McNinch was a night to remember. Their pairing of the wine with the food was perfect. They let us control the speed of the food. McNinch will become my dinning choice for any special event. 5 stars. Can't wait to go back.
Was our second time coming enjoyed it even more than first. Wife's birthday dinner with friends who not been before. Everything from the history to the fantastic House coffee was over the top only thing we noticed was two gentlemen who must have forgot their jacket. But over all it was some much fun, Thanks Merl
I really only had one complaint--our meal was totally under-seasoned. The servers were great, the ambiance was great, the presentation of the food was great, the types of food were great. However, both of us had what I would call an 'under-seasoned' evening. The first course was a corn panna cotta which was bland, the second was a very good salad which included a wonderful charred octopus, the third course was a pea soup with crab that would have been great with a little cracked pepper. The sorbet was delicious, but even a little cracked pepper would have livened it. The main course was the real disappointment. My catch of the day was cooked fine, but the skin left on was rubbery (it needed crisping) and the snapper needed salt and pepper. My companion's vegan main entree also needed seasoning. It was bland. My dessert was the chocolate pie and it was actually the best thing of the evening. My companion's lemon meringue was beautiful to look at, but the meringue was more a marshmallow and the dense lemon wasn't to her liking. All in all, I was very disappointed in this meal. I really expected more.
My husband and I celebrated our 36th Anniversary. I’ve wanted to go to McNinch house for 30 years...since it opened. The experience surpassed my expectations. The cuisine was as my husband stated “scrumptious”, the ambiance was lovely and the service were filled with warmth and charm, especially our Sommelier Wesley!
This was our first Charlotte visit and someone had recommended McNinch House. We took our 22-year-old grandson there for his birthday, and we were all blown away by the setting, service and food. It is a 5- or 9- course menu, and we all did the 5. We had the crab cake, English pea soup, and octopus, followed by the filet mignon and red snapper special. Desserts were also memorable.
Food and service were excellent. Only issue/suggestion for improvement: we ordered the 6 course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings at $185 each. At the end of the meal I commented that we had only received 5 courses. I was informed that the sorbet (which is typically expected and not charged for at most fine dining establishments) that was served before the first entree was one of the courses. Also, the entrees included fish and quail. This is the first tasting menu I’ve ever encountered that did not include a course of beef. 20% tip is automatically included. So for $480, a true 6th course and a course of beef would be nice. We stopped at another local restaurant for a cocktail and dessert as we were both still hungry. Which seems a little unnecessary after dropping almost $500 on a chef’s 6 course tasting dinner.
Great dining experience and definitely fine dining in Charlotte. Highly Recommended for any occasion including special. The moment you enter until you are finished dinning the experience is superb and of very high quality. Wes was super with wine selection and the entire staff (Kaitlyn sp?) and all others were fabulous. I will be back for sure.
This was our second visit since moving to the Charlotte area from Chicago. We loved the ambience, the food, the wine pairings. Altogether the kind of evening you never forget. Wesley was a gracious host who made the evening special with his knowledge and recommendations for wine pairings. We will be back over and over again. The restaurant puts most Chicago restaurants to shame. Thankfully I moved here.
First class experience all the way. The food and service was top notch. It was our anniversary celebration and it was memorable. From the complimentary champagne toast to the rose brought to my wife at the end of the evening. Thank you McNinch House!
Wesley and the rest of the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was nice chatting with them about uptown Charlotte. The house is gorgeous and the food is amazing. Be prepared to savor each course and you should expect that you won’t be rushed right out the door which I love!
One of our more memorable dining experiences. I'd heard of McNinch House for years but never been there. An out of town business associate and his wife were staying in the Dunhill Hotel so I wanted dinner to be within walking distance. My wife and several managers joined us, so we had a group of eight. From the moment we arrived, to cocktails on the porch, to Wesley's entertaining tale of the House's history, to dinner wine and desert, everything was great. It so exceeded our expectations. My guest said it was the most enjoyable dining experience he could remember and he travels widely. Definitely recommend.
Impeccable decor, ambiance, service and food. Wonderful experience.
Wow. The service from Katie was outstanding, the food was creative and delicious and the wine pairings from Charlotte’s best sommelier were spot on.
