Herons

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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.
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Raleigh
110 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing!!
Very pricey but I was expecting that.
The food was fabulous - the wine pairing was excellent with very interesting choices.
Service was impeccable.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing culinary experience. Steven Greene is one of, if not the best, chefs working in the triangle area.

RT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a surprise for my wife’s birthday and it met and exceeded all of our expectations! We had the 3 course meal and were not disappointed. Thank you so much and I know we will be back!

WS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have been Herons a couple times. Both time we enjoyed a great show. The food was beautifully presented, service was impeccable, restaurant was nicely decorated with art pieces. So it was a good show. Certainly you can impress your date or business partner. But, as a foodie I will not go there on my own dime. All the food taste, however pretty it was, was mediocre. Service was cold and impersonal. Nothing was memorable other than the big bill at the end. I would go to Crawford or Garland instead any day.

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences we've ever had. The food was prepared and served impeccably.

a
New York Area
425 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal on so many different levels. Wonderful and creative, excellent professional service, and beautiful ambiance all make for a very special evening.

AC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding venue, service, staff and food! Met with Chef Steven Greene .....unforgettable experience!

m
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I tried their chef’s tasting course dinner. While it is a bit more expensive than their regular course dinner, I believe that most people will find the chefs tasting course dinner to be a significantly better dining experience. I would give the regular course dinners about three to four stars, both in terms of taste and presentation. The chef‘s tasting course dinner deserves five stars on both and is as good as many course menus that you find in Manhattan or Los Angeles. Regardless of the course dinner selection, the service is impeccable and the wine selection is wonderful. There are even some very interesting nonalcoholic beverage options for those who choose to not drink alcohol.

DW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Heron's is always a special experience. The service and food are exceptional.

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already referred several people here and am bringing back the family. Eating in the bar looked good too but the meal in the dining room, specifically the 4 course dinner was wonderful. Loved the between the courses treats. And congratulations to the chef who is a James Beard finalist. Just read that in the paper

DF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have had a better experience! The food and service were incredible. We will be going back!

JA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was amazing, and service was outstanding.

JE
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A wonderful place to experience. The food was incredible. You have the options of a 3 course, 4 course or chef tasting menu. There are 4-6 things to choose off of each course. There is a wine pairing option or you can go a la carte for drinks. Things that stood out:
1) The food - The care, the quality, the flavors, the presentation are superb. Don't be shy and get the skate to eat - so very good.
2) The atmosphere - It was very nice; it wasn't overcrowded with people and you could have a conversation without yelling (seems to be rarer to find these days).
3) The cider - We ended on a hot cider, which was the perfect ending to the courses.
I wish the service was a little more attentive - refilling water, drinks and just general check-ins. The plating service and descriptions were spot on though. I think it was slightly lacking for a 5 star restaurant. Overall - It's a wonderful place to go for a celebration and we are glad we tried it during our trip to Cary.

N
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for my husband’s birthday. It was fantastic, from the tiny tastings at the beginning, tea served in a special glass, to all the courses, and the amazing delicious!

PK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experience we have ever had! Amazing food, almost like magic :)

MW
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I are big foodie's, travelling the globe in search of great cuisine. Heron's has earned a special place in our hearts. Excellent food, setting and wait staff. 5 stars both times we have visited! if you have not tried it, do it!
thanks

OT
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The oyster small plate was lovely; the scallops second course

DE
Raleigh
43 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the chef's tasting with beverage pairing. Every dish was absolutely phenomenal. The chefs tak southern ingredients and transforms them into a variety of modern dishes that are thought provoking and challenging the tradition of classic fine southern dining. Service was absolutely top notch with no complaints at all.

A few things to note - the chef's tasting menu as of 1/2020 is quite rich. The first courses are very light and refreshing; however, every subsequent dish was quite heavy and meat forward. While some diners may enjoy this, I found that I would have liked to balance these very rich dishes with something lighter and more vegetable-centric. However, I imagine some diners may like this style of a tasting menu. This is not to say any of the dishes were bad - quite the contrary actually as every dish was impeccable. However, together, it is quite a marathon getting through them all. Retrospectively, I think a 3 or 4 course tasting menu of these dishes may have been suitable rather than 7+ courses. Additionally, I was slightly underwhelmed by the wine pairing. While the sommelier was knowledgeable and personable, I felt as though the wine pairing for each dish mimicked the food, rather than complimented it. I personally prefer a lighter wine to cut through the heaviness and gameiness of certain meats. While none of the wines were bad on their own, I personally felt as though the wine pairing with the tasting menu could have been better.

Overall - I will definitely be back and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an exciting and modern take on classic southern fine dining. My highest regards to the chefs and house staff at Herons for such a fantastic evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch. Excellent customer service, staff and food.

K
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gourmet experience in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner for my husband’s birthday! What a treat!

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful food, very well presented. A real exploration for your taste buds.
Service was formal and perhaps a little too much so.
Wine advice was underwhelming, but list is so extensive that if you know what you're doing you'll find something good, at the budget you want.
Overall good value.

KA
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, this is the place for a special dinner. The food was imaginative and delicious, especially with the wine pairings. The muse bouche between courses was a delightful addition.