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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. 

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.

Chef preparing a meat dish

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.

Culinary Farm

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

2022-10-12

October Uncorked: Cool Santa Barbara *Fully Booked*

The Umstead is happy to share that we are now offering our Uncorked tasting series twice a month! Both sessions each month will be the same set of wines so that we may share the lineup with twice as many of our guests. For October, join Umstead Wine Director Troy Revell for a focus on Santa Barbara, a cool climate California region producing a wide range of styles.

2022-10-19

October Uncorked: Cool Santa Barbara *Fully Booked*

The Umstead is happy to share that we are now offering our Uncorked tasting series twice a month! Both sessions each month will be the same set of wines so that we may share the lineup with twice as many of our guests. For October, join Umstead Wine Director Troy Revell for a focus on Santa Barbara, a cool climate California region producing a wide range of styles.

2022-10-27

Ment'or Fundraising Dinner

Please join us for a very special fundraiser at Herons Restaurant in the award-winning Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. Herons Executive Chef Steven Devereaux Greene will host Chef de Cuisine David Breeden of The French Laundry to support the Ment’or program, which is dedicated to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals. Ment’or offers educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors.

The two chefs share a commitment to mentoring the next generation – and happen to be longtime friends. They will collaborate on a multicourse tasting menu, drawing from their time together in the kitchen and utilizing the finest produce from both The Umstead’s One Oak Farm and The French Laundry’s gardens. 

2022-11-24

Thanksgiving

Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on November 24th as four-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. 

2022-12-24

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner

Enjoy more time with your loved ones while celebrating Christmas this year, leaving dinner to Herons Executive Chef and four-time James Beard Semifinalist Steven Greene. Allow Chef Greene and his wonderful culinary team to showcase their talent through a four course dinner with choices. Featuring holiday classics and a few surprises, all with artful and elegant presentations, guaranteed to please even the most discerning of palates.