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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


Herons White Truffle Dinner

Join us the month of December for a special White Truffle Tasting Menu available only in Herons. Called the “white diamond of Italy”, this most delicate and rare truffle in the world will be featured throughout the seven course menu, providing a sensory experience unlike any other.


December Uncorked: Holiday Bubbles *Fully Booked*

We’re in full holiday mode for the final Uncorked of 2022! Join us for a very special lineup of all sparkling wines from around the world, featuring of course Champagne. These selections will also be available for purchase to help complete your gift giving season. The evening includes savory pairings from the Umstead chefs, making for a festive event to toast the season!


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner

Christmas dinner at The Umstead combines our signature warm hospitality & festive decor with the magic of the holiday season for a truly unforgettable culinary celebration. Herons Executive Chef and four-time James Beard Semifinalist Steven Greene and his culinary team will showcase their talent and the best seasonal produce from our organic farm with a four course dinner with choices.

Featuring holiday classics and a few surprises, all with artful and elegant presentations, this event is guaranteed to be a feast for the eyes and palate.


Herons New Year's Eve Dinner

Set the tone for a wonderful year ahead by welcoming 2023 with an exquisite meal and festive toast at Herons.    Enjoy an inspired four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the New Year.