Herons
Herons

Herons

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.theumstead.com/
  • Phone: 9194474000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 6:30am - 2:00pm

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Steven D. Greene
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact Carrie Cassidy of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at carrie.cassidy@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining room for 12 provides the stage for extensive food and wine-paired tasting menus. Executive Chef Steven D. Greene will both indulge and delight you during your dining experience. Reserve this space for lunch, for an evening with friends, colleagues or family.
  • Private Party Contact: Tammie Burdick 8887787425
  • Entertainment: Our sumptuous surroundings are enhanced by live music every day of the week at The Bar and Lounge of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrison Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.
A word from Herons
Noted by Condé Nast Traveler as a "culinary gem," The Umstead Hotel and Spa's signature restaurant Herons features the refined American cooking of Executive Chef Steven D. Greene and Chef de Cuisine John Childers. The extensive 2500-bottle wine selection complements the sophisticated dining experience. Guests will enjoy the elegant setting and exquisite art collection indoors as well as dining on the terrace, with panoramic views of the lake. The Umstead’s Bar is also available to local diners and hotel guests for a more casual experience. Herons, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, serves breakfast and lunch daily, weekend brunch and dinner Monday - Saturday.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Herons reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)fit for foodies (63)romantic (63)notable wine list (55)scenic view (42)great for brunch (36)great for outdoor dining (35)great for lunch (34)neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (14)late-night find (5)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Amazing
    EatoutalotVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Amazing all around. Ambiance is elegant. Food was amazing and the Service was impeccable. Had a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hours
    glor
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    It was a very relaxing and wonderful lunch. Spent 3 hours talking to a new friend. This is my favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Staff Beautiful Views
    glutton2gourmet
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our experience at Herons was notable for the excellent service staff. Not only were they efficient, they were very cheerful. Indeed. they made the eating experience very enjoyable at breakfast and at dinner. Overall the food is excellent and quite beautifully presented with novel ingredients. The servings are appropriately sized. Personally I would like more intense flavors to compliment the elegant presentations. Eating at Herons was a wonderful 2.5 hour experience recently. Lovely wines by the glass available at reasonable prices for the quality. A beautiful dining room in a beautiful hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Umstead Heron's Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Heron's is a great restaurant. I booked the Sunday brunch and it was fabulous. The service was impeccable. The only complaint I have is that I had made the reservation well in advance, but we were seated next to the patio exit. This meant that our meal had to be interrupted several times by the wait staff going in an out the door. That was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thanks for a great anniversary
    WashingtonVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My fiancee and I went to Heron's to celebrate the anniversary of our first date. The service was amazing -- just the right mix of formal and down-to-earth. We got a great bottle of Chilean wine from the restaurant's enormous wine list. The food was delicious and the presentation was really cool. It was just an A+ all around. Who knew there was dining this good in Cary, NC? We'll definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Anniversary Dinner
    Poppy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My husband and I had a 6 o'clock reservation for dinner. I had requested a side table in a nice location with a view if possible. They seated us by the back window in a perfect location. Our waiter, Scott, was perfect. Just the right combination of knowledge and friendliness and completely versed in the menu and descriptions. We had the 4 course dinner and each was an artistic feast for the eye's. Many of the components were not familiar to us, but that was part of the fun. I have to say my favorite part was the Yuzu dessert. At the end of the meal, Scott brought us a chocolate dessert and placard with Happy Anniversary written in gold. We were very pleased with the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pampered Experience
    namaste
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A friend and I had just come from the Umstead Spa where we had relaxing pedicures. The dining room experience at Herons continued the pampering with perfect service and wonderful lunch fare. The tomato soup was rich without being heavy with a bit of a zing to the fresh flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Evening with Friends
    JDB3
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    All aspects of our visit were superb. The cuisine is outstanding, the wine list is phenomenal, the service is all one could wish for, and the venue is lovely. It's easy to see why this establishment has earned five diamonds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special anniversary dinner!
    DiningDad
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I dined here on our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful time. The service was outstanding and our food was also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    travelerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nothing better in the RDU area. Third visit to Heron's in the month of August 2014.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch for 2
    TooManyHobbysVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent service but I would expect that at this price level. The quality and value of the food did not match the price level. They sat us at a table for two next to a wall and the restaurant was empty so it wasn't very comfortable for 2 people over 6 foot nor did it have ant special ambience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfection--always.
    OnTheTown2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I always consider myself very fortunate to dine at Herons, whether for dinner, lunch, breakfast or brunch. Herons is a treat for the senses and should be visited often to reward the efforts of not only the many people who create the perfect experience of dining there, but also one's self!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duber
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent service, food and atmosphere. A very special night made possible by a very professional staff.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Style Over Substance
    FairandTrue
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I can only say that I have been extremely spoilt with fine dining in the UK (I am a UK resident). I searched this place out on the Forbes list when I came to town as I was looking for a special place for lunch. Having read about the Umstead and its owner etc... I was excited to be going. My reservation was not there, but I was accommodated. Lunch was not available on the Sunday, just a limited Brunch menu. No wine list given - just a selcetion of typical brunch cocktails. We asked what was in the mimosa and they didnt know. Finally the bill was given without us asking for it and we were actually considering a desert and coffee. The food was good, did not wow though and I was expecting to be blown away and I left a little sad.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Such a special place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is the place to dine if you want a relaxing fabulous dinner. If you are in a hurry you are better off eating at the bar. My husband and I both ordered the Chef's Tasting and were not disappointed in the least. The food was wonderful and the presentation was something like I have never seen. Chilled corn soup in a white chocolate egg? Unbelievable!! The service was the best. We had a few different servers who were always there but not to the point of being intrusive. We will definitely back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    72foodsnob
