Bonterra Trattoria

4.5
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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 Christopher Hyde 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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4.5
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4.5
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AC
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent. We have been going to Bonterra for decades and it never disappoints.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, great service a must do over

EM
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had not been in quite a while, but we will make it a more regular stop on our restaurant rotation. The service was outstanding, we love the ambiance, and the food and vino was very good. Parking can be a bit of a challenge but we took an Uber since we were exploring a bottle of red grapes.

L
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Valentines Day dinner. Greeted & seated promptly. Energetic, professional and helpful server provided clear, detailed descriptions of the food choices we we considering and excellent recommendations on appetizer and wine pairings. First rate! Had heard of Bonterra for years but had never made it before. We’ll be back soon.

OT
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience3

The food was incredible. The service was very disjointed.

AL
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Very expensive. The food quality was ok. Poor wine choices.

JH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and atmosphere for lunch away from the office!

M
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Fish undercooked but replaced with a perfectly cooked portion. Service was excellent. Great wines too.

CH
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Our meal was excellent. The restaurant was on the chilly side. Otherwise we enjoyed the entire outing.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on February 6, 2020

Hi Cliff! Thanks so much for the great review. It is sometimes hard to keep this rustic building warm in the Winter!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Evening

N
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

The food was good but not for the price. The service was mediocre. Overall it will be a hard sell to go back to this place.

AC
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

A very interesting dining experience, first time and not super impressed. The menu on open table and the menu at the restaurant do not match unfortunately...there were many items on the menu AT the restaurant that were unavailable or discontinued. No more pork belly, risotto and the burrata was not the same as what was on the menu. My father asked about the chicken which had other things with it on the menu but we're told it only came with chicken and he'd have to order sides? I mentioned that the menu should really get updated if everything we kept ordering was either discontinued or no longer being made .. he did mention a new chef... But I still think you should at least let customers know beforehand of menu changes...forgot our salad - which was fine as we were full anyway, but I don't think it even got rung in. Food was pretty good, nice flavors. When we got the bill none of the drinks were on it so we thought he had removed them as a nice gesture...we asked him if that was the case and then he said no and left to go add them back on....I think at least one drink comped would've been decent... Just a weird experience, not looking for any compensation just wanted to share our experience.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Ashley. Thank you for taking time to post such an informative review. It sounds like we weren't at our best, but we promise to take this to our team & learn from it! Our management will be reaching out to you to get a better understanding of your evening with us...Grazie.

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CC
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

The food was not good at all - and it was not just one meal, they were all poor quality. AND we had a very loud table next to us.

c
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi cowgirl! Thanks for your review. We love that you chose Bonterra to celebrate your Anniversary!

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JB
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am so impressed every time I dine here. Again the experience was great, staff are friendly, food is unreal!!

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hi Justin. Thank you for the great review, we appreciate the 5 stars! Hope to see you again soon..

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent Service ! Absolutley delicious food ! My only comment is the 4 top tables are quite small when sharing.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 31, 2020

Hello Angela! Thanks for reviewing your experience at Bonterra, we give you 5 stars too! Hope to see you again soon.

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U
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorites for special occasions or any day.

P
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Disappointing pasta that was undercooked. Slow service. Calamari appetizer was very good but the mains and dessert left much to be desired.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 31, 2020

HI Paul. Thank you for taking time to review Bonterra. We are sorry that we weren't up to our usual Bonterra standards. Our team will be reaching out to you to get a better understanding of your latest visit. Grazie!

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ME
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience. The servers were all wonderful.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

HI Megan, Thank you for the 5 stars we truly appreciate them!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Come here often, usually for the patio, in the warmer months. We have had poor service here before, and this time was, as well. We ordered the charcuterie, as we always do. This time, it was very disappointing. It It only consisted of some sliced sausages and a few chunks of cheese on a plate. We rarely saw our server. Our water was never refilled and we were never asked if we’d like more drinks. We left feeling like they could have cared a less that we had chosen to dine there.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review Bonterra. Someone from our management team will be reaching out to find out more about your experience.

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j
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Calamari was so tasty and tender, would definitely recommend. Would have liked more choices for pasta dishes.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi jamf, Thanks for the great review, we agree the calamari is a favorite. Look for more pasta dishes coming soon!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Our server was exceptional and the food was very good, although it took much longer to receive our main course than expected. The lovely ambience made it very enjoyable.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello! Thanks for the review, we're glad you enjoyed Bonterra. Apologies if dinner ran a little long!

