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Herons

4.6
1573 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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Cross street: Harrison Avenue
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What 1573 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
food
4.7
service
4.9
ambience
4.2
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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

We love Herons and we have dined before . We were celebrating our anniversary and decided to go to Herons. The food is amazing , the place is stunning and the service very good but a few little things were not Herons standard. I ordered steak and eggs, the steak took longer than usual because the first time it was over cooked so the chef made a new one but the wait was longer. I also ordered wheat toast and never got them. The sugar bowl was stained, it wasn’t impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

We go for all our special occasions

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viphopeful (Philadelphia)
2.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Reservation was for 9:30...supposedly sold out for brunch. Had requested a later time, with no avail. Not seated until after 10:00. Service good but very slow kitchen, with half the tables empty. Took an unusually long time to get served.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 29, 2017

Fabulous experience as always. The only small complaint the waitress wasn't able to properly describe the wines.

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vipPAL4dinenwine (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

During December 2017 I had the pleasure of dining at Herons at the Umstead Hotel 4 times during 4 separate weeks. Each time the floral displays were different--including the live flowers in the holiday trees. Food is always high quality and prepared beautifully and served artfully by the staff. The complimentary bread and chef's treat of the day are consistently gourmet creations. On this most recent visit I enjoyed the crab cakes, and my friend selected the lobster roll--both excellent choices. The Chihuly crystal art sculpture, the special art exhibits and pottery, the floral arrangements, and the addition of live music on some occasions--all make dining at Herons my top choice.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 26, 2017

We went here for a Christmas lunch, and it was a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent Christmas day brunch, everything was wonderful. May God bless us all. / Mark

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Todd (Phoenix)
4.0
Dined on December 22, 2017

This was my second trip to Heron's. My first trip to Herons, about 3 years ago, was amazing. One of the best meals I've ever had. My most recent trip was a bit...disappointing. The chef made plenty of interesting items, but none of them jumped out at me. I ordered the duck. 3 years ago it was the best duck I ever ate. This time? Not so much. Fat was not properly rendered off the duck, the duck was bit too chewy and it arrived luke-warm. The dessert for our latest trip was the biggest disappointment. The "autumnal" dessert is a mish-mash of chocolate, fruits, and other items on the plate. A complete miss. Service during my latest trip was still top-notch. For 3 years I considered Heron's the best restaurant in NC. Now? Not so sure. The food simply isnt as tasty as it use to be. Nothing I ate on my latest trip to Heron's makes me want to quickly return.

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vipBackup (Raleigh)
3.0
Dined on December 20, 2017

Food very innovative and attractively presented but too much added salt. V good wine selection. Service was disappointing. Each ordered a drink one wine one cocktail, the cocktail was served at least 5 mins after the wine!

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vipPAL4dinenwine (Raleigh)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

The offerings for the weekend brunch are beautifully prepared quality ingredients served artfully. Attention is given to any diet requests diners may need. This Sunday Brunch was the occasion of friends meeting before heading to RDU for travel to holiday destinations. It is so relaxing to begin a journey with fine dining and excellent service at Herons before leaving home.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
Harrison Avenue
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$50 and over
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(919) 447-4200
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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.
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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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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.
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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