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
We ordered glass of champagne to start our anniversary celebration. It didn't arrive until after the first course was already served. So had to drink it with the meal instead of enjoying prior to the meal. Then the bottle of wine came before we had even finished the champagne. Terrible organization on the part of the sommelier. Otherwise the food service was very good.
Excellent ambiance, food, and service. This would be the perfect place for a quiet, romantic dinner. I appreciate the dress code and wish other restaurants would distinguish themselves similarly, but was somewhat disappointed to notice that it is not enforced. Prices are very high, but McNinch House is still a "good" value.
The service was old world and fantastic. Corey our waiter, and Wesley, the sommelier were quite attentive. The wine pairings were chosen well. Mcninch House is romantic and apparently the most popular restaurant in Charlotte to get engaged. It is a 125 year old Victorian house.
Beautiful, Victorian-era home with lovely furnishings, soaring ceilings, and intimate dining spaces. menu is imaginative, and several of items we ordered were knockouts. There is no option for sharing, and dinner was quite pricey, making it a special-occasion-only venue for us. Allow at least an hour and a half to two hours to dine.
The food was very good. The wine was even better. They gave us tremendous wines, and very generous pours. The dessert wines were really good.
As for the food, the standouts were the crab cake, the rabbit, and the amberjack. I don't like cinnamon, but the very small amount in the sauce was actually quit pleasant. The only detraction of the 6 courses was the blueberry cobbler. I feel like it was more like blueberry jam, warmed up, and not enough ice cream or cobbler.
I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and the atmosphere was wonderful. The service of the food was fantastic! We have the 7 course dinner and we enjoyed about half of the courses. Some of the foods weren't all that great. We also got the wine paring which I was super excited about as really that's what we went for. I was disappointed in it. The wine as I read was supposed to be a great experience, but unfortunately it was brought not explained what kind it was half of the time or why it paired with the food, which is really why we went there. We also had to wait a really long time for each glass to be brought to us. Sometimes I would be half way through a course before the wine paired with it even got there.
Such a wonderful find in Charlotte for a date night with the hubby! The house is gorgeous, dining in a Victorian style home with amazing details to catch the eyes are simply everywhere. From the paintings on the walls to the chinaware, it's the details that enhanced the meal.
Kudos to the chef for his use of garden herbs grown on property, and the wine pairings were perfection.
Food was very good and a little different in selection....I had pan seared rabbit entree which is not on the menu of many restaurants and it was very tasty. Ambience is quiet and relaxing, service was very attentive but not overbearing. Wine list is extensive but I thought $15 for a glass of wine was overpriced. Restaurant is expensive but worth the experience of dining in this beautiful establishment for a special occasion that you will always remember.
We returned after 7 years and we were happy to see the server from many years ago also serve us yet again. Warm, hospitable and knowledgeable in wines he paired all our meals with the perfect choices. Seven delicious courses over a three hour period that we'd do all over again in a NY minute. Great evening and money well spent.
We were celebrating our 50th anniversary and had a wonderful evening of dining. The service was great and the food fantastic. We enjoyed every course. I had ordered flowers for the table and they were received by the staff and set up on our table waiting to surprise my wife. The presentation of each course was very artistic. My wife's stacked cucumber salad was a work of art and tasty as well. We enjoyed our evening of dining very much for our first visit to the McNinch house.
When you travel to different states and explore local gems, you definitely would like to find something like this unique restaurant. Imagine that you're going back in time and you have fine dinning in the very sofisticated way with all this old anturage, interior, amazing food and service. I would definitely recommend this place to visit. Wine tasting and paring was great!
I'll come back
I went to the Mcninch house restaurant on Wednesday July 19th and was impressed and amazed from the moment I walked in. As I was seated in the parlor dining room to a beautiful table the manager corey greeted me. Following was the wine sommelier Wes. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the house and restaurant and was a very entertaining host as well. We sat for a few minutes looking over the menu and were delighted with our chef tasting.
It was a 6 course dinner started with a delicious jumbo lump crab cake complimented with Louisiana remoulade and a cucumber and tomato salad. Moist and tender on the inside but crispy on the outside.
Next we had the cucumber case salad. It was a delicious array of beech mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts, endives, radicchio, and mixed greens.
Following the salad was a raspberry house made sorbet that was as sweet and tangy as it was gorgeous.
Out came our first entree. Red snapper basted in herb butter over a bed of basmati rice and sweet corn. The whole dish was topped with spring onions, exotic mushrooms and a delicious fig and honey sauce.
