About Chef and The Farmer
Kinston, NC 28501
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.
Herritage & Gordon
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrating a birthday? Try the "ULTIMATE Birthday cake".
A delicious vanilla layer cake, with chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkles
The "ULTIMATE Birthday Cake" |
$15 cake - serves 2-4 guests | $40 cake - serves 10 or more guests
To order, please call our event coordinator at 252.208.2433 x3
Chef and The Farmer Ratings and Reviews
seen this place on PBS -TV and had to t ...
seen this place on PBS -TV and had to try it. had heard so much about it from others and it was as good as they said. our family of four all got something different and everyone's dish was delicious service was great and we will be going back.
gave this trip to my wife for Christmas ...
gave this trip to my wife for Christmas as one of her gifts and she loved it. we came from richmond va so we had a ways to travel. the weather was perfect, we loved Kenston and the beautiful homes their. the restaurant experience was awesome. we felt like food critics sitting in a place we watch on tv. the food choices were great the staff was very friendly and very attentive. being able to watch what was going on in the kitchen was a lot of fun. she enjoyed it so much she is talking about the next time! For anyone who wants to experience wonderful food that is a little different than normal this is the place you should come to. Great experience!
We sat at the bar overlooking the busy k ...
We sat at the bar overlooking the busy kitchen and I would not sit anywhere else, unless I was with a crowd. The staff is wonderfully trained and see to your every need and to watch the food being prepared makes you want to order everything on the menu! The menu is seasonal with local produce and each dish is creatively constructed. I can't recommend this place enough. We live in Charleston SC and it is our 3rd visit and Kinston isn't easy to get to, but well worth the trip.
My second visit. The first time was with ...
My second visit. The first time was with a group of 10. Because of the size of the group we had no choice but to eat in the private dining room and the only seating option was 5:30. The room was nice, but noisy. Not crazy about eating that early. Mixed reviews on the food within our group. Other than one order of overcooked duck, everything else was fine--not great, not bad. Although we live 2.5 hours from Kinston and must spend the night, we decided to give it another shot. This time two couples in the main dining room. Great ambience, excellent appetizers, okay entrees. One order of an undercooked pork chop, which was replaced, but took too long. Our server was distracted. She apologized several times, saying she was really busy. Hmmm. Our wine glasses sat empty several times and each time we had to bring that to her attention. All four of us agreed that if we lived close by, we would come back, but we don't, so we won't. We have two excellent restaurants in Wilmington with as much, if not more, to offer: Manna & PinPoint, and that is only a 45 minute drive for us. Final thought: we had a second reservation for dinner at Chef & Farmer the following night, but we cancelled it and went to their sister restaurant across the street, The Boiler Room Oyster Bar, and had a GREAT meal!
We've eaten at Chef and the Farmer sever ...
We've eaten at Chef and the Farmer several times. This time, it was a disappointment. The cabbage in my Hoppin' John wasn't sufficiently cleaned and still had sand (!) in it. It took forever for dinner to be served. I could see maybe an hour and a half from appetizers to dessert, but two hours??!! My husband and I had the orange buttermilk sorbet. I make strawberry buttermilk sorbet at home and we've had the lemon buttermilk sorbet there at Chef and the Farmer so I think I have some idea how it should taste. The sorbet last week was almost too tart to eat. I couldn't finish it. Think they forgot the sugar. Perhaps the server could have warned us? For the hour and a half drive to get there, I think we'll be sticking closer to home.
The Chef and Farmer is always full of su ...
The Chef and Farmer is always full of surprises! The food was an experience of new tastes and juxataposition of unexpected flavors. Delightful! The staff was fun, and their recommendations were spot on! Our favorite place to bring out of town guests never disappoints!
I traveled quite a distance to have dinn ...
I traveled quite a distance to have dinner at Chef and the Farmer as I'm a big fan of Vivian Howard. The restaurant is beautiful, the service was great, and the food was good. I absolutely loved several dishes we ordered, while a couple of them were misses in my opinion. I would recommend this restaurant, especially for a special occasion, and would definitely go back if I find myself in the Kinston area again.
I've been planning on dining at Chef & t ...
I've been planning on dining at Chef & the Farmer for over two years. Finally, my dates opened up and I was able to make reservations for my husband and two best friends. We enjoyed every dish we ordered!
I've listened to people talk about opening a restaurant. I always suggest they watch Vivian Howards show on PBS as a starting point. I've worked in kitchens as a prep chef and worked at busy kitchens. Chef and the Farmer has accomplished everything to make a diners experience enjoyable and a menu to satisfy all of your taste buds.
This was a pilgrimage for us. We had be ...
This was a pilgrimage for us. We had been wanting to eat here for three years, and were finally able to tie it in with a trip to Charleston.It was worth it! We now understand Vivian's approach to her food better than before. Her realization of local food sources and re-imagining of the food of the South is consistent and delicious! The service was gracious, including an extra dessert for keeping us waiting. Unnecessary, but much appreciated. There were a couple of menu innovations that we loved - the Classic Shorts, small versions of classic cocktails to start the meal, but not too much that a bottle of wine will be over the top. Dessert flights - we wanted to try everything, and almost did!
Before meeting Vivian Howard in a book s ...
Before meeting Vivian Howard in a book signing in Cary, NC, we made a reservation at The Chef and The Farmer for Jan 2. We drove 80 minutes each way and it was well worth the drive to Kinston. Very innovative food created from local ,humble "Carolina" products. From appetizers to rutabagas, my wife and I enjoyed it all ! Service was excellent. Definitely recommend their tables near the kitchen to see how it is done.
