Bonterra

4.5
1988 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Bonterra is located in a renovated 100 year old church in the historic Southern 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 Blake Hartwick. Chef Hartwick'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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ElizaH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I ate dinner here for our 1st wedding anniversary. We were drawn in by the repurposed church and stayed for the food. They had a great wine selection and the lamb lollipop starter was delicious. Our waitress quickly took our entire order and checked on us periodically without disturbing our meal. The main entrees were presented beautifully, one duck and one venison. If we didn't live so far away, we would definitely be back for seconds!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was awful. Food mediocre.

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AngelaM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service! Very attentive server. Love Bonterra every time I go!

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MikeH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

We went to this place on a date night to recon whether is would be a good place to get a chefs table for an upcoming birthday. We looked at the menu before hand, pricy, but not too much of it is of the highest quality. They clearly think much more of their food than I do.

We were disappointed not one employee was wearing a mask. Meck county has a mask mandate, I understand you can’t make all of your employees do it, but it felt like they were encouraging folks not to.

We ordered a carnitas and pork belly entree. It was $22. I’m totally fine paying that much for something like that but I expect it to be excellent and thoughtful. The idea behind the dish was good, but the execution was terrible. The carnitas were dry inside. They had clearly been microwaved., super hot on outside and cold inside. Same with the pork belly. The pork belly’s fat was super cold and not rendered, gross!!!

We asked for the check before we ordered our $60 (each) entrees. Again we are happy to pay that for excellent and thoughtful food. This place is not that!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and incredible food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was so bad we couldn’t even eat our mains.
Service wasn’t the best for a fine dining,
Don’t waist your money.

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ErinH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood gem with excellent food, a long wine list, and the staff is superb. If the weather is nice, be sure to sit on the patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation, yet when we arrived the hostess let us know that “she would see what she could do to get us seated”. Once seated we were largely ignored by our server, seemingly because we were younger than the average 60 year old patron. The most redeeming portion of the meal was the build your own charcuterie board. This was good. However the main dishes left much to be desired. I got the ahi tuna and ordered it rare, however it came out well done. My girlfriend ordered the mahi which came out cold. Both dishes were over the top salty and overall underwhelming.

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MattM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really good overall, a testament to their tenure. Great food and great service, with an exceptional wine list and specialty drink menu. A little pricing, but worth it large portions of high quality and fresh ingredients. Looking forward to eating here again.

MM
MichaelM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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TBM3
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice to go to a (fairly expensive) restaurant where the food is really excellent and the service is professional, efficient and mercifully unpretentious. That combination in waitstaff is so unusual these days, so I'll expand. First, was a huge plus for me that the waiter did NOT introduce himself - you know, the "Hi, I'm Bill and I'll be taking care of you this evening." He was middle-aged and a real professional, obviously quite experienced and at ease in his role, and thoughtfully competent. For example, he had obviously noted that the California Cab I ordered was the oldest decent vintage on their wine list (2014), because when he brought my selection to the table he also brought a 2007 of the same vineyard, which must have been a left over -- and offered me that one at the same price. Secondly, I'd note that he also asked only one time "How is everything?" versus the typical 2 or 3 interruptions per meal one suffers (as though an adult patron can't be expected to tell the waiter if something is wrong - so they keep asking). Lastly, he did not ask permission to clear our plates when we were obviously finished - he just cleared them. I could go on. And I will go back.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service good atmosphere awesome
We had an absolutely incredible time

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KarenD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

One ordered the halibut had to return it twice. First was overcooked and dry. The second time was raw and cold in the middle. The third time was delivered after everyone else had finished. The fish was presented in pieces and served with the original risotto that was now 20 minutes old and congealed. The 60.00 steak was average at best served with average potatoes. The highlight of the meal was the half off price they gave us on the halibut. So, if you like inflated prices, average food this might be your place

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luv2dineinclt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Menu was confusing and expensive. Lack of leadership on the floor was obvious.

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vip57mgaman
Charleston
312 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!

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KathieW
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Filet was ordered medium rare / it was raw - not edible.

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JSH1
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for a pre-show dinner. The wait staff were extremely accommodating to the member of our party who is on a very strict (and therefore restrictive) gluten- free diet making several modifications so she could safely enjoy her meal. Service was excellent. Unlike many other restaurants these days that are so loud you cannot hear yourself think, the ambience was very pleasant. Love the artwork on the walls. Food was delicious and perfectly prepared and served. The staff made sure we were able to enjoy our meal and leave on time for the show. We will definitely dine here again.

