McNinch House

4.8
678 reviews
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Since 1989, 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:

6 Courses-$125pp

4 Courses-$105pp

Chef's Tasting-$185pp

Chef's Table-$159pp

+ alcohol, tax, & gratuity (20% standard)
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a quiet relaxing evening. Be prepared to bring you wallet as it is very expensive but the food was great!

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Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The McNinch House was definitely a dining experience. We went during the Winter menu and unfortunately we are not big seafood people so we didn’t have much to choose from when it came to the first course. We both had the Steak but my cut was much more fatty than my husbands. It is also very quiet and you are close to the other tables so it is a little challenging to have a conversation. If you enjoy a diverse pallet of food you would most likely enjoy it and it’s definitely worth going for the experience where you feel like you are being served in another era.

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RC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around experience Heavenly food and great wine list with servers trying to squeeze out the enjoyment for you

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous meal in a beautiful old home full of history! We highly recommend this place!

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were looking forward to dining here. We were disappointed in several things, the menu was limited and not overly interesting. We felt the food was above average but nothing wow. Our server was not friendly but certainly did an adequate job. A 20% tip was automatically added to our bill and I would never have given that willingly. The restaurant states that it is a French restaurant but when we arrived and saw the menu we asked about it and they said it was more French American, what does that even mean! I have been o France and this didn't even begin to measure up. Honestly, for the money the food didn't come close to measuring up. If you want to dine in a quiet Victorian home then you might be happy. If you are looking for a meal worthy of a $100 per person not including drinks or gratuity I would strongly encourage you to choose another restaurant, as there are far better options in Charlotte than the McNinch House.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only disappointment was they had run out of quail egg and I ordered the spinach salad. Didn't know until they brought it to my table. Otherwise I would have ordered something else. It was the only reason I ordered that salad. I've never had quail egg. The other food was the best that I've had! The broccoli mousse! Omg.
The man who told us about some history on the house was awesome. His stories added that great personal touch.
Service was great

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is a little dated but the food was nice.

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KP
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday

Wine in wrong glass.

Candles on table kept burning out.

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DM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing delicious meal. Definitely not cheap but overall I would have to say worth it. Wine pairings were excellent.

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TG
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's pricey, the only thing they offered was the Chef's menu selections, which was $185 with the wine pairings included. They added an automatic gratuity of 20% for a party of 4, with tax and tip it was almost $250 per person. With that said, it was an outstanding 5 course meal and excellent service. It took more than 3 hours. Elegant home from 1891.

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always like to go to McNinch House for celebrating. Wesley is amazing. The food is always delicious. Thank you for a wonderful night!

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SF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived in Charlotte for over 30 years and this is the first time that I had dined at the McNinch House. And I have to say it was an amazing experience. From the moment that my friend and I stepped into the door the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. I would recommend it and I definitely will dine there again. It's a great place for a romantic dinner!

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening, great wine selection. More than just dinner it is an event.

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HS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great and personalized experience from start to finish. I highly recommend it.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing dining experience. The grand tasting with wine pairings has to be one of the best in the country

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed the experience. The food was outstanding minus a few very small issues from my personal taste preferences. Food was still 9.5/10. We had a wine tasting as well and they were not stingy at all, every wine was great. The scenery was outstanding. We had a large party talking in the same room at another table next to us so it made it slightly hard to hear what our sommelier was saying but that's not a big deal, something you'll have happen anywhere you go. The price was nice since the tip was included with the overall amount, so no need to do anything trying to figure out what is considered a "good tip, it's all bundled and given to you at the end which is great. If you're curious about parking there's actually a driveway that you can enter which leads to a small parking lot behind the house, so no need to pay for parking anywhere else.

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JZ
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding evening. Very special. Cant wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in every way. Expensive, but worth it, especially for special occasions.

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RP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner with wine tasting benefits.

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CD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our evening at the McNinch House was excellent!!

