Herons

4.9
2278 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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2278 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipszq1129
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go anytime you want an amazing experience on all levels, of cuisine, service and atmosphere!

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ElizabethF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was highly attentive without being fussy. The food was incredible, and the wine pairings were a lovely complement. Highly recommend for an amazing dining experience

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JuliaW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Also enjoyed the quiet and attractive atmosphere.

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MandyB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herons is by far the best dining experience in the area and probably the state. Amazing service, food, and attention to detail. A must for anyone in the area to experience at least once!

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Kibimbap
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brunch menu should accommodate vegetarians and vegans much more. There are very limited options for those that may be vegetarian, but dont' or prefer not to eat eggs. And, that's such an easy fix with TOFU. I expected such an upscale spot to be a bit more relevant and timely (woke) with options. Disappointed.

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rvargo
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We'd been to Heron's in the past and were fortunate enough to come back. I have to say this time around we were blown away by the plating, flavors, and wine pairings. I would highly recommend to others to dine at Herons and look forward to returning myself when the next special occasion allows. Thanks for such a wonderful evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were spectacular, great place for a special occasion meal! Highly recommend the wine pairings as well.

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vipMelissaE
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious flavors, impressive plating, beautiful setting. Lychee cocktail was visually pleasing and tasted divine.

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back after being gone due to COVID. Food and service continue to be outstanding. Looking forward to the return of the tasting menu.

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vipRGA2
Raleigh
52 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to celebrate a very special event.

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SteveH
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ate at Herons with my wife for our 25th anniversary. It was quite a treat. The service was impeccable and the food was unique. We had four courses and each was was a different taste experience. Though always good, some creations seemed focused more on presentation than the palate, so some dishes tasted better than others (though my wife and I did not agree on what was best). Highly recommended for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible!

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Rich
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A little slow on serving food. Atmosphere was excellent.

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vipLacrossemom
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful artistry on each plate. Unusual selections and great wine pairings. Definitely a “special occasion” event, but worth the money. Really an oasis in the midst of a crazy world.

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Yomogi
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heron's is consistently excellent: food, service, wine list. If you want special occasion dining and to enjoy excellent food in an elevated atmosphere, come here!

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RMoore
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GO. HERE. Do it! Splurge for the cheese plate, splurge for the wine pairing, it's so worth it. Easily the best dining experience of my life. The dishes were stunning and delicious, and the little surprise bites between courses made the experience even more special. I definitely plan to come back to taste their different seasonal offerings.

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DutchieS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Wonderful place to celebrate anything. Staff were very kind, helpful and efficient. The experience was definitely on point!

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mary
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience5

This was the first visit to Herons that I did not rate it a 5 in every category. The problem was a waitress who left too much time between visits to the table and food not cooked as preferred. I requested medium rare and was served well done. I was not informed that medium rare was not available when I ordered.

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NancyS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb dining experience. It could be our best dining ever. Everything was perfect and beautifully presented. The serving pieces, all different and very unique, were most suited for each food offering

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TeriW
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a perfect lunch with attention to detail and fabulous cuisine! A favorite for our yearly birthday event!

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huntmj
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day

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vipEngaged
Raleigh
79 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had the good fortune to eat in wonderful places around the country and the world. Our two meals at Herons are not only at the top, but they have also been the best. We don't say that lightly. Each course brought incredible flavors, textures, and tastes. Each was also beautiful. In addition to the incredible food, the wine pairings were not only perfect but interesting. The service is superb. Our latest meal was another memorable adventure in dining.

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EduardoW
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The restaurant should take advantage of the beautiful forest around instead of having breakfast inside. I don´t know if they serve breakfast outdoor ( the restaurant has the infrastructure for doing it), but the day we went, we had it inside even though it was clear a beautiful day (maybe it was because it rained the night before, but it was very easy to dry the tables and chairs)

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PattyS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a lovely place for a special meal. The food is super nice the staff is very attentive and accommodating, and the setting is beautiful.

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PatrickT
Raleigh
2 reviews