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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Herons will be serving a modified menu and simplified service levels until further notice. Three and Four Course dinners, as well as Tasting Menus, are not available at this time.
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.
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.
**Beginning Tuesday, September 15th, the Bar Room will be closed for renovations and will re-open in early November. During this time, cocktails will be served in the Chihuly and Fireplace Rooms, along with food snacks such as toasted almonds and marinated olives. Dining service will be available in both Herons dining room and through In-Room Dining only during this time period. We look forward to premiere of our newly designed Bar Room and Lounge by Monday, November 1st.**
*For the health and safety of our guests and staff Afternoon Tea will be unavailable until further notice*
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.
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.
Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on November 26th as three-time James Beard Award Semifinalist Executive Chef Steven Greene prepares a delicious Thanksgiving meal. This year Thanksgiving will feature, a four course plated dinner with choice of entree and family style sides. Due to social distancing requirements, this event will be held in our spacious Ballroom. A limited bar will be available offering wine, beer, and spirits with a la carte pricing.