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Chef and The Farmer

2629 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Southern
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For additional reservation inquiries, please call our reservationist Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Go to nowhere and turn'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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary Southern
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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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Phone number
(252) 208-2433
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vivian Howard
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Cross street
Herritage & Gordon
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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

Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

To begin, I adore Chef and the Farmer experience from the moment I walk in the door to the sad moment I leave. Your staff is excellent (last time our server was the pretty lady with glasses, long pony tail, thank you who ever you are) and she took such care of us. The time before we sat at the counter watching the line. Lots of fun. Josh or Jason, big guy with beard, was a lot of fun, also! I brought 5 friends, some of whom were "afraid" of some of the menu items like Tom Tom and left a BIG FAN OF TOM TOM!!! Thank you for your creative inspiring food and atmosphere. If I could change anything, it would to relocate you closer to Clayton, where I live. Please..... open CF 2 closer to me! I have cooked my way through half of Deep Roots, loved every minute of it, and my friends love eating it. As Zac Brown Band says....."You Got What Ever It Is"!
ps. screw the bad reviews......they don't know what the hell they're talking about!
Be well,
Sarah Tuccelli

OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2017

Made the mistake of waiting until 10 days before a promised event for my daughter and husband for a holiday weekend. Received a 10PM reservation. We were driving in from Asheville- NC, a 5-6 hour drive. Hotel reservations were not available for Kinston. Made reservations for Goldsboro, which is a thirty minute drive to Kinston. Happily, we left Goldsboro @ 9PM. Our NAV program in our 2016 Cadillac went dark coming into Kinston. A quick call to the restaurant gave us good turn-by-turn instructions to the restaurant. We were seated at a great table with views of the open kitchen and wood-burning oven. Service was impeccable, menu options were still fully available at that late hour. We had a delicious and memorable meal. We plan to bring friends from out-of-state to visit despite the lengthy drive. We COULD NOT BE HAPPIER with our experience @ Chef and the Farmer.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 9, 2017

Great meal for a dining experience. Great experience for a different dining experience.

foodie1 (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

The meal was excellent, but service was slow and somewhat lacking in detail. The coffee was lukewarm and the server didn't tell us about any specials(we overheard her tell the table next to us after we ordered). That said, I would still go back for the food...loved the collard "chips" and catfish salad!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

My wife and I went for our 10th wedding anniversary all the way from the St. Lours area. The service was great and the food was awesome.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

I have watched the pbs show A Chef's Life and wanted to try the restaurant. My experience there lived up to all of my expectations. The staff was welcoming and very well trained which helped with the overall experience. The food was different than what I have experienced but also something that I enjoyed very much. I feel that it is a very good value and would not hesitate to return.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

We made the drive over from the Raleigh area for early Saturday dinner and it was well worth it. The food was outstanding and did not disappoint, the pairing of different flavors in somewhat traditional dishes is such a treat. The craft cocktails were delicious and the sommelier made excellent wine recommendations for our entrees. The dining area is a little smaller than I expected and tables for two are scattered about in the least desirable locations. We were seated in the back corner next to the wait station, which is the only thing I can complain about. Otherwise I would have given 5 stars across the board as we had a very enjoyable experience.

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

Such a treat! Our waitress was fantastic and the food was so delicious! We particularly loved Miss Lily's biscuits, the crispy collards, and the rice pudding!

OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 23, 2017

It was a wonderful dinner. We arrived about 10 minutes early and were greeted and seated upon arrival. Service was prompt but not pushy which was exactly what we wanted for a nice, relaxing dinner. Food was just as ordered and very good. Highly recommend!

OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

There were four of us dining at what was an unforgettable NC experience.
One couple traveled from Norfolk VA via their camper & stayed in a park very close to the restaurant. My husband & I drove from Chesapeake VA & opted to stay at the local Hampton Inn.
Why on earth would we drive over 3 hours for our 9:15PM reservation?(booked 2 months ahead)
Simple...we agreed our meals were just as fabulous as any we have had worldwide.
The bartender & our waitress could not have been better. Luckily our table was close to the open kitchen so we could watch the chefs work their magic. The magnificent twist on traditional Southern foods we grew up eating blew our minds and palets! Thanks to Vivian, all the local farmers & restaurant workers for pulling off excellence!!!