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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 good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (44 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 22:59All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I went for my husband's 40th birthday. The whole experience was wonderful. The food was great and interesting and very well presented. I loved all the fancy displays and small tastes of things and wine pairings, it was wonderful! The most luxurious meal i've had....More

Thank bellasera7922
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best settings and meals I have had in Cary. Also, I often wake up from day dreams...in a cold sweat...with a desire their Old Fashioned!

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was probably one of the most luxurious dining experiences I have ever had. Also the most new foods I've tried in one setting! Squid ink pasta! The food was served with grace and choreography! I can't wait to eat here again. It's what every...More

Thank OT1Kanobi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the NY Strip. It was absolutely delicious! Cocktails were very good as well. The waitstaff was so very attentive.

Thank Chris A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I made a reservation for our 19th anniversary dinner, what a great experience. We chose the 8 course tasting menu, the service was very friendly and attentive without being intrusive or pretentious. From the wine recommendation and canapes at the beginning through...More

Thank Josh A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In my opinion, this is far and away the best option in Wake County for a romantic dinner for two ... Excellent food, service and ambiance.

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent restaurant in a truly outstanding setting. This is a unique dining experience, exceptional menu and service staff.

Thank WDawson4
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Business lunch indoors (they also offer outdoor seating) went really well thanks to the excellent service. I was impressed with the efficiency without being over bearing which I very much appreciated. Gazpacho and crab cakes for me. Salad for my colleague, both excellent. Thanks team,...More

Thank captainkush
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

My wife, cousin(big time foodie) and I had a magnificent evening at Herons last week. We all opted for the 3 course prixe fixe (many options to chose from the menu for each course) with the added option that the sommelier pick the appropriate wines...More

Thank Mizzou1965
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Went here for dinner with my cousin. I so enjoyed the entire experience. Service was impeccable and much better than some of my recent 5 star restaurant experiences. we chose the 3 course with wine pairing & would highly recommend this. Coming from California, I...More

Thank Kerryloves2travel
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the average price per entree and appetizer?
13 April 2016|
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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
I would like to reserve a private room at Herons for a family gathering for lunch or dinner, which would include 4 and 6 year olds. Appropriate?
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
Open Hours
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
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. 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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