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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
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.
It was just... ok.... underwhelming.... not at all what Ive come to expect from the Umstead
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!!! :)
Excellent food and service
Great experience, fabulous service, the tenderloin was perfect! for sure we will be back!
An outstanding experience from beginning to end. Impeccable service and outstanding food.
Celebrating the “results” - was great and we will be back soon!
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.
Fabulous service, great food and beautiful place.
Incredible service, serene peaceful dining area and tremendous food!
Dined at Heron's twice during our stay. It was simply outstanding in every way. I could not recommend it more.
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!
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.
Excellent experience at this 5 star restaurant - definitely lived up to its rating! The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding.
Great dinner. Limited menu due to Covid but still great. Top notch service. Sitting outside was lovely.
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!
We so enjoyed Heron’s that we changed our dining plans and ate every meal at Heron’s.
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!
Excellent service and the food was very good. Limited menu due to covid but still very good. Will return.
Food Is generally great- five star
I had pancakes this time- they were just ok, Cracker Barrel doesn’t much better job with pancakes
The food and service are world class. We will definitely be back.
Likely the best dining experience I’ve had in Raleigh.
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.
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.
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.