About McNinch House
Charlotte, NC 28202
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) 332-6159
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
It is one of the more interesting and un ...
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”.
The Valentines Dinner was superb! The wi ...
The Valentines Dinner was superb! The wine pairings worked well, especially the Vouvray with the Lobster Bisque and the Nuits Saint-Georges with the Scallops. Anthony as always did an excellent job. It was great for us to speak with Ellen.
Excellent service and ambiance, very rom ...
Excellent service and ambiance, very romantic spot with incredible wine list. Food was excellent except my lamb was chewy (still great flavor) and my chocolate cake was slightly frozen which was a disappointment. Overall a wonderful experience.
My wife and I have been to the McNich ...
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.
Fantastic décor and service. The Chef do ...
Fantastic décor and service. The Chef does an amazing job with the menu development and plating presentation. Highly recommend the braised beef shank, scallops, pear salad, wagyu beef tartar and carrot cake. Great for special occasions.
Restaurant was easy to get to being clos ...
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 wal ...
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 ...
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 year ...
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 an ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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