The second course was the highlight of the meal for me. A beautifully cooked medium rare filet mignon complete with horseradish spaetzel, zucchini and a house made bordelaise sauce. Absolutely amazing!
For dessert we each had an excellent blackberry cobbler in its own personal ramekin! It was delightfully sweet with a little citrus to give it that extra boost. It was the perfect end to a great meal!
All in all my experience at the McNinch house was one I will never forget and would highly recommend for anyone who wants to feel as if they are royalty.
What a wonderful meal. Our servers Corey and Wesley were outstanding. Wesley paired wine with my Rabbit that went perfectly with it. The food was so delicious. It does come with a price, but it is worth every penny. Note though: it takes about 2 hours to get through the course so plan ahead.
Not as expected. This is a high end, prix fixe menu restaurant yet the food quality was not impressive, nor was the service. Had to send my duck breast back as it arrived rare although ordered medium rare. Ambiance was awkward. Our table of four was in the library. There was one other couple at a nearby table who seemed more interested in listening in on our conversation vs. having their own. We let our server know when we arrived that we had tickets for a play and needed to be out the door by 7:45...giving us an 1:45 for dinner. We had to skip the dessert because service was tediously slow. We asked to have the bill split between couples. I presented a Groupon which the server then applied to both bills. Didn't have time to stick around and have it straightened out. All in all, not an impressive evening for $240/couple. Perhaps it was an off night (can't chalk it up to being overwhelmed with customers, as there were other open tables), but we won't be back.
McNinch House price point is comparable to some of the best restaurants in the country. Unfortunately we found the food to be average and therefore were really disappointed. We are foodies and have no problem paying the price for a great meal, but the price tag comes with expectations and McNinch did not deliver.
Absolutely delightful! We enjoyed our anniversary dinner here. We had the five course dinner with sommelier chosen wine for each course. Delicious! We were seated at six and finished with our coffee at nine. Perfect time spacing for five courses. The dining room was intimate and private. The service persons were all timely, engaging and knowledgeable. I felt like we were having a privately served dinner for two in our own dining room with absolutely none of the prep or cleanup. Really just divine.
To find something as old as the McNinch home Uptown in a city that does not value it's historic side, makes this place a gem all of it's own. Then you throw on top of it the service from from Thomas and Wesley and the rest of the staff, it made for a very pleasurable dinner experience.
I had received a very good bottle of wine from a close friend for the wife's birthday dinner and had it at the McNinch house, the wine was wonderful the $45 corkage fee was punitive, and in my mind unreasonable, but no need to complain I could have called and found out in advance but...
That aside the only real down side to the entire dinner was my cheese cake which was not fresh, in fact frozen tasting and very hard and cold.
Other than that what a great place for a special occasion and to sit and talk. Jackets are required, Phone Usage in the dining area is not allowed so if your 40 and under who can not put it down go to McDonald's.
Well done! Consider reducing the Corkage fee or offer a discounted one if we still purchase a bottle of wine from your establishment, which we did.
This is a repeat anniversary visit to the McNinch House. As always we truly enjoyed the meal, service and ambiance. The menu is narrow since it is a 'prix fixe'. The shrimp cocktail was spectacular - 5 large, sweet shrimp. The cocktail sauce brought the Row 11 Pinot Noir to a super level. My bride had the filet and I the lamb. Both well prepared, although I always berate myself for ordering lamb chops...they are tiny and only three, but a nice side piece of lamb.
All in all this is a great restaurant for special occasions. Thanks
This is an amazing place. The staff are incredible and the sommelier has world class knowledge. The food is prepared perfectly. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions. If you can indulge, try the wine pairing option. We are so fortunate to have McNinch House in Charlotte.
I would say if you have never been to Charleston and you plan on living in Charlotte for the rest of your life, check this place out. My tab was nothing less than overpriced for the great experience. It's whisper quiet, the musk of old wood and leather adds a unique dining experience. Overall great spot to blow a wad on your significant other. Wait that didn't sound right but you catch my drift.
This was my honest experience if you want to impress your date then give this place a visit. Memorable time at his historic house that will leave you talking about it for ages!
It was good but not great. The wine pairings were on point, but my dining partner did not choose them, and his drink seemed to always be empty. The servers never asked him if he wanted another drink, and he had to flag them down to get something. I feel that for the price you pay, the service should have been more attentive. Food was delicious, but overall service was too slow.
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