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Chef and The Farmer
Chef and The Farmer

Chef and The Farmer Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefandthefarmer.com
  • Phone: (252) 208-2433
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Vivian Howard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, 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 | $35 cake - serves 10 or more guests

    To order, please call our event coordinator at 252.208.2433 x3

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Herritage & Gordon
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Chef and The Farmer
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "A special thanks to the awesome crew/team at Chef and the Farmer for making our anniversary dinner one to remember. Beth (floor manager), Brian (wine expert), and Mary Linton (server) gave us that special, personal touch which was most appreciative! The fried green tomato w/blueberries (appetizer) is highly recommended. Another fantastic night in downtown Kinston!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Excellent North Carolina based food - pork, peaches, figs, corn, fish."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I recently had the opportunity to dine at the Chef and The Farmer. From the appetizers to dessert, everything and everyone exceeded our expectations. Can't wait to done here again."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Unique blend of flavors! Very interesting place for a small town in Eastern NC."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The staff is very friendly and helpful with the menu. I was a little disappointed in my fried catfish/blue crab but understand its a southern place and the food is very tailored toward southern cuisine. My wife's chicken and sausage dish was excellent. The wine selection is above and beyond most restaurants. Great place, always an enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Loved the yellowfin, my wife loves the blueberry glazed BBQ chicken. Dessert was decadent. We live in Greenville, and are happy this place is in the eastern part of the state. A great improvement would be to move to Greenville. The acoustics aren't great, unfortunately. I think people at a table for 6 or more would have to be happy talking to the people right next to them. Service was somewhat slow -- but the staff is very nice and welcoming. A gluten free menu is available, which excludes the dishes that include wheat products. Many of the dishes fit the category, so the selection is good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Our appetizer figs, peaches and country ham was a wonderful blend of flavors, textures and tastes. We had the tuna and the pork chop which we enjoyed enjoyed as well. The service was prompt and very well trained. We drove from Raleigh and would encourage others to consider the trip."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We made a special 3 hour trip to Chef and the Farmer for my wife's birthday. We were not disappointed. Food was as good as anywhere we've eaten yet right at home in eastern North Carolina. Tomato Pie was a delight. Everything was perfectly seasona, fresh and inventive. Service was good."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Once again had an great dining experience at C&F. The quality and freshness of the food was the highlight. For appetizer we got the squash pizza and even though it wasn't as tasty as hoped for the quality of ingredients and the cooks preparation made it appetizing. I wouldn't recommend the squash pizza unless you want something different or just love squash. I would recommend the other pizza as we had it before and it is more tasty to us at least. My wife got the New York Strip and it was very good and cooked perfectly but wasn't as flavorful as we like. I got the Pork Lasagna and it was cooked great and as it should be but not as good as beef lasagna."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Menu reflected seasonal foods. We expect food to be creative and more complex than what we produce at home - all dishes certainly met that criteria. Fried collards interesting; Sungold Tomato & Peach Gazpacho, fresh corn, crispy butter beans was 'bright' with complex flavors; tomatoes were stars of the heritage tomato brioche; Pimento Cheese Grits were tasty; Rice Crusted Catfish a crunchy delight; lamb chop and lamb sausage with eggplant and marinated cherry tomatoes was relished by all diners. For dessert, Coconut Cream Cheese Mousse, ginger infused melon, macadamia crumble was delicious with interesting contrast of textures while Hot, Salty & Sweet, peanuts, cinnamon/chipotle ice cream was bursting with complimentary flavors."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our evening at Chef and the Farmer was an exceptional dining experience. The service was very attentive. The food was everything we hoped it would be. It was worth the 5 hour drive and we enjoyed celebrating our 71st birthdays at the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Staff was friendly, local beer on tap was a great touch and the food was outstanding. The manager even took a few minutes to show me the rooms available for larger parties. The whole experience was great and it sold me on having my Air Force retirement dinner there!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Loved everything about it! The favors were amazing!! Fresh local and absolutely delicious. Best snapper I've ever eaten-anywhere-ever. We loved the place so much we came back the next night!