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“Best Easter brunch.”
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Ranked #1 of 507 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$41 - US$150
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Harrison Avenue
Description: 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is the best Easter brunch in the Cary, Raleigh, Durham area. The food is amazing - charcuterie, gourmet soup and salad, grouper, beef tenderloin, crab Benedict, elaborate dessert display, and more. Make reservations early. Service is usually spot on, but this time it was a little off probably because of the busy holiday. We will be back though. And of course there is the lobby area with fresh floral arrangements and a perfect area for a family photo.

Thank qmiller1
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Beautifully presented, delicious food. A perfect compliment to a Spa Day at the Umstead Hotel & Spa. Light delicious fare or hearty - the steak was fabulous!

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Thank Laura H
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The food was absolutely amazing and beautiful! My brother, who is in school to become a chef, loved it as well!
Amazing presentation, servers were fantastic!
You would think that because the portions are smaller than your normal restaurant that you wouldnt be full by the time you finished, well we were stuffed!
I tried amazing food that i never would have if it wasn't served there, like foie gras, duck, and caviar!
Absolutely astounding meal! Definitely coming back!

Thank alikateh397
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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

After reading the reviews and hearing about this restaurant for many years, we went for a birthday lunch with another couple. We were rather disappointed. The food was mediocre and the service was less than stellar. We understand the chef who was so good has left this restaurant and that may be part of the food problem. However, there is no excuse for unfriendly and inadequate service. Our waitress could barely crack a smile and the people who brought the food out just put it on the table, did not ask if we cared for anything else, did not ask if we wanted more coffee, etc. All in all, we would expect beyond the normal service in a restaurant of this caliber. We ordered the shrimp small plate appetizer which was $15 for three tough, rubbery shrimp. The tiramisu dessert was so small, it was barely enough to share. $11 and we could’ve purchased a whole cake. The lunch was very expensive and definitely not worth it. Perhaps it was just an off day but we won’t be back to check it out again.

Thank wavcott
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Great out for a treat lunch this past week , Fairly expensive $120 with a couple of glasses of wine for a couple but well worth it for a treat

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Thank wanderingkev
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