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Herons

4.9
4.9
2435 Reviews
$50 and over
American
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 447-4200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Steven Devereaux Greene

  • Catering

    Please contact Terri Nier of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at terri.nier@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.

  • Private party contact

    Tammie Burdick: (888) 778-7425

  • Neighborhood

    Cary

  • Cross street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Four-Course Prix Fixe Menu

    Multiple dates available
    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. Features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
  • Chef's Multi-Course Art Tour

    $250.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Herons culinary team masterfully redefines American cooking by infusing classic concepts translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient's flavor and purpose. Chef Greene's multi-course Art Tour Tasting menu showcases The Umstead's culinary farm and draws inspiration from the art and nature theme of the property. The Art Tour features 8-15 courses and cannot be adjusted to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies in order for our guests to experience the culinary vision in its entirety. Please contact reservations if you have any questions.

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What 2,435 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. MD

    MaggieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Staff was very attentive. Food was delicious. Ambience was wonderful for conversation. Will definitely be back
  2. MH

    MardiH

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my friend’s Birthday at Herons was absolutely wonderful The food, the service, the ambiance— everything was amazing
  3. R

    Researchb4ubuy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A-mazing. This Chef! This Chef! Brilliant. Talented. Thoughtful! The staff, also amazing. Hannah was great. The sommelier was amazing. She’s my new BFF. I can’t describe how wonderful everything was at the restaurant. I’m so impressed. Best meal ever outside of MiniBar, which isn’t a fair compared. This. Was. Amazing.
  4. B

    Beaune

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely choices, each with interesting food combinations, beautifully presented: even the dishes are artistic. Service was nicely orchestrated, with a parade of servers bringing various courses, and there are many, as a little amuse-bouche is served each time before the next course. We chose our own wines and the sommelier elaborated on them during the pour. Everyone was friendly and seemed genuinely pleased that we were enjoying our dinner. It is not only fine dining, but an experience to dine at Herons.
  5. SE

    SydneyE

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, presentation, and service!
  6. SD

    ScottD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herons is our favorite 5 star dining choice for years now. We do stay 1 night with Spa or breakfast alone...both are great. thanks!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never had a bad meal here and would be surprised if I did. It’s perhaps the only true service experience in the triangle area. Great wine program and just beautiful, surprising and satisfying food.
  8. b

    bjp1

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most memorable dining experience I can remember. The food and service were simply spectacular,
  9. AE

    AES2008

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cameron + Lori = solid service thank you!
  10. LT

    LTOR

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Options for vegans are dismal here, but I was able to get by for a delicious breakfast - oats are made with almond milk by default, and are hearty and delicious with goji berries, blueberries, cinnamon, nuts, and more; there's also fresh pressed juices, and soy or almond milk available for lattes. You could also get roasted potatoes or fresh fruit. But options for lunch and dinner are non-existent on the menu, and accommodations are minimal. It's even pretty bad for vegetarians at lunch/dinner. It's never a good sign when, in 2022, chefs are still not putting fully vegan options on all menus. But I will add that it is a lovely spot to dine and service is top notch.
  11. AL

    AndreaL

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Went for Fathers Day brunch; service was okay; some of the food items were out and it was 1030 am. We have been many times to Heron’s and this experiences was not great compared to all the other times we have gone for brunch or dinner.
  12. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never understand booking policy. Booked 6 weeks in advance and only 2 times were available. Many times we dine the dining room is only 1/4 full.
  13. KL

    KateL

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have visited Herons many times for lunch. Everything The Umstead Hotel does is first class and Herons is no exception. I recommend the blueberry pancakes for a breakfast option and the lobster roll for a lunch option. My two favorite servers are Priya and Cameron. Have fun!
  14. VA

    VeronicaA

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The crab eggs Benedict were very spicy and that should have been noted on the menu.
  15. JW

    JWCvisitsNYC

    Raleigh

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Herons was our choice to celebrate our 33rd anniversary. Every dish was so creative and a delight for the palate. I was very pleased with their wine list and the sommelier helped us choose an Oregon Pinot to accompany our dinner. Service during our meal was first rate. Unfortunately, service at the beginning of our seating was inattentive. Also, there was an issue with the valet retrieving our car after dinner.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great. Thanks again!! Will be back again.
  17. S

    Sean

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a special occasion. Beautiful presentation, expert service, and quality food that you cannot find anywhere else in the area.
  18. K

    Kyle

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was an incredible experience. It's a 4 course meal with little additions while you're waiting for the items you ordered. Very good for an anniversary dinner and just an amazing dining experience.
  19. R

    Richart

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Megan, Carlos, Troy, Tim, and Nathan were absolutely fantastic in our artful journey. We started the evening indoors and migrated to the beautiful patio. Each dish is beautifully designed and has a delicious taste to match.
  20. M

