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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.

Reservations: 919-447-4200


  • Breakfast

    • Monday - Friday  7:00am - 10:00am
  • Brunch

    • Saturday - Sunday  7:00am - 1:00pm 
  • Lunch

    • Monday - Friday  11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Dinner

    • Tuesday - Saturday  5:00pm - 9:00pm 
    • Final seating for dinner is 8:30pm



    Herons offers a Five Star Dinner experience for all of our guests, and request that you dress appropriately. We ask that men wear dress pants, a collared shirt, and dress shoes, with sports jackets being optional. For women and men, jeans, shorts, sandals, and tattered clothing are not permitted in the dining room.


    Complimentary Valet Parking Available

The Herons culinary team masterfully redefines American cooking by infusing classic concepts translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient's flavor and purpose. Select from the four-course prix fixe menu showcasing The Umstead's culinary farm and drawing inspiration from the art and nature theme of the property. Recently rated five stars by food critic Greg Cox, this unique experience showcases Executive Chef Steven Devereaux Greene’s approach to food driven by his high quality choice in product and expert presentation.

Herons has been recognized by Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Southern Living, in addition to receiving numerous accolades and awards, including five stars from Forbes Travel Guide and Five Diamonds from AAA.


To make a reservation at Herons, visit us on open table

or call 919-447-4200


February Uncorked: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Join us for our February Uncorked Series featuring the wines of Willamette Valley, Oregon! Oregon is quickly becoming the go-to spot for nuanced Pinot Noirs and perfectly balanced Chardonnays. Allow Wine Director, Hannah Barton, and Lead Sommelier, Luke Burrows, to guide you through a tasting of some Oregon's top producers of these beautiful wines, complete with small bites to pair with each wine. 


Easter Brunch

Celebrate this Easter Sunday with a flavorful outing to Herons. Executive Chef and four time James Beard semi finalist Steven Devereaux Green welcomes you with a meal of beautifully prepared Easter classics sure to please the entire family.


Mother's Day Brunch

Join us this Sunday, May 12 for an elevated Mother’s Day brunch celebration. Make cherished memories with us, dining in our in-house Five Star Restaurant experience. Herons will feature an exquisitely-crafted four course menu with choice of entrée featuring dishes created and prepared by four-time James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef in the Southeast, Executive Chef Steven Greene.