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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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“brunch” (49 reviews)
“tasting menu” (14 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (11 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Had a great time at Herons. We had the eight course meal along with the wine pairing. Food was delicious and the wine complemented each dish. Little on the pricey side overall, but I would still recommend for that special night out.

Thank Eddmargar
Reviewed 22 January 2018

If you are looking at exquisite 5 star dining , then Heron's has to be your choice. Wether its an important business meal or a romantic evening, this place delivers a dining experience that puts food and service on a very high level. The restaurant...More

Thank shane n
Reviewed 17 January 2018

Dining at Heron's is more than the food. It is the refined ambiance, the excellent service, the little things in addition to the challenge of the menu. There seemed to be an "amuse-bouche" before and after every course, and they were creative indeed. The first...More

Thank ChrisABeaune
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Portions are a little on the small size and the cost is a little pricey, but I would definitely Recommend trying it at least one time.

Thank teresa e
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This was my second trip to Heron's. My first trip to Herons, about three 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...More

Thank Todd M
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Great people to wait on you and help you. Very relaxing and enjoyable lunch. Great menu for you to pick from. Lots of choices that are in season. Great view inside or outside.

Thank glo m
Reviewed 2 January 2018

The food was great and the service was very good, but the hostess was too stubborn to realize she needs to accomodate clients. She kept on saying there was thirty minutes left and all tables were reserved. Meanwhile there were lots of empty tables. We...More

Thank FPAdventurer
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Herons is not just a restaurant, but is an experience for the palate. The restaurant has a creative menu, everything from fish dishes to chicken, but all done in an exquisite way. I was dining with a couple for a holiday surprise - and what...More

Thank Lilyn1
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

What an amazing lunch! My daughter surprised me as part of my Christmas gift. The Carolina Chicken with polenta was a culinary delight. The portion were so ample, there was no room for dessert. The waite staff was friendly, attentive & efficient. Looking forward to...More

Thank rebboeb
Reviewed 11 December 2017

The gourmet food and presentation at this elegant, expensive restaurant is very good. However, one expects the service at a so-called 5 Star restaurant and hotel to be commensurate with the rating and prices. This was sadly, and inexplicably, not the case at yesterday's brunch....More

Thank MarkSJ
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
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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