One of only 62 Forbes Five Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows with views.
The Umstead is pleased to offer homegrown vegetables and herbs from our nearby dedicated farm. Herons has been recognized by Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Southern Living, in addition to receiving numerous accolades and awards including Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide and Five Diamonds from AAA. Tap here to view what we are growing.
To make a reservation at Herons, click here or call 919-447-4200.
The Culinary Team masterfully redefines American cooking by presenting classic ideas translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient's flavor and purpose. Select from the 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu or indulge in the Chef's Kaiseki Tasting Menu. This special tasting menu is begins with a ceremonial tea service followed by 10 delectable courses, showcasing Executive Chef Steven Greene's approach to food and driven by his choice and presentation.
Enhance your next dining affair with our exclusive Chef's Experience Dinner in Herons. Begin your evening with a complimentary cocktail and wine reception in our Sunroom of the Bar and Lounge. Then you will be greeted by our chef who will lead you on a private tour of Herons kitchen to see his team in action. Next, enjoy an eight course Kaiseki Chef's tasting menu in our private dining room and finish your evening with a take home gift from our kitchen. The Chef's Experience Dinner is $175 per person, plus tax and gratuity, with wine pairings offered for $90 per person and is available for parties of 9 to 12 guests. Seating available Friday and Saturday at 5:30 pm or 7:30 pm and requires 72 hours advance notice. Kindly speak with our Food and Beverage Administrator at 919-447-4382 to reserve.
Note: Please inform the restaurant in advance of any dietary allergies as menu exceptions are limited.