Bonterra

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1649 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. Delicious fillet with perfectly cooked asparagus. We loved that it was quiet and we could hear each other talking!

RG
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Last weeke first time to Bonterra, and we'll be back, as the food & waiter were great. They've also got a private room / wine cellar downstairs available for small parties.

LC
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Hardly ever send food back but my fried lobster was complete rubber. Since this is the specialty, it should come out right. The service was really good, the atmosphere is nice but overall, for the price, the food was barely above just okay.

RH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Cool atmosphere, but the food wasn't great and overpriced for the quality.

VG
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent a couple of hours and enjoyed great food and service!!!

EM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and atmosphere. Great wine, beer and food options. Heather is the best!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, perfect for our anniversary!!! We had a lovely evening.

R
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

So so experience. Waiter pours our wine without letting us taste it. Onion soup was sad...a little piece of cheese cover bread, floating on top of onion flavored broth. Short ribs were excellent. Filet was excellent, but sides were skimpy....3 half little fingerling potatoes ???

5
Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect in every way!

RC
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Bonterra and we really enjoyed our experience. The food and the service was excellent. Bonterra has definitely moved on to our list of favorite places to dine.

A
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal. Some music playing throughout would be perfect!

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

They did not make it special. Service not good. Food way over salted.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food!

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joel was terrific. Best steak in Charlotte

OT
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family dinner enjoying our son home on leave from the Air Force. Really enjoyed the Ribeyes, and Scallop entrees. Fried Lobster was a big hit. Will definitely be returning.

EH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. The ambiance of an old church was very unique. Will be going back.

LJ
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Bonterra is a lovely restaurant, once one of my favorites, but I hadn't been there in about a year. The food was not exceptional and it was overpriced.

TL
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. A real gem! Audrey selected the perfect wine and gave us excellent service. Food was supreme and the portions were just right! Beautiful and historic setting. It was a wonderful evening!!

BT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Above average in all areas. Great experience.

T
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. We went for our anniversary and were treated wonderfully. The food was outstanding, as it always is at Bonterra!

S
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it for my bf's bday. Everything was perfection!

5
Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service at the bar! Blake was outstanding as always! Be back very soon!

R
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome!! Small and intimate.

MG
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Good food and great service!

CW
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good burger special on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cooked to perfection.

A
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, an impressive wine selection, and outstanding service.

B
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bonterra's is by far the best dinning establishment in Charlotte if you take into account all of the attributes that you look for in a fine restaurant. Great Valet service, easy access, outstanding bar, best wine selection, on time seating. outstanding table service, great menu, outstanding food, atmosphere second to none.
No wonder we have made it one of our go to establishments and can not wait to return.

g
Charleston
51 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve long been fans of Bonterra... but it had been a while since we’d been in.
Now it’s been two weeks in a row!! The hot fried chicken is over the top.... ( partly due to the sides, but it’s great on its own!)
Also at our table we had the fresh catch...again.. the fish was great, but the combo of veggies etc with it... made it.... extra delicious!
Can’t sing enough praises!! ( and didn’t even mention the ROLLS!)
Maybe one day soon we’ll have room for dessert!!
Hats off to Blake and all the staff !!

AL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had such a positive experience at Bonterra. The food was absolutely amazing and we couldn't have been happier.

m
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I didn't care for my entrée, but the waiter was very gracious and credited it. My sister's entrée was delicious. It's a unique restaurant that's definitely worth visiting.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was unhappy with the service. Plus, my entree came with half the ingredients. When I made the waiter aware, instead of bringing me a new dish, he brought over the missing ingredient, which was the main part of the meal. No apology, no nothing.

I was only in Charlotte for the night and was majorly disappointed with Bonterra.

Dr. Toya Corbett

5
Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service! Chef Blake always does a outstanding job!

OT
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Return visit as we’ve been there 4 or 5 times. Fried Lobster tail was over cooked and shrimp and scallops were overcooked as well. Charcuterie was good. There were very few people dining that night. Server was nice. Disappointed in the meals

JG
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Not a busy night but still the service was sub par. My grouper was very overcooked. We were almost done with dinner before our second drink order was served.

R
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and an overall pleasant dining experience!

K
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are on a mission to make Friday night date night and try new locally owned restaurants. I went to the CurEat app and Bonterra was recommended by a number of Chefs, Restaurant Owner's, Foodies, etc. So, I chose Bonterra based on CurEat users. They were spot on! Michael and I started with the Brie as a starter and were in awe of how tasty, smooth and perfectly prepared for us. We had a stare down for last bite.

The entree's! Michael had Grouper and I had Filet Mignon. I know, a generalization but food reversal for who you would think would have the fish. There are not enough adjectives to describe the taste, the preparation, the quality... My filet I could cut with a fork. I'm ready to go back just writing this review. Michael and I shared bites and just shook our heads in agreement of the flavor, temperature and again quality of the food.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the professional wait staff. Josh (hope it's okay to mention his name) was helping us with choices. Of course he was knowledgeable, helped us make good wine choices and all around friendly as he smiled constantly.

An all around excellent visit from valet parking, greeting, chef, wait staff and restaurant ambiance. Thanks CurEat app for helping us out. We will visit Bonterra again soon.

MG
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Would go again even if it’s not a special occasion.

DW
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Bonterra!!!! Everyone was so friendly and we enjoyed excellent service, great quality and very tasty food!!!! Our server Joshua B was exceptional and is truly a great asset to the Bonterra team!!!! I do plan on enjoying the Bonterra experience again in the near future!!!!!

T
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I loved our waiter, and service was excellent and wine! Expensive but a delightful date night.