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Herons

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2082 Reviews
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$50 and over
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American
**Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Herons will be serving a modified menu and simplified service levels until further notice. Three and Four Course dinners, as well as Tasting Menus, are not available at this time.**

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2082 people are saying
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vipRupp
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th Wedding Anniversary

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vipRichard
Raleigh
73 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from start to finish

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Teatalker
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a delight to drive on up to Cary, from our Pinehurst homes, to have lunch at Heron's Restaurant in the Umstead Resort. Thanks for keeping up your always high standards even during this pandemic.

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vipDebA
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an incredible meal with great service. Looking forward to see what their renovation will be and the return of the 4 n 5 course menu. My berries n cream dessert was incredible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

great food - just not the right time to go out to eat at a nice restaurant and expecting an atmosphere that’s bundled into the price

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AlexS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I typically never write reviews but beware. My last experience was not good. When they pitch the special, make sure you ask how much it is. Got charged $75 (double the cost of any entree on the menu) for a "surf and turf" which included a tiny lobster claw and 6oz worth of steak. Complete and utter rip-off. I left feeling like I'd been robbed. Very poor business practice. This was my second time in the past 3 months...I will not be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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EbonyC
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience from beginning to end. Ambience was amazing.

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JohnH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent presentations, beautiful decor, very attentive wait staff. It was our anniversary and it was well worth celebrating it at Heron’s.

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vipMissMary
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon brunch outdoors, under the building's awning. The staff was excellent, especially the hostess (who remembered talking to me the day before to confirm my reservation). As I had mentioned in the notes, we were there to celebrate my guests -- one had an anniversary to his Ordination to the Priesthood, and the other a birthday. The subtlety in the "written" chocolate brought with the espresso and sundae, respectfully was perfect. Dignified, yet not over the top. There were only two suggestions: 1.) the $30 steak should be larger 2.) have some good music playing lightly in the background!

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Diva13
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating out since COVID hit and we felt so at ease. It was a wonderful experience! Everyone was wearing masks and practice safe measures and they spaced all of the patrons out accordingly. Service was amazing and wait staff were delightful!

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vipPeterZ
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was wonderful as always. The quality and service has not suffered from Covid-19

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FranklinS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herons remains a top restaurant with everything one needs for a fine dining experience.

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Foodie2020
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Aloofness does not equal elegance. The wait staff was professional - in a cool, aloof and rather unengaging manner. The food was adequate - not bad, not great. I will not return.

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BrianC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Five star restaurant that serves top-notch food that is very pricey. I felt like it was fair value for the service in the ambience but portions were small. I would recommend it to those that have not tried five star restaurant like this before.

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vipFooddude
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in the Triangle!

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Rachel
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food

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vipszq1129
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, an amazing experience! House smoked salmon, gazpacho, caesar salad, herb"crusted" salmon. cod, pappardelle with lobster were some of the dishes our foursome enjoyed!!!

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marilyn
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Fine dining at its best, even through Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very lovely experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome attendance

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LisaS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time I ate out during Covid19 , in 5 months. All staff were masks and tables were more than 6 feet apart.

As always, the Food, Service and the Ambiance was exceptional! Never had a bad experience there.

If you're looking for a dining experience like no other, you must treat yourself to Heron's!

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CaitlinB
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy Herons! The staff are so attentive and welcoming, and the food is always fresh, tasty, and interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews