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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
+1 919-447-4200
00:00 - 22:59
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Zurich, Switzerland
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422 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I chose Herons for our 30anniversary, & front of house certainly did their damndest to make it memorable.. our quibble is this extremely high level of refinement ( a more than pleasant surprise in Cary) was not always matched by the kitchen work. Dazzling heights were undoubtably reached with the plating concept & food sophistication -never more... More 

Thank John N
Asheville, North Carolina
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is presented beautifully and truly superb. Presentation of the food just perfect. The restaurant has a very elegant but warm feeling.

Thank Isabel60742
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food and excellent service! I heard the chef is from SC but he, or she, must have trained in NYC or France. The menu is very smart and the food complex. Fun dinner and will definitely be back

Thank Jeff G
Cary, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our twentieth anniversary five course meal at Herons and look forward to our next visit. Each dish was paired with a wine to compliment its taste and artistry. The dinner was so much more than a meal; it was a true experience that should be added to everyone's bucket list.

Thank UNCWfam
Cary, North Carolina
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place. Great service. Reasonable portions. Excellent bar and a very nice atmosphere. We like lunch better because it is less expensive. I have eaten at all the high end financially speaking places around Raleigh. I like this place. I just think they are a little expensive overall. Please however, give it a try.

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent experience overall. Our waiter (Scott) spoke with us about our specific needs and likes before the meal and was very considerate about everything. Our sommelier (also a Scott) was extremely helpful and picked amazing wines to pair with our meal (he made me like some dry wines which I don't normally enjoy). The meal itself was fantastic and had... More 

Thank jkstacy2017
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The food was good and service was first class. But when I go to a restaurant I don't expect to walk away hungry, yet that's what I did at Herons. I'm sure a lot of people are simply wowed by this type of restaurant but it's wasted on me. If I'm going to pay the level of prices like this,... More 

Thank BigguyNC
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind comments regarding our staff during your recent dining experience in Herons. Our goal is to provide every guest with quality food, and I realize in this instance, we did not meet your expectations. Your comments have been shared with our Chef, so that we can make the appropriate corrections and please more guests... More 

Cary, North Carolina
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is a first class restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service impeccable. It is located in the Unstead Resort Hotel and the entire surroundings are gorgeous. Definitely the place to go for a real special occasion. The menu changes with the seasons and most of the food is grown within 40 miles from Cary.

Thank ET2U
Columbia, South Carolina
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76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The culinary creativity in terms of both taste and presentations are beyond anything else in the Southeast. The experience at Herons is better than anything in southern foodie meccas such as Charleston, Asheville, and Nashville. There is a great 3 course offering in which the Chef sends out some picks for the table. These chef's picks are culinary gems. One... More 

Thank CarolinaGrad06
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59 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Gastronomic restaurants are the "creme de la creme". Herons is one of 2 restaurants, rated 5 star by Forbes in North Carolina. We went there for a special celebration dinner and had the 4 courses menu with Paired wines. In short great food, nice wines, very good service, deserved the gastronomic status!! The wild boar and Monkfish were both very... More 

Thank Herve B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
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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