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: Monday - 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.
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$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
From eagerly walking in the door to sati ...
From eagerly walking in the door to satisfyingly strolling out, every part of dinner service was everything we could have asked for. The food was well prepared in adequate portions full of savory tastes. The service was very proper but not in a way that makes guests feel awkward or intimidated. The delicious drinks from the bar were all handmade with obvious time and dedication. I would recommend this experience to any friends and family looking for a all around satisfying, one of a kind experience that will have you raving to everyone you know.
This was our third visit and it was mixe ...
This was our third visit and it was mixed. The restaurant wasn't crowded but there was a private party in the private dining room. Unfortunately, this must have been a burden on the staff. We waited at least 20 minutes for our cocktails to arrive. Highlights were the Manhattan, Daily Bread (beer and cheese bread with slivers of country ham and a chive butter), peanut soup, and apple/squash/citrus salad. My husband was very disappointed with his pork chop (mushy meat, and way too much fat and gristle.) And my corn bread cake dessert was dust-dry. Our server was a sweet gal, but very timid. We love Chef and the Farmer, A Chef's Life, and have a copy of Deep Run Roots. So we are fans, but we were not totally happy on this visit. But we will go back. The menu is always inventive and enticing.
Our second visit, and it was even better ...
Our second visit, and it was even better than the first. We loved the Tom Thumb and both our entrees, as well as desserts. I noted that we'd be celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation and everyone who waited on us wished my husband a happy birthday. The food was outstanding!
A wonderful little jewel of a restaurant ...
A wonderful little jewel of a restaurant tucked away in the tiny town of Kinston. I I was dining alone and the staff made me feel welcome and comfortable Josh was especially thoughtful. The Food was nothing short of fabulous like dining in the big city but better service and southern hospitality!
We always enjoy the Chef and the Farmer. ...
We always enjoy the Chef and the Farmer...food is always excellent!
I booked a party of 8 for Tuesday, December 27th at 5:15 pm...the reason...my daughter, who lives in SC has wanted to come there for the past 3 years...We were finally able to get a reservation for when she and her family will be visiting New Bern. She loves the tv show and Vivian! So...we got her a signed copy of the new cookbook, tee-shirt, and of course dinner at your restaurant. You know how it feels when you give the perfect gift...well this is it! She will be so so excited...I might even be more excited!
Vivian...if you read this...if you happen to be available on Tuesday, December 27th at 5:15 pm...well that would just make this Christmas present absolutely the best gift ever!
We all love you!
Wonderful place to celebrate a quiet and ...
Wonderful place to celebrate a quiet and unique birthday experience. The food was new and different, the ambiance was sophisticated and the personal note from the chef was a nice touch. We also appreciated the exceptional service. We felt welcomed and taken care of. Definitely worth the drive.
We have been fans of "A Chef's Life" sin ...
We have been fans of "A Chef's Life" since it began but were never able to schedule a visit that justified the 400+ mile round trip. When we decided to visit New Bern over the Thanksgiving holiday, it was easy enough to add on an extra night and make a detour via Kinston on the way home. Luckily for us the restaurant had just started opening on a Monday night, so the timing was perfect. The food was delicious and the ambiance very welcoming. We loved the fact that some of the items on the menu are deliberately open-ended, so that new dishes can be rotated in if a particular ingredient runs out. Unfortunately we decided to deduct a star, as there were a couple of nit-picky little service issues. We had to wait quite a long time for our server to come over to our table to start with and take our drinks order. He explained that he had wanted to finish up with another table first, so that he could give us his full attention. OK. But please acknowledge that at least you are aware of our presence. Secondly, we had to wait quite a while to settle our bill. Again, a quick "I'll be with you momentarily" would have gone a long way towards us not feeling ignored. Could the guy really not multi-task?
Deeply touched by the story of this plac ...
Deeply touched by the story of this place and amazed that a reservation within 4 days could be a reality (which was truly a gift from heaven), the creative, regional, and delicious food in the most gracious and congenial atmosphere exceeded my expectations. That Vivian and Ben's gifts and most generous hearts could have impacted such a dynamic and reviving presence in the place of her origins and have sent this vision all around the globe is truly awe inspiring!
Great ambiance and good eats in downtown ...
Great ambiance and good eats in downtown Kinston. Our bread starter was truly delicious. Everyone sampled the broccolini and pork belly salad (like a broccoli salad). Our entrees were a sample of Eastern NC's best - seafood, pork and local veggies. We sampled a few craft brews made in Eastern NC too (who knew?!). A great pre-Thanksgiving evening with family and a few pictures of some of the staff made famous on the PBS documentary. A real jewel.
Have been wanting to try this restaurant ...
Have been wanting to try this restaurant for some time. My husband and I decided on a special date night and stayed over at The O'Neil boutique hotel across the street from The Chef And The Farmer.
Dinner at TCATF did not disappoint. Everything was spot on from the food to the service.
For an appetizer we ordered the beef hand pie and that really started everything off right. the pastry was crusty and flaky and the filling was delicious.
For the main entrée I ordered the pork chop prepared with a squash mustard and sautéed apples and pecans. The giant chop cut like butter and the pork was tender.
My hubs ordered the rib eye with Caesar dressed green beans and a turnip pudding. The beef was cooked to perfection.
All in all will definitely be back.
The hotel was so amazing like time stood still. It originally was a bank back in the turn of the 20th Century. The original safe has been restored and used for refreshments and coffee. Including beer from the Mother Earth Brewing Company down the block.
