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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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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (44 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 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 23 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent restaurant in a truly outstanding setting. This is a unique dining experience, exceptional menu and service staff.

Thank WDawson4
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Business lunch indoors (they also offer outdoor seating) went really well thanks to the excellent service. I was impressed with the efficiency without being over bearing which I very much appreciated. Gazpacho and crab cakes for me. Salad for my colleague, both excellent. Thanks team,...More

Thank captainkush
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

My wife, cousin(big time foodie) and I had a magnificent evening at Herons last week. We all opted for the 3 course prixe fixe (many options to chose from the menu for each course) with the added option that the sommelier pick the appropriate wines...More

Thank Mizzou1965
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Went here for dinner with my cousin. I so enjoyed the entire experience. Service was impeccable and much better than some of my recent 5 star restaurant experiences. we chose the 3 course with wine pairing & would highly recommend this. Coming from California, I...More

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Herons is top notch. It's a special restaurant ideal for special occasions, and by that I mean the menu and atmosphere are like no other. The atmosphere, surroundings, staff, service, and food are exceptional. This is a fine dining restaurant in every sense of the...More

Thank Jill D
Reviewed 9 May 2017

I had lunch here with a friend to celebrate our birthdays. We sat outside on a perfect spring day. Beau, our server, was delightful, helpful and very good at his job. The food was delicious. Cooked perfectly. Served with elan. There were chocolate chip cookies...More

Thank dakini1969
Reviewed 9 May 2017

This is one of the best restaurants I've eaten in. The service from the time I walked near the door until I left was excellent. The staff was attentive. The food was fantastic with in between treats. I had not eaten here in a few...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 5 May 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary with the Chef's Kaiseki Tasting Menu at Herons, an 8-course dinner that truly is an experience, not just a meal. For several hours we were treated to outstanding service, professional but friendly and not at all stuffy,...More

Thank forbachc
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The service at Herons is always exemplary. Whether you are there for breakfast, appetizers or dinner, the food will amaze you. hey take special care t feature as much locally grown food as possible and prepare it with a "twist". Even a bowl of oatmeal...More

Thank Choose2BKind
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Service was incredible. Presentation was incredible. Creativity was incredible. Attention to detail in every way outside of the actual quality of the food was amazing, but overall each dish of the 8-course tasting menu was just lacking in that 'wow' factor you expect from a...More

Thank Justin M
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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, 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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