Great food and wonderful opportunit
Great food and wonderful opportunity for a catchup visit with a friend. The service was great and the waitstaff was very patient during our three hour visit. We love to meet at Bonta's as we always feel very comfortable plus the food is great! Looking forward to our next visit!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently great food and
Consistently great food and great wine list. Service is first rate.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great, solid option for dinner.
The food at Bonta is really quite good. They have had chef issues in the past, but whoever is putting meals out of the kitchen these days, knows what they are doing. The menu had enough options that all of us were able to find something we liked, but at the same time, the menus didn't overwhelm us with dozens of options. While I don't remember their prices in the past, it seems like prices on their pastas were significantly lower than before.
Service was quite good too, with everyone being attentive, but not intrusive. I'm not sure we needed the white table cloth, but it was a nice touch as well.
Overall, it was a great meal, and we'll be back, both as a couple and with friends.
Will be nice when they get the patio open.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Definitely open to the public
I had passed by Bonta a thousand times on my way to and from work, and I always thought it was a private club. I'm not sure why I thought that, but that was the rumor that has been in town for years.
Well, it's definitely open to the public, and it was a treat.
Food was great. Service was great. Ambiance was great. Prices were very reasonable.
I had the short ribs and my wife had the rigatoni; both excellent.
We'll come back with friends, now that we know that it's open to everyone.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
great dining experience
excellent dining experience, been there before ,took my motherinlaw and my daughter ,my wife and myself. lovely atmosphere ,quiet eating area, nice fireplace. service impeccable. delicious appetizers, recommend calamari and veal meat balls.
main entrees we orderd were well prepared, cooked to perfection and very tasty.. dessert was awesome. tiramasu, chocolate tort cake and sorbet.
would reccommend in a heart beat.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
expensive for what you get
I ordered the spaghetti with meat sauce which was delicious but I had about 1 cup of spaghetti on my plate for @ $16.00- I really think there should have been more- we are talking pasta here- I know it is homemade so it costs a bit more but maybe a cup and a half in the plate would have left a better taste in my mouth- I don't like leaving hungry!!!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Brunch
The Mother's Day brunch was excellent. Food & service were both very good.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Above and beyond
Bonta and their help go above and beyond to make the experience and dinner more than expected. Everytime I have been there, the owner himself comes out and meets everybody 1 on 1. Its a great place to relax, eat, and just enjoy the evening.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Bonta!
Bonta has it all! Great food, service and atmosphere! We love the veal meatball appetizer. The pastas are great, the fish is perfectly prepared, and the meats are wonderful. Never had a disappointing experience and we visit Bonta every 4 to 6 weeks. The wine list is interesting and the bar mixes superb cocktails. Enjoy a special occasion or just stop by for a light meal. You will love it!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have eaten here several times before and never disappointed. Unfortunately, this time we had to ask our server to slow our dinner down. We were still eating appetizers when our salads were brought out.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place with amazing food, service, and wine list. Always a pleasure to dine here.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took good friends to celebrate both our birthdays and spent a delightful evening. Very attentive waitstaff, yet didn't feel rushed.
Food was prepared perfectly and presentation of each plate was picture-perfect.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome Eclectic Italian! Wow!
This is a great place to get your not so run of the mill Italian food. The appetizers are to die for the wine bottle prices are reasonable and above average, and the entrees are spot on.
The Duck and Chicken were superb! Would definitely eat here again. The service was on their game all night and never missed a lick! Great for occasions and gatherings.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rare opportunity for date night with the wife and Bonta was the perfect choice for the both of us.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just one recommendation
It happened to be an extremely hot, humid evening & the air conditioning was minimal. It could have been considerably more comfortable with adequate air conditioning. Other than that, a very enjoyable experience.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorites
Bonta has always been one of our favorite local Italian restaurant - we have been coming here for a number of years and it has never disappointed us - each time we have walked away a pleasant experience . . . . Bravo!
