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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 27513-2131
+1 919-447-4200
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting the Umstead since it first opened. My usual visits are for brunch or afternoon tea. I do not go for the food. I go for the music. I have become a fan of PAVELID, the gifted harpist, whose music is always...More

Thank jmcmus
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Guest, Your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated! I am so pleased that the service you have experienced with us has been excellent. Afternoon Tea is a memorable event and I’m delighted to know that our staff, ambiance and cuisine exceeded your expectations. We will be...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018

I always enjoy eating here and trying their updated seasonal menu items. Today I dined with two colleagues for a meeting, the restaurant was far more crowded than I've ever seen for lunch which was good to see, and it was still a nice quiet...More

Thank 898emilys
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This restaurant hits the mark and beyond in every category of a dining experience. Exceptional service from multiple servers. Creative and beautiful food presentations. Every course unique and every bite delicious. Cannot wait to return!!!

Thank PeedinS
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is the best Easter brunch in the Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. The food is amazing - charcuterie, gourmet soup and salad, grouper, beef tenderloin, crab Benedict, elaborate dessert display, and more. Make reservations early. Service is usually spot on, but this time it was...More

Thank qmiller1
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Beautifully presented, delicious food. A perfect compliment to a Spa Day at the Umstead Hotel & Spa. Light delicious fare or hearty - the steak was fabulous!

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The food was absolutely amazing and beautiful! My brother, who is in school to become a chef, loved it as well! Amazing presentation, servers were fantastic! You would think that because the portions are smaller than your normal restaurant that you wouldnt be full by...More

Thank alikateh397
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

After reading the reviews and hearing about this restaurant for many years, we went for a birthday lunch with another couple. We were rather disappointed. The food was mediocre and the service was less than stellar. We understand the chef who was so good has...More

Thank wavcott
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Great out for a treat lunch this past week , Fairly expensive $120 with a couple of glasses of wine for a couple but well worth it for a treat

Thank wanderingkev
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Heron's is an expensive restaurant. It can easily cost you $200 per person. So if you chose to treat yourself to this over the top experience, be prepared to mostly ignore the cost. From the vibe the evening we were there, it is either a...More

Thank TJM747
Reviewed 11 February 2018

My husband and I had the four course dinner with wine pairings at our anniversary. The environment is quiet, romantic and the service is just pleasant. The food and wine pairing were delicious! The little palette cleansers served in-between courses are just adorable. We enjoyed...More

Thank Aurora L
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Response from crystal2mysoul | Reviewed this property |
We were there for my daughter's eighteenth birthday so we had the Eight-Course Kaiseki which was $140 each and was chef's choice. It was well worth every penny I spent and more. Can't wait til my 50th birthday to go back, in... More
Jessica G
21 January 2015|
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Response from jchamber73 | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with those who say that this is not a good restaurant for kids. It might be OK in a private room, but unless your children are unusual the food at Herons would be wasted on them. In all seriousness, you might... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 80
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: +1 919-447-4200
  • E-mail
Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. Led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2016 and 2017, Executive Chef Steven Greene, the expertly trained staff warms the room, providing seamless service that helps guests enjoy the pleasures of an elegant meal. The main dining room offers a full view of the kitchen, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light and overlook the terrace, lawn and wooded lake beyond. In addition to the 98-seat main dining room, a semi-private dining room seats up to eight, while the private dining room accommodates 12 and showcases pottery by North Carolina artist Ben Owen. Outdoor seating invites al fresco dining in the spring, summer and fall. The neutral palette of the décor in Herons provides a sophisticated, yet understated backdrop to the bright and inspired flavor combinations artfully presented. The dinner menu changes seasonally and draws heavily on produce harvested from The Umstead’s own sustainable farm. The exceptional quality of Herons’ wine list been recognized with a prestigious “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.
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