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Chef and The Farmer

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120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816 (Herritage & Gordon)
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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North Carolina
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped by Thursday night. Amazed to get late reservation for 3 with one day notice. High art foodie priestess leading highly dedicated and focussed staff. Ordered 3 appetizers, entrees, and desserts. All amazingly complex, well intentioned taste, texture, and visual experiences. With current menu three clear winners: flash fried collard greens, cobia entree, blackberry blueberry cobbler. $60 per person without... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is our second time at the Chef and the Farmer. Our first time was definately one of the best - ever. Unfortunately, this time fell short of our expectations. We had the Grouper, Clams, and Shrimp Stew and the Cornish Hen. Both were so salty we couldn't eat them. Of course, the service was excellent - too bad the... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The food here is outstanding. Each plate was bursting with flavors and textures. Loved the breads, the Tom Thumb, actually - everything. Definitely worth the two and a half hour trip. Can't wait for Vivian's cookbook this fall.

Thank RMD53
Cary, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Country Ham wrapped peaches (with goat cheese, pecans, balsamic honey), a share plate you MUST enjoy. The small plates are most delightful, eggplant, shush iris peppers and watermelon-cucumber gazpacho. Large plates, I had the painted hills ribeye ( ordered medium-arrived very pink and juicy! Atmosphere, crowded and noisy. Service, good!

Thank AV8tor356
Independence, Missouri
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow, I took my daughter for her birthday dinner. It was fabulous! Great food, great atmosphere. I have been watching the show on PBS for a couple of years now. I highly recommend this place for special occasions. A little pricey, but you get your moneys worth.

Thank Doug N
Greensboro, Georgia
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A dream came true finally going to the Chef and the Farmer! We sat at the bar and had a fun time with Jordan. He was extremely friendly, skilled, and entertaining. We had drinks and dessert--a delicious peach/cornmeal upside down cake, yummy! I've watched every Chef and the Farmer TV show and was delighted to meet Miss Susie and also... More 

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137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't see Vivian but we ordered her cookbook coming soon. We pigged out on lots of appetizers-be sure to order the bread and both had dessert! Lovely evening -just wish she was in Austin!

Thank Texastravelers94
Charlotte, North Carolina
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268 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's always risky to return to a place that served you a tremendous meal the first time around--those expectations are hard to live up to! We weren't quite as dazzled by our second visit, but it was still a quality meal. We started with ham-wrapped peaches, a dish we had last time and LOVED. These were good, but they overwhelmingly... More 

Thank grace m
Winterville, North Carolina
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Chef & the Farmer is such a wonderful dining experience. Every course is inventive and incredibly delicious. Many unexpected flavor combinations are phenomenal. Service is friendly and professional. I enjoyed the "tomato" dinner as well as two other meals this summer. This restaurant makes ripe summer fruits and vegetables sing! Excellent wines and cocktails. The restaurant can be loud... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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61 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So if you are looking for reviews on Chef & The Farmer you likely already know of Vivian Howard and her series on PBS. You already know that the food will be pretty darn good. I was slightly surprised that there weren't any specials. I'm used to that with places that source local food and I feel like most chefs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, 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 - 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: 252-208-2433

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?