Herons

4.8
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$50 and over
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American
Noted by Condé Nast Traveler as a "culinary gem," The Umstead Hotel and Spa's signature restaurant Herons features the refined American cooking of Executive Chef Steven D. Greene and Chef de Cuisine Spencer Thomson. With an extensive wine list spanning over 1,500 selections and 10,000 bottles, one is sure to find the perfect complement to their sophisticated dining experience. Guests will enjoy the elegant setting and exquisite art collection indoors as well as dining on the terrace, with panoramic views of the lake. The Umstead’s Bar is also available to local diners and hotel guests for a more casual experience. Herons, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, serves breakfast and lunch daily, weekend brunch and dinner Monday - Saturday.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the new year. Dinner is $145 plus tax and service charge, wine pairings available for an additional cost. A $50 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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4.8
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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food1service5ambience5

This was the most incredible dinner we have had in a long time. The food was impeccable, the wine pairings were well thought out, and the service was on a completely different level; professional, yet fun and informative. We cannot say enough about our experience. From the hosts, to the bartenders, the waitstaff and the kitchen, this was an experience we will think about for a long time. Thank you so much, Heron’s!

a
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As in the past visits we have had, Herons delivers a memorable dining experience: most professional service, knowledgeable and personable sommelier , artistic and delicious courses with perfect wine pairings. We always expect and receive a culinary delight, some new twist on an old favorite, and extraordinary plate presentations...it's a small trip to happy place when we dine at Herons. It is world class and can compete with any high-end European restaurant. Do as many course as your purse allows and pair the wines for a fabulous experience you will think about fondly for the rest of the week.

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just had a perfect day after Thanksgiving dinner.

R
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!! We have eaten at Herons before and it is always a wonderful dining experience.

JE
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Served my wife an item with gluten when she was having the gluten free tasting menu. She has celiacs so it’s a serious issue.

f
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we were there for a special occasion and dressed accordingly but I had to cover myself up with 2 shawls (one over a long sleeved dress and the other brought to me by the server, for the draft around my legs) After 3 complaints about the cold, we were finally relocated to a table away from the large windows.
I was surprised not to have more vegetables on the plates, given that the kitchen is supplied by a farm.
The staff, especially the sommelier, was terrific, otherwise.

CM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Seems there was a mix up and my wife got the non gluten free bread before our meal. We made a note of her preference during the reservation. My steak,bordered medium rare came are inside and has to go back. Other wise it was pretty good.

CW
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service as always and the food is delicious. I live about 40 minutes away and try to find every excuse I can to dine there.

D
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Splendid, Always !

LN
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's the perfect place to catch up with a friend and linger over a nice meal. All of our food was delicious but the menu, while wonderful if you're an adventurous eater is difficult with a picky eater. Everything is beautifully plated. Our server was so kind and helpful and that helped a lot.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I’ve ever had. Everything was delicious and impeccable.

HM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my best friend out to lunch here for her birthday. She loved everything from the moment she walked in to the moment she walked out. Nice server, good food, lovely dining ambiance. Will definitely return in the future.

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The food was fabulous and the service outstanding!

DB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever! We enjoyed the experience! Presentation, service and meal was 2nd to none!

GP
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, nice touches with bringing out “chef special appetizer”, and complimentary champagne for my husband’s 55th birthday. After lunch, we took a beautiful walk around the pond.

NM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the quiet elegance of the hotel. Food was good. Dessert is scarce!

G
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, great service, amazing food I wish I could eat there every day! I will definitely return great menu Breakfast Lunch and Dinner. Beautiful property, great art, bar and Veranda.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, nice staff

RR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The breakfast menu was broad and accommodating to most tastes. I enjoyed the crab cakes but these were not that fresh considering the price tag. The coffee was hot which for most establishment is not the case.

ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First off ... $50 per person to reserve?? Not sure I've actually ever had to pay to reserve ... anywhere. For the area (RDU) I believe the quality of this restaurant is above average, but the service was only adequate and by no means up the level of the food with the exception of the Sommelier who put together an excellent pairing for our 4-course tasting menu. Oysters to start were outstanding, but the descriptions from the servers we're incoherent. Thankfully our main waiter (when present) had the in-depth descriptions we wanted. Canapés were creative, delicious and well presented. Elk main had a plethora of warm winter flavors and varying textures which was delightful. The Whiskey Ginger sorbet with fleur de l'orange meringue tuile was a perfect ending with wonderful subtleness and delicate flavors that paired perfectly with our fortified wines. A delicious meal overall but with service seemingly disinterested in going above the bare minimum and a price tag for 2 near $500 I doubt I'll be returning anytime soon or recommending to colleagues. Raleigh now has some true alternatives that far exceed overall what's happening at Heron's.

j
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Portion was small and pricing was obscure if u do less than the 3 or 4 course choices

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was very good as usual but service was a bit lacking on this visit. Several items were slow to come out, a glass of wine was ordered and never made it to the table, and the server took ages to come to the table after we finished the main course. They did comp us our desert but still, disappointing at this price point.

F
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Meticulous preparation, polished delivery, knowledgeable service. Thank you so much!

b
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to splurge on the Art Tour for a birthday celebration. Definitely worth it!

Service and food is incredible

CE
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Molecular gastronomy delight. Very creative food. Not all dishes pleased my palate, but presentation was thoughtful and added eye appeal to the experience. The tranquil, upscale setting was quite a treat in these days of noisy, move them out quickly restaurants.

OT
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderfully presented unique dishes.
A real culinary experience.

DM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional presentation, flavors and unique food plates. Service is impeccable. A beautiful restaurant, filled with gorgeous art works, sculptures and ambient lighting. The presentation of the food was in itself the best art . Herons provides a very memorable dining experience. One of our favorites ever.

h
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience....

SC
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heron's is a very special place definitely not your common or garden restaurant. The whole meal is treated by staff and kitchen as a theatrical performance, with the food being the star. Highly adventurous dishes, immaculately presented, follow one another served by people who are knowledgeable but never condescending. Its not cheap, but is worth every penny if you are on a very special date, for example.

Highly recommended.

G
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a "once in a lifetime" dinning experience, you can't do better than Herons! While expensive, for a "special occasion", it's worth every dime!

d
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice for business lunch. But, they really need to learn how to foam almond milk for cappuccino.

BB
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant hands down! The food is just amazing and service is great. Their attention to detail make it a fantastic culinary experience. Highly recommend it!