Herons

4.8
2337 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.

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 2337 people are saying
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GaryM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive, but well worth it - especially for special occasions. Service was great and food delicious. Meal was similar to a Michelin 3-star in France.

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Moondance
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So happy that we have such a high quality restaurant in our area! Great food, excellent service, and all around a great dining experience! Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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PK23
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Art Tour was incredible! Highly recommend for special occasions.

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HeatherH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top three food experiences of my life! Couldn't count how many creative dishes we tried but all were excellent and unique.

KM
KimM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing ! The service fantastic ! Food beautiful and delicious ! So fun and enjoyable !!

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GraceR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We could not have been treated better. Our server was very kind and even escorted each of us to the bathrooms separately. He was great with joking which matched our mood. The atmosphere was delightful and we had a wonderful time. The food tasted exceptional and was presented beautifully.

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NancyS
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The lunch dish with root vegetables with chicken was over cooked. Tough and no moisture. The bone left in was black/burnt partially. Highly disappointed especially being out first time. Small plates were suggested as appetizers which was odd because it had more salads then nibbles. Our champagne was not poured timely and the bday person got 4 tiny cookies? Not impressed for the price we paid. The chef pear goat cheese piece was cold. Not room temperature which like it should have been.
It was my daughters 35 bday and surprise engagement lunch.
Selections were not amply for an elegant lunch

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vipShorkie
Raleigh
114 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

This was immensely disappointing. The only good part was the choice of wine pairing and the service. The food was totally unmemorable and a huge disappointment. It was not made clear that the wine pairing was not part of the deal so the dinner and pairing cost upwards of $850.00. I did the wine pairing dinner in 2020 and it was delicious and reasonably priced this experience was the opposite. I would not recommend this deal to anyone unless you have money to burn and bad taste in food! The idea of the evening was a holiday treat for me and my partner in lieu of gifts. I am so disappointed and disgusted at the price. I also resent the phone call before the day telling me that there was only a 15 minute grace period (I had already paid the $500 deposit) or we forfeit the reservation and money! A BIG thumbs down all around.

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MoBerd
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Derek was a great host! The ambience was amazing, the food was first class! It was a great place for an anniversary dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service absolutely outstanding.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was amazing service was great food and presentation were amazing. One thing I will say is the elk cams out a little cold. But all in all great experience.

MO
MattO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Overpriced and food wasn't very good, though the service was excellent.

MS
vipMartaS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch to Herons to celebrate my husband's birthday. We reserved a table inside, but since the fall weather was beautiful, we asked if we could sit outside instead? Which they immediately accommodated for us. The food and service were outstanding! Graziela was our server and she did a fantastic job!
We definitely recommend it and will be back.

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VickyW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate a birthday extremely creative and interesting food. Definitely an experience. Service was impeccable no plans to go back again

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JimNB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the Herron's rivals the finest restaurants in the world for quality of food and service. We took part in the wine pairing four course dinner. The wine selections were outstanding and beautifully matched the food served. The imagination of the chef in preparing the meal was quite evident and well appreciated. Our meal was expensive, but worth every bit of the cost.

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patriciaj
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting back put into restaurant eating after 1 .5 yrs of COVID

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Brunch with friends.

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PegM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience - great place to celebrate any and all events.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service, it was so good we decided to come back the next night!

JD
JackD
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant! Definitely one of the very best in the triangle area. I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion, the food, staff and service will not disappoint at all!

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vipPama9912
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch and service

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Dave
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing as always! This was a great treat for our anniversary!

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

Great service and the food was superb! Will definitely go again for another special occasion!

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AndrewG
Raleigh
12 reviews