Herons

4.9
2365 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.

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.
  • Chef's Multi-Course Art Tour

    $250.00 per personPrepaid

    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. the Chef's multi-course Art Tour Tasting menu showcases The Umstead's culinary farm and drawing inspiration from the art and nature theme of the property. The art tour cannot be adjusted to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies in order for our guests to experience Chef Greene’s culinary vision. Please contact reservations if you have any questions.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner 2022

    $225.00 per personPrepaid

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022

    5 Course Chef's Tasting Menu Wine pairings available for an additional cost.

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 2365 people are saying
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SarahG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time to Herons inside The Umstead Hotel & Spa - and what a treat!! It was relaxing, quiet and so beautiful. You just felt uber cozy inside and our waiter was so friendly and professional. The food was over the top delicious and the presentation was immaculate! Treat yourself to this foodie "retreat" and enjoy the are artwork around too! Highly recommend! <3

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent!!

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EboniA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best dinner experience I have ever had. The food is delicious! The staff made me feel like royalty the entire time. We will definitely dine here more often.

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vipFrancoise
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herons is the most peaceful and lovely dining experience. Service is excellent. Lunch was simple and delicious.

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EddieC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience was amazing. The food was almost too beautiful to eat but I am glad we did becuase the unique flavor combinations did not disappoint. The service was friendly yet refined . We are looking forward to our next visit in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice lunch date. It was pretty quiet. The food was delicious. I would love to see some new menu items or specials or maybe it just happens that each time we go there it’s the same menu. They should absolutely keep their signature dishes like the lobster roll but it would be nice to see a little bit more variety.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in the triangle area and best service staff, will come back for sure for another amazing experience

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chan
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful birthday lunch with 3 of my favorite friends. Herons made our lunch experience phenomenal with tasty food selections and incredible wines paired with each course. So much fun and an incredible ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I love going here the French fries were too salty

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Herons and we will definitely be back. The food was amazing and the service was incredible. I have celiac disease and I was given amazing gluten free options just as easy as if I had no dietary restrictions at all. I felt completely safe eating the gluten free food served to me, which can be rare when eating out with celiac.

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vipDuke
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightfully intricate courses in the art tasting menu on 7 January 2022. Very interesting and entertaining as well as delicious.

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KimberlyM
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my fiancé here for his birthday dinner last night and it was amazing. From the beauty of the dining room and the professionalism and very kind and caring responses from the staff, the whole experience was wonderful. I can’t even describe how good the food was and how beautifully it was presented! We even fell in love with the gorgeous Ben Owen plates! From the first course to the final course, we were very impressed and pleased. We will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! I always have a great experience at Herons.

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vipPhil
Raleigh
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding (as usual). It’s expensive, but an amazing dining experience. Can’t wait to go back.

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Cjinscore
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always make a point to go out to dinner at Herons at least once a year. It is always such a special treat. The food is beautiful and delicious but the service is also impeccable. Yes it is a very expensive restaurant but 100% worth every penny. Nothing about Herons has ever disappointed me.

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Eatlocalnc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the attention to detail that the staff at Heron's provides for their guests is on point. From the creative food, the thoughtful plating and the friendly, attentive staff, Heron's never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Years brunch!

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KMCWatts
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Great for a brunch with family.

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SWats
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met for Sunday brunch with a dear friend. Great place, nice, quiet atmosphere and the wait staff is simply AMAZING!!! Will return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had breakfast and dinner here for my anniversary. Delicious food, memorable experience, and my husband and I loved it 🥰

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vipFafner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Heron's stepped up its game since last year. We had the Chef's menu and every dish was an inspirational winner.

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, but very over-priced. Small portions for the cost of the entrees and appetizers. However, the service is, by far, exceptional.

My only complaint other than the cost is that I tried to change my reservation a few days prior in order to add two more people. The restaurant said it was not possible. When we arrived with just our original party of four, the restaurant was not crowded at all and there were many empty tables. Seems like they could have easily accommodated our request.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review