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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Herons reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (86)romantic (69)fit for foodies (68)notable wine list (51)scenic view (38)great for lunch (33)great for brunch (29)great for outdoor dining (29)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (19)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Like a 5-star New York restaurant
    Saul
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The ambiance, service, food and wine pairings were all excellent. Reminded us of Daniel and Le Bernardin in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was out of this world!
    Deb919
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Enough Said! The food was incredible. THe service impeccable! Just a wonderful lunch time experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Evening
    Justanother2diners
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Heron's Restaurant and it was a evening to remember! The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. Our waiter (Scott) could not have taken better care of us throughout the entire meal. He made excellent recommendations and helped make this night very, very special. We brought in a pair of champagne glasses recently hand made just for this occasion. Scott took the time to carefully unwrap the new glasses and made sure they were both perfectly clean and spotless. His champagne recommendation was also right on the mark. Overall, it was a fabulous and romantic evening that will always be remembered and cherished!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    franco153
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Very nice ambiance, definitely expensive but all considered worthwhile
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scott is the best Server.
    sunshine89VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    .The presentations were amazing. I like French service but every dish with pours if sauces get a little over kill. I ended up with three dishes that were all white sauce and everything ended up tasting the same. The "Cauliflower" was the worse of all the dishes. I was thinking Dumpling as in Asian Dumpling. Not a ball of sticky starch. no separation in taste or balance in the dish. One bowl of white starch.The deserts are amazing. The best part of the meal and we never have dessert. If you have something listed on the menu, please know ahead of time if you have it in stock. . We compared it to Salt at The Ritz Carlton and Salt won in every dish that came out. Just did not seem to impress to be 5 star. Maybe next time. Kudos to the staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our wedding anniversary. The food was spectacular but the ambiance wasn't as romantic as I had remembered from the last time we were here a few years ago. Despite it being a Friday night, there were a lot of business diners who were pretty loud. We asked to relocate to the back of the restaurant so we could hear one another over all the noise. I have been here many times for lunch and love it but I don't think I'll go back again for dinner. The pre fix menu is very expensive. I'd prefer less food for a lower price. I have to reiterate that the food was outstanding though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant Dining at Herons
    PAL4dinenwine
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Herons was perfect for small luncheon to celebrate the 94th birthday of a relative. Menu was beautiful--we selected the Salmon followed by dessert of the chocolate mousse. The employees from the entry to gift shop to dining room are professional and gracious. Herons remains my favorite spot to dine in the Triangle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    LaurenA
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I just spent our 9th wedding anniversary at the Umstead and went to the Spa and to Herons for dinner. It was a wonderful meal. We felt taken care of from the minute we walked in and enjoyed our experience immensely. The food was adventurous and unique but we easily found things we loved and that were absolutely delicious. It was truly an experience and my only regret is that I did not take advantage of the wine pairings with each course. I highly recommend for any special occasion you have!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wile, Lois, and had a wonderful lunch for our anniversary. This was the first time we were at Herons and have decided that we would treat ourselves every two month for lunch. We like everything about Herons and will certainly recommend this to our friends. Thank you so much for the experience,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TarheeOnePutt
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It's a great place for a special occaision. The service is terrific and the staff does not rush you. We enjoyed the wine pairing they suggested with our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The chef's tasting menu with wine pairings was an experience worthy of our anniversary celebration
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a Treat!!
    CAAB
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    As always we so enjoyed our lunch at Heron's. Our wait person, Suzanne is attentive and personable. The new menu has provided us with great new choices and we loved everything we selected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • How wonderful food is...
    OneAndDone
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    at Herons! Took my wife to celebrate and we were not disappointed! The food and service is super. My wife said the experience felt like one of those kitchen/food competition shows, where the judges need to be impressed. We were the judges and we were impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely
    Skinnyeats
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a really love place to dine. The decor, spacing, and lighting is just perfect. Service and brunch was very good. The huckleberry jam with warm doughnuts were incredibly delightful. Glad to have jewel such as this in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Destination dining -- go to Herons
    DestinationDiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We will go far for a good meal. Heron's is only 5 hours drive from our home and we are already planning another visit. Only challenge was putting down the amazing wine list to look at the menu. Loved the large selection of half bottles of wine. (One of us likes white, the other red.) The food is in the same league as Alinea and Per Se -- one of the best meals you will ever taste with prep so memorable you won't ever forget it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Herons, is a place of choice for special occasions. My mother and I celebrate our birthdays and mothers day at Herons. We always enjoy our time there. The food is exceptional and the service is a lovely blend of southern hospitality and urban sophistication.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Heron is for special occasions
    Motek
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is perhaps our fifth or sixth time at Heron. On past occasions we chose the tasting menu. The new menu offers a type of a la carte menu which offers simpler tasting menus either 4 course or 3 course with or without wine pairings. We chose the 3 course with wine pairings. It was outstanding. The wine pairings were amazing. but service this time was a bit off. Bread was offered late. Normally bread replenishment is automatic. but this time we had to request. This was especially surprising since restaurant was not busy on a Tuesday.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Brunch
    Blueys99
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Menu was interesting and concise. Both items ordered were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Umstead Heron's Experience
    GIJoe
    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
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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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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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.
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    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.
    JHG8VIP
    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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  • 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