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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #3 of 344 restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
High Point, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The cost was $80 per. Nothing there to justify price except for maybe having to pay the overstaffed staff. Food was "Meh". Atmosphere was a little too formal but the thing that stuck in my gut was IT WAS WAY OVERPRICED!

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Cary, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Excellent menu and chef. A great place to enjoy a special meal for a special occasion. Great atmosphere and great food!

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Cary, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

... all wrapped in a beautifully restful environment, tended by splendid staff, and crowned with magnificent food. This is our go-to place for our most special occasions. This survey doesn't capture it, but we've been for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, for just a cup of tea or for a romantic weekend (never disappointed). And their gift shop can't be... More

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The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am thrilled that you have been able to enjoy multiple visits to Herons. We are honored by your trust in our quality of service and cuisine for special occasions. We look forward to providing you even more memorable dinning experiences in the future. With best regards, Jim Beley More

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was a superb place for dinner (and breakfast) . The atmosphere, the food, the wine list and the service was 1st class.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We celebrated our anniversary at Herons. This is an upscale restaurant It is very expensive ($90 pp for a three course dinner and an additional $30 for wine pairings) but we decided to splurge... The restaurant called ahead to confirm our reservations and to determine if we had any food allergies prior to dining. We arrived and were greeted by... More

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Clayton, North Carolina, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Fine dining at its best! Dinner Menu had a 3,4 or 5 course offerings with wine pairings. Excellent wine selection by the glass, half or whole bottle. Food was amazing! My husband and I both chose the 4 course option. We dined on 1st Black truffle risotto and Quail, 2nd Herons Caesar and Roasted Beets, 3rd Scottish Salmon and Monkfish,... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Herons is a restaurant that has it together. The service was very good; professional yes, but just casual enough to make it seem like they were genuinely thankful that we were there. Service never faltered throughout the 3-hour+ tasting menu meal. Food was sophisticated, somewhat experimental (just enough), interesting, and extremely good. It's possible to have a slightly better dining... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

I took my wife here for valentines day. The whole reservation process was harder than it should have been. It seemed I was being thrown around in the process and ended up making more than one reservation somehow in their confusion. It was reassuring that they called me a few days in advance to confirm they got it right. This... More

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Highland Mills, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

the staff and chef at heron's were extremely accommodating for my requests related to maintaining a low carb intake. the dishes were perfectly prepared, presented and delicious.

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Pikeville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Sophisticated. Elegant. Executive wait staff. Artistic cuisine that is as delightful to the eye as it is to the palate. Dining taken to a different level. A wonderful place to go for that "special occasion". It is expensive but most definitely worth it. We will be back!

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