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100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
+1 919-447-4200
00:00 - 23:59
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Cary, NC
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Well ... we went there the whole family, my wife my 2 sons (16 & 20), and I. The waiter handed us the menu with just a few options: either "this" huge combination of dishes for EACH person, or "that" combination ... One of this combination would be enough for all 4 of us ... Of course, these combination were... More 

Thank mika3873
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your candid feedback regarding your recent visit to our Bar and Lounge. We certainly appreciate your valuable comments. With Best Regards, Jim Beley More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

The Dinner here is worth the $$ . You will never forget it. The potato caviar soup was breathtaking.

Thank Kari H
Naples, Florida
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Best food anywhere! The restaurant manager couldn't be more perfect. Thank you, sir. It was a pleasure to share our 50th anniversary with you in your gorgeous establishment.

Thank Gretchen F
Atlanta, Georgia
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Great restaurant and great food. In room dining is great, and the bar / herons restaurant is one of the best restaurants in NC

Thank bolen78
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Always the first place we think of when planning a special occasion dinner. Nothing short of extraordinary!

Thank Susan Bootsie B... H
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

If you're ready for a gourmet foodie experience then you owe it to yourself to dine at Herons. We had the four course meal without the wine pairings as we had had a full day. The selections were varied and delicious. The service was extremely attentive. Some might have found it a bit much but we didn't. We had enjoyable... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

We went to Herons for our Anniversary celebrations. My husband had booked it in advance for the event. We had very good time in Herons. Food was excellent. Experience was wonderful. The only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 stars was because my mail course was very salty. Other than that the whole evening was memorable. They apologized... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

Herons is probably the best restaurant in Raleigh/triangle area. This is one of our favorite places to go for that once a year special occasion. Food quality is fantastic and service is impeccable. This isn't your typical steakhouse or meat and potatoes type of place. Five-star dining, smaller portions presented uniquely. The menu offers either four or five course dining... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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99 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

Herons deserves to be kept as your special-special restaurant; alternatively, go there for an ordinary (albeit expensive) evening, and it will transform the evening into a special one. Service is impeccable; staff are knowledgeable; and the team approach makes you feel like *every* server in the restaurant is taking care of your table exclusively. the little amuse-bouches, the butter pats,... More 

Thank bruce h
Cary, North Carolina
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

LOVE their service!! It's located inside of an upscale hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, but the building itself doesn't look very attractive. But then, it's much better inside. The prex-fix dinners are quite pricey so check out their bar/lounge area. Same kinda food a la carte. Did I mention, their service is the best in town.

Thank Qi H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 41 - USD 80
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: +1 919-447-4200
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?