We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Chef and The Farmer

Travelers' Choice award winner
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816 (Herritage & Gordon)
+1 252-208-2433
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

672 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 672: English reviews
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ten of us came down from Raleigh last night to finally experience what everyone had been telling us about! We sat in their wine room since our party was so big. Food was fantastic! Very unique culinary experience. Some of the things we enjoyed most: Our Daily Bread with the black eyed pea spread, flash-fried collards, and the grits. For... More 

Thank Tasha B
Sanford, North Carolina
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

And worth the drive. The Don and I arrived in Kinston early in the day and walked the downtown area, working up an appetite and talking with people along the way who were also in town for 'The Chef' experience. We arrived early but were greeted warmly and sat right away. The staff were all warm and knowledgeable. I won't... More 

Thank pattioh467
Winterville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We live in a neighboring city and travel to The Chef and the Farmer perhaps every 10 days or so. Nice venue. Nice folks. Since we are local, we have gotten to know some of the staff and they treat us like family. Recommend this place for anyone visiting ENC looking for a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere. Reservations... More 

Thank kjrsinganewsong
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'm a chauvinist originally from Brooklyn and usually disappointed with Southern-style restaurants. I got dragged to this place and expected the worst. The menu is very limited and didn't have anything I would normally order. Well, I went all in and ordered Hoppin John--it was delicious. My wife ordered a ham dish she loved and said it tasted like lamb.... More 

1 Thank BklynNc
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Level Contributor
33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Seated immediately, great appitized, food was excellent. Perfect. They have a seperate water boy and our water glass was always full. The wine was excellent. The first wine i didnt like, they brought 3 to make sure i was happy. Very nice people. The family cares

1 Thank drhcruises
Holden Beach, North Carolina
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My second visit. The first time was with a group of 10. Because of the size of the group we had no choice but to eat in the private dining room and the only seating option was 5:30. The room was nice, but noisy. Not crazy about eating that early. Mixed reviews on the food within our group. Other than... More 

Thank TomWolfeUSNA72
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything at the Chef and the Farmer delights. My husband and I were wowed by the creative menu, impeccably prepared dishes from truly fresh ingredients, caring service, vibrant dining room, and the story behind it all. Vivian Howard and Ben Knight have created something so authentic with so much heart that dinner at the Chef and the Farmer is a... More 

1 Thank WorldTraveler8000
Wilmington, North Carolina
Level Contributor
102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kinston is a bit of a drive from Wilmington (or Raleigh), but we think the Chef & The Farmer is an experience well worth the drive time. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a bricked warehouse, but once inside it is quite a nice space. We did not venture upstairs, but it seems they have at least one or... More 

1 Thank Two_Intrepid_Souls
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The BEST dining experience I've ever had. Our server Maria was so attentive, knowledgeable & helpful. The food was extremely fresh; prepared to perfection. Ben & Vivian were visible & attentive to the patrons. If you haven't dined there, make it a priority. You'll never forget it.

2 Thank Allison H
Greenville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
117 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me say that I love Vivian and what she and Ben have done to revive Kinston! I've been to the Boiler Room multiple times, but this was my first time at the Chef and the Farmer. The service was very attentive. The server and the kitchen did a great job of dealing with a food allergy; they marked... More 

Thank Gayle R

Travelers who viewed Chef and The Farmer also viewed

Kinston, North Carolina Coast
Kinston, North Carolina Coast
Kinston, North Carolina Coast
Kinston, North Carolina Coast

Been to Chef and The Farmer? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
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, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chef and The Farmer and other visitors
14 questions
Ask a question
New Bern, North Carolina
over a year ago
Wilmington, North Carolina
Morganton, North Carolina
3 months ago
4 months ago

See all questions (14)

Questions? Get answers from Chef and The Farmer staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?