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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%
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“brunch” (41 reviews)
“tasting menu” (14 reviews)
“venison” (4 reviews)
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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gourmet food and presentation at this elegant, expensive restaurant is very good. However, one expects the service at a so-called 5 Star restaurant and hotel to be commensurate with the rating and prices. This was sadly, and inexplicably, not the case at yesterday's brunch....More

Thank MarkSJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked into the hotel and someone from the hotel just happened to glance out of the corner of his eye and catch the door for us. Not a good beginning. When making reservations for brunch, the lady who answered the phone mentioned the holiday decorations...More

Thank NCluvtrav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We both ordered lobster rolls for lunch in the bar restaurant area after enjoying the spa. The food was okay but definitely not memorable. The lobster wasn't as tender as I had hoped for. Service was great though.

Thank Linda P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent selection of tastes. Since we were already there, it made sense to try it out. No complaints. I would eat there again on my next visit.

Thank 11october
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We had the omelet of the day, asked for it to be divided for the two of us. It wasn 't. They had to bring it back to the kitchen to split it. Had to ask for coffee refills. Finally gave up asking. This was...More

Thank Jeri B
Reviewed 1 November 2017 via mobile

Dinner “and a SHOW” Wow! Spectacular presentations on EVERY DISH from start to finish. Quail egg amuse-Bouche was a favorite. This dining experience titillates the tastebuds as well as being a FEAST FOR THE EYES. Private dining rooms for special occasions. THIS IS THEE PLACE...More

Thank Alexandra A
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Eating at Herons isn't having a meal - it's experiencing an event. The serving is beyond outstanding, the flavor combinations will delight you, and the surroundings are lovely. It's not cheap, so save it for special occasions. You will not be disappointed. .

1  Thank Denise R
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

There were two of us for dinner. We each ordered a three course dinner. For the first course we began ricotta and crispy pork topped with truffles and the oyster with caviar. Both of these courses were very good. They were creative and well prepared....More

1  Thank Vivian B
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Love the farm to table seasonal menu. The food was so fresh and made to order. We will be going back to experience the Fall menu.

Thank debbiegoeken103
Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

It is indeed an experience! Had a multi course meal with customers and colleagues here. Right from the time we selected drinks with superb help from Sommelier Scott moving on to the main waiter Scott (different Scott) it was a fantastic journey through great tasting...More

1  Thank SriniV5
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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, 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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