Bonterra Trattoria

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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating
Italy is a country of breathtaking beauty - both the land and the people. It is this beauty that is the inspiration for Bonterra, a lively and spirited Italian Trattoria. Chef Ben Mills prepares contemporary Italian fare with the emphasis on simple, fresh ingredients with an exciting twist. Experience the passions of Italy in our casual dining room; on our stunning Tuscan terrace; or in the Wine Room for a more private event. Our vibrant cuisine perfectly reflects the passions, style, and gusto that is the hallmark the Italian way of life. While we realize that our patio is a popular place to dine during the summer months, we do not reserve tables on the patio.
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Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are planning to have our wedding here, what a wonderful place with amazing food and great service!

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

lovely place. Our server, Courtney, was amazing! Food and wine was great, particularly the rigatoni. Wonderful night out. I'll be back for sure.

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MF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful Patio setting, good menu selection with individual ala cart items, as well a set menus with chefs menu and family style options. Definitely returning again!

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Father’s Fay

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H
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful patio and excellent service. Complimentary parking was appreciated. Food was very good. We will return.

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AE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This beautiful restaurant is like a mini trip to Italy without leaving the city. The patio is gorgeous but so is the rest of the restaurant a completely authentic and enchanting space and the food is FANTASTIC!! Service super cordial and efficient what more could you ask for? I adore this restaurant and would recommend if ever wanting to prove to out of town guests that Calgary too has a world class dinning options.

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AA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was great, our servers was very knowledgeable and kind. Unfortunately one of our dishes were a miss.

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HD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Birthday - the service was very slow at first than greatly improved. Amazing food, amazing atmosphere.

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AL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My only complaints are that a) there was a man doing work on the roof next door and it was noisy for like three minutes so if you’re a real uptight person that hates that, well... just hope there isn’t someone working on the day you attend b) the meal was so good I was too full for dessert

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C
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

Today myself and three girl friends had lunch on the patio and truly felt less than welcome from our server. I am not sure if it is because we all had the express lunch for $ 25.00 and drank only water that we received such disdain. It was clear to the four of us that she would rather have been clearing all the tables around us than making sure we were looked after. When our desert was delivered we received a sort of apology that the cookies had to actually come out of the oven giving us the impression they would be hot. Delicious cookies, but stone cold. The food is delicious, the patio beautiful but we all came back to the office wondering why we would ever go back to Bonterra.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Patio was great - then we were moved inside - and forgotten - staff went missing. Great start and then downhill - servers should be trained that the evening is a totality - beginning to end. We were left to feel that she could hardly wait to be done - and she was only serving us once we moved inside......I work in the service industry and would make this part of training of the "whole" of the experience. You have a great patio, but the staff inside was short of expectations. It wasn't busy......it was the Monday of the Raptor loss......so, really quite disappointed at the end....as it was not busy and the staff inside was very short on service

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E
Calgary
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again, Bonterra Trattoria has delivered their outstanding food with wonderful service in an awesome setting. Consistent quality every time is what keeps us coming back!

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1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Service was equally great. The server brought out a replacement dish for us right away after an 'incident' with our two year old resulted in a drink being spilled into it.

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Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were fortunate enough to be on the patio and had a perfect table near the fire. The server was very attentive without being intrusive. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. All in all a lovely evening.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing and accommodating

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the appies to main corse to desert will defiantly be back

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for dinner to catch up with out of town friends and the staff at Bonterra were amazing. They let us stay for ages - never making us feel hurried and the food was perfection! Special requests and allergies were accommodated kindly. What a great place! Will be back for their amazing patio.

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Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant , great service. I struggled with the strange menu?

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

It took almost half an hour to order our food. And it took almost 2 hours for our food to arrive and the service was very poor.

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C
Calgary
23 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service, food, atmosphere, they got it all figured out for an enjoyable customer experience. Would love to return, especially on their beautiful patio!

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch menu was excellent, tasty and the service very fast, great for a lunch hour when you have to come back to work.

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OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The food was pretty nice and the restaurant is super warm and friendly inside. Service was alright, not great but not bad either. Not a lot of attention and wine didn’t hit the table for a long time.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Lovely experience with a group of friends. The outside patio suite the day and time as well as is was beautiful, peaceful and well set up. Not noisy or uncomfortable. We were able to sit and enjoy our time together and not feel like we had to rush through our meal. The food tasted wonderful and was of good value. Thanks for a great evening out with friends.

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m
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Terrible service.

