We have been to Roots only
We have been to Roots only 2 times. We first heard about Roots when the first opened, but have not had the opportunity to visit them until now. We have been for lunch and dinner. Both times we were very impressed with the quality and taste of the food. The service was friendly, helpful and welcoming. It is a small restaurant, so you really get personalized attention.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Bean and kale soup overseasoned.
Bean and kale soup overseasoned.
Emu was ordered rare, but parts were medium. Emu is very lean and dries out at medium.
Massaged kale salad was outstanding. Beet salad was a traditional one, and well executed.
Blueberry cobbler was nice and light but the blueberries were not organic. Perhaps the blueberries served here are not heavily sprayed, but in general, organic is critical for blueberries.
Limited cocktail list but decent wine list.
All in all, a satisfying meal
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great restaurant with local
Great restaurant with local food. Always an excellent meal!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great experience. My husband
Great experience. My husband loved the tomatillo scallops and my shrimp salad was a perfect combination. And the mint cheesecake was WOW.
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful lunch. Everything
Wonderful lunch. Everything was delicious especially the calamari!!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tasty food and excellent,
Tasty food and excellent, friendly service! Salmon entrée and dessert were very tasty and well prepared. The calamari was tasty but slightly oily - only fault with the food. An intimate, nice place with an interesting menu and tasty food - GO!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our second visit
This was our second visit and it was very nearly as great as the first. My only critique is that there could have been a little more sauce with some of the dishes. Our server, Carrie (sp?) was just terrific - enthusiastic and super personable. I highly recommend Roots to anyone looking for the best dining experience in Rutland.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent luncheon menu. Delicious,
Excellent luncheon menu. Delicious, locally-grown food.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything but the bread
We arrived, greeted warmly and quite busy for a Tuesday. Reasonably priced wine list. Food choices are creative but lack a little in quality. Thrvbread they provide tastes like three day old hamburger rolls. However, overall one of the best in. .40 mile radius.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find in Rutland.
Very good food. Nice, small place with very helpful, friendly staff. The approach is to use local products whenever possible. The menu changes seasonally with daily specials. I've eaten there for lunch and dinner. Highly recommend it.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
First Time Diners - We'll be Back!
All of our friends from the area have recommended Roots for quite some time and with a trip through Rutland on the calendar we stopped by. What a wonderful decision! All of the food was splendid and the service excellent. Highly recommended!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to celebrate our anniversary which I had.noted in my reservation. We were wished a happy anniversary by our server .... nice touch. Calamari was amazing ... gnocci delish. My husband had the pulled pork sandwich and loved it. Reasonably priced and for the second time now ... a great experience. I share their commitment to local cuisine. Can't wait for our next trip.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I like that they work on getting their food locally and have unique menu options that change seasonally.
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food and service
We greatly enjoyed dining at Roots. The selection of natural and local food was impressive and the service was outstanding. All our questions about the menu were answered by our knowledgeable waitperson, and it's clear that the staff care about their customers. Highly recommend!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Roots really is a special place. The staff is amazing, the food is amazing, the space is lovely. I have never had a disappointing meal or experience. Everything is top notch and I am always excited to go back. Donald Billings is incredibly talented and has done an amazing job with the place. He just gets it. Eat there and eat there often.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
A bit too noisy
Although menu is interesting and varied, the food and service was great, the noise level is too loud. It doesn't make for a very relaxing meal.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wow, this place did not feel like we were in Rutland... The food was delicious - fresh, local, yummy, and beautifully presented. The server was very good - attentive but not annoying, and very knowledgeable about all the food choices. My husband and I found this restaurant online; we had no idea it existed in Rutland (we live about an hour from there), and we went for our anniversary dinner. We will definitely go back, and we've already recommended it to friends.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worthy of its high rating
Our first time to this restaurant we met another couple from out-of-state for the dinner meal. I made reservations a few days earlier and our table was ready when we arrived so wait time was minimal. The general atmosphere was pleasing although we thought the noise level was high. We started with an appetizer of black bean cakes that we all shared and all agreed it was delicious. The waitress was very attentive and courteous. We placed our orders and the wait time was very reasonable. I was a little disappointed with my meal only because it wasn't what I imagined it would be. It was duck but I thought it looked more like steak. The rest of the party said their meals were superb, as good as they had had anywhere. Would recommend to anyone.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Met a friend at this restaurant, both of us out of towners. I found the restaurant on-line and loved the menu. We were initially disappointed when told they don't set up the outdoor tables if there is even a chance of rain. That was the only disappointment of our experience! We loved all the great menu selections and both ordered the soup of the day and fish tacos. The soup was a white bean and kale and served with croutons. It was delicious! The fish tacos were wonderful as well and served with a flavorful rice. Our waitress was helpful and did not rush us. Loved the proximity to downtown and were glad to see they are open on Sundays. We would definitely go back to Roots when in Rutland!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little Gem Near Killington
We're foodies and always looking for places to go near our ski condo in Killington, VT. Roots was a really cool spot with really great food and outstanding table service. They truly are farm to table unlike many of the imposters these days. The fondue is a must try if you're a lover of cheese. Everything was really wonderful.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to Eat
The food and service were outstanding. We appreciate the healthy quality of the items offered and the fact that Roots uses local products. Prices are reasonable and fair. Noise level was too high for conversation short of shouting.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday lunch
We took our son out for his 21st birthday. The food was fresh and beautifully cooked as usual. We spent a good 2 hours there celebrating and unwrapping gifts with no pressure to move on. The food is always very local; as a matter of fact, the birthday boy had picked the greens himself at the farm he works for!
