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

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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80 reviews 80 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Not only is the service top notch, but everything is beautifully plated and tasted fantastic. My husband and I usually eat at the bar - so this was our first experience at Herons. We went with his work group. They have a great private room for events. The servers were so professional and knowledgable about the menu. They offer a... More

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Durham, NC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Heron's is superb at all levels - the food, the wines, the service - and it's expensive. However, the value equation is fine - as long as you're ready for expensive! We were. No surprises. It's elegant - you'll want to be "Business casual" as opposed to "By the Pool". The options are a fixed 5 course tasting menu, or... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sunday brunch at Heron's is a treat for all of your senses! The pecan crusted french toast is my favorite dish. It has a crispy exterior with a creamy center and fruit compote. The decor is classic elegance with comfortable seating. A harp plays softly in the background and the windows allow a view of the lovely pond and woodland.... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stayed at the Umstead for a weekend and enjoyed brunch both mornings at Herons. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. The staff is professional & courteous. They greet you by name and are quick to refill your coffee or beverage of choice.

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Wytheville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great menu, wonderful wine list, knowledgeable and helpful service personnel, fantastic experience for breakfast, lunch and most especially gourmet dinners.

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