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Wagyu Beef Tataki Style


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.

*Herons will be closed for a private event on January 30th* 

Reservations: 919-447-4200



    Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 10:00am

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

    Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am - 1:00pm

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm



    Seating for 9 to 12 guests. Four course and five course Chef Tasting Menu available.


    Seating for 6 to 8 guests


    Business Casual Shorts and sandals not permitted.


    Complimentary Valet Parking Available

Beets, Raw, Roasted, & Pickled
Sweet Potato Ice Cream w/ Espresso Cake and Custard

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 three- or four-course prix fixe menu or indulge in a special eight-course chef's tasting 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 begins with a ceremonial tea service followed by eight delectable courses, each showcasing Executive Chef Steven Greene’s approach to food and driven by his choice and 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

farmland with produce

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Enjoy one of our signature Recipes!

Pimento Cheese Gnocchi

2020-01-22 00:00:00

Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting *Fully Booked*

"The Dirt on Tuscany"

We’re starting Uncorked in 2020 with a visit to Central Italy! Featuring full bodied, earthy reds perfect for hearty winter fare, warm up in our Fireplace Room with a discussion led by Sommelier Hannah Barton.

2020-02-14 00:00:00

Valentine's Day Dinner *Fully Booked*

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.