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Craiger
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spot on and service was outstanding. When told they were our of the lobster tail for the Surf & Turf, they offered up to substitute Halibut which was really yummy. Extremely friendly, engaging, fun and professional staff. They all seemed to enjoy what they were doing which is refreshing to experience, especially in this time of understaffed and overworked restaurant environment.

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RoxanaH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

-Food Amazing, fresh, good portions, is worth it the money.
-Great wine selection
-Awesome location.
-Service very good
Giving 3 starts to ambiance due to the AC, extremely COLD!!!!!! Mentioned several times to the staff, normally my husband will not even notice it.. last night he was freezing ..
Overall -an amazing experience as long as you take a jacket my husband comments are " WAS TOO COLD".
I will recommend YES.. but take a jacket with you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service was impeccable!

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CharlotteScene
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, outstanding meal with very good service.

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TyMathhews
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great resturant. Staff, food, and mood was outstanding.

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vipAnnelieseL
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. Great service and the food was outstanding. This place is permanently on our favorites list.

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vipEnigma
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A busy Saturday night. The grouper was excellent, and the steak was a little more med, than med/rare. Otherwise all was good. The lemon soufflé was a wonderful way to end the meal.
The restaurant staff were not wearing masks, which are not mandatory yet, but in most restaurants, staff is wearing due to the increase in Covid numbers. The place was busy with losts of people occupying every space. Just a word of caution for those who don't feel confortable in these situations.

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Net1031
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family was in town so we wanted to go someplace special. We definitely chose the right place. The service was perfect. The food was delicious. Highlights were the fried lobster, the perfectly cooked steaks , and the cucumber martini.

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BertB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Aubry and Jody know their wine and were on top of everyone's needs. Great Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing.

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Casey
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place. Great spot to catch up with friends and enjoy a delicious selection of foods and their ample wine list.

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fanoftheallmans
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Bonterra and it did not disappoint. Starting with the restaurant and ambience, it is gorgeous. Bonerra is located in an old church and is just SUPER cool. The decor was just enough and the tables and wine bar made for an upscale, but not pretentious, experience.

We started with drinks and a charcuterie board. We chose pepper crusted salami and mustard seed cheddar for the board. Included were a number of extras like fig preserves, house made pickles, candied nuts, artichoke hearts, olives, and a vegetable salsa. It was served with a basket of crostini. We could have honestly made a meal out of this.

For our entrees we had the blackened grouper and orecchiette pasta. Both entrees were delicious. After the charcuterie, we could not finish our plates. The grouper was perfectly blackened with just enough char and crustiness. I liked the pairing with the couscous and salsa. The orecchiette pasta was served al dente and had to be house made. It was substantial and oh so good.

We chose Bonterra to celebrate my wife's birthday, and our server provided a complimentary dessert. We were too stuffed to eat it and chose to bring it home. As of this review, we have not yet eaten it. I'm sure it will not disappoint.

We had a wonderful experience and Bonterra. Our server was professional and had a wonderful personality. She was happy to provide our wine recommendation (it was spot on) and had a thorough knowledge of the menu. I'd love to go back and try the NY strip or crispy duck breast.

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Micky
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The food was such disappointment. Steaks tough, grouper stinky, pork chop tough, Brussels sprouts very plain. Very overpriced

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vipAndrea
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and never disappoints.

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SPgood
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good food and service. Hate losing the scallops off the menu !!

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ToniW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An Amazing Chef Driven restaurant. The Servers and Bartender are a definite asset to the experience. Having a somewhat eclectic menu, I was pleasantly surprised with the combination of flavors in every dish we tried. I will be back. My only ask, add some cheese to the tomato salad…it’s good, that will take it to another level!!!

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vip57mgaman
Charleston
312 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and Service was outstanding. Don’t go here for a quick meal but food was fantastic and table service was spot on.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice dinner.

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vipFooddoc
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for a special night

CA
vipCarrieA
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

People always say a place is a hidden gem but this really is. Probably walked by the converted church dozens of times and never knew it was a fantastic restaurant. Arrived a little early so sat at bar and had wonderful service from Melissa. Next time will just sit at bar!!! Maybe on a Wednesday since they have 1/2 price wines. Appetizers look great. Place is known for their fried lobster so of course I had that and my husband had the Kansas ribeye. Everything was fantastic.

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AmandaG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, stellar service, lovely ambiance, and a complimentary glass of bubbly to celebrate our special occasion! As usual, our dinner at Bonterra was outstanding. We ate the fried lobster bites, magnolia salad, filet, pork, and glazed donuts - thoroughly enjoyed it all.

WC
vipWillC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall!

FAQs

Bonterra offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 333-9463.

Bonterra is rated 4.5 stars by 1988 OpenTable diners.

Bonterra does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://bonterradining.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.