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LW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We dine at Bonterra frequently and the food never disappoints. Twice in the past 6 months the service was a bit off, but the food is always fantastic so we keep going back. Their risottos are especially good.

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LL
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Ok, expensive for what it was. Not sure it’s an again for me.

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JC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Love this patio! Great quality food. Will return for sure!

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ES
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food was not as good as I remember from years ago. I had the Carbonara and it just wasn’t very flavourful or memorable; maybe just an off-night in the kitchen, but definitely a downgrade from my previous Bonterra experiences.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

We had terrible service. There was a large party seated next to us and our server was way more concerned about providing them service then she was us. We waited over 20 minutes to have our order taken and after that we never saw her again until our food arrived. All of our food was either lukewarm or cold when it came to our table (after waiting 40 minutes for it to arrive). My husband’s chicken was raw in the middle and when he pointed it out to our server she said “that’s how it’s supposed to be”. My husband, who is a chef, couldn’t even eat his meal. This used to be one of our favourite restaurants but we will not be going back.

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WW
Calgary
50 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We enjoyed the calamari and focaccia bread but the breadsticks were on the salty side. The pasta dishes were tasty but the linguine was a bit salty. As we went later, they were out of the dessert we wanted. Service was good but leisurely. Avoid a table by the door as you could feel breeze each time it was opened.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 28, 2019

Hi Wendy, thanks for your review! We have brought your concerns to the attention of our team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Bonterra used to be our very favourite restaurant in Calgary, and we always made a point to visit when we were in town. After this last experience, we definitely won’t be in a rush to get back.

To be fair, the food was still delicious. Unfortunately, we waited for over an hour for two pasta mains after we finished our appetizer. After watching the two tables on either side of us, who has both ordered both appetizers and mains, after us, receive their mains in a reasonable time, we were told by our server that our food was next up and coming out very shortly. This was about half an hour after we finished our starter. Then, after waiting an additional twenty minutes, we were told that there had been a ravioli that split and that they were remaking both pasta dishes because of this. At this point I would have been more than happy to receive one less ravioli if this had been true. We then waited at least fifteen more minutes before we were finally served our mains. To further frustrate us, we were told by a manager that our order had been placed after a large party and that’s why it had taken so long. But if our order had gone in after a large party, weren’t the tables on either side of us as well?

Honestly, it was obvious that our server had forgotten to put our order in, and we would have been fine if we had just been told that. But to hear two different flimsy excuses as to why it had taken so long was beyond aggravating.

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TO
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently awesome. This is my go-to place when I am in the area.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Tim! Thank you for the great review! We hope you are in the area often!

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MG
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good place to enjoy a nice meal. The bisteca? was delicious, a bit tough but very tasty

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hello! Thanks for the 5 stars...we appreciate them.

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M
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bonterra is one of my “go to” restaurants. The food and service is consistently excellent. When full, it can be quite noisy, but those experiences have been very rare. Highly recommended.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hello Maestro. Thanks for the review....we are glad to be one of your favorites!

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OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Service was quite slow.

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WC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed Mother’s Day brunch at Bonterra! Mom declared the Eggs Benedict the best she’s ever had! All our meal choices were delicious and we got to enjoy the patio outside! Service was attentive and food was delivered nice and hot. This is our 2nd year here for Mother’s Day and we hope they host it again next year because we’ll be there!

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hi Wendy! Thanks for the great review of our Brunch! We'll see you next year!

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TK
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We had an excellent calamari starter, with beautifully grilled squid well complemented by arugula and dressing. The other choices were less inspired: tartare, linguine with boar bacon and another pasta with lamb breast. Next time we'll try Ben's Tasting Menu or just skip the pasta dishes.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 9, 2019

HI Tom! Thanks for the review, we appreciate your comments!

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LG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Very slow service. Each dish we ordered took 45-60 mins to come to the table. Waiter was not very attentive. I understand bring short staffed etc however there was never once an apology for how slow everything was going, so it seemed like the norm.
Family birthday party sat beside us with young kids running around the restaurant (and our table) they were screaming and very obnoxious.
3/5 of us did not enjoy the dish we ordered. Will likely not return.
Good for large group but be prepared to have long waits, bad service and potentially not enjoy your meal.

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OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our new favourite restaurant!
Couldn’t give 5 stars across the board since our octopus appetizer seemed to have only a little octopus, but tasted amazing!

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 9, 2019

Thanks for the great review, we'll take a look at the new octopus dish! See you soon!

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CB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our entrees were amazing!

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on May 9, 2019

Hi Cathy....thanks for the 5 stars!

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