The Herbfarm

Eating at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Herbfarm isn’t just dinner, it’s an evening-long culinary adventure. A four-hour meal of nine courses and five perfectly paired wines. A flamenco guitarist strumming in the half-light of flickering candles in an antique-filled dining room. The sun setting over a gracious, fragrant garden lying just outside your window. If this were real life in the rural world, America’s cities would be empty.

Here, chef (and gentleman gardener) Chris Weber creates seasonal, themed meals based on the bounty of the restaurant’s own gardens and farm, plus produce, meats and artisanal cheeses sourced from local growers, producers, ranchers and fishermen.

Since you’ll be here for hours, the Seattle restaurant’s staff wants you to be comfortable —  you eveh can take a time out between courses to play a round of bocce ball or feed Basil and Borage, the potbellied pigs. Dress in business casual and get ready to relax as the chefs and servers make your night extraordinary.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• The restaurant uses seasonal ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, sourcing products from their large herb garden and nearby working farm.

• Arrive 30 minutes prior to dinner so you can take a property and garden tour before you settle in for a feast.
Things to Know
• There are no reservation times or a la carte options here — the Four-Star restaurant presents a themed meal each evening. The nine-course dinners come with five or six wine pairings — they can do non-alcoholic pairings, too — and takes four or five hours.

• The Herbfarm’s dinners usually start at 7 p.m., except for Sundays, when the start time is often 4:30 p.m.

• The Herbfarm has been at this new digs since 2001 — Seattleites remember the original location on a family farm (the farmhouse’s garage, to be exact) in rural Fall City, before a fire forced the restaurant to relocate.

• Before making a reservation, take a look at the schedule of upcoming themes on the site. Choose your favorite from the upcoming options — Truffle Treasure or ÜberTuber, maybe? — then call and set the date or use the online contact for to make your request.

• The Four-Star restaurant suggests dressy casual attire — for men, ties and jackets are not required but are also not out of place. Seattle diners lean toward the casual, but at special occasions like The Herbfarm’s themed dinners, you’ll likely see a mostly dressed-up crowd.
Getting There
14590 Northeast 145th Street, Woodinville, Washington 98072