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Herons

4.9
4.9
2513 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 22 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.
  • New Years Eve Dinner

    $318.26 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    6:00pm – 10:00pm $245pp++, $125++ wine pairings $318.26 inclusive per person, excludes wine Largest Seating: party of 6 Max covers: 80 4 course set- choice entree *15 minute table hold for guests on NYE

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What 2,513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Scenic View

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Notable Wine List

  • Raleigh

    American

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  1. FK

    FerristheK

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carlos was a very good server, and Hannah was knowledgeable about her wines.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing. The staff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu items. Definitely will be going back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    7 course tasting menu. Almost perfect, just 3 minor missteps only a professional would notice. We will definitely be back.
  4. FB

    FrancesB

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful decor, exquisite food, superior service.
  5. WW

    WilliamW

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herons deserves every one of its five stars from Forbes. A fine dining restaurant, dinner consists of four courses with a wide variety of selections for each course, interspersed with single-bite amuse-bouche appetizers and with three separate bread and butter parings between each of the courses which all skillfully unfolds over the span of two hours. And do not be afraid to order the vegetarian option! My wife ordered the "tomato" first option and it was skillfully prepared, flavorful yet playful, and every bit as incredible as the oysters I ordered, all with ingredients either locally sourced or grown on Herons' own farm. I frankly ran out of superlatives to describe how wonderful everything was. This is the sort of fine dining you would expect to find in places like New York City or Chicago--and it's right here in Cary.
  6. SD

    SerialDiner3G

    Raleigh

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible anniversary dinner experience. Nathan was extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. In fact the entire service team was exceptional.
  7. KB

    KBSPines

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent multi course meal with multiple samplings in between. Reasonable wine prices. Only limitation is if you are vegan.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible anniversary dinner
  9. H

    Harvey

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We ordered the 4 course tasting it was amazing!!!! The staff are unbelievable and well worth the price - my only complaint was my steak - while tasted great looked like a hockey puck - but I would highly recommend this place and will definitely go back!
  10. JQ

    JimQ

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My wife and I went for lunch. We both had the lobster roll and the presentation was great, but the flavor was bland. The home made chips were excellent. I probably would not order again. The environment and the wait staff were excellent. Would probably give it another try.
  11. AF

    AllisonF

    Wilmington

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and experience… top dining for the Triangle
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herons is our favorite and always has superb service!
  13. BG

    BenG

    Denver

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend Herons. We celebrated our 21st anniversary. Beautiful place. Elegant and fancy. Shout out to Carlos and Pam and all of the service staff who made our evening wonderful. Wine pairing with dinner was fun. Food is delicious, the best. We're coming back for sure.
  14. J

    Jack

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely an amazing experience, the food and level of service is the perfect
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I took my husband for a milestone birthday. I was expecting a superb dining experience what I left with was a <$500 disappointment. The service is beyond exceptional however the food was below standard. The chef has an interesting take but we prefer Crawford and Son’s. Greater value and just a better vibe.
  16. r

    rembrandtsmom

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional. Food was not only a great taste treat it was a special treat to watch the presentation of your dish but each of the dishes being seared. A good deal of the food came from the Heron Farm. Our palates were treated with great tastes but our eyes were continually treated to a show as the servings were presented thru the restaurant. Hope to enjoy a return visit in the near future.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 53rd anniversary at Heron’s. Food, wait staff and ambiance was outstanding. We are always warmly greeted and welcomed. We always look forward to dining at Heron’s. We find the ambiance to be not only beautiful, but tranquil as well.
  18. m

    maddie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    unbelievable. worth it every time. this is more than a meal - it is a experience and a perfect one at that
  19. ST

    SarahT

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic! The attention to detail at Herons is incredible.
  20. GR

    GeniaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite meal with the most decadent food imaginable. The restaurant decor is well- appointed and indicative of the service you receive. I highly recommend their world-class dining experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service and staff and, as always superior venue.
  22. T

    Topgungal

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Herons is amazing, always artistically presented and of highest quality. The staff are also professional and courteous. I had lunch there with friends, we sat outside (under an umbrella, in the shade) and it was peaceful and relaxing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an incredible meal! Thank you!
  24. NC

    NCLP

    Raleigh

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Plenty of delicious food even for the price. The starters were fantastic especially the oysters. The lobster in the first course was good but not noteworthy. I had the Halibut for the main course and it was quite good. The fresh bread and specialty butter was a nice bonus. However, I did not care for the "chocolate" desert as it had corn ice cream (?) and actual kernels f corn which ruined the texture of the dish.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always!
  26. PB

    PaulB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service and exceptional experience. Definitely recommend art and wine pairing for special occasion.
  27. RG

    RobbinG

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous dining experience! Wonderful service and food was great!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal of my life.
  29. d

    david

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great special occasion restaurant. Outstanding servers with great knowledge of menu. World class experience.
  30. GF

    GlutenFree

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s an experience. Impeccable service. Every course is a work of art with amazing amuse bouche between courses. In fact, the little macron with pate bite may have been my favorite thing. We have to eat gluten free and have always been safe at Herons. The gluten free menu has 3 options for each of 3 courses plus a dessert. The full list of desserts can be modified if you must have chocolate, but try the kakigori - it’s an interesting shaved ice dessert with all kinds of interesting things going on. The 62 degree egg with truffle is one of my favorites.
  31. MH

    MollyH

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food, but overall the dining experience is top notch!
  32. BS

    BrendaS

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only was the food phenomenal, but the service was outstanding. The staff at Heron’s turned out dinner out into an unforgettable multi-course experience.
  33. PZ

    PeterZ

    Raleigh

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a an outstanding dinner and the chef has put together the most amazing menu
  34. AH

    AmandaH

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always! Graziela is the best we had a blast:)
  35. S

    Salnc

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, our server Priya was terrific, everything about the experience was perfect!
  36. RJ

    RJT49

    Raleigh

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining and overall experience!
  37. NS

    NancyS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining at Herons. It was a fabulous culinary experience. The 4 course dinner menu is very unique. The presentations of each dish are beautiful. The staff is excellent and very engaging. Herons definitely is the best restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.
  38. MM

    MichaelM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant and memorable experience from start to finish!
  39. AM

    AndyM

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    Service and food was excellent except the burger. I was ordered medium well. I was very over cooked, dry and tasteless. Very disappointing.
  40. S

    Sisterofachef

    Denver

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely excellent. We're retired, so we have to go for special occasions only. Otherwise, we'd go monthly. Highly recommend.

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 2513 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 22 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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