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.
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
Hours of Operation:
Open for Dinner
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Wine Bar open nightly @ 4:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Light Rail at West Blvd. Station
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Rehersal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings for up to 175 Guest
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Bonterra Ratings and Reviews
not what we expected, lobster was overco ...
not what we expected, lobster was overcooked, service was not good, very unpleasant dining experience for the money.
Delicious meat, but veggie and app porti ...
Delicious meat, but veggie and app portions too small.
Food was good But I didn't fee like the ...
Food was good But I didn't fee like the charcuterie platter was up to bar with the rest of the meal The filet was amazing, as was the mahi mahi
You need to try the fried lobster! Tons ...
You need to try the fried lobster! Tons of flavor! Also, great service!
Outstanding food and service
Haven't been to Bontera in about A year because of travel but the menu changes were needed and turned out great. At the same time keeping some of the signature dishes like the fried lobster tail rounds out a great menu. Had the pork bell with fried oyster appetizer... Excellent
We enjoyed Bonterra very much. Nice wine ...
We enjoyed Bonterra very much. Nice wine list.
Blah Easter Brunch
I think the buffet should have offered more options. Compared to their peers for the price point (Upstream, Bistro La Bon, Nans and Byrons) their cooked to order menu options had no wow factor and there were limited options (omelets and benedicts (salmon and steak)), the fresh seafood option (shrimp, mussels, crab claws, oysters, etc.) did not exist, the dessert options had no imagination and effort, from what I can remember( two days ago) it was a brownie (boring). I don't feel like I experienced a $30 plush brunch as I walked away unimpressed which means I won't recommend their Easter Sunday brunch and would not return for brunch. Mimosas at $7 was relatively high, $5 should be the price and offer a bottomless option. What I thought was good was the Scottish salmon (offer eggs and capers too), shrimp and grits, prime rib and fried chicken.
Our Waiter was excellent. The food was good but not anything special. The pastries, for example, were marginal.
Fried lobster tail, magnolia salad, ribe ...
Fried lobster tail, magnolia salad, ribeye & pimento cheese dishes were terrific.
The good news is that we had a nice dinner. A few cautions however. We felt like although we had a reservation for 2, we were shown to a table at the back of the restaurant overlooking the serving station that was set for 4, even though we passed several nicer booths for 2 that were open. They never filled while we were there from 7:30 to 9:30 so what's up with that? Is it because we made the reservation on open table? The white wine temperature seemed a bit warm to us but when we asked, we were told that they have it set at that temp. Finally, the menu selections were limited. One of us had the fish special (the only special) and I ended up ordering 2 appetizers because I just couldn't find anything else that sounded appealing to me. So in conclusion, though the menu options are a bit pedestrian , the food was good, the service fine, and it's a nice setting.
We are return customers to Bonterra and this visit was excellent as expected! Bonterra is a "farm to table" restaurant. That is, the origin of all the food served is properly noted and celebrated. With the outstanding menu, this makes the experience exceptional. Maintain the excellent effort provided!
We enjoyed our dinner very much. It was ...
We enjoyed our dinner very much. It was very busy and services was a little slow but overall very good.
Great experience AGAIN
Went to dinner with a dear friend who had never been there before. Was great good fun for me because I had been there many times and she thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the service.
Great food. Not so great service
Hostess was snapchatting while seating us. Waitress had a very strange over the top personality and was very awkward and uncomfortable. Food was very good. Quite loud restaurant.
We chose Bonterra's because of its reputation and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service was amazing.
Great date spot!
Parked in valet, which is mildly unnecessary, the parking lot is small. We arrived early for our reservation and were sat promptly. The noise level was a little higher than I expected due to a large group at the bar. I'm not complaining about that, I was just surprised, we just didn't know it was a place people went for happy hour. Overall, the experience was great! The restaurant is beautiful. Our server (Kerry) was awesome and gave us some great recommendations. Their wine list is huge, and most of the prices are fair. The food was excellent, would recommend the filet!
Good conservative restaurant
A little disappointed that limited option fixed price menu was only choice for Valentines Day. Food was good though
We have eaten at Bonterra many times, and have always loved it. But on Feb. 14, the food was lackluster (including a steak that was one-half fat, the other half mostly gristle...). We hope it isn't sliding downhill somehow, but we were pretty disappointed, and we aren't hard to please. Here's hoping Bonterra returns to what we've known over many years.
Disappointing special occasion
I understand that restaurants have fixed menus and higher prices for special occasions. However, service should not be compromised and foodo quality should be commensurate with the price. While there was a bread plate set for each diner, no bread was ever brought to the table. Each time our course was served they did not get the order right. At one point the waiter promised to get dessert right. He didn't. The food was average and the portions not large. One of the desserts was dry - like a stale brownie. This was a very disappointing Valentines Day.
My husband and I tried this place the night before Valentine's Day. There was a special menu and that could explain our experience. The meal was overpriced and not at all memorable. The chocolate cake was dry and tasted like a Pepperidge Farm frozen cake. The service was slow, but the building really is beautiful. I would go back for drinks at the bar and skip the food.
