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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


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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "A wonderful evening with a tasty and varied local meal, well-prepared, well-seasoned and delicious! Attentive and pleasant staff. We arrived early for our reservation, sat at the bar area while we waited, and looked over the evening's menu. There is not a single item on this menu we would not choose, which makes it all the more difficult. We asked if there was seating at the kitchen bar. Luckily the last two seats by the oven and the plating/order pickup opened up right at our reservation time. What a night--a wonderful meal *and* a floor show! We sat and watched the line cooks, the wood-fired oven and pizza-making, and everything that came out of the kitchen as it was plated."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The fresh favors reminded me of my childhood. Chef and The Farmer is a modern twist on Eastern NC country cooking. The staff was great, very knowledgeable and attentive. We had great conversations with both locals and travelers who either made a special trip or a detour to eat at Chef and The Farmer. It is worth going out of your way to eat here."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was out of this world wonderful and the desserts were fantastic. The wine and beer list was extensive and the wait staff polite and on time. Although the tables were not crowded, the noise level was energetic making a quiet, romantic evening only a dream. We will certainly return!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The flavors experienced in my flounder with a salsa topping of fresh corn, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, and red onion were cooling and just right for summer. The food is so delicious and well prepared at this restaurant. The berry cobbler with basil ice cream married fresh blueberries and blackberries, buttery pastry, and a complement of basil. Loved it."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were very pleased with the great tasting food. We were a little surprised by the noise level. It was as if it was a place for celebration - possibly because of the open bar - as spirits are consumed people tend to get louder with time. Overall we wet very pleased with the excellent food and attention to detail and service. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "hot spot is not right, best spot better. Everything...perfection!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "What a great place. Enjoyable environment, great service and amazing food. I will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The quality of the food was amazing. I had country ham-wrapped peaches with ginger goat cheese and balsamic honey, follwed by double chocolate mousse with toasted marshmallow and graham crisps. It was incredible."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My fiance' and I had a blast coming here to celebrate the anniversary of our first date and will make it into a tradition to keep coming here. The staff is always so nice and welcoming and the scene is so romantic."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The Chef and the Farmer was excellent. The wait staff was incredible. They wanted to make sure that you had the best experience. The wine list and bar was great, anything and everything that you could ask for. The food was delicious, seasonal, and great for a change of pace. It would be great for a group, a romantic night out (especially for parents who need a break), and a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My wife and I drove 90 minutes just to dine at Chef and the Farmer and it was worth every minute and every mile, there and back. Superb food, excellent service and a wonderful dining experience. You must go at all costs. It's worth it!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went with high expectations and were not disappointed. Patrons with an interest in beer should visit Mother Earth Brewery, one block away."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "EVERYTHING was great! We LOVE sitting at the bar and observing everything, then deciding what we will order on our next trip!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was traditional southern food served in a different way. My favorites were the bruschetta and the cobbler. The atmosphere was rustic and cozy, but upscale too. If I am ever back in Kinston, I will definitely make a reservation to go back to Chef and the Farmer."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was probably the best food I've ever had and I've been many places. I cannot say enough about the food, both starters and entrees, that we enjoyed. It is definitely on my list of places to go to again and I will be referring friends. Is there a cookbook in the making by Chef Vivian?"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience, with a creative, natural, organic menu. Excellent service and atmosphere. A keeper."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had heard great things about your restaurant and wanted to give it a try. Excellent! The only negative was that the food service was a little slow but not bad"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We are from Atlanta and try to make it to Chef and the Farmer when we come " home" to eastern NC. The food, service and overall quality of the restaurant surpasses any place we've visited in the metro Atlanta area."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Food, service, wine, all wonderful, as I expected! I sat at the kitchen bar overlooking the kitchen staff cooking diligently. Server was attentive and suggested the perfect white wine, not too dry or sweet. She brought a Spanish wine, just as I described. I had blueberry BBQ pork belly skewers that melted in my mouth and rice crusted catfish, which I would not usually order, but server said it was awesome and it was. Catfish was served with blue crab, corn puree and summer veggies. Delish! Didn't save room for dessert, but looked over the dessert menu and wished I could have tried something. Will definitely make the 25 minute drive to Kinston next time I'm working in the area."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Being from the NYC area, I'm quite used to GREAT food. The food here was great for this area of NC, not for NYC and it's environs."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I recommend everyone in your party ordering something different, then sharing. The food is amazing, the wait staff is professional and attentive, and the restaurant has a lively atmosphere with great décor and ambience. You can taste the freshness of ingredient in every dish. There really is no other restaurant comparable within 100 miles. No matter how far you have to come to get here, it is completely worth it."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal... Would like more cocktail options... A bit pricey for the amount of food and dessert was also pricey."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The tomato pie, pork belly and chocolate desert were great. The catfish rice breading was hard, the skirt steak not so good, very under cooked very raw in the center but the tuna was great. Great wine list. A little rushed with the different courses. Great service."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food, the staff, the ambiance was all amazing. We went for our anniversary and had a wonderful time. From cocktails to desert and especially the pork belly we were not disappointed. Would recommend this restaurant for anyone with a special occasion or just a great night out."