The ambiance is perfect for that special occasion and the Host and Staff always provide a warm welcome
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
dining at Bonta
with a greeting from Tomy Buonsante -- your evening is off to a perfect start. The menu has many delicious choices,
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an extremely enjoyable
Had an extremely enjoyable evening. Just felt a little odd at the end of the night with the night staff staring at us wondering when we were leaving
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to this restaurant several times and it has always been great. The staff is friendly and professional. From the salads to the deserts, the food is amazing. Tony, the General Manager, made himself visible and available. This latest experience exceeded our other visits.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and atmosphere
Very warm and nicely appointed dining area. Extremely comfortable seating . Staff was attentive and friendly. Couldn't have asked for better service. Food was excellent. Pricey but worth every penny!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went to Bonta on a date night. The service was excellent. The food was wonderful. We will definitely return again.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, as usual
Bonta is still one of our favorite places. The mussels appetizer was plentiful and well-seasoned.The veal chop was delicious and perfectly prepared. My wife had the filet with fontina gratin and said ithe side was(there very richnice and filling. t was cooked just right and
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Review of OpenTable
For some reason OpenTable would not allow me to make a reservation at my desired time, 6:00. That time slot was greyed out. I had to choose 5:30 or 6:30. When the restaurant called to confirm the afternoon of the reservation I asked why that was. Was there a special event or were they booked up at 6? The reply was that they were not busy and they saw no reason why 6 wouldn't work, so they changed it. THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THIS EXACT PROBLEM HAS HAPPENED USING OPENTABLE AT THIS RESTAURANT. THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON WITH OPENTABLE.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very classy restaurant with
A very classy restaurant with great food and service. I will return.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Memorable Evening
This was our first visit to Bonta and will not be our last. It is a beautiful dining room, very quiet and a great spot for a romantic dinner. We were greeted and seated as soon as we arrived. The wait staff was very attentive and accommodating. The food was very good and rivals the best of Boston's North End. We can't wait to go back!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our third trip and this place never fails to provide an excellent dining experience. We are always pleased with the service and the ever changing menu.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I go out to dinner once a month on a date night. We now only go to BONTA for this as well as our special occasion dinners.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the entire experience . The menu has been expanded
and offers a great balance of offerings. The wine list was extensive
offering the diner a variety of choices . Our appetizer, dinner
and desert was just fabulous. This restaurant is a keeper!!!i would recommend
this restaurant to our friends and anyone.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
we spent my husbands 50th birthday with bonta and it was amazing everyone recognized him for his birthday all the wait staff wished him happy birthday our meal was to die for and we had a special cake made by there pastry chef woo hoo all and all I rave about bonta to anyone looking for somewhere wonderful to go to thank you for a great great night from the bottom of my heart bonta
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at Bonta.
Our first dinner at Bonta last Friday evening was one to remember. Food, service and ambiance were incredible. The manager, Tony, went out of his way to ensure that we had all that we needed. It was our 33rd anniversary and after dinner we were served a complementary tiramisu with four chocolate covered strawberries!! My wife and I are already planning our next visit. Bit of advice: take advantage of the flowers at the table option, they were reasonably priced, high quality and were a big hit!!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an absolutely delightful and delicious dining experience. Each course was creative and superb, especially the main dishes (smoked chicken for my wife and braised short rib for me). Additionally, Bonta allowed me to bring in my own bottle of wine, an '89 Chateauneuf du Pape, that I was saving for a special occasion. The "corkage" fee was a ridiculously low $10, which probably should be doubled or tripled. Overall impressions; fine food, fine ambiance and a fine time.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
why do I recommend Bonta?
because we find it to be very cordial and the atmosphere is always very inviting "to come back"
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Bonta 3 times and really love it. It is a lovely venue with impeccable service and great food.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The dipping oil was flavorful olive oil, but, although I could see that it was infused w/ rosemary, that flavor didn't come through. My husband loved the sundried tomato tapenade. The Caprese salad was very tasty, w/ heirloom tomatoes, & I was surprised at the crumbled fresh mozzarella. The watermelon panzanella was interesting, but uneven -some bites very flavorful, some not. After the first couple of bites, I left out the prosciutto -it was just too tough to go along w/ the other ingredients. The lasagna bolognese's fabulous, w/ bechamel creaminess. Disappointed to receive Bigelow tea, after previously being served Tea Forte, but love a pot of tea. Loved the Italian cookies & appreciated being able to switch vanilla gelato for espresso.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Worth a visit
Bonta is conveniently located right off Rte 101 in Hampton, NH. The building is beautiful and charming inside and out. The food was very good and moderately priced. We wish it was closer to home so we could return more often.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE ENJOY BRING NEWCOMERS TO
WE ENJOY BRING NEWCOMERS TO BONTA BECAUSE WE KNOW THEY WILL LIKE IT.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous experience! We were not dressed for dinner, having been at the beach all day. We arrived, peered inside at the beautiful decor and white linens, and decided that we should probably leave and come back another day. The owner/manager actually came outside as we were walking to our car, and invited us to please stay and enjoy our dinner. Very accommodating, very friendly, and overall fantastic customer service.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is in my top 5 favorite restaurants. The menu and quality of food is incredible. I have never had a bad experience at Bonta and I have been many, many times. It's a bit pricey but worth every penny. I recommend Bonta to everyone. The decor is elegant, the service is great (sometimes a tad slow) and the ambience is warm and inviting. The manager is very visible in the restaurant and the staff ensures you have a great experience. But if you go, go for the food. I can not stress enough how impressive the menu and how delicious the food is.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
once again Bonta provided
once again Bonta provided a tremendous date night for my wife and I.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
first rate evening!
