Unlike fine china, which sits around lazily collecting dust to trade for baseball cards, fine dining has a go-getter attitude that begs for action. Give in to the will of fancy fare with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $60 worth of contemporary American cuisine and drinks at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room in the South End district near Uptown. This Groupon does not include alcohol.
Executive chef Cory Sharpe has been kneading the menu to the perfect consistency over the past nine years. Engine revvers include barbecue-duck spring rolls ($10) and Bonterra's signature fried lobster tail ($17). Or start with an assortment of calamari, crab cakes, and spring rolls for four people ($44). The meats for Bonterra's main dishes are prepped inside specialized wood-burning grills that reach solar temperatures to lock in succulent flavors. Like a marinated phoenix emerging from the fire, the added ingredient of flame creates a synergetic marriage of tastes unachievable through other cooking methods. Sup on an 8 oz. fire-roasted center-cut filet served with horseradish mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus ($32), or a Niman Ranch pork chop with cranberry polenta and sautéed swiss chard ($27). Seafood options include scallops ($27), pan-seared grouper ($26), and Ahi tuna ($26). Vegetarians and herbivoyeurs can peruse a succinct lineup of salads ($7–$8).
Neatly tucked inside a 96-year-old renovated church, this upscale establishment is a sight to behold or be beheld in by those beholding the sight. White walls, tall windows, and lofty ceilings surround diners in a seemingly infinite space, where courteous servers whisk plates to polished tables and whisk hunger away from merry men and women. Reservations are required.
Gayot listed Bonterra Dining & Wine Room as one of the top-rated restaurants in Charlotte and gave it a very good rating of 15-out-of-20 chef hats. Zagat rated the food and service very good to excellent, and the décor extraordinary to perfection.
- That Bonterra has one of the top wine programs in the city has only helped make this a destination dining spot for the city’s fine diners. – Gayot
- “Wine-worshiping congregations” flock to this “almost mystical” church-turned–New American “sanctuary” “tucked away on a quiet street” in Dilworth for more than 200 “terrific” selections by the glass (available in “interesting themed flights”) and an “impressive” 300 by the bottle – Zagat
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room
Within a renovated, century-old former church, experienced chefs helm a wood-burning brick oven designed and built by Aztec Indians in the American Southwest. Atop live cedar and hickory planks, executive chef Cory Sharpe roasts a seasonal selection of fresh seafood and high-quality steaks and chops to a level of tenderness normally reserved for braised greeting cards. His elegantly prepared entrees emerge into the contemporary dining room, where tall windows and chandeliers cast light across the historic building's high ceilings and white columns. Servers can also shuttle meals to the verdant outdoor patio, which sits atop a stone walkway shaded by towering trees.
Not only has Bonterra's owner and managing partner John Duncan helped his neighborhood by revitalizing this once flourishing community center, he also strives to source ingredients from local farmers. In addition to fresh, seasonal fare, Bonterra's menu features artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and spreads designed to pair with selections from an expansive wine cellar that bursts with more than 200 vintages served by the glass or bottle.
1829 Cleveland Ave.
Charlotte, North Carolina 28203Get Directions