McNinch House
McNinch House

McNinch House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mcninchhouserestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7043326159x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
    Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Continental
  • Executive Chef: William Parham
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: 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
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 9th St. & 8th St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.
A word from 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:

7 Courses-$99pp

5 Courses-$79pp

Chef's Tasting-$125pp

Chef's Table-$149pp

+ alcohol, tax, & gratuity (20% standard)
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
McNinch House reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (59)special occasion (59)notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (17)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We celebrated our first anniversary here and it was absolutely perfect. It was a one of a kind experience and we had a great evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Tiffany
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This use to be my go to place for special occasions and place to take out of town guest. At my last visit, the service was no where near the level it use to be - server walked away in the middle of open our bootle of wine, another server drop silverware on my lap. We had a party of 3 - they took a table for two moved it to the edge of the room and added a 3rd chair - felt like we were sitting in the middle of the hall. The prices are also much higher than my last visit - our tab for 3 was almost $500. They also now include gratuity in the bill - which typically results in lower levels of service. Food was good, but nothing spectacular, it has always been the service and experience that brought me back - but not after the last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely wonderful place
    DoctorDray
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This restaurant is an absolute gem. This was a first visit here for my wife and I. She was quite delighted with the ambiance and initimate setting - an old Victorian house with interesting decorations - perfect for a romantic evening and quiet conversation. You won't find another restaurant quite like it. The food was excellent and the proportions were fitting. Wesley, the wine steward, had perfect wine pairings, giving my wife and I different wines for our entrées. The prix fixe menu is a little on the high side but I don't mind paying extra if the food is excellent and the service top notch. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic date or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Restaurant
    enelram
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    McNinch House is a special restaurant....warm, inviting, comfortable, beautiful, lovely ambiance. Food is outstanding, delicately prepared & presented. All personnel are professional, courteous, knowledgeable & helpful. McNinch House is a truly remarkable treasure for Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very special place. Super romantic. Exquisite food. Professional staff. Very private fine dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mcninch House
    diningfine
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The house is beautiful and a Great 1 time experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Experience
    enontwosome
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had the chef's tasting & wine pairings. It was terrific but take your credit card. It's our yearly outing to a 5 star!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best in. Harlotte
    H3is4HVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The personal service, amazing food and beautifully decorated house make this the best intimate date in Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable
    KenTarHeel
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We had waited a long time to visit the McNinch House and we were not disappointed. From the valet parking through outstanding service to the delicious food, to a rose for my wife as we departed, it was a terrific experience. Two menu items that were particularly outstanding were the she-crab soup and the steamed chocolate cake.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and ambiance.
    TwiceIn9Years
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Awesome food and ambience. Very quiet experience. Service was a little disjointed - Less fluid than our previous experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The McNinch House is an experience. It'sin a beautiful turn of the century home that is ornately furnished and appointed so it can be very romantic. The food is excellent and the service attentive. But if you're getting the 5 choice special vs the 7 or 10 be prepared to wait awhile between your choices. The exception to this could be occasions when they're not busy or when everyone in the restaurant opts for the 5 pack, but logic says if you have a small kitchen, small staff and lots of servings to get out the the ones with the fewer choices will wait while the others are being served. It's well worth it, but just be prepared.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally...good food in Charlotte
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The entire dining experience was wonderful from the cocktails on the front porch swing to the cheese plate for dessert. Wait staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. Our meals (all 4) were delicious! Wine parings were great. Atmosphere is lovely. Easy to talk with others. The restaurant was full yet it seemed we were the only ones there. The food was fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Outstanding meal and outstanding service and wine steward!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't disappoint
    Lansing
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The McNinch House is our "go to restaurant" for special occasions, so we decided to dine there to celebrate our anniversary. Previous visits have established very high expectations and they certainly didn't disappoint this time. The food was outstanding and creatively presented, the service impeccable and the ambiance delightful. The rack of lamb was amazing and the suggested wine paired perfectly. The filet mignon was very good but not exceptional. Personally, I would recommend the 5 course option. The seven course option was a bit "over the top" and we left feeling slightly uncomfortable, albeit the options were quite tempting and it requires discipline to refrain from going above the 5 course selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    kleitch79VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had been waiting quite some time to try McNinch House and was very impressed. Very good food with an excellent vibe. The service is outstanding and it's quite the romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Lowkeydiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. The service was by far the best I've experienced in a while. The food was great and they did a nice job of working with the fact my wife is lactose intolerant. Although it is not cheap, their was truly value to every dollar spent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best 5-Star dining experience ever
    LuvFood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While this was one of the most exquisite dining experiences I've had, it never felt pretentious. The atmosphere was quaint and romantic in an historic home surrounded by original fixtures and antique furnishings. Every bit of the 9 course meal was superb. The wine pairings were extremely well chosen and varied. My husband and I left full and happy. We can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of kind experience.
    Sbng
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I got everything that I hope for, even more. It was my wife's Bday and we had a great time together which we will remember for years to come. The ambiance and the Victorian style dining rooms sets the tone for the evening. The food was amazing. We had the 5 course meal. The crab and shrimp appetizers were heavenly. Enjoyed every mouth. It was so good, I thought about it even after coming home. The main dish was also good. We took the Lamb dish with a very very delicious risotto and the duck breast. It was a little too sweet for me, but was good. Such romantic place, quiet and the servers never disturbed us and very friendly. We would definitely go back. It is very expensive (230$ for both of us), but it was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overly ambitious restaurant
