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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, 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, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 February 2018

If you have not eaten At Herons for the holidays you are missing out. The service is always great and my family loves the food.

Thank TeamUSMC
Reviewed 31 January 2018

I have been to the Umstead Spa before and had lunch delivered to the spa --however I had never eaten at Herons. It lives up to the hype. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a lovely atmosphere. The staff was attentive and provided the...More

Thank elandja
Reviewed 29 January 2018

I had a glass of wine and a sandwich (club sandwich) in the bar area. It was pretty busy (as I am pretty sure this is a hopping business hotel). Staff was friendly and courteous). Prices a big high - but again, this is in...More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 28 January 2018

Earlier in the week my pregnant daughter wanted to have a lobster roll at the Umstead Bar, which she was craving after having it the week before. We had a party of 4 but were advised there was a 1 hour wait to eat dinner...More

Thank ThomasWilson
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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, After-hours
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, 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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