We had a great time!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Local & delicious!
Roots has wonderful food that is creative, interesting and delicious. The chefs are more than willing to tweak a dish to meet your dietary needs, which is very helpful for people with diet restrictions. (It helps if you alert them to special diet concerns when making reservations.) Portions are just right. Service is excellent, with attentive, but not hovering wait staff. Noise level can be be high, depending on who else is there and the level of their conversations, so it can be difficult to engage in a quiet conversation at your table, but the restaurant seems to be trying to address this issue with various sound-absorbing devices being tried out. Overall, a wonderful place for a great meal.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
And doggie makes three
We were visiting Vermont with our dog and needed a dog friendly restaurant. Roots has 3 small tables outside and are happy to welcome your pet. The surprise was the creative menu. When I ordered the chicken carbonara without pasta our waitress suggested substituting spinach. The sauce was delicious with just the right amount of bacon. Wine was excellent and the service was as good as it gets. Have no idea what it's like inside.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Roots is by far the best Rutland area restaurant for high quality, locally grown food, elegantly prepared and presented, in a warm, friendly dining environment. Donald is a master chef, and his creative delicacies are sure to please. An eclectic menu, excellent bar service with an engaging and talented bartender, professional and courteous wait staff, and delicious cuisine make for the best dining experience imaginable. Don't miss it!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great locally-sourced meals
Locally sourced food that is fresh, organic and well-prepared, Roots - The Restaurant offers good service, a nice wine selection - there "by the glass" Cabernet was very good - craft beers and an interesting menu and specials. The only drawback is the room - as a couple, we were seated very close to both the front door and the next two-top. As it was an unseasonably warm October evening, the door didn't present a problem. In the dead of a Vermont winter, however...
Background music very good, noise level not overwhelming, exposed brick nice, all-in-all, definitely worth repeat visits.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of the bunch
Love this restaurant on so many levels - the farm to table theme, the seasonal foods, the simple yet elegant preparations, the comfortable, sophisticated setting and the friendly, helpful servers. It all works and at a price that's reasonable compared to the local competition. My absolute favorite when in Rutland.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
perfect for two couples
getting together after many years apart, with a variety of eating requirements. Excellent food, a compelling menu
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Even on a night with a show
Even on a night with a show around the corner, when the entire restaurant needed to leave at the same time, Roots is reliable for great food and service. It is better to go on a night when there isn't a show but either way you won't be disappointed
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were 6 in our group & we all had fabulous dinners & uniquely delicious cocktails. Roots is great for everyone - even vegetarians & G Free folks. We'll definitely be back.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Localvores will love it
Fresh creative local food - they had us when we were told the side was roasted beets! The burger was fantastic as was the steak wrap. Nice selection of wines by the glass. Worth the drive to Rutland for us!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always have a great meal here and it's decor is very upbeat.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was excellent...though the serving of fries is gigantic. The pace (server's attention) was perfect. No rush.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you like a restaurant that has true local foods and a sustainability theme then roots is for you. We try to go here every time we are in Rutland visiting family. Menu is full of lots of delicious locally grown and harvested foods. Local meats and vegis. The prices are great too. The service was excellent. Mel, our server, had our reserved table all ready for us. If you make an on-line reservation, Roots always has your table ready at the exact time even if they are really busy. Mel was a great server.She was very knowledgeable of the menu and attended to us just the right amount. The restaurant is small, but very cozy with pictures of veggies on the wall. The only bad thing on our last visit was that the restaurant was a bit chilly.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM