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100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
+1 919-447-4200
00:00 - 23:59
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the fourth year we had our Thanksgiving meal at Herons. Unfortunately, this year was a big disappointment. First, we had to wait for our table when the dinning area was far from full. It continued downhill from there, a dirty soup bowl, plates not being cleared from the table, wine not being poured. Perhaps the biggest disappointment, I... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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172 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, the setting. Herons is located in the Umstead Hotel, a particularly upscale hotel where both it and the restaurant have a remarkable collection of art. If you save yourself some time for browsing, your experience will be enhanced. The service at Herons is outstanding. The staff coordinate beautifully with each other, are unobtrusively attentive, and can explain complex dishes... More 

Thank HarmonCT
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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122 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heron’s has undergone a revolution in the past 18 months. It has always had a great site in a hotel surrounded by fine contemporary art of all forms with a great quiet comfortable spacious fine dining area. The shift is in the cuisine. It has become of uniform very high quality in a very innovative sense. The pastry chef who... More 

Thank barry p
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few of my friends, got together for a nice luncheon around the holidays. It was a nice treat, and the food and service was AMAZING! I will def. go back with my husband and family.

Thank Tia C
Cary, North Carolina
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a true gourmet restaurant that I think everyone should try at least once in their lives for the experience. The food is unlike anything you've ever had - true art pieces that are edible. Prepare to dress up and be serve like the royals have always been.

Thank Joules67
Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I moved away from the area over three years ago without having ever visited the Umstead Hotel, its spa, nor Herons, its restaurant. I wish I had. Returning to the area after having lived in Portland Oregon and traveling the world, I can only say that the food scene has been a bit... disappointing. But Heron's gets great marks for... More 

Thank Rachel N
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119 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried the three course meal with wine pairings and it was amazing. It was certainly worth the price; everything was perfectly and beautifully prepared. It was a wonderful way to linger over our meal. Highly recommend this experience!

Thank Becky D
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

At the last minute, we decided to call Herons to see if we could get in on a Tuesday night. From the very start, the service was impeccable. The attention to detail by the staff was really top notch. We choose the eight course tasting menu and added the beverage pairing. The meal was very heavy on seafood, 5 of... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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190 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Made a point of coming back in August after a wonderful experience in February. The food is prepared ideally and it is presented in a creative fashion--quality and interesting tastes with a fun, whimsical vibe. My halibut with green asparagus, spring onions, heirloom grits, radish and buttered nage was outstanding. The strawberry dessert--strawberry-basil cremeaux, alpines, garden herbs & strawberry sorbet... More 

Thank adalbert3
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156 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

To be one of the only two Forbes 5 star restaurants in NC is impressive to say the least- not to mention backing it up with superior food and service. The lunch menu has something for everyone and it all looks delicious. For me, the BLT with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese and savory bacon hit the proverbial gastro... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: +1 919-447-4200
Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. 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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