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Herons, Cary, NC

Herons

4.9
4.9
2973 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 21 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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 Kayla Turner of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at kayla.turner@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.
  • Art Tour Tasting Menu

    $320.63 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 Steven Greene's 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. Wine pairings are offered at the table for an additional $150, or $250 for Elevated wine pairings. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. Please contact reservations if you have any questions.

What 2,973 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
  • 4.5Value

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

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Romantic

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Great for scenic views

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Food

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambiance

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

  • Raleigh

    Great for fine wines

  • Raleigh

    Romantic

  • Raleigh

    Great for scenic views

  • Raleigh

    Good for special occasions

  • Raleigh

    American

2,974 Reviews
  1. AngiR

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impeccable! Service and food were amazing. Can’t wait to return with my husband.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We dined here on the first evening of our honeymoon. It was an outstanding experience. The food was out of this world. The service was perfect. Can’t wait to go do it again. Thanks Casey for making our evening so special!

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  3. JULIA

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection as always. This is our yearly splurge.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came for my daughter’s graduation celebration and it was a fabulous treat. Service was great and so was the food.

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  5. RobertL

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the most beautiful and amazing food and service ever. We eat here often and continue to be impressed with the creativity of Chef Greene and his team.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 2nd time dining at Heron’s. It is a fabulous experience, an epicurean delight with phenomenal service. The wine pairings are perfectly paired and thoroughly explained by the sommelier. Mike was our waiter (both times). I would highly recommend requesting him. A 5-star dining experience!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve dined at many high end restaurants throughout the country and we believe this experience is one of the best.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for lunch. It was exceptional. Food and service fantastic.

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  9. HobertB

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exquisite dining and service. Our favorite restaurant in Raleigh

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  10. crenee

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful lunch at Heron’s. The Lilac cocktail and Tempura flounder were both excellent. The beet salad was the perfect size for sharing. It included both red and yellow beets. The rice served with the tempura was very flavorful. Loved the ambiance and especially Karen, our server. She was professional yet warm and friendly. The perfect balance! This is always one of my favorite places.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the pleasure of dining with a lady-friend, and I will refrain from commenting on her behalf other than her impression was less than remarkable. The service and the dining room environment was wonderful and the attention to detail was wonderful. The wine pairings were excellent and timely to include clean, spotless glasses in each iteration. In regard to the courses, I can say that it was not delightful; it was good, but not delicious nor delightful. The oyster dish (first course) was quite delicious, but the scallop dish (second course) was not, as the scallop and its garnish seemed disjointed, and the flavors conflicted. The duck was good, and I appreciated the cherry/foie gras sauce and the black cherry stuffed with foie gras, but the beet was bland and merely a decoration. There were small "appetizers" between the courses and the first we received, before any of the courses, was a small green, soggy little sandwich which unfortunately set our expectations for the meal. The fourth course, being dessert, was a strawberry creation that was creative and tasty. I also tasted my dates chocolate desert and unfortunately, it was not remarkable. In conjunction with the aforementioned, there was supposed to be a bouquet on the table composed of hydrangea, roses and African violets. The bouquet was not present! I had added this as a written request/comment in the reservation after which I received a phone call. I was informed that the restaurant could not accommodate the flowers, but the concierge could. Later that day, I engaged in an in-depth discussion with the concierge, and I was so excited about the great communication and follow-up. The concierge informed me about their florist, confirmed my credit card and contact info. I left the conversation confident that the Umstead concierge would accomplish this mission. Much to my chagrin, they did not.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food options and quality were first rate. We also very much enjoyed a walk around the lake afterwards.

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  13. AliciaC

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an experience and the staff was truly phenomenal from start to finish. We really enjoyed our dinner and the creativity put into each dish.

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  14. JLiu

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is nice, but service is slow, taking total 3.5 hours. The environment is nice, but baby cries

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  15. MichaelD

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A special mother's day lunch with the usual excellent food and service that we expect from Herons.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    World-class restaurant, food, and service. Tremendous experience.

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  17. MariaM

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cameron was an excellent waiter! He was very attentive and friendly. He helped us choose a lovely red wine by giving us a taste of two different kinds. We loved the delicious Umstead burger and fries. It was a wonderful experience to take my out of town sister there for lunch .

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. BoCF

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an absolute awesome business lunch w/prospective client and partners. Exceptional food, drink, atmosphere, and service. Pam and the entire team were wonderful and attentive.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. The dishes were well thought out and executed perfectly. Staff was attentive and helpful. I will eat there next time I am in town!

