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
Herons is absolutely top notch in cuisin ...
Herons is absolutely top notch in cuisine, service, wine & comfort level. It's worth just going for dessert to experience Pastry Chef Jonathan Fishers incredible creations. The Triangle is fortunate to have this restaurant and Hotel!
I am certainly not a food snob - I enjoy ...
I am certainly not a food snob - I enjoy P, B & J and spaghettios every now and then - but I do like good food and like to try every venue in the area to see what's what with eating out. Herons is on my top 5 list and maybe my top three. This is based on dining all over the Northeast (including New York City) and outside the country as well. The service was probably number one - flawless! The food was exciting, different and presentation artful. Every bite worth the price (this is not a cheap date)!
Tables were comfortable with a good amount of space in between our neighbors - quiet, cozy and romantic. I highly recommend it for a special splurge. It is expensive but just imagining how much time and effort goes into each dish and the thought, talent and craftsmanship behind the presentation and service makes it a surreal experience. I want to go back next week!
Let me just start by saying: I am a meat ...
Let me just start by saying: I am a meat-and-potatoes type of girl. My husband, however, is a foodie and he treated me to an exquisite meal at Heron's last night to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We have been there previously for brunch but not for dinner. The ambiance is very upscale, quiet, low lightening but not too low. I love the fact that you can watch the chefs prepare your food from afar behind the glass partition. The service was impeccable, as it should be for a five-star dining experience. We had the kaiseki with wine pairing. The food, while not necessarily my thing, was definitely outstanding! Every thing was cooked to perfection and the flavors were very complimentary, right down to the wines that were chosen by the sommelier. The presentation was delightful; truly edible art. Pictures do not do it justice. It was more than a meal, it was an event! A 3-hour long event!!! Consider it entertainment for your taste buds. You will pay good money for it, though. I am somewhat prudent so perhaps the expense was the thing I liked least. However, I am overjoyed to have had the experience and look forward to doing it again in the distant future. Would definitely recommend for special occasions!
If you are looking for an outstanding di ...
If you are looking for an outstanding dining experience, this is the place. Staff was exceptional. All communication was professional, accurate and very easy to understand. The staff was also very knowledgeable in all areas related to the preparation of the meal.
The food was presented as you would expect at a restaurant of this quality. The presentation was unbeliebly fun and professional at the same time.
This is a great restaurant to visit when you are looking to improve your repertoire. I felt like I was a judge on Iron Chef.
I highly recommend Heron.
The dining experience at Herons is above ...
The dining experience at Herons is above and beyond anything else you will find in the state of North Carolina. The food is incredible with a wine list to match.
If you are looking for a place to take a very important client or a date you really want to spoil, Herons is it.
The atmosphere and service were impeccab ...
The atmosphere and service were impeccable. We found the food choices to be a little too limiting. I lean towards vegetarian so my choices were very limited. I would have preferred a menu that didn't require I purchase 3 courses or more. Perhaps we should have gone for lunch instead.
The kind of meal that I honestly didn't ...
The kind of meal that I honestly didn't expect but remain still in awe of, even 72 hours later. The combinations were sublime, the presentation memorable and the service adding to the flavor of the evening without being overbearing or invisible. A great meal!
Heron's delivers on the Best Brunch, Bes ...
Heron's delivers on the Best Brunch, Best Lunch, and now the Very Best Dinner anyone could ask for. The food was suburb. The service was absolutely the best. The ambiance was beautiful. If you want to make a statement or give your spouse the experience of her life, be sure to take her to Heron's
Breakfast Crabcake Benedict was wonderfu ...
Breakfast Crabcake Benedict was wonderful but next time, I will order it without the bacon that comes under the crabcake. (The bacon is a rather repulsive chunk of gamey fat.) The chicken sausage was wonderful as were the peaceful ambiance and friendly service. I question if the orange juice was fresh squeezed and should have skipped it because the taste was not worth the calories. The walk after breakfast around the pond was lovely and viewing the hotel's artwork and floral displays is a joy. The price is high for what breakfast provides, but the overall experience is worth the cost.
Herons is a fine dining experience that ...
Herons is a fine dining experience that has no equal in the area. We were there to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. It was memorable in that we had the Chef's menu and each course was just a bit better than the one before. Beautiful presentation !!
As always, Herons is a treat. It was my ...
As always, Herons is a treat. It was my birthday, and I was pampered and made to feel very special. I did the 4 courses with wine pairings, and everything was more than delicious. The presentation of each course is beautiful, and service couldn't be better. Thanks for a great experience.
We previously visited Herons for a Mothe ...
We previously visited Herons for a Mother's Day celebration May 2016 and had such a marvelous time that we decided to return for our Father's Day celebration. Coincidentally, we had the same 2 dynamic waiters that we had on our first visit, Scott and Scott. 😃 We were thrilled by this because we knew without a doubt that we would be well taken care of, which we were. It is not often that we have the same exceptional service and impressive food quality, display, and taste that we've had on a previous visit, but we've concluded that this restaurant only knows how to demonstrate exceptional and exquisite service. This is still on our #1 list, and we will return again in the future. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that would like to experience fine and sophisticated dining, quality and tasteful food, and unmatched service!
the chef is trying hard to impress other chefs.
This restaurant has a great reputation but really under impressed both myself and my out-of-town guests
The menu is overly complicated and the food is not very good
I appreciate creativity but not when it makes the dishes inedible.
Wait looked really pretty but the food was not good
I would scrap the entire minion start over. Simplify, focus on taste and not trying to impress food writers
A lovely place...but disappointed somewhat
Every year, we make a trip to Heron's for breakfast. For some reason, they are no longer serving bagels with cream cheese and salmon lox on the weekends. I even asked the waitress if it would be possible to make an exception and have the chef make this exemption. No sirreee.
Everything else was good, especially the crab benedicts. But, it would have been nice if a tiny request was honored. Oh well.
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