About Chef and The Farmer
For additional reservation inquiries, please call our reservationist Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
Go to nowhere and turn left...you'll discover an extraordinary, epicurean experience where Chef Vivian Howard practices culinary artistry in a place steeped in tradition. Vivian has returned to her southern roots to create Chef and the Farmer. It celebrates simplicity, freshness and its own heritage.
Anchored in a building that has meant much to a small community where Vivian was raised, she and partner Ben Knight converted a 100 year old mule stable into a warm, inviting, uniquely modern atmosphere. Chef and Farmer, like its name, blends the old and the new, seamlessly, comfortably and unforgettably.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm -
If your preferred reservations are not available on-line or if your group is over 5, please call our reservationist Monday - Friday 9am -5pm.
Herritage & Gordon
$31 to $50
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Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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$15 cake - serves 2-4 guests | $40 cake - serves 10 or more guests
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Chef and The Farmer Ratings and Reviews
Absolutely wonderful dining experience! ...
Absolutely wonderful dining experience! Can't wait to go again and see what seasonal changes are made. The food was beyond compare and more than generous proportions. The atmosphere was very friendly and just had an overall great vibe. Plus enjoyed watching the workings of the kitchen which is viewable from just about everywhere in the resturaunt. Perfect place to take a foodie for a date nite.
After watching many TV EPISODES, we deci ...
After watching many TV EPISODES, we decided to go there for our 46 th anniversary! We live 2 hrs away but it was well worth the trip. We were disappointed that neither Vivian or Ben were there, but that didn't detract from the great dining experience!
First time at this restaurant. Kind of ...
First time at this restaurant. Kind of knew something of what to expect from the tv show.
Seats we had were outstanding. To be able to sit by the window and watch the chefs was a treat. Exceptional service from the staff.
Selections from the menu were varied enough to cover most any craving.
I knew it would be pricey to dine at this establishment but I think it was worth it.
Will be back again for some other special event but will definitely be saving my pennies (and nickels and dimes and quarters, etc.)
Had a great evening!
Food was excellent. Be sure to try the f ...
Food was excellent. Be sure to try the fried okra and buttermilk ranch ice cream appetizer and the country ham wrapped peaches appetizer. Mmmm.
Service was outstanding and attentive without being pushy.
We had a wonderful evening meal.
Second visit - the first was GREAT. Thi ...
Second visit - the first was GREAT. This time not so great. The food was extremely salty. Salty to the extent that two of us (different selections) could not eat the meal. The service was top-notch and, overall, the experience was worth the trip. The third visit to the Chef and the Farmer will tell!
our experience at the Chef and Farmer wa ...
our experience at the Chef and Farmer was everything we had expected and hoped for. The food was outstanding. The menu was very imaginative and delicious. Service was also outstanding, just the right amount of attention. Jordan, our bartender while waiting for our reservation was fun and quite the entertainer. Definately worth the drive.
My husband and I came to Chef and the fa ...
My husband and I came to Chef and the farmer for my 30th birthday dinner. We did 3 of the shared plates (pizza, peaches and okra) all of them were incredible. We shared the large Tuna plate as our main course, but we were underwhelmed by it. It lacked flavor and we wished we would have gotten more shared plates instead. We chose to do the 3 different desserts, cornmeal cake, chocolate chess pie and the cobbler, all of them delicious. Well worth the drive down from Raleigh for a special occasion.
It's amazing Chef has pulled off the imp ...
It's amazing Chef has pulled off the improbable, a packed restaurant nightly in a town that is all but empty and the food is terrific. We tried about half the menu and everything was great. Loved the pork with braised watermelon---who would have guessed Loved the Tom Thumb and the souse.
For once, everything went exactly as hop ...
For once, everything went exactly as hoped. The meal was special; the staff was friendly, helpful, and informative; the ambiance perfect. The Tom Thumb appetizer and the blueberry/blackberry cobbler dessert were the best. We hope to get back soon.
I had been wanting to go here for years ...
I had been wanting to go here for years and it did not disappoint. Not the best meal I've ever eaten but VERY good. The chocolate chess pie is certainly the best I have ever eaten (beats Angus Barn's!). Looking forward to returning again sometime.
This was our first time at Chef and the ...
This was our first time at Chef and the Farmer and it did not disappoint! We made a day of it by starting at Mother Earth Brewery for drinks, followed by appetizers at the Boiler Room, dinner at Chef and the Farmer and finally a great stay at the O'Neil Hotel. Kinston's downtown is revitalizing !
We came to celebrate our 43rd anniversar ...
We came to celebrate our 43rd anniversary we had two ribeye steaks which really could have used more seasoning .The egg plant salad was excellent, and the service at the bar was excellent also. This was our third time coming to The chef and the farmer a little disappointed in the lack of seasoning on the ribeye. The service overall was beyond a five star rating. One more thing the blueberry/ Blackberry cobbler was excellent.
The was our second time at Chef and The ...
The was our second time at Chef and The Farmer. We arrived a little early and had a drink at the bar. The bartender was very outgoing and helpful, answering all our questions and making sure we were pleased with our drinks! The food was delicious as before, but I was disappointed in the service. Our waitress was not attentive. One of my friends asked for a to go box for her meal. The waitress took the plate and didn't return with the to go box. She took our order for dessert, but never mentioned the to go box. When we asked for a to go box for dessert, we asked about the other food. She finally told us it had been thrown away and they were making 1/2 order to replace it. When she handed me my bill, she had charged me for a glass of wine. I told her I didn't have a glass of wine, she acted like she didn't believe. Then she asked which of my two friends had the wine. I said no one had wine; she displayed disbelief. Even though she took it off my bill, I left feeling as if she thought I wasn't being truthful.
