Cary >Food & Dining > Herons
100 Woodland Pond, Cary, NC | Directions 2751335.829896 -78.764584
Delicious meal, outstanding service – We had dinner w/ a couple of friends from out-of-town and had a magnificent evening. The staff was attentive w/o being stifling, knowledgeable w/o being pretentious. The amuse-bouche was a delightful shredded apple treat that set the standard for the meal. Each of us ordered a fish entree and we were completely pleased w/ the freshness and perfect preparation. We have eaten in every restaurant in the Triad and Triangle which seems to be generally considered "outstanding", and none exceed the experience we enjoyed @ Heron's in October, 2007. The entire restaurant appeared to be populated w/ an array of laughing, comfortable patrons. Perhaps the spectacular wine list was the catalyst.
Afternoon Tea - great atmosphere – My friends treated me for the afternoon tea. I can say it was pricey, but worth the atmosphere, and the courses served with the tea selection were excellent. A classical guitarist was playing softly, the day we visited. I would come for special occasions only, because of the price.
Excellent service, but unfortunately, not so excellent food – We visited Herons based on the hype and excitement around its grand opening and was quite disappointed. The service was indeed excellent and the servers were attentive and friendly. However, the food was horrible. The seafood dishes were extremely bland and others were either too salty or flavorless. We ordered the Kobe beef which was tender, but was not cooked properly. The lamb chop did not taste fresh and was very gamy. The fish was bland and tasteless. The soup was very salty. We thought that perhaps they had a off night and gave it another try couple of weeks later but yielded the same results. If you do decide to visit the restaurant, expect excellent atmosphere and service, but the food is very far from a 5-star restaurant. There are many other high end restaurants with excellent food and service in the triangle area that makes this restaurant forgettable. I would highly recommend seeking other notable restaurants in the triangle before considering this one.
Beautiful meal! – I went last night with my best friend and we had a very nice experience. The staff is attentive without being over-bearing, everyone from the host to the woman who brought us the bread was very congenial. We had the chef's tasting menu, which was probably the best meal of both our lives. Every detail was perfect, the wine was wonderfully matched. The place is expensive, but it's a five star restaurant, so we were prepared. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants a lovely meal and who wants to have good service and an all around good experience.
2-star quality food at the price of 5-star restaurant – First of all, I booked this reservation on the Open Table. When we showed up, the hostess didn't have any record of our reservation. There were at least 20 tables still available and she made a big fuss about having to 'find' us a table. I had ordered the lobster she crab soup for appetizer and my husband ordered the foi-groie for appetizers. The soup was overly salty. We couldn't drink enough water for the entire night because it was so salty. The foi-groie was not good...didn't have any flavor to it and it wasn't seared enough. Guess the heat wasn't high enough. My husband had the sirloin. The meat was cooked just fine but there were too many flavors going on in that dish. The saying, "Less is more," should be applied to the dishes here. I had the seared tuna. The tuna was cold and dried. Again, the other ingredients used for this dish was too over powering. There were too many other ingredients in this dish. I tried Heron during the first month it was opened. I didn't like it then and thought that they would have to work out the 'kinks' in opening a new restaurant. Well, I was, again, disappointed when I went this past weekend. Save your money and go elsewhere. For a $200 meal, I would expect much more than what we experienced this past weekend at Heron.
Contrived and over priced food – My husband and I had a very disappointing meal here. More effort has gone into the decor of the restaurant than the quality and taste of the food. Nice presentation, but I've had much better food for half the price in the Triangle. And this is from someone who truly knows food. Any honest food critic not swayed by the pomp of this place would confirm this.
Excelllent Dining Experience – Herons is a beautiful restaurant. The service is fabulous and the menu is wonderful. I love dining while watching the chef prepare his creations. I have dined at Herons twice and enjoyed it immensely. The first time the restaurant was rather new, it was a Monday and we were one of only 2 tables. The staff gave 100%. The second visit was a busier weekend night and the service was equally impressive. We once enjoyed drinks on the patio. The view is lovely and relaxing. What a treat to have this fabulous hotel and restaurant in the Raleigh area.
I recommend it
Great restaurant – beautiful food but pricy, small menu and limited on selections. Service friendly but not polished serve wrong food to wrong table. Maybe in few month of practice they will get better.
Amazing service, great for larger groups – Had a wonderful experience, food was excellent. Staff was friendly and attentive. Great wine selection.
True destination dining in a scenic setting at this high-end hotel restaurant in Cary. – In Short
Meals at this restaurant offer more than just gourmet food in a gorgeous atmosphere--they give guests something to talk about for weeks afterward. Nothing is overlooked, from the elaborately furnished dining room decked out in rich greens and browns to the menu featuring Kobe beef filet and lamb served with spearmint glaze. Guests seeking quiet conversation can sit in banquettes surrounded by art or outdoor on the terrace with views of the lake and gardens.
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