Roots The Restaurant
Roots The Restaurant

Roots The Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rootsrutland.com/
  • Phone: 8027477414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Donald Billings
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Donald Billings and staff are happy to cater private events. For more information please contact info@rootsrutland.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Center St.
  • Public Transit: The Bus provides access from Killington and Castleton. For route information, please visit www.thebus.com.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking and public lots are available.
A word from Roots The Restaurant
Roots" mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients. Vermont offers an agricultural bounty of flavorful produce, meat, dairy and other food products that are staples of the Roots menu. Chef Donald Billings is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown ingredients, including organic crops and humanely raised, pasture fed livestock. Chef Billings and Roots are proud to partner with local providers Boardman Hill Farm, Hathaway Farm, Woods Market, Blue Ledge Farm, Baba Louis Bakery and other smaller scale produce, dairy and maple syrup providers. Visit us at 51 Wales Street in downtown Rutland and enjoy a delicious, wholesome local meal made from the freshest Vermont products.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Roots The Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (17)great for lunch (13)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)hot spot (6)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great local foodie location.
    Chris
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Great local foodie location. I loved the quality ingredients and unique offerings. A must go when in Rutland/Killington.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always excellent. Top food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2012
    Always excellent. Top food and service in the Rutland Killington area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice spot in Rutland!
    kim2nycVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    It was a little restaurant got a busy wed night. I came here because of the comment. Not disappointed. I had the emu steak, never heard of it and tried. Server had given me suggestion, it was red meat served medium rare came out okay. Good service, they were very attentive everyone working on everyones table, bartender served drinks directly to tables. I had a good time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy atmosphere; attentive
    BobG430
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Cozy atmosphere; attentive staff; varied menu. All dishes were very good and the ingredients fresh. Would recommend Roots for adults (not really suitable for kids)who are looking for well prepared food at a reasonable price. Also suitable for vegetarians. Reservations recommended.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly reccommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    With a diverse menu using local foods, Roots offers an interesting spread with something for most everyone. The service is fantastic and the I've never felt pressure to hurry. It's a wonderful dining experience overall and I would highly reccommend Roots to anyone who likes a cozy atmosphere, a well-trained staff and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Local flavors, creative simple fare
    jkdvt
    Dined on 11/25/2012
    We've visited Roots a few times since it opened, each time sampling different dishes. In general, the food has been of consistently high quality, and we like the fact that much of it is locally sourced (my teen ordered salmon, which of course is not local to Vermont--but it was perfectly cooked, and the squash and potatoes with which it was served were also excellent). The chef does creative takes on pasta and other simple fare, and one could make a hearty meal of appetizers here. The homemade chips are the best. The restaurant is small, with warm and simple decor that give it a warm yet sophisticated look. Once caveat -- even though the dining room is separated from the entry by a set of French doors, a seat near the door can be drafty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our diner at Roots was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Our diner at Roots was excellent. The food was wonderful, and was complimented with very efficient service and a great atmosphere. If you are looking for a nice, low key location to have a very good diner in Rutland, Roots is where you should be headed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rutland's BEST restaurant. Period.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    The perfect setting for a special occasion. Food is out of this world, service is outstanding. Kerri is the best waitress I have ever had. Great wine selection, menu is diverse and exciting, and deserts are to die for. A great display of locally sourced menu items is what make this a truly unique Vermont experience. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The BEST
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2012
    This is the best restaurant in Rutland. The service is impeccable, and the creative menu items are all expertly prepared and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This Rutland restaurant serves
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2012
    This Rutland restaurant serves primarily locally sourced foods which are always expertly prepared and presented by waitstaff that are attentive, knowledgeable and courteous. It is always a pleasure dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Rutland's best spot for an
    BostonTravellerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2012
    Rutland's best spot for an inventive menu using seasonal locally sourced foods at a reasonable price. Great options for foodies, vegetarians and those who prefer gluten-free as well as those seeking a sandwich or hamburger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Roots is over-rated
    NJDave
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    We feel Roots is over-rated. There was nothing particularly special about the food. The service was haughty. The chairs were set up such that one was either looking at the bar or out the window at a parking lot. The tables were quite close and the two divorced women seated next to us were discussing dating tactics.