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  21. Doggydog

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Priya was an outstanding server! Would definitely ask for her again!

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  22. CourtneyR

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All around top notch. All courses were excellent. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed. If anything could be improved would be desert. Was great but not as amazing as everything else. Will go again soon. Staff was 11/10. Sommelier was excellent. Recommend the wine pairings for all wines were incredible. Truly next level experience.

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  23. CynthiaC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the lobster roll and my guest had a caesar salad with anchovies. Both were very good tasting and attractively plated. The atmosphere were quiet and comfortable and the service was attentive without over-doing it.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for a 30th birthday dinner and I could cry it was so perfect. Our server was Kacy and she was such a joy to be around and really leaned in to our tables enthusiasm for the meal. All of the food was perfectly prepared, beautifully composed dishes, we did the wine pairings as well which were more complex with the dishes that allowed it and stepped back when required. By the end we were both stuffed silly and happily waddling back to our cars. Truly a once in a lifetime experience I’d love to repeat.

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  25. BillZ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a very gppd brunch. Heron's is a class eatery.

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  26. Luis

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's definitely an amazing experience. All the food was delicious and unique. Be ready to eat. Even if the plates are small, you will fill up with delicious flavors. I suggest going early as it takes time and I personally don't want to eat late. We sat by the windows and it was quiet but there were a few nats flying around and one fell into our drink. The staff was amazing and the chef did an excellent job catering to my food allergies.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is beyond describable. Mike, Laurence, Josie, and the team were amazing and very polite. The food was beyond exceptional. Truly the best experience ever!

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  28. AndyC

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was exquisite and service was excellent from all we encountered. The food and wine were delicious. The extra attention we received because it was our anniversary made it special. Thank you!

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  29. Sandra

    Greensboro

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our luncheon was excellent! The food, the service, and the setting. Can hardly wait to go back. Hotel staff members were also friendly and accommodating. As we were leaving, we stopped to admire the floral arrangement in the foyer. The concierge overhead us discussing what the plant might be and came over to answer our questions. First rate establishment!

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  30. ScottD

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Herons and the Spa. You can have a conversation without raising your voice while dining. The decor, the staff, food, the overall place is awesome!

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  31. AmyJ

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have enjoyed Herons numerous times and this visit was the best. The various courses were phenomenal, presentation exquisite, and staff were outstanding.

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  32. PoppyGPS

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Without question, the finest dining experience my wife and I have ever had! Innovative, interesting courses paired with excellent wines. Bring your wallet, but worth it!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful birthday lunch adventure, with food beautifully prepared and served. Starting with a delicate Vichyssoise and small blueberry and zucchini bread rolls with butter, we graduated to entrees of flounder and the Umstead burger, finishing with a chocolate Sunday dessert. We enjoyed our lunches so much that we promised ourselves to return more frequently. Our server was Cameron, and his attention and sense of humor helped make the celebration special.

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  34. SJfromAI

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at Herons for breakfast, brunch, lunch and late night many times. The service is always of the highest quality with a knowledgeable staff who seem to know just how much to interact without being intrusive. The food is excellent and the menu ranges from cutting edge to comfort. A new find for us at the bar: the potato chips are amazing, really thin and utterly crisp. Yes, everyone became very excited about them. A final word: the breakfast experience (Staff and food) is simply perfect.

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  35. Luvgoodeats

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch choices were very good: 2 special omelettes; croke madame; & crab cake benedict. Service, especially Pam, was outstanding.

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  36. Allie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, service, and ambience. Would recommend for a special occasion

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Dublin

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Herons is always a fantastic experience. The food is worth the price—meticulously chosen flavors, local ingredients, and artful presentation are the hallmarks of this restaurant. Don’t forget to book well in advance!

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  38. ShoeShoe

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Helpful staff everywhere. Lovely view. Delightful lunch!

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  39. CelesteS

    Charleston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the moment we walked in (and throughout our experience) we were greeted with personable and knowledgeable service that set the tone for an exceptional dining experience. The ambiance was both comfortable and artistically captivating, creating the perfect backdrop for our evening. Every dish was not only beautifully presented but also bursting with the most delicious and flavorful combinations. Chef Greene's creativity shone through in each bite, showcasing an impressive ability to translate artistic vision into truly unforgettable culinary delights. Heron’s is a must-visit for anyone seeking a memorable dining experience!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily one of the best food experiences in the Triangle!

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FAQs

Herons is rated 4.9 stars by 2973 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 21 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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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 Kayla Turner of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at kayla.turner@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.
  • Private party contact
    Tammie Burdick: (888) 778-7425
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