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 email@example.com 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
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.
Thank you Herons for a most memorable an ...
Thank you Herons for a most memorable and incredible evening. We arrived after getting up at 3:30 California time and flying across the country. After meeting our wonderful waiter, Scott, he calmed us, brought us drinks, and informed us how the dinner would progress. We chose the four course dining option with wine pairing. Wow! The three of us all enjoyed different dishes and they were each exquisite. The palate cleanser after the main course was over the top! In all our travels I have never seen such a presentation. Darling brown eggshells filled with white panda cotta and a spoonful of passion fruit purée. Just beautiful. Raleigh/Durham is blessed to have you in their midst!
Went to celebrate my boyfriend's 40th bi ...
Went to celebrate my boyfriend's 40th birthday and was very impressed. Service was impeccable; food was delicious! We did the 4-course option with no wine pairings. Having spent over 30 years in the restaurant industry, I can honestly say that Heron's deserves its accolades. It is a top-notch restaurant that I would definitely visit again. It is a bit pricey though.
We love dining at Herons for special occ ...
We love dining at Herons for special occasions. Our server Scott was spectacular and walked us through the newest seasonal menu. We started with the Hamachi and the Ricotta dishes. The medley of flavors were spectacular. We splurged on the Ricotta and added the truffles. We loved the presentation and especially enjoyed the visit from the executive chef to shave the truffles for us. For a second course, we had the Foie Gras. The waffle presentation was incredible and the flavors were sublime. For our third course, we tried the fowl and the beef. The fowl was especially incredible with quail, squab and duck. Each prepared in a unique manner. The beef was tender and featured a lion's head mushroom - which was a delightful surprise in flavor and consistency. We followed with the Marquis Dessert and the Cocoa Dessert. We overate, but isn't that what Herons does best? Each dish was beautiful, delicious and a singular experience. We appreciate the excellent service and attention to detail. The wine pairings were divine as well. Thanks for making our anniversary so special. See you next year.
The food is perfect. Service is perfect. ...
The food is perfect. Service is perfect. The setting is elegant. Price is very high, $100 per person for a four-course meal plus drinks, gratuity and tax. But it is definite worth it for special occasions and for treating VIP customers.
You can't go wrong at Heron's. From th ...
You can't go wrong at Heron's.
From the food to the wine selection to the service - everything is outstanding. I almost don't want to write a review as I don't want the secret to get out.
The menu is tweaked with each season and no matter the season you will walk away knowing you had one of the best dinners.
Lori, our server was knowledgeable, professional and had fun assuring that guests enjoyed their dining experience.
In the fall be sure to ask for the Dark & Cloudy!
Absolutely the most amazing meal I have ...
Absolutely the most amazing meal I have ever had. The creatively of the dishes outstanding. The artistic plating was spectacular. Accolades to the Chef, staff, and our server Laura. An incredible anniversary celebration.
We come here once a year when in town an ...
We come here once a year when in town and Herons never disappoints! I have celiac so my options most places aren't spectacular. Herons made me the most creative and amazing meal that would wow even the professional critics. So beautifully presented and wonderful to the palate! Make sure you have the time because it is an experience that can't be rushed. I am looking forward to next year already!
This is my third visit to Heron's and I ...
This is my third visit to Heron's and I honestly don't get what all the fuss is. Most recent visit was Sunday brunch. I had shrimp and grits which were good, but certainly not the best I've ever had. I had a bloody Mary, which was excellent. My companions had a burger, french toast and the egg white omelet with salad. All had the same reaction I did...good...but not fantastic. Service is always pleasant and the space is lovely. There's nothing not to like here, just not sure the price is justified.
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!
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