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Bonta

287 Exeter Rd, Hampton, NH 03842-1736
603-929-7972
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Ranked #14 of 96 restaurants in Hampton
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We ate at the bar and ordered 4 items off the bar menu. Service was on the slow side even though it was a weeknight and not busy. We had "slow roasted meatballs" 4 on the plate. Nothing special at all. And they were barely warm. Kind of room temp. "Crispy mozzarella balls" (3) on a slice of roasted tomato.... More

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Kensington, N.H.
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

I have always thought the dining room at Bonta was one of the loveliest anywhere. It is elegant and intimate, with its use of wood, paints walls and the charming fireplace in the middle of the room. We have had mixed feelings about the food, and on this visit were completely dissatisfied. We began with an antipasto, which was heavy... More

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Eliot, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I write this with mixed emotions and wish I could have given a better rating. After years of wanting to try Bonta, I finally had my chance for my birthday this year. We had 7:30 reservations on a Friday and showed a half hour early; to our surprise we were sat immediately. The staff is friendly and our waiter (Jeremy)... More

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Epping, New Hampshire
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was the 4th or 5th visit we've made to Bonta. An excellent--and I'm using the word advisedly--restaurant relative to the area. Food, service, atmosphere all strong. My wife always has the fish and she's extremely fussy about freshness, and Bonta is her favorite restaurant. The place is not inexpensive, but, simply stated, it's worth it.

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Rhode Island
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

first time last week...we live close so we gave it a try...very inviting exterior and warmly decorated interior you feel comfortable once seated...we were warmly greeted by the hostess and manager upon entering...once at our table the service could not have been better...the menu is not overwhelming with choices...we started with drinks me a Martini extra dry extra olives, they... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Wonderfully trained staff! Very VERY clean. Pleasant atomosphere. We appreciated the manager coming to our table and checking on us! The food was beyond delicious! I had the Pan Seared Scallopd.. which were incredibly fresh! The sauce was to die for. Definitely coming back!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Bonta is trying to be an Italian restaurant with modified menu. The atmosphere is outstanding. Lighting is beautiful, muted decor and an inviting staff in formal attire, the expectation of a five-star meal was soon to be diminished. The waitress was pleasant but not that attentive. She did not call attention to any of the restaurant's specialties, neither explained the... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is truly an exceptional restaurant for the area. There are many great restaurants in nearby Portsmouth but if you want a break from the busy downtown area this is the place. Food: Great quality and selection with a menu that changes frequently enough that you want to keep going back. From the unique bread basket and assortment of butter... More

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Hampstead, New Hampshire, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My husband and I tried Bonta for our date night on Saturday and could not have been more impressed. He called in the afternoon for a reservation and they were able to accommodate us for that night. I would definitely recommend a reservation. The food was beyond amazing here! We split an appetizer & salad, then each ordered an entrée.... More

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Portsmouth, NH
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I've been to Bontas several times but this last visit the food seemed even better than before. I always liked it but this time every one of us (4) truly loved their food. The ambience is great - one of the best features of the restaurant is it's homey but elegant atmosphere. It is not a typical Italian restaurant and... More

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