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100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC 27513-2131
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Ranked #6 of 344 restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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83% Recommend
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Durham, NC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Heron's is superb at all levels - the food, the wines, the service - and it's expensive. However, the value equation is fine - as long as you're ready for expensive! We were. No surprises. It's elegant - you'll want to be "Business casual" as opposed to "By the Pool". The options are a fixed 5 course tasting menu, or... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sunday brunch at Heron's is a treat for all of your senses! The pecan crusted french toast is my favorite dish. It has a crispy exterior with a creamy center and fruit compote. The decor is classic elegance with comfortable seating. A harp plays softly in the background and the windows allow a view of the lovely pond and woodland.... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stayed at the Umstead for a weekend and enjoyed brunch both mornings at Herons. The food is delicious and the service impeccable. The staff is professional & courteous. They greet you by name and are quick to refill your coffee or beverage of choice.

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Wytheville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great menu, wonderful wine list, knowledgeable and helpful service personnel, fantastic experience for breakfast, lunch and most especially gourmet dinners.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great for a celebration dinner. Varied menu with fresh local items and a great wine selection. However the price of the meal would deter me from considering dining there on a whim.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

After finishing our business portion of our trip we were looking forward to a few days for R&R. We started with breakfast at Heron's. Zuzanna was our server. We started with a Pomengranate smoothie which was delicious. I ordered an egg white omelette and my husband ordered oatmeal. It took much longer than expected, and the restaurant was not even... More

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Pittsboro, NC
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had a lovely dinner here. Service was wonderful - neither hovering nor absent. Atmosphere is posh and comfortable although you'll certainly never forget that you're in a hotel. Food was mostly very good, although at this price point I wanted wonderful through and through. The foie gras was very good and I particularly enjoyed the addition of greek yogurt but... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have wanted to try Herons for a while now, and we finally made reservations for Memorial Day weekend. The dining room is beautiful, with a window into the kitchen and a patio with outdoor seating. We were greeted promptly and were brought an amuse-bouche. Our waiters were formal but quite friendly and had good senses of humor. They weren't... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I love their brunch. Everyone made us feel important. It was great food with a special touch. This is one of my favorite places to eat.

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Apex, North Carolina
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128 reviews 128 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We have been many times since Herons opened. It is the perfect restaurant for a business dinner or romantic dinner or for brunch with friends. We have never had a bad meal or service at Herons. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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