Bonterra

4.6
1989 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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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
9 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
13 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
305 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

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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.

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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

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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.

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vipWillC
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall!

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LisaC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was lovely. My waiter was fantastic.

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JohnK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. The menu items were diverse. The three we tried (Charcuterie, fish, duck) were all good.

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely incredible and worth every penny. The wait staff was very professional and eager to help. The only negative was the wait time between courses. The experience is worth it, but you definitely want to plan for a couple hours for a meal here!

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WadeW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Despite making reservatoins on the restaurant week site, we were told on arrival that they were NOT participating in that event. It was much too late to make reservations elsewhere. My fish was perfect; wife'sduck was not cooked as she asked. Servive was excellent. Very,very noisy.

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BonnieK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really loved the entire experience. I really wish I could remember our server’s name, but he did mention that he just moved there from Texas not to long ago. It was his first night on the floor alone, and he was a great conversationalist. He really made my birthday special. All of the food was great, and the wines by the glass list was extensive. I enjoyed all of the dining experience, I work in a steakhouse and I have high expectations when going to other fine dining establishments. If I ever come back to Charlotte I will make a trip back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is a restaurant that seems to want to be grand pseudo fine dining. The wine list has an excellent and extensive selection of wines by the glass which we appreciated. The menu was above average but execution was average. The coq au vin had a brown sauce (instead of a red sauce mainly wine) as we would have expected. My pork was very good but the ahi salad did not match the menu description. Portions were too large and lacked playing finesse. The mussels did not have a cohesive plan but the heirloom tomatoes were great. The table next to us had two mistakes of the four plates they ordered, we had one error out of four. Service was amateur and flippant, interrupting our conversation and too “I’m your friend” style. While not a bad meal, it did not fit decor, price, or expectation. At half the price and half the pompe, I’d be happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One salad delivered 10-15 minutes after the others. Also one piece of fish was either bad or not cooked properly as it was tough and not flaky. Inedible.

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nesticlose
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bonterra was great! What a fabulous variety of wines by the glass from which to choose! The duck was delicious as was everything else.

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mark
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great steak and halibut. The wait staffer was prompt, gracious and with a welcoming personality. Look forward to returning soon.

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russ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is restaurant brings it all to together flawlessly. from the moment you arrive to the moment you check out the staffs attention to detail is top tier. There was not one item on the starter menu that i would say i wouldn't eat again. i ordered them all, each one was a culinary experience all their own. the entrees were presented amazingly and served hot to the entire table not one person in my party had to wait for their plate while others ate. Nobody needed to ask for a refill on drinks, they were full constantly.
dessert was over the top great!! all around i couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere then what was here at Bonterra. this restaurant is a hidden gem in Charlotte that if you haven't tried it yet you are seriously missing out on top tier dining experience. the chef and staff at this establishment take pride in what they do, and they do it well. i highly recommend trying Bonterra, there will be no disappointments here.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and great service

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BradS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy our time there everytime. Food was delicious and staff was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter was rude. One appetizer was not served until after all other appetizers were finished, and it was cold. Soup was Luke warm and flavorless. Main dishes were delicious.

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ThomasH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. 3 days later you will still be thinking about how great this meal was. Bonterra will be a date night and celebration staple for me.

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KathyR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience as always for our annual birthday celebration. We sat at the bar and enjoyed chatting with excellent bar tender even though it was a busy Friday night for her.
Limited bar menu a bit disappointing but food was tasty and drinks were recommended and did not disappoint. A special place!

FAQs

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

Bonterra is rated 4.6 stars by 1989 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.