About McNinch House
For the last 22 years, the ca. 1892 Queen Anne style home of Victorian-era Charlotte Mayor Sam McNinch has served as the McNinch House Restaurant. In this historic Fourth Ward home of chef/owner Ellen Davis, guests can expect to be treated like royalty during their multi-course culinary journey. Featuring Charlotte's most carefully constructed wine list, guests will select their entrees from the chef's choice menu, and professional service staff will take care of the rest. Recognized as Charlotte's Most Romantic Restaurant, The McNinch House Restaurant is the perfect place for your anniversary, birthday, special event, private corporate or executive dining. **ALL RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS TO CONFIRM**
Dinner Only, Prix Fixe:
+ alcohol, tax, & gratuity (20% standard)
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Between 9th St. & 8th St.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.
Juan Carlos Garcia
Private Party Facilities:
Private party accommodations are offered for groups up to 50. We welcome weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate closing dinners, and medical education dinners, and will be happy to discuss your individual group's needs for private dining.
Private Party Contact:
Corey Cochran: 704-332-6159x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
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McNinch House Ratings and Reviews
Overall the experience was exactly as pr ...
Overall the experience was exactly as promised from previous reviewers. It was a very romantic setting for an anniversary celebration. Food and service were very good. Highlights included the wine pairings for the 6 course tasting menu and the duck breast course. My second favorite was the peach salad. Great use of seasonal ingredients in the menu. One other thing - tasting menu portions were sized appropriately, which is a plus as many think a tasting is a full size portion. The Chef at McNinch House knows how to entertain! I even got a rose at the end of dinner :)
Although it is on the expensive side we ...
Although it is on the expensive side we thought it was a wonderful dining experience. The ambiance was quiet and elegant. The service was impeccable. The wine selection and selection advice from the sommelier was superb and well matched to our food. We will be back
Amazing food with excellent service
I was told that the McNinch House had some of the best food in Charlotte. They did not disappoint. While fairly pricey, it was quite the experience. The staff was amazing and the ambience was great. Would definitely recommend if interested in fine dining.
We finally got to try this wonderful restaurant. Truly a spot that must be tried at least once. We had the 5 course, and it was wonderfully plated and all dishes were very good. Portions are good, and even though this is the smallest Prix Fixe on the menu. you won't leave hungry.
My only negative is that they add a 20% gratuity automatically to the bill, regardless of the size of your party (we were 4).
A truly memorable dining experience. The ...
A truly memorable dining experience. The fixed price 5 course meal was one of the best we have had in Charlotte or anywhere. The service was impeccable and the ambiance lovely. Definitely a restaurant for any special occasion.
It was disappointing; expectations too high?
This was our second visit to the McNinch House, and our anniversary. We waited 20 minutes to have our drink order taken and I had to go talk to someone to get served. We sat next to other couples who were clearly waiting to be served as well, so seeing anxious faces didn't exactly improve the ambiance. There was "valet parking" but silly really as it was just a driveway that led to the back parking lot; I'm glad we didn't do that as I saw people waiting for their car when they could have just walked 20 feet and retrieved it themselves. Overall, I can't remember anybody checking in on us throughout the night other than to deliver the food or ask if I'd like more wine halfway through the night; the tip was automatically included in the bill at 20% - I would have given less (which is atypical for me).
Wonderful Birthday Present
We first visited McNinch House on a food tour by Feast and were impressed so we made a reservation for my birthday dinner. What a great choice! We were seated early so the dining room wasn't full. We got more time with the wait staff and Wesley, the wine steward. We chose to have the wine pairing with our meal. That was the right decision because we got to try great new wines. The food was wonderful. We loved the she crab soup. My husband was inspired to try making it at home! Both the lamb and duck entrees were delicious and beautifully presented. The lemon meringue desert was a perfect end to the meal. If you want a very special meal in an elegant atmosphere, McNinch House is just the place.
Mixed Results At Dinner
My wife and I recently had dinner at McNinch House with mixed results. The service was flawless, and the wine selections for each course were truly outstanding. It was the food that varied from superb (the amuse bouche, the soups, my duck, my dessert) to disappointing: the crab cakes were tasteless due to crab that was too finely shredded and too much filler; my wife's grouper was dry and overcooked (they did comp the bubbly to compensate somewhat); my wife's dessert of coconut flan had no flavor. Overall, however, it is overpriced for the food. If the total bill had been ~ $200, we'd go back. But at $380, it was just not worth it. One can do just as well at Barrington's, The Gallery, or some other Charlotte restaurants for much less.
Not a return !
Too expensive! No wine or other beverage. No coffee. Tab was $206 ! Sorbet is NOT a course! 20% auto tip is presumptuous! Service was a little slow. The filet.. much better at Del Friscos and Ruth's. Valet parking...not really! Not a return............
