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
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
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary ...
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 d ...
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.
My wife and I just had one of the best m ...
My wife and I just had one of the best meals of our lives, I couldn't believe this is the first time we have dined here since moving to Raleigh. We have tried all the top restaurants and this far exceeds the rest around.
I took my wife out for a romantic birthd ...
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 ra ...
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 ...
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.
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