Herons

4.8
1653 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(919) 447-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Steven Devereaux Greene
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harrison Avenue
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1653 People Are Saying
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Dallas
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s tasting menu is awesome! You get to experience a variety of.the popular dishes. The dishes are presented as work of art and it’s super yummy!!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
1.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

This was a dining experience from hell. First we had a young boy at the next table informing his parents ... and anyone near by ... that he farted ... over and over again. Then the gazpacho soup we ordered ... came as tomato soup ... then the gazpacho soup that came was spilled everywhere (if I had not been so fast would have landed in my lap). The soup was supposed to feature grilled shrimp ... and we were informed by the waiter that it was chopped as a garnish , not so much as a teaspoon in terms of the amount ... so clearly false advertisement. One or two grilled shrimp would have been an appropriate garnish. We dined for lunch on April 10 ... and the waiter, Oscar, who brought back my gift card I rec'd for Christmas ... made a BIG point of telling me the balance on the gift card was $100.00 and gave me a ticket with the balance marked $100 (I still have the receipt). We arrived just before 11:30 am and the ticket we rec'd with a balance of $100. was marked 12:37 pm. When I gave the waiter the gift card on July 6 ... he returned saying there was only $25.00 left on the gift card (our lunch for July 6 was $75) ... and the original card was purchased for $150. So we will not ever dine at this deceitful place ... nor will we recommend it to anyone else. The Fearrington Inn would be a much, much better fine dining option.

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Sacramento
26 reviews
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restuarant never disappoints us! We have been dining as well as staying there over 5 years and will continue to do so now that we moved to NC.

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AC
Raleigh
9 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife, her mom, and me. Have been here 3 times previously for dinner. First time for lunch and first every visit for my wife and mother-in-law. They raved about it, taking in the ambience, well-mannered staff. If you ask for directions, the person you ask will take you there rather than tell you how to get there. If you say thank you, a young person will say you're welcome - rather than the ubiquitous "no problem" that has replace you're welcome if you are under 40. Expensive but worth it. You are paying for food, service, and much more. Tea was excellent. 2 different non-alcoholic "mocktails" were expensive at $8 but something different and refreshing. I did notice that at our table and a nearby table, the servers tend to push the more expensive options on the menu. The soup (tomato) and fried green tomato sandwich was truly outstanding. I had the blue crab salad which was fine because I was not very hungry. It was a little bland and I might try something different next time. The iced tea was excellent. No room for desert but I am sure that it would have been amazing. Service could not have been better. We were not staying at the hotel and there are very few restaurants in hotels that I would travel this far just for a meal - this one is truly exceptional!

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CH
Raleigh
2 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was outstanding.

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N
1 review
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Heron's is an excellent dining experience. Although I am not as appreciative of the eclectic menu as some might be, I endorse the experience for what it was ... a lovely night out in a restaurant with excellent service and an exquisite and artfully presented menu.

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an wonderful experience! The food and the service were exquisite. Exceeded our expectations!

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Memphis
63 reviews
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu, service and overall value

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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Phoenix
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great restaurant, great food, many menu options,
Service could have been better. Waited a long time to place food order, server did not clear plates, had to ask for the check.

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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JT
Raleigh
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. The food was both delicious and artful. Definitely a great “special occasion” destination.

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DD
Raleigh
18 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, a fantastic dinner...!

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Raleigh
27 reviews
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can't find a more elegant setting in the Triangle for an impeccably served lunch...outside on the terrace, the lounge or dining room. The menu and food preparation never disappoints. Perfect spot for a power lunch or a romantic meal.

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EF
Western NC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience ! There are no words to describe the food...

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TB
Western NC
1 review
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and interiors. You feel transported to another world. Service is impecable and food is presented beautifully and tastes incredible. We are so fortunate to have Heron's and the Umstead Hotel right around the corner.

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Raleigh
24 reviews
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are had a different item which was fun. I do remember a previous time when I never had to ask for my coffee to be refilled. This was lacking this time because I had to ask several time.
All our items were very good. The presentation was beautiful. We had a window table which I always enjoy. The harp player was next to us but he was just loud enough. It was very enjoyable.

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CW
Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love dining at Herons. The food, the service, the ambiance -- everything is always excellent. So many delicious menu choices that I have a hard time deciding! The breads are also remarkable, as is the amuse that the chef send out - surprising and delightful every time.

