McIntosh's is my favorite restaurant in Charlotte to celebrate, well, anything. I've probably eaten there 40 times, and have had exactly 1 entree that was not delicious. And the staff made sure that particular dish was recreated to perfection. I almost always order the petite fillet, which is always so tender, juicy and flavorful. And as stated in so many other reviews, the scalloped potatoes are just devine. We also regularly enjoy the sauteed mushrooms and tasty asparagus. Probably 3/4 of the times we've dined at McIntosh's, we have done so w/ friends. And I honestly don't remember any of our dinner companions having a less-than-delicious meal. I love the restaurant atmosphere. It's very upscale, but cozy (NOT implying crowded seating), almost like a quaint neighborhood restaurant. The new bar area is beautiful and comfortable with sofas and chairs/tables. One of the things that makes McIntosh's so special to me is the truly personal service provided. Everybody from the hostess to the bartender is very friendly. The wait staff always seems to be at your table just enough. An added touch to the elegance AND friendliness of McIntosh's is seeing the owner stroll through the dining room, stopping to chat w/ diners at their tables. There aren't many restaurants at which I've had this happen. This is truly a top-notch, hands-on restaurant. It just can't be beat. I have eaten at most - not all - of the nicer restaurants in Charlotte. Many others are good as well, just depends on the type of food you are looking for. But I've never eaten anywhere that is so near-perfection with the whole package. And last, dessert. I can't comment too much on that, as I'm always too stuffed to order!
Pros: Abience, courteous staff, personal attention
Cons: Wish they offered more *specials* and creme sauce for some steaks.