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A
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, clean, warm and quiet environment - great for visiting. Professional, attentive and friendly service.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello! Thanks for the 5 stars, we hope you had a fantastic anniversary!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Service was slow and my food was disappointing. My pasta was literally just noodles with none of the additional ingredients listed on the menu. When I pointed that out, the kitchen cooked some other ingredients and added it to my cold pasta that they left at the table.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello, thanks for taking the time to review Bonterra Trattoria. Someone from our management team will be reaching out to you to better understand your last visit.

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BB
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! If I lived here I would be frequent patron.
Whipped ricotta - WOW!
Arancini - YUMMY!
Mushroom risotto - seconds please!
Good wine selection and cocktails were great too. Loved their featured menu items and daily specials. Can’t recommend this place enough. Love the ambience as well. Perfect lighting. Not too dark that you can’t see who are are sitting next too and not too bright to be considers “the ugly lights”. Just cozy enough.
Wish we had a place like this where we lived.
Can I give you guys a 5 star +??

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hello BluesBaby! Thanks for the amazing review, we really appreciate it! We can't wait until you're back in town!

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DG
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An awesome dining experience in New Year’s eve.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

HI Dave, Thanks for the 5 stars, we are glad you enjoyed Bonterra! NYE was a fantastic night!

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always have a fabulous time at bonterra, and New Years was no exception!! Staff are amazing and very knowledgeable about wine pairings. Porchetta was incredible, burrata is always a must have.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Grazie for the 5 stars! NYE was a great night at Bonterra, fun was had by all!

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NS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Calamari and Ravioli are my favourite dishes at Bonterra

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi NinaS, Thanks for the great review! Those two dishes are Bonterra favorites...the ravioli is made in-house!

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CT
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a hit. The food and service was amazing like always.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hi Carol! Thanks for the great review, it means a lot to us! Hope to see you soon..

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall1Food2Service5Ambience5

Good service, value on olives

Chicken overcooked, charged $15 for water without a heads up, $14 to add 3 shrimp to a risotto. Used to love this restaurant but disappointed at their new dishes and pricing strategy

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hi! We are sorry that we were not up to our usual standards on your last visit. Our management team will be contacting you for some more details on how we can improve!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Have been eating at Bonterra for years. I always tell folks it's my favorite restaurant. I've gone there for birthday parties, wedding rehearsals, dates and New Years but this time had been after a year. For the first time ever I was very disappointed with the food. My regular carbonara came out with undercooked, "Asian" or "soba" style noodles. We had a group of 6 and the people who ordered protein meals (steak, lamb, etc.) were all fine. Different for the 3 who ordered pasta. Each dish had undercooked pasta and was generally terrible. This was a huge shock as this place has always delivered in the past? We were left wondering what happened? New chef? Some sort of ingredient or supplier issue? They went from delicious and authentic to home cook "trying" pasta for the first time! From a ten to a one! Again, I was really, really... really shocked at what was served and just what a difference there was from past experiences?

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hello, Thanks for your review and sorry we did not deliver our usual excellent experience. Our management team will be reaching out to you to better understand your visit!

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9
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

The restaurant is lovely and the food was very good. The service was average - not due to the kitchen though. This made the fact that the server was visibly disappointed with an 18% tip (table of 4) a bit annoying.

AK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Last minute reservation and couldn’t be happier. Wonderfully plated dishes, simple and full of flavor. Great service and a warm atmosphere.

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi ArturK, Thank you for the great review! Most of the great Italian dishes are simple...and delicious!

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

It was a birthday celebration and we were anticipating a lovely evening out with great food as this restaurant was highly recommended. Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our meal. Perhaps the biggest problem was that the food was served on cold plates and therefore the food was cool. We started with the calamari ,( which had been recommended), which had spices in some spots and not in others, therefore overwhelming in some spots. My flat iron steak was flavorful but unfortunately quite cool as was the broccolin which was swimming in a pool of cold water. My husband's pasta was nothing special and cool as well- definitely not what one expects from a restaurant of this price range and reputation! A disappointing meal!

Bonterra Trattoria
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hi DeeDee, Sorry for your recent experience at Bonterra, it doesn't sound like the experience we are known for. We have brought all your concerns to our management team to help us improve!

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JP
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I arranged for a business group of 11 - we were set up in a perfect spot in the restaurant with dividers they provided a secluded spot they allowed us to discuss topics the full length of the table without worrying about disturbing others. Service was awesome, food was awesome!!

HC
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the beltline.... definitely worth choosing. ... Hal Couillard

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice ...good food .will definitely come back again

CA
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A-List. Superb food and wine. Reliable service. Decor decked for the holidays. Seasonal music. Worth it.

r
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

wonderful Christmas lunch, everyone was very friendly and food was outstanding

TV
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

food was actually not very warm and the portions seem to be getting smaller.

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