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Bonterra Dining & Wine Room




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Fresh. Local. Delicious. Bonterra Dining & Wine Room offers an extraordinary culinary experience in a historic church in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte. Led by restaurateur John “JD” Duncan, Bonterra has been a staple in the Queen City for almost 20 years. Executive Chef Blake Hartwick brings a new take on Southern Cuisine and the love of fresh local flavors to the menu, which changes regularly and features seasonal favorites and local ingredients when possible.

Bonterra is the perfect spot for special occasions, as well as everyday dining in the main dining room, choir loft, Wine Bar, and patio. Bonterra is best known for its amazing 200 wines-by-the-glass and another 200+ reserve wines from its private wine cellar. With that many wine offerings, everyone can try something different from around the world. The experienced staff at Bonterra can pair wines with food and find the perfect wine to match your palate.

Bonterra is one of Charlotte's most beloved spots for special events. With the current times, Bonterra has taken even more precautions to ensure not only your enjoyable experience but also your safety. Bonterra can make celebratory occasions like weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays and anniversaries come to life, within current governmental regulations.

Visit us at bonterradining.com.

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Jon Epstein

a month ago

You can never go wrong with Bonterra. The dining room, location and atmosphere are classic and tasteful. The wine list is always a winner, with several by-the-glass options. Wine is their specialty, so don't hesitate to ask questions and learn if you're uninitiated. Food's always over-the-top, exquisite, perfectly prepared! You'll pay handsomely for the experience, but it's professional from start to finish. If you're not loaded, save up and come here for a splurge. If you are loaded, it's a no-brainier of a Charlotte institution.


Mikayla Gorham

a month ago

We really enjoyed our dinner at Bonterra! The staff was friendly, the old church building was unique, and the food was excellent. A nice spot for a quiet dinner for two!


Mister Man

4 months ago

Very limited menu. We had an 8:30 reservation and they ran out of 2 of the 5 entrees they were offering last night. Only one fish option. The chicken we ordered as a back up was nothing special. No sauce and no flavor. The sides were weirdly small in comparison to the main courses. The best thing I had was a beet salad. Acoustics in the place are bad. It was terribly loud so that we couldnt hear each other speak.


ed oddo

a week ago

Excellent. Good atmosphere, food of high quality, attentive service. Thank you to our server Joel. Pricey but well worth it!


Giancarlo Bockos

2 weeks ago

Good food. Was there for a business dinner, so didn't paid for it. Otherwise a little pricy


John Strasswimmer

4 weeks ago

==This place hits it out of the ballpark on three fronts. ==First, it is based on very high quality ingredients that are prepared in innovative ways while respecting the flavor. For example buffalo cauliflower is lightly crusted and the hot is flavorful but mild which allows the nuttiness of the blanched cauliflower to come through bathed in a mild blue cheese mousse. Second, the wine list by-the-glass is exceptional. Tell the waitstaff what you like and ask for a surprise. Third, in the new normal of COVID-19, the restaurant ( a former church ) is spacious and airy allowing for good precautions while enjoying a memorable meal. The bonus: chef loves Spain so come on Monday or Tuesday for house specials from Spain


amelia hays

a week ago

I like it here, excellent food & service. I look forward to a return trip. Menu is like a cafe in Boston I liked.


Kevin Acosta

a week ago

I went there for my girlfriend's birthday. When we arrived we were approached by a dog that wasn't on a leash and didn't even have a collar on. We sat down and the waiter informed us of the wines that were on special. The server brought out two samples and we picked one but instead of it being one of the $35 bottles, he gave us a $88 bottle, which I didn't find out until after I left. The food was dry with no sauce, and it took long. For the price, I would expect more. I called the next day and spoke to "jeff" the manager and explained everything that happened. He said we would give me call the next day but I never received a phone call. I called back again, and was told the same thing by another emoloyee as the day before with no resolution. I am very unhappy and would not recommend this restaurant. I will be sure to tell all my friends.


Wes Morrison

6 months ago

The entire experience was perfect from the time arrived to the time I left. The staff is friendly and experienced. The food is mind blowing it's so good. Worth every penny.


Bekah Brundage

7 months ago

A fine dining experience - Our server was very friendly and approachable, yet professional and knowledgeable. As he spoke about the chef, I could really taste the culinary thought put into the dishes. I had the Cheshire pork on the Queens Feast menu, and the sweet potato sauce it was plated with just absolutely made all the flavors sing! The reuse of an old church building gives it a very distinctive architectural interior. I would recommend sitting by a wall on the lower level. You'll be beside either a lovely painting or a large window and looking up at the height of the space. The balcony tables offered more of a view of the indistinct ceiling than anything, unless you are right at the balustrade. But it is quieter and fun to look back down in the main space. Truly enjoyable!