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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Quality 5 Star Restaurant

Heron's, housed in the 5 Star Umstead Hotel, is a superb restaurant with impecable service. We have been there for lunch and brunch several times. The service has always been top notch, and the food is delightfully prepared, and pleasing to the eye. The Umstead Hotel is beautiful to walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cary, North Carolina
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Cary, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Heron's, housed in the 5 Star Umstead Hotel, is a superb restaurant with impecable service. We have been there for lunch and brunch several times. The service has always been top notch, and the food is delightfully prepared, and pleasing to the eye. The Umstead Hotel is beautiful to walk around, and occasionally has art exibitions to view after your... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would highly recommend Heron's for the brunch. It was recommended by friends and they were spot on. We had the veggie omelet with fresh berries and toast as well as the basics with eggs, bacon, grits, etc. It was a terrific start to our Saturday after sleeping in.

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Thank careerm0m
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Heron's is known in the area for its outstanding cuisine. After experiencing their incredible brunch, I can attest that the reputation is richly deserved. We indulged in several dishes including the shrimp and grits, French toast, pancakes, and omelets. Everything without exception was a culinary delight. The service and surroundings are extraordinary. Treat yourself to a Heron's visit.

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Thank DuffyNC
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the closest dining experience I have had to a Michelin star restaurant in the US. The service was amazing, the presentation of the food was specular and it tasted just as wonder as it looked. My wife and I went here for a romantic dinner and we look forward to the next time.

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Thank Sokolovsky
Cary, North Carolina
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

It was delicious! We had a nice, comfortable table, pretty view and great service! We had the soup and grilled pimento cheese. We should have split one sandwich - it was huge - and absolutely delicious! Nice casual atmosphere. Several things on the menu we'd like to go back and try.

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Thank ncitalian4
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

The Umstead exceeds every expectation. The service was unobtrusive but always there. The freshly prepared juices (in my case, beet and lemon) well done in a way that blends the right mix of earthy goodness with the tang of citrus. The shrimp and grits had fresh, perfectly cooked shrimp on top of cheese-based corn grits, lightly laced with a chili-infused... More 

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Thank Bill B
Manassas, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Heron's is such a lovely eatery and the food is exquisite. When I travel down for work trainings, I like to indulge in the chef's menu, which changes seasonally. This was what was served to me the last evening I visited and the grade I've assigned, from A to F. The key takeaway here is that you should take a... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Luxe, plush, impeccable food and service. Upscale and Exclusive is how they make you feel. Food is what you would expect from a fine dining establishment on this level. Definitely worth the experience.

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Thank ktownse1
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

Great choice for our anniversary dinner. Food and service were superb. A little pricey except for that special occasion but a dinner to remember.

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Thank Mac D
Ayden, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Took the family to Sunday Brunch at Herons. We did not want a buffet and the brunch there is ala carte. I had poached eggs Benedict served over crab cakes on top of ham on an English muffin ($17) that was perfect. My son sitting next to me had the Steak and Eggs ($18) and asked for his steak medium-rare.... 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: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic

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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