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The Herbfarm, Woodinville

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The Herbfarm is an American restaurant and an early practitioner of local food. This is a philosophy that promotes the growing, enjoyment, and consumption of foods from a limited region.

The Herbfarm is located outside Seattle, Washington, in the city of Woodinville. It was one of the first modern restaurants in America to focus solely on preparing regional foods from local sources. Other well-known practitioners include Alice Waters' Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, the Sooke Harbour House in British Columbia, and Odessa Piper's l'Etoile in Madison, Wisconsin. Like those restaurants, it is a member of Slow Food, an international movement to preserve artisanal food.

The Herbfarm began not as a restaurant but as an herbal nursery in 1974. In 1986, Ron Zimmerman joined the establishment along with his wife, Carrie Van Dyck. That year they converted a farm garage into a small restaurant and named it The Herbfarm.

In January 1997, a fire destroyed the restaurant. Difficulties in securing building permits caused the Zimmermans to move in 1999 to the Hedges Wine Cellars in Issaquah, Washington. The Herbfarm opened in current Woodinville quarters in 2001.

Jerry Traunfeld, winner of the 2000 James Beard Award for "Best American Chef: Northwest and Hawaii" was the executive chef from July 1990 to November 2007. He is the author of The Herbfarm Cookbook and The Herbal Kitchen: Cooking with Fragrance and Flavor. Traunfeld has appeared on Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, The Splendid Table, and other American television and radio programs.

As of 2018, Chris Weber was the youngest chef, of any of America's 47 5-Diamond restaurants.
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  • It's been 3 weeks since I ate here and I'm still fuming that I spent the money ($1137 for 3 people!!). After hearing about the Herbfarm for years, I decided to book it for a special birthday weekend....  more »
  • I have dined here 4 or 5 times, and it is always a culinary excursion! The presentation, food, wine pairings - all are tastefully curated. Be sure to stay over at the Lodge, or arrange for...  more »
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  • Overall the experience was very good. But this restaurant is not charging very good prices, they're charging exceptional prices. And the experience is definitely *not* exceptional. It feels like this restaurant is coasting on a reputation it earned 15+ years ago. At half the price this would have been a five star review. At the prices they're charging? Even the three star review is a bit of a stretch.
  • An amazing place to celebrate a special night. The chefs do an amazing job putting together a menu I could only dream of having. The staff is funny, friendly, and knowledgeable. You even get to learn a little on the tour.
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