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Herons

4.6
1591 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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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 1591 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Requested a special seating for a specific reason. Was wonderfully accommodated and was asked if expectations were met, which were in a spectacular way. This was my third visit, and my intentions are to visit often!!! Food and service and ambience have always been exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day very romantic atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Honestly, disappointed. We have dined here a number of time- but that last time was 4 years ago- All were amazing experiences. Dinner was good. Presentations were beautiful. Flavors were underwhelming. I had the abalone- flavorless, other than the chewy fishy tasting fish. My husband had the ricotta crab- also disappointing. Foie gras was excellent, entrees were good, but not near the same class of Herons of the past. Sommelier and wait staff were outstanding, but for the price and the experience we were looking for and expecting, we will chose to go elsewhere.

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JeremyB (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Dinners here are very expensive so we went to lunch. For $80 we got two appetizers, two main courses and a desert. Every one was epic. We got to see what they could do without the big bill.

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MaureenBG2018 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our night before wedding meal was so amazing that we came back for Valentine's Day. It was amazing!!

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Smartdiner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

It was wonderful!

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vipSaturdaynight (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful restaurant in a stunning hotel. Great food, service and ambiance. Formal without being stuffy. Menu is traditional yet inventive.

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vipWryan90 (London)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Somelia was fantastic, and really explained the wines that were being served.
Food was great.

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vipLawrencen (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I am well-versed at dining at this establishment as my wedding reception was at this hotel. Seems to have gone slightly downhill as far as service and.. The chair that I was originally sitting in had Dried coffee all over it. Seems like the bare minimum is going unnoticed.

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vip3Rosettes (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Fabulous. A truly memorable experience.

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vipKpw001 (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Our food was wonderful. I had the kale salad with shrimp. The shrimp were large and very tasty. My friend had the sea bass and she said it too was very good. We shared the sweet potato dessert which came in a small glass terrarium type bowl. The presentation was amazing. The taste was very different but enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The service and food were both phenomenal. Fantastic presentation of the food and an amazing experience. It could not have been any better!

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coolnana (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Of the 8 or 9 times I've dined at Heron's this was probably the best. Presentation of entrees was beautiful and creative and the desserts were beyond comparison. Simply gorgeous.

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vipScott (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Heron’s is a world class restaurant. Every detail has been designed and orchestrated for an exceptional experience. An international contender that should show up on the Michelin list pretty soon.

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jcyfamily (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We enjoyed brunch and have done so on several different occasions. It has always been delicious. Service was excellent. Love that they offer local products even the coffee. Brunch is a better fit for my budget than dinner. Also, they make everything so special right down to the flowers on the tables. Highly recommend.

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Dthompson (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

There is nothing better than a meal at Herons. The service staff is extraordinary. The food is sublime. Ambiance is wonderful.

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Hespera (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Met a girlfriend for lunch. We had a delightful time. The service was impeccable though it did take a little time to get out iced tea. The food was amazing. I had the butternut squash soup and crab salad. The food was well seasoned and super fresh. Loved the apple in the soup and the fried scallions on the salad. Very refreshing. I will definitely be back!

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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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