Bonterra

4.7
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1638 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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

They did not make it special. Service not good. Food way over salted.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joel was terrific. Best steak in Charlotte

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family dinner enjoying our son home on leave from the Air Force. Really enjoyed the Ribeyes, and Scallop entrees. Fried Lobster was a big hit. Will definitely be returning.

EH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. The ambiance of an old church was very unique. Will be going back.

LJ
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Bonterra is a lovely restaurant, once one of my favorites, but I hadn't been there in about a year. The food was not exceptional and it was overpriced.

TL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. A real gem! Audrey selected the perfect wine and gave us excellent service. Food was supreme and the portions were just right! Beautiful and historic setting. It was a wonderful evening!!

BT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Above average in all areas. Great experience.

T
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. We went for our anniversary and were treated wonderfully. The food was outstanding, as it always is at Bonterra!

S
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it for my bf's bday. Everything was perfection!

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Charleston
220 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service at the bar! Blake was outstanding as always! Be back very soon!

R
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is awesome!! Small and intimate.

MG
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Good food and great service!

CW
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good burger special on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cooked to perfection.

A
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, an impressive wine selection, and outstanding service.

B
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bonterra's is by far the best dinning establishment in Charlotte if you take into account all of the attributes that you look for in a fine restaurant. Great Valet service, easy access, outstanding bar, best wine selection, on time seating. outstanding table service, great menu, outstanding food, atmosphere second to none.
No wonder we have made it one of our go to establishments and can not wait to return.

g
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve long been fans of Bonterra... but it had been a while since we’d been in.
Now it’s been two weeks in a row!! The hot fried chicken is over the top.... ( partly due to the sides, but it’s great on its own!)
Also at our table we had the fresh catch...again.. the fish was great, but the combo of veggies etc with it... made it.... extra delicious!
Can’t sing enough praises!! ( and didn’t even mention the ROLLS!)
Maybe one day soon we’ll have room for dessert!!
Hats off to Blake and all the staff !!

AL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had such a positive experience at Bonterra. The food was absolutely amazing and we couldn't have been happier.

m
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I didn't care for my entrée, but the waiter was very gracious and credited it. My sister's entrée was delicious. It's a unique restaurant that's definitely worth visiting.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
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
220 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
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
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Charlotte
18 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.

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