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Bonterra Restaurant & Wine Room Restaurant Review: Located just a few miles south of uptown, the 19th-century Charlotte suburb of Dilworth got its first permanent church in 1895. In 1999, John Duncan renovated that church and opened Bonterra Restaurant, creating a romantic setting rich with history. Chef Blake Hartwick’s "Food for Wine" menu includes several unique spreads, house-made pâtés, a nice selection of spicy olives, and an extensive array of fromage. Start with lightly fried calamari with okra, lemon aïoli, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion and fresh basil. Bonterra’s signature dish is fried lobster tail, served with smashed fingerling potatoes, seasonal vegetables, sweet-and-sour aïoli and a wildflower honey and soy reduction. Steaks, chops and other hearty fare, such as North Carolina bison rib-eye paired with caramelized radicchio slaw, haricots verts and a pohnpei pepper sauce, round out the menu. For dessert, we suggest the Mandarin orange cheesecake. The restaurant’s open-air cooler technology features 200 wines by the glass from a list that offers a good selection of dessert wines and ports. Brunch is available on special holiday Sundays only.