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McNinch House
McNinch House

McNinch House Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.mcninchhouserestaurant.com
  • Phone: (704) 332-6159
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
    Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, European
  • 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) 332-6159

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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary at McNinch House. We cannot imagine what might have been done to make our experience more memorable."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Highly recommend for special occasion. The staff was professional and friendly. Excellent wine selection. Romantic ambience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Beautiful home, excellent service. Definitely for special occasions!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great menu, great service, great wine pairing. The host/server and support staff were all very competent and welcoming."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We enjoyed the McNinch house very much. Great food and exceptional service. It is expensive but worth it for the right occasion."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "They loved it! What a great way to celebrate their anniversary. Everything from the staff to the china"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Perfect setting, service, and food for a quaint, special occasion. A must try!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    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. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "They should turn up the music. Too quiet. You have to whisper so next table is not part of your conversation"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Everything about this dinner was wonderful. The house is beaufully restored and makes a great atmosphere. The antiques and collectibles are beautiful. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. The food is absolutely delicious - you cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. The ingredients in every dish are perfect and so flavorful on the palate. We really enjoyed talking to Mr Wesley, the Sommelier. We chose the Trilogy with the 5 course dinner, and he served the perfect wines for each course. We could not have asked for more. Perfect for a special occasion. Thanks!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had the 7 course dinner. Portion was small enough for me to enjoy each one of them (mostly, only able to take a small bite of dessert at the end). The lamb and duck were cooked to perfection, with the wine pairing it was divine! I was very much impressed by the pairing. Of course the check at the end was impressive, too. But reading others' review here prepared me for it, along with the included 20% gratuity. Overall a worthwell experience."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a lovely evening at the McNinch house. The service was excellent. The dinner offers patrons an experience not just a meal. We are looking forward to our next visit. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We are still dreaming about the excellent food and wine pairings! Fabulous dining experience!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We had an early reservation that gave us the chance to walk around the house and check all the details. We were greeted by Ellen; she was wearing a beautiful purple jacket and a great smile. We then selected our table and sat by the window looking over the garden. The sommelier, Wesley, took the time to know us and was able to match me perfectly. The food was light and flavorful. We were able to have a wonderful conversation and at no time we felt rushed. Corey moved around us with ease and let the evening flow. The finish was for me the best. The chocolate selection with the port was tantalizing and completed the whole journey. We are coming back… Next time, I’ll skip the cocktail; it did not contribute much to the experience. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday and every part of it was great. We had very friendly and attentive service and the food was great. I definitely want to go back. One of the more romantic meals I've ever had in Charlotte."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Our waiter, Jonathan, and head waiter/manager, Corey, did a great job as did Wesley, our sommelier on the Bordeaux and wine pairings. We enjoyed the whole evening and the room we were in with 3 other tables of guests. My wife, who normally doesn't like Blue Dressing, actually enjoyed it with the salad wedge, raisins, and roasted pecans. She loved her crab and crab cake course as well. The bordelaise sauce was wonderful with the filet mignon with peppercorns. Chef needs to give a few more teaspoons of sauce for those of us who need to eat it with the potato as well as the steak. The vanilla bourbon cheesecake with caramel was also our top choice for dessert. Note : portions are not large, but are delicious."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We've gone to the McNinch House for over 10 years and each experience has been perfect. The noise level is so low you can hear the soft background music playing. No reataurant roar we find in other places. The food is always exceptional. If you are looking for an inexpensive meal this isn't the place for you. Our dinner with paired wines was over $400 with the 20% gratuity. The food, service and atmosphere combine to make dinner an event. We already look forward to our next visit. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The McNinch house is still our favorite restaurant in the world. Each course was superb, the service was perfect and the location is historic. A Wonderful evening."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "wonderful experience. surprise anniversary dinner for wife. thoroughly enjoyed all"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience. I had heard of McNimch House but never been there. I made reservations on a Friday afternoon for Friday at 6 pm. I had a Charlotte Observer coupon that I had been carrying around for awhile and decided spur of the moment to use it. I called while we were walking to the restaurant since we were both wearing jeans. They said "jeans are discouraged" but said to come anyway since we were on our way. I felt very out of place when we got there because most were dressed up but very comfortable once we were seated. The service is sincerely friendly and obviously experienced. The food, atmosphere and excellent wait staff made this a fantastic experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A hidden gem of Charlotte. No other words to describe this restaurant that provides personalixed service and exceptional wine."