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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 27513-2131
+1 919-447-4200
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (14 reviews)
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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

Absolutely loved my dining experience. Food was beautifully prepared and presented. Dining room is gorgeous. Service was thoughtful and not overwhelming when I asked for a slow-paced evening.

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Great service, everyone is so friendly. Had the crab eggs Benedict . Egg was cooked perfect. Enjoyed everything about the meal

Thank headed2dabeach99
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Heron's simply is outstanding!!! It is a five star restaurant nestled in the Research Triangle Park area that has unique and wonderful cuisine and lovely wine pairings--and a nice wine list. I had the beet salad, quail, halibut, and peaches in a four course pairing....More

Thank jswflights
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The server was so friendly and professional. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was awesome. This service is top notch.

Thank jamchick
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

that place is so my style the hotel worth is five star and the food at this restaurant is just soooo good. We took the tasting menu and its was all good .Was that one of the best meal i had ...mmm yes because i...More

Thank nathlav
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Let me just start by saying: I am a meat-and-potatoes type of girl. My husband, however, is a foodie and he treated me to an exquisite meal at Heron's last night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We have been there previously for brunch but...More

Thank BronzeQT
Reviewed 24 August 2016

This is truly a fine dinning experience. My wife and I entertained friends from Albuquerque at Herons and they raved at the food and service. We walked away having had a wonderful evening. Our friends are wine experts and were very complimentary of the wine...More

Thank WA0LSH
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We sat at the bar and ordered the Tuna Tartare which was very good. I had the shrimp with micro greens which I would order again. My NC flounder was excellent. My wife ordered the NY Strip and it was also very good. Patrick was...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

My sister, my mother, my daughter and I went to Herons for a special occasion lunch. It was fabulous as usual!! I had not been to lunch there in quite awhile, but it remains one of my favorite. The food presentation was beautiful, and delicious,...More

Thank 1LaurieB64
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I live in Tokyo and travel a lot internationally. My hometown is Raleigh. I know good food. The Triangle is full of great restaurants, but they are always loud and serve elevated southern food. I love southern food and crave it when not home. Herons...More

Thank Tokyo Shirokuma
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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
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 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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