Wonderful. If you want the best dining experience in Charlotte, choose this place. I really felt like royalty in this place. I am a manager of a fine dining restaurant here in Charlotte, and find dining out always a bit of a let down. I am always thinking the staff at these other places could do something better. Not the case here! The attention to detail is amazing. The food is spectacular, and the service is persoanlized and seamless. I noticed my champagne flute had been cleared, yet it seemed no one had even been to the table. As I said, this is the best restaurant in Charlotte. Thank you Greg, Ellen, and Wesley.
Magical Evening of Dining. The most magical and romantic dining experience my wife and I have ever had. The preservation efforts of the 115 year old house make you feel as if you stepped back in time and every room is perfectly furnished, decorated and lighted to enhance the experience. The wait staff is always readily available, without hovering. Every place setting is impeccably assembled and each table is positioned for everyone's comfort. The wait staff led by Greg is accommodating in every way, with every little detail attended to. Every member of the staff ensures an unforgettable evening and works in perfect unison for the pleasantly choreographed dining experience. Every taste of each dish and complementing wines are a divine experience that everyone should enjoy at least once in their life.
Best Dinner in My Life (Just ask my Wife). Initially, I was hesitant at first, due to negative reviews on this site, but I needed my 25th anniversary to be a memorable one, and the McNinch House delivered. Rather than the typical chain-style restaurants where you order from a menu and pick from a wine list, I was looking for something unique. Indeed I found it: at the McNinch House, the chef's choice menu changes daily, the hardest decision for me was from the week's entree selections. I also appreciated the fact that the wines were paired with the flavors of the courses, making me look like a wine expert! Our server was attentive and personable, never rude or "lackadaisical", and seemed geniunely interested in making my experience one I'd truly treasure. In summary, I'd like to thank the McNinch House for making the special occasion of our 25th anniversary one of the best nights of our lives.
Unfortunately Not Worth The Price.
Citysearch only allows 150 words, so its hard to give all the reasons we were disappointed in McNinch House. Heres a few:
Not allowed to choose how meat is prepared. I happen to prefer my beef rare, but was told that it would arrive a perfect pink or medium rare. For the price, youd think the diner might have some say in the matter.
Wines not perfectly matched to each course. Each diner got the same wine regardless of whether they ordered rack of venison or Chilean sea bass.
The soup was tepid, not hot.
I wasnt able to drink wine; I had water. Id hoped to get regular refills, but ran out during soup course, and didnt get a refill until we flagged down someone after entrees arrived.
Same problem w/coffee during dessert. I expected better service when gratuity is added to the bill before you even see it.
We try to go at least once a year for an anniversary or birthday. This is a fabulous little jewel in Uptown with valet parking.
Your order is taken at the time you make your reservation; and you must have a reservation to dine here. It's almost like dining at a black-tie dinner party at a friend's house, but without having to make polite small talk with the other guests.
The maitre d' greets you at the door with champagne and small hors d'oeuvres. Service during the meal is unobtrusive and perfectly timed.
It's not cheap. At $300+ for two the last time we were there (including wine), this is one of the priciest restaurants in Charlotte.
Simply Outstanding!!!. The service is outstanding and the food is superb. The owners never overlook the smallest detail in making this a unforgettable experience. But bring your Credit Card!!! Pricey but worth it.
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