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Herons

4.8
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2110 Reviews
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$50 and over
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American
**Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Herons will be serving a modified menu and simplified service levels until further notice. Three and Four Course dinners, as well as Tasting Menus, are not available at this time.**

One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2110 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KenW
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was very good. Limited menu due to covid but still very good. Will return.

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Jroe
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food Is generally great- five star

I had pancakes this time- they were just ok, Cracker Barrel doesn’t much better job with pancakes

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NiniH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are world class. We will definitely be back.

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Drew
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Likely the best dining experience I’ve had in Raleigh.

KW
KarenW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most beautiful restaurant with quiet elegant ambiance!! The food for dinner as well as breakfast was perfect. Staff are equally lovely. Look forward to another visit. We felt very safe with their Covid protocols.

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KateK
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delight to have a fine dining experience again after months of not going out! Herons was a great first restaurant to go to; the service was exceptional, the food delicious, and ambience quiet - very unusual in today's modern, minimalist restaurants.

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TriangleDoc
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Still in shock how bad this experience was. I am a physician and also have celiac disease. Coming to Herons was a first-time out celebration since the beginning of the pandemic. Unfortunately I got glutened—and frankly, this part I don’t mind so much, it has happened even in the finest restaurants. However, what I do very much mind was the blatant disrespect of the restaurant manager, who went so far as to suggest I was wrong, that I as a woman do not know my own body, and no I had not been glutened in their restaurant because of the chef says there was no cross contamination, surely there wasn’t. Well, 5 days later and still sick, having had to not see a few patients this week due to having been badly glutened, I can tell you with absolute certainty that yes, I was glutened, and yes, I will ensure that the leadership across our major local academic hospital centers know just how little Herons values physicians, particularly female physicians, and their experience during a pandemic. Still in disbelief.

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vipsmp247
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch was a delight. Staff greeted us with felicitations, and we opted to start with fresh refreshing carrot ginger and mandarin turmeric juices. The entrees of tempura-crusted snapper with black garlic dashi and the lobster & butternut squash pappardelle and were out of this world—that was the best handmade pasta and sauce I can remember ever having. Portions were perfect. I want to recreate the honey wheat cornbread that arrived before our lunch—it was the perfect bite. They even recognized our special occasion with a hand-lettered chocolate. This was one for the books!

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vipDanielleK
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and atmosphere. Wishing they would add back a few items to the menu from the past that we would go there for but overall very good.

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Grace
Fayetteville
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely dining experience at Heron's. The kale salad was amazing, as well as the Carolina chicken with savory bread pudding and leek cream sauce. My husband said the tenderloin with whipped potatoes was the best steak he had had in a while. The wine and drinks selection was top-notch, as well. Wonderful service, too!

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VictorR
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant for a nice romantic night out

JS
vipJustinS
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Salmon was phenomenal and my wife’s halibut super as well!

Will definitely come back if in the area.

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vipAlanK
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even challenged by COVID, Heron's continues to excel. Wonderful meal as always!

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FrederickH
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and decor were delightful as I remembered from pre-pandemic. I recognized some of the wait staff from earlier and the food was as good and as carefully prepared as I remembered. Thank you for being there.

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viplovingfreedom
Raleigh
88 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would have to call this restaurant heaven! Even though they are currently not doing their fancy four course tasting menu, the meal we had was just as elegant, beautifully presented and delicious as ever! My husband and I have traveled the world and are big foodies. Of all the places we have been, this is one of our favorites.

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vipKevinH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Look forward to the pre-COVID menu

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vipase1707
New York Area
429 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special place to enjoy a wonderful dining experience.

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holisticmama
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heron's exceeded our expectations once again. It is a place we go to for special occasions and we will continue to do so. Amazing service, personable wait staff and a great overall dining experience.

BH
vipBlakeH
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. My wife worked with the Pastry chef behind the scenes to produce and surprise me with a chocolate mousse caramel cake dessert. One of the best desserts I have ever experienced! Thank you Heron’s.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

MV
MariaV
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I been here many times, always a great experience and food beyond delicious...however this time I was less than impressed, my salad had old lettuce in it, food was so salty and my dessert average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic place to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

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AngelaP
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I enjoyed the unique salmon entree. It was served in quite a large low bowl, that seemed a bit unusual, with a spoon provided (for Emily Post's benefit!). I still used a fork because it was a bit testy to try to pry the salmon to a manageable portion with a soup spoon. The breads were excellent and fresh.

JW
JessW
1 review