Loved lunch here with a friend. It is expensive, but worth it for all that you get in terms of great food and wonderful service. It's a dining event rather than a quick lunch, so relax and enjoy!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Brunch at Herons
I went to Herons with my adult son. We love great food and have been to amazing restaurants throughout the US. We both felt that the food at Herons was really good and priced well. The restaurant was absolutely beautiful as was the decor throughout the lobby area of the hotel. The servers and the hostess were outstanding! Friendly, helpful and successfully made us feel very very special without being phony. It was a wonderful experience.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over the top good
Heron's is a special place and they treat you like special patrons. It is pricey but for special occasions and times when you want the best, Heron's has it.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best food in US!
Excellent innovate meals. Great service. Impressive location.
I visit the US regularly and this is the best restaurant I have been to yet.
Who would have though you would find it so close to RTP!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding and elegant are the best way to describe Heron's.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Living up to its reputation
It's my second time in Herons. For a guy without tons of spare money to spend on top restaurants, dinning at Herons is a rare occasion. It is expensive for sure, but my family and I were nevertheless treated with the best food, wine and service.
Everything we ordered were excellently prepared, well, except my mom ordered the stake to be done medium well and found it would really be better if done medium, as the meat itself was so good. I got the best lamb stake in my life, and the wine pairing was good as well. It's their summer menu so sour ingredients are found in several items.
A high-end restaurant without too much formality to make you nervous. You always end up filled with great food in your stomach. Highly recommended.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet, pleasant ambiance. Great service. All of our courses, except one, were outstanding---solid concepts and excellent execution, which would be considered top flight food in any of the US's largest cities. The one course that didn't hit it out of the park was very creative, but had a few too many flavors going on. Five stars without hesitation, legitimate fine dining in the triangle.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for special occasion
This is a perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. Service was excellent, attentive, but not hovering. Food was elegantly displayed, perfect portions and delicious. Although not inexpensive, it is a great choice to celebrate a special occasion.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow what a wonderful night
The setting is beautiful and so I wanted to return for my birthday. The food is spectacular and the evening was just as desired,
extremely special with family and friend.Herons is for special occasions as it is expensive but so worth it.
Come for a wonderful lunch to reduce the cost and eat outside.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What's not to like?
The food, service, ambience are all reasons to visit Herons. Dine outside on the patio with view of the scenic gardens. Inside dining offers comfortable seating and live music at times. I've enjoy many items on the menu and none have disappointed. The service is always top notch. You can always include some spa time to make it a pure day of pampering.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
We celebrated my wife's birthday at Herons recently, and were extrenely impressed. We tried the chef's current tasting menu, inlcuding heirloom tomatoes, flounder, quail, and ribeye dishes. From start to finish the food was truly outstanding - beautifully presented, nicely portioned, perfectly cooked, and delicious throughout. This is not in any way an inexpensive night out, but the quality of the food and service live up to the billing.
I noted we were celebrating a birthday when making the reservation. The staff went above and beyond the expected to make the meal a memorable occasion, arranging for my wife's birthday gift to be at our table when we arrived and offering us several foodie "treats" throughout the meal. Outstanding!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bucket list lunch
Service was barnone. Every, and I mean every detail attended to. What a delightful experience.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heron's never disappoints.
Heron's never disappoints. I am in love with the potato bisque and pimento cheese and fried green tomato sandwich!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ate here for breakfast,
I ate here for breakfast, the food was delicious, atmosphere elegant, and staff very friendly. I gave service only 3 stars because it took my server several minutes to come take my order. After my food came (dropped off by a different server), my server only came back to give me my check but my water and coffee were empty and not refilled. There were only about 5 other tables occupied in the restaurant while I was dining.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chose Heron's for our Anniversary dinner. Wait staff was amazing, offering to modify dishes to accommodate my wife's food allergies. Chose the 4 course meal and each course was great. Overall was a great experience.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
$100, per person with wine
Expensive, but amazing food and a wonder wait staff.
