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Chef and The Farmer

120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
+1 252-208-2433
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Overview
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good14%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pork chop” (78 reviews)
“bread” (73 reviews)
“trout” (36 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501-4816
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 5 days ago

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

1  Thank acnc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible food and wonderful service....should be on everyone’s agenda when visiting eastern North Carolina....

Thank LadyRed829
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for your visit and your review, LadyRed829! We hope to see you again the next time you are in town.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After numerous years of wondering what the Chef and The Farmer was really like, because we have watched Vivian Howard's cooking show on television occasionally for years, we made a reservation and the journey to Kinston NC. Our first impression was of how very loud...More

Thank Dee S
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Dee S – Thank you so much for visiting us and for writing your descriptive review of your experience at our restaurant. Thank you for all of your feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Chef and The Farmer as a gift to my daughter for her 16th birthday. She has watched every episode numerous times! When we arrived, my daughter was so excited that Susan was our server. In addition to providing great service, Susan also...More

Thank MJH3
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello MJH3 - Happy birthday to your daughter! We are delighted that you enjoyed Susan and your dinner – we hope that you will come back again very soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bride and I have been twice in as many years. We are going to make this a twice yearly trip. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxing and it makes you feel like you are having a very enjoyable experience. It makes for...More

1  Thank r s
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello R S – We are so glad you and your bride have enjoyed dining at Chef & the Farmer and the Boiler Room! We look forward to your next visit – Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Chef and the Farmer has a storied reputation as an excellent restaurant. I have eaten there twice with about a year between visits. The booking system is efficient and reservations are a requirement. The decor is modern urban chic. On both visits the service...More

1  Thank Ellen P
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Ellen P – Thank you for letting us know about the mishaps in your meal so that we can improve the execution of our plates. We are sorry that you were disappointed but hope that you will join us again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ambience, the staff, the service are excellent! I almost goes it without saying that the food is outstanding!! Very creative and so delicious! Drive out of your way to dine at this restaurant! It is definitely or th it!

Thank SweetieJr
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, SweetieJr – We are delighted you enjoyed dining with us and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having watched the TV show and regularly used Vivian’s cookbook, we traveled from Denver, CO to experience the restaurant en-route to the NC coast. We had the bread, beet salad, stripped bass, pork chop, and strawberry shortcake. The pork chop was not that good -...More

Thank Beach80126
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Beach80126 – Thank you for traveling a long distance to visit North Carolina! We are glad you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Watched the PBS series and (of course) charmed by Vivian and Ben's story, therefore a meal here went on the Bucket List. Expectations high but (sadly) not met. We were traveling back home from Virginia and drove a bit out of our way to stay...More

2  Thank Guscat09
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Guscat 09 – Thank you for reviewing Chef & the Farmer – we are glad you enjoyed server! We apologize for the mishaps in your meal's execution and hope that you will join us again soon.

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Bruce H
18 February 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
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Bruce H
18 February 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..
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Meadvil
19 October 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Dinner
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
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
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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