Herons Overview

Steven Greene

One of only 64 Forbes Five Star restaurants in the world, Herons is the signature restaurant of The Umstead Hotel and Spa. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the intimate 98-seat dining room features a full-view kitchen, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows with views.

The Umstead is pleased to offer homegrown vegetables and herbs from our nearby dedicated farm. 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. Tap here to view what we are growing.


To make a reservation at Herons, click here or call 919-447-4200.

Herons Hours

  • Breakfast: Monday through Friday 6:30am - 10:00am 
  • Lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm 
  • Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 7:00am - 1:00pm 
  • Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30 pm 

Herons Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

  • Brunch will be served in Herons from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Christmas Dinner will be served in Herons from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm reservations required
  • Herons will be closed for dinner service on Wednesday, December 26th

New Year

  • Herons will operate under normal business hours on Monday, December 31st with a special New Year's Eve Dinner Menu available from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm reservations required
  • Brunch will be served New Year's Day in Herons from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Herons will be closed for dinner

Herons Details

  • Private Dining Room: seating for 9 to 12 guests. Four course and five course Chef Tasting Menu available. 
  • Semi Private Dining Room: seating for 6 to 8 guests.
  • Dress Code: Business Casual (shorts and sandals not permitted) 
  • Parking: Complimentary Valet Parking Available 

Herons Menus

The Culinary Team masterfully redefines American cooking by presenting classic ideas translated with local, seasonal ingredients and precise technique, brightening each ingredient's flavor and purpose. Select from the 3 or 4 course prix fixe menu or indulge in the Art Tour Menu, a special Chef's tasting menu inspired by The Umstead's Art Collection.  Recently rated 5 stars by Food Critic Greg Cox, this unique experience begins with a ceremonial tea service followed by 8 delectable courses, each showcasing Executive Chef Steven Greene's approach to food and driven by his choice and presentation.

Special Events

White Truffle Tasting Menu

The "white diamond of Italy" returns to Herons the month of December with a special 8 course tasting featuring the most rare and delicate truffle in the world. Reservations available at 919-447-4050, full menu available here. *Due to the importing of the truffles, tickets much be purchased one week prior to the desired date of reservation.

Holiday Reservations

The holidays are just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with friends and family at The Umstead. Visit our Event Calendar for details of all our holiday events, including our Thanksgiving Buffet, Christmas Dinner, and annual New Year's Eve Celebration.

Bring Herons home with you with one of our recipes

straight from the kitchen!

Duck Pot Pie

Duck Fat Biscuit

Herons Restaurant

Herons Restaurant

New Year's Eve Dinner

Whether you are beginning your 2019 celebration or enjoying an intimate evening, let Herons be your destination this New Year’s Eve with our special four course tasting menu.
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