Four of us ventured to Bonta's to celebrate a special occasion. We were greatly impressed...from the service, to the quiality of the food and, of course, the ambiance is always top shelf. Every meal....paasta, fish, lamb as well as the appetizers....was prepared excellently. If they could provide a little special bread to commence the meal that would add to their first rate operation
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We wanted a nice place to eat on our way home from Maine. We took a chance on this restaurant and were blown away! It is excellent in every way -- beautiful building and decor, comfortable, nice cocktail and wind list AND a greAt chef with wonderful presentation and service. We never thought we could find such a place in the middle on nowhere to us cityfolks!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable dinner at Bonta'. My husband and I very much enjoy the atmosphere. The wait staff are readily available and helpful. The lamb shank was wonderfully prepared and just melted in my mouth. We will be going back again.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Moved to the area recently and had heard about Bonta and finally got a chance to go there. The food and atmosphere were a step above the other establishments I have tried in the area. Menu had enough variety to please all. Will definately return
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sibing Dining Event
Very nice evening with family. Even though many tables full, noise level was just fine. Would return to try other dishes on the menu. We were there for 'restaurant week' so tried the prix fixe menu. Tasty pork shoulder, a little dry though, wonderful mussels but half way through the dish they were cold. Beet salad is a must!. Pistachio tasting dessert was fun. Negative notes would be - no Pernod for an aperitif and espresso for after dinner didn't even fill 1/2 of the mini cup.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bonta- hidden gem
Chef is very innovative and creative. The Stingo I had was call off the bone tender and seasoned just right. Wine list is the best in the area.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
So much better...
The food has vastly improved, the result of a new chef and of the influence of the man who runs the room (and knows his pasta!), Tony Buonsante, formerly of La Fenice in New York City and Santé in La Jolla, CA. Kudos to owner Paul Montrone for taking a chance on sophisticated Italian cooking in Seacoast New Hampshire.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but not great
Having eaten at many fantastic restaurants in the greater Boston area, I would have to rate this meal average. When I say average I mean as compared to other restaurants at a similar price point in the area. We ate at this restaurant during portsmouth restaurant week in November of 2013.
Over all I think there are other restaurants I would recommend more in the area, but for large parties of people this venue is perfectly situated to have easy access + parking, plentiful staff, and a kitchen that will not struggle to provide tasty food for any size party.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian Restaurant
Bonta is an excellent Italian restaurant... The duck and house made sausage was superb and the bone in veal chop melted in my mouth. The service was friendly and joyful...a little bit if joking around with the customers...but very professional.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I have talked about trying Bonta. for years. But, we don't go out to eat much and we've never gotten there. We ended up there for Thanksgiving after deciding too late to get reservations at the restaurants more well known for their Thanksgiving dinner. We are happy it turned out that way, because we finally got to eat at Bonta! While Thanksgiving dinner isn't the best measure of the food at an Italian restaurant, it is quite obvious the chef is very skilled at blending seasonings to create delicious layers of flavor in every bite.
We checked out the regular menu and we can't wait to get back there to try the Italian dishes.
The owners were there in great presence, making sure all customers were satisfied and happy. Try it!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, service and atmosphere was perfect for celebrating my husband's 49th birthday. We love this restaurant and would go back again! The staff is very welcoming and the food is prepared perfectly. The staff make you feel like you are sitting down to a family dinner. We sat right next to the fireplace, it was wonderful.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM