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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
919-447-4200
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations
Description: Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. The...
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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  • 15
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
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The presentation is impressive and the food is delicious. The service was outstanding. They cater to your every need.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The presentation is impressive and the food is delicious. The service was outstanding. They cater to your every need.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited Herons to celebrate my wife's birthday. The decor was lovely. We both had what we consider as the best meal we have ever had the pleasure to eat. The waiters were exceptional. Never did we have to wait for anything. They were extremely attentive to all our needs. We have been visiting the best restaurants list for Raleigh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Herons offers a delicious breakfast at a reasonable price. The ambiance is lovely, the setting is quiet, the service is excellent and the breakfast is delicious. What more do you need? This is the perfect romantic dinner place, the perfect business meeting lunch, and the perfect treat yourself like you deserve it elegant breakfast celebration or brunch.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My wife and I recently dined here and were impressed with the attentive service; the food was originally and beautifully presented. The taste was very good. Overall we enjoyed the experience, but felt the taste did not have the "wow" factor that the price and presentation would lead one to expect.

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Durham, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Food is good, but overpriced. Service was adequate but very snooty. We travel extensively. We have dined in fine restaurants in the US and in Europe. The food at the Herons is does not match the finest. It lacks variety and subtlety. After our meal, for some reason our waiter actually suggested that my wife and I dine in-room on... More 

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The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We appreciate your comments on your recent dining experience in Herons. Our goal is to provide every guest with a quality food and service experience, and I realize in this instance, we did not meet your expectations. I apologize for the obvious frustration you faced with trying to communicate with our staff. However, I can assure you that... More 

Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The breakfast was delicious and reasonably priced. Everything was fresh and cooked to order. The staff was very professional and efficient.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We had a reservation here for lunch. We were able to be seated early and requested an inside table because it was so hot outside. Our requests were accommodated. The food was fresh, hot, and locally sourced and everything tasted amazing. They had separate menus for vegetarians and were willing to alter some menu items for us at our request.... More 

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Waycross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

The extensive wine list is not the only reason to visit this fine restaurant. The decor is exquisite with fine art and sculptures. It is spacious enough for private conversations. I would certainly dress nicely. I only saw one couple in shorts. The salads are varied and can have fish shrimp or chicken added. We had the chef's three course... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Heron's knows how to do fine dining, from the friendly hostess to the very attentive waiter to the elegant decor to the harp player, Heron's exceeded my expectations. I ordered the steak and eggs and it was cooked as ordered and so very good. They even allowed me to substitute the fruit side for the potatoes. If you are visiting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We have loved it every time we dine here, the food is very good, the service is excellent and the decor is impressive. Can be a little

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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 to $80
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: 919-447-4200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $41 to $80
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic

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.
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

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