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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 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. 

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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 on a first come, first serve basis and can accommodate parties of up to ten guests. 

For groups larger than ten, please contact our catering department at 919-447-4120 to make alternative arrangements in our event space.

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Afternoon Tea

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.

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Culinary Team

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.

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Culinary Farm

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

2019-11-28 00:00:00

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet *FULLY BOOKED*

Join us in Herons on November 28nd as three-time James Beard Award Semifinalist and Executive Chef Steven Greene prepares a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet. Choose from classics such as carved turkey, truffled macaroni and cheese, and cornbread stuffing, in addition to a variety of display stations, soups, desserts and more. Full menu available soon.

2019-12-24 00:00:00

Christmas Dinner in Herons

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family this year at The Umstead. Join us in Herons for a four-course dinner with choices created by James Beard Semifinalist Steven Greene, as you surround yourself with loved ones this season. Full menu available soon, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request. Reservations are available from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and can be made at 919-447-4050 beginning September 16th.

2019-12-31 00:00:00

New Year's Eve Dinner in Herons

Whether you are beginning your 2020 celebration or enjoying an intimate evening, let Herons be your destination this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the new year. Full menu available soon, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request.
 

2020-02-14 00:00:00

Valentine's Day Dinner

Enjoy the intimate atmosphere of Herons this Valentine's Day as you celebrate with someone special. Indulge in a four course dinner with choices created by Executive Chef Steven Devereaux Greene with delectable desserts by Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher designed with romance in mind. 
 

2020-04-12 00:00:00

Easter Buffet

Celebrate the Easter Holiday this spring with brunch in Herons. This special buffet features savory display stations and entrees created by James Beard Semifinalist, Executive Chef Steven Greene.