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“The best restaurant in NC.”
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Ranked #2 of 463 Restaurants in Cary
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Harrison Avenue
Description: Herons delivers a dining experience that is both refined and relaxed. Led by James Beard Semifinalist in 2016 and 2017, Executive Chef Steven Greene, 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.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
“The best restaurant in NC.”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

The service, food, atmosphere and menu we all over the top! It is a pricey place, but you will not be disappointed. The perfect place for a special occasion.

Visited January 2013
Thank Mary H
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English first
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“High Tea”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Beautiful restaurant
Service is a little formal for my taste, food is always excellent. Attention to detail is over the top. Go for high tea, it's awesome.

Visited December 2012
Thank Casey B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
winchester, uk
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Outstanding breakfasts”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Cornbeef hash is excellent, as is the 'bacon and eggs'. For a lighter option the Grainola was lovely too.

Visited January 2013
Thank hball
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Cary, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Five stars in every way”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is one of the most extraordinary restaurants in North Carolina. Attention to detail is impeccable. It is truly five stars in every regard. We especially enjoy Sunday brunch. Plan to take your time and savor every delicious bite, served to you in the most expert and gracious manner.

Visited November 2012
Thank Yoga_Aly
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Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very nice, bring a fat wallet”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Food is really good, but it is a bit pricey. Not your everyday dining. Don't wear jeans to dinner you will feel out of place. And, of course it's beautiful. You can spend the night enjoy the spa and then have a great meal. This is the best hotel in the Raleigh, Durham area.

Thank Melinda&Eric
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