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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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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (46 reviews)
“tasting menu” (13 reviews)
“foie gras” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is indeed an experience! Had a multi course meal with customers and colleagues here. Right from the time we selected drinks with superb help from Sommelier Scott moving on to the main waiter Scott (different Scott) it was a fantastic journey through great tasting...More

Thank SriniV5
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is the fourth time we have had their full tasting menu since they revolutionized their cuisine and moved into what I term interesting, innovative high-quality food. I thought of all the dinners I had had this one was the most uneven. First the wine...More

Thank barry p
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our anniversary dinner at Herons was - hands down - the best dining experience we've had in the Triangle and one of the greatest dinner anywhere that I can remember. The food itself was unique and exquisite, but the level of service sets this restaurant...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had the opportunity to eat at Herons a couple of times. This first time was for my 60th birthday in the private dining room. It was in a word, spectacular! Recently we ate dinner and each item served was a delight. The wait...More

Thank SallyKadunka
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service and food was outstanding. I was surprised to find some a gem while traveling to Cary. The beautiful landscaping is relaxing. Definitely coming back again.

Thank Sharolyn P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went here for a date night. It was everything and more than I expected. The service was excellent. The superb.

Thank cgblessedlife
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Off the charts. From breakfast to dinner they offer amazing service and the most unusual dishes that you wouldn't think of but are off the charts. And the service of beyond a 5 star!

Thank Tami B
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Friends took us through the hotel lobby, spa area and grounds. I was happy to see the focus on local, quality artists. It was very classy, impressive and special. Then we sat and ate brunch. Brunch was perfect for each of our dietary needs and...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Probably the best shrimp and grits I've ever had. Perfect in every way. Very good flavors and textures. Portion size was a bit large- more than I needed, especially in the morning. Hubby was glad to clean up after me. We also shared an order...More

Thank Crystal N
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was amazing. Delicious, beautiful plates and the service was also excellent. They catered to my vegetarian needs. Would totally recommend for a little splurge!

Thank kdgr
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12 April 2016|
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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
20 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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 13:00
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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