were regulars. The wait staff is customer attentive without being intrusive. The wine list included California as well as Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic dinner
    RuthN
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal on the patio. The service was attentive but not intrusive. Each course was a creative delight. We will be going again and bringing friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic atmosphere and food!
    tibasista
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    From the get-go, the waiters were engaging and very polite -- all around great service. The food, of course, was absolutely marvelous and prepared with the amount of care and precision expected of a real Italian restaurant. My only thought -- why not go more often?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good!
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have been here many times and have yet to have anything less than a wonderful meal. Salads are constantly changing but always fresh and tasty. Have had red meat, pork, veal, fish main dishes and all good with local products whenever possible. Menu changes seasonally and always presents enticing choices. Always friendly and attentive service. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice Italian
    Mike
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Veal dish and appetizers were great. Friendly , prompt service. Great Davidson locatio.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable evening
    JK01
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great service and food! The homemade pastas are delicious and the wine list is extensive. Thanks again for a lovely meal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enhances Davidson & Italy
    LKN0608
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We are frequent patrons of Il Bosco. A true TRATTORIA with fine food, fresh, nicely served, professional service and management staff, extremely accommodating of requests, great bread, tempting desserts too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A touch of Italy in Davidson, NC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food was so delicious. The service was great. Very attentive and new the menu. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italian restaurant
    fdrl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This restaurant was outstanding...friendly, excellent food with homemade pastas and desserts, nice selection of wines and liquors...not one thing wrong! Will go again on our next visit....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great authentic food with wonderful wine list and great staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Food, Intimate Setting
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    This is a good restaurant for a date or special occasion. It was quiet and very nice with fresh, high-quality dishes. The dining room was small but there was outdoor dining on a charming patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was delicious,The service very good,and patio dining was lovely. The owner and waiter were very welcoming,helpful and friendly.Bob and Jo from Buffalo
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    JK01
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We often visit Il Bosco and it never disappoints. Good food and service. Great wine list. Thanks for another lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 204 reviews are from the Il Bosco Ristorante & Bar reviews archive.
  • Great
    Laurie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went with two other ladies and the service and food were both awesome. I found the atmosphere to be quaint and homey. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful place!
    RedSkye
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I do not live in Davidson, so had no prior experience with this restaurant. I was told by my dining companion that it was the best place in town. We sat outside at the back of the restaurant, right next to a little garden with an active fountain. Perfect day for it! Our server/host was charming, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. I checked it out on-line the day before, and everything looked yummy. I ordered two appetizers rather than an entree -- mussels sautéed with garlic and herbs in a white wine sauce. This was my first time eating mussels and they were quite tasty! I also had the seared duck breast with farro and goat cheese salad with fresh mint and mixed berry sauce. Also delicious! Would go there again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In decline
    DavidsonDinersVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place was always a little iffy on customer service. but the quality of the food led us to give them the benefit of the doubt. We hadn't been back in more than a year since we were chased off by a bartender the last time we ate there (Its an Il Bosco thing). This time, the service was inefficient and slow, blundering at times, the owner's presence failing to speed up or smooth out the process. The small dining room was no more than 60% full, yet it took unconsciably long to get menus, get drinks, get appetizers, clear places, and get entrees. The table still looked like a battlefield when we were finally asked if we wanted dessert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet Good Quality Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very Nice Restaurant. Food and Apps were very good. Classic Italian not easily found in the Charlotte Region. Back Patio was beautiful. My opinion is that this is not a place for rowdy kids. Thankfully my 2 year old was fast asleep and my 9 year old is well mannered. The owners did everything to accommodate my boy with Crayons and Paper. Best Italian food I have had in this area. Not to mention very affordable. Great place for a romantic dinner for 2. Suited the night perfectly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We were visiting in the area and found this on Open Table. Unbelievable find. Must be in our top five real Italian restaurants.We are from Los Angeles, but this out-shines most of our places here, and is on par with out favorite finds in Italy. Can't wait for the next visit to the area. The entire wait-staff put most of our local restaurants' staffs to shame. The obviously fresh pappardelle was perfectly cooked, the veal perfectly tender, the agnello perfectly medium-rare and all the seafood marvelous. What's more, what little was left was even better the next day. You locals need to appreciate and patronize this wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Il Bosco Hits a Home Run
    Rebeckster
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful, romantic evening with great food and wonderful attention from the owner and the wait staf. I highly recommend this restaurant. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    BillyBoyVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Here's a real find in Davidson, North Carolina. The owner is always on premises to greet you, and that's usually a good sign in any restaurant. The food is always well prepared, from the old-fashioned Italian "comfort" dishes, up to the more complicated preparations. As good as the food is, it's the comfortable feeling here that makes the dining experience so outstanding. Most everything is prepared on premises, and the owner's son does the baking, from bread to croissants. We've never been here for breakfast, but there's a very Euro feel to the small coffee bar that make it seem worth the trip some early morning. Have dinner here, stroll the beautiful town of Davidson, and go home well restored.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I always enjoy my dining experience at Il Bosco. Food is great and the atmosphere lends itself to being able to have a quiet evening with conversation that is not drowned out by loud noise. One of my special "go to" places when I want to show off Davidson cuisine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • delicious italian food served right
    serenasm3
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Il Bosco is a hidden neighborhood gem. While on the more expensive side, the food and service did not disappoint. It's a great spot for a getaway meal with that special someone or for an intimate dining experience. I will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.