McNinch House

4.8
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$50 and over
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Continental
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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4.9
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JeffJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a unique, upscale dining experience Mcninch house is the place! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They dont turn your table so you can take as long as you'd like to be there. They have a great front porch for a post dinner drink.

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vipmathreallymatters47
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, intimate atmosphere. Good adherence to Covid restrictions.

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vipGerhardW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Excellent food, service and wine

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PatrickO
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not just a meal, but an amazing experience. Every course was fantastic. The staff is extremely attentive, without being too intrusive. Wesley, the wine steward, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Everything about the evening was perfect.

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DavidB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was some of the best I have ever experienced. The staff was very attentive but not bothersome, just right.

Food Excellent and the presentation was wonderful!

Mr. Wesley, Wine Director, is a treasurer. His knowledge of wines (and a lot of other stuff) is amazing. He will entertain you with the history of all things wine.

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vipLeslieF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The McNinch House is very romantic and the staff is so friendly. We have been there several times over the years and truly enjoy the experience each time we go. The quality of the food and ambience makes this place unique.

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NatalieR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by all of the staff- you can truly tell that everyone is very knowledgeable about the food and about the history of the house. We also did not expect the small treats throughout the meal (champagne, gazpacho, and sorbet) which definitely made the experience all the better.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience for my wife’s birthday. Thank you to all the staff for your efforts.

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EmilieZ
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a special occasion, especially an extra romantic date night. Everything was 5 stars, no complaints or suggestions - it was absolutely perfect.

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ElenaD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy ourselves. Food was splendid. Wine really good.
Ambiance, really really nice.
House so much history.
Really like it

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vipPaulS
Charleston
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time. You need to come ready to spend a romantic evening enjoying wonderful cuisine and wine pairings. The service was impeccable and very friendly. This is a must do in the Charlotte area.

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vipCharlesG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. A rue gem hidden in a city I've lived in for 30 years. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding!

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BenC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Filet was way better than anything else on the menu. Shee crab soup was to die for!

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vipSandyM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere!

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vipmaccynth
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch fine dining in Uptown Charlotte! Wesley, the Wine Sommelier, is entertaining and exceptional.

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BravoS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting menu and the best wine paring I've ever experienced!!

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JoeM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As advertised, amazing food with spectacular service. We will return and tell others about the amazing experience we had while dining at the McNinch House.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's an experience, not just dinner. Beautiful, old world feel with wonderful ambiance. Wesley, the sommelier was knowledgeable about hits craft and very personable. Food was presented beautifully and tasted exceptional. Wine pairing made the experience even more special. Waitress was perfect in her service. We never felt rushed, but also never waiting. Overall, a perfect night.

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DebF
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience! Greeted upon arrival with a glass of Prosecco and a tour of the historic house. The food was fantastic as well as the service. Highly recommend getting the wine selections with your meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad meal at the McNinch House. The food is always good and the ambience is unparalleled. We are still uneasy about being in large crowds but McNinch can support adequate distancing with ease. In fact we had our own room. The service is great. It is always a treat to chat with Wes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff is always so personable and friendly! The extra touches are much appreciated.

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ALKCM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience Mr. Wesley did outstanding job with wine selections.

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vipRoccoC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My yearly visit was wonderful. The food was as usual like a wonderful poem that you think about and creates emotion of fond memory. Unfortunately out of Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou but the enjoyable entertaining sommelier made a great substitution. They do have a menu where wine pairings are matched which I might try next time that guests across the way kept raving about

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Faith
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Overall, nice atmosphere and server was kind but food quality and value was not commensurate with the cost of the meal. The lamb was not cooked according to specifications; it was “gamey” and was not tender at all. Even after having it returned; it came back incorrect again. They offered no concession for their mistake and lack of quality of the food. Additionally, they still automatically billed 20% gratuity. Food was way over priced. Was not impressed and will not return.

