Herons


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.

Reservations

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 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

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!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Herons Restaurant

Herons Restaurant

New Fall Menus

New fall menus are arriving in Herons Tuesday, October 2nd. Savor the season with produce from our own One Oak Farm in this artistic and ingredient driven menu created by Executive Chef Steven Greene and his counterpart, Pastry Chef Jonathan Fisher.
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