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  • Wonderful food, admirable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    Wonderful food, admirable social consciousness, superb service. After dining at this establishment on numerous occasions, I can wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this restaurant! New,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2012
    Love this restaurant! New, clean, trendy and always fresh & delicious meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting menu specializing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2012
    Interesting menu specializing on local ingredients/foods. Good and Tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we had a very nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    we had a very nice dinner for 4will continue to go
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was my second time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    This was my second time dining here. Very good food, nice location...very pleased
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Roots is ALWAYS amazing! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2012
    Roots is ALWAYS amazing! I have food allergies, and they are extremely accommodating. The staff is top notch and the food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I took my wife out for her
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    I took my wife out for her birthday for a first-time visit and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite spot - Great
    TheVans
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Always a favorite spot - Great place to bring out of town friends to give them a flavor of local cuisine and culture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An Unexpected Pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Searching for a halfway point to meet for lunch, an old friend and I decided to try Roots in downtown Rutland. The menu, posted online, sounded promising -- and the food proved to be even better than I could have imagined. On what would otherwise have been a dreary, drizzly day, we were warmed and delighted by our orders -- Caesar salad with chicken and scallop salad, accompanied by a pleasant Pinot Grigio. The waitstaff was kind and friendly, and very patient with our slow departure. We didn't want to leave! ...and we'll definitely plan to go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I always enjoy the food...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2012
    I always enjoy the food... the service... the atmosphere. It's very romantic for a date... and it's my go to place to impress my colleagues and visitors from out of town. Roots always deliver an excellent meal! Thank you Roots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We decided to make a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    We decided to make a reservation at Roots at the suggestion of the owner of The Vermont Inn, were we were staying. We were not disappointed! The food was amazing and unique and our server was friendly and helpful and spent extra time with us to go over the menu, even though the place was packed. Our only suggestion; be sure you make a reservation. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local restaurant. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Great local restaurant. Food is always good and perfect portions. Service is awesome, especially Mandi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific place!
    Rich
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Roots is a major find! The restaurant is small and quite nicely set up. The staff is very friendly, great service. We tried a variety of items, and each was wonderful. Both vegetarian and regular entrees were superb. We highly recommend Roots for special occasions as well as when you aree looking for an excellent meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very impressive experience.
    BB311
    Dined on 8/28/2012
    A very impressive experience. The food was fabulous, and the service was impeccable -- attentive without being obtrusive. The food was a locavore's delight -- lots of farm-fresh, in-season choices direct from Vermont farms and food producers -- all prepared with a deliciously creative flare. We really appreciated that the portions were of reasonable size and not the usual monster, super-size portions favored by many restaurants these days. We loved Roots and will definitely return the next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Great local food that is reasonably priced. Exemplary service. This is our go-to restaurant if we have to eat out in Rutland ... there are no other choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location around the
    Noni
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Great location around the corner from Paramount Theatre. Service was a little slow at first but improved. Fish tacos could have had a little more flavor but good overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best in Rutland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Over the last 3 months I had the pleasure of dining at Roots about 1.5-2 times per week. Since I was working in Rutland over this period of time, I also dined at several other restaurants. By far and away, Roots is the best by any criteria. The service was consistently superb, the food nicely prepared and presented, the quality easily above all others, and they make a commitment to using locally sourced foods. If you have an opportunity to dine in Rutland, go to Roots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Excellent service and diverse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2012
    Excellent service and diverse and unique menu options. Warm, comfortable and inviting interior.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The portions where a bit small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/31/2012
    The portions where a bit small for the price. Overall good food and nice place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much too noisy. Just needs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    Much too noisy. Just needs some dampening to overcome that. Food is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was a delightful experience.
    Mimi
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    This was a delightful experience. We were a threesome for a Mother's Day luncheon. Table was ready and we were seated immediately, greeted nicely, and served with quiet efficiency and patience. The menu was interesting and the food was delicious. I'm ready to go back so I can try other choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locally raised and grown food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    Locally raised and grown food is wonderful. Wait staff is attentive and helpful. Gal behind the bar is a hoot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a wonderful meal using
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2012
    Always a wonderful meal using many local food sources!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    Highly recommend especially if you are into local fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blew us away!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    We were headed to Rutland (about 2 hrs south of Burlington) to see an afternoon show at the Paramount Theater, and were looking for a place to have lunch. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from the Rutland restaurant scene, but was hopeful when I came across the website for Roots the Restaurant. Let's just say that this place blew us away. We're still talking about our meal 3 days later and can't wait to go back. The food was fantastic, the service was friendly, relaxed, yet professional. They even have wonderful house-made gluten-free bread (I'm gluten-sensitive). We're going to another show at the Paramount in a few weeks, and are definitely having dinner at Roots before the show. I can't say enough about this place. You must go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved the food and the
    Donna
    Dined on 4/1/2012
    We loved the food and the service was attentive but not overly so. Was a bit noisy, making conversation a bit difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, served efficiently
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2012
    Excellent food, unique menu and great ambiance. Only downside was our server, while efficient and kind, was very curt and dry. For such an upbeat place, we'd have preferred to have a smiling waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    We were disappointed with the food on our second visit, but will come back again and try different entrees.
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    • Noise LevelModerate