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100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We were taken out for our anniversary to this restaurant in the Unstead Hotel. It was fabulous. For a start the hotel is just gorgeous, unique marble squares facing which gives an aztec/modern effect which is spectacular. The patio in the back for drinks before dinner looks out over a lake surrounded by a forest. The restaurant itself if elegant... More 

Thank Donald S
London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited Herons for brunch on a Sunday with another couple. The room is beautiful, the furniture classical and the table presentation very good. Service was immaculate, from order taking to accurate plate delivery by several servers. I had not tried shrimp and grits, so this was my first example and it was very good. Other had omelettes, French toast,... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This is within the extremely nice Umstead Hotel in which we were staying and the restaurant is also very nice and the staff and service very good. We had breakfast there two mornings and it was very good from an A la Carte menu. We went for dinner one evening with friends and it offers A la Carte as well... More 

Thank Mike C
Washington DC
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Beautiful presentation and great wine list! Elegant upscale meal and amazing service. Our waiter knew wines and the food inside and out. We did a wine pairings dinner and it was wonderful!

Raleigh, North Carolina
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We love going to Heron's. It's not inexpensive but you can count on getting excellent quality and service. We've never had a bad meal here and the service is truly exceptional. They go out of their way to make sure every need you have is accommodated, especially any food allergies. If you tell them it's a special occasion they will... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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
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119 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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.

Thank Virago6
Fearrington Village
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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.

Thank GilAxlander
Cary, North Carolina
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4 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.

Thank Jamie B
Cary, North Carolina
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: 919-447-4200
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?