There are some reviews that say it is over priced, I can understand this is you order the hamburger. But everything else on the menu is great and for what you are getting the price is right.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely space with nice outdoor area and bar area and restaurant My swordfish was very good, curry type rub so ask about which rub in case you don't like curry. My guest had the free range chicken which he didn't like - different taste and preparation wasn't as expected. Would try another dish instead of chicken as 2 staff recommended it and said it was most popular. Give it a try. Off the beaten path - on Alisal Road, away from tourist flow, but In a good way.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
From excellent costumer service to amazing and unique flavor - we loved it all. Thanks for making our anniversary special!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Root 246 is conveniently located next to Hotel Corque and both are 5 Star locations.
This is a Gem in the Santa Ynez Valley with exquisite cuisine and wonderful service.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. A bit pricey, but well worth it. Well prepared and expertly presented. Walk in wine caller is enclosed in glass. You can even order a Martini flight. I'll be back when I'm in the area
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE
WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE FOOD PRESENTATION, THE ATTENTIVE SERVICE
AND A SPECIFIC REQUEST (THAT WAS HONORED ) UPON ARRIVAL.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a find! The drinks were fantastic, food delicious, and the staff bent over backward to please us and make us comfortable. We dinned on the patio in beautiful weather. Our bartender, Jessica, was helpful and knew her stuff! We will be back without doubt. Thanks for a lovely evening!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed my meal. The food is high quality and fresh from local sources. The ethnic as attentive but not intrusive.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great burgers and fries!
Had a nice and relaxing dinner to celebrate our 20th. Would definitely come again.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Since the entrée selections were limited, we elected to order 4 appetizers for the 2 of us to share.
1. Oysters - 2 of them got a bit of sand. Yuck!
2. Watermelon - Nice presentation. Very unique taste combination & super refreshing!
3. Flat Bread - Crispy & tasty.
4. Beef over fries - Beef melt in your mouth, a great compliment to the crispy French fries. Just a bit too salty.
We were seated in the bar area. Since it was late, we pretty much got the entire area to ourselves. Seating is extremely comfortable. Attentive service & great food.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The martini flights were the
The martini flights were the cutest thing i've ever seen. So freaking adorable :)
We practically feel in love with the southern side car, that's our new way of enjoying peaches in our home.
I appreciated the price of my chicken more after i tasted it, the quality was definitely worth the price.
It's been awhile since my boyfriend had the pleasure of enjoying a well made hamburger, it's a rare find around these parts.
Overall, a very enjoyable experience and we'll definitely be returning with even more
of our friends.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service and delicious food
4 of us went for an early dinner. Two of the party were Gluten free diners and the restaurant modified dishes to meet there needs and they enjoyed the meal a lot. My wife and I tried a marinated shredded pork in a basil and cumin sauce (we are assuming that is what is in the sauce as the chef keeps the recipes secret) flat-bread that was amazing. We have eaten there several times and we always enjoy the food.
The service has always been good bu tin this case the sun was coming through the window and was a little blinding. When we asked the waitress if there were blinds she said no, sorry. A couple of minutes later, she and a another employee were on the patio putting up an umbrella and moving it to block the sun. Great Service!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
When asking local residents
When asking local residents to recommend a restaurant, Root 246 kept coming up. We were visiting from Houston (a restaurant mecca in itself) and were pleasantly surprised to walk into an atmosphere polar opposite from the small village outside. Every person working in the restaurant was pleasant and helpful. The interior was beautiful--the bar menu was creative---the food was DELICIOUS. Everytime I leave a restaurant, I make a mental note of improvements that I would make. Root 246 is one of a handful of "perfect" dining rooms, in my opinion. Three nights later we found ourselves back in Solvang and lifting a fork at Root 246. Bravo to the entire staff! Lonnie W Tanner, Houston, Tx
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend is a foodie & I wanted a special place for his birthday! Root 246 was a HIT! The dining room with the lovely, great service, comfortable furniture was romantic & the food presentations were beautiful! The watermelon salad was delicious & looked like a gift when it came to the table! Our dinners were delicious - skirt steak & roast chicken! Can't wait to go back to work my way down the appetizer list in the outside eating area . The only short coming in our view was the 'short' selection for main courses. Definitely going back.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place For Fine Dining
The service and atmosphere were excellent. The steak, flat bread, and peach pie I would definitely come back for.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had tried to eat here once before but we did not have a reservation and were not up to the wait so I made sure we had a reservation this time! Menu changes so I was not sure what the choices for dinner would be but it turned out excellent! 4 of us ate 3 different menu items and all were delicious.....flavor full! Can not wait to go back and would recommend it to anyone looking for a change while in Solvang!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We cant wait to come back!
We were in the Solvang area for a weekend of wine tasting. The last place we were tasting we asked for dinner recommendations. Root 246 was the first restaurant mentioned. We tried it and we were blown away by the ambience, the exceptional food, and the good wine selection.
