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Herons

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Thu, 24/01
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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
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Menu

FIRST
Beet
fruit de cocoa, almond, malt, lychee, yogurt powder
Crab
kohlrabi, iced pear d'anjou, sea beans, caramelized miso
Oyster*
buttermilk, horseradish, chive aioli, white grapes, foil
Hamachi*
radish jam, green apple juice, shiso, Japanese wasabi
Butternut
frozen coconut, lime, pickled young ginger, shiitake
SECOND
Egg*
62 degree egg, john haulk grits, ham, carolina shrimp
Scallop*
farm sunchokes, citrus, warm bean salad, vadouvan
Lobster
parsnip, rye, hazelnut, coffee infused lobster broth
Ravioli
sweet onion, black bread, ginger-mushroom essence
Foie Gras
apple, puffed grains, sweet potato bread, spice crumble ($10 supplement)
ENTRÉES
Elk*
slow roasted quince, pomegranate, rutabaga, roasted beet
Turbot
cauliflower, caviars & roes, savoy cabbage, apple, fine herbs
Trout
farm carrots, swiss chard, pickled onion, yuzu-ahi dolce broth
Duck*
sweet potatoes, gooseberry, bao bun, consommé, aged sherry
Beef*
asian pear, potato, pickled peanuts, gai lan, korean bbq glaze, shaved truffles ($20 supplement)
DESSERT
Bananas
en papillote, rum caviar, vanilla ice cream, puff pastry, caramel
Mont Blanc
chestnut ice cream, honey crisp, apples, oxalis, white chocolate
Chihuly
pear sorbet, sake granita, coffee cream, distillation, anise hyssop
Black Walnut
ice cream, rose jam, iranian pistachio, hibiscus, cocoa tuille
Pumpkin
sugar blown sphere, espuma, burnt cinnamon milk chocolate
ARTISAN CHEESE
Idiazabal
"cheese cake" chartreuse ice, green grapes, granny smith apple
About
Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. Led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2016 and 2017, Executive Chef Steven Greene, the expertly trained staff warms the room, providing seamless service that helps guests enjoy the pleasures of an elegant meal. The main dining room offers a full view of the kitchen, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light and overlook the terrace, lawn and wooded lake beyond. In addition to the 98-seat main dining room, a semi-private dining room seats up to eight, while the private dining room accommodates 12 and showcases pottery by North Carolina artist Ben Owen. Outdoor seating invites al fresco dining in the spring,
PRICE RANGE
US$ 41 - US$ 150
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American
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
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went here for our 40th anniversary and it was a superb experience in every way. For dinner there’s are two basic options, 4 or 5 courses. We went for 5. For first we had crab and oysters. For 2nd we had scallop and lobster,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 40nancym
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated our 25th here and they were ever so accommodating. We had the four course with wine pairings and it was just fabulous. Presentation was great - dry ice on the oyster bed, special touches everywhere. Our meal was just beyond delicious in every...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PriceKM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Birthday dinner at Herron’s....one of the best experiences I have ever had....the food, service and presentation were over the top and chef exceeded all expectations!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank sstew123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had Lunch and dinner at Herons and the food was amazing. Very comfortable seating looking right at the open Kitchen. the service was very attentive. We will def. come back!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank rachadt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Impeccable service and a very accommodating hotel. I’ve stayed here twice this year and both experiences were fabulous. The Umstead is one of my favorite hotels to stay - the artwork and space are gorgeous and the spa is excellent. Herons is an amazing restaurant...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Jghitch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing service, tasting options and food. Great sommelier. Lovely lounge to have a cocktail pre-dinner

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 394jamese
Reviewed 18 December 2018

I had a client meeting in town and needed a place to take them for breakfast that was quiet and professional (and delicious). Enter Herons, one of the nicest restaurants in the Raleigh area. It is centrally located inside the Umpstead Hotel and Spa. They...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank X4582INmichaelc
Reviewed 17 December 2018

The Umstead is a lovely hotel in beautiful and tasteful surroundings. It's a special place to meet with friends and relax over a few cocktails. The night we were there, an excellent jazz group - piano, xylophone, and bass guitar - was playing. Despite the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank maas_johnf
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Great way to experience Heron's without committing to a full evening of dining. Food is delicious and the service equals, if not exceeds the restaurant. For a casual evening with a couple of friends it is the way to go. Let staff recommend dishes, they...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank fxdeluca
Reviewed 11 December 2018

My wife and I ate dinner her to celebrate an anniversary. The meal was very expensive, but it was the finest and most exciting meal I have ever eaten. Each course was presented in an artistic way. I can honestly say that each plate was...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank John P
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DMSanford
3 September 2018|
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Response from qmiller1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and the beet salad (not on the menu) is delicious.
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Jacquelynn G
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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165JessicaG
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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