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience for a special occasion. Amazing food, excellent service and House is beautiful. Five stars for sure. Worth the price!!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and great service

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R
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service could have been better - we were not asked if we wanted a second glass of wine, or coffee with dessert. The crab cake, although contained a number of decent sized lumps of crab, was mostly filler and not extroidinary. The duck breast portion was half meat half fat. Disappointing. It is a unique destination and for that I would recommend to a friend.

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DS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!! Beautifully decorated for Christmas and had an old charm that must be seen - no description would do it justice. Quiet and romantic with thoughtful and engaging service. Wesley and Tracy were wonderful! Dinner was delicious with ample starter, entree and dessert choices. We had a spectacularly romantic evening.

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MB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was stellar and Wesley was quite the host, delightful as ever!

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Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit the Mcnish House a couple times a year...have never been dissapointed. The 6 course menu with the wine pairing is the best way to go..don’t be concerned that it’ll be overwhelming..each portion is just the right size and the space in between allows you to enjoy the food.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely experience. No pressure to move on.

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Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience,

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Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If your looking inexpensive, you are looking at the wrong place. Food is high end, but good. I would only go for special occasions but it was a well crafted meal overall.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Food. Chef Matthew did an awesome Job. Great Birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great for a big life event, food is good but not 150 dollars a person good. But I would still go back for the ambiance and service.

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GS
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Pay attention to the negative reviews. Food is not exceptional, grocery store quality, not top of the line. Cocktail somewhat mediocre - liquor labels are not the best. Atmosphere is funeral home quiet. Go once in your life just to cross it off the list.

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Raleigh
67 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife's birthday and wanted to enjoy a great experience. We are from out of town and all my Charlotte friends said McNinch is the choice. They were correct. Everything was outstanding and they made the birthday extra special!!

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HB
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As a premier restaurant and not being there in a while it seemed to be caught in the past. The whole idea I guess; however, a set menus of $100 need a fresh appeal. Steak was excellent, scallops and crab cake salty. The cheese plate was tired and composed of cheddar, Brie and wensleydale in a messy presentation. On the whole not worth the price.

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Meal

The McNinch House is a wonderful culinary experience. The House is replete with Charlotte history. The elegant dining rooms create a quiet ambiance for your meal. We began the meal with melon gazpacho soup which was delicious. The crab cakes were filled with excellent and tasty pieces of crab meat and lightly breaded. The filet mignon was tender and cooked to perfection! The chocolate mousse was creamy and rich. The strawberry shortcake had an excellent texture and was flavorful. This is a great place to celebrate an anniversary or special occasion. The staff made it truly a delightful dining experience.

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AD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all around. Amazing elegance, great food prepared superbly, terrific attention and care. Truly a dining experience you probably won't find anywhere else.

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Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was way beyond my expectation. The beauty and historic setting of the dining rooms are amazing. The food was lacking in flavor. We only wish the food taste as wonderful as it looked.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My girlfriend and I dined at the McNinch House earlier tonight and were extremely disappointed in all aspects. To start with, we had a reservation at 5:30, left at 7:30 and were the only table in the entire place the whole stent of our meal. The atmosphere was awkward. We are both over 21 and they asked if we wanted drinks, instead of being asked to see ID’s, two seperate people asked us our ages and year of birth. I felt very belittled, as they acted like we were sketchy and trying to pull something. The service was fine, not overbearing, but she was deceiving in explaining the menu. We asked whether the $95 4 course meal included two entrees, in which she replied that it was for two people. Little did we know, we were being charged for 2 $95 meals. The food was not worth the money, the crab cakes were good but everything else was subpar, some things we couldn’t even eat, such as the octopus. We used a $75 Groupon voucher that should have knocked the total from about $200 to $125, yet they added a $43 gratuity to bump the check right back to where it was. Adding gratuity to a two person party is ridiculous and offensive. Overall, we were not impressed by the McNinch House and are not interested in coming back. I did not feel that I was in a fine dining atmosphere, nor was I treated with the respect a customer should have.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was very underwhelming and uninspired.

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly fabulous

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