McNinch House

4.5
643 reviews
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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)
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Continental, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(704) 332-6159
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Shepard
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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.
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Private party contact
Corey Cochran: (704) 332-6159
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 9th St. & 8th St.
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Parking details
Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 643 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
13 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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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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Charlotte
4 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
2 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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OT
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was for a birthday.

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EH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I made the reservation for my parents 26th anniversary. I was going off what they said.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carefully prepared, delicious food served by friendly staff. Everything was wonderful, including the historical home atmosphere. The interior temp was a little warm, so it would have been nice for more a/c but this was only a minor thing. We will be back.

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Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place and service over the top! Interior is like stepping back in time 100 yrs but with food that is as current as anywhere in the country....

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RH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Wine list was exceptional. If your into great “tiny meal” portions, you found the right place. Food was tasty, wine was exceptional. You can find some great wines without the 100% dinning markup. We had the Opus Overture, perfect for our evening out. Not recommended for children, however, excellent place for a quiet date. Pricing is on the high side, so exspect to spend a little. Dinner with wine and tip could exceed $480.

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El Paso
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a rememberable night provided by the McNinch House staff! The ambiance was perfect and dinner was fantastic, as the team delivered on every expectation. We celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary and was blown away at the night they provided.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I was really looking forward to our experience because I had heard such fabulous things. I was somewhat disappointed but more so with the service than food. We did the wine pairing but were told nothing about the wines moreso than red or white and what region they were from. The waitress came by to ask if we needed anything after my husbands cocktail had been empty for 15+ minutes and he asked for another drink but she didn’t clear any of the plates so we sat with dirty dishes for another 10ish minutes. We had a fairly late reservation but there were several tables left and they cleaned up around us and redid all the tables. I have been to several 5 star places and have never felt rushed as I did there.

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WM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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DD
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Dallas
63 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable decor, ambiance, service and food. Wonderful experience.

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Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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!

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

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.

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Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Staff were lovely!

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GE
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DI
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

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.

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