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 2019 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.
One of only 64 Forbes Five-Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa and annually acclaimed among the best restaurants in and around Raleigh, North Carolina. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate, 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, a meticulously curated private art collection and floor-to-ceiling window views of the surrounding gardens and grounds.
Afternoon Tea is served in the Lounge, situated amongst the art adorned walls and enhanced by the hotel's Dale Chihuly glass sculpture and a live harpist. This Umstead tradition is a welcoming and elegant way to spend an afternoon socializing.
Advance reservations are required. Kindly speak with our reservations team at 919-447-4050 to arrange for your table. To provide quality of service, please inform our reservations team of any allergies or dietary restrictions at the time of booking. Any changes requested the day of are subject to availability. Same day reservations are not available.
For parties of seven or more, please contact our catering department at 919-447-4120 to make alternative arrangements in our event space.
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 for parties of 8 or less. Please contact us for details.
Under the direction of Executive Chef Steven Greene, our culinary team masterfully takes food from seed to plate. Working with Culinary Farmer Alyssa Campo 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.
The Umstead is pleased to offer homegrown vegetables and herbs from our nearby dedicated farm.
Herons White Truffle Dinner
Join us the month of December for a special White Truffle Tasting Menu available only in Herons. Called the “white diamond of Italy”, this most delicate and rare truffle in the world will be featured throughout the seven course menu, providing a sensory experience unlike any other.
December Uncorked: Holiday Bubbles *Fully Booked*
We’re in full holiday mode for the final Uncorked of 2022! Join us for a very special lineup of all sparkling wines from around the world, featuring of course Champagne. These selections will also be available for purchase to help complete your gift giving season. The evening includes savory pairings from the Umstead chefs, making for a festive event to toast the season!
Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner
Christmas dinner at The Umstead combines our signature warm hospitality & festive decor with the magic of the holiday season for a truly unforgettable culinary celebration. Herons Executive Chef and four-time James Beard Semifinalist Steven Greene and his culinary team will showcase their talent and the best seasonal produce from our organic farm with a four course dinner with choices.
Featuring holiday classics and a few surprises, all with artful and elegant presentations, this event is guaranteed to be a feast for the eyes and palate.
Herons New Year's Eve Dinner
Set the tone for a wonderful year ahead by welcoming 2023 with an exquisite meal and festive toast at Herons. Enjoy an inspired four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the New Year.