Cary, NC 27513
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.
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 - 10:00pm
Afternoon Tea: Wednesday - Sunday: 2:30 pm - 4:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for catering in the Hotel Event Space.
Complimentary valet parking for Herons; self-parking available as well.
Steven Devereaux Greene
Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room for 12 provides the stage for extensive food and wine-paired tasting menus. Executive Chef Steven Devereaux Greene will both indulge and delight you during your dining experience. Reserve this space for lunch, for an evening with friends, colleagues or family.
Reservations in the Private Dining Room are highly recommended.
Private Party Contact:
Tammie Burdick: 8887787425
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Herons Ratings and Reviews
The food and service are excellent, but ...
The food and service are excellent, but it's pretentious to the point of almost being ridiculous. We've been coming to The Umstead and Heron's for years, and I appreciate the "foodie" element as much as the next person, as well as the difficulty in the preparation of the food, but it seems to get more "stuffy" and feel less warm every year. It's almost as if you're watching a comical spoof of an uptight restaurant. After awhile, it was almost laughable. I see why the bar was so crowded and Heron's was not. We'll follow suit and eat in the bar area next time.
I wanted to lunch with my daughter and g ...
I wanted to lunch with my daughter and granddaughters somewhere where we could hear each other in conversation and enjoy the dish of our choice. The service and ambiance is important to me. We had a very good experience at Heron's. The others enjoyed their selections. I ordered a Cobb Salad and was disappointed - a head of lettuce cut in half with a few additions. Too much for me to "grapple" with at lunch. I prefer bite size pieces in my Cobb Salad.
This restaurant is not for the meat and ...
This restaurant is not for the meat and potatoes eater. It is the most creative eating experience ever! Beautifully presented dishes with the most attention to detail I've experienced. Each dish is a work of art...
Perfection. The food, meal presentation ...
Perfection. The food, meal presentation, staff attentiveness, and atmosphere were in concert. No pretentiousness. The wild boar exceeded all expections. The beautiful desserts were smile worthy.
The selections performed by the pianist in the adjacent lounge were misfit for the ovaerall experience. The gentrified arrangements of pop and classic rock tunes were esthetically subpar.
Simply the very best. Chef Stephen Green ...
Simply the very best. Chef Stephen Greene and staff create an exquisite dining experience that shines brightly in the heaven of culinary creation. To dine with Chef Greene is a treat beyond compare and an opportunity not to be missed!
The choices on the lunch menu weren't ve ...
The choices on the lunch menu weren't very good. I had a mushroom omelette which i couldn't finish because it was so rich and it was expensive. The small potatoes on the side were way too salty so couldnt eat them. I've eaten here before and always great, but this time it just wasn't up too standards. It will be awhile before I return.
Best dinner ever. My friends and I opt f ...
Best dinner ever. My friends and I opt for the kaiseki, 8-course experience for my birthday. The whole night experience, I think it is certainly worth the money. I really want to tell every single detail how amazing everything was, but I do not want to spoil the experience for you all upcoming diners. If you are planning the to do the 8-course, stop reading reviews now and be amazed of everything. Chef Greene stopped by our table just to make sure everything was great. Our server, Rich, was really friendly, accomodating, and professional. The whole 8-course does take a while so do prepare to be there for a few hours. We took a little 10-15 minutes break as we were walking around to make room for the last few courses, they didn't seem to mind, and it means a lot because I know that means they have to adjust the timing on serving us the next course. The food itself, you will get to enjoy a diverse selection of food from something delicate to full body, so this is perfect for a person like me who basically wants everything on the menu. My favorites were the oyster, turbot, and cocoa, which are also offered if you opt for 3 or 4 course menu. Presentation is just out of this world where from the details of plating the food to the the staff when they are presenting the meal to us. Everyone really paid attention to details and if you can't already tell, overall I'm just really impressed. I wish to be back very soon!
Tips: We were seated near the kitchen and the traffic flow was heavy combined with the bright kitchen. I would definitely request to seat a little further from the kitchen/kitchen way, toward the middle area of the restaurant, where you can kinda see where the magic happens, but also to be secluded when you wanted to.
Food was great, service was exceptional ...
Food was great, service was exceptional and the ambiance was unparalleled. We have celebrated six consecutive wedding anniversaries at the Herons but did not mention celebrating our anniversary when we made the reservation. So we were floored when the Maitre d' first words out his mouth were "Congratulations on your 47th wedding anniversary. Welcome back Mr & Mrs......... ". In addition it seemed the entire restaurant serving staff stopped by our table to congratulate us throughout the evening. Herons is a very classy fine dining restaurant.
Our 24th anniversary dinner could not ha ...
Our 24th anniversary dinner could not have been better. In fact, we both agree that this dining experience was the most exquisite of our lives. The food was prepared and presented to perfection and at an equally perfect pace...they just didn't hiccup on anything all night. Our waiter was extremely well spoken with a demeanor commensurate with the highest expectations of a fine dining establishment. He was accommodating, knowledgeable, and attentive to the uniqueness of US as a couple out on a special night. The ambiance was elegant, formal, and a pure delight. We plan to come back for the Kaiseki dining experience where we'll linger a while in Herons good hands, and see if they could possibly top themselves.
I found the food to be mediocre. I had ...
I found the food to be mediocre. I had eggs benedict with crab. The English Muffin was greasy and not tender. The eggs were way underdone. The crab cake was good, the pork belly was terrible.
Starter of donuts was excellent. Juice was not fresh as described by the waitstaff when asked.
Excellent food, wine and service! This ...
Excellent food, wine and service! This was our choice to celebrate our anniversary and Herons really made this special for us. Lori took great care of us, and the entire experience was excellent from start to finish. Perfectly prepared scallop as a first course, and excellent wild boar for the main. Wine selection is quite extensive, and desserts are exceptional. Definitely a great place for a special occasion.
The food was outstanding and the wine li ...
The food was outstanding and the wine list is excellent, featuring old vintages and a first class European selection as well. We ordered a 3 course tasting and the time for meal was excessive, took 2 1/2 hours from start to finish. The time was not a problem for us, but would be considered to lengthy for many.
It was a very rough week. Called a frie ...
It was a very rough week. Called a friend & we decided we needed Herons. It did the trick! Fabulous food, served beautifully, by a very friendly waitress. We weren't hurried, and we were treated like valued guests. This place does elegant, but relaxed dining PERFECTLY!
We experienced the Kaiseki 8 course dinn ...
We experienced the Kaiseki 8 course dinner. It was adventurous and delicious! The Heron's staff really go the extra mile to give you a great dining experience. The food was beautifully presented, and the taste lived up to the presentation. The wine pairs were right on, as well! We left completely stuffed and happy.
Excellent View an Outstanding Service! I ...
Excellent View an Outstanding Service!
Incredible wait staff that pampered us throughout a very nice brunch. We had treats sent from the chef including baked goods and a delicious beverage of the day which was coconut milk, orange juice and cinnamon. Delicious! They sent GF items for me and regular ones for my dining partner.
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