About Herons

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.

100 Woodland Pond Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am

Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 1:00pm

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thrursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm by reservation only

Cross Street:
Harrison Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 447-4200

Website:
http://www.theumstead.com/

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.

Catering:
Please contact Carrie Cassidy of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at carrie.cassidy@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.

Executive Chef:
Steven Devereaux Greene

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Herons Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

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Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Scenic View (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Healthy (6)
Authentic (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
People Watching (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was outstanding and presented beautifully. T atmosphere was pleasant with no pretense.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 6 days ago

Herons top chef always creates quality food presented as art. Servers and staff are outstanding. The floral arrangements and art in the hotel make this restaurant a joy to visit. Great place to meet people from all over the Triangle and dine before flights from RDU.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent food and service. They make you feel special as soon as you walk through the door. Their attention to detail is something most restaurants do not do.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wine pairings too sweet, otherwise wonderful!

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 (Pinehurst)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This was my first visit to Herons so I didn’t know what to expect. Wow was I surprised! This was the best dining experience I have had in a very long time. Everything was amazing from the service, the wine selection, to the food! It is obvious there is a ton of thought put into every detail! Looking forward to the next visit to try the new menu, that changes every 3 months.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

You have to experience this 5 star hotel/ restaurant. It is an amazing experience every time I go there

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great dinner service! A nice balance of presentation and quality. Definitely worth the bucks. My wife and I had a 3-course with about 6 complimentary plates of goodness and some bread and butter plus madelines to go. Btw, awesome wait staff too.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Amazing front start to finish, worth the drive for us. The Kaiseki menu was the way to go.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant in the area. It is pretty pricy, but compared to similar restaurants (Fearrington House, perhaps Second Empire) in the area, Herons is by far the best .

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Herons is consistently an elegant choice for dining. The ingredients and style of preparation of food is art itself. The flowers and décor are gorgeous. On top of that, the service is lovely.
On my most recent visit this month, I had the crab cakes, and my friend selected the lobster roll with fries--both excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here. It was on Halloween night, and the restaurant was nearly empty. We each had a fabulous four course meal with wine pairings. It was the best dining experience we have had in our lives! It does come with a cost, but it is worth every penny if you are looking for excellent food, exquisite presentation, and knowledgeable waitstaff.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had the most outstanding service and food. Every detail was perfect !

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Herons is such a quiet, elegant dining spot. The ambiance is great, the food is good, and the service is excellent. I highly recommend Herons!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The quality of the food is outstanding and beautifully presented. Service and accommodation to my special diet requests were appreciated. The beauty of the art collections, and the fall floral designs on this visit were visually stunning. The landscape of the hotel interior and exterior are a pleasure to behold. I had the steak which was perfectly done, and my friend shared with me a taste of her crab cakes which were wonderfully prepared. This is a favorite choice for my dining in the Triangle.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Organic, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Very classy place with superb service. If you like elegant food with great presentation this is your place. A little too much show and not enough substance for me. Would rather spend the same money at the Capital grill or Ferrington House.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Excellent spot for that special occasion. The food was magnificent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The hostess set the tone and it wasn’t a good one. We should have turned around and gone to the Waffle House! While the wait staff was pleasant and the decor on point, the flatware was dirty, the food was over salted,
and my 62 degree egg wasn’t prepared properly

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 2, 2017

What a great service. The food was excellent. They made the birthday girl feel special. She loved it. Will be sure to eat there again.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Took 2 speakers from a seminar I planned to dinner. Everyone loved it, & it also happened to be my b'day.

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Amazing, you have to go each season at least!

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

As always, Herons provided an excellent atmosphere to accompany their incredible food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was excellent and friendly! Food and presentation was outstanding!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Amazing service! 🙏🏼

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 7, 2017

What an amazing dining experience! Everything was perfection. Started at the bar for pre-dinner cocktails that were expertly crafted, then 3 course dinner with amazing wine. The service was impeccable. We sat outside, such a beautiful evening.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I made a mistake adjusting the way the Chef prepared and presented the brioche French Toast. My choices did not improve the taste at all

I would never do that again

Also the de-caf coffee tasted ok. But it was not hot enough

Also I would never order smoked bacon again
Very very salty

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Wonderful service, beautiful--as well as delicious food, and a quiet elegance.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The environment is beautiful - a nice combination of elegance and relaxation. The service was exceptional, too. The food descriptions were whimsical and often left a lot to the imagination - take advantage of the server’s knowledge, otherwise it’s just a vague flavor profile you’re ordering (and thy all seemed super knowledgeable). The food was very good, though it seemed apparent the emphasis is slightly more on presentation. Portion sizes are small, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of each course offering. Beautiful restaurant and even more beautiful food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The ambience is sophisticated.....the service is exceptional...the food presentation is elegant..the food and wine were interesting but not particularly memorable..ours was a special anniversary celebration and for that it fit the bill...Given is pricing,however, I doubt we would consider it for a normal Saturday night out...

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The blueberry pancakes were average. The turkey bacon and orange juice were pretty good.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Loved my experience at Herons. Excellent food and service! Best brunch ever!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Late-night Find, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Romantic, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Love this place

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Everything was FABULOUS! We will be back!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great place to go in the triangle for Brunch. Delicious food and excellent service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

A remarkable meal by all measures. The oysters were amazing, as well as the foie and the steak. The "perfume" dessert was surprising, light and floral. The dishes were highly technical and executed perfectly. Can't wait to go back.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Absolutely made our weekend, thank you so very much.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Best dining experience ever. A great birthday celebration; service, presentation, taste and texture were superb. Prix Fixe menu has a good selection plus there are terrific treats between the courses. Don't leave off dessert- some interesting uses of liquid nitrogen.
Heron's lives up to its 5 star rating.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was delicious. I wish I could say the same for the service and the ambiance. We've had various great dining experiences in the Triangle, nationally, and internationally. I would've hoped a restaurant with these bonafides (and price tag) would have stacked up. However, we had atrocious service -- soaking wet tablecloth and no attempt to move us, give us a new cloth, or any kind of attempt to make the situation better (would have preferred the bar), slowest meal coursing I have ever experienced (50 min before first food and at least 30 before a drink other than water was brought -- had to ask for it, was never offered), and the restaurant had very loud, obviously drunken patrons speaking so loudly it was impossible to dine comfortably. We did enjoy the food, but the other issues and the timing of the meal were too much. I would have loved to have left in the first 30 min, but they charge a $50 fee! for any reservation cancellation within 24 hrs -- we were their hostages.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 28, 2017

By far best food presentation I've ever seen. GO experience it for yourself.

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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Herons always provides a wonderful atmosphere, with amazing food! My wife and I have had brunch here on three different occasions, and have njoyed each opportunity!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Hats off to our Service Professional, Scott Hoppmann! He made our dining experience the best we have ever had. I was very impressed that he took note on my Open Table reservation where I asked how the foie gras was prepared, that it was Ras' birthday and the foie gras was an important part of the meal. He made it very personal and directed the preparation and description to Ras. PERFECT~ He was very knowledgeable about the menu, wines, paring, etc. The food was to die for - presentation was very impressive. We went with the 3 and 4 course with wine paring option and it was the best decision we could have made. We will return to Herons and we will request Scott Hoppmann again! Thank you all for making this birthday celebration a memorable one. We will be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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