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 -Opening on Mondays starting November 7th
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, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Chef and The Farmer Ratings and Reviews
We were greeted quickly and seated on ti ...
We were greeted quickly and seated on time for our reservation. Table for two was of adequate size. Wait service was very helpful and explained the menu well. Environment was too noisy. It was hard to carry on a private conversation without SHOUTING. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Wine list had a good variety, but was way too pricy. All-in-all a good to great experience.
I have been to Chef and the Farmer numer ...
I have been to Chef and the Farmer numerous times this meal was the worst I have ever had anywhere at any restaurant it was absolutely inedible. we ate none of our appetizers one bite of our main course the Porkchop was so tough I could not even cut it his beef was burnt and the leftovers were so bad the dog would not even eat them. Horrible meal! Vivian should send me a refund. He would not complain even though he had driven 3 hrs to dine there for the gust time. He won't go back and though I live in Kinston it will be a long time before I return.
You can order practically anything and i ...
You can order practically anything and it will be amazing. And the service here is top notch. Overall i would say The Chef and the Farmer is a breathe of fresh air from all the franchise restaurants in Greenville.
Just getting there was an adventure. Wen ...
Just getting there was an adventure. Went a week after hurricane Mathew and was stopped by flood waters within 4 miles of Kinston. Even this visit was a mass of detours and closed roads. Worth the drive, though.
Bread was in short supply, as the baker couldn't get there. Service was fun and informative. Got to try a few things I had only read about or seen on TV. I will go back with friends, eventually.
Traveled from NY and included Chef and F ...
Traveled from NY and included Chef and Farmer in our itinerary. I'm so glad I did.
After watching Vivian on TV for so long I had high expectations that were exceeded. I did not expect to walk away with such an appreciation for the local farmers.
My wife hasn't stopped talking about the enjoyable atmosphere and wonderful service. We were impressed with all of our food choices and the menu is very creative
Thanks for such an enjoyable evening.
Whole experience did not meet our expect ...
Whole experience did not meet our expectations. Combination of the ingredients in the menu items were not very good. It was very underwhelming and over priced. We tried 5 different dishes. We will not return or recommend to others.
The noise level was too much. I could b ...
The noise level was too much. I could barely hear my husband. The menu selection is quite limited. Had a difficult time finding something I could eat. Labeled upscale, the house wine should be a tad better on the rating charts. The service, though, was exceptional.
We drove an hour and a half just to eat ...
We drove an hour and a half just to eat there and had to stay at a motel overnight, because we do not drive after dark. We are glad we had the experience once but would not go to that expense again. If we lived close by, we would definitely consider it again for a special occasions.
This visit was much better than the last ...
This visit was much better than the last two times that I have been there. The food is creative and very interesting I do feel the price is over the top for what you are paying for. The service this visit was attentive and professional unlike the last two times that I was at the restaurant. It is definitely interesting and worth the effort to try
I had high expectations going in, but th ...
I had high expectations going in, but they were exceeded in every way when we dined here. I have had eating at Chef and the Farmer on my "want to do" list for over a year now. I am so glad I was able to go, and am already looking forward to our next trip there.
The best.. we each ordered every course ...
The best.. we each ordered every course since did not want to miss anything.. from watermelon pickles to peas to grits to pork chop and beef brisket..so many wonderfully prepared ingredients. I got to try the Tom Thumb, field pea salad, limas, turnip greens..and then there was dessert! Honey Rosemary pot de crime and chocolate coffee pound cake.. have you ever??? Well no, you have not. I have never seen a restaurant with this variety and creativity AND without fail the many staff members were enthusiastic about the food and seemed to be enjoying helping us get the most out of our evening. The only negative for us is that 2.5 hours is a long way to go for dinner. I would suggest some nice rooms be developed in some of those empty down town buildings.
Have followed the show and this was on o ...
Have followed the show and this was on our "Bucket List"! Drove from Chesapeake Virginia just to visit the restaurant and a little tour of Kinston. Totally exceeded our expectations.......just wished Vivian was there, or to run into "Warren" or "Miss Lilly" would have sent our visit over the top!!
Already had our reservations for C&F and took a side trip to visit the Boiler Room when returning from Beaufort NC in August; it too was great!!!
Have to say, the best service at both I've ever had!!!
We watch the Chef and the Farmer on Publ ...
We watch the Chef and the Farmer on Public TV and fell in love with Vivian. We are foodies and enjoy trying new restaurants. We like the way Vivian works with the farmers and uses local, seasonal foods. We made arrangements to stop in Kinston on the way back from Myrtle Beach to Virginia Beach. We felt extremely welcome coming into the restaurant. The service was fantastic and the food was so amazing. We had four dishes and loved all of them. We started with a pork pate over apple slaw served with delicious bread. For the second course we had a salad of apples, squash, arugula which was amazing. For our main courses, my husband had beef short rib with a field pea cake and I had roasted pork. Both were delicious.
We finished it off with chocolate-coffee pound cake with hazelnut ice cream and orange crème. It melted in your mouth.
The Chef and the Farmer is everything I ...
The Chef and the Farmer is everything I was hoping it would be. It is easily one of the best restaurants in North Carolina. If you have not been, add it to your bucket list now. If you have been, you know. The seasonal ingredients and local farm to table thesis are executed to perfection. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and professionally trained. Where ever you are, it is worth the drive. If you are more than several hours away, then I would recommend making a weekend at the inner banks of NC and stop here for dinner on your way. Fayetteville, Raleigh, Wilmington, it is easy to make the drive and head home that night, unless you have had a few of their craft cocktails. This is a true gem and should be experienced by anyone with southern roots as a nostalgic journey to the way your grandparents used to cook with a modern interpretation. For anyone else who wants to know what true southern heritage cooking is and your current evaluation of southern food is a deep fried anything, then come change your experience and wipe away your stereotypes. If cooking is art, then The Chef and the Farmer belongs in The Louvre.
Pork rillettes with the bread service an ...
Pork rillettes with the bread service and the carpaccio were over the top tasty, grits and pimento cheese app good but not great. Oysters in the catfish and oyster stew were, sadly, only chunks of oysters, not whole oysters, and fried to chewy, rubber nubs. Redfish entree lacked something..., salt? Don't know what, just missing the high-end cuisine spark that I expected. Overall, a good meal but not good enough to make me want to come back frequently.
My wife and I made a point of visiting t ...
My wife and I made a point of visiting the Chef and the Farmer after driving from Texas and down the Outer Banks. Could not have been more pleased. From the welcome received when we entered through the wrong door to the top notch service and extraordinary food it was a great experience. Just wish it was closer to home so we could visit moe often.
Fan of the TV show so came quite a dista ...
Fan of the TV show so came quite a distance. Loved the open kitchen. Bartender was very good at crafting cocktails. Service was charming. Fried okra was delicious but small portion. Kale salad and apple squash salad were delish! Highlight of the meal. Gitch in pacing left us waiting too long for entree so weren't as hungry as we should have been. Short rib was good but didn't care for vinegar taste in beans. Porchetta was very flavorful but spaetzle was bitter. Unfortunately we didn't have dessert.
This place is absolutely incredible. The ...
This place is absolutely incredible. The service is on point - super respectful, knowledgable, prompt servers who take the time to get to know the guests. The food and drinks are outstanding. Seriously, Chef and The Farmer is really something special. Sadly we don't live nearby (we made a special trip here on the way back to Baltimore from our Ocean Isle Beach wedding!) or we would be here every weekend! Simply sublime. Thank you!!
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