Shazzam.....all is was built up to be an ...
Shazzam.....all is was built up to be and more. Dinner was fantastic..even had my Dad talking about it the next day. We had curry rubbed pork with watermelon and charred peppers, ribeye with butter beans and seared cobia with spaghetti squash and fresh herbs. Started with grits and pickled pole beans, flash fried collards and yes...the bread service. Wine was spot on. If attending, do yourself a favor and let the staff pick the dinner and wine selections. They know what they are doing.
Finished with the chess pie....awesome and rich.
I have to say that you will be hard pressed to find the quality and creativity that is displayed at the Chef and the Farmer...anywhere in the state. This is coming from someone who has lived in Wilmington, Raleigh and Charlotte and travels the SE for business.
Well done. Well worth the drive from Emerald Isle while on vacation.
We had heard great things about Chef & t ...
We had heard great things about Chef & the Farmer from featured shows on CBS news and PBS~we weren't disappointed! Went for our anniversary dinner & drove 250 miles to savor every delicious mouthful! Absolutely divine food!
The food was absolutely outstanding, the ...
The food was absolutely outstanding, the service was the best, and I will return. The only suggestion is it was quite noises and difficult for my hard of hearing friend did have difficulty carrying on the conversation.
Have known about Chef and the Farmer for ...
Have known about Chef and the Farmer for quite some time but have not had the opportunity to dine there until recently. We have dined at, and enjoyed, the sister restaurant, "Boiler Room." As for Chef and the Farmer, the entire experience was top notch. Greeted cordially and seated promptly (as per our 6:00 reservation) by the hostess, a very knowledgeable and personable server (Greg) stopped by and went through the menu and gave us space to decide what we wanted. No pressure or flack about our decisions. It was nice to be in a packed restaurant and be allowed to take our time to truly enjoy our experience. Kitchen staff visible in the open kitchen were working diligently and professionally to prepare what we easily deem one of our top 5 restaurant meals. If you read the menu and don't 'get it,' just go with it--they know what they're doing. Yes, watermelon goes with braised pork. Everything was expertly prepared and balanced, allowing for an enjoyable meal down to the last scrap-never a boring bite. Ben stopped by at the end of our meal for a quick conversation and experience check--clearly an in-touch owner. Would highly recommend to foodies, adventurous eaters, people who appreciate scratch-made food and those interested in what real Southern food tastes like. This restaurant is truly a gem--and contrary to what other reviews have said, it lives up to the hype, and then some.
Chef and the Farmer is my favorite resta ...
Chef and the Farmer is my favorite restaurant in NC! I love how the food plays tricks on your tastebuds. If I closed my eyes, I could be convinced my eggplant croquettes were real meatballs in a delicious smoky tomato sauce! I have been several times (twice in one week, beach and back) and loved everything we sampled.
We traveled just for the experience. I ...
We traveled just for the experience. I was disappointed to hear Vivian had not been in resturant in 3weeks. We have a local treasure of a resturant in Va Beach, the biggest part of what makes it so special is the owner or owners son makes their way around to each table most every night to greet guests and chat with guests. This is what is missing. You had lots of young busy staff but they weren't as vested like Vivian and Ben would be.
Everything was great except for the tabl ...
Everything was great except for the table location. We were right at the door and the sun was shining right thru the door and in my face. It was a bit noisy but improved as the time passed. The food and service were truly outstanding!
Love the PBS TV show and almost feel I k ...
Love the PBS TV show and almost feel I know the characters through how they relate to their audience. That set the bar pretty high for actually dining at Chef and The Farmer. Our family was greeted warmly and the staff did everything reasonable to meet our needs. Service was excellent. Loved the food and especially the dessert flight. My only disappointment was with the bread plate. They missed the mark with the value verses cost equation with the bread service. It was good, but nothing to write home about. The other shared plates we enjoyed were outstanding. Our entree dishes hit the mark completely. Overall it was time well spent and I would highly recommend a visit. It was both fun and relaxing. Can't wait to go again. We drove an hour to Kinston, but the route was easy driving.
My wife and I have both been wanting to ...
My wife and I have both been wanting to check out Chef and the Farmer since it opened. I made a reservation for her birthday last week and we drove the 90 minutes from where we live to Kinston, NC. We were not disappointed. We shared the country ham wrapped peaches app (think bacon wrapped dates but to a whole new level), she got a game hen dish and we split a piece of chocolate chess pie - one of our favorites! I ordered the porchetta dish, which was apparently very popular, as they 86'd it just before my order was entered. I ended up getting a curried pork and watermelon dish, which was also very good and unusual. Good wine list per my wife and I ordered some of my favorite beer from the affiliated Mother Earth Brewery. Though the prices are not for the faint of heart, I was happy to pay for a fresh, locally sourced meal that was also very tasty - perfect for a special occasion!
Since I love watching Chef and TheFarme ...
Since I love watching Chef and TheFarmer, I was so excited to be close enough to eat there while we were on vacation in Oak Island. We invited friends to join us and made the two hour drive to Kinston...we were not disappointed!! From the service, to the specialty drinks, small plates, main course and the piece de resistance, the flight of desserts!! We chose one of everything so we could split our choices...the only downside was the two hour drive home. Highlyou recommend this restaurant as a destination on your vacation!!
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