Bonterra

4.6
1844 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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What 1844 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDBDtraveler
Charlotte
139 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant. My friend and I had a fun night out. The food and service (Jeff) were outstanding! We felt completely safe during these pandemic times. It was a treat to able to go out for a meal and have such a lovely experience. Highly recommend Bonterra.

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Casey
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up being a perfect choice. Great ambiance, excellent food.

I highly recommend the Sea Bass.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

One word.....”Meh”. Nothing to write home about. Mediocre food. Not bad, just okay. The fact that they poured some kind of barbecue sauce over Filet mignon was disturbing. If it was intended to be a bordelaise sauce....it was not.

Service was decent and pleasant enough.

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Cdula
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was amazing and ambience was great!

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vipJLJo
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The wines by the glass list is extraordinary & the staff are awesome ! We were extremely impressed with the Chef . Food choices range from small plates to accompany wine to pre fix choices to entrees all with farm to table ingredients and expert preparation !

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vipDotDotS
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening out to celebrate hubby’s birthday. Everything was perfect.

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AndrewS
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the time we entered the building. The hostess was helpful and courteous, and Heather at the bar took great care of us at our high-top.

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AlyssaA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and wait staff was excellent and very friendly and attentive

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LeslieM
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the 3 course price fixed menus on a Friday night. Service was top notch. Food was all very good and I appreciate a vegetarian entre option on the special menu. Wine list by the glass was huge. Covid protocols all followed from what I could see.

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Dash
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food quality was not worth price. Lobster bisque was being returned by several tables. Steak not cooked to order. Staff was fantastic.

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MichaelW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner very much and plan to return soon. The steak was cooked perfectly, the short ribs were outstanding, and the sides were all done very well. The service was accommodating without being intrusive. The only area we felt came up a little short was dessert. The blackberry cobbler was smaller than I expected; I will not reorder on our next trip.

Overall, we plan to eat here again in the next few weeks.

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vip57mgaman
Charleston
283 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and wonderful service! One of the best places in North Carolina!

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Jerzy6546
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Service is great, food is amazing. Smaller portions but well worth it.

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vipDennis
Charlotte
146 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As evident in the ratings I've assigned to Bonterra, every aspect of our experience was, as usual, exceptional. I do, however, want to single out Jeff for exceptional service and the young man who was the backwaiter.

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AnnieC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband, mother in law and I went to Bonterra for dinner and had a great time. We each had steaks that were good. I had a martini which was ‘ok’... not the best I’ve ever had but not terrible. We had the hot pimento cheese for an appetizer and it was good! The homemade rolls were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Josh is an exceptional server and all around great guy.

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Chigirl
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

All these great reviews and honestly our whole table was underwhelmed. Service was very good and the ambiance was nice. We were shocked to see middle aged and seniors mobbed at the bar sitting and walking around talking close and hugging with no masks on whatsoever. Really, really close. No restaurant employee said a thing to them. Then there’s the food. My Caesar salad was the blandest thing I’ve ever had from a restaurant. No flavor at all. Also lettuce was lukewarm. I had surf and turf...the steak was tasty...but the fried lobster tail consisted of a very small lobster tail heavily, heavily coated with a thick tempura type coating. It was awful..plain awful. Nobody at table liked it. The asparagus was over embered and tasted awful. I’m hoping it was an off night.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic and well worth the price. I liked the wine we had but think there was a better option available. If you are looking for a reasonably priced experience this is it. We will be back.

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WayneT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I’m new to North Carolina. I must say the food and service was a 10/10. I’ll definitely be coming back

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BRobinson
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a family tradition of having a nice dinner after going to see the Nutcracker. This was the first year that we’ve tried Bonterra for dinner after the show. It was amazing! One of our daughters has Celiac and the server was knowledgeable and very accommodating. The wine was amazing, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. We could not have asked for a better experience. I only wish we remembered our servers name so we could individually compliment him, as he certainly deserves it.

