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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #3 of 359 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Herons' ambiance is wonderful and the restaurant's menu is creative and ambitious. In order to taste as much as possible on my first visit to the restaurant I ordered small plates and had a surprising pumping sour with white chocolate (not hot enough) and the best fois gras I have ever tasted. That dish alone was worth the visit to... More 

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We returned to Herons, yet again, for their tasting menu. Since our last visit, their format has changed. Currently, they are offering an ever-changing array of small plates--five savory and two desserts. The chef changes the choices so frequently that they come from the kitchen as surprises. (Of course they inquire about dietary restrictions). The dishes are complex and flavorful... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Love coming to this restaurant for lunch or dinner. The service is always perfect. Wait staff attentive and the food is wonderful. We never feel rushed. Try the spa as well, perhaps in the morning and then Heron's for lunch, perfect way to spend part of your day!

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Cary, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Atmosphere: elegant, food: haute-gastro - a perfect anniversary or romantic dinner. Be prepared to hide your eyes from the prices.

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Cary, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Spent a lovely afternoon with friends at Herons. The Unstead Hotel is decorated so beautifully and naturally for the holidays. You should always go at this time of the year - it's magical. Our lunch was spectacular - the market menu - sunchoke soup was incredible - never had it before - and presented in a most interesting dish and... More 

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The buffet was well stocked with all the traditional Thanksgiving foods. The service was attentive and quite pleasant. I would rate the food slightly above average for the price, about $85 per person.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Herons is a 5-Star rated restaurant and to us on our visit there, it certainly earned the 5-stars it is noted for. We only had brunch but we will return for many encores. The food was excellent, well prepared, presentation was also excellent, and the service from it's well trained staff was also excellent. Our guests were over-whelmed with their... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The food and service were fabulous!!! We had breakfast and the chef prepares additional items and sends to your table. 5 star service all the way

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The service was impeccable and the breakfast choices were varied and beautifully presented. During our sty we experienced the smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and some of the healthy smoothies. All delicious...

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Cary, North Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There isn't a negative comment that can be made about our lunch at Herons. The room, the art, the service and the food are wonderful! Yes, it's a bit pricey, but when you leave the restaurant, you will feel like your money was well spent. Plus, you must spend time in The Umstead Hotel. It's absolutely gorgeous!

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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 - 80
Cuisine: American

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