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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” (46 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

My daughter and I were finally able to sync our schedules and get together for a wonderful and memorable dinner at the Herons restaurant located inThe Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, NC. Quoting from their website: The Culinary Team masterfully redefines American cooking by...More

Thank TravelmateDurham
Reviewed 20 April 2016

The ambiance at Herons is so beautiful with the wood details and modern touches inside or lakeside view outside that you cant help but feel you have been whisked away to a someplace special. And you have. The waitstaff is very attentive and want to...More

Thank AbbyCorrine
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We have eaten at Heron's before and have never been disappointed. You want to plan an evening and not be in a hurry because it will be a long, wonderful evening. We ordered the 4 course with wine pairing, and it was delicious and fun....More

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Great food, wonderful staff, special touches to make your experience all about you! Be prepared to pay for the experience. But everyone should treat themselves every now and then!

Thank Noelani123
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We were looking for the best restaurant in the area for a birthday celebration and we ended up at Herons. It was in the middle of the week and only a few diners were in the restaurant; but the bar next to it was livelier....More

Thank nfviews
Reviewed 22 March 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner with my wife and daughter so much that we made sure to go back two days later to enjoy some afternoon snacks in the bar from the same kitchen. We had the four course tasting menu served that evening and...More

Thank adalbert3
Reviewed 20 March 2016

This restaurant is extraordinary. We've been for lunch, for parties and events, but going just for dinner was delightful from beginning to end. The attention to detail is everywhere. I LOVE the artwork. To see North Carolina's best pottery work on display throughout is special...More

Thank mazalea2012
Reviewed 16 March 2016

We were a party of 6 for Valentine Brunch. We were looking forward to our meal and were disappointed. One in our party had to send back her scrambled eggs because they were cold. When they came back they were still not hot but she...More

Thank Carol M
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2016

Dear Guest, We apologize for the quality of food you and your guest received during your Valentine’s brunch. Our goal is provide every guest with a quality food experience, and I realize in this instance, we did not meet your expectations. We hope to earn...More

Reviewed 8 March 2016

The food and presentation here is fabulous. It is an experience. The sommelier is one of the best in the country from what I have heard...very extensive training. I think it is fun to do the wine pairings with the meal. This is an indulgent...More

Thank K F
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

Came to Heron's for our anniversary dinner- the attention to detail was amazing! The cuisine was phenomenal, as it should be, it has the ratings for it. For the ratings we found the prices to be surprisingly reasonable, compared to other 5 diamond cuisine. We...More

Thank BMac1012
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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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