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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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 147
    Excellent
  • 42
    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
Wonderful Meal

Herons is a wonderful restaurant in the beautiful Umstead Hotel. My date and I had the 4 course tasting with wine pairing, and we enjoyed every course and pairing. While it wasn't a special occasion, it is a special occasion restaurant and can be a tad pricey. However, it was worth every penny... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Classicsmjr
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Herons is a wonderful restaurant in the beautiful Umstead Hotel. My date and I had the 4 course tasting with wine pairing, and we enjoyed every course and pairing. While it wasn't a special occasion, it is a special occasion restaurant and can be a tad pricey. However, it was worth every penny. The service was also impeccable.

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Raleigh, NC
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Heron's is one of our fave restaurants. When we celebrate big, the only choice we have to figure out is what time of the evening to meet at Heron's. The location is always known and happily agreed to by the group.

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Fearrington Village
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

My wife and I had lunch last week. The food was very good (especially the fish), the setting pleasant as well as luxurious and the service attentive. What struck me most was the relatively low cost for the quality of the experience. Although not nearly as good as Fearrington House, we will certainly be going back.

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Herons is a great restaurant for a brunch, a drink on the patio or an elegant chef's menu. Our favorite is to come in for brunch on a weekend morning and linger over the donuts, coffee and tea and the amazing omelettes.

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Cary, North Carolina
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

With three kids in tow, we had a wonderful brunch on a Sunday morning with an amazing harpist playing background music for us.The food was fresh, tasty and the cold- pressed juice options were great! We sat near the kichen window where the chefs we're preparing all the food,impeccably. The children really enjoyed being able to watch them in this... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is an acclaimed restaurant with a lot of good reviews, so we were anxious to try it. The atmosphere was quiet, but nice and inviting. The food was prepared with meticulous attention to details, a little bit too "architectural", but still delicious. The service was very good, sometimes I had the feeling everybody was trying too hard to be... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We went back to Heron's on Valentines night. We dreaded a Saturday night on Valentines, but it was impeccable. We asked for George as our server, as he served us last time, and he was spot on. The Chef sent out some treats and they were truly spectacular. We were joking that the Goodnight family should get a tax deduction... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Herons provides "The Absolute Best" in an exquisite "fine" dining experience. Their attention to detail and service was OUTSTANDING (as was the delightful dinner)!

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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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?