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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:

7 Courses-$115pp

5 Courses-$95pp

Chef's Tasting-$185pp

Chef's Table-$159pp

+ alcohol, tax, & gratuity (20% standard)

511 North Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 9th St. & 8th St.

Dress Code:
Jacket Required

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 332-6159

Website:
http://www.mcninchhouserestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.

Executive Chef:
Matthew Shepard

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

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

3.8

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Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (32)
Special Occasion (27)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Cozy (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (4)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The service was superb and the food was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Small portions is the real problem in this great little antique restaurant!

Sure we were delighted to be treated like royalty on our anniversary,

Food and chef are awesome

Ambiance is good

Service is top notch

Portions suck :)

But this is not for everyone

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good but watch out they add 20% tip without telling you. We almost added another 20% very misleading.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 26, 2018

Mothers Birthday

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had a wonderful time and the food was amazing. We had the best service, the sommelier we spectacular. The wine pairings he put together were perfect. I would highly recommend.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful as always. Must try place. Every time we go, this place exceeds expectations

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food, Great Service, Great Experience. Loved the truffle beef strogonoff

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful place to go, service like you seldom get.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Such a wonderful place. We never have a bad dinner here. They call you a couple of days before your reservation to confirm and ask about any allergies. They always take care of my wife’s allergies. Mcninch house has become our go to place for a date.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and service were out of this world! Will have to definitely go back for our next anniversary. Wonderful evening !

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 28, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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...

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was just mediocre, deafly not what I expected from this restaurant.

Ambiance and wine we’re perfect .

Tags: Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Seasonal, Fun, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was good, but not spectacular. Quiet atmosphere and there was no rushing to get us finished. A special occasion site, but very pricey. The apple galette dessert was very short on apples and skimpy on taste. It looked anemic.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing food!!! Great service!!!!! Wait staff is excellent and the overall decor of the interior is stylistic and historical. Spacious bathroom!

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of the best restaurant s in N.C. Very creative food, extremely well prepared, fantastic presentation, and exceptional service. The wine pairings with each course were fantastic. Very highly recommend!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I had the duck as the main course and maybe had 5 small bites of duck. Beware they don’t sell just a meal it’s a course. We had the five course and it was over priced. Ambiance is great.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I love his place. Wesley is wonderful for wine selections!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wow. superb service and food. Fantastic.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Finest of fine dining regarding atmosphere of Victorian home, elegantly furnished/decorated, attentive/professional staff, fabulous food well paired with wonderful wines. Worth every penny of $300 for 2.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (London)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have eaten at this restaurant before, but I was rather disappointed in this visit. The food was only average to be considered fine dining. They went too slim on the portion servings. Very disappointed.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 18, 2017

It was outstanding. Well worth every penny spent

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great restaurant and delicious food. Only complaint was the tiramisu was frozen in the middle.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was awesome and the wine pairings were almost perfect. The she crab soup and the wine that went with it were my favorites. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Thought food was just average, very small portions, price was very high. Ok to experience it once but for the price I would rather go out to lunch / dinner 2-3 times at not so fancy of a restaurant

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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