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vipBarbaraH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were terrific. Nicely paced.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and value

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ThomasG
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My experience at dinner was great. We loved the food and atmosphere. Being an old church and now a restaurant was a first for me and my partner which made for an enjoyable atmosphere. Service was great also.

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RickC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a recommendation from a friend, we were pleasantly surprised of the value. The meal and service made our night.

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LeahB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasurable experience!! Was great from the time we walked in until the time we left. Great service, great food, beautiful restaurant. Upscale yet casual and laid back.

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vipCulinaryPnce
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last. Knute decision to go out to dinner. This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte and it did not disappoint. Everything was great with each course being delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions on 3 for $35 deal were great and service was exceptional from all staff. It was my wife and I’s anniversary and we were surprised with complementary Prosecco to start and a surprise desert at the end. Must try spot!

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DelCamp
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husbands birthday. Our appetizer was The fried lobster bites. Yummmoooo! We both had the Azalea salad which is a cesear salad and it was really good. I had the scallops and my husband had the filet. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. You could cut the scallops and filet with a butter knife if you had to. Our waiter Josh was fabulous. He made sure we were taken care of and had everything we needed. Tonight was half price wines by the glass. I am not sure if that was just tonight or if it is offered every Wednesday. Since it was my husbands birthday, Bonterra offer him a free desert off the menu. It was his choice. He did the cheesecake which was fabulous. We will definitely be back. Food and service was fabulous!

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vipAlinaA
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bonterra is excellent! I recently went for the first time. The service was awesome, the ambiance was beautiful, and the food was incredible. Every course was unique and delicious. It’s the best wine room I’ve been to! There are so many options and the staff is so knowledgeable on their wine menu. They were able to give us good recommendations, that we ended up loving! Everything was wonderful. I can’t wait to go back!

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vipMoosmom
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George was a great waiter. Fun, attentive, knowledgeable. Always ask for George!!

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SeanG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to try the $35-3 course dinner. Have had different appetizers here and the flatbreads before; all great. I had main of blackened swordfish and my companion had the short rib. Both were great; as were the appetizers and salads! Love this place. Great ambiance, food, and wine!!!

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Boxer
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service(Joel) and 1/2 priced wine. EXCELLENT AS ALWAYS!!

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vipBobL
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is very good. 3 for $35 deal is well worth it. Service was very good. The partying and noise level from the bar detracts from the dining experience substantially. Second time here and the bar noise was unacceptable. The wine is some of the highest prices i have ever seen in a restaurant. Even with half price glasses didn't bring it down to normal restaurant prices. I saw one particular bottle that I can buy for $15 in the grocery store and I know they only pay $5 a bottle for, and it was going for $72 a bottle. Normal prices on the glasses were the price of a full bottle in other establishments. I've no idea what they are thinking with their wine prices but I am not coming back here to drink wine anymore.

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Rocky1
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the venison and my husband ordered the surf and turf. Both were fantastic!
The waiter was courteous and attentive, and the atmosphere was quiet and elegant.
We had asked for a quiet table because we were enjoying the night with some older friends. Bonterra delivered on both a great meal and perfect table!

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Jack
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Receptionist did a poor job greeting and seating our adult party.
Wait staff was 5 Star, as was the food. Best halibut in Charlotte!
Overall a wonderful experience.

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vipwheelhouse12
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wine

JP
JeanneP
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful.

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TMichael
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went a second time as first experience was excellent. Jeff, our waiter, was super- The correct amount of attentiveness. Well done! We will be back!

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viprebekah815
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wanted to treat the family to a really nice dinner for my birthday. Everyone loved their food and by the end we were all stuffed. The appetizers kept us full in between courses. The main entrees took longer to come out but the food was very fresh. The service was decent and the ambiance was chill.

FAQs

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

Bonterra is rated 4.6 stars by 1844 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.