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100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131 (Harrison Avenue)
+1 919-447-4200
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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131 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2015

Two of us for dinner on a Monday evening. Restaurant was about half full. The atmosphere is casual elegant. The service was spot on and the food was out of this world. I started with the Ricotta Dumplings. Delicious, light and fluffy. So much so I'm surprised that they didn't float above the plate. Then my most favorite dish to... More 

Thank DiveDog13
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed November 23, 2015

The eight course meal was so different, everyone must try it at least once in their lives. My daughter was awed by the tea more than anything else. But the food was to die for....

Thank crystal2mysoul
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2015

Ate here and it was 5 star all the way- sat outside overlooking lake and firepits. Food was amazing, staff was very attentive and atmosphere was great!

Thank Jamcb
Durham, North Carolina
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed November 19, 2015

Very disappointing. Incredibly bad food not well prepared, as well as obsequious service. No wonder the restaurant was more than half empty at 9pm on a Saturday - and the bar was full! But the wine was OK and reasonably priced...for a so-called high end establishment. Details: warm chestnut soup - adequate but served on cold plates. Scallops ordered well... More 

3 Thank Peter I
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We certainly appreciate your candid feedback on your recent dining experience in Herons. Our goal is to provide every guest with a quality food and service experience, and I realize in this instance, we did not meet your expectations. Thank you for your time. With Best Regards, Jim Beley More 

Boise, Idaho
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2015 via mobile

Had crab Benedict--delicious Staff appeared swamped &service was not characteristic of what in certain it typically is

Thank globalpaddler
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2015

What a lovely restaurant--the food and the room service were absolutely excellent--perfectly prepared. My husband and I were able to eat outside overlooking the lake, and the staff didn't bat an eye as my teens roamed about at all hours requesting bar snacks.

1 Thank coopchamp
Cary, North Carolina, United States
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 27, 2015

Excellent food service. Have had several meals, my daughters wedding and anniversary dinner. Expensive but well worth it.

Thank Michael P
Cary, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had one of the best meals that I have ever had there. It is expensive, but the quality is outstanding. The service is unbeatable. We sat near the kitchen, which has a glass half-wall and enjoyed watching thechefs. It is quiet, soothing and elegant. It's a wonderful special-occasion option, but I could not afford to eat there often.

Thank MoeMess
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2015

The food is the best for those that appreciate fine dining and attention to detail. The food exceeds your expectations and will leave you completely satisfied! All of the staff is extremely professional and well trained.

1 Thank Roberts7309
Cary, NC
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Well ... we went there the whole family, my wife my 2 sons (16 & 20), and I. The waiter handed us the menu with just a few options: either "this" huge combination of dishes for EACH person, or "that" combination ... One of this combination would be enough for all 4 of us ... Of course, these combination were... More 

Thank mika3873
The_Umstead_Hotel, General Manager at Herons, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your candid feedback regarding your recent visit to our Bar and Lounge. We certainly appreciate your valuable comments. With Best Regards, Jim Beley More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$41 - $80
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
12:00 am - 10:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Woodland Pond Dr, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2131
    (Harrison Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Cary
  • Phone Number: +1 919-447-4200
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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