Paul and Deb B
A jewel in eastern NC! Big fan of the sh ...
A jewel in eastern NC! Big fan of the show and this 1st time visit to the restaurant exceeded our dreams! Liked the fact that we ate very one-of-a-kind cuisine and did not leave hungry and ambiance was not pretentious or stiff. It had the perfect balance of high class and local familiarity. Loved the flash fried collards and all the different big plates we ordered were perfect. In fact, we still crave those collards now on a daily basis morning and night! Tender delicious local meat paired perfectly with local veggies that had a gourmet spin to them. We were surprised to get full sizes of each dessert when we ordered the dessert sampler. It was worth it! Very much liked the graham crackers that dipped into the key lime and coconut pie filling. Bourbon ice cream was also delicious with the chocolate chess pie. We will definitely come back and hope to meet Ms. Howard next time.
We drove a long way to dine at Chef and ...
We drove a long way to dine at Chef and the Farmer, only learning of the restaurant after watching the TV series. We relished seeing the various staff, busily attending tables and customers, even though Vivian had already left for the evening. The mixed drinks were creative confections, perfect compliments for the meals to come. The beer cheese bread was probably the best carb on the planet. Loved the chicken liver mousse (would have enjoyed more toasts given it was a shared plate), the crispy sorghum on the apple, beet citrus salad was an inspired touch to off-set an assertive dressing. Partner raved about the flounder and fried oysters, short ribs had a wonderful sauce (meat more fatty than expected, even for short ribs), served with a sumptuous sweet potato mash and delicious farro side. Warm and charming server was a bit stumped for additional information on the menu items once they arrived leaving us more curious about the vegetable and condiments. Minor stuff. Overall, it was a treat to dine at Chef and the Farmer, a memorable evening of local food elevated superbly.
My husband and I have been here several ...
My husband and I have been here several times for special occasions. Tonight was without exception, amazing. The beef and sweet potato lasagna was out of this world tasty. We always love the fried collards and desserts did not disappoint.
My husband took me here for my birthday ...
My husband took me here for my birthday last week. The staff was so friendly and attentive. They even gave me a birthday card when I sat down at the table which was so thoughtful. We both loved our meals. To start, we had the lima bean spread with beer toast. YUM! I had the fried oyster and fish stew and it was absolutely delicious. The cocktails were unique and wonderful to try. The best part of the night was meeting Chef Vivian Howard outside the restaurant! We will definitely be back to Chef and the Farmer. It is one of our favorites restaurants now.
I took my boyfriend (a complete foodie) ...
I took my boyfriend (a complete foodie) for his birthday. He loves watching all food related shows, including the PBS show featuring Vivian Howard, and Chef and The Farmer. To our delight, we saw Vivian Howard outside as we soon as we arrived. She was approachable, friendly, and welcoming. A birthday card from Vivian Howard was on the table for my boyfriend as soon as we were seated. The food, wine, and ambiance was top notch. We met Vivian in the gift shop after our meal. She was quick to engage in conversation, inquire more about us, and get our feed back regarding our dining experience. She is so delightful! We both walked away with a hug from Vivian Howard. Our experience is one for the history books. I definitely recommend Chef and The Farmer. We will be going back!!!
Very good food. Anticipated a romantic ...
Very good food. Anticipated a romantic anniversary dinner, and had really anticipated the Chef and the Farmer (we are "foodies "), but walked away mildly disappointed. It was very loud, service was adequate, but not spectacular, and we were just underwhelmed by the whole experience.
We waited two months for our reservation ...
We waited two months for our reservations and the food was well worth it! Such great flavors in traditional southern fare. Service was impeccable. Loved watching the open kitchen. We look forward to our next visit.
Chef and the Farmer is a gem for North C ...
Chef and the Farmer is a gem for North Carolina. Chef Vivian Howard is so creative and talented. Every dish is a delight. we are originally from New York and have dined in the finest restaurants in NYC, and Chef and the Farmer matches or beats them all.
Great atmosphere and great food. My wife ...
Great atmosphere and great food. My wife and I love to eat at what we call " One-Off " restaurants. Meaning owner operator/chef. Not a chain. We love local cuisine and The Chef and The Farmer is one of our favorites. If they have "Our Daily Bread" on the menu, it's a must eat. Kudos to the staff. A++++++
We decided (weeks in advance) to come he ...
We decided (weeks in advance) to come here over the Christmas break with our daughters. We had met Vivian Howard at her book signing at NCSU the week before our reservation at The Chef and the Farmer. She was great and so down to earth!
The dinner was everything and more than what we expected. The Daily Bread was delicious, and the cheese ball with the homemade crackers were a home run.My husband who doesn't care for sweet potatoes had the Braised pork with sweet potato lasagna,he thought he had died and gone to heaven. I had the Flounder with the greens and beet slaw, it was excellent. My daughters had the Guinea pastry and the Flounder. Everyone was happy,happy, happy with their choice. We had the flight of 3 desserts (Peppermint Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream and Key Lime and Coconut Meringue Pie with homemade Graham Crackers! ) all were incredible! This was the best and most creative meal we have every had. Make a reservation and go, you will be pleased.
My only complaint is that our server started out a bit slow however, he quickly fixed that. Understandable with the busy Christmas season and a full house .
If you have not purchased Deep Run Roots go now and get it, a fabulous cookbook and history lesson on the food of the South!
The service was impeccable. Our sever Su ...
The service was impeccable. Our sever Susan was a delight to have. She had a mastery of the menu and drink parings. The food was top notch. And the staff went above and beyond with a handwritten card for my wife's birthday as well as candles on our desert. Thanks Chef and Farmer. We can't wait to return.
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