McNinch House

4.9
806 reviews
$50 and over
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)
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful with one exception. None of our food was warm enough. Every item served warm would have been better if it had been hotter rather than barely lukewarm for such an expensive meal. The flavors were wonderful though especially the lobster bisque. We spent $210 each plus tax and tip.

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PAULAJ
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had never been. It is a great quaint place to have a special occasion. The food was phenominal. Attention to little details made it so special. The staff was so enjoyable and attentive. We had a great night out

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vipTracyR
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exceptional service, food and wine pairings! Our favorite place in Charlotte!

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Stephanie
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was amazing! Chef Tasting with wine pairing did not disappoint! Will be going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Though we were not able to stay the entire time the food and service were absolutely amazing. It is worth every penny and more. Will definitely be returning!

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Mike
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding menu, the food was excellent. All kinds of nice little surprises along the way too, overall a fantastic experience. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, they added a ton to a nice comfortable overall atmosphere.

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Shez
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent anniversary place! Sit back and enjoy!

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DevinH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely incredible and the perfect spot for a romantic dinner on any occasion.

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant I have ever eaten at. The food is amazing. The service is outstanding, and the ambiance is second to none. Well worth every the expense.

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AshAsh22
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I can't say enough, beautiful home/restaurant. The food proceeds it's reputation.This is definitely a special occasion place. Reminded me very much of downtown Charleston restaurants, which I love! Wesley is a wealth of knowledge on wines. Everything was so detailed and exquisite.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy everything when we dine at McNinch House. You absolutely must have the wine pairing with your meal. Wes is the best at matching wines with the course to elevate the flavors of both even more! We have created many fine memories over the years at the McNinch House and plan on continuing making more great memories in the future!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. We truly enjoyed the ambiance and service! Food was delightful!

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vipJill
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely evening! Our server Ashley and the sommelier Wesley were very attentive and helpful.
It was a bonus to learn a bit of the history of the house, including its connection to the Biltmore Estate.
We both chose the Premier meal. I ordered scallops and my guest ordered salmon.
Everything was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been waiting to get a table for a couple years, due to wanting a weekend (our choice), and it absolutely was worth the wait! The food was wonderful! The restaurant is rather quaint. Definitely worth going.

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KenG
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful evening. Excellent food and a great experience

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vipoperatikelsey
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My special birthday gift was a dinner date to the McNinch House and it was everything I had hoped it would be. Thoughtful touches, elegant atmosphere, incredible flavors, excellent wine pairings. Thank you!

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vipswbozzy
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every year we celebrate our anniversary at McNinch House. Always a wonderful experience especially around the holidays.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly wonderful experience. Not cheap, but worth it for that special occasion. The atmosphere is elegant and classy. Great food. Never rushed, just perfect.

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Dunazee
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, great wine! And the desserts!! We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries here a couple times now and have not been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great place to take your wife or special someone. Extremely friendly staff and the experience is super nice. It’s a very fancy place and overall experience was great. Be prepared to spend a lot though. It’s hard to get out of this place for a table of two for less than $300. If you get wine you would need spend closer $400+ or more to your budget for here. Still a great place for once a year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Never disappointed. Will definitely return!

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TreblaOgert
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was phenomenal and the server was pleasant and made the experience complete. My fiancee and I requested a three-course meal at a reduced price instead of the four-course. They complied without being difficult or making us feel unwelcomed, which I appreciate. Still very expensive... but definitely worth it.

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vipFoodDoctor
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience. Excellent history and superb staff.

The food met expectations and high quality

My selections:

Artisan Salad
The Pork Belly
Lamb
Chocolate Mouse

Wines: Silver Oak Cab, Alpha Omega Cab

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JeffJ
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you're looking for a unique, upscale dining experience Mcninch house is the place! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They dont turn your table so you can take as long as you'd like to be there. They have a great front porch for a post dinner drink.

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vipmathreallymatters47
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quiet, intimate atmosphere. Good adherence to Covid restrictions.

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BenjaminB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

We enjoyed the experience. The home is quite lovely and the food was delicious. It was definitely something we wanted to check off our bucket list. However, there were just a few things which rubbed us wrong in light of the huge amount of money that we paid (and especially since we were the only couple in the restaurant!), which would not make us want to go back or recommend the restaurant to others.

Our server only poured my wine glass about 1/4 full, if that. I actually commented about it. It was a very noticeably slight. And my husband’s Old Fashion was also very full of ice. I believe that if you’re in a very high-end restaurant and the prices represent that then the patrons should be given a decent amount of alcohol in their drinks!!

I will also say that I thought that the desserts were second rate. Everything else was so delicious. But those seem to be after-thoughts and a mine seemed little bit freezer burnt.

We also were not given the option of choosing our own tip amount. It was added onto the bill for us. We would’ve tipped nicely anyway but that was a little bit odd.

Again, we really enjoyed the experience – we are glad that we went. I just think they need to not cut corners if they’re going to charge that much money for the meal!

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vipGerhardW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Excellent food, service and wine

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PatrickO
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not just a meal, but an amazing experience. Every course was fantastic. The staff is extremely attentive, without being too intrusive. Wesley, the wine steward, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Everything about the evening was perfect.

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DavidB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was some of the best I have ever experienced. The staff was very attentive but not bothersome, just right.

Food Excellent and the presentation was wonderful!

Mr. Wesley, Wine Director, is a treasurer. His knowledge of wines (and a lot of other stuff) is amazing. He will entertain you with the history of all things wine.

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vipLeslieF
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The McNinch House is very romantic and the staff is so friendly. We have been there several times over the years and truly enjoy the experience each time we go. The quality of the food and ambience makes this place unique.

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NatalieR
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service by all of the staff- you can truly tell that everyone is very knowledgeable about the food and about the history of the house. We also did not expect the small treats throughout the meal (champagne, gazpacho, and sorbet) which definitely made the experience all the better.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience for my wife’s birthday. Thank you to all the staff for your efforts.

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EmilieZ
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great for a special occasion, especially an extra romantic date night. Everything was 5 stars, no complaints or suggestions - it was absolutely perfect.

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ElenaD
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoy ourselves. Food was splendid. Wine really good.
Ambiance, really really nice.
House so much history.
Really like it

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vipPaulS
Charleston
32 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time. You need to come ready to spend a romantic evening enjoying wonderful cuisine and wine pairings. The service was impeccable and very friendly. This is a must do in the Charlotte area.

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vipCharlesG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience. A rue gem hidden in a city I've lived in for 30 years. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding!

BC
BenC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was amazing. Filet was way better than anything else on the menu. Shee crab soup was to die for!

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vipSandyM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere!

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vipmaccynth
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top notch fine dining in Uptown Charlotte! Wesley, the Wine Sommelier, is entertaining and exceptional.

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McNinch House is rated 4.9 stars by 806 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.