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The standard is consistent ... close to perfect. We were seated in a slightly different area from last time and it was a little noisy but nothing can take away from the pleasure of the food and the staff. Whenever business meetings bring us to Raleigh it has become the only place to have dinner"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This was my second visit and I love this place even more. The okra w/ ranch ice cream and shrimp and grits were top notch. I love to see what Vivian and staff are creating with the local foods. All staff were attentive and anxious to help in any way possible. Three of us sat at the kitchen bar and had a lot of fun watching 'the action'."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Drove from Virginia Beach to have a special dinner and we were not disappointed. The greeting from the staff to all involved in our dinner. Brit (waitress) was exceptional, the helpers with water and busing tables will make great servers one day soon to the chefs. The meal was top gourmet. We will return another time."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "we had a great time. This was our (husband and me) second time at the restaurant and we were not disappointed. This time was a birthday gift to my daughter. She is a big fan of Vivian's TV show and now a big fan of restaurant. Our 20'year old grandson was also,with us and as an aspiring chef he was blow away. My only negative is that next time will ask for a table with Kitchen view. We were in corner, missed the action"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Visiting Chef & A Farmer was on my summer bucket list. I am happy to say my husband and I got to cross it off our list. Visiting turned out to be a highlight of our summer and a great way to celebrate my husbands 35th birthday. Everything we ordered was delicious but none more so than the pork chop with succotash, jalapeno/peach glaze and charred peach. We sat near the kitchen and I watched that dish go out over and over and over. It was delicious and my husband is still dreaming about it. Thanks for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was great. Our server was friendly and knowledgable."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was our second experience dining at Chef and the Farmer and I can't say enough about the fabulous food and great staff. The menu selections are unique and one of a kind. Our taste buds were overwhelmed by the many combinations of flavors!! My husband had the tuna as his entrée and said it was the best tuna that he has ever eaten. The staff were friendly, attentive and well informed about menu selections. We have another reservation already planned in September and look forward to another delightful evening"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Our first courses were delicious, especially the shared shiitake pizza. My husband's entree pork chop was generous and also delicious. I ordered the fish special and was told that there would be a substitution - no problem for me. When the dish arrived, there were two TINY pieces of fish (one about 1 3/4 " long and 1" wide and about 1/4" thick; and the second piece was SMALLER). There certainly was not a total of 2 ounces of fish, so maybe like micro greens, micro fish is a new trend? My husband shared his pork, thank goodness. We'll not be back. And this is regrettable - the chef's creativity is first rate. But this is the second time we have had almost invisible portions. Not worth the risk, for us."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This was our third trip to the Chef and Farmer. The food was fantastic as always. The only issues we had were with the service. There was confusion about who had our table and we were not served any food or waited on for about 15 min. The manager on duty apologized and sent over a free appetizer. They also now charge for bread which is ridiculous in my opinion. The bread is fancy with jam, butter, and biscuits but come on, who charges for bread?"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Saw A Chef's Life and had to see what Chef and The Farmer was all about. We had an AMAZING evening there. Our server Mary Linton and James were great!!! The food was delicious. I had the Bourbon Braised Pork Shoulder Lasagna and my husband had the Sage Brined Pork Chop both were wonderful. For dessert we shared the Brown Turkey Fig Cobbler with goat cheese ice cream which was the perfect ending to our evening. It was a long trip from Loveland Ohio to Kinston NC but well worth it! We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This is our favorite place to dine in NC. The food is amazing, and the staff is fantastic. We recommend to everyone we meet."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Build it and they will come. Ate here on a week day night and every table was full. The food was superb, including best gazppacho soup ever, amazing tomato pie and great dessert. The wine list was very good with some reasonable choices. The service was outstanding with attentive and friendly staff. The problem for me was the noise level. Tho there were no rowdy groups, with everyone talking and having a good time the noise was almost deafening at times. I asked the waitress if there were a quieter table and she said we had it. (There is a wine store attached which has some tables. It might be quieter there but it is often used for private parties). I hope they can do something about the noise level."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "C & F, Great place to always dine!! The menu will always surprise you on every visit! My wife and I have never had a bad item and everything is cooked and displayed to perfection. You will not be disappointed and step out and try something different on the menu and you will be delighted!