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AndyD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From a “ cost value perspective,“ The meal was very expensive, however, the experience was worth the price. Would definitely go again for Valentines Day date!!

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and they gavel us an on the house toast to celebrate to start out our evening. The food was delicious. Each course was more wonderful than the next. They would come out and give us small cornbreads, and biscuits with honey butter. Very delicious. The main course was also very good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an elegant dinner out.

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vipScott
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

McNinch House is great for a special occasion! Beautiful setting in a quaint old house. Table was beautiful with China and silver. Service was excellent! The food was good. I loved the portion sizes. We each got the prefix 4 course meal. I loved being able to choose two first courses. It is quite pricey! I’m glad we didn’t bring our 9 year old with us. Overall a great experience!

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urig
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and she was treated like the princess she is!

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wranglerspace
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiencing we have ever had. We did the chef tasting and every meal that was sent out was absolute perfection. From the layout to the plates, bowls, and silverware everything was spot on. The wining pairings worked perfectly with each meal..

Definitely one of if not the best dining experiencing I have had in Charlotte

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Algie
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wine steward made it all special. Wesley? He would be the reason we recommend!

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BrianD
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic dinner and Wesley took great care of us for the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable experience; great food and great service. Ambient music would be a nice addition to mask other guest conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

After more than 15 years living in Charlotte, this was our first time for a dinner date at the McNinch House. It was a wonderful and romantic experience for our Anniversary. Food was excellent, and the wine pairings were spot on. We will definitely go again some time (for another special event).

Some reviewers complained about the small serving sizes, but with 4 or more courses the sizes seemed just right to us.

The ambiance was very nice in that it is a small number of tables and relatively quiet (so much so, that we caught ourselves whispering at times). It’s rare to find dining experiences that are not overcrowded and loud.

I did feel that for the price (and reputation) some things did not meet my expectations. While the home is beautiful the decor needs some updating — I’m not talking about period pieces that are appropriate for the historic home, but instead the sometimes kitschy decor pieces that look like they are from the 1980s (not 1880s!). There were too many fake/plastic plants (a nice place like this should be filled with fresh flowers daily etc). Even the linens felt outdated— table cloths and napkins were not of the quality I expected (and would have been more elegant if they were just a crisp white), while the hand towels in the men’s room were basic wash cloths in a variety of outdated colors (and also would have been more elegant with a nice stack of white linen towels or similar). Also, while the service was pleasant and attentive some of the servers seemed inexperienced (for example, one reached across my wife’s plate to give me bread).

Overall, we had an outstanding experience at the McNinch House. Although it can be a relatively higher-priced dinner, it is worth it for special events because of the food, the wine and the unique setting and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Made our 7th year anniversary one to remember

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Tripp
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than being a little pricey, this place is fantastic. Best filet mignon I've ever had. Best service and atmosphere as well. Very cultured experience, with a second to none ambiance. Perfect for a special occasion. Took my wife there for her birthday because I thought it'd be right up her alley. It was like stepping back in time and having a meal in 1900. Would recommend to anyone, but be aware you won't get out for less than 350 including tip if you drink wine. Gratuity is added to all checks.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Will definitely go again.

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vipStuBaby
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the cliché "best meal I ever ate" is often overused, but I can honestly say this was the best dining experience of my life. Everything was spectacular, from the ambience to the service to the food, and I could go on and on. Truly a special place - I can't wait to come back!

McNinch House
Responded on January 4, 2020

And we look forward to you coming back!

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ErinR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The McNinch House provided an absolutely lovely anniversary dinner! While the food was certainly good, and the service excellent, the real star of the night was the sommelier, who knocked it out of the park with every single wine pairing. A delightful evening!

McNinch House
Responded on January 4, 2020

Happy anniversary and thank you for visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef’s choice menu with wines included.

McNinch House
Responded on January 4, 2020

We appreciate you taking the time to review. Thank you!

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McNinch House is rated 4.8 stars by 781 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.