McNinch House is an outstanding dining experience. Menu has a few choices across starters, entrees and desserts that encompass different food types so there is something for all dietary preferences. Preparation and presentation are superb. The items are creatively envisioned and well realized. Excellent wine list. There are three different choices- four, five or seven course. A wine pairing menu is also included. Portion sizes are appropriate for the number of courses. The restaurant is in a Victorian home, so there are small number of diners in each room. Very quiet, elegant with classical music playing. Excellent for conversation. This is not an inexpensive dining experience ($300 with tax and tip for 2 with modest wine consumption), but for a special occasion, it is memorable.
Great venue for a special occasion. Wait staff were very knowledgeable and friendly, but almost too many folks assigned to table. Had to ask for drink olives three times and butter twice which seemed somewhat unusual. Otherwise fantastic food and experience.
Outrageously expensive but at least the portions were tiny. Seriously. Fantastic atmosphere and ambience but so much more expensive than other extremely high quality fine dining like Barringtons or Staggiano.
Tasty but overpriced food. Surroundings are beautiful. Having to cancel 48 hours prior or get charged $50 per person is a good way to lose business. There are many other great places to eat in Charlotte.
Food was disappointing. For the price, I expected much more. It was a neat experience to do once but I won’t be back. There are much better choices. I would choose The Fig Tree Restaurant over this one any day!
My family and I celebrated my birthday here last evening. This was our second time dining here. One of the nicest restaurants I've ever been to. They didn't disappoint last night either. Service is attentive without being pretentious or overbearing. The clear, fresh flavors of the food are amazing. The salad is like a piece of art. We indulged in the wine pairing for each course and loved everything that was poured for us. We learned so much from the sommelier.
The atmosphere is cozy and comforting. The food is creative, fresh and incredibly delicious. The service is top of the line. If you really want to create a special and memorable occasion, choose the chef's choice menu with wine pairings. This is a first class dining experience.
One of our favorites places to dine in Charlotte. Charming atmosphere, superbly prepared meals, delectable presentation of food and wine, and staff that invite you into their world of fine dining!
Staff were lovely!
Such a beautiful home and Close to everything. The service was fantastic! Typical of a high end restaurant, the food was tasty but very small portions and very expensive. Not a place to go for every day dining but great for a special meal. We enjoyed our experience!
McNinch House is the most romantic restaurant in Charlotte. It is so pleasant to dine while soaking up the classic, sumptuous decor inside one of Fourth Ward’s most beautiful houses. The service is excellent, and the food is top notch. We had the best crab cakes and lamb lollipops we’ve ever had. Get the wine pairings- the wine steward is lovely and is very generous with his extra pours!
This place is the definition of a well prepared and well presented dining experience. Fine Dining but not stuffy. Wesley, the staff , food and the atmosphere make this worth every penny. You have to eat here at least one time in your life, and then I can promise you will be back.
It was wonderful!
The food was good and beautifully presented . Servings were very, very small; and I am an old man who does not need REAL big servings to satisfy me. My special occasion was my birthday, which the restaurant celebrated by putting a candle in the cheesecake that I was paying for. They could have, at the very least have comped a liqueur! There were three of us; spent $92 on wine and the bill was $475 plus $10 to the sommelier. I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world; and, at most of them, I left satisfied, because of either the food or some unique characteristic. I was VERY disappointed with McNinch House, and will not return.
WOW…What a Wonderful Experience!!
•FOOD....We loved every bite!!! And while individual portions are smaller than what most are used to, the overall quantity of food is perfect. We did the 5 courses and in addition to that we were served a starter crostini with whipped goat cheese, EVOO, Cherry Tomato and field green that was a very tasty surprise, a mini corn muffin with cheddar cheese and mini biscuit…both were very light and tasty.
•WINE….gosh where do I start….We did the Wine Pairing option. Wesley is such a treat in this role, and very knowledgeable in what selections to pair with your dining choices and can change it up based on personal palate. We spent $110 for this option which is what we would have spent on a nice bottle at other dining establishments however this was such a more enjoyable spend. We tasted 5 different wines, really 7 because on one course my husband and I had a different pairing per our course choice and at the end of our evening based on Wesley talking with us about the different wines and asking what wines we normally drink he gave us a taste of a wine he knew we’d appreciate based on that discovery….AND HE WAS SPOT ON.
