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

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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (33)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Notable Wine List (30)
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Special Occasion (29)
Romantic (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Business Meals (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fun (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Healthy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Scotch egg and charcuterie were amazing as was my short rib in a Cabernet reduction. My daughter ordered a medium well done steak. It first came out medium rare. They graciously took it back and brought it out again in 5 minutes. The outside was done but not the inside. Since I had my food, I had shared with my daughter and we were both happy. They removed the steak from the bill without us asking. I believe that if we order another medium well done steak here we will order it butterflied.

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 (Greensboro)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our first time at Bonterra and it will not be the last. Our waiter, Dave, was very attentive and made great recommendations! The owner, JD, even came over and thanked us for coming in. I had the lobster tail and even though it was slightly over cooked it was still very tasty. Bonterra has a very extensive wine selection and the menu items come from local farms. The menu offers salmon, filet migno and a pork entree along with several other dishes. The appetizer menu offers Octopus, wagyu beef and a very tasty she crab soup.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Bonterra is a reliable spot for a great meal. The service was excellent and the food expertly prepared. We will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

My family dined at Bonterra for my mom's birthday. The building is beautifully done. Our food was amazing! The charcuterie is locally sourced and fabulous, the house made pickles and pate were a hit with the whole table.
Our entrees came in a timely manner, the filet, short rib, lobster tail, and scallops were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented.
The house made breads and scratch made desserts were worth every delicious calorie!
Our server, Josh, went above and beyond giving our party impeccable service. He was friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable.
We will return in the very near future.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Work party

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 (Columbus)·Dined 7 days ago

All of the food tasted weird. I didn’t like any of it.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I went for valentine's night. This was our first time at this restaurant and really looked forward to it. Since it was a special event night they did not have the regular menu but the food and service was good considering how packed they were. They have a great wine list and nice looking menu. We plan to go back and try them on a regular night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Bonterra did not meet our expectations. Reviews I've read were glowing; the chef is touted as one of the best in Charlotte. However, the food had no flavor, was served lukewarm, and in some cases, not prepared well. Their signature dish, fried lobster, was over-pankoed and tough.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Very nice and our server David was outstanding. We are vegan and we hoping for more options but overall we had a nice evening and felt very welcome.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic as always! The food was cooked to perfection, service was outstanding and they have a great atmosphere! We took some friends from out of town there for dinner and they were very impressed with Bonterra’s.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

As we were pressed for time, we just grabbed a table in the bar area and had some appetizers and fabulous wine. Their wine list did not disappoint, nor did the grilled octopus. It’s quickly turning into our pre-concert dinner spot thanks to their wine selection and the convenient location to downtown Charlotte.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Bomterra is the perfect spot to impress your date. It is a great spot for conversation as the servers do not rush you at all. All the servers are able to make great recommendations and the food and ambiance are wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Good wine list. All three main courses we ordered were well prepared and delivered hot

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The end of Charlotte Restaurant Week! NY Strip, Duck 2 Ways, Chocolate Ganache Cake, and Cheesecake. The restaurant was lovely, a converted church! Great service overall and amazing wine selection.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always a great, no outstanding meal and wine pairing. Not sure what was with the LED light replacement in the chandelier however LED lights are far from a cozy and warm atmosphere. It did indeed detract a bit from the meal, I understand that there is cost savings as well as a longevity benefit from these lights however very distracting. The only complaint I can think of. Food, wine and company was awesome as usual! We will be back!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Wonderful dining experience from beginning to end. Even though it was restaurant week there was no noticeable difference in service or food.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Dinner with friends at Bonterra was very enjoyable. Our server, David, was attentive and helpful with the wine selection. All of our courses were brought to our table with care and timeliness. The food was served hot and was flavorful, although the shrimp, scallops, and rice dish I ordered had too much butter for my taste. As the restaurant became busier (we had a fairly early reservation) the noise level did not increase substantially or cause a distraction. The ambience, being in a former church, was quite interesting. Indeed, a delightful evening at a restaurant I would recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was really really really good. Tony was a OUTSTANDING server. Great wine selection. Food was impressive.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We enjoyed our meal during restaurant week. It was a little loud and we kind of felt rushed. We were in and out in an hour. We would like to try it again when it’s not so busy during restaurant week,

