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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

farmland with produce

From Our Kitchen to Yours

Enjoy one of our signature Recipes!

Pimento Cheese Gnocchi


Umstead Unbottled: Old World vs. New World Wines *Fully Booked*

For a deeper dive into the world of wine, join us for our new series, Umstead Unbottled! As requested by past event attendees, this will be a classroom-style event in the beautiful banquet space, with educational talks from our in-house sommeliers. This first session will focus on Old World versus New World wines and will teach guests the differences between classic styles.


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.


April Uncorked: The Breadth of Rosé

For April Uncorked, join us in a spring celebration of all things rosé! Wine Director Troy Revell will share with you a diverse lineup of rosé selections from around the world, showcasing the diversity of style this category has to offer.