I am writing this review as I am watchin ...
I am writing this review as I am watching A Chef and the Farmer Marathon ..this was a great experience to visit this restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant to anybody. Watch the show before you come because the show is awesome! I think Ben did come and visit the table..if that was him forgive me for not letting him know it was him..
Well, watching Chef and the Farmer for 3 ...
Well, watching Chef and the Farmer for 3 seasons now, I was completely oblivious to just how amazing Vivian Howard's food was going to taste!! You see the food on the television, and even though her extremely unique food choices look half-way appetizing (half-way only because I never ate collard greens before), to taste her dishes in person is a COMPLETELY different story I could have NEVER predicted!! Wish I could go back every night!
This was by far one of the most wonderfu ...
This was by far one of the most wonderful dining experiences I have had. The bar was amazing. Our server Nika was genuine and knowledgeable about the menu options. The food was absolutely amazing in every aspect. We will be going again!
We had 9:15 reservations but we were abl ...
We had 9:15 reservations but we were able to sit at the bar (my wife, daughter, and myself) when we went by right at opening. The two bartenders (Jordan was one of them) were awesome. Our evening was exponentially better thanks to their witty banter, observations on the menu, and worldly tales. Jordan's Old Fashioned didn't hurt either.
Great evening. My college age daughter saw the beauty of communal dining and conversation that we might not have otherwise had at our own table.
Make reservations. We did for our Weddin ...
Make reservations. We did for our Wedding Anniversary. Staff and service are the best. They made us feel at home. We had the pork and steak dinners. Both were unique as much as they were great tasting. The atmosphere is the best in the area. We were seated where we could view the professional kitchen staff. Save room for dessert too. Unfortunatly I only got one bite of my wife's Brownie Pudding with marshmallow ice cream.
Dined on our anniversary and it was exqu ...
Dined on our anniversary and it was exquisite! I watch her show, "A Chef's Life", so was thrilled to get to eat at her restaurant! I had the Trigger Fish and my husband the Oyster and Fish Stew. They both were outstanding, the flavors worked together like art. We will definitely be making another trip out to Kinston for another special occasion!
This was a birthday dinner for my friend ...
This was a birthday dinner for my friend who was turning 80. The birthday card was a nice touch. All of the meals were excellent and original. Our server was friendly and attentive. It certainly lives up to all the hype. I drove up from Wilmington and my two friends drove down from Raleigh. The birthday girl had come from Boston for the occasion. We stayed overnight at the O'Neill. It was a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you for making it so special.
Staff, service, and food were well above ...
Staff, service, and food were well above par and perfect for the Birthday surprise my wife
has dreamed about since viewing the first episode of Chef and The Farmer on the UNC TV Channel. My life has been great this week and your establishment has been the topic of conversation from time sharing our adventure during church fellowship hour to small talk while waiting for a complete for a conference call audience.
Thanks for bringing new life to excellent sources of fine dining found only in eastern NC and delightful illustrations provided in the cook book.
Thanks again, really enjoyed the experience.
What a great girls evening! We drove 2 ...
What a great girls evening! We drove 2 1/2 hours-----and it was so worth it!! This was my 3rd trip and I will definitely be back. So much fun to go in a small group and have everyone order something different, so that we can all taste everything. The carpaccio appetizer was amazing as well as the chicken liver mousse! So creative! Drive or fly---this restaurant never disappoints.......!! Susie is an amazing waitress---I still remember her the first time I went--she told us---"don't be afraid order something that you would never eat normally and you will be amazed." Such good advice and so true!!
We traveled over four hours from southwe ...
We traveled over four hours from southwestern Virginia to have a special dinner at this location. We've been following the show since the beginning. After having eaten there last night, I'm still in awe of the place. The food was familiar yet edgy, comforting with a twist. The sweet potato skins with collard greens was absolutely amazing, but the star of the show was their beer cheddar bread! The whole experience was superbly surreal but in a good way. We felt as if we'd stepped into a "The Life of a Chef" episode.
Of course my first question for Susan was if Vivian was there, and she was not; she was in Alexandria for her book tour. Ho-hum, maybe on our next visit we will be treated to her lovely blue eyes and infectious smile.
Ben showed up and our server, Susan asked him to speak with us. He was so personable and pleasant. His art work was hung liberally throughout the restaurant. For my husband and I, as artist and art lover, this was a real treat. It was both a treat gastronomically and visually.
Susan was the delight of the meal. She told us little tidbits about the history of the town, Kinston and the local people that have been involved in the downtown revitalization. Her knowledge of the food and recommendations made our meal spectacular!
Her parents came in for dinner and both they and Ben signed the copy of Deep Run Roots we purchased.
We hope to make it back soon. I'll be remembering this dinner for sometime to come.
So thrilled to have finally had the oppo ...
So thrilled to have finally had the opportunity to dine at Chef & The Farmer !!! Been waiting too long !! Set up a reservation & trip with friends last spring & then I could not go ( but they did & raved about it !! ) Our dining experience was just as I had anticipated and expected !! I have been watching" A Chef's Life" since it first arrived on PBS and I was always so curious to try the restaurant right here in my state of North Carolina !! Couple hours drive, a stay over, and get to experience Chef & The Farmer and The Boiler Room !! We will be back- may have to be a twice a year experience for different seasonal foods !!!
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