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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #4 of 345 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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New York City, New York
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285 reviews 285 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Went her for dinner during our stay at The Umstead. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was very good. We ordered a variety of items and had no issues with all but one. The mussels in one of the dishes was very chewy and they gladly remade the dish without them. It was very convenient since we... More

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Morrisville, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Don't miss this very lovely place to dine..the setting is awesome and very relaxing.The. food offerings are impeccably prepared and are very flavorful..a definite must if you are in the Cary NC area....

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great setting (indoor elegance and outdoor seating available most of the year), knowledgeable waitstaff, and superb food. Wine list is excellent. Have eaten at Herron's several times for both business and pleasure and expectations met each time. Pricey but worth it.

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Soup to Nuts Excellence at Lunch and Dinner. Best gustatory experience in the Research Triangle Park Area.

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Winston-Salem, NC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Saturday Brunch is wonderful. The food is local and is prepared extremely well. Top quality. Located in the Umstead Hotel. This is a first-class restaurant serving food of an exceptional quality. Try the biscuits and gravy!

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Leawood, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Healthy, high quality whether standard fare or more adventuresome - the service, setting and selection is a great way to start your day.

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Cary, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Let me state up front that we have never eaten at a Michelin 5 star restaurant, so I'm not sure if we have enough basis for comparison to other high-end meals. Probably the best meals we had before this were at Second Empire in Raleigh or at Crippen's in Blowing Rock. To us, a high-end meal is around $100/person, including... More

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Seated per reservation time. Efficient and very knowledgeable waitstaff. Appetizing presentaion and wonderful food.

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I went with my family for brunch at Herons. We have food sensitivities and they were very accommodating and brought gluten free rolls to our table without us asking. My BLT w/ egg was delicious. The iced coffee was great. The kids had fresh squeezed OJ that they enjoyed. If you are looking for a special place to go for... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The restaurant at the Umstead is tops! Service is attentive, the food is exquisite and the atmosphere is classy.

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