Every time we go to Bonterra we always h ...
Every time we go to Bonterra we always have a great meal. We live about 45 minutes to an hour away so we go on special occasions only or if friends are in town and we want to look good and take them to a nice place. Kerry our waiter was most helpful with fast service and was funny too. We've never had a bad meal.
away from the crowd gem
Had a wonderful diner. You must get a spread and crisps for the table. They were fantastic. Food was delicious and presented very well. Enjoyed everything about the restaurant
Food was fantastic, service was great, and have always liked the atmosphere. 5 stars all the way around....
Food was delicious but the portions were ...
Food was delicious but the portions were really small for the price. The cushions in the booth were very uncomfortable; it's time to refurbish.
awesome wine selectin
My wife and I had a great dinner here. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines and we tasted a few before settling on a nice Italian. Petit portions but well executed.
Great food, small portions
While I gave the restaurant high marks for service quality, food quality (excellent quality, small portions for the price), and ambience, I was most uncomfortable, as was my companion, in the booth seating. The cushion was lumpy and by the end of the meal my hind quarters were aching. It's time to change out the cushions.
A Shining Star***
The atmosphere was perfect! I was tasked with deciding the location for a recent company event. I have always enjoyed Bonterra, especially the wine list, and thought it appropriate for our evening together. The staff was very accommodating and set up the loft area just for us. The attendees did not know each other and we had a very pleasant experience picking Starters and discussing the menu items together. The waiter was patient and had excellent recommendations. overall, the location, food and wine were a hit with the attendees.
Valet service was nice. Hostess was warm ...
Valet service was nice. Hostess was warm and inviting. We had a great cocktail at the bar before dinner and the bartender made several good recommendations. Restaurant Week menu had interesting options. I chose ribs for an appetizer (tender and tasty), catfish for an entree (very good with a spicy kick). Rum raisin bread for dessert... divine. Service was excellent. Will try again for sure.
We went during restaurant week and servi ...
We went during restaurant week and service was very slow. They were very busy and guess it's understandable; however, the waitress was very defensive and not keeping us informed on the status of the food. The manager compensated with a glass of wine. I would try again when it's not restaurant week. The food was good.
The server was awful. He had too many ta ...
The server was awful. He had too many tables to wait on and we had to call for his attention twice. This does not seem acceptable in a restaurant of this level. The meal was average. The wine was good but certainly is not enough to bring us back to this place.
I've been to there numerous times. The most recent experience was during Restaurant Week. The food was very good, atmosphere was very nice. Because it was restaurant week it was super busy and I think the waitress was alittle overwhelmed..
The food was amazing !! Service was supe ...
The food was amazing !! Service was superb! The only reason I didn't give it a 5 star overall was because we had to wait 45 mins to be seated and we had reservations . I assuming it was because of the restaurant week crowd .. Overall great experience ..
First course was not edible, tasted terr ...
First course was not edible, tasted terrible! We laughed as we watched others around the restaurant try the first course in particular. All potions were super small, 2nd and 3rd course we're okay at best. Unfortunately, Bonterra did not meet our expectations. We had high hopes, but the food was really not good. Interior decor is not what we imagined either...ceiling tiles look unauthentic, did not fit the decor...boring!
I really enjoyed the overall experience ...
I really enjoyed the overall experience at Bonterra. I look forward to going back there!
So glad the sun came out and melted the ...
So glad the sun came out and melted the ice so I could make my reservation tonight! Alway enjoy Dining at Bonterra😍
Although my trout was very good my husba ...
Although my trout was very good my husband had fried catfish and he said it was like eating fish sticks . Very disappointed because it was $35 for restaurant week.
Food was ok and service was lacking. It ...
Food was ok and service was lacking. It was an empty restaurant and for some reason we were rushed through every course like the staff was trying to turn tables quickly. Very frustrated that we were still enjoying pre-dinner cocktail when entrees arrived. For that matter, we were still enjoying apps when entrees arrived! The redeeming factors for this place is the wine list and the dining room. Gorgeous setting. Too bad food and pace of meal didn't measure up. Would go back for wine and maybe apps at the bar but never again for full meal. Would recommend the same to all who asked.
This is a wonderful restaurant for any o ...
This is a wonderful restaurant for any occasion especially something special
Creative menu , great food , nice room
My wife and I dined at Bonterra for her Birthday . The dining room is an artful redo of an old neighborhood church. We had a nice seat off to the side in a private alcove. The menu is very creative , Who ever heard of fried lobster tails ? We started out with the charcuterie for two with aged sharp cheddar and a glass of great wine off the extensive wine list . My wife's lobster tail entre was superb. My catfish was crispy with a tasty breading without being overdone. The only negative to the meal was we were slow to be greeted by our waitress but in her defense they were busy, she was personable and quickly overcame that . I would definitely recommend Bonterra for special occasions for fine dining. I'll go back
Very average experience
We were looking forward to visiting Bonterra, but our meals were only average. Disappointing, as the restaurant did not live up to its reputation.
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