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Fine Dining in Cary

Indulge in Fresh Dishes Made with Locally Sourced Ingredients

A passion for locally grown fruits and vegetables and farm-fresh meats and seafood is evident in the exquisite food and beverage offerings throughout The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. Led by four time James Beard Semifinalist and celebrated chef, Steven Greene, these fresh flavors, surprising food combinations and striking presentations are the trademarks of every appetizer, meal or signature cocktail that we offer. Our restaurant proudly uses ingredients locally sourced from over 14 nearby farms, including our very own two-acre culinary plot - One Oak Farm

At The Umstead, a sublime culinary experience isn't limited to within the well-appointed walls of Herons restaurant. Rather, guests can taste spectacular, locally sourced seasonal delights in a cabana by the pool or at a cozy table in The Umstead Bar while savoring Afternoon Tea or simply by ordering room service. 

Close-up of bartender pouring a cocktail on The Bar & Lounge counter at The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Bar & Lounge

The Bar & Lounge at The Umstead Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to begin or end a memorable evening. Our wine cellar is stocked with an extensive collection representing the world's most renowned regions/ Furthermore, our signature culinary inspired cocktails offer a truly unique taste that incorporates the season's best flavors. With live entertainment in the evenings, you'll find that the fare on our bar menu is impressive and imaginative in the spirit of Herons.

The Bar & Lounge operates under limited availability and is unable to accommodate party sizes larger than 8 in the dining area. Please contact us for further information.”

Chef preparing a meat dish surrounded by various ingredients and utensils at Umstead Hotel and Spa

Culinary Team

Under the direction of Executive Chef Steven Greene, our culinary team masterfully takes food from seed to plate. Working with Culinary Farmer Daniel Holloman to carefully plan the crops at our One Oak Farm, our chefs envision the creative and tasteful menus of seasons ahead. The Culinary Team takes each harvest and crafts plates that emphasize the nuances of each season with meticulous preparation and presentation. Their imaginations and our native soil create progressive American regional cuisine in an intricate and artful form.

Close-up of crops grown in the garden at The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Culinary Farm

The Umstead is pleased to offer homegrown vegetables and herbs from our nearby dedicated farm.


Salty Magazine Presents Herons x PRESS x Huniik Exclusive Chef Dinner

One night only! We are thrilled to announce that Herons will host the next SALTY Magazine dinner with guest chefs, Philip Tessier and Roberto Solis. On Monday, April 29, these dynamic chefs will join our very own Chef Steven Devereaux Greene, and all brought together by Salty Magazine's founder, Geeta Bansal. 


Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting

Discover Napa Valley

Napa Valley is April's topic for our continuing Uncorked series. Napa needs no introduction; the region has been world-famous for decades! Join our Umstead wine team on April 30h while they guide you through the voluptuous whites and reds from the United States' premier wine region.


Lynn Boggess "Progress"

Plein Air Painting Demonstration and Artist Reception

The Umstead Hotel & Spa is excited to welcome contemporary painter Lynn Boggess for his 6th exhibition in our Art Gallery, running May 1st through August 30th.  Best known for his dramatic textured landscapes, Boggess’ paintings have been a beloved part of the hotel’s permanent collection since opening in 2007. Taking inspiration from the property’s verdant surroundings, Boggess will have two plein air demonstrations while his works are in residence, as well as an Artist Reception.


Peay Vineyards Micro Dinner

Discover Peay Vineyards with National Marketing Director Brooke Sabel while she leads a tasting through seven of Peay's top wines, paired perfectly with a 5-star Herons dinner. Peay has made a name for themselves, and rightfully so, making some of the most beautiful wines out of Sonoma on their stunning 53-acre property in the West Coast. Join us on April 23rd at 5:30pm for this unforgettable food and wine pairing event!


Mother's Day Brunch

Join us this Sunday, May 12 for an elevated Mother’s Day brunch celebration. Make cherished memories with us, dining in our in-house Five Star Restaurant experience. Herons will feature an exquisitely-crafted four course menu with choice of entrée featuring dishes created and prepared by four-time James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast, Executive Chef Steven Greene.