About 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 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:
+ alcohol, tax, & gratuity (20% standard)
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Between 9th St. & 8th St.
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.
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
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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McNinch House Ratings and Reviews
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.
The food is not as good as it once was. Lack of sherry in the she crab soup, limp salad greens, baked Alaska arrived sans flambé. These are things that should not happen with a $400 dinner tab. Wine Steward Wesley is fantastic and saved our evening. He is the jewel in the crown at McNinch. The rest of it is quite tarnished.
The restaurant is in an old house with a lot of original features, so the dining room decor is appropriately old fashioned. Very quiet and romantic atmosphere, very classic. It features a prix fixe menu, so we each had an amuse bouche, 2 starters, a palate-cleansing sorbet, entree, and dessert--with a fabulous bottle of wine. The sommelier is very knowledgeable and obviously enjoys his work. Everything was delicious and the service was great. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
Very overpriced for moderate food. I’m no stranger to $300 meals, but I didn’t feel the value was there. A filet mignon requires little skill and little reward for extra effort as opposed to more complex and robust choices. Crab cakes were way over salted also. Nothing really stood out as special other than the building and location.
Excellent as usual. Upscale fine dining. Not for those who do not understand & appreciate that style & the associated cost of excellence. Plan on 2-3 hrs. and enjoy. Express verbally your needs to the staff & you will be accommodated. We have never been disappointed in many years as a patron. Thanks to Gentleman Wes the sommelier, you always make our visit personable & enjoyable. 12/30/2017
Food and service were great, but very pricey. We enjoy eating like this a few times throughout the year but this was more than double our standard cost for a similar atmosphere and meal of this caliber. Only complaint was the price. Great food, drinks and staff.
Overall we had a wonderful evening.
Having dined here for the last 11 years, sadly I have to say that for $400 the quality of the meal left us extremely disappointed. Back in the day this was our go-to special occasion restaurant. Historically, when making a reservation, they asked you what your prefer meat or fish. This time the menu was fixed. Six courses including counting therein a very small lettuce salad, two small balls of sorbet, and a cheesecake which was clearly bought, but I could have gotten better from Publix. They did not even offer coffee or tea with dessert. We have eaten all over the world and paid as much at a true michellin restaurant - that was an experience - this for the value was clearly not. It was at best a $180 meal. We left feeling quite taken advantage of which sucked the charm from an otherwise wonderful Anniversary evening. McNinch I fear you have lost a faithful patron. Next time Fig Tree...
I was disappointed that a thin piece of smoked trout was the main course for the Christmas season 7 course meal. (for both the ‘thin’ and the ‘smoked’)
The wine was beautifully paired.
The hous was beautifully decorated. The front porch used to be a better place to lounge pre-meal.
We go to McNich House every year at least once and always for Christmas. It's a very special restaurant. For example, the room decor and woodwork is marvelous. Dining place settings are unique for each table. It is very beautifully decorated always and at Christmas it is absolutely gorgeous. The food is always outstanding and the menu changes seasonally. Some unique offerings along with some more traditional favorites served with a bit of something different. We like to do the wine pairings but Wesley does a great job with suggesting and serving some wonderful wines if you refer wine by the glass or a bottle of something special. Service is quiet, friendly, and very efficient. And the Rose is a wonderful touch.
After having been to McNinch House many times and finding it to be excellent on all counts, last night we were a bit underwhelmed. The food and ambiance were wonderful as always, but the service staff was not attentive. We had to ask for water and only got one glass. No refills were even offered. There was no one at the door to greet us which had always been the case before. Had to ask if someone would please check my coat rather than having someone offer to take it. We were frankly disappointed that the service and attentiveness were clearly not what we’d been accustomed to in the past.
We have been here once before and absolutely loved it. We were celebrating our 15th anniversary and wanted something special. The food was very disappointing from start to finish. We did not experienxe that our first visit and was extremely disappointed this time around. Not quite sure why this would be as the food was spectacular last time.
This is unlike any other restaurant dining experience. It is special and well-thought-out and the menu is spectacular. We chose the five course meal and understood the pricing before we came. I suggest everyone look at the menu before making a reservation. Walking in to another place in time, the decor was romantic and elegant. The dining experience takes time and you will enjoy each course if not rushed. Each course served was a delightful surprise of colors, textures, tastes and prepared to perfection. There is a wine Sommelier to pair wines with every course should you choose this option. We happened to be non alcoholic and still found everything so wonderful. you will enjoy the staff and their attention to detail. Yes our meal was expensive but worth every penny because it was simply a spectacular experience. Wesley, Thank you for the beautiful rose.
My wife would probably kill me if she knew that I had left less than a 5 Star review, but I just couldn’t do it. She enjoys the nostalgia and romantic/classy ambiance, which McNinch does very well. I’ll admit that on our first visit I enjoyed it for the very same reasons. However, since the experience was not new this time, I couldn’t help but to notice certain flaws.
1. It was entirely too warm inside, my wife answered I both were really starting to sweat by the end.
2. It is library quiet inside. Although I certainly do not want a bunch of kids running around, I do not like feeling that anything above a whisper can be heard by the entire restaurant. It makes you feel a bit awkward, and repeating yourself to someone two foot away does get old.
3. The prices are reasonable for the area, atmosphere, and the quality of food, but the portions are just too small. In my opinion, a $280 meal shouldn’t leave me hungry as soon as I leave. This was probably my biggest issue, and I’m not unaccustomed to small portions at nicer places for the record.
4. A small thing but worth mentioning is that the website is terrible to navigate. Maybe it is just the mobile version but it’s almost impossible to navigate and I don’t believe it actually lists the dinner prices.
Overall my review is positive because I cannot think of a more romantic restaurant around. As a man, this restaurants only value is how happy that it makes my wife to come here.
Severely disappointed in cost for extremely low quality food. Sorbet being counted as a course in a Five course meal is absolutely absurd. And for two people to cost $400 with bottle of wine, one should leave at least mildly impressed instead of fleeced. Nice people but would advise no one ever go there. Not even close to worth the price.
We ordered glass of champagne to start our anniversary celebration. It didn't arrive until after the first course was already served. So had to drink it with the meal instead of enjoying prior to the meal. Then the bottle of wine came before we had even finished the champagne. Terrible organization on the part of the sommelier. Otherwise the food service was very good.
Excellent ambiance, food, and service. This would be the perfect place for a quiet, romantic dinner. I appreciate the dress code and wish other restaurants would distinguish themselves similarly, but was somewhat disappointed to notice that it is not enforced. Prices are very high, but McNinch House is still a "good" value.
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