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Noted by Condé Nast Traveler as a "culinary gem," The Umstead Hotel and Spa's signature restaurant Herons features the refined American cooking of Executive Chef Steven D. Greene and Chef de Cuisine Spencer Thomson. With an extensive wine list spanning over 1,500 selections and 10,000 bottles, one is sure to find the perfect complement to their sophisticated dining experience. Guests will enjoy the elegant setting and exquisite art collection indoors as well as dining on the terrace, with panoramic views of the lake. The Umstead’s Bar is also available to local diners and hotel guests for a more casual experience. Herons, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, serves breakfast and lunch daily, weekend brunch and dinner Monday - Saturday.
Cary, NC 27513
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thrursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm by reservation only
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Our sumptuous surroundings are enhanced by live music every day of the week at The Bar and Lounge of The Umstead Hotel and Spa.
Please contact Carrie Cassidy of The Umstead Hotel at 919.447.4131 or at email@example.com for catering in the Hotel Event Space.
Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.
Steven Devereaux Greene
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Herons Ratings and Reviews
I made a mistake adjusting the way the Chef prepared and presented the brioche French Toast. My choices did not improve the taste at all
I would never do that again
Also the de-caf coffee tasted ok. But it was not hot enough
Also I would never order smoked bacon again
Very very salty
The ambience is sophisticated.....the service is exceptional...the food presentation is elegant..the food and wine were interesting but not particularly memorable..ours was a special anniversary celebration and for that it fit the bill...Given is pricing,however, I doubt we would consider it for a normal Saturday night out...
Best dining experience ever. A great birthday celebration; service, presentation, taste and texture were superb. Prix Fixe menu has a good selection plus there are terrific treats between the courses. Don't leave off dessert- some interesting uses of liquid nitrogen.
Heron's lives up to its 5 star rating.
Food was delicious. I wish I could say the same for the service and the ambiance. We've had various great dining experiences in the Triangle, nationally, and internationally. I would've hoped a restaurant with these bonafides (and price tag) would have stacked up. However, we had atrocious service -- soaking wet tablecloth and no attempt to move us, give us a new cloth, or any kind of attempt to make the situation better (would have preferred the bar), slowest meal coursing I have ever experienced (50 min before first food and at least 30 before a drink other than water was brought -- had to ask for it, was never offered), and the restaurant had very loud, obviously drunken patrons speaking so loudly it was impossible to dine comfortably. We did enjoy the food, but the other issues and the timing of the meal were too much. I would have loved to have left in the first 30 min, but they charge a $50 fee! for any reservation cancellation within 24 hrs -- we were their hostages.
Hats off to our Service Professional, Scott Hoppmann! He made our dining experience the best we have ever had. I was very impressed that he took note on my Open Table reservation where I asked how the foie gras was prepared, that it was Ras' birthday and the foie gras was an important part of the meal. He made it very personal and directed the preparation and description to Ras. PERFECT~ He was very knowledgeable about the menu, wines, paring, etc. The food was to die for - presentation was very impressive. We went with the 3 and 4 course with wine paring option and it was the best decision we could have made. We will return to Herons and we will request Scott Hoppmann again! Thank you all for making this birthday celebration a memorable one. We will be back!
An event not just a meal. The food is creative, explodes with flavor and presented like a gift for a king. The produce is mostly grown locally so the menu is always different. The wait staff is superb. Knowledgeable and available when needed. It is expensive so for us it is a special occasion place, but worth saving up for an evening of total enjoyment.
We had brunch, a bit pricey but an excellent dining experience. Service was outstanding, gluten-free options were plenty. Only issue was, hubby ordered 3 hard-boiled eggs with English muffin; he got 2 hard-boiled eggs & 2 English muffins. Beautiful restaurant, destination hotel.
Wow. We truly stumbled on this restaurant looking for a July 4th opening before boarding an afternoon flight. A stunning setting, innovative menu, not at all stuffy servers and management. Food was outstanding, service perfect. I'd consider flying back for another weekend to stay and dine at this lovely place!
Whimsical and delicious. Amazing as always. My husband and I attend every year for his birthday, and we look forward to it all year!! I love that the menu morphs into each new season and something always surprises you! For the most part they have grown everything and most everything is local! Top notch service! We drive 2 hours and grab a room for the evening just for dinner at Herons! Quail deviled egg, pheasant miniature corn dog, dark chocolate foie gras served as your in between courses treat... Perfectly done.
Herons is now a top notch restaurant with the highest standards of the best restaurants of New York City, London and Paris. We are fortunate to have such a great restaurant to enjoy here in North Carolina. The four course tasting menu with the wine pairing, is a dining experience which will be long remembered for the wonderful food, perfect wine pairings by Casey, and her fellow server team members John and Tim who are all the best! A wonderful experience!
From start to finish, the experience was amazing. The service was wonderful and attentive, the presentation was exquisite and creative, the food was delicious and the concepts were creative and surprising. Overall, lovely. Definitely fit for someone who likes a delicious, unique experience.
We had a lovely dinner at Heron's for my birthday. The service was outstanding and I loved how nearly every member of the service team addressed me by my name! A few of the food offerings struck me as a little odd (Chocolate foie gras? Miniature quail corn dogs?) but the phenomenal experience and knowledgeable service staff definitely made up for it. Highly recommended for a special occasion!!
My husband and I were celebrating our 3 year wedding anniversary. Herons is an absolutely perfect place for celebrating any occasion. The chef and servers took very good care of us. We loved the wine and beer selection, different flavors and presentations. This was our first time at Herons. We will definitely be back.
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