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McNinch House

593 reviews
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$50 and over
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Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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)
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Continental, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner Only: Tuesday - Saturday evenings
Seatings every 30 minutes from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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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
Jacket Required
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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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Cross street
Between 9th St. & 8th St.
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Parking details
Valet parking on our private property for up to 20 vehicles.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 593 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The place smelled weird. It had an old home Funk to it and it prevented me from truly appreciating my meal. The food was phenomenal, however it didn't justify paying close to $500 for two people to eat dinner.

vipJamesJ (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
2.0  Dined on February 7, 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.

rhar (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was superb and the food was excellent.

vipvillefoodie (Charleston)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 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

Camilla77 (New York Area)
3.0  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.

Bridget (Houston)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Mothers Birthday

JoshJ (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

JoshJ (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

jafkm (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful place to go, service like you seldom get.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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.

JoshJ (Charlotte)
5.0  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.

Susan (Charlotte)
5.0  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 !

OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  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

Jerry (Charlotte)
4.0  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.

Carletons (Miami)
1.0  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...

vipChefmmorse (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Ambiance and wine we’re perfect .