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Herons

4.9
4.9
2548 Reviews
$50 and over
American
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (919) 447-4200

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Devereaux Greene

  • Catering

    Please contact Terri Nier of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at terri.nier@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.

  • Private party contact

    Tammie Burdick: (888) 778-7425

  • Neighbourhood

    Cary

  • Cross Street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.

  • Entertainment

    Our sumptuous surroundings are enhanced by live music every day of the week at The Bar and Lounge of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Four-Course Prix Fixe Menu

    Multiple dates available
    One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
  • Chef's Multi-Course Art Tour

    US$250.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    The Herons culinary team masterfully redefines American cooking by infusing classic concepts translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient's flavor and purpose. Chef Greene's multi-course Art Tour Tasting menu showcases The Umstead's culinary farm and draws inspiration from the art and nature theme of the property. The Art Tour features 8-15 courses and cannot be adjusted to accommodate dietary restrictions or allergies in order for our guests to experience the culinary vision in its entirety. Please contact reservations if you have any questions.
  • Valentine's Menu

    US$318.26 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 10 - Feb 14, 2023
    Please join us at Herons for a special Valentine's Dinner on February 11th, 12th or 14th.

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What 2,548 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

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  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Service

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Best Ambience

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Scenic View

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Special Occasion

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    American

  • Raleigh

    Best Overall

  • Raleigh

    Best Service

  • Raleigh

    Best Ambience

  • Raleigh

    Special Occasion

  • Raleigh

    American

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  1. JS

    JSexton

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience we had celebrating my husband's birthday at Heron's. The service was seamless and everyone on staff was so gracious. The food was not only a work of art but sheer culinary genius! The wine list was extensive and we found an old favorite to enjoy. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough! Thanks for the very memorable evening!
  2. HH

    HeatherH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect! My son and I come every Thanksgiving morning for breakfast.
  3. KC

    KCdiner

    Greensboro

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Exactly what you would expect.
  4. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the experience was amazing. Did the art tasting tour and it far exceeded any expectations I had for it.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we arrived until we received the check, everything was fantastic. It was our first of many visits to come.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, amazing food, excellent value for the quality. Very elevated experience. One of our very top favorite restaurants in the country.
  7. n

    npnut

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything perfect. Server efficient and lovely. Thank you!
  8. LT

    LTK84

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing!
  9. CC

    ChristianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was on another level of artistic creativity and deliciousness. My wife and I were both blown away. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about every plate/wine that came out.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy being in the lovely dining room!
  11. TT

    TaylorT

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best meals we have ever had. I would say the service was the greatest we have ever experienced. All of the servers were extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes and provided us with an amazing service. The food itself was art on a plate but somehow tasted even better than it looked (even though it looked amazing). I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a special evening.
  12. SS

    SteveS

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, have never experienced such incredible service as this. Special shout out to Tim the Sommelier, Leslie and Laurence. Fabulous food presentation with tastes second to none.
  13. R

    Rackam

    Salt Lake City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The food was OK although some weird intermezzo with various home made bread or cake and butters 2/3 were super sweet and did not bring anything to the meal, being French born and raised I am used to amuse bouche but they were not amusing at all. My food was good my wife food was mediocre at best, we miss the old chef , the new one since covid is obviously not as talented, the pastry chef on the other hand is excellent. My advice less fancy distracting stuff return to the basics and improve the food
  14. n

    nomnomnom

    Oklahoma City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to try out Herons for our anniversary dinner and it didn’t disappoint! Delicious food. Amazing service. Superb ambience. Overall a perfect evening!
  15. TA

    TerrA

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is impeccable! Food Amazing. Hotel is sterile, but wow on the service and the special little gifts the chef sends out. We had a wonderful anniversary.
  16. CW

    CharkeelW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner! Would definitely go back. Staff very skilled and polite.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is our second time coming for our anniversary. Always a special treat. Staff is fantastic and the food is amazing! Wonderful experience!
  18. AD

    AnniversaryDiners

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fine dining at it’s best.
  19. JP

    JohnP

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's not dinner, it's an experience! Wine pairings were awesome!
  20. C