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The reputation of Chef and The Farmer preceeded itself. It certainly did not disappoint. My husband and I were celebrating our one year anniversary and every single staff member that we interacted with, wished us a 'Happy Anniversary'. It was a wonderful touch that made us feel extra special. We were lucky enough to be staying at the B&B of supplying Farmer; Warren Brothers, making the farm-to-table experience that much more tangible. Everything we ate was delicious, beautifully presented, fresh, and perfectly prepared. Our table overlooked the kitchen where we watched each cook craft their 'art' with equal passion from the time were seated to way beyond the time we left. Though a little loud, we were wowed. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Ever dish had wonderful unique flavors and the unexpected combinations turned out to be amazing."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have been here 3 times and have yet to have a bad experience or a bad or even mediocre dish. Everything is amazing, from the staff to the ambiance to the food. I rave about this place to all new people I work with and take family when they come. Because of its scrumptious and ever changing menu reservations are a must."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Highly recommend the restaurant. Friendly and professional staff making sure that everything we ordered was done to perfection. We are from New Bern and can easily say that this is one of the best restaurants in a 50 mile radius. Plan to go there again for special occasions."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our daughter gave us a gift certificate for our 42nd Anniversary to the Chef & the Farmer. First of all my husband had to stare at the wall all night & we were too close to the people on the sides of us. The noise level was unreal, it was impossible to talk to each other without shouting. We ordered an appetizer that was really tasty but it was suppose to have 6 skewers & we only got 5. I ordered the shrimp & grits...it was such a small potion with soupy grits & only 4 shrimp & it was lukewarm at best. My husband had the steak & it was very good. We were there 2 hours...everything was slow. Also by 7:30pm they were already out of 3 things on the menu. I'm really proud of all this Lenoir County Native has done but was very disappointed."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Unpretentious great food wish they has longer hours or more seating"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I knew to expect a limited menu and that most if not all of the food is locally grown. That was the extent of my knowledge of this restaurant prior to dining here. We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us sooner which was a pleasant surprise. The food was what I expected - unique pairings. The service was completely confusing - we must have had at least 4 different servers during the course of our meal (and we didn't have appetizers or dessert). I still don't know who our actual server was - there was a different person for taking our order, another person for bringing our food, another person for checking during our meal, another person for refilling our drinks, CHAOS!!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We drove almost two hours after hearing so many great things, it did not disappoint! The food was perfectly prepared, the service was attentive and the menu selections very eclectic and creative. We enjoyed our entire experience and if we have one small critique, it is that the restaurant tended to be a bit noisy."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "On our first dining experience at the Chef and The Farmer restaurant we were celebrating two birthdays. The food,service and overall atmosphere truly was worth the three months wait since I made the reservations. We are now going to become regulators. The menu is very fresh and seasonal and changes daily. Was a great night out in Kinston,NC!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I drove from Charlotte with 2 college friends specifically to eat here. The food is outstanding and the service very friendly and helpful. Love the small plates so we could taste many of the dishes. This is a real find in Eastern NC. People come from all over just to eat here although we sat next to a couple form Kinston so the local crowd is building. They opened another restaurant called the Boiler Room across the street which specializes in Oysters and beer. The waitress told us it was a great place to work and learn about food. Also a wine room connected to the restaurant. We had a great Savignon Blanc form New Zealand (Fernlands) that was just $20 a bottle. Highly recommend eating here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent and creative! The wine list extensive and the bread delicious. We had hope to have a drink at the wine bar before dinner but much smaller than we anticipated and there was a large group there. The bar was full and many folks eating there so we waited outside. We are fans of the television show and visited from Western NC."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I booked a reservation through OpenTable over a month in advance, since we would be driving through Kinston on our way to New Bern for a wedding the next day. Arrived on time on a Friday evening and were seated promptly. The restaurant was full. Our waitress and table attendant were excellent! Very friendly staff and prompt and attentive service. My ONLY complaint was the pork chop was past medium. It was still moist and VERY flavorful thanks to a blueberry chutney, but very tough to cut the thick chop. Overall, the menu was great, and we were still happy with the dinner; however, there are PLENTY of equally good restaurants closer to home in Durham, Wake, and Orange counties with competitive prices."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I thought your pork belly skewers, which I tried on my first visit, were going to be hard to top, but I think the black cherokee tomato bruschetta did! So good! On the surface it seems to be a very simple variation of a BLT. Definitely not simple flavors! I also recommend the country ham wrapped peaches, which were also very good. As in my first visit, I think I enjoy the shared plates the most! For our entrees, we tried the shrimp and grits, gouda-leek grits, pork shoulder lasagna and the squash casserole. All were very good, but gouda grits were my favorite. The squash casserole plate was slightly too herby for my taste."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We drove 350 miles round trip to experience this restaurant for our 34th anniversary, and it did not disappoint. Truly a phenomenal dining experience from the moment you enter. We ordered big plates, plates to share, small plates, cocktails, and dessert. Every dish was thoughtfully prepared with flavors unique to this restaurant. We were also treated to a visit to our table by Vivian, and that topped off a great evening. My highest praise to all who make Chef and the Farmer what it is."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "while my tuna was too rare for me that was quickly remedied. I realized (after ordering) that the waitress had not asked how I would like it cooked and I should have called that to her attention - but didn't. This was not a problem. The waitress was wonderful; it was gratifying to see a young person learning; I applaud Chef and the Farmer for training folks who haven't had this experience. Service was fantastic! Food was good and the evening was fun. Vivian's and Ben's presence is really a plus. She very kindly did a picture with us and wrote a note to my son who had given us the gift certificate to go. We will return and bring others - the drive from Chapel Hill isn't too much for a fun time with great food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This place belongs in San Francisco or New York! The owners have done a wonderful job bringing some culture and a think local concept to the South! Such a welcomed change from anything I've ever eaten anywhere around here. The service was outstanding, and the food was fresh and had wonderful flavor."
    Dined on 6/25/2014