Dining Room at Chef and the Farmer



James Beard Best Chef Southeast Semi-finalist 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Silver Medal Award, 2011, News and Observer

AAA Four Diamond Award, 2010, 2011, 2012

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, 2009

4.5 Stars from the News and Observer, June 2009

Best Overall Restaurant, Open Table Triangle, July 2010

Top 100 Restaurants in the U.S., Open Table, December 2011


“Chef & the Farmer is much more than a stopover. It’s a worthy destination in it’s own right, well worth the hour and a half drive from the Triangle.” | Greg Cox – News and Observer

“Howard’s creations are subtle, never overwrought. Like the best of cooks, she allows the quality of her ingredients to shine without drawing attention to technique, elaborate garniture or shocking flavor combinations.” | Moreton Neal – Metro Magazine

“This restaurant is one of the best I have ever been to. They truly serve elevated COMFORT FOOD with an equal emphasis on creating an exceedingly comfortable environment, with outstanding service. And ohhhh the FOOD.” | Trip Advisor

“Ate dinner there with my wife and her friend from out of town last weekend. One word. FANTASTIC!” | Open Table

With no plans on New Year’s Eve, my husband checked Open Table for available reservations about 4pm.  Your restaurant was listed and we checked the menu and decided to try your restaurant. I am glad we did!  We have eaten at El Bulli, Next, Alinea, Graham Elliots and the like.  I have to say that I enjoyed your meal on an equal par with most of those places.  The price was more than fair, the selection of dishes interesting and the wine pours more than generous!  We plan to come back again and again and I have already told several friends about it.” | Shared via Email: Dined on 12/31/11