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All 69 Kinston Restaurants

Chef and The Farmer

120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
252-208-2433
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Ranked #1 of 69 Restaurants in Kinston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Hours:
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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Istanbul, Turkey
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88 reviews 88 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped here one evening with two friends en route to the coast. I am a bit suspicious of hyped restaurants, but I had warmed up to Chef and the Farmer after hearing an interview with the founder on NPR a couple of days prior and learning about her innovative approach to southern cooking. I must say that I immensely enjoyed... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I've been twice driving from raleigh nc. The first time for curiosity the second time because the foods that good and looking forward to the next time. The first visit I had the pork belly appetizer and it was so tender and would melt in your mouth with a nice sweet and hot combo of the jalapeño and marmalade sauce... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We have made it a tradition to dine at Chef and the Farmer annually. We live in Charlotte but spend a week in Emerald Isle the last week of each year. Driving to Kinston is well worth a trip for this wonderful restaurant. Chef Howard, her husband Ben, and their staff ensure a delicious and enjoyable meal every time we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was not my first time eating here. We had a late reservation and that might have been the problem. We started with the fried collards and they were too greasy and lacking salt.(No salt or pepper on table-perhaps dinners are not permitted to season there own food?) Next it was the beets. Wish the menu had stated they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Everything, and I do mean everything, is awesome here. If you come with a group, you are going to want to taste everyone's dish. Vivian's take on southern ingredients is why I keep coming back.

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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106 reviews 106 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

For those of us who pass by Kinston on the way to the Triangle, this will become a destination instead because of this great restaurant. Easily accessible from US 70 with plenty of parking, being in downtown Kinston should NOT be an issue! What a treasure, the owners, Vivian and Ben, have given to eastern NC with inventive dishes created... More 

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Summerfield nc
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I had heard of the resturant; had a business trip; decided to stay the night in Kinston so that I could enjoy a relaxing anf full evening at the resturant. It was worth spending a Wednesday night. The place was very busy, I had made a reservation for one and I was seated at the counter overlooking the open kitchen... More 

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Henderson, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

It really was better than the high ratings and hype-simply a great dining experience. The mix of traditional eastern NC staples born of simple everyday life are wound into a complex storm of flavor and texture. We arrived early on a busy night and were met with nothing but smiles from all the wait staff. Table was ready exactly on... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was the final stop on our culinary tour of Kinston. (who thought anyone would ever say those words?) Vivian and Ben were on vacation which was a bummer but everything was still fantastic. We started with cocktails at the bar - a glass of carignan and a Mule Tide Carol. Great service. After being seated, we spoke with the... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My wife and I ate at the Chef and the Farmer in early November 2014. This restaurant is famous and it's hard to get reservations, but we got a table for two at 8:45 on a Saturday night. When we arrived, our table wasn't ready so we found a spot at the bar. Before we finished our drinks, we were... More 

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Additional Information about Chef and The Farmer

Address: 120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
Phone Number: 252-208-2433
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Kinston
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American

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