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)
Charlotte, NC 28202
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) 332-6159
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 was an experience! It has all the elements to be be a magical experience but is missing one small ingredient.... attitude. The dining experience suffered because of the 2* attitude from some of the staff. Food was great, building was unique but for $300 meal I would expect a little more enthusiasm.
Very special restaurant. Food was delicious. We chose the 5 course menu which was plenty. We ordered between us: crab cake, shrimp cocktail, pea feta and prosciutto salad with pea and mint soup. All lovely. Entrees were filet mignon and pheasant with risotto. Again absolutely faultless. Dessert was blueberry soup and caramel cheesecake. We shared a bottle of Pinot noir. The evening was amazing and rounded off by a beautiful red rose!! Cannot wait to go again..... just need to save up!!
My husband and I dined this past Saturday evening for our 15th wedding anniversary. Our experience was perfect from start to finish. We did the seven course meal with wine pairings. Best lamb I have ever had! Wine pairings were excellent! This was our third visit and we have had stellar service each time. I highly recommend for special occasion or just to treat yourself. We plan to return again soon.
By far THE best fine dinner experience you will get in Charlotte. Top notch! If you want a true dining experience, this is it. Not recommended for folks that do not appreciate multiple courses. They only serve 5,6,7,9 course meals. Heaven for foodie in you!
We went to celebrate our daughter's engagement, and this was just the place for a special occasion. The menu is diverse and unique and the service is impeccable, including a sommelier who helped with wine pairings for each entre. Will definitely return for future special occasions, as it is a bit pricey for every day dining. A wonderful, memorable dining experience
This was a very special evening, spent with our son and daughter in law who live in Charlotte. The service was outstanding, with great attention paid to our meal and to make us feel welcome, informed and comfortable. Wesley, who did our wine pairings, was especially interesting and we enjoyed speaking with him. Rebecca was also very welcoming and enjoyable, and also fun. We had the five-course premier menu option with wine pairings, and we left the restaurant with wonderful memories and very full stomachs. The food and wine were great, and the ambience was also perfect for this special night. It was a bit pricey, but we knew that going in.
I took my mother for her birthday and she said it was the best birthday she had ever had! It isn't something you would do on a regular basis (unless you are VERY rich) but it was worth the drive from Columbia, SC to hear my mother say what she did. The food was great and the staff was very friendly.
My wife and I have been dining at McNinch House for at least 4 years now on special occasions (anniversaries, New Years, Valentine's Day) or if we just really want to treat ourselves for working hard. The food is always superb, the ambiance is amazing (the Christmas decorations are gorgeous!), and the service can't be beat.
We were so lucky this time around; due to the NCAA tournament, we literally had the entire restaurant to ourselves after the first 30 minutes. We didn't realize this until dessert, when we asked why it was so quiet compared to the usual packed dining room. I actually felt badly for them that they had to stay just for us, but not once did they let on that they were waiting just for us. Corey and Anthony treated us like royalty, as always.
My only regret each time we dine here, is that I don't have a bigger stomach to eat more and a higher alcohol tolerance so I could enjoy more wine! :-D
It is one of the more interesting and unique dining establishments. The ambiance takes you back to a place in time where life seemed to be more simple and manners made a difference. The staff was absolutely wonderful and very attentive, but not annoying or over-bearing. My first disappointment was that the Pear Salad was not available; I was really looking forward to it, but these things happen. My second disappointment was that I asked for them to not put any black pepper on my She Crab soup but there it was when it was served! Rather than make an issue of it, I simply scooped it up in the one spoonful that I gave my husband as a “taste”. And I will say that the soup was probably my favorite part of the dinner. My third disappointment was the salmon, which was the Catch of the day. I ordered it medium but it came well done and was a little too salty for my taste. However, it was seared to perfection giving it a nice little crust. My final disappointment was the Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie. The presentation was beautiful and the concept was interesting but I wasn’t impressed with the overall taste, even when I carefully collected each piece of the deconstructed parts and tasted them as one. I gave it an overall rating of 4 stars because I did enjoy the evening and the food was good; just not exceptional. The food presentations were beautiful and there was nothing ordinary about them but I was hoping that the flavors would equal the attractiveness of the plates. However, with that said, I would still recommend giving this place a try for a special occasion. It’s a little pricey so it wouldn’t be one of my monthly “go to” places but I think I’ll probably go back at some point in time and try some other things on the menu and give it a “final review”.