One of the most beautiful places in our area. Love this place!!!
great little surprises, unexpected dining experience if you have never been to a 5 star restaurant.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything at Herons was perfect...ambiance, wait staff, sommelier, and of course the meal.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Night of Celebration
Heron's was the perfect location for our "Night of Celebration." We began with French Champagne at the bar, strolled the hallways of vibrant modern art, and ended our special evening with a fine three course meal, including wine pairings - assisted by the resident sommelier. Our meal seemed especially prepared just for us, and the wait staff was very professional and knowledgable. It was an awesome experience. I had been to Heron's before for a business dinner, but for a romantic evening with someone special, there is NOTHING like it in all of the triangle!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have enjoyed all aspects of dining at heron's from late night cocktails after a movie, lunch, brunch or dinner. The menu changes oftern so there are new items to try and always lovely.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful. The whole dining experience is wonderful from the quiet atmosphere, great food, prices, speciality cocktails, and wait staff. Awsome experience and will return again and again.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with out experience. We had a window table. The server was very good.
We enjoyed the food. I had some of the best crab cakes in the area.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful Brunch, a Beautiful Day
Had some friends visiting from out of town and so I made a reservation at Heron's for Sunday Brunch. When they called to reconfirm, the hostess asked if we'd prefer to eat outside. With a gorgeous fall day predicted, I said yes, so the next day we were outside, overlooking the pond and forest.
Very pleasant meal, delightful setting, delicious food, great company. SImple perfect.
Every aspect of the meal was first rate. If I had a room, I'd have taken a nap! Otherwise, couldn't have been better.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even better than I expected
My husband and I went to Herons for a celebratory lunch. We were very excited because we had heard wonderful things about it. It is fancy and expensive but the food is delicious. What impressed me most was how warm and friendly the staff were. It wasn't pretentious or snobby in any way. Everything about this experience was perfect.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable Heron's experience
We celebrated my sister's birthday. It was the first time to the Umstead and to Heron's for the three of us. We thoroughly enjoyed the artwork, furnishings, the meal and the service. The chefs treated us to some delicious confections for the birthday celebration.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nicest restaurant in town!
The staff was extremely professional and attentive, without being overbearing. Every person with who we interacted was knowledgable about the menu, the wine, the history of the restaurant, etc. It was an overall great experience. Even though it could be said that this is an expensive place, it is absolutely worth it, and certainly in line with the fanciest restaurant in town. If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion or just a fancy dining experience, Herons is the place.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an amazing surprise for
What an amazing surprise for us! We have visited the area for years and never knew about Herons. Thank you Open Table! From the minute we walked in, we knew we loved. The art exhibit before we sat was a treat. Starting with the fabulous service we got, the great menu for autumn, best food presentation we've EVER SEEN, and of course everything tasted incredible. The pumpkin soup just put us in the mood for Fall. The Fois gras was to die for. My Monkfish is my new fav fish and the duck my husband ordered was prepared as perfect as duck could be. We will make this our date night place every time we visit. I can't wait to come back!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining Escape
If you don't have the time to travel to enjoy 1st class dining, don't fret - you can have the same experience at Heron's. Our luncheon was equal to dining at a fine resort.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food & Service
This is me and my husband's go-to place for brunch. The service is wonderful, they always switch up the menu so that its inspired by the season and have really personable waitstaff! We bring all our out of town guests here!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Restaurant in Raleigh
I have never been disappointed at this restaurant. The service and food is impeccable. This type of restaurant is very typical of larger more metropolitan cities, I feel very fortunate to have a restaurant if this caliber here in Raleigh.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Heron's cuisine was impeccable. The wait staff was highly attentive and engaging, the menu great. Perfect for anniversary, event, romantic dinner. Some of the other dinner were business diners, though. This is not necessarily a problem, but might differentiate the ambiance from comparable top of the line restaurants (Fearrington and Fairview).
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Dinner experience
I love the fact that they have a farm where they source most of their food from. All of the courses tasted amazing and we left there full. The staff was excellent and our waiter was very personable and accommodating.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Market Menu Fall Treat
Heron's has changing market menu which is always high quality food, prepared with beautiful attention to details of complimentary pairings of seasonings, sauces, and sides. The presentation is art itself. October's pumpkin soup and bread basket of scones, mini French loaf, and cornbread with maple glaze are just two of the delightful treats.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Place to go for Elegant Dining!
