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.

“Bravo”

Chef and The Farmer
Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Kinston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Herritage & Gordon
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Kinston North Carolina is on the world food map! The Chef & Farmer is a fresh, modern and delicious addition to the "farm to table" concept. A wonderful selection of fresh offerings included "flash fried collards" "to-die for" cornbread, fresh roasted corn, a fabulous offering of braised short ribs, a pork chop, for which you are thankful that the pig was willing to sacrifice its life! Others in our party feasted on great poultry dishes, fresh tile fish and a mouthwatering selection of other side dishes. A small but inventive and tasty selection of desserts capped it all off.

Chef & Farmer has a very nice wine selection. But if you are a wine aficionado bring your own wine favorites and let the wait staff decant and serve. We brought a nice selection of Chablis, Rose and Pinots. It really added to the overall experience.

2  Thank Dave R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Hello Dave, Thank you for your wonderful review! We're glad your party enjoyed the side dishes and the entrees. If you are ever looking for a specific wine, please let us know. We have connections with many North Carolina wine distributers and are happy to order you anything you need. Kind regards – Ben & Vivian

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (901)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

121 - 125 of 901 reviews

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

This restaurant, featured on PBS' "A Chef's Life", offers southern foods in inventive new ways, using locally sourced ingredients. Watch the show, then make a reservation for a table way in advance. We drove 200 miles each way....stayed overnight at The O'Neil right around the corner (see my review)....and had lunch at Howard's oyster and burger joint, The Boiler Room, the next day. Food at C&TF was spectacular! We shared Tom Thumb as a first course and had a salad with blueberries as a second course. I had a cornmeal tagliatelle with veggies in a cream sauce for entree. Hubby had a short rib that defies description. Just go

1  Thank JerriAnnD
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Hello JerriAnnD,
Thank you for dining with us and for your review! We are honored that you made the long drive. Hope to see you again very soon.
Best,
Ben & Vivian

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Have been following Vivian since her PBS show started so when planning our vacation to North Carolina had us 30 mins from her two restaurants I hit Open Table. I fear she was away too long writing her cookbook and the restaurant suffered. First, start at The Boiler Room. Everyone who also did the two said that was the best of them. Place was very noisy and we should have sat at the bar. It looked very cozy there. With the open kitchen you can see them cooking the dishes and I so hoped the one preparing my meal was not the one constantly touching his long unwashed hair. Is it too much to ask they put their hair in a man bun? I started with the asparagus starter and wish they would have told me they were wild asparagus hidden under a mountain of arugula. I heard two other patrons send theirs back for the same reason. The pork shoulder was tough, dry (probably sat there under the heater while they made hubbys chicken) and unflavored. I found 2 teeny turnips and sad to say they where the best part of my entree. The gelato desert must have melted and refroze because it was full of crystals. The best part of the whole meal was their tomato bread? Sad.
I was not going to write a review but I think the management would like to know that an avid foodie & fan hopes she comes back to fix all the bumps.

6  Thank wishuponadish
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Hello Wishuponadish, Thank you for reviewing us. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our restaurants. We hope that you will dine with us again in order to have a more usual excellent dining experience. We like to know when there is something happening in your dinner that is not up to par – because we certainly want to make it right.
We hope to see you soon. Best – Ben & Vivian

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Last night I had an amazing dinner experience at the Chef and the Farmer. We started with the cornbread, flash fried collards and their signature Tom Thumb. All were truly fantastic with the cornbread being the standout of the appetizers. Two of us in the party had the cold corn soup with crab croutons. Also delightful. Main courses consisted of pork chops with blueberry compote, short ribs and a rib eye steak. All entrees were great. Dessert we went with the flight of three desserts. Great way to share with the table. This was true southern cooking with a twist. Thanks for a wonderful dining experience.

1  Thank scott0620
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Hello Scott0620,
Happy birthday! Thank you for visiting us and thank you for your review. Please join us again very soon.
Best regards,
Ben & Vivian

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Port chop charred to tar, overcooked to tough, mineral content in charred vegetables high enough to give the sensation of being unwashed, grits had floating pieces of cheese and corn bread sat beneath a lump of butter containing enough salt to redline the eater's blood pressure. Viviane come home from wherever you are promoting yourself. Need for more chef, right now this is just not there.....

    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
7  Thank William K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
chefandthef, Owner at Chef and The Farmer, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

Hello William K., We're so sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your experience at Chef & the Farmer, especially after driving such a long distance. We hope that we will have the opportunity, at some future point, to provide you a more typical excellent experience at our restaurant. We like to know when there is something happening in your dinner that is not up to par – because we certainly want to make it right. Please let our reservationist know about your experience if you decide to schedule a reservation again with us. I would like to personally apologize for your recent visit. Kind regards – Ben Knight

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers 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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

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

Claim Your Listing