McNinch House

4.6
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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)
What 744 People Are Saying
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Will definitely go again.

SB
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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ER
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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OT
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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TW
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful house, a great deal of delicious food and enchanting Christmas decorations. Great for a relaxing night out, a special occasion or just when you want to treat yourself. The ambiance was old style upscale - a wonderful night out. Note: their white chocolate peppermint martini is delicious, festive and quite strong. I loved the old silver flatware and dishes and the excellent service. If I lived in the area I'd probably go regularly.

McNinch House
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you and we hope if you're back in Charlotte you'll be sure to visit again!

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OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

McNinch House
Responded on January 4, 2020

We are thrilled you enjoyed!

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OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique in Charlotte

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M
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is okay, atmosphere is amazing. Wine steward and wine pours are great. Bring your credit card... it’s expensive!!

KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dinner at the Mcninch house was outstanding! It was magical. My special friend and I shared the 6 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. The food was outstanding in the sommelier was very knowledgeable and the wines match perfectly with our food. The staff was very engaging and almost made us feel like family. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any special occasion.

E
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was very excited to take my husband for his birthday. The service was wonderful but the food disappointing.

s
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a wonderful time celebrating our Anniversary at McNinch House.

AO
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Two couples celebrating significant anniversaries plus two younger family members. Wanted a special place and had previously dined at the McNinch House a few years earlier. Staff asks every table as far as I could tell if it was a special occasion, but no further acknowledgement is made.

Menu had its least cost items priced significantly higher than anything I saw reported on the internet for this restaurant. I think it would be reasonable to place pricing on their website to correct what others have under-reported. Food was good but not exceptional. Ordered "jumbo crabcake" as first course. Like all portions, nothing rated "jumbo." Couldn't see how cheese ravioli qualifies as a main course item on a $100 per plate (plus 20% mandatory tip) dinner.

A lot of emphasis by staff to upsell wine options and "pairings." One mixed drink and two glasses of California wine (of no exceptional vintage) brought the total to over $900.00.

I believe the spouses were very pleased to have had this experience. For that I am pleased. However, not a restaurant I feel we will ever return.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

AF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it!!! Wonderful food, great service... the perfect place to celebrate our Anniversary.

CD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Perfect setting, great service. Passionate about the wine. Unfortunately, food did not live up to expectations.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always. A wonderful evening

GC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. The wine pairing was mediocre at best. In our opinion, white wine should not have been served at room temperature plus the red wines were uninteresting - the pinot noir was bland. If we were to recommend the restaurant, we would advise friends to select their wine by the glass and forgo the pairing.

r
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and elegant

BC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and experience! The staff was tremendous, gave great recommendations and were very personable. Thanks again for a great evening.

BS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and great wine pairings Be prepared to pay extra for the ambience

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A cool experience but not at all worth the money.

AC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It’s a very nice restaurant. The service was great and we were very comfortable. Unfortunately the food quality did not match up to the prices being charged here. The food was prepared fairly well but the flavor levels and taste for each course were just not there and did not live up to expectations. Disappointed to spend this much money and not receive top notch cuisine.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Way too expensive for the quality of food.

D
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Meh..:felt over rated. Seems like a mediocre joint disguised under fancy environment. The food was okay and we both left feeling like we could/have had a better meal at half the price. $300 for the food and 2 drinks each (2) felt like a waste. I could pick numerous restaurants where the same money would go a lot longer and better value.

CS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was somewhat apprehensive about the night based on a perception it was going to be an extravagant night. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. We enjoyed a normal level of conversation along with great food and terrific service. Could we have had a good less expensive meal at one of those restaurants where you can’t hear the person right next to you? Sure, but it wouldn’t have been the same!
Great food, service and even greater experience!

PO
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat. Everything was outstanding.

NW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

McNinch House provides the nicest, most intimate dining experience of any place I’ve ever been. The food, the service, the ambience, the attention to detail all are so exceptional. I appreciate that the dining rooms are so quiet and that the they allow you so much time to enjoy your experience.

SS
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The atmosphere was very nice. The service was good. The wine Stewart really knew his wines! The price was too high for what we got. But we will go back again.

SB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing an romantic setting. Food was really good! Wanted to take my wife somewhere unique and she loves those old Victorian style homes.

OT
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This was the first time we ate at the McNinch house and we were so excited to try it, that we booked our reservation months in advance. Unfortunately, for the expense, we left incredibly disappointed. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere is great! However, we paid $300 for 2 four course meals, 2 bottles of water and 2 glasses of wine and I actually did not leave full. The portions were very small (except for my piece of fish which was a nice size) and the flavors of the food were just not there. It was nice to try it and I'm glad that we did because it is an iconic place but I'm sad to say that we won't be back. There are many restaurants in the area where the food is much better and we won't spend quite so much.

JS
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend with the caveat that the restaurant is very pricey. My wife and I have eaten at The McNinch before and have found the food, service, and ambiance top rated. We are used to fine dining and McNinch House meets all expectations but I do find it a tad overpriced.

RC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service
Delicious food with wonderful presentation
Catered to my wife’s special dietary needs
We dine there when we are celebrating special occasions
We will return

TW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an experience! We celebrated my wife's birthday with the 4 course dinner with wine paring. Such delicious food and incredibly attentive service. While they have been in operation for 30 years they are still doing a top notch job. We shared great laughs with our sommelier. Fully recommend an evening dining experience at McNinch!

B
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tracy and Wesley took exceptional care of us...it was a fabulous experience from start to finish. It may be awhile, but we look forward to enjoying The McNinch House again!

c
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great unique experience and a wonderful evening. Really one of the greatest evenings I've ever had.

MD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This place was nice. Not a place for your everyday dinner but maybe a special date night or celebration. I thought the service was excellent. The food was good as well as the cocktail I had. I really enjoyed everything.

C
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a romantic evening at McNinch house. We wound up having the whole restaurant to ourselves! The chef's choice dinner and wine selections were exquisite

F
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very elegant, spectacular house and service. The wine recommendations and service were amazing

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister was visiting from Mexico!!