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The main course was great- delicious NY strip. The service was incredibly slow, even for restaurant week. And man, it's really really loud in there.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My friends and I went there for restaurant week. Our waitress was awesome. As a matter of fact all of the waitresses and waiters I saw were busy and smiling. It was great and the only reason I gave four stars were my potatoes were cool. I didn’t send it back but if I had I am sure they would have been most gracious. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Happy Hour, Casual, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Bonterra never disappoints....wonderful food, outstanding Chef, a great Owner (JD) (who's always around) and the best wine list and wines by the glass in Charlotte plus a lovely atmosphere! Our group was there for The Queens Feast and the menu selections in each course were great...something for everyone. We all agreed it was an outstanding dinner and our server, Anthony, was the best. Also, Bonterra has a wonderful bar -- a great place to meet for wine and cocktails and really nice selection of appetizers. Definitively 5 stars!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Went for Queen's Feast and had the braised short rib that was very good. So we're the sides. We had a server named Jeffrey that was second to none. Excellent service!

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My friends and I had a great first experience. We would consider going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Restaurant week menu was awesome. Six of us ordered different dishes and were very satisfied while still envying the choices of others.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Hadn't been to Bonterra before so took advantage of Queen's Feast. Each item we had was very well prepared. Our server provided great service. Only downside was a group was noisily celebrating in a private room and the sound carried throughout the balcony where we were sitting .

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We stopped in for Charlotte Restaurant Week. The menu choices were diverse and the preparation and delivery of the food was all we could ask for

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Was there for resturant week, meal was great and so was the service

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and service! Noise level way to high for romance

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We went to celebrate a friend’s birthday during Restaurant Week. Our server was attentive and helpful. The food was delicious.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

I loved the atmosphere and the wine list. I have been wanting to try Bonterra for decades. I was not blown away by the food but the service and location are wonderful.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The food never disappoints! They also have a wonderful wine selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Four of us dined here for the first time. It was Restaurant Week. We all loved the food and ambiance. The choices were good and portions decent (with the exception of the grilled octopus which was delicious but the single tentacle looked lost on the plate). The duck 2 ways app was outstanding as was the scallops and shrimp main. The vanilla brûlée was to die for. We can’t wait to go back .

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Lovely evening during Charlotte Restaurant Week. It was our first visit, and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The wine list is fantastic and a lovely open bar area. Menu had wide choices. Really enjoyed the food and wine but the customer service was even better still!

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The interior of the location was beautiful and unique. The service was fair, but given how many bodies were there, I actually expected the attention to be a bit more on point. The food was good, but I would have expected the vegetable portions, specifically, to have been larger.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Last January Queen’s Feast restaurant week, we discovered Bonterra and loved it - ambiance, service and amazing food and presentation! We’ve been back for Valentine’s Day, our anniversary, July Queen’s feast and now this January! Can’t say enough- always something different, unique and delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The wine list is extensive and varied. The service was excellent as well as the food. We were there for restaurant week and enjoyed the varied menu that was offed for the event.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It was my first time at the restaurant and I really like it!
The food and the service were very good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Went Bonterra last weekend for Jan 2018 Charlotte Restaurant Week. Food was very good. There were a few mix-ups with our wine, appetizers and dinners orders, but after a few attempts, our server was able to get them corrected. Highly recommend the Braised Short Rib that was served for restaurant week - it was delicious!

The only two negatives are lack of parking (although they do offer complimentary valet), and the fact that we were not told by our server about the AAA gift discounted gift card purchase option during restaurant week....found out almost a week later when I saw the email from AAA....would have definitely purchased one while we were there last weekend.

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