Bonterra Trattoria

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took my future mother in law and my fiancé for dinner, we love this place! So much that we’re getting married there next year. Our waiter Shandor was excellent, and the food was as good as ever

AA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and staff. Fantastic place, great food selection

L
Calgary
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service is always outstanding and they have one of the best patios for summer dining in the city. The linguini carbonara is my favorite. The wine list is extensive and a number of great selections for a reasonable price. Definitely worth a visit!

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Celebrating a friend's birthday. It was a great experience. Our waitress was very pleasant & friendly, she asked if it was a special evening. I said that my friend was celebrating her birthday. She brought us a glass of Prosecco, which was a very nice touch. She was very helpful in explaining different dishes & helping us make a decision. We had a wonderful evening

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

It was a great time celebrating my fiancé’s birthday!

T
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent, freshly prepared with wonderful ingredients. The fresh bread a delight. Attentive service throughout. A bit too tightly placed tables, making both our conversation and the ones next to us easily overheard, even though there was ample space that day to spread us out more.

TB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I love Bonterra - especially their patio in the summer - nothing beats that patio in Calgary!

The calamari was fantastic - though it really could be considered a salad with Calamari.

The greens salad that I ordered was ridiculous - it was full pieces of leaves - not cut nor torn in anyway. And I asked for dressing on the side - yet it was SMOTHERED in salt and pepper - I would certainly not order again.

I love the space; sadly it was rather empty (noon on a Thursday in October) so if you're looking for lively ambiance - this is not the place. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxed meal with lovely service and great food options (order the Carbonara - it is the BEST in the city and I should have ordered it!) - come to Bonterra!

CF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service. Exceptional food. Wonderful ambience. What else do you need for a great night out for dinner in YYC?

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good as usual.

c
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great food and reasonably price. Nice ambience

AM
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service and food was amazing, they were able to accommodate a large party and everyone enjoyed there meals and drinks! All servers were attentive and very nice, and the restaurant atmosphere makes for a great dining experience! Would recommend to anyone!

SK
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have eaten here in the past and the food has always been consistently good. This time, however, it was over-the-top delicious. Absolutely one of the best sandwiches I have had in ages - consisting of a small bowl of asparagus cream soup and a lamb sandwich. Pair a delicious meal with great service, you have a winning combination.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday dinner
The dishes were excellent but expensive

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was overly salted. Salad was soggy. Red wine was sent back because it was not fresh and was served way too warm.

KD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal and service! Would go back many, many times.

VJ
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great anniversary with my wife. Had been wanting to try Bonterra for some time. Amazing ambience on the terrace. Great Italian food, great staff!

CK
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, efficient service .. professional as well. Our table was perfect by the fireplace at the entry way from the parking lot. All four of us found the food tasty, fresh and attractively plated. Love coming here.

DM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Food was unimpressive and bland. Raw octopus "calamari" salad was lost on me. Portions very small.

PJ
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Warm attentive service, food ranged from excellent to very good. Nice ambiance without going over the top.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

SERVICE WAS AMAZING!!!!!

G
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were disappointed that the patio was fully occupied so we had to sit inside. It was probably the last beautiful evening of the Fall season and it was our 40th wedding anniversary. I do not believe it is possible to specify inside or outside on Open Table, so possibly I should have phoned to reserve. Having said that, the food and the service were both very good and we enjoyed our meal immensely. Thank you!

OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service!

SM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, more than expected. Had a wonderful experience with great food. Beautiful patio that makes you forget you're downtown. Highly recommended.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for an anniversary dinner. The service was excellent and the food was even better! It had been a while since we’d last been to Bonterra but we’ll be planning another visit soon.

MB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We had our wedding reception at Bonterra four years ago and celebrate our anniversary there every year. The first year we were treated like family and felt the staff wanted to celebrate with us. Since then it feels like we are just another table/customer/order/bill. Although I specified in our reservation that we were celebrating an occasion we were put at a very sticky table upstairs behind a screen. No mention of our occasion or the significance of celebrating at Bonterra. The food was good this time but not outstanding. Lastly, there was an outdoor event going on at the brewery behind Bonterra and the music and consequent vibration in the restaurant was obnoxious. It was out of Bonterra's control but it was hard to ignore and was an unfortunate topper to a less than spectacular evening out. Not sure if we will continue our tradition of celebrating our anniversary at Bonterra.

E
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We had a group reservation for 7 out to celebrate a birthday. Our drinks, appetizers, and meal took forever to come out. Our server touched base with us after 20mins to inform us that the bar was backed up. But, we had to flag him down for refills. We waited over and hour to get our main course meal. When the food finally came, it was delicious, but we were starving. Most tables around us got their meals even though they were sat after us. It was unfortunate that it took so long for any service to come to our table and minimal efforts were made to accommodate us. We were at the restaurant for over 2.5 hours. It made our experience less than enjoyable. Not a restaurant we will be revisiting, even though this has been our 3rd year in a row celebrating this birthday.

C
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server made our night! She was knowledgable, fantastic, and provided great recommendations regarding the menu. Food was reasonably priced and very good. It was a bit noisy, but completely understandable on a busy Saturday night. Will definitely be returning.

o
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

John was an outstanding server, attentive, knowledgeable, and charming. The food was great, and we got to sit on the much-coveted patio. Curtis dropped by too and was, as usual, witty, on top of everything going on , and personable. A great time was had by all.

VW
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and service. We ordered a few appetizers to share, the octopus was yummy and the mussels were fat and juicy. As for The main dishes most of us ordered pastas, and some of us were glad that we could have half order, that gave us a chance to have our desserts.

We have a wonderful night with our friends.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely evening

F
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Wonderful staff and food. Still a great place to come and celebrate our anniversary!

JM
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Patio was dirty and disheveled. Needs an uplift. Restaurant looks very tired.

KP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambience on the outdoor patio is wonderful and surprisingly quiet. The heaters made sitting outside in the evening comfortable, and it was easy to forget we were downtown and not tucked away in the countryside. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive and made great recommendations on the wine.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

The portions are incredibly small. Dissapoining. Very expensive for what you get. Don’t book here. Especially if you want to go home feeling like you enough.

MD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific setting on the patio, excellent service with knowledgeable staff, fantastic lunch options from appetizers to mains.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought my boys here for a goal setting meeting and a special date with their mom. It was fantastic and our server was second to none. Thank you Bonterra.

SB
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Service was amazing. The calamity was delicious, not impressed with the pesto pasta was pretty bland. The rice balls were nothing special. We had the prawns they were good. Capreses salad was ok. Over all one of the nicest restaurants in the city but the food really isn’t the greatest and the portion sizes are not great.

VG
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had been wanting to dine on their patio for years and finally did! It felt like we were back in Tuscany. The food was amazing and authentic. Arancini and bruschetta were delicious. They also have a GF pasta!

1
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous food fabulous people the outdoor patio was wonderful

JV
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was our first time here and service was unbelievable! They were so friendly and very helpful with the menu. We shared a couple of appetizers and entrees- everything was delicious!!! And the ambience of the patio...stunning! Can’t wait to go back.

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