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Herons

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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Overview
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (46 reviews)
“tasting menu” (14 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (9 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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101 - 110 of 397 reviews

Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This reminded me of some of the very fine nyc restaurants but it was here in rtp The price fix menu with so many choices allows you to mix and match courses Lobster agnolotti app was excellent but the oysters steal the show. Part food...More

Thank jimmyfgolf
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This restaurant is located at The Umstead Hotel near the SAS Campus just of Harrison Ave. We ate at the bar, sat outside, and ordered burgers. Our waitress told us they could not serve the burgers medium rare so the chef tried to get them...More

Thank SirNigel58
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Lovely spot to celebrate an Anniversary! Peaceful woodsy ambience, wonderful service, and delicious food with an intriguing and artistic personality! Loved the white asparagus soup - you are presented with a white chocolate ball, with all the "goodies" inside, which melts as a warm smoked...More

Thank CarsonsMommy
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

I highly recommend this restaurant. My husband, my mother, and I went to Herons for an early Mother's Day celebration. From the moment that we arrived through the time that we left, we were treated with the utmost professionalism and incomparable service to anywhere else...More

Thank Arvian
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your wonderful words. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your time with us and will be sure to pass on your lovely comments to our team. Happy Mother's Day and we hope to see you all...More

Reviewed 4 May 2016

Those of you who have been to restaurants such as Per Se in NYC, may not be impressed, but for Raleigh, there is nothing like Heron's. As the cloud of steam(?) covers your table from the oysters or as you look at the 62 degree...More

1  Thank RaleighFrench
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your comments and we are happy to hear you had a pleasant dining experience! We will be certain to address your complaints with our team and apologize for any issues it may have caused. Warmest regards, Jim Beley...More

Reviewed 30 April 2016

Modern southern cuisine in a beautiful park like indoor/outdoor setting with 5 star service. The menu has many sandwiches, salads and entrees for lunch (dinner is more extensive) and the servers are fantastic and will adjust menu, etc. to anything you want. It is like...More

Thank Rhett L
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your wonderful review! Warmest regards, Jim Beley General Manager

Reviewed 30 April 2016

If you want a Five Diamond dining experience then I recommend Herons. My wife and I enjoyed celebrating our 45th Anniversary there this week. From the time you enter, until you leave you will see and feel the difference. Our head waiter Rich was faultless,...More

Thank ADNORTHCAROLINA
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2016

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for this delightful review! We will be certain to let our wonderful staff, especially Rich, know of your wonderful comments. We hope you had a wonderful anniversary, and look forward to seeing you in the future. Warmest regards, Jim...More

Reviewed 27 April 2016

My daughter and I were finally able to sync our schedules and get together for a wonderful and memorable dinner at the Herons restaurant located inThe Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC. Quoting from their website: The Culinary Team masterfully redefines American cooking by...More

Thank TravelmateDurham
Reviewed 20 April 2016

The ambiance at Herons is so beautiful with the wood details and modern touches inside or lakeside view outside that you cant help but feel you have been whisked away to a someplace special. And you have. The waitstaff is very attentive and want to...More

Thank AbbyCorrine
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We have eaten at Heron's before and have never been disappointed. You want to plan an evening and not be in a hurry because it will be a long, wonderful evening. We ordered the 4 course with wine pairing, and it was delicious and fun....More

Thank Sue M
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JackieGunn
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
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Jessica G
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 80
Meals
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, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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
Description
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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