    Carol

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Farm fresh food
  21. HF

    HanaF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was to my complete satisfaction. Very classy ambiance and pleasant/kind staff. Food was delicious- eggs made perfect, fresh squeezed juices - nothing left for me to wish for.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Divine lunch in a beautiful setting. Service was superb. Thanks for a lovely experience!
  23. DM

    DonaldM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, very well thought out courses and flavor was on point. Wait staf were very courteous and attentive. Would visit again.
  24. m

    myreviewdealwithit

    Sacramento

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s what you’d expect at this price point. Everything was perfect.
  25. BH

    BillH

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Herons is a special place. The staff is very attentive and the food is extraordinary. In addition to the selections from the prix fixe menu, the meal includes something extra with each course including special breads and butters and other treats. The wine paring is tailored to the course each diner selects so you know your wine will go nicely with the food item you selected. Our wines paired well but were not extraordinary selections. This is a perfect place for a special occasion (birthday and anniversary were marked with special treats) or to wine and dine a special client.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    It was amazing as always! Food is spectacular and focuses on flavor and quality instead of grease and quantity. Their taste of the day is always delightful.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for our anniversary & had a lovely evening. The service was perfect & the food was delicious!
  28. t

    timw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not just a meal... an event! Food, service and presentation were all over-the-top.
  29. b

    bflorob

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the 4-course with wine pairings. We were overwhelmed. All we could say was WOW. An amazing experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Other than slightly slow paced, everything was perfect. Goat cheese port amuse Bouche was a nice surprise. Bread was brought out sooner as requested and was warm fragrant and tasty with unique profiles. Butter was soft salty with an herb accent. Sashimi bowl reportedly perfect by my colleague. Soup and sandwich (no crusts) also reported delish. My Carolina chicken was juicy with the most yum Grits celery root purée. Service was attentive and fun. Great lunch experience.
  31. JC

    JennyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dining experience at Heron’s. It was our anniversary and they really made us feel special. All of the staff were great and the food was delicious and unique!
  32. c

    carrieg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We always have a wonderful time when we dine at Herons! The chef’s artistic display of food along with his creative flavor profiles make it such a unique experience. Service is always impeccable with it being formal without stuffy and pretentious. This visit, we were especially fond of Megan who had a smile on her face the entire evening and it was such a delight to chat with her. Love that we have a restaurant of this calibre so close by!
  33. B

    Brook

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were fantastic - perfect service and was able to share their enthusiasm for the food and entire dining experience. And the food was excellent, of course.
  34. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was excellent! The food is always consistently amazing!
  35. MJ

    MeloniJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice ambiance. Knowledge staff. Food was very tasty. I will return.
  36. BS

    BarbieS

    Wilmington

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience as Heron's was friendly and elegant. Our server, Karen, made our meal and exprience at Heron's very personalized. It is a perfect environment to celebrate a special event.
  37. BO

    BarbaraO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    hard to understand how there is an upcharge for bread with an egg breakfast.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful 4-course meal to finish off a week of conference in Cary. Had Herons been located in any major European city, it would have a least one Michelin star, based on my experience. Only tiny issue is that I was never asked if I wanted any coffee or similar. Not a coffee drinker so not an issue for me, but might be to others. Wonderful overall though. My biggest compliments to chef and to my wine server of the evening, Jim, who engaged in conversation about the wine and made the experience a delight. If I find myself in the Cary/Raleigh area again, I will most certainly be back.
  39. TL

    TLF10

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delicious experience. Pricey but you get what you pay for and it is such an amazing presentation with taste.
  40. KC

    KcCool

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family lunch !

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Herons is rated 4.9 stars by 2548 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Herons

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Harrison Avenue

  • Neighbourhood

    Cary

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 7:00 am–1:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Steven Devereaux Greene

  • Entertainment

    Our sumptuous surroundings are enhanced by live music every day of the week at The Bar and Lounge of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (919) 447-4200

  • Catering

    Please contact Terri Nier of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at terri.nier@theumstead.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.

  • Private party contact

    Tammie Burdick: (888) 778-7425

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