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Chef and The Farmer

120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
+1 252-208-2433
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good14%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“bread” (77 reviews)
“trout” (38 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Finally got to go to the Chef and the Farmer for dinner last week. A wonderful dining experience although it’s pretty noisy. Varied menu, well prepared and presented and leisurely despite being packed— just what we expected from Chef Vivian Howard. The flash fried collards...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We made the two hour trip from Southport to enjoy an impeccable dining experience at the Chef and the Farmer. We were seated right away and served beyond our expectations by Alyssa and crew. I’m confident anything ordered would be delectable. Without reciting everything we...More

Thank rasilvestri
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed our visit. I a a big fan of her tv series, own her book, and have tried many of the recipes. We traveled almost 200 miles and it was worth it. Service was amazing. Shrimp and grits were delicious and my husband...More

Thank MaryMcDaniel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With family visiting, I recommended that we make the drive from New Bern to Kinston for a great dinner. We ordered 4 appetizers, trout, grouper and shrimp and grits. The service was struggling all night and we ended up spending almost 3 hours there. The...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we planned our 2018 vacation we decided to pick a place we had never been to.South Carolina won.It happens to be next to North Carolina which was great for us.We watch a Chefs Life on OETA and record it also.We decided we would take...More

Thank kaylabrady
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Chef & the F a couple of weekends ago for our anniversary dinner. My expectations were high and they did not disappoint! Service was fantastic, atmosphere is great and the food was creative, inspired, and delicious. The roasted carrots with peanut butter...More

Thank CPMoser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband is a fan of the PBS “Chef & the Farmer” television program, so since we were in NC for his son’s MBA graduation we decided to do a side trip to have dinner there . . . It was an absolutely WONDERFUL dinner...More

Thank Bermy S
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit and hope you can come again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and had a great evening. The staff was very friendly and food was delicious. I ordered the shrimp and grits and My only complaint would be that the grits were too runny. Also unfortunately their freezer broke down...More

Thank dt4vt
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Than you for visiting us from Raleigh! We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 16, 2018

Thumbs up for the food, the service and the overall experience. While many we met there dining were from out of town, there were just as many from the area which says a lot about the restaurant. Everyone was greeted in a friendly manner and...More

Thank JenRoser
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks much for the great review! Glad to hear your trip was enjoyable and that you felt welcomed!

Reviewed May 16, 2018

Well known from the tv show and the books by Vivian Farmer the menu is like she is personally cooking your meal. I was in a party of 12 so plenty of different dishes were ordered. Each dish earned a rave. My dish was Osso...More

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Bruce H
February 18, 2018|
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Response from Sligome | Reviewed this property |
No still owned by Vivian Howard. She also owned one across the street from this one. Great food drink at both
Bruce H
February 18, 2018|
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Response from TheGilmoreGirlz | Reviewed this property |
If so, it's not public knowledge. Both places would not survive without V&B, for sure. They are the lifeblood there..
October 18, 2017|
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Response from NCTraveler2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the bar menu is the same as in the dining room. Reservations are taken for the dining room. The menu prices are on the website menu. Large plates run about $20-$50 depending on what you select. The small plates are... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
    (Herritage & Gordon)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Kinston
  • Phone Number: +1 252-208-2433
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