    TrueGourmet
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Wanting to be considered as a gourmet restaurant like those in the "big" food renowned cities, such as New York, San Francisco and Montreal, it bites off more than it can chew, excuse the pun. Offering a tasting menu only, but having insufficient choices (5 courses, but with only 7 choices available) does not a gourmet restaurant make! The red wine was too warm and a recommendation to the staff about adjusting the wine cellar temperature was met with a shrug. To their credit they did cool off the wine in a bucket. The food was good, but unexceptional and unimaginative. Service, however, was good if amateurish. If the prices had been lower, this dining experience would have been acceptable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion Excellence
    Foodjunky
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great food and ambience and the service offered by Wesley and Cole was excellent. Wesley knows his wine pairings and I would highly suggest your taking his advise on wine selections. We enjoyed the five course offering and every thing down to the sorbet was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    TheUnbiased
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I found this gem online when looking for a quiet, elegant place to take my wife for an anniversary. It isn't a cheap option but it's worth every penny. For a throwback fine dining experience to a time when elegance was more prevalent in this country, this is it. A wonderful intimate experience. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming and Refreshing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I had dinner and was very impressed with the charm of older home and the elegance of the setting. This was our first time there. I don't know how we have missed this restaurant. The staff was very sharp and accommodating. Everyone of them made a great connection with us and made us feel exceptionally welcomed. It was our first time there, but you would not have know it from the comfort they made us feel. Chef Ellen's food is very tastefully prepared and properly portioned. My wife had the 5 course meal and I had the 7 course. The Sommilier, Wendell, was a special treat. Cory our server could not have been more attentive. I recommend this quiet fine dining to any foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For her Birthday...
    91Juan
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My wife and I had a fabulous dining experience from the point of our arrival (8 pm) to the conclusion of our evening (10:30 pm). The food was very succulent and well presented. The service provided was superb. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others who are planning to celebrate a very special occasion (birthday, promotion, wedding anniversary, etc.,).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic but pricey & so so service
    EnjoyHighQualityEating
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Celebrated our anniversary. Typically we go to Del Frisco or Ruth Chris but wanted to try something new. The house and atmosphere is very romantic. Somewhat disappointed in portions for the price. I asked for an extra biscuit and was told no. They only make 2 per person - keep in mind that they are the size of a half dollar coin. My wife and I agreed that we may return but not anytime soon. And the service is not great. We had to ask for refills and some help to get the valet for our car.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    NCfoodies
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was our third visit and it was as great as we remembered. We felt like special guests in a dear friend's home. The staff is very attentive without being overbearing. The menu had a wide range of choices and each dish was presented with great care and pride. The cream of crab soup was rich and delicious. The salmon excellent and the herb crusted rack of lamb the best I've had. It is a truly memorable experience. A wonderful way to spend that very special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional dining experience
    Fred
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at McNinch House. We cannot imagine what might have been done to make our experience more memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb establishment.
    rhar
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Highly recommend for special occasion. The staff was professional and friendly. Excellent wine selection. Romantic ambience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Fine Dining in Charlotte!
    Lovely
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Impeccable food, service and atmosphere! Definitely an anniversary spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ultimate dining experience.
    ABientot
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is a restaurant that steps back in time to an era of dining elegance. It is set in a beautiful old home in uptown Charlotte!! The service and food were impeccable. If you want a very romantic and intimate setting this is ideal. This is the best restaurant we have been to in the Charlotte area. Tres chic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very special
    MaiLi45VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Beautiful home, excellent service. Definitely for special occasions!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Perfect setting, service, and food for a quaint, special occasion. A must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Whitelinendining
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Elegant dining which you don't see a lot of! Personal service and no pressure dining. Nice to sit and talk and enjoy fine wine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Bugsmom
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    What an experience! The chef's tasting and wine pairing was one of the best dinners I have had. What a way to celebrate our 10 yr anniversary. Every bit was so flavorful and the wine just added to the experience. THANK YOU
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    PersnicketydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great menu, great service, great wine pairing. The host/server and support staff were all very competent and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My parents anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    They loved it! What a great way to celebrate their anniversary. Everything from the staff to the china
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Hmh301
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I can't say enough nice things about Mcninch House. Truly a special dining experience. Superior flavors in every dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Evening
    ncfry
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Could not have more satisfied than our evening. The setting, service and the food was top notch. Everyone went out of their way to make the evening very enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Excellent food, atmosphere and service. We were there on a Wednesday and were the only ones there, which is a shame. Perhaps because it was Memorial week?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Noise
    Rabbit333
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    They should turn up the music. Too quiet. You have to whisper so next table is not part of your conversation
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 286 reviews are from the McNinch House reviews archive.
  • Anniversary Celebration
    BigDaddy
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My wife and I dined at the McNinch House to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful place to celebrate such a memorable event. We went on Thursday evening which was a great night to go, as there were very few people dining with us. It was as if we had the place to ourselves. The Food was great, but the service was even better. I highly recommend the McNinch house for special celebrations.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet