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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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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (45 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 10:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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1 - 10 of 385 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Off the charts. From breakfast to dinner they offer amazing service and the most unusual dishes that you wouldn't think of but are off the charts. And the service of beyond a 5 star!

Thank Tami B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends took us through the hotel lobby, spa area and grounds. I was happy to see the focus on local, quality artists. It was very classy, impressive and special. Then we sat and ate brunch. Brunch was perfect for each of our dietary needs and...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Perfect in every way. Very good flavors and textures. Portion size was a bit large- more than I needed, especially in the morning. Hubby was glad to clean up after me. We also shared an order...More

Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was amazing. Delicious, beautiful plates and the service was also excellent. They catered to my vegetarian needs. Would totally recommend for a little splurge!

Thank kdgr
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Food and service were superb. We went for a special occasion and will always use Herons as our special dinner destination.

Thank Nadine T
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoy delicious food in a relaxing atmosphere with excellent service. The Herrons Restaurant is located at the Umstead Hotel where you are required to use Valet parking. Premium value for premium cost at a 5 star restaurant.

Thank Ruth C
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We are foodies and I was highly impressed! I am not sure how many courses we had, but it had to be 500 flavors! The dishes were gorgeous, perfectly timed, elegantly presented and absolutely divine to taste! I left full, but not miserable. Service was...More

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 21 June 2017

I went for my husband's 40th birthday. The whole experience was wonderful. The food was great and interesting and very well presented. I loved all the fancy displays and small tastes of things and wine pairings, it was wonderful! The most luxurious meal i've had....More

Thank bellasera7922
Reviewed 14 June 2017

One of the best settings and meals I have had in Cary. Also, I often wake up from day dreams...in a cold sweat...with a desire their Old Fashioned!

1  Thank Eric S
Reviewed 3 June 2017

This was probably one of the most luxurious dining experiences I have ever had. Also the most new foods I've tried in one setting! Squid ink pasta! The food was served with grace and choreography! I can't wait to eat here again. It's what every...More

Thank OT1Kanobi
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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
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
US$ 41 - US$ 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, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 13:00
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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