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Chef and The Farmer

120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
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Ranked #1 of 67 restaurants in Kinston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Herritage & Gordon
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178 reviews from our community

87% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

After reading some reviews here, I was a little concerned that we wouldn't be able to get reservations with only 2 days notice, but we did. Even on a Thursday night, this place was packed. We arrived a minute or two before our 8 p.m. reservation, waited maybe 10-15 minutes while the staff dashed about. After we were seated, we... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

After watching "A Chef's Life" on PBS Create Channel we decided to drive the 3.5 hours from our home, stay in Kinston and eat at the restaurant with two other couples. We were lucky to get a quiet corner and the food was terrific southern style fare. Vivian spent several minutes talking with us and she is exactly as she... More

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Greenville, NC
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182 reviews 182 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here last night and everything was perfect. We were seated at a table that overlooked the kitchen so we watched the kitchen staff prepare all the meals. Very exciting and educational. We both had the shrimp and grits and the dish was superb. A recent post here said they did not like this dish.... More

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Smithfield, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I have talked about going to Chef and the Farmer every time we see the TV show. Took her there for a birthday dinner and joined friends who were celebrating a wedding anniversary it is exactly as we had anticipated. You must try the fried collards; it is like eating popcorn, you cannot get enough. The pork... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Go ahead - drive out to eastern North Carolina and you will find one outstanding restaurant. The servers are wonderful and knowledgeable. The menu is enticing. We started out with okra and ranch ice cream. Slather on the ranch ice cream, let it melt just a bit on the okra, then throw that bad boy down your thought: amazing taste.... More

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Youngsville, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We dined at this restaurant on Saturday, August 9, 2014. We drove an hour and a half to reach Kinston and were looking forward to a having dinner in a new restaurant and expected the best experience after reading mostly positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Firstly, I found the ambiance to be quite pleasant. The refurbished space was simply furnished... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed dining at the Chef and the Farmer on a regular basis since the restaurant opened. We have also enjoyed watching the restaurant's rise to prominence. We have had many great meals. Always look forward to any of the tartare appetizers. We prefer to sit at the bar and Brian and Jason always make us... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Had a party of 6 recently on a weeknight and the experience was better than I expected. We were seated promptly and had the best service you could ask for. The country ham appetizers with peaches and figs were second to none. Our party ordered the brined pork chop along with the filets that were in a stewed tomato sauce.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We made a reservation and were seated quickly. The peppercorn, tomato spicy appetizer was very good. The pulled pork lasagna was only fair, no real pork taste and flavor, the side vegetable was far too buttered. The blackened fish was very well cooked. House Malbec was only fair. The hard surfaces and full tables made for a very noisy meal.... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We went here with friends and really appreciated the service and atmosphere. The pork belly and bread appetizers were great, gazpacho was amazingly different and the main course was great with one exception..my wife's dish who was told the shrimp and grits were amazing was throughly disappointed. The shrimp were so shrimpy that even she couldnt eat them...she would have... More

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