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.
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.
The Bar & Lounge
**To comply with Governor Cooper's current mandate beginning Friday December 11th The Bar & Lounge will cease alcohol sales at 9pm nightly, and the final seating for food service will be 9:00pm. The Bar must be vacated by all guests by 10pm nightly. In Room Dining will still be available 24 hours a day for food and beverage service.**
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.
*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.
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 designed with romance in mind.