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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, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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  • 155
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  • 46
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Creative, Delicious and Interesting Dining

This restaurant is located in the posh Umstead Hotel and Spa and will not disappoint. The offerings are interesting and the chef(s) use in season food in a creative way. The dining experience takes a little longer than usual, by design, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours enjoying a lovely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
truconosur
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Seattle, Washington
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Seattle, Washington
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is located in the posh Umstead Hotel and Spa and will not disappoint. The offerings are interesting and the chef(s) use in season food in a creative way. The dining experience takes a little longer than usual, by design, so be prepared to spend a couple of hours enjoying a lovely meal. We have dined at Herons several... More 

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We celebrated my mother's 80th birthday here and were extremely pleased. The food was good and the staff did a wonderful job of making my mom feel special. They have a lovely area that is part of the main dining room but semi-enclosed by decorative walls and perfect for 8 - 10 people. The space made it seem extra special... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is the place to go to impress someone The food does not get any better. The whole place is to die for. Chef Green is one of the Best, The service is top of the line and this is a must see place... The Goodnights Give you your moneys worth... What a place....

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Our dinner at Herons was better than average, but I was disappointed in the salad greens and accompaniments of the entree salad. I ordered the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon and I must say that they cooked the salmon to perfection. I asked for the fish well done and it was perfect; well done, but not at all dry. The... More 

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ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Heron's never disappoints me. I took out of town guests here. We were able to sit outside. The weather was perfect. The serve and food were top notch. I always want to go here. They never miss a beat. We had the salmon, grouper and chicken dish.

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This restaurant is elegant, intimate and features floor to ceiling windows with views to a serene park like setting. The food is delicious with home grown appeal and from our suite on the lower floor we were actually able to see the vegetables and herbs growing right on property. There is something for every taste no matter if it is... More 

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Greater Cincinnati
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

After dining there, I was told that Heron's was the only five star restaurant in NC. I could have predicted that based on our meal and service. It was truly outstanding. It's not often you find a restaurant associated with a hotel of such quality, and Heron's is the exception. Well worth the price.

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Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We were taken out for our anniversary to this restaurant in the Unstead Hotel. It was fabulous. For a start the hotel is just gorgeous, unique marble squares facing which gives an aztec/modern effect which is spectacular. The patio in the back for drinks before dinner looks out over a lake surrounded by a forest. The restaurant itself if elegant... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited Herons for brunch on a Sunday with another couple. The room is beautiful, the furniture classical and the table presentation very good. Service was immaculate, from order taking to accurate plate delivery by several servers. I had not tried shrimp and grits, so this was my first example and it was very good. Other had omelettes, French toast,... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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159 reviews 159 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is within the extremely nice Umstead Hotel in which we were staying and the restaurant is also very nice and the staff and service very good. We had breakfast there two mornings and it was very good from an A la Carte menu. We went for dinner one evening with friends and it offers A la Carte as well... More 

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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 - 80
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?