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About Bonterra

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.

1829 Cleveland Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern

Hours of Operation:
Open for Dinner

Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Wine Bar open nightly @ 4:30pm

Cross Street:
South Blvd.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 333-9463

Website:
http://www.bonterradining.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet

Public Transit:
Light Rail at West Blvd. Station

Executive Chef:
Blake Hartwick

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Rehersal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings for up to 175 Guest

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Details
Mon - Fri 5:30PM - 6:15PM 8:15PM - 10:00PM

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Private Dining

Bonterra can accommodate a variety of parties, weddings, family reunions, social outings or your next corporate event for up to 175 guests.

Bonterra Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
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Quiet Conversation (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Fun (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 7 days ago

We had not been to Bonterra in years and now realize that we have been missing out! The setting is just as impressive as I remembered, and the food and service just as good. The fried lobster tail and charcuterie board were delicious and fun to share, and the scallops were the best I’ve had in Charlotte. The extensive wine by the glass list is reason enough to go, although we were disappointed that our white wines were quite warm. A minor inconvenience to a thoroughly memorable evening.

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Perfect!! What else can I say!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Usually very good to excellent
New Year's Eve was disappointing on all levels
Just not what we expected. Filet was half the size of my last one.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was for New Years! Didn’t know it was a pre fixed menu. It was more expensive than we were anticipating with no substitutions allowed. Food was ok but not outstanding.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were stunned to discover (after being seated with our guests) that New Year's Eve was $75 prix fixe. That was not noted on the internet nor on their website. Actually, the web menu had individual pricing which we were prepared to spend but Bon Terra apparently chose to stage a restaurant hold-up. They got us this time but in the end we'll get them. We won't be back, nor will our guests who were similarly surprised by the bait and switch on the menu pricing.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been quite awhile since we’ve been to Bonterra. Service and atmosphere as usual were outstanding. Wasn’t really crazy about the meal. Not that it was bad, just not my ideal. Had the fried lobster tail, as an appetizer it would be amazing. For a meal, It was just too much. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meal, although no one was singing praise. For certain pallets, it’s probably very enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Went for date night on a Thursday with my wife. Restaurant is in a cool space, and the food was excellent. We had a lovely cheese and charcuterie plate, a good salad, and both of our entrees (chicken and bison short ribs) were delicious. They have an expansive wine list with a large number of wine by the glass options. Only complaints are that our entrees took way too long to come out (we waited almost thirty minutes after we finished our salad), and they do have a parking lot but all the spaces are coned off for valet, so after pulling in we felt pressured to use the valet, and he parked our car right next to the restaurant anyway. Overall, would recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 24, 2017

From the moment you walk in the door the staff is attentive to every detail of your evening. The food is outstanding as is the extensive wine list. Beautiful setting with an interesting history. Banter is one of our favorites!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I ordered the fried lobster and it was a bit dry. For the price, I guess it was OK. The restaurant was very noisy and the volume increased throughout the evening. I would not consider this for a romantic evening dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Great for Brunch, Fun, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great, authentic atmosphere! Food was delicious, portions were small. Wine selection was amazing. Will definitely dine here again.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great venue, food was really really good, nothing super creative or new, but good. Would definitely recommend going there and would go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wine was wonderful. My grouper was undercooked.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Bonterra never fails to deliver a great combination of style, service, attention to detail and atmosphere. The best wine selection in Charlotte, efficient and knowledgeable bar staff, and a professional wait staff that seems to anticipate your needs long before you consciously realize they are present.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 30, 2017

2/4 appetizers were overcooked but the service was excellent. Maybe we caught a bad night?

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent dining the menue was creative and well developed . Service was spot on.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome restaurant for a romantic date.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I ordered the spare ribs. For $27 I received one spare rib, two Brussels sprouts cut in half and 3 soggy cheese curds. This meal was not worth the amount they charged. I was not happy with this experience. We used to come here routinely but I won't be coming back.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere and service, and we had 3 people that loved their meal, and 2 that thought it was just OK, which is disappointing based on the cost.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great spot! Terrific service always. Food is always fresh and delicious. Exceptional wine choices and Wednesday’s most wine by the glass is half price!

