Herons


Herons Overview

Steven Greene

One of only 64 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.

Reservations

To make a reservation at Herons, click here or call 919-447-4200.  

Herons Hours

  • Breakfast: Monday through Friday 6:30am - 10:00am 
  • Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm 
  • Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 1:00pm 
  • Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30 pm 

Herons Details

Herons will be closed for dinner on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Private Dining Room: seating for 9 to 12 guests. Four course and five course Chef Tasting Menu available. 
  • Semi Private Dining Room: seating for 6 to 8 guests.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual (shorts and sandals not permitted) 
  • Parking: Complimentary Valet Parking Available 

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Herons Menus

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 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.

Special Events

Re-Imagining School Lunch: Of the 869,954 children eating school lunch in North Carolina, 60% are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches, making it the seventh largest school nutrition program in the country.  Along with Chef Sean Fowler of Mandolin, Executive Chef Steven Greene has created a special “re-imagined” school lunch for the month of May, in effort to support the Wake County PTA and raise awareness of the importance of school lunches. The Re-Imagined School Lunch is available during lunch service in Herons Restaurant as well as the Bar & Lounge. All of the proceeds from this dish will be donated to No Kid Hungry North Carolina.

Wine Dinner Featuring Alexana Winery: Join us as The Umstead welcomes Alexana Winery for a special wine dinner in Herons on Thursday, June 7th.  Enjoy a welcome beverage in the Sunroom with Head Winemaker, Bryan Weil, before joining him for a 5-course dinner with wine pairings in the Private Dining Room. Tickets are $150 plus tax ad gratuity and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.  More details available here.

Bring Herons home with you with one of our recipes

straight from the kitchen!

Homemade Cheddar Crackers

Alexana Wine Dinner

Herons Restaurant

Alexana Wine Dinner

The Umstead welcomes Alexana Winery to Herons Restaurant on June 7th for a special wine dinner. Enjoy a welcome wine with Head Winemaker Bryan Weil before joining him for a 5-course dinner with wine pairings in the Private Dining Room.
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