Herons

4.9
2128 Reviews
$50 and over
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 2128 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch date. We both had the fried chicken and grits, which would not be my usual choice, but it was absolutely phenomenal. Herons put the finishing touch on a wonderful weekend and a great stay at the Umstead. This was my second visit, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fabulous meal, superb service, and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was just... ok.... underwhelming.... not at all what Ive come to expect from the Umstead

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HappySaturday
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always appreciate a nice meal & kind service at Heron's. I enjoyed the opportunity to sit outside with my girlfriends and take advantage of the warm fall temperature and amazing natural views. Emily our server, our hostess, and greeters were all so pleasant and our brunch complimented with tasty pomegranate mimosas was stupendous! Thank you so much for another wonderful Heron's experience and memory!!! :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

JA
JacquelineA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, fabulous service, the tenderloin was perfect! for sure we will be back!

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vipGene
Raleigh
49 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience from beginning to end. Impeccable service and outstanding food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating the “results” - was great and we will be back soon!

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FrankM
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I ate lunch at Heron’s to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. This is a beautiful hotel & restaurant. We found the dining room to be tastefully decorated, the food was delicious & the service was excellent. We highly recommend this dining experience.

MR
MickeyR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, great food and beautiful place.

RW
RandyW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, serene peaceful dining area and tremendous food!

CE
CharleneE
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Heron's twice during our stay. It was simply outstanding in every way. I could not recommend it more.

RC
RachelC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently came to Herons to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and it was everything we hoped and more! The food is beyond delicious, the service was perfect, and the drinks were great, especially the very impressive wine list. It was more than worth the price, we can't wait to return!

JD
vipJoseD
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent limited lunch menu during the pandemic. Tables nicely distanced. Entrees range from salmon to hamburgers. Despite the limited menu the attention to detail and great flavor were at full force! We had a great glass of wine with lunch, too.

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Woods5
Raleigh
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience at this 5 star restaurant - definitely lived up to its rating! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding.

KB
vipKatherineB
Greensboro
175 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Limited menu due to Covid but still great. Top notch service. Sitting outside was lovely.

HS
HappySaturday
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Herons was amazing. I was looking forward to my brunch all month and they sure did not disappoint. Thank you for another lovely dining experience!

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vipKg1111
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so enjoyed Heron’s that we changed our dining plans and ate every meal at Heron’s.

JB
JennyB
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though I had made my reservation two months in advance, they didn’t have it, BUT were very accommodating and told us they would be able to serve and found us a very good table!

KW
KenW
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
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

NH
NiniH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
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.

KK
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.

TD
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