Herons Overview

Steven Greene

One of only 41 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 the 2019 James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast for Chef Greene, Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide and Five Diamonds from AAA. Explore what we are currently growing here.


Herons requests a credit card for all dinner reservations. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking and will be applied to your final bill. To make a reservation at Herons, visit us on open table 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 By Reservation Only
    • Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm - 9:30 pm 
    • *Herons will be closed in observance of Labor Day Monday September 2nd
    • *Herons will be closed for dinner service September 16th

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. One of only 5 restaurants to receive the News & Observers coveted 5 stars, Herons was also awarded their Restaurant of the Year for a second time in 2019, of which Food Critic Greg Cox says, “Playing on all the senses with rare virtuosity, the meal earned a place among the handful of most memorable meals of my life.” 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. 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.

Bring Herons home with you with one of our recipes

straight from the kitchen!

Pimento Cheese Gnocchi

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Ring in 2020 at The Umstead! We are pleased to welcome back The Soul Psychedelique to this annual event and greet the new year with dancing, drinks, and delicious food. The celebration includes premium spirits, an assortment of food stations, and a toast at midnight. Full menu available soon.
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