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
Had a great time here during Charlotte r ...
Had a great time here during Charlotte restaurant week. The food was delicious, and our server, Joel, was awesome! I'll definitely be returning to see the full menu soon. There's about 40 wines by the glass that I still need to try!
Everything about our experience was exce ...
Everything about our experience was exceptional! The food choices and preparation/presentation were phenomenal! Service was absolutely impeccable and the atmosphere was very nice. We have been to Bonterra's many times over the years and we always continue to go back because we know we will get the same exceptional experience every time we go.
We checked out Bonterra for Charlotte re ...
We checked out Bonterra for Charlotte restaurant week...The positives: food was good and I would dine here again. The negatives: Waitress was ok but nothing stellar, we waited WAY too long to get a drink (and another round) and she seemed clueless. We were also seated upstairs in a tiny room which felt like we were sitting in a church attic. Oh, and the bread? I prob shouldn't judge a restaurant on the bread but it is the first impression after all. It may have been rye bread from the local HT.
C'mon Bonterra, you can do better.
Ok. So we came here during Charlotte res ...
Ok. So we came here during Charlotte restaurant week which may mean that they are just mass producing entrees to serve the masses. That being said, they did not live up to what I would have expected for a restaurant at this price point. First of all, when we arrived it was very obvious that the hostess had given our table to someone else ("Oh no what did I do? Where should we have them sit?" kind of gave that away). Secondly, they had a "Special Occasion" section when filling out the reservation. I let them know ahead of time that we were coming to celebrate my husband's 40th birthday. No one mentioned this the entire evening. So that alone to me was a complete customer service fail in my opinion. Appetizers were so-so. My husband enjoyed his salad and I had a shrimp dish that was also to include lump crabmeat. Having bought and worked with lump crabmeat a number of times, what little-to-no crabmeat they had in my dish was the cheapest grade crab you can purchase. We both had the filet for our entree. They had steak knives on the table for us but you literally had to saw through the meat to eat it. Again, I'm wondering if this was a byproduct of restaurant week. Our server Ashely was very nice and helpful, and our peanut butter chocolate mouse cake was tasty. Setting was very pretty, but sad to say we will not be back for a second visit. Too many other really good restaurants in Charlotte to make this worth our time and money again.
We visited during Restaurant Week and it ...
We visited during Restaurant Week and it was a lovely experience. The servers were attentive and pleasant, food was served at a good pace and the food was delicious. We tried the Raspberry Moscow Mules which were very good. The filet was perfect and everything was well-seasoned. Desserts were good and all the servings were just enough to not overstuff you.
We had not been back to Bonterra for sev ...
We had not been back to Bonterra for several years, and we are very pleasantly reminded how nice it is. The ambience is very nice, and the quietness promotes pleasant, comfortable conversation. The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. We agreed that we need to return to Bonterra more often.
In fairness I've been to the bar at Bont ...
In fairness I've been to the bar at Bonterra often because of its tremendous wine-by-the-glass selection; probably close to 100 white-wines and an equal number of reds. It's also a unique bar, since the restaurant was once a church.
This was a rare treat to eat in the dining room. It has a great fine-dining feeling without being too high-brow. The service was top class, truly on point and our server was entirely helpful with both the menu and the wine list.
That said the food matched the expectation; while not and extensive menu, it would be an exceptional menu. You won't find many of the menu items in other Charlotte restaurants and each dish was executed perfectly. Try the fried lobster and, in my opinion, you must try the center-cut filet. On your next trip you can try the other main plates!
Overall a great experience.
Fantastic experience. Our waiter couldn' ...
Fantastic experience. Our waiter couldn't have been more knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and attentive to every detail. The food was equally outstanding in both taste, texture and presentation. We also appreciate the chef accommodating our food allergies.
The only complaint would be that there was a large party gathered at the bar awaiting their seating in the upper level, whom were very loud. And for the first forty minutes of our quiet and romantic dinner we couldn't hear ourselves even though we were seated at the farthest point from the bar. By the expressions on the faces of those sitting at the other tables, we could tell that our thoughts were not isolated. Even when most of the large party moved to the upstairs, they were able to shout out over the balcony to their remaining party below, as if it were a private party. I might suggest that for such reservations that perhaps the restaurant since so small be rented out, to avoid insulting other paying patrons.
Otherwise, it was a wonderful experience.
Bonterra never disappoints, (except for ...
Bonterra never disappoints, (except for dessert portions & prices )
It has been awhile since dining here, and enjoyed it again. Their menu always changes, we were told almost weekly, with some staples staying. The seasonings are always just right. We have never had a "bad" dish here and have gone for many years. Many restaurants over season or use strange spices trying to be trendy, not Bonterra they are spot on!
Only gripe is desserts are $10 and their portion size small. Tasty, but small. If you are going to charge $10 make it big enough to share, or reduce your price a couple of bucks to end the meal not feeling like you were gouged at the end of a nice experience.
4 people, 2 new to Bonterra, all of us happy with meal.
Will definitely go back, but next time probably skip dessert.
So incredibly disappointed! We were so e ...
So incredibly disappointed! We were so excited to visit Bonterra for our 5 year anniversary. It's a good thing we both have a good sense of humor because our experience at this restaurant ended up being awful. To start the night off on the wrong foot, we had requested a table on the upper level that we had heard was a great place to sit. It wasn't a big deal, however I had called the restaurant and was ensured we would be seated there. When we arrived at the restaurant, they put us at a tiny table directly next to the kitchen. When we asked about the table we reserved, they at first tried to make it out like this was the best table in the house (insert eye rolling here) and when we questioned that, they finally said the upstairs was booked for a special occasion so they moved us here. Again, not a big deal, but don't treat us like idiots and try to pass off a table next to the kitchen as your "most romantic table". Our server was nice, but you could tell he had a lot of tables and it took a while to order our drinks and meal. When the food finally came out, the appetizer was so small it was just funny and my medium rare steak was medium well. I will say that my husbands fish was very good. There was no acknowledgement of our anniversary or any attempt to make the night special. After spending over $300, it was just a shock how bad the food was! We ended up heading to a nearby steakhouse for dessert and were given 2 free glasses of champagne, a rose and a dessert that actually had "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate...all for free. We absolutely did not expect that, but I think the server felt bad for us after we told her about our experience. We really are not high maintenance, picky eaters, however we just expected more from a restaurant of this caliber. So disappointed and will not return.
Steak was outstanding. Table service was ...
Steak was outstanding. Table service was good .. little too pushy for me.
my TOP 3 BEER SELECTIONS WERE OUT. Understand Bonterra does not have a wide selection of beers, but the ones on the list( that I requested -Boston IPA, Bud or Miller lite) were unavailable.
For a $359 meal( for 4) THIS IS not ACCEPTABLE.
A beautiful and romantic date night spot in a converted church. Our waiter was eager to answer our questions about the extensive wine list and the lamb was rave-worthy. Doughnuts and the buttermilk pie for dessert did not disappoint. I can't wait to go back and use the adorable patio!
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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