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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #3 of 348 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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English first
Nashville, Tennessee
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The restaurant is very well maintained. The lighting, furnishings, linens, silverware etc… All the details well thought out. Service was outstanding. A little over kill with each course having a sauce pour. I love French service it was a little much. I asked for a Moscow Mule and was told they did not have Ginger Been. It was on the... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The restaurant is located inside the Ulmstead. The staff is extremely friendly and the service was excellent. Although I only ate breakfast, it was really enjoyable.

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156 reviews 156 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

As part of the Umstead Hotel, the Heron restaurant carries over the opulent / elegant decor and the polished service found elsewhere in the hotel. Superlatives fail to describe this dining experience except to say this enters as number one in our top 10 'best ever' restaurants. The wine list is generous, service is polite and well timed and, the... More

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McLean, Virginia
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164 reviews 164 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I had the 4 course meal with wine pairings last week. This was not like an ordinary eating experience. We felt comfortable in the middle of a lot of elegance. We were given all the time we needed to make decisions, yet people were there to help immediately if we needed it. All the preparations were explained... More

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Marriottsville, Maryland, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Impeccable service and food. You just need to go. Definitely special-occasion pricey- but worth it!!!!

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North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We recently had an important family celebration at Herons and booked their semi-private room for the occasion. The planning staff was extremely accommodating about arranging a special menu with wine pairings for our group, including a roasted beet salad that was a triumph! The wine pairings were excellently chosen and complemented the menu extremely well. The pheasant was cooked in... More

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New York City, New York
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287 reviews 287 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant 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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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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