Service shines above food
The service is excellent, but the food did not quite live up to the hype. My wife and I both had the grouper which is a bit rubbery and quite small. The crab cakes and she crab soup were outstanding, but that was about it. We went in knowing it would be expensive and walked out knowing we could have done better elsewhere with that kind of money. Our bill was over $300 and we weren't even getting into good wine.
Restaurant was freezing cold
We went here for our Valentines dinner. The house was nice, we were seated in front room surrounded by windows and it was freezing. You cold feel the draft coming in. We could not take off our coats. The food was good, but we could not really savor the meal. We got the 7 course option, but rushed thru it. At the end of our meal, finally someone said the heat was not working. I understand problems, just expected someone to have acknowledge the fact and tried to make it better. Expected more with a $300 dinner for 2.
Great spot for a special occasion!
My brought my fiancee here for our "Valen-versary" (yes, both coincide, cheesy I know). The service and food was, if not the best, then in the top three I've experienced. I noted the "Value" as three stars only because it doesn't take a ton to get myself and my fiancee full, but we were easily able to clear our plates (did the five course deal) and I definitely had room for more. Whether I happened to be extra hungry that day or I'm just that use to oversize restaurant portions, $250 is a hefty tag to pay and not be full. Be that as it may, the food was ridiculous and it wasn't as though I was starving afterward. Also, I rated "Ambience" as three stars. Personally, the old, refuse-to-update-at-all style just generally isn't my thing, so I'm a little biased. I get that it's a historic house and all, but it seems little things could be done to improve the aesthetics without necessarily taking away from the history. All in all, awesome dinner and would recommend (go for the filet mignon, you won't regret it)!
I love the relaxed atmosphere of the McNinch House, Excellent food, Excellent wine and wonderful friends to celebrate my birthday with. We started at 7p and celebrated until 11P. We had a wonderful evening catching up, the service was as always impecable.
Wow formal southern elegance isn't dead, it lives at the McNinch house. The food is definitely worth going for but the service is the cherry on the sundae! I know 5 stars are a high distinction, this isn't perfect but it's closer to 5 stars than 4!
My husband and I wanted to celebrate our anniversary in a very special way. We had a wonderful experience at the McNinch House. All of the staff provided phenomenal service. The wine and food was spectacular. We look forward to coming again and would certainly recommend the McNinch House to others.
We went to the McNinch House to celebra ...
We went to the McNinch House to celebrate Christmas in Dec 2015 the Saturday night before a Panthers game. We absolutely loved the food, service and the Festive Christmas atmosphere. The building had a lot of character. The price of the meal was expensive, but the food, wine, atmosphere and service were definitely worth it. Guy Ashby and I will be back to celebrate one day soon!
As always, a truly elegant dining experi ...
As always, a truly elegant dining experience. Corey and the staff had everything set perfectly for us and the food was superb. The Christmas decorations and soft Christmas music combined for a very nice holiday atmosphere. Wes' wine pairings were just right as an accompaniment to the dishes. We have been regulars for years and of course will be back!
Ultimate dining experience. Went for my ...
Ultimate dining experience. Went for my wife's birthday and ordered the Five course with the wine pairing. Enjoyed succulent treats such as prosciutto wrapped quail, she crab soup, lamb, salmon, duck.
Wine was beautifully presented and plentiful. Service was great! Plenty of time to relax, talk, and enjoy!
The Best of Charlotte
We had a party of 4. We were celebrating the purchase of my son's first home. The McNinch House experience was perfect from the personalized greeting when we arrived to the family friendly environment. The McNinch restaurant is an old home where you feel like you are visiting your wealthy grandparents. It should be noted that grandma (the owner) lives upstairs in the house and occasionally interacts with customers (family) in the early evening. The waiters were friendly, attentive and helpful. We started with a glass of champagne and did a wine pairing for our dinner; Wes, the sommelier, was knowledgeable and informative about the wines and their vineyards. The wines were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers (crab cakes), she-crab soup, pear-salad and deserts. The filet mignon entre was better than the salmon. Overall, it was a wonderful dinner. We were there for 2 1/2 hours. McNinch is a charming, romantic restaurant which is ideal for special occasions. It is expensive.
Great Anniversary Celebration!
This was our first visit to the McNinch house, but it won't be the last. We had noticed it while looking at a neighboring condo, and were intrigued. We ended up going to celebrate our 29th anniversary. From the moment we arrived, we were impressed with all aspects of this gem of a restaurant. I highly recommend it!
Not worth the money
Good place but overpriced. The historic house was awesome but the food's quality and quantity doesn't match the price. Crab cakes was the only food that stood out as exceptional and worth the money. Wine pairing is a must. Wes does a great job with choosing good wines but careful as wines are marked up 3 times the market price.
Overall a good experience but not good enough at $250 a person.
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