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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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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (44 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 22:59All 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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Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Excellent, creatively presented, fresh food in a formal, peaceful environment. Service is top rate, although a bit slow. House-made breads with GF selections available. Price point reflects quality of food, service, and ambiance.

Thank Cici139
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Great service , great lunch. My friend had the salmon , perfectly cooked and seasoned . I had the burger, a little too charred for me. Nothing to write home about... Needed more flavor . Turnip soup presentation was impressive . Would definitely go again,...More

Thank dpcrph
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a lovely dinner for our anniversary. The food was great and the service was top notch. We will definitely be coming back.

Thank Jeremy C
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

My business partner was in town and we decided to hit up the Heron for drinks and business. I cannot tell how perfect this place is for casual business meetings. The staff is always accomodating and attentive, live harp music banging out Santana of all...More

Thank tkcary
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Heron's, housed in the 5 Star Umstead Hotel, is a superb restaurant with impecable service. We have been there for lunch and brunch several times. The service has always been top notch, and the food is delightfully prepared, and pleasing to the eye. The Umstead...More

Thank Crandall7217
Reviewed 1 February 2016

I would highly recommend Heron's for the brunch. It was recommended by friends and they were spot on. We had the veggie omelet with fresh berries and toast as well as the basics with eggs, bacon, grits, etc. It was a terrific start to our...More

Thank careerm0m
Reviewed 17 January 2016 via mobile

Heron's is known in the area for its outstanding cuisine. After experiencing their incredible brunch, I can attest that the reputation is richly deserved. We indulged in several dishes including the shrimp and grits, French toast, pancakes, and omelets. Everything without exception was a culinary...More

Thank DuffyNC
Reviewed 16 January 2016

This was the closest dining experience I have had to a Michelin star restaurant in the US. The service was amazing, the presentation of the food was specular and it tasted just as wonder as it looked. My wife and I went here for a...More

Thank Sokolovsky
Reviewed 4 January 2016

It was delicious! We had a nice, comfortable table, pretty view and great service! We had the soup and grilled pimento cheese. We should have split one sandwich - it was huge - and absolutely delicious! Nice casual atmosphere. Several things on the menu we'd...More

Thank ncitalian4
Reviewed 1 January 2016

Heron's is such a lovely eatery and the food is exquisite. When I travel down for work trainings, I like to indulge in the chef's menu, which changes seasonally. This was what was served to me the last evening I visited and the grade I've...More

1  Thank jenniparks76
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What is the average price per entree and appetizer?
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
I would like to reserve a private room at Herons for a family gathering for lunch or dinner, which would include 4 and 6 year olds. Appropriate?
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
00:00 - 22:59
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. 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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