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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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Cary, North Carolina
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115 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

My business partner was in town and we decided to hit up the Heron for drinks and business. I cannot tell how perfect this place is for casual business meetings. The staff is always accomodating and attentive, live harp music banging out Santana of all things (beautiful) and a great selection of hand crafted cocktails and assorted drinks, snacks, etc.... More 

Thank tkcary
Cary, North Carolina
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Heron's, housed in the 5 Star Umstead Hotel, is a superb restaurant with impecable service. We have been there for lunch and brunch several times. The service has always been top notch, and the food is delightfully prepared, and pleasing to the eye. The Umstead Hotel is beautiful to walk around, and occasionally has art exibitions to view after your... More 

Thank Crandall7217
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92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016

I would highly recommend Heron's for the brunch. It was recommended by friends and they were spot on. We had the veggie omelet with fresh berries and toast as well as the basics with eggs, bacon, grits, etc. It was a terrific start to our Saturday after sleeping in.

Thank careerm0m
Raleigh, North Carolina
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355 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

Heron's is known in the area for its outstanding cuisine. After experiencing their incredible brunch, I can attest that the reputation is richly deserved. We indulged in several dishes including the shrimp and grits, French toast, pancakes, and omelets. Everything without exception was a culinary delight. The service and surroundings are extraordinary. Treat yourself to a Heron's visit.

Thank DuffyNC
Raleigh, North Carolina
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

This was the closest dining experience I have had to a Michelin star restaurant in the US. The service was amazing, the presentation of the food was specular and it tasted just as wonder as it looked. My wife and I went here for a romantic dinner and we look forward to the next time.

Thank Sokolovsky
Cary, North Carolina
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79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

It was delicious! We had a nice, comfortable table, pretty view and great service! We had the soup and grilled pimento cheese. We should have split one sandwich - it was huge - and absolutely delicious! Nice casual atmosphere. Several things on the menu we'd like to go back and try.

Thank ncitalian4
Manassas, VA
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77 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Heron's is such a lovely eatery and the food is exquisite. When I travel down for work trainings, I like to indulge in the chef's menu, which changes seasonally. This was what was served to me the last evening I visited and the grade I've assigned, from A to F. The key takeaway here is that you should take a... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Luxe, plush, impeccable food and service. Upscale and Exclusive is how they make you feel. Food is what you would expect from a fine dining establishment on this level. Definitely worth the experience.

Thank ktownse1
Apex, North Carolina
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384 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

Great choice for our anniversary dinner. Food and service were superb. A little pricey except for that special occasion but a dinner to remember.

Thank Mac D
Ayden, North Carolina, United States
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015

Took the family to Sunday Brunch at Herons. We did not want a buffet and the brunch there is ala carte. I had poached eggs Benedict served over crab cakes on top of ham on an English muffin ($17) that was perfect. My son sitting next to me had the Steak and Eggs ($18) and asked for his steak medium-rare.... More 

Thank ProfBAM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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
Romantic, Groups, 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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