Bonterra

4.4
1991 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service and knowledgeable staff! Thank you David

MD
vipMarceloD
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and below par desserts

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Nobody wore masks. Some food was very good. The standards were just tired standards. The service was fantastic but unmasked.

SG
SheriG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

the waiter was very focused on 2 large tables it took forever to order and to get our food, one of our guests was trying to explain her palette for wine and was met with "well let me just bring you something" we ordered dessert and he never brought one of the desserts ordered for a guest so that caused an additional delay and quite frankly the experience was disappointing.

DM
DanM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Waiter was in a hurry to take our order. We had to slow him down. We ordered two spreads. One was very good. The hummus spread was watered down like they were trying to make it go farther. I had a salad starter. The dressing was way too tart. We both ordered the halibut which came with carrots and saffron rice. YUCK!!! It was so bland. There was literally no taste. There were no spices. We both went for the salt and pepper to help it. I ate the fish which also need to be seasoned but at least it had some last. The topper was we told the waiter that it really wasn't good and needed seasoning. He then said that was his experience with the halibut from other customers. Worse no one came over and said hey sorry yo had a bad meal can we find a way to make it up so you will come back. NO! Waiter brought the bill and just wanted us to leave. NEVER again at Bonterra!!

JM
JulieM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joanie was awesome!
Order the fried lobster tail. Totally worth it!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. Fried lobster was delicious. Entrees were just ok.

CF
CurryingFavor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food, service and interior are outstanding. On a Monday night, tho’ we were almost the only diners (so we stayed four hours with no pressure to leave! I’ve been here a number of times over the years, and it’s normally full (at least, pre-Covid!). The menu offers less items than previously but it remains a very interesting range. Wine list is excellent.

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none
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate in the Wine Cellar and it was a great experience!

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vipmrick4
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday. It was wonderful!

JP
vipJamesP
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service and perfect ambiance for a Saturday night meal!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Great atmosphere

BB
BertB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our food and the service was over the top as usual!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very nice!…dinner was awesome, the food is worth it. Must try!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing time. The food was delicious and our waiter was fantastic!

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vipsusanh
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Bonterra, and it was. Wonderful experience. Excellent food. Terrific servers. Sitting on the patio was perfect on a fall evening.

EH
ElizaH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I ate dinner here for our 1st wedding anniversary. We were drawn in by the repurposed church and stayed for the food. They had a great wine selection and the lamb lollipop starter was delicious. Our waitress quickly took our entire order and checked on us periodically without disturbing our meal. The main entrees were presented beautifully, one duck and one venison. If we didn't live so far away, we would definitely be back for seconds!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was awful. Food mediocre.

AM
AngelaM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service! Very attentive server. Love Bonterra every time I go!

MH
MikeH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

We went to this place on a date night to recon whether is would be a good place to get a chefs table for an upcoming birthday. We looked at the menu before hand, pricy, but not too much of it is of the highest quality. They clearly think much more of their food than I do.

We were disappointed not one employee was wearing a mask. Meck county has a mask mandate, I understand you can’t make all of your employees do it, but it felt like they were encouraging folks not to.

We ordered a carnitas and pork belly entree. It was $22. I’m totally fine paying that much for something like that but I expect it to be excellent and thoughtful. The idea behind the dish was good, but the execution was terrible. The carnitas were dry inside. They had clearly been microwaved., super hot on outside and cold inside. Same with the pork belly. The pork belly’s fat was super cold and not rendered, gross!!!

We asked for the check before we ordered our $60 (each) entrees. Again we are happy to pay that for excellent and thoughtful food. This place is not that!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and incredible food

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food was so bad we couldn’t even eat our mains.
Service wasn’t the best for a fine dining,
Don’t waist your money.

EH
ErinH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood gem with excellent food, a long wine list, and the staff is superb. If the weather is nice, be sure to sit on the patio.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation, yet when we arrived the hostess let us know that “she would see what she could do to get us seated”. Once seated we were largely ignored by our server, seemingly because we were younger than the average 60 year old patron. The most redeeming portion of the meal was the build your own charcuterie board. This was good. However the main dishes left much to be desired. I got the ahi tuna and ordered it rare, however it came out well done. My girlfriend ordered the mahi which came out cold. Both dishes were over the top salty and overall underwhelming.

MM
MattM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really good overall, a testament to their tenure. Great food and great service, with an exceptional wine list and specialty drink menu. A little pricing, but worth it large portions of high quality and fresh ingredients. Looking forward to eating here again.

MM
MichaelM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. Highly recommend this restaurant.

TB
TBM3
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice to go to a (fairly expensive) restaurant where the food is really excellent and the service is professional, efficient and mercifully unpretentious. That combination in waitstaff is so unusual these days, so I'll expand. First, was a huge plus for me that the waiter did NOT introduce himself - you know, the "Hi, I'm Bill and I'll be taking care of you this evening." He was middle-aged and a real professional, obviously quite experienced and at ease in his role, and thoughtfully competent. For example, he had obviously noted that the California Cab I ordered was the oldest decent vintage on their wine list (2014), because when he brought my selection to the table he also brought a 2007 of the same vineyard, which must have been a left over -- and offered me that one at the same price. Secondly, I'd note that he also asked only one time "How is everything?" versus the typical 2 or 3 interruptions per meal one suffers (as though an adult patron can't be expected to tell the waiter if something is wrong - so they keep asking). Lastly, he did not ask permission to clear our plates when we were obviously finished - he just cleared them. I could go on. And I will go back.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service good atmosphere awesome
We had an absolutely incredible time

KD
KarenD
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

One ordered the halibut had to return it twice. First was overcooked and dry. The second time was raw and cold in the middle. The third time was delivered after everyone else had finished. The fish was presented in pieces and served with the original risotto that was now 20 minutes old and congealed. The 60.00 steak was average at best served with average potatoes. The highlight of the meal was the half off price they gave us on the halibut. So, if you like inflated prices, average food this might be your place

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luv2dineinclt
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Menu was confusing and expensive. Lack of leadership on the floor was obvious.

5
vip57mgaman
Charleston
312 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal!

KW
KathieW
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Filet was ordered medium rare / it was raw - not edible.

JS
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.

C
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.

RH
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Service was impeccable!

CS
vipCharlotteScene
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, outstanding meal with very good service.

TM
TyMathhews
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great resturant. Staff, food, and mood was outstanding.

AL
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.

E
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.

FAQs

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

Bonterra is rated 4.4 stars by 1991 OpenTable diners.

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.