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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.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Contemporary Southern
Hours of Operation:
Open for Dinner
Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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, 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
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The presentation and flavor of the food was lovely, and the wine list was extensive. The restaurant was very busy due to a price fixe promotion. That may be the reason that the service was not quite up to the level of the food (e.g., having to request water refills), but still more than adequate. We will definitely return
Unfortunately, two people at our table got their steak overcooked. the waiter offered to replace it, but it always feels uncomfortable to send the food back. Also one person who had chicken said it was tough. the appetizer and dessert were fine. Just would have liked for my meat to be cooked rare.
Bonterra is a nice, upscale setting with nice ambiance. The food was also delicious. For starters, the shrimp with crabmeat and corn was delicious and perfectly portioned. The sirloin was tender and perfectly cooked, and was rubbed in a peppery coating that really added a nice touch and set it apart from other steaks I have had. The Oreo mousse was also a light and delicious dessert. The wine list is very impressive and I love that you are able to sample before choosing one. Our server was very kind and attentive. The one thing that almost put me off at first was the bartender, she didn't seem to be much of a people person and took forever to acknowledge patrons. She also was not very helpful or responsive to questions regarding the wine selections. Luckily my server and dinner was so good I forgot about my experience at the bar by the end of dinner.
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