•STAFF is professional and as expected with a fine dining experience they are quietly in the background but appear perfectly timed to handle any need, they are also friendly and willing to chat if you engage them.
•DE'COR is beautifully period. The table linens, china and cutlery really tied the whole experience together with that extra touch.
•ATMOSPHERE was correct in all the reviews, whereas it’s very romantic. With it being a historic home there are separate dining rooms that allow for you to feel like you have the whole place to yourself and everyone there just catering to you. It makes for a very enjoyable time with the soft background instrumental music.
•COST is comparative to chain fine dining, however with this overall experience you get much more for your spend.
A nice change from all the Uptown/South Park restaurants. A unique, historic home instead of just another chain. Private rooms are excellent options for groups. Great pre-theatre choice. I’m a vegan and they made me a totally vegan meal (all they asked for was a few days heads up). No parking hassle
The food was good, but cost an arm and a leg. If you want fine dining, great service, and don’t mind spending some money this is the place.
Fantastic dinner! One of the best food we’ve had one Charlotte. Service was amazing.
Very attentive and friendly service. Staff is very knowledgable in wine pairings to recommend with your food choices. Every course was very memorable, and all had amazing flavors. A little on the more expensive side but well worth it for the experience. A great special occasion and/or date night restaurant! Romantic!
Amazing evening. The most sophisticated fine dining establishment I have experienced in Charlotte. Best choice for a special occasion!
We truly enjoyed our visit to Mcninch House. The food was outstanding and the service was above and beyond! Our server, Tracy, may have been the best server we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Her attention to detail and her sincere interest in whether or not we enjoyed ourselves was top notch. The wine steward, Wes, was knowledgeable and helpful in picking our wines. This restaurant is outstanding. I can’t believe we have lived in Charlotte this long and not gone here.
This dinner was wonderful! The food was delicious! The portions were bigger than I expected, my cut of salmon was huge. I loved the atmosphere. They used china and actual silver for silverware. The service was great, the right amount of attention without being at our table every five seconds. I also loved the dress attire. All the men wore coats and all the ladies were dressed very nicely as well. Not a pair of jeans in sight! My boyfriend wore a suit, no tie and I wore a cocktail dress.
While I am giving it five stars (which it deserves) there were three things that I thought should be noted.
1) This place is expensive, but it is worth it. For two people the bill will definitely be over $300 when it's all said and done.
2) 20% gratuity is added on the bill. And it's added for everything, alcohol and tax. I don't necessarily mind the alcohol so much because they do have a wine director that did quite a bit of work and I'm assuming he is part of the tip share, but tipping on the tax shouldn't be required. That said it doesn't bother me enough to not go back.
3) The only part of service that missed the mark for me was that we were not offered coffee or some sort of dessert beverage. I thought that maybe they didn't have a coffee maker and that's why we weren't offered but when we were leaving I did see a coffee pot in the kitchen. Not too big of a deal as it would have added more money to the bill, but just a note.
Overall I loved this place and I will definitely be back for a special dinner!
We were disappointed and underwhelmed, and it was overpriced to boot! We have had far superior meals in Charlotte with much better food and service. Bizarre to walk through a filthy wait station in order to get to the bathrooms where the staff is sitting and snacking on trail mix and appeared to be watching tv. Took over half hour after we arrived just to get our wine, and the restaurant was not full. When asked by the waitress if I didn't like the course that I obviously took just one bite out of, I said that I didn't, and there was no apology, offer of something else, or adjustment to the price. No wonder they automatically put 20% gratuity on every bill; they certainly didn't earn it. Save your money and trust the reviews.
The place smelled weird. It had an old home Funk to it and it prevented me from truly appreciating my meal. The food was phenomenal, however it didn't justify paying close to $500 for two people to eat dinner.
In my 12 yes in Charlotethis was hands down the finest dining expwince I have. The sommelier was beyond exceptional his course pairings.
Be very careful about making this reservation. Nowhere was it advertised that it was a prefix only menu and nearly $500 for two of us to eat.
Food is overpriced and only average. Minimum 5 course meal for $98 no a la carte menu. I’ve had much better food for much less in Charlotte. They were out of many wines on list and our first bottle had turned, plus got our order wrong brought wrong main course for me.