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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #3 of 357 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Herons is a 5-Star rated restaurant and to us on our visit there, it certainly earned the 5-stars it is noted for. We only had brunch but we will return for many encores. The food was excellent, well prepared, presentation was also excellent, and the service from it's well trained staff was also excellent. Our guests were over-whelmed with their... More

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Jupiter, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The food and service were fabulous!!! We had breakfast and the chef prepares additional items and sends to your table. 5 star service all the way

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The service was impeccable and the breakfast choices were varied and beautifully presented. During our sty we experienced the smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and some of the healthy smoothies. All delicious...

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Cary, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There isn't a negative comment that can be made about our lunch at Herons. The room, the art, the service and the food are wonderful! Yes, it's a bit pricey, but when you leave the restaurant, you will feel like your money was well spent. Plus, you must spend time in The Umstead Hotel. It's absolutely gorgeous!

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McLean, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We've frequented many afternoon tea locations in 4 and 5 star hotels and this is one of the best! Not only did they know how to make tea, the service was superb! The food was exceptional and the harpist was an added bonus to our experience. The tea area was nicely separated from the bar area and the music very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What can you say- a stunning culinary experience. Scott Hoppman is outstanding as a server. Food was unbelievable. Lost track of all the people serving us.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary at Herons. The atmosphere was lovely with stunning orchid and birds of paradise displays. There is a gorgeous view from the terrace, I highly recommend having drinks out there before dining. The service was absolutely top notch. I was constantly being asked if I needed anything... I was tempted to ask... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

(I understand that the Bar at the Umstead and Herons are two different places, how ever I cannot rate a dinning experience at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, so doing so here) This is a review for the Bar section and not the restaurant) Great atmosphere and good looking bar area. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, manager came to see us... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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256 reviews 256 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I can't think of a single way that our dinner for four in Herons could have been better. We each had the three-course dinner. which of course included multiple little "amuse bouche" extras, and were thrilled. I particularly liked the raw fish appetizer presented with dry ice that created vapor over it all. Yes, it's expensive, but in this case,... More

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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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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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