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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, 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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Bonterra Ratings and Reviews
This was a casual date night for my husb ...
This was a casual date night for my husband and I, light dining with a selection of appetizers and wine.
Bonterra is know for their Fried Lobster dish. I eagerly ordered the appetizer portion for my husband, just certain that he'd love it too. To my dismay, it was overcooked and very rubbery. A huge disappointment considering the spend and the notoriety. The calamari was good. We also split the fettuccini entree. This was outstanding!
As for the wine, they have probably the largest by the glass selection in Charlotte. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding our selection.
Bonterra is a well-known stop for anyone ...
Bonterra is a well-known stop for anyone familiar with the food mise-en scene in Charlotte. The food is always good, the service first-rate, and the setting first-class. We began with the leak and goat cheese spread which cannot be described in words, je ne sais quoi! For entrees, I had rice grits and vegetables while my husband opted for the butternut squash fettuccine. Simply outstanding, and made all the more so as my husband bought a 2012 Clinet Pomerol to pair with whatever we had--marvelous. It's too bad we didn't get a pass on the $25 corkage fee even though it was his birthday but I guess you can't have everything. Bonterra does a great job on vegetarian options (my husband and both are) but the selections are rare and must be stitched together. In any event, we'll be back. Highly recommended.
There were a lot of positive reviews for ...
There were a lot of positive reviews for the fried lobster tail but I was not impressed. It was heavily breaded and seemed like it was fried for a bit too long. The lobster size was generous but I found myself taking off the coating and eating the lobster without it.
The food was delicious and the waitress ...
The food was delicious and the waitress was so nice all throughout the meal. It wasn't until the end when she brought our checks and six out of the seven checks were incorrect. That wasn't so bad but her attitude when we asked her to change it was not polite. Overall, the atmosphere and the food was worth it.
We were celebrating our 20th wedding ann ...
We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and were looking forward to a great meal and celebration. Although I called ahead to inform the restaurant that it was a special occasion, they did absolutely NOTHING in recognition of our special day. I was not expecting any free drinks or food, but some kind of recognition would have been nice. Other restaurants do far more for lesser celebrations. The food was good, as usual, but these days it is about the total experience, and that was only mediocre.
The food was good, not stellar but the a ...
The food was good, not stellar but the ambiance made up for it. The Prime Ribeye was tasty but way too much fat and gristle. 50% waste. My wife had the fresh catch, can't remember what kind of fish, Halibut I think. She enjoyed it but said it was over seasoned...salty.
Had been looking forward to experiencing ...
Had been looking forward to experiencing Bontera after reading several positive reviews. Decided to take a special person to share the experience.
Overall unsatisfied with the experience. Wait staff was barely attentive. Focused on refilling my wine glass at will but totally ignored my fiance.
Menu was limited...
Not much positive to say....actually nothing positive to say.
We decided to check out Bonterra with so ...
We decided to check out Bonterra with some friends for CLT Restaurant Week. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. The interior is beautiful and unique. The service was on top of things, even on a busy Friday night. We all enjoyed our food as well. Highlights were the filet and salted caramel cheesecake. Not sure I'd return to pay for another meal based on the food quality...very good, yet not incredible or flawless. I DO want to return to enjoy their stunning wine selection, though!
The atmosphere and service was very good ...
The atmosphere and service was very good. We got the shrimp and ribs first course and they were delicious. Unfortunately the second course was a disappointment. My fiancé got a filet medium rare, and it was so tough and gristly that he couldn't chew most of it. He ended up having to spit out over half of it (which was embarrassing because this place was so fancy and no one wants to have to spit out their food.) We ended up having to go get fast food after a $140 meal because he was still hungry. I got the chicken and it was good but nothing amazing. For the price I would expect something a lot tastier. The dessert was decent. Again, I really don't think it's worth the expense for the sub par quality of food. If you're looking for an extensive wine list then it's definitely the place to go.
Dining at Bonterra's during the Charlott ...
Dining at Bonterra's during the Charlotte Feast - Restaurant Week was a great way to try this restaurant and enjoy a lovely three course meal at a very reasonable price. The appetizers (shrimp and also the heirloom tomoatos) were both very good. My C.A.B. sirloin steak was very good and cooked exactly as ordered - medium rare. The potato rounds and green beans very tasty and the bourbon sauce to compliment the steak 'perfect'. My friend had the Low Country Paella with salmon served over 'gold' rice and 3 or 4 mussels. Both the fish and mussels - very good - the rice - rather average. She also ordered and totally enjoyed the fried lobster tail. Delicately battered and lightly fried the lobster was tasty, succulent and overall the highlight of her dinner. We both ordered the coconut cake with chocolate ganache - very, very good. Will definitely go back to Bonterra!
Went during restaurant week so they were ...
Went during restaurant week so they were very busy. Had a nice meal. Wine list quite extensive including the longest by the glass I've seen in some time. Service was spotty at times but they did not rush us. Restaurant in a great space, very eye catching. Dessert with coconut roulade was surprising good.
This place is so wonderful. Very beauti ...
This place is so wonderful. Very beautiful on the inside and out!! The atmosphere is great and just makes you feel comfortable and cozy. Food is always great. Service is good too. Really good happy hour specials!!! I can't wait to go back.
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.
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