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Herons is not only memorable for extraordinary food, but for the dining experience. There is nothing comparable in this area in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find in a Hotel Restaurant
    travelerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Heron Restaurant deserves every one of the five stars that I have rewarded them with as many other patrons have done the same. Service was in the top 5% of all of the restaurants I gave rated. Try it - you will be very pleased that you have dined at a Herons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So close, yet so far.
    JHG8
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was quite formal. Not friendly, but efficient. the wine steward was very knowledgeable. Each course was served with it own utensils and by its own server. The appetizers were incredible. I was disappointed in the rib-eye as my wife was in the trout. The cheese tray was lovely. As it was my birthday, they sent a lovely carved piece of fresh chocolate, a very caring touch. The wine was of my choosing, of good provenance and well served. A lovely dining experience, slightly marred by the less than perfect entrees. At $400 for two, my expectations were almost, but not quite met. The art throughout the room was very interesting and the outdoor patio was interesting. The room was a bit warm, but this is NC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unparalleled
    Eric
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This trip to Herons was a foodie splurge. It was on our dining bucket list and did not disappoint. The presentation was impeccable and the food incredible. I had the best mint julep of my life (and I have had many). The wait staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and went out of their way to insure our meal was perfect. The courses were works of art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Brunch
    Seasa
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I've been to Herons for dinner and for lunch and both were exceptional. Brunch was very good but I didn't think it was as good as the lunches or dinners I've had there. My husband had shrimp and grits and it was excellent. I had blue crab benedict and it was good but nothing exceptional. The ambience is definitely better in the evening. I am possibly being too harsh by saying I wasn't all that enamored with kids at brunch hurrying through the dining room since it was my husband's birthday brunch, but after all it is a hotel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable brunch
    Jeannie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I don't know which was better--the view from the outside deck or the food, but our Heron's experience was the best! The shrimp and grits were decadent and the crab Benedict was better than perfect. Everything, including the service, was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection.
    Mike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Amuse Bouche, corn custard soup, seared scallops, tomato melon soup, smoked trout, succulent halibut, local cheeses, a great wine and beautiful ports and sherries, topped off with Robert Starling's music in the lounge. A perfect evening in every way. The Triangle's best restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The wait staff were admirable. They anticipated whatever I wanted. I tasted my husband's appetizer and they were right there with another fork for me, elegantly presented on a napkin. They reseated me when I came back from the restroom. They addressed me by my name when I beckoned them to my table. When asked how specific dishes were prepared, they were very well informed. The presentation of each dish was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday Luncheon
    2maltese
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very delightful experience in relaxed atmosphere. The hotel has works of art to view and the scenery from the restaurant was beautiful. The staff are accommodating and professional and were able to answer questions about the menu and the plant that was on the table! The food was very good and they have several gluten free options available.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    glor
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Had an enjoyable lunch with a friend. I enjoyed my blue crab very much. The breads that were served were very good, too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was the best meal I have ever had! It wasn't just a meal, it was an experience!! Everything was truly amazing-both in taste and presentation. I found myself enthusiastically waiting for the next course to be brought. The wine pairings exceeded my expectations as well. My only regret . . . I needed to slow down in my enjoyment to appreciate and savor more every bite and every moment. Thank you so much!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My friend and I met for lunch and it was excellent. Beautiful atmosphere, superb service, and great food. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing and Expensive
    RossMcKVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Given the price, Herons needs to be a very memorable meal. The good news - they absolutely deliver. We went for a birthday (they didn't know), and every aspect of the meal was as it should be. The service: friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, helpful, precise, professional. Had nice conversations about both the food and the wine. Wine list: fantastic. Lots of by the glass and 1/2 bottle options. Food: Delightfully good. I'll remember the corn custard with buttermilk foam and truffle sauce for years. I can still taste and savor it. The seared scallop my wife had was similarly superb. The Halibut main course is excellent, and the dark chocolate dessert paired with Dandelion Vineyards PX 30 - wow. Very highly recommended & special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner
    justin313
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I took my wife to herons for dinner and the service and food were fantastic. Best I've had in the triangle.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Cari
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Everything was absolutely superb! The food was absolutely scrumptious. The service was exceptional. The surroundings are so serene. We walked away in such a peaceful and "full" of so many good things. I highly recommend Heron's!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2BeachLovers
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Best Dining experience I have ever had ! My wife and I had dinner there to celebrate our anniversary and it was a great time ...... we added another great memory to our lives together at Heron's. The food was excellent and the service beyond compare.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not dissapoint
    NewtoCHVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    In a return trip to the Ulmstead, and another evening spent at Heron's, we could not be happier with the experience. Service, food and ambience were top notch, and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    Persnlchef1
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The service impeccable! The food OUTSTANDING!!!!!!! The atmosphere is beautiful, relaxing and special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Outstanding meal and service. Flavors jumped off the plate. Presentation was wonderful with a variety of food combinations.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    MAS1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The food is consistently great, service perfect, the views are amazing. Can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was perhaps the best meal I have ever had. The food was superb and the service was excellent. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    savta
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Everything perfect as always even with the new chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We've gone to Heron's over the years for special occasions and always loved it. This time the food seemed to have slipped a little.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing experience.
    carytransplant1
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary at this "fine dining," expensive restaurant. The restaurant is beautiful, with great ambiance. The appetizers, main entrees, and desserts all disappointed us. Portions were small (expected), and the combination of ingredients in our dishes did not produce a good taste experience. There was no WOW for anything on the menu that we ordered.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Raleigh's best restaurant
    JSNJVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    What an experience, everything was delicious and service was the best I have ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.