The Quinoa and vegetable entree was the surprise of the night! I am not sure of the seasonings but I found myself harkening back to the comfort foods of my childhood. I could not stop eating until it was gone! I want the recipe.
We will be back with relatives and friends. Thank you
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Route 246 last weekend as we wanted to find somewhere in Solvang area for an upscale brunch rather than casual dining. This was our first time eating at the restaurant and we were extremely impressed. We will definitely go back.
This is not the cheapest of places to eat ($27) for brunch but it was worth the money. The food, service and ambiance were excellent. I frequently have an omelette at brunch and this one was the best I have had anywhere.
I would love to have occasion to try on the private dining rooms as they looked great and there seems to be an excellent set of wines in the cellar.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed everything about this restaurant!
The food- the presentation, the service,beautiful design and the dessert was exceptional ( Pastry chef made this amazing and very sophisticated candy bar) Also enjoyable was sitting outside, after dinner on these very comfy sofas having a drink coffee and dessert. Just Fabulous! Go Go Go!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Finish to Day
Very well put together menu of appetizers and entrees. We had a great dinner and wonderful evening after a day of cycling in the valley. The short ribs and free range chicken were mouth watering and their mashed potatoes could not have been more tasty. We had brought a wine that we fell in love with during our tastings that day and the restaurant manager came over and confirmed we had selected an excellent wine that he wished he could add to wine list, which was impressive as well. Dana our server made the entire evening very pleasant and quickly adapted to our pace as we enjoyed the evening.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a beautiful place to dine with friends. It is the fanciest restaurant in our area and the & service is excellent and friendly.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute Intimate Restaurant
This is a great place to have a first date or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. The service is fantastic. I have had dinner and brunch here. I prefer dinner. The choices are more. It is a very well decorated and comfortable place to eat. They also have a nice outdoor patio.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy and Different
This place has a cool menu and stands out in this Germanic village. Food is rather different and will require a bit of adventurous attitude if you don't want to pay top dollar or get a burger (which will all still be great). I will definitely return when I am back in town.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I had dinner here and were immediately sold on the special of the evening-braised pork belly with mashed potatoes, cauliflower and apple butter. We savored every bite with a red blend from Saint-Joseph. We loved the covered booth and the cool colors. Very relaxing. We later split the peach pie, cardamom-soaked peaches over thin pastry with a dab of peach ice cream. The peaches were flavorful, but the pastry was a little dry. Still, it was gone in a minute. Our server was wonderfully cordial, but a bit slow to bring the check as he was slammed with a large party next to us. All in all, a delicious night.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let me start with, "Amazing!"
Route 246 has been on my list to try for a long time. Though it was a slow night, they sat my guest and myself in the dining are, quick to greet and had no problems with any questions we had. Server was very knowledgeable. The food was perfectly cooked and was arranged beautifully on the plate. Definitely a place I would go to again.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Dining Experience
We had a group of 7 at a dinner meeting and had a great dining experience
Great comfortable seating in an intimate environment and really nice, unique decor
It was Wednesday Burger Night and half of the group order the burgers which were awesome.
Great service and I would recommend Root 246 to anyone that is in the Santa Ynez area for the night.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best restaurant in Solvang
A very progressive seasonal menu, great affordable wine list and excellent service make this restaurant the best in Solvang. It is not to be missed on a trip in this area
9/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Really fun place. Beautiful
Really fun place. Beautiful furnishings and surroundings. Excellent food and beer.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I loved our choices BLT mac & Cheese starter and the pastrami short ribs. Love this restaurant, we like to go whenever in the area
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the best meals I've had in my life. Six people in our group and everyone agreed on this. Waitress was very knowledgeable and followed up with the chef and/or owner on obscure questions/comments we had regarding local alcoholic beverage and the correct spelling and origin of a Japanese pork offered on the menu. Filling portions. Phenomenal meal.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best dining experiences in the Santa Ynez Valley. Great ambience, food and service. The only minor issue was that my steak was a little under cooked for my taste. They happily cooked it a little more for me and it was delicious!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our group of four wanted to
Our group of four wanted to eat by the fireplace in the lounge but unfortunately it was closed for a private party. The upside is that we were seated in a lovely booth and they happily met our request to order from the bar menu. We all had delicious burgers (with pickled onions?) but next time I will request they grill my bun. We also had a flatbread appetizer that everyone loved. The real hit was desert ... we each ordered a different flavor or their home made ice cream. All you need is one scoop and at $3 it is a great bargain. Sweet and simple.
