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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
+1 919-447-4200
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good16%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I live in Tokyo and travel a lot internationally. My hometown is Raleigh. I know good food. The Triangle is full of great restaurants, but they are always loud and serve elevated southern food. I love southern food and crave it when not home. Herons...More

Thank Tokyo Shirokuma
Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you are looking for a quiet atmosphere with a lovely menu and great service this is it. The only surprise is it is here in Cary. Just a perfect place for any kind of celebration, and if you are in the top 1%, a...More

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Always great setting for business dinner. Food is excellent, although sometimes seems experimenting with combinations of different flavors can be overdone and a bit distracting from otherwise superb food. However very reliable and consistent restaurant, high quality service.

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Heron's has been around for years and yet still manages to find the inspiration to create interesting dishes and eyebrow raising presentations - like oysters served over dry ice, with the smoke seeping across the table... This is a place to splurge and impress with...More

Thank Colli037
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The hotel and restaurant were lovely. The food was very well prepared and presented. We especially loved the desserts, because they were whimsical and delicious. There were hiccups in service. We were driving in from Florida and were caught in traffic due to a bad...More

1  Thank exfarmers
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2016

Dear Guest, We certainly appreciate your feedback on your recent dining experience in Herons. Our goal is to provide every guest with a quality food and service experience, and I realize in this instance, we did not meet your expectations. We would like to have...More

Reviewed 12 August 2016

Herons is a beautiful restaurant, so restfully elegant that probably a peanut butter sandwich would seem like a treat in that space, The restauarant has one area where you can see the kitchen but the seating is broken up in various areas so there is...More

Thank CarolinaBecky
Reviewed 6 August 2016

We had breakfast at Heron's. The oatmeal was outstanding (not my typical breakfast food, but you have to try it!) and the biscuits were buttery and delicious. The wait staff, as is the case all over this property, were very attentive and friendly.

Thank Perryberry
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We knew that we were going to be over 250 bucks for a couple, but did not know if it would be worth it. If you are a foodie, I say it is. The dishes were very cleverly designed and plated, and the tastes were...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

The restaurant has excellent food and great atmosphere. The cuisine is high end continental with locally sourced ingredients. For example, fresh sautéed flounder on a bed of succotash and potato purée. The food has subtle and wonderful Flavours and is not heavy. It has both...More

Thank Christopher R
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Wow! What a wonderful treat Herons was. The food and presentations were top notch. Service was impeccable. This may be a new favorite.

Thank Amanda O
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Response from crystal2mysoul | Reviewed this property |
We were there for my daughter's eighteenth birthday so we had the Eight-Course Kaiseki which was $140 each and was chef's choice. It was well worth every penny I spent and more. Can't wait til my 50th birthday to go back, in... More
Jessica G
21 January 2015|
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Response from jchamber73 | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with those who say that this is not a good restaurant for kids. It might be OK in a private room, but unless your children are unusual the food at Herons would be wasted on them. In all seriousness, you might... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
6:30 AM - 10:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: +1 919-447-4200
  • E-mail
Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. Led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2016 and 2017, Executive Chef Steven Greene, the expertly trained staff warms the room, providing seamless service that helps guests enjoy the pleasures of an elegant meal. The main dining room offers a full view of the kitchen, while floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light and overlook the terrace, lawn and wooded lake beyond. In addition to the 98-seat main dining room, a semi-private dining room seats up to eight, while the private dining room accommodates 12 and showcases pottery by North Carolina artist Ben Owen. Outdoor seating invites al fresco dining in the spring, summer and fall. The neutral palette of the décor in Herons provides a sophisticated, yet understated backdrop to the bright and inspired flavor combinations artfully presented. The dinner menu changes seasonally and draws heavily on produce harvested from The Umstead’s own sustainable farm. The exceptional quality of Herons’ wine list been recognized with a prestigious “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator.
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