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Herons

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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 140
    Excellent
  • 41
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful

This beautiful restaurant in the Umstead has beautiful art work and flowers. The service is outstanding and unobtrusive. The food is different from the majority of restaurants and is absolutely good!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
jaded-eye
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Suffolk, VA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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209 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Suffolk, VA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This beautiful restaurant in the Umstead has beautiful art work and flowers. The service is outstanding and unobtrusive. The food is different from the majority of restaurants and is absolutely good!

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The finest food and wine offered on a Carolina menu. This restaurant NEVER disappoints. The chef is all about flavor, presentation and culinary creativity. Wait staff caters to your every whim and heightens the dining experience to another level. You may not want to view the bill after you've eaten (just close your eyes and sign it) and remember all... More 

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Amherst NH
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A superior dining experience with inspired dishes, soft pleasant atmosphere, which is excellent for a romantic dinner, or a lunch before or after the spa.

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Durham, North Carolina
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Went for anniversary dinner and could not have had a better experience. The food was perfect. The service was spectacular. We were blown away by the precision with which the food was prepared. We had the prix fixe menu and it was fun just to stop and take in the beauty of each plate. It was like eating artwork. The... More 

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Flemington, New Jersey, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We had a retirement dinner for 8 people, and it was perfect. We were seated in a semi-private room, so we could enjoy privacy. The service was very attentive without being cloying. They knew their food and their wines, and guided us to excellent choices in all. The food was very interesting, with unusual but wonderful combinations, and in reasonable... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Sharing a special celebration here is a dream. Utilizing local products the chef embraces all the flavors and creates a delectable food sensation for the palate. Rendering excellent service the wait staff embellish the experience even more. If possible get the wine pairings with your dinner to enhance your culinary experience to another level. All of the entrees and wine... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Second time having lunch, which was very good on both occasions. Excellent wine list. Servers don't have much of a personality but they get the job done with quick refills of water and drinks. Love the spiced pecans they serve in place of bread/

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Heronst is superlative. Brunch is focused on outstanding Southern cuisine, while the other menus are more Continental. Biscuits and gravy is my personal choice. Herons is considered to be the best restaurant in the area, so reservations are a must - or early arrival for outdoor brunch.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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148 reviews 148 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Each time we dine at Herons - granted, not often, as it is expensive - we are impressed by how special a place it is. A meal there is not just the food, but the total ambiance: the artwork, the flowers, the architecture of the dining room, the tables spaced nicely for privacy, and best of all, the service. Add... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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170 reviews 170 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful atmosphere. Excellent service. Food was very good. Fixed price menu with only options being 3-course or 4-course dinner or 7-course tasting menu. But they give you a lot of flexibility in how you choose the courses. A place for special occasions or when you want to splurge. Food was all presented beautifully and was anywhere from very good to... 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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, 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?