I can wait to go back!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had Sunday brunch with four friends, wine list was very expensive, food was good but a little pricey but that's to be expected for that environment in scenic Solvang.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I wanted something
My wife and I wanted something different from the ubiquitous Danish food served in Solvang. Route 246 fit the need perfectly. The ambience was csusual elegant. The food was unique. I had the pastrami short ribs withe some of the most tender melt in you mouth meat I had ever eaten. My wife had the pork collar which was equally tender and flavorful. Our server Rachel was helpful with the menu and attentive. Overall a perfect meal to end our day of wine tasting and sightseeing.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was Great, Service Not
Server knowledge of the menu is unbelievably poor. Menu is very spare in its wording as well. Don't bother to ask for suggestions. The staff are useless. But everything we ordered was wonderful, so you can't go wrong.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites. Was disappoint
One of my favorites. Was disappointed with the most recent menu changes. Some signature dishes should be left on the menu. It's the reason we continue to come back. I will call before I come the next time. :(
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative menu and presentation
We had a very good meal at Root 246 - the atmosphere is unique (big couch-like chairs, small tables), and the menu was very creative. We particularly enjoyed the sausage plate appetizer, which had several varieties. Good wine list, though we went with the fun (and reasonably priced) 'martini flight', since we'd already been enjoying wine in tasting rooms in town. Had a pastrami-style short rib, which was an interesting preparation and presentation (and really was like a very tender, less fatty version of pastrami). Dining room noise was moderate, but there is a club behind the bar, and there was a birthday party with a DJ which provided some louder background noise. All in all worth a visit.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic! A great find.
I had been hearing about Root 246 for years and never found myself in the area in the evening. We were delighted that it met all of our expectations. It has a wonderful ambiance and the food was terrific! The service was very good and they even accommodated a special request that was perfectly what we wanted. The squash soup was amazing! Our mains were Steelhead, Pastrami style Short Ribs and Mac n Cheese and all were excellent. The wine was delicious and very reasonable. All in all, a wonderful experience!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriends and I went out for dinner while relaxing in town. The high back chairs were very comfortable and afforded privacy. The service was spot on and server gave great suggestions. Our martini flight and candy bar dessert was super delicious. We had quinoa, sirloin and the flat iron steak. We ate everything and then ventured to the lounge where there was a live band singing Eagles, 3 Doors Down and Skynard. Was a great night of hanging with friends watching people and fabulous food.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We eat here every time we are in Solvang. It is without a doubt the best place in town. The staff bend over backwards to make your eating experience pleasurable. The only reason I did not give it five stars was because my steak, though cooked beautifully, was quite tough and the wine list is very difficult to read. Other than that, a fabulous experience. I will
Definitely be returning
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Local Hangout
This place is outstanding and one of our favorite. The staff is amazing!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant is beautiful and inviting. Loved the bar and wished I had time to hang out outside. Would definitely go back to the restaurant when in the area.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service.
We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. We really enjoyed it.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything was excellent, food and service. We arrived at 10 AM, our reservation time, but the air temperature inside the restaurant was COLD. So cold that by the time we got our plate back to the table nothing was hot and the food got cold faster than we could eat it. We will come back but at a later time of the day.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great!!! Loved it. The food
Great!!! Loved it. The food was delicious. LOVE that they had a Vegan option. The bartender new how to make the drink my sister requested. we had both the meat and veg. Would recommend. And I do...
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A nice finale to a fantastic day.
After a day of great wine tasting at the local vineyards, we finished the day with a fantastic relaxed dinner at Root 246. The food was perfect and the service was spectacular. I would totally recommend Root 246.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Root 246 is our Sunday meeting place for a delicious brunch, mimosa and great coffee. Its the perfect place to enjoy your self and have a nice conversation with your guests. We love it!
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
BEAUTIFUL THANKSGIVING DINNER
WE WERE IN SOLVANG FOR THANKSGIVING AND HAD FOUND ROOT 246 AHEAD OF TIME. THE FOUR COURSE DINNER WAS EXCELLENT FROM BEGINNING TO END. THE SERVER WAS VERY ATTENTIVE. ALTHOUGH A LITTLE PRICEY WE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Totally unexpected but fabulous
We used to frequent Root 246 but hadn't been back for years. Rumor had it that an exceptional local chef had joined the staff under new management. We were looking for a place to take family for Thanksgiving. Holidays out are notoriously bleak. They were one of the few local restaurants serving dinner on the holiday so we reserved a table for 6. From the moment we entered the doors, what a lovely and happy greeting we received. How can anyone make Thanksgiving traditional, interesting, adventurous and downright exciting. Chef Seth did exactly that. Our experience was absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing. We will go back on a regular basis. Thank you for making Root 246 a standard part of our restaurant list.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Brunch and Root 246
Although we have been disappointed with Root 246 in the past, this brunch was quite good. If you are expecting something very special from a restaurant owned by a celebrity chef, you may be disappointed, but if you are smply looking for a good quality brunch, this is certainly fine.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM