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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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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (26)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Romantic (13)
Business Meals (13)
Local Ingredients (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (5)
Casual (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (4)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Thank you for an amazing night for my mom's birthday! The food and service was wonderful, as always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was overrated and not a good selection
The chicken was bland no seasoning none of the party who had the chicken was satisfied

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The appetizer of pork belly and grilled watermelon was excellent, the server recommended a very nice red but the good review stops there. The server was unprofessional, and sloppy, managing to miss our water glasses on 3 different occasions. The sweet corn soup was bland, the strip was OK and the duck was just OK as well. Given the other reviews I have seen I was disappointed. I can only assume that we experienced an off night or the other reviews are from the staff themselves.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Quite good. We were pleased overall.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice ambience, excellent food, and great waiters. Options for vegetarians are also available upon request!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent wine list, great food. Only downside was that it was too cold for me.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great service, good food, but definitely need work on the ambience and interior. It hasn't changed in over 5 years and having dirty drop ceiling tiles (that cost $2/tile) is not excusable when dinner for 2 runs $150-$200 on average. They have such a great building and just need to make a small investment into bringing it it back to life.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Little old fashioned, mature crowd. Food was OK, not many options for fresh green vegetables.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service was very good, beautiful place, but the food was just mediocre

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Looking for a special meal in an upscale, quiet setting where you are not rushed? Then this is your restaurant.
An extensive wine list. The steaks were superb and the soufflé worth the wait.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Always great food and service. The wine list is the best in town and reasonably priced. Menu is pretty consistent although changing it up a little more often would be a plus.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

I came to Bonterra for the first time during Restaurant Week and I loved it. Each course was delicious and the wine selection is unmatched in Charlotte. The sirloin for my second course was especially good, my mom had the pork tenderloin which was also delicious. Overall a great experience and I would certainly return.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 30, 2017

In fairness, this was during Queen's feast, Charlotte's restaurant week, which may not be the most representative experience. That said, we were willing to order off the regular menu but the server explained that was not an option.
With 4 diners ordering off a $35/per person pre-fixe menu, our bill was just under $500. We had drinks, but nothing out of the ordinary, each diner had 2-3 drinks in some combination of (beer cocktail, wine) I asked for a house red that might go well with my entrée and the server brought an agreeable cabernet. I did not ask the price but I felt tricked when I got the bill and it was $22/glass. This is not to say that a great glass of wine is not worth $22/glass, but when the entire 3-course meal is $35, I think a good server would clarify - our server was otherwise polite and knowledgeable. In general, an evening which is presumably intended as a way to introduce new clientele was marred with the unmistakable feeling that drinks were marked-up to offset the low-cost of the Queen's feast meal.
The salad was the best part of the meal and it featured really tasty ripe tomatoes and really fresh greens . We wanted to pay for a charcuterie plate, but the server explained that was "not allowed," so we made do with the bread. As it happens, we had a loaf of homemade bread with some hummus with our friends at home before we headed out. We all agreed the bread at home was much better. The "olive oil" was indistinguishable from plain vegetable oil.
The entrées were mixed: 1 was great, 2 were good, 1 was OK. We skipped the "third course" the uninspiring desserts.
It was a mediocre meal at a gourmet price. I was still hungry when we left.

Tags: Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The menu for restaurant week. The food was very good. We really like the fried lobster.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We went to Bonterra during restaurant week. The menu was varied and everyone seemed to enjoy their selection. We had a large group (10 people) and were seated in the choir loft. Good service and good food!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We love Bonterra, however our experience last night was disappointing. We were seated 25 minutes late. They were out of several wines. The wait staff seemed frazzled and clumsy, 2 trays of dishes were dropped while we were there. The food was less than stellar. My steak was not cooked to order, overdone, and extremely salty. Not what we expected from Bonterra.

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excellent food but because of the "restaurant week" the place was super loud. My wife and I were literally screaming at each other during our meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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