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "It was far more than we expected. Friendly personnel, excellent service, delicious food. We enjoyed our experience and celebrated our 54th . Plan on returning."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "My wife and I drove from Beaufort, SC to Kinston to eat at Chef And The Farmer. My wife had been following the adventures of Chef Lillian on PBS and was captivated. Our dining experience was better than even we expected and it was worth every one of the 787 miles driven. We would do it again. The menu was exciting, the food was perfectly prepared and the quality and professionalism of the service was way above what one would expect in an area this economically depressed. A glance at the parking lot proved that we weren't the only ones who made the pilgrimage to this gastronomical oasis. This has to rate among the best meals we've ever enjoyed. Thanks to all the fine people that made that happen."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our family loves this restaurant! It's a new seasonal experience every time we go. We have teenagers and they love the young vibe. The wait staff always takes extra time to explain menu details. The food is awesome and honest."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "One of the BEST restaurants of which I have ever had the pleasure of eating. I would recommend this gem to ANYONE."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Being from Kinston and a fan of the show "A Chef's Life", dining at Chef & the Farmer has been on my wish list for some time. Finally this week I was able to dine with my husband and two others. Making the reservation was very easy. The morning of our dinner, I was called from the restaurant to confirm. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. The service was just spot on. We each ordered something different. The pork chop with succotash was the favorite. We also ordered different desserts. All were great! The food was just outstanding. All I can say, is go and experience this place for yourself!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We made a special side trip to eat here. The food was wonderful. Lots of fresh choices. The only negative comment is we felt rushed. My dinner arrived while we were still eating appetizers and my husbands' came a few minutes later. We were finished in under an hour. Since we had driven so far and stayed over in Kinston we felt disappointed."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The celebration of our 31st wedding anniversary and successful cancer recovery for my wife was enhanced by the staff and food at C&F. Watching the well oiled machine serve each customer as if they were the only one there despite the full tables coupled with the vibrant food and special bar area with superb drinks made our evening in Kinston a culinary joy. They even had a gluten-free menu so I didn't have to guess or ask. We were treated as royalty during the visit. Everything was special."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The trek to Kinston is always well worth the effort. Tonight's table selections of pork belly skewers, okra with ranch ice cream, pork shoulder lasagna, and striped bass were all outstanding. Don't dare forget dessert. The flights offer a great option to try them all. Overall, Chef Vivian Howard never disappoints. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Seasonal Creativity and Twists on the Traditional. Enjoyed the okra with Ranch Ice Cream. Pork Chop was distinguished by the tangy peachy glaze. Catfish transformed by medley of accompanying flavors :crab corn, pepper."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Well prepared meals with interesting taste notes. Star was the tomato pie, a rich dish! Watermelon sorbet was wonderful. Staff very attentive and well prepared to answer questions. Two of our party had cornbread crusted catfish which they felt a bit bland, but perfectly cooked. We plan to go back this month; wish it were closer to us."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "After making a reservation several weeks prior, we were seated promptly after being welcomed by a friendly staff. Each staff member we had contact with was well above par and knowledgable. Our drinks and kale appetizer were amazing, our meals creative and delicious and dessert excellent. We would highly recommend this restaurant as a Southern Daniel's of New York."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated an anniversary -- and if you go, do not be deterred but best to check on a reservation. The serving staff were very attentive and helpful. Menu holds some interesting 'starters' - like fried okra pods with blue cheese 'ice cream'. Entrees seem to enhance the taste buds. You won't find several pages of entree choices but all will be superb! Their menu does shift along with the seasons as different produce ripens and entrees are chosen to match each other. YES! Will be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Everything we had seen on PBS was true. The food, wine and atmosphere were outstanding. I would like to thank Vivian and Ben for bringing back the idea of sourcing from local farmers. The freshness shows in every bite."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "First time and it exceeded all expectations. Drinks, wine, food, and service were all excellent. No negatives. We will be going back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014