My wife and I initially walked up to a locked door. We were 5min early for our reservation but the maître d' (I believe as he was tending to the door) was close by and promptly let us in joking that the locked door was their "security system". Not a big deal but slightly surprising. It seemed as though they were caught off guard by our arrival as they asked us to explore the home while they parked our car. When we were seated, the server was putting on his jacket as he walked us to our table. The table was prepared for us and we were seated. The server had to return two or three times before we received everything we needed (menu, wine list, etc...). Again, this surprised us but we were more concerned with spending time together and having a relaxing evening. The maître d' seemed to observe the fumbling server and took over for the rest of the evening. During our evening, a total of 2 other couples were seated in the restaurant and both were spread out so that each of us had our own space. The food was excellently prepared, seasoned, and plated. The old fashioned's I had were well made and the pour was generous. My wife and I left very happy after just shy of a 3hr dining experience. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to have a relaxing evening with their loved one where time is not a concern.
Very disappointing meal. For years I had heard that McNinch was a very high end and amazing experience, the tip of the local dining scene. The location is unique, an old house downtown, kept up nicely.
What is odd is that there didn't seem to be enough employees. We saw four employees total while there, and one ran the reservation desk and parked cars.
The pace was incredibly slow and the food not bad, but not memorable either. We were looking for a special experience for our anniversary and it fell quite short.
So, it really isn't suitable for a regular night dining out, and it was much less that it should be for a special occasion, so we don't be back for either.
My wife and I have been to the McNich House on several occasions and have always been impressed with the food. However on this occasion we were disappointed with the food quality. Great atmosphere, great service. Food quality just not what it used to be, especially for the price. Hopefully this was just a one time thing.
Restaurant was easy to get to being close to downtown Charlotte. Cute well decorated house. Service and food were great. Choices were several for pre fix menu. My only complaint was adding 20% to the bill. I like to tip for excellent service but $70.00 should be my choice. Go back? Probably not but a nice evening to remember
When you enter the McNinch House you walk into warm and inviting atmosphere and feel as though you are transported to a time when dining was more about the experience than flipping tables. The staff was attentive and engaging. The food was fantastic and perfectly paced for our dining enjoyment. I will come back again when in the Charlotte area and would recommend this restaurant when you are looking to take your time and really enjoy the company you are with and an amazing experience.
My wife had been trying to get me to go there for some time, so I went in with heightened expectations. The food was very good up until the main course. The shrimp cocktail was wonderful with cocktail source heavy on the horseradish (just the way I like it). The salad and lobster were both very good. And then came the filet. The temperature of it had fallen through warm and was approaching cool by the time it reached our table. My wife's portion was approaching blue it was so rare. We were never asked how we preferred our steak as well.
The service was very good, however. Everyone was very attentive but not too much all except for the sommelier. He seemed to be stretched too thin and was forced to move from pour to pour much too quickly. I didn't receive much info on the wine other than what was on the menu. The wine pairings were just ok. I know pairing reds with chocolates can be fun, but I'm still a bit baffled by pairing a Caymus Conundrum with what was essentially chocolate cake. It seemed odd on paper and even more so on the palate.
I knew what I was getting into price-wise before going. The bill would have been reasonable if service were incorporated into the stated price; alas, that was not to be. This is a place that prices itself as excellent at every level. Yes, this was a New Year's Eve celebration dinner and the place became packed as the night wore on, but that's no excuse for providing just a "good" level experience.
My daughter and son-in-law spent 10 years in one of NYC's top restaurants. My husband and I thought it would be great fun to bring them to McNich for Christmas. We were not disappointed. The total service and food was impeccable. They thoroughly connected and enjoyed Anthony and his exquisite wine parings. The food was excellent and the presentation beautiful. Our dinner lasted nearly four hours and we were never rushed. The ambiance was delightful and all the Holiday decorations just added to the total pleasure. As we left our guests shared that if we'd like to do that each year for Christmas, they would be totally delighted! So....maybe!
I've lived in Charlotte my whole life and tried most of the good restaurants. This was the first time at McNinchs on the occasion of a pre Christmas dinner.
The environment is rather elegant in an old fashion way with a slight air of pretention. How often do you have a gentleman introduced as your wine sommelier. The waitress was pleasant and helpful but a tad officious, acting as though you were expected to understand the menu options.
I may have been expecting too much, but I do not think the meal for two was worth $250. And that was with no wine or drinks !! There was no salad option and the only bread was a dry biscuit with no butter! But it did include a mandatory tip of 20% !! I was expecting perhaps $150 total...but even for that it was not exceptional....good, but not great. I think the head chef is a recent grad of Johnson & Wales . For the image of McNinchs, the chef should have trained for years at a major NYC restaurant.
In any case I probably won't be going back. There are too many good restaurants in Charlotte at half the price !!
Mcninch House is impeccable! I love love love EVERYTHING about the experience. From the historical home and wonderful service, to the absolutely delicious tasting, this is my absolute favorite restaurant in Charlotte. My husband & I have never been disappointed.
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