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Average at best. Specially for what you will end up paying. I honestly dont know how they could have got AAA 4 star award. Food was okay. As a main course I had duck which was not impressive. Not cooked well. Server had a dumb look on his face when I told him about it . I guess since he was the guy parking car as well. Only 3 people servicing the floor. Got our order wrong and then got our bill wrong as well. I am glad I checked. I hope it is written somewhere in fine print but didnt like that they just took 20% grauity by default. Let me be the judge of it. Lot of reviews said you save your money and go somewhere else and oh I wish now I would have listened. Not worth over $300 Find something else."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Since this restaurant is pricey, we could only afford to go on a special occasion. My husband received a birthday card and I got a rose for our anniversary. The dining experience is one to savor. We had wonderful a relaxing cocktail before beginning our 7-course meal. We chose a superb wine that paired with our meal. The waiter and dining manager were very attentive. The food was excellent. My husband who is a big eater, left full despite the smaller portions. The menu choices catered to beef, fish or vegans. It was an event rather than just a night out on the town."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first visit to McNinch House. It was wonderful, flawless, elegant and most of all the food was fantastic. This is most definitely a special occasion place, unless you have a very high income. We went on a weeknight to celebrate our wedding anniversary. There are several small dining areas. It was very private and we felt like special guests in someone's home. The service was perfect: attentive but not hovering, never rushed and never left you wondering "where are they?" We selected the menu offering two appetizers, an entrée and a choice of either a dessert or cheese tray. We also opted for the trilogie wine pairing, which provided a different wine for each course. The whole experience couldn't have been better."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "The service, ambiance and appetizers were outstanding. The entree was well above average."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Wanted to have a nice place to dine for our anniversary, something a little different in-town. First time dining at McNinch, and we had a ball. Great service, great food, and the historic home is a perfect setting. Splurge and go for the wine pairing to make it a visit to remember."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The meal was excellent but crazy expensive. I haven't yet decided if quality of meal and experience was worthy of excessive cost."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Not a place for children Not a place for animated conversation. Excellent food Very pricey which I didn't mind paying bc of the food quality With 1 bottle of wine and 3 teens 2 adults. 650$$ Wine was excellent. Servers great. The lamb and crab cakes are fantastic."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My wife and I went for the 5 courses menu which is the least expensive option ($79pp) but was clearly enough for us. My wife also added the wine pairing option ($55pp) which definitely added a layer of sophistication to the evening. You definitely pay full price for this wonderful 2 hours dinning experience (note that they charge a default 20% service fee) which is sure to build a memorable evening."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "A friend and I wanted to take our spouses out for a special evening. After reviewing options,we decided upon the McNinch House. We were extremely pleased with the decision. It proved to be a memorable dining experience that our wives will cherish for some time. We selected the 7 course Grand Menu. Each course was appropriately staggered, and staff knowledgeable and attentive. My friend noted that his filet of beef was the best he has ever tasted. I highly recommend The McNinch House for those seeking a relaxing, special occasion dining experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "To celebrate our anniversary, my husband and I wanted to do something special and different. We chose McNinch House after seeing the Zagat rating. We were absolutely satisified, as McNinch House helped us make a nice dinner out, a unique experience, and a true celebration. The unique touches included a personalized card wishing us a happy anniversary, as well as the staff being so knowledgeable about the food and wine offerings. The setting was quiet and elegant. We had a wonderful evening and will definitely be back when looking for a SPECIAL evening out."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "McNinch House is sort of the last of a dying breed in Charlotte. The wait staff was second to none and were all obviously well-trained. Though my wife and I didn't drink, the wine list was amazing. My wife's lamb (which is the only entree that is a permanent fixture on the menu) was simply amazing. My filet mignon was a tad overcooked and a little too salty, but that is the only "con" I can think of. For a special occasion, I can hardly think of a better place in Charlotte. You will be treated as if you are the most important customer they have. It is also nice to find a place that still requires men to wear jackets and treats a meal as a special experience. The attention to detail was impressive. This is a really special place."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "A beautiful old house, privately owned (they live on the upper floors), in a nice downtown neighborhood. Valet parking or park on the street. Despite being an old house on a cold night, the temp inside was warm and comfortable. The menu choices were varied with something for everyone and different experiences based on the number of courses you order. We both ordered the lamb which was tender and tasty. Highly recommended. The main course was a 10. The rest of the meal gets an 8. The wine list is extensive but the wine steward is extremely knowledgable, answering questions and giving info about each wine he serves. This is a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Not an everyday meal but just what we wanted for my 55 birthday. We will go back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014