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FD
Orlando
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my sisters birthday

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JS
Raleigh
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heron's never disappoints. Our breakfast was elegant and delicious and the service was impeccable in a lovely, peaceful and artistic environment

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Raleigh
11 reviews
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always with perfect service. Wonderful place for celebrations

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Orlando
3 reviews
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Amazing, food and service

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch on the terrace amidst the peaceful wooded landscape. Service is always top notch with every detail considered.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and the Herons atmosphere is always top quality. Thank you for a wonderful lunch with friends!

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N
Los Angeles
111 reviews
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hotel and restaurant were fabulous. The dishes were presented by a wonderful staff. The staff were dressed professionally and the dishes and flowers were stunning.
The presentation of the food was obviously done by a true chef.
This was a special treat.

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfection!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with the menu selection and the flavor of the items we tried. The shrimp and grits were surprising and wonderful. I would order them again.

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KC
1 review
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The only negative was the assumption was that my companion was my wife. She is my deceased wife's daughter by a previous marriage, the only family I have within 100 miles. Otherwise, being called by name was a pleasant surprise.

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Herons is always a unique experience. Cannot say anything negative! Expensive, but worth it.

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DD
1 review
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was superb and a culinary delight. A blend of flavors and combinations of food that would never have occurred to us in our four course meal.

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London
2 reviews
4.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had been meaning to visit the Umstead for some time and were able to secure a breakfast reservation on a busy Mother’s Day and graduation weekend. The venue is a treat, very quiet and sleek. Had it been less humid, we would have dined outside. The food was good but not great — the chicken & waffles, special omelette and lox were serviceable. (Hard to get a good bagel outside of NYC.). The French toast was the hit. Overall, we felt well taken care of.

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Charlotte
27 reviews
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-graduation breakfast at Heron's. Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, fresh squeezed OJ and coffee along with other delicious treats was a great way to start the day full of pomp and circumstance at UNC-CH Law graduation ceremonies. Only thing missing was champagne, which was my fault!

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The menu choices were great including the speciality drinks. Expesive but worth it.

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Raleigh
8 reviews
4.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, food and service and fair price for brunch

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LH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Umstead never fails at making the most simple event, a spectacular experience. I made reservations for 1 at Herons for breakfast the night before, to kick off a spa day I planned. From the bell staff to the waiters and waitresses, they made my last minute breakfast plans into an hour of pure enjoyment and excellent service.

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JL
1 review
5.0Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! The service was attentive and the atmosphere was relaxed.

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CH
Raleigh
3 reviews
4.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My husband commented that the leek soup and the complimentary cookies were in fact the best part of the meal, and I'd have to agree. While the food was lovely to look at on arrival, the flavor combinations (soup excepted) were not particularly remarkable, and at these prices and ambiance one can expect remarkable. Wandering around the Umstead is always a treat, and the service was attentive and personal.

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KH
1 review
5.0Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING as always. The staff is extremely attentive and the food is beyond devine. They truly care about any food allergies or adversions. When sitting outside, you are transported to another world. It’s very impressive considering an international airport is only miles away and an 8-lane interstate is adjacent.

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Jacksonville
19 reviews
4.0Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our overall experience was really good at Herons. It was myself, my wife and my mother-in-law.

Our server, Oscar, along with Johnathan and the other wait staff made our experience very relaxed and enjoyable.

The amuse-bouche of tuna tartare on a crispy wonton was delicious.

We tried the spring gazpacho and beet salad - both of which were flavorful.

My wife got the lobster roll which she said was one of the best lobster rolls she has had.

I ordered the beef tenderloin. The beef was cooked perfectly to medium rare. I ate it with a Spanish wine from their wine list (quite extensive with some rare wines). I enjoyed every bite of the beef along with its accompaniments.

My mother-in-law got the vegetarian pasta dish and it was well-balanced. She said she would order it again.

We tried all the desserts on the menu which included creme brulee, pannaa cotta, red velvet cake, and one other . The desserts were good but we were not blown away. Some of the plating of the dessert also made it difficult to eat.

Overall, we were glad to have tried Herons and may be back in the future.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a treat to dine at Herons. The ambience is elegant and the food delicious. Brunch is reasonably priced too!

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