Bonterra

4.7
1619 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I was unhappy with the service. Plus, my entree came with half the ingredients. When I made the waiter aware, instead of bringing me a new dish, he brought over the missing ingredient, which was the main part of the meal. No apology, no nothing.

I was only in Charlotte for the night and was majorly disappointed with Bonterra.

Dr. Toya Corbett

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Charleston
212 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service! Chef Blake always does a outstanding job!

OT
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Return visit as we’ve been there 4 or 5 times. Fried Lobster tail was over cooked and shrimp and scallops were overcooked as well. Charcuterie was good. There were very few people dining that night. Server was nice. Disappointed in the meals

JG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Not a busy night but still the service was sub par. My grouper was very overcooked. We were almost done with dinner before our second drink order was served.

R
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and an overall pleasant dining experience!

K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I are on a mission to make Friday night date night and try new locally owned restaurants. I went to the CurEat app and Bonterra was recommended by a number of Chefs, Restaurant Owner's, Foodies, etc. So, I chose Bonterra based on CurEat users. They were spot on! Michael and I started with the Brie as a starter and were in awe of how tasty, smooth and perfectly prepared for us. We had a stare down for last bite.

The entree's! Michael had Grouper and I had Filet Mignon. I know, a generalization but food reversal for who you would think would have the fish. There are not enough adjectives to describe the taste, the preparation, the quality... My filet I could cut with a fork. I'm ready to go back just writing this review. Michael and I shared bites and just shook our heads in agreement of the flavor, temperature and again quality of the food.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the professional wait staff. Josh (hope it's okay to mention his name) was helping us with choices. Of course he was knowledgeable, helped us make good wine choices and all around friendly as he smiled constantly.

An all around excellent visit from valet parking, greeting, chef, wait staff and restaurant ambiance. Thanks CurEat app for helping us out. We will visit Bonterra again soon.

MG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food! Would go again even if it’s not a special occasion.

DW
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Bonterra!!!! Everyone was so friendly and we enjoyed excellent service, great quality and very tasty food!!!! Our server Joshua B was exceptional and is truly a great asset to the Bonterra team!!!! I do plan on enjoying the Bonterra experience again in the near future!!!!!

T
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I loved our waiter, and service was excellent and wine! Expensive but a delightful date night.

r
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heather at the bar is great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was good. I think the salmon was a little over cooked and the desserts were quite sugary. But the gazpacho and vegetable terrine were delicious. It was lovely to be in a place where I could actually hear my husband and have a date night.

CE
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for restaurant week, and had a lovely time! Excellent food and service, and just a cool restaurant. Pretty pricey outside of restaurant week, but what a deal for 35 a person!

SA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but portions were small and I left still hungry.

F
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was during Queens Feast so great value. Great food, atmospheric, and service in a unique environment with some fine art to boot. What more could you ask for?

y
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! Steaks were delicious and great value for restaurant week. Never disappoints!

HS
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience at Bonterra. Beautiful ambience and great service from David! Highly recommend

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second experience at Bonterra and they have never disappointed me. The ambience is surreal and the service is outstanding. My salmon was perfection.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, ambiance, and top notch service. What’s not to love about Bonterra?

MM
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is a lovely dining experience if you like old school service, classic food and an elegant atmosphere. I really enjoyed it for it's casual formality in a renovated church. The service was top notch, the kind you don't get anymore - where they actually remove the dishes your finished with. (Sorry sarcastic). We were there for the Queens Feast and I had the mussels in a coconut broth and slurped up every last bit. My husband had the baked brie which he enjoyed and we ended up with lamb brochettes by mistake and they were not lamb lollipops as described on the menu, but tasty. They grill on a wood oven so my salmon was very smokey but I loved it and my husband's pork was cooked perfect. great wine list - PRICEY

LK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived the Valet parking & greeters, we felt warmth from smiles & kind words. Our hostess seated us and our waiter was very good. He brought us our drinks and freshly made bread. Our appetizers were superb. The fresh salad and Mussels were outstanding. The Filet Minion & Pork with peaches were splendid to eat. Our desserts of Creme Brûlée and Brownie with nuts and whipped cream were enjoyable.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing
Waiter great will be back!

IN
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The steak was amazing as were the PEI mussells. Pork was so so as was the brie

AL
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

First time visit, definitely worth a second try! We came for restaurant week and started with mussels, warm brie, and lamb. We could have eaten 3 orders of mussels, it was our favorite part of the entire meal! Excellent way to start the meal.
We ordered the vegetarian tagine, salmon (they substituted snapper after running out), and steak. My snapper was a little overdone but the flavors with the fried green tomato and veggies were great. The sauce with the steak got high marks, too.
Ended with the smores brownie, flan, and creme brulee. I ordered a second creme brulee :)

KS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was awesome and we enjoyed our time at the restaurant

EH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and I cannot wait to go back again!

B
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, Bonterra offers excellent food at a fair price. Additionally, the wine list is extensive without being outrageously priced. The Service was outstanding ... especially significant as the restaurant was totally booked.
The Filet was loved by all along with the excellent Salmon. Definitely a go-to place for a nice dinner!

ER
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bonterra is always a good experience! Quality food and excellent service!

b
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went during QueensFeast restaurant week. The food was delicious!! The service was fantastic. Our waiter was very attentive.

L
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Queens Feast so the value was great, though I gave them 4 stars for value because it’s normally more expensive. The food was well prepared in tasty combinations, the service was very attentive all of which made for a particularly lovely evening out.

F
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our recent dining experience was beyond delightful. The wait staff was very personable and attentive. Our food was outstanding. We have dined at Bonterra several times; therefore, our expectations for quality food and service were very high. Bonterra did not disappoint.

HR
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined with another couple during restaurant week. The food was very creative and delicious, and the wine and cocktails were equally good. Our server, David, was professional, courteous, knowledgeable and attentive to the appropriate degree. We will definitely recommend and return to Bonterra’s!

KR
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner tonight was fantastic!! Between the wonderful service Audrey provided to the incredible food the kitchen put out we were amazed. The fried lobster is a MUST. We added it onto the order last minute so everyone could try it and WOW was it worth it! The orange flan is hands down the most delicious, light and bright dessert I have ever had. Kudos to the pastry chef and his team....this one is a huge winner. We cannot wait to come back! Thank you for a lovely and yummy evening Bonterra

EM
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and dependable. Great place for restaurant week or any other day of the week.

R
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a truly excellent meal at Bonterra at the beginning of restaurant week, a time when many restaurants struggle to keep up with food service. The service, timing and food were outstanding. We look forward to returning.

DP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Bonterra bosts a unique setting being in an Old Church, however I do think they could do some minor updates to make the aesthetic a little more modern and appealing. Each course of food was delicious and their wine selection is unbeatable. Our server was professional but still had a sense of humor. The bar service however, was lacking. We were very obviously ignored - probably because our party looked younger and out of place at the restaurant. Other than that, we had an enjoyable dining experience in a pleasant atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

SA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, bit hidden location, great atmosphere, great drinks, friendly and good service!

S
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Entrees were excellent. Sides were above average. Desserts were superb. Service was wonderful. Waiter was attentive and informative. Food arrived hot and came out quickly. Building interior is beautiful. This was first visit but not our last.

DR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Less than impressed! Not an enjoyable dinner at all.

Outdated and bland: with an extremly overcooked salmon, a simple salad which underwhelmed in taste and presentation for "Heirloom Tomatoes" and the lack of attention...

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