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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, 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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  • 49
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
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Always the first place we think of when planning a special occasion dinner. Nothing short of extraordinary!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Susan Bootsie B... H
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Always the first place we think of when planning a special occasion dinner. Nothing short of extraordinary!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you're ready for a gourmet foodie experience then you owe it to yourself to dine at Herons. We had the four course meal without the wine pairings as we had had a full day. The selections were varied and delicious. The service was extremely attentive. Some might have found it a bit much but we didn't. We had enjoyable... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We went to Herons for our Anniversary celebrations. My husband had booked it in advance for the event. We had very good time in Herons. Food was excellent. Experience was wonderful. The only reason I gave 4 stars and not 5 stars was because my mail course was very salty. Other than that the whole evening was memorable. They apologized... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Herons is probably the best restaurant in Raleigh/triangle area. This is one of our favorite places to go for that once a year special occasion. Food quality is fantastic and service is impeccable. This isn't your typical steakhouse or meat and potatoes type of place. Five-star dining, smaller portions presented uniquely. The menu offers either four or five course dining... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Herons deserves to be kept as your special-special restaurant; alternatively, go there for an ordinary (albeit expensive) evening, and it will transform the evening into a special one. Service is impeccable; staff are knowledgeable; and the team approach makes you feel like *every* server in the restaurant is taking care of your table exclusively. the little amuse-bouches, the butter pats,... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

LOVE their service!! It's located inside of an upscale hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, but the building itself doesn't look very attractive. But then, it's much better inside. The prex-fix dinners are quite pricey so check out their bar/lounge area. Same kinda food a la carte. Did I mention, their service is the best in town.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It all started out when we called to make a reservation for lunch after church to celebrate a friends birthday. We were told they only take reservations on Sunday for parties of 4. We were 7, they suggested we come and wait in the bar. My husband and I arrived and waited at the bar and tried to order a... More 

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The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Chapman W, We apologize for the inconvenience and service you received on Sunday August 2nd while dining with us. Our Bar and Lounge manager, Matthew, did speak with another guest in your party, offering our apologies, complimentary drinks, and to contact him directly if they would like to return, however, you had already left at that time. We would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The presentation is impressive and the food is delicious. The service was outstanding. They cater to your every need.

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Apex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited Herons to celebrate my wife's birthday. The decor was lovely. We both had what we consider as the best meal we have ever had the pleasure to eat. The waiters were exceptional. Never did we have to wait for anything. They were extremely attentive to all our needs. We have been visiting the best restaurants list for Raleigh... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Herons offers a delicious breakfast at a reasonable price. The ambiance is lovely, the setting is quiet, the service is excellent and the breakfast is delicious. What more do you need? This is the perfect romantic dinner place, the perfect business meeting lunch, and the perfect treat yourself like you deserve it elegant breakfast celebration or brunch.

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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: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business

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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