    Mikak

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience3
    We really liked the place. But, the service was bad we order entrees and drinks and didn't receive them. Also, I asked from the chef no dairy in the Filet mignon. They mixed between me and my husband cooking size. We needed to wait 20min and also in the second time I didn't recieve my cooking size MW. After getting my food it was not delicious but not too bad. However, we did like the dessert and my husband like his Filet mignon. They did Compensate us.
  21. RJ

    RebeccaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely time at Heron’s. My favorite part was the chocolate dessert with gold on top! It was the perfect end to a beautiful meal and celebration.
  22. E

    Eturtlety

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I usually love the food, but today’s selection was very much on the creamy side. I ordered the crab salad toast and soup. Both selections were heavy on the cream and didn’t sit well with me.
  23. f

    fnkyscotty

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This night was pure perfection. We arrived to the friendliest host that wished us happy anniversary and brought us to our table. From the moment we were seated, I felt special and so did my wife. The food was amazing and with each course kept getting better. This was the best experience and would highly recommend.
  24. CD

    Crazy4Duke

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Unique dishes, remarkable service and a memorable experience overall.
  25. k

    kenneth

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and its presentation was great. The wine pairings were excellent and Kathryn, the sommelier, was very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the wine pairings. Our server, Leslie, was very knowledgeable about the food offerings and her suggestions were spot on. One of the other staff, Catherine, was also very helpful in answering our questions. The whole staff interaction was great.
  26. BV

    BobbyV

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! My wife and I celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary at Herons and they went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed a special evening. We opted for the 4-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings. Such eclectic flavors and presentation! We wanted to photo every course. The staff were very, very attentive and professional and the ambience was perfect for our celebration. To be clear, this is an expensive evening ($500+) but we enjoyed more than just a nice meal. We enjoyed a truly memorable dining experience! We will be going back at our next special occasion.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and experience
  28. l

    lovefoiegras

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Need to go back to offering the 3 courses too and options to pick from 1st, 2nd and dessert as preferred.
  29. JT

    JudyT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for a romantic place, exceptional food and service this is the place. Expensive but well worth it!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First class place to go for special occasions. Also, very easily the most expensive place to dine in all of the triangle.
  31. GF

    GreatFood

    Raleigh

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food and menu options were just okay. The waitress was awesome though!
  32. AU

    AkeeyaU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu, service, and presentation of the food is a wonderful experience. The staff is very attentive and the food is a work of art!
  33. CJ

    CherylJ

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant for celebrating an Anniversary. The staff made us feel so special for our 20th Wedding Anniversary!!!
  34. S

    Sunny

    Czech Republic

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUT-STAND-ING. This is one of the top meals we have had since the start of the pandemic. The tasting menu was phenomenal and worth every penny. Oysters: I have no words except Best Ever. The “Egg” topped with delicate slices of truffle—I almost passed out from the flavors. The duck was perfectly prepared and cooked, the quail was surprising little bites of deliciousness. We had other dishes but I’m still recovering from the exceptional flavors and service. Leslie was a delight, as well as Nate. Heron’s is spectacular.
  35. RT

    ResiT

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A special Sat. brunch before we went to the ballet - Cameron, our very attentive server, enhanced our brunch with his humor and knowledge about menu selections and wine . It was a delightful experience, as we have come to expect from Herons.
  36. CM

    CaryMom

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a phenomenal meal at Herons last night… service is fabulous, the meal presentation was incredible, and dinner was delicious. It’s NOT CHEAP - you have to know going into this that you’re looking at a $500(ish) meal for two people. But the experience is one you’ll remember.
  37. JK

    JKRDK

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Thank you to open table for reservations! Initially I called the restaurant direct and they asked my name and apparently said they were completely booked. Open Table immediately had reservations for us. The restaurant was empty for the majority of our lunch. Service was outstanding! Great atmosphere! Food was mediocre.
  38. BL

    BritneyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff the atmosphere the good the view the respect and the parking everything was amazing. So clean the bathroom..I can't say anything negative all positive I will recommend the President to visit it was a dream come true..I asked my children to get me a gift card there for a weekend...😊
  39. NW

    NormanW

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A bit over the top with all the fru fru small bites, etc. in the only menu option of a 4 course meal.
  40. s

    sapphirerunning

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day lunch with my mom - super lovely! We dined here the evening before my wedding as well, it’s our special occasion spot.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Herons is rated 4.9 stars by 2435 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Herons

100 Woodland Pond Drive Cary, NC 27513

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Cary

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Steven Devereaux Greene

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 447-4200

  • Catering

    Please contact Terri Nier of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at terri.nier@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.

  • Private party contact

    Tammie Burdick: (888) 778-7425

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