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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 - 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 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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Herons private dining room for 9-12 guests 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. Reservations are required.
Herons Ratings and Reviews
Most of the menu items were cooked sous vide, which is normally wonderful. Unfortunately the execution showed that the immersion bags were on too tight- you could see where the food was compressed & too firm. The process is meant to "bloom" the food not make it held hostage. The oysters & egg were very good. The service was over the top excellent which is why we didn't send our food back- it would have made them feel bad.
Took my best friend for a birthday brunch. As always, the fresh squeezed orange juice alone was worth the trip and the pancakes were the best in the area. And the highlight of the meal. The chef sent us a gift of fresh pressed blood orange and lychee juices which were a fun treat. The meal was rounded out with fresh fruit and coffee, both great. We love the quiet ambience and courteous service. All of these things keep us coming back. An exceptional experience.
There aren't adequate superlatives to describe our Herons experience. I've dined many places around the U.S., & some in Latin America & Paris, but Herons really stands out as unique & a meal-of-a-lifetime. The service is amazingly fine-tuned & skilled in attentiveness & timeliness, but never hovering. The dining area is beautiful & elegant, & there's a relaxing ambiance. But the food, wow. Every dish is beautifully presented & richly flavored. Most impressive of all, though, nothing we ate was like anything we've had anywhere before. Admittedly, the price is eye-popping. But for the most special of occasions, it's truly worth the money. Which is saying a whole lot for the 2 of us who dined. Cannot recommend highly enough & will cherish the memory.
We moved to the area from Atlanta about 2 years ago and love to dine out. This restaurant is by far the best we've tried. I highly recommend this for anybody who enjoys the experience of dining. If you are just looking for meat and potatoes try Ruth's Chris right around the corner.
It took at least 30 minutes for our food to arrive. I think there was a problem with the kitchen staffing on this day since the chef sent out a complimentary appetizer. It took another 20-30 minutes before we got our appetizers, another 20-30 minutes to get our entrees, another 20-30 minutes to get our coffees. Overall we spent nearly 2.5 hours for lunch to just get appetizers, entrees, coffees and the bill! I don't recommend this restaurant for lunch if you are mindful of time.
Service could be better coordinated among the team servers who aim to please so you don't have to repeat the same requests (e.g., fresh ground pepper, decaf refill vs. regular, sparkling vs. still water).
Food quality is what you'd expect at this type of restaurant.
My husband and I ate at Heron's for his birthday. We had the three course tasting menu and chose the first three courses as our options (dessert always seems like a tease at restaurants like this). We had the dumplings, hamachi, soup, wild boar, and fowl. All were outstanding, with two notes: the soup was a bit sweet (white chocolate took over the lobster) and the wild boar was a little dry. The small samplings between courses were interesting and stunning concepts, and while i can appreciate the "river rocks" I'm afraid I will never develop a taste for foie gras.
The service was outstanding -- shout out to Scott, our server, and to everyone who attended us. It was my husband's birthday, and the note, chocolates, and little details were special but not over stated (please God, thank you for not singing).
The service is what sets any restaurant apart, and the staff at Heron's make it worth every penny.
Really disappointed. The food was artfully presented although not beautiful. Most importantly my husband and I didn't think anything we ate was memorable, we ordered all the waiters recommendations, and a few things like all the Amuse Bouche were terrible. I have eaten at many of the best restaurants in this country and unfortunately this restaurant does not reflect the ratings it has received
The waiter was a little sloppy and split some orange juice and didn't wipe it up, and we had to ask for different cutlery after we used them for our appetizer to our main course. But other than that the food was truly fantastic and would absolutely go again!!
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Heron's. From the very beginning, where we were greeted by name, to the very end, this was an incredible experience. Expensive - yes. But for a special occasion, it was worth the expense. From the attentiveness of the wait staff, to the presentation of each course, to the quality of the food, to the personalized extras designed especially for our anniversary, Heron's earned their 5-star rating!
Herons lives up to its reputation as a destination for exquisite dining in the Triangle.
From the complimentary valet parking and coat check ... to the amuse-bouche provided compliments of the chef ... to the impeccably professional and courteous staff, we were thoroughly impressed. We will be back, and with an even larger group if the occasion fits.
Pro tips: DO make a reservation.
DO call if you are running late.
DO remember to tip your valet.
I took my wife out for a romantic birthday dinner. We ordered the 8 course kaiseki. The portions are very small, but each one was plated beautifully. There were some interesting dishes. Not sure what they're exactly called but chocolate rocks seemed to be a recurring theme in many of the dishes that evening. Ambiance and service were excellent. I absolutely recommend it, under a few conditions.
First condition is the price. It is a bit expensive, but with establishments like these, you're not only paying for the food, but for the creativity and entertainment value in how its presented. I can't confirm because I've only been here once (so I haven't actually seen the physical menu items served), but as far as I could tell, we were served some dishes that already existed on the menu. I believe a chef-selected menu (the kaiseki) should have distinct items not already on the menu. It may just be our personal preference to try something that is definitely unique, otherwise not a big deal.
Second condition though, the taste. It's what you'd expect from a high-end restaurant, but no more than that. If you were blindfolded, the value is not worth it, as the experience was more in the beauty of the food's aesthetics. The taste definitely did not detract from the experience, but it should not be a main focus of dining here. Many dishes did not feel "in sync", as in there were flavors that did not feel well balanced. They were not dishes that made you agonize over the small portions.
Except the parker roll and the truffle butter. Those were amazing.
We have found that Heron's has become rather too chic. The food is beautifully plated and described, but the flavors leave something to be desired. It is very expensive, but you pay for that wonderful service and atmosphere . Not the place to go to get good value for your money.
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 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.
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