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 the original 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.
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, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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McNinch House Ratings and Reviews
This remains the singular intimate dinin ...
This remains the singular intimate dining locations in Charlotte. The menu is well designed, the execution is excellent, the service is top-notch, and the ambiance quiet and refined. The wine pairings are excellent and the sommelier is a gem of the institution that is the McNinch House.
Went with hubby. Service was good, but f ...
Went with hubby. Service was good, but food was subpar. Crab cake was more cake than crab and was very fried and crumbly. Halibut was over cooked and seasoned with too much salt. Beef Wellington was also too salty. The she crab soup and tartar were good, but not great.
There seemed to be a lot of confusion as ...
There seemed to be a lot of confusion as to which waiter's turn it was to wait on us. We waited a long time to be asked what our menu choices were. I was unsure of the wine list and so I asked for assistance. We waited quite a while for someone to return. He allowed me to taste two white wines. ( he did not allow me to see the labels) Neither were on their regular menu for $15 a glass. When I asked what I had chosen it was a very inexpensive brand that you could buy for $6.00 a bottle ! I'm not sure why he did not offer me wines from their list ? I ordered something different next but wasn't very happy that he had felt I would like a cheaper wine ! Any one that knows me would laugh at me buying a cheap wine ! We were there for 2 1/2 hours ! The food was great but the service was way too slow. We will not go back.
One of the finest restaurants we have di ...
One of the finest restaurants we have dined in. The sommelier Wes, suggested the perfect wines for each course. The 5 - 7courses had unusual combinations with visually pleasing presentations. It is so hard to find a quiet, intimate restaurant nowadays with superb attention to service as The McNinch House. A special occasion destination for sure!
Exceedingly overpriced for the quality o ...
Exceedingly overpriced for the quality of experience. The food was good, not great . . . service was good, and very friendly. The place is getting a little worn around the edges. There was a valet parking sign out front, but no valet, and there was no one to greet us when we walked in the door. After standing in the lobby for a bit, I walked into the kitchen area and found the maitre d', who was cordial and apologetic. The McNinch House is like the ol' grey mare--she ain't what she used to be.
Very pricey, but worth the expense. The ...
Very pricey, but worth the expense. The food was great, but the historical house made for an excellent setting. Allow enough time to experience all the courses. Great for very special occasions and for when you want to impress or treat someone special.
We had a lovely dining experience and th ...
We had a lovely dining experience and the food was wonderful. Sadly, however, my spouse contracted food poisoning from the experience. She had a beef tartar dish and we suspect that may have been the culprit. We phoned McNinch House the next day to relay our experience. Although we left a voicemail message and our number for a call back, the McNinch staff did not return our call. Given the significant expense of our dining experience combined with a very ill outcome, a brief return call of concern or goodwill would have been in order and appropriate.
I received a gift certificate to dine th ...
I received a gift certificate to dine there and my daughter and her husband came with me. It was very good, but only two other people were there, it is very expensive, but elegant. I probably won't ever go again but if was a nice experience. If was uncomfortable to me without other people there, especially since I heard I had to make my reservations far in advance because they are always so crowded. The service was excellent and the food was very good, but I suspect it would be more fun to go on a weekend when more people are there.
McNinch House is a beautiful, quiet sett ...
McNinch House is a beautiful, quiet setting for a romantic evening. The service is fantastic, not stuffy or stodgy, but attentive, friendly, and providing just the right balance of "I'm here to serve you" and "I know when to disappear". The food was, as expected, top notch. We chose the "five course" meal. From the lump crab cakes starter, to the peach ice cream (homemade from South Carolina peaches), each course was wonderful. It was a great way to spend our 33rd anniversary. We will be back!
The best word to describe our experience ...
The best word to describe our experience was amusing. Or maybe pretentious. In either case, we laughed our way through the cat food reminiscent beginning through the greens that should have been left in the weedbed and all the way to the pudding-like desert. In between was sea bass that had the taste of a tablespoon of Morton's salt and an average and undercooked filet. Otherwise a perfect first anniversary celebration. And all of it for under $300. Who would've thunk it possible.
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.
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