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The service was excellent and the restaurant has a unique interior as it appears to have been a church at one time. The food was lovely but a little more expensive than expected.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Staff and food were great! I would recommend to anyone looking for an intimate and delicious experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I had a surprise 70th birthday party for my significant other with 10 friends and family in attendance. The front staff worked with me to make sure everything was completely ready for the surprise by the time we arrived. Jeff, out server, was excellent and attentive all night. The choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts were varied and appealed to all those in attendance. Everything was superb. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very Good food, smallish portions, extremely loud even on a Monday night.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The menu did not have a lot of options. It was noisy and not a very quaint environment. It was hard to carry a conversation. There was a large party in the balcony area and they were loud and obnoxious. The group was playing some trivia game that could be heard throughout the restaurant. Some of the trivia topics were offensive.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Extremely overpriced for what you get. The food was very mediocre in quality, and not very well seasoned. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great atmosphere with excellent staff and food! Highly recommend for any occasion.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Chose Bonterra again for a business dinner, my third here this year. Everyone had a blast. Wine was amazing, and the food was even better. I highly recommend the duck and the pork. However, the fried lobster tail continues as the king of the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Good service and tasty food :)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

The restaurant is situated in an old converted Methodist Church. Fairly wide open space w/ an upper level which you can't see clearly from the lower level. Decoration is fairly plain and simple and the noise level from the upper mezzanine can be quite loud. But the food and service is excellent. Certainly worth a visit, but not if you intend to have a quiet romantic type meal.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Had our wedding reception here. Always, an amazing spot for us.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I finally made it to Bonterra and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the wine list was quite extensive. Convenient to downtown, so was the perfect spot for a preconcert meal and short Uber ride to the Spectrum Centre. I particularly enjoyed the Wood-fired steak as it was cooked to perfection. It didn't hurt that it was accompanied by a nice Merry Edwards Pinot Noir which was a nice find on the wine list. We will definitely be back and would like to try dinner in the wine cellar some time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Bonterra feels like a well hidden secret from charlotte. Definitely worth a try. Very much like a club atmosphere. Great service in the old traditional way. Good wine list.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Bread was dry and bland. Mussels in ente had very little flavor; fish was well cooked and moist but bland. Salt helped but that was too little, too late. Soufflé should have taken 15 minutes but took 35. Server was friendly and professional. Appetizer of blackened watermelon and pork belly was okay, but not exciting. Although the parking lot was empty, attendant had to run next door for our car. He stated only VIP's cars were allowed in main lot!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We dont normally write reviews but just had to on this one.... food was delicious, ambiance quaint and cozy in this old church, service excellent never rushed.

Now on to the good part! Porkbelly app was amazing taste of salt and sweet with the grilled watermelon, yes watermelon.

Entrees Scallops and Snapper were on point!

Dessert .... Fried Cheesecake .... probably the best dessert i have ever had. Cooked to perfection and delicious!

We will be back!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Terrible service and subpar food. I would never go back

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Their filet, lobster tail, pork belly, and goat cheese were all phenonenal!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The Charceturie and wine were great, the ambiance and service was nice, but the main course of filet mignon and fried lobster tail were just mediocre, not enough flavor.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for 16 years. However, it's been about 2. Waitress was "flighty". Food was salty. We would return, but not the Bonterro it used to be.

Tags: Organic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My girlfriend and I were there to celebrate our eighth anniversary. Everything was truly amazing, the charcuterie board is one of the best I've had in Charlotte and the fried lobster tails were great. Our server, Zachary, was a little busy but he still provided outstanding service and was there to answer all of our questions. His recommendation of the cheesecake was the perfect ending to a great meal. Not ridiculously expensive but a tad pricey; however when everything taste so great there are absolutely no reasons to complain. We'll definitely be back!!

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

The wait staff was great, the food was flavorful, and the pricing was fair for what they offer; highly recommend it

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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