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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%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“reservation” (182 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 yesterday

My wife and I had an excellent meal here during the Memorial Day weekend. We got reservations at 8:30 for the kitchen counter (which I recommend for those that like to see how the machinery of the place works). I had the Nooherooka Pork (and...More

Thank Wally B
Reviewed yesterday

We watch the TV show and decided to take a road trip 6 hours round trip to check it out. We were so glad we did! It was worth the drive. I'm gluten-free and there were many options available to me. Our server, Amanda, was...More

Thank pennypbj
Reviewed 4 days ago

Everything was perfect: the atmosphere, the décor, the wait staff, the service, and especially the food. I had the catch of the day, Mahi, & my wife had the shrimp-stuffed sweet potato. Both were delicious. I highly recommend the Chef & the Farmer.; it is...More

2  Thank nctim
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

WOW! We're avid fans of A Chef's Life and our two dinners here absolutely lived up to our expectations. ALL staff were gracious, friendly, and efficient, and The atmosphere is lively and casual. We started with Our Daily Bread, whole wheat pickle bread with carrot...More

Thank cwmsrl
Reviewed 6 days ago

Drove 3 hours round trip to get to "The #1 restaurant in the state"...DEFINITELY NOT in my opinion, and I'm a gourmet foodie who regularly eats at Michelin Starred and "Worlds 50 Best Restaurants" locations. We were in jackets & formal wear and walked in...More

1  Thank Rob B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to have dinner at the bar without a reservation. Having watched Vivian's show for years I guess we expected perfection, and I wouldn't describe the food in those terms, but it was very good to be sure. It wasn't as pricey as...More

Thank Lowcountry-Kid
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this review

Hello Lowcountry-Kid, Thank you for your review and for visiting Chef & the Farmer! We appreciate that you all are long time watchers of our show. I will share your review with our service and kitchen staff. Please do come back and dine with us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat at the kitchen bar for dinner. Watching our food being prepared was quite an entertaining experience. Every bite was delicious! My husband and I also had dessert which was out of this world. Looking forward to the day we can return and try...More

Thank Teresa R
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this review

Hello Teresa R, We are so pleased that you and your husband enjoyed dining with us! Thank you for your review and we hope to see you all soon. Kind regards, Ben & Vivian

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have died at The Chef and The Farmer twice in two years, having enjoyed Vivian's program on Creative Channel. The visits were truly thrills, with superb food selections, great staff, and even a stop at our table from Vivian. This is a famous icon,...More

Thank CaptaincrumpinVA
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this review

Hello CaptaincrumpinVA, Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to your next visit. Best, Ben & Vivian

Reviewed 1 week ago

I really wanted to like The Chef and the Farmer. I had made reservations three months ahead of time, and was looking forward with great anticipation to our dinner. The first disappointing aspect was that they seated us back in a corner beside the bar...More

Thank Diane S
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this review

Hello Diane S, We are so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience at Chef & the Farmer. We desire for our guests to be optimally satisfied not only with our service and food - but with their table as well. I...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been watching "A Chef's Life" regularly since the first season, and we have been eagerly anticipating a trip down to Chef & The Farmer. We decided to go ahead and make a reservation for the evening of our anniversary, and we are so...More

Thank charliespr
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this review

Hello Charliespr, Thank you so much for writing this wonderful review! I will be sharing this with our staff. We look forward to seeing you soon. Best, Ben & Vivian

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Is there a dress code for dinner?
29 April 2017|
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Response from chris b | Reviewed this property |
Not at all. We dressed casual. Food was amazing! Service was great! Enjoy!!
How far in advance do you have to make a reservation?
17 March 2017|
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Response from chefandthef | Property representative |
Hello! We take reservations from today's date up to 3 months in advance. It is easier to get a reservation earlier in the week (Monday - Wednesday) rather than later in the week. We will make every attempt to accommodate... More
Phyllis C
Type of attire needed for dinner?
4 February 2017|
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Response from Bighutch | Reviewed this property |
Pretty casual. Maybe khakis at the bottom end. No suits the night we were there (Wednesday).
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$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 Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
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
  • E-mail