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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #4 of 362 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Harrison Avenue
Description: 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Second time having lunch, which was very good on both occasions. Excellent wine list. Servers don't have much of a personality but they get the job done with quick refills of water and drinks. Love the spiced pecans they serve in place of bread/

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New York City, New York
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Heronst is superlative. Brunch is focused on outstanding Southern cuisine, while the other menus are more Continental. Biscuits and gravy is my personal choice. Herons is considered to be the best restaurant in the area, so reservations are a must - or early arrival for outdoor brunch.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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138 reviews 138 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Each time we dine at Herons - granted, not often, as it is expensive - we are impressed by how special a place it is. A meal there is not just the food, but the total ambiance: the artwork, the flowers, the architecture of the dining room, the tables spaced nicely for privacy, and best of all, the service. Add... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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170 reviews 170 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful atmosphere. Excellent service. Food was very good. Fixed price menu with only options being 3-course or 4-course dinner or 7-course tasting menu. But they give you a lot of flexibility in how you choose the courses. A place for special occasions or when you want to splurge. Food was all presented beautifully and was anywhere from very good to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our meal there was unique and delicious. There was an extensive wine list, and the staff was great, not stuffy. We overheard a few people who were not aware that it is a fixed price, fine dining menu, so as guests of the hotel, they were a bit shocked by the lack of dining options. But the bar food is... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Herons is a special place to dine. The food is exceptional with a very nice and varied menu. Service is impeccable. The environment is just right. Nice table spacing and low noise level. It is my first choice in the area for a special event such as a birthday or anniversary.

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Durham, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I have patronized Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa on numerous occasions over the past several years. There is no doubt that the physical establishment of both the hotel and restaurant is luxurious and designed with attention to detail that is rarely found in North Carolina. This is augmented with the superb work of local artists... More 

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Each course was unusual and beautifully prepared and presented. You can choose from a 3 or 4 course menu. We went with 3 and it was plenty of food. Every dish was inventive, and the flavors were delicious. I had a butternut squash soup that was poured over a large ball of white chocolate filled with nuts and spices and... More 

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Washington, DC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Our family enjoyed the most wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Heron's. The meal selection was very eclectic but insanely delicious and to top it off, the timing of the service and presentation was impeccable. Kudos to Heron's for such a festive and charming evening for our family!

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Dallas, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is hands down the best meal I have had in Raleigh. The lounge is significantly different, and they will not allow Heron food into the lounge, <sigh> The dinner we had last Saturday night was one of the best meals I have ever had. I would compare it to French Laundry, Le Bernadine, Daniels, Joel Robuchon, you get the... More 

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Additional Information about Herons

Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
Phone Number: 919-447-4200
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: American

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