Perfect spot for a quiet, elegant celebration! Sterling staff, service, and delicious food with beautiful presentation!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dining Experience
This was our 34th anniversary dinner. Herons delivers a fine dining experience. Impeccable service; artistic food presentation. Each course provided culinary surprises. Highly recommended for your special occasion.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable service in an idyllic
Impeccable service in an idyllic setting. Highly recommend.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Fall Menu
My wife and I went to Heron's for our anniversary dinner...and our first night out since having a baby. We were not disappointed with our choice as we were pleased by the attentive service and elegant atmosphere. Each course continued to impress and they were very consistent with the fall season. At the conclusion of our meal, one waiter went out of his way to bring us a special gift for our little girls at home. Very thoughtful. We had a great night out and look forward to when we are able to go back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ask for Jarred
We've been here several times for special occasions. It has always been wonderful. This past time, we were fortunate enough to have the same server, Jarred. You should ask for him. Our special occasion was that much more so, because of his incredible service with food/wine selection, as well as checking on all our needs.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Great Special Occasion
Herons has an aura that signals a special occasion truly is special. Coupled with special food and service, it's a perfect venue for an anniversary.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
5 stars in all categories says it all. It was very friendly, attentive service, and the food was devine. The Umstead is a gorgeous property, and Heron's is sleek, peaceful, and inviting without being stuffy in the least.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Heron's continues to set the standard to which all other Triangle Restaurants are measured.
My wife and I enjoyed a great anniversary meal, all four courses, each distinctive and delicious. Devon was an attentive but not overbearing waiter.
We have been on two other occasions and each time we leave we wonder why we don't come back more often.
FYI, we did not announce our special occasion in advance, we booked on Open Table, but they did not ask upon arrival, and I was told afterwards that they make memorable occasions much more memorable when they know.
The only thing we noticed was that the kitchen seemed to be having a great time, almost party like, and we just wanted to be part of their joyful experience.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasurable dining
Always a pleasurable dining experience. Outstanding in all facets. Nice place for special occasions.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went ffor breakfast on bday. Had a great meal, wonderful staff and the right start to birthday.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful for a special treat.
It's not just that the food is amazing (which it is), it's that the whole experience feels special: the dressed up waiters, the fancy tables, the "amuse bouche" (sp?) compliments of the chef, etc.
It is very pricey but you get every dollar of what you pay for.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, ambiance and experience
Great food and very reasonable for a five star place. Excellent service. One of the best brunches in triangle ..
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food not what we expected
We ordered lobster rolls for lunch. The lobster had absolutely no flavor and was a big disappointment. Chips were over cooked and way too salty. When we mentioned this, we were offered something else from the menu (which also lacked the flavor we expected). The second soda I ordered never came.
I had high expectations for this restaurant as I have eaten in many 5-star restaurants across the country. Although we were disappointed in the food, the service was wonderful, and we appreciated their willingness to bring us another meal.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Total experience in dining
Herend's restaurant at Umstead continues to be a top choice for the total experience in dining. Food is excellent quality and presentation is simply art. The table settings, floral arrangements, paintings & pottery, views from the restaurant to the lake and park setting are always gorgeous.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Triangle's best fine dining
Herons is a personal favorite. Their cuisine is truly artful, based on seasonally available ingredients. Despite the open view of the kitchen, it is very quiet and romantic. Service is impeccable. And the wine list and service are superb. This is hands down the best place to go for a special occasion, but be sure to make your reservation well in advance, as they book up quickly.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined here a number of times and everytime it is a terrific experience. The food and service is special! They always exceed our expectations!
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing breakfast - a special treat. Best scrambled eggs ever! It was a great way to kick off a busy day of Christmas shopping.This is a place where you can expect to have the best service in a setting that allows you to kick back and enjoy conversation, feeling like time has stopped at least for a little while.
12/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Vegan Fare
This restaurant is absolutely wonderful and they graciously cook a custom-made vegan meal for me every time I dine here. The service is absolutely top notch, the food exquisite and the ambiance to die for. I can't think of a more beautiful place to eat delicious, healthy food.
12/8/2013 4:00:00 PM