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Root Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.rootnola.com
  • Phone: (504) 252-9480
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Monday-Friday: 11am-2pm


    Sunday-Thursday: 5pm-11pm

    Friday & Saturday: 5pm-2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Phillip L. Lopez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fulton Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Available daily between 5pm-11pm.
A word from Root
Located in New Orleans' historic Warehouse District, Root is a Modern American restaurant focused on traditional flavors and techniques. Chef Phillip Lopez is the culinary force behind Root's progressive flavors, forging new ideas in food preparation, techniques, textures, and service. His passion for the art of the meal fuels his fascination with food creativity. Root is the chef's story, each dish approached with ingenuity, conviction and soulful sourcing of the highest quality ingredients to produce sharp, clean, and bright flavors. Serious yet playful, Root offers the "WOW" factor with Chef Phillip's own spins on classic favorites, always maintaining a respecting for the flavors of the food. Our mantra: Eat. Here. Now.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food and knowledgable service. We ordered a little but too much and wanted to take the rest of the Cohiba Scallops and Pork Belly home. Unfortunately, they were not boxed up to take home. However, it was a great evening."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The food was very good, especially the house made charcuterie. Fabulous house smoked salmon also. Attentive service. Would highly recommend to people interested in a good meal."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I went with 3 of my friends and all 4 of us had an incredible experience! We started with the charcuterie board that they loaded us up with each selection they prepare in house. The cocktail list was great with different interesting mixes of drinks to chose from. The menu had various, interesting plates on it perfectly fit for an adventuresome eater. We got a bunch of different things on the menu ranging from a duck heart and peach salad to foie gras dippin dots and deliciously prepared bone marrow. I would DEFINITELY recommend this and would love to go back!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Overall good but expected more for the price point."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "great food, service leaves a lot to be desired. There was one waiter for the entire restaurant on 7/3/14 What appeared to be the manager was helping out somewhat and then a gentleman that would refill our drinks. This made the service slow and lacking if we needed anything at all. Lastly, I was told they had Titos Vodka. Indeed, I did see a Titos bottle behind the bar. I ordered two different drinks with Titos and it was NOT Titos that I was served. Not sure if they had replinished the bottle with another vodka or simply didn't pour what I asked but suffice to say I will not be going back. Which is too bad b/c the food is actually quite tasty."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed lunch at Root. The charcuterie and small plate selections are great."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The service was outstanding! Our servers provided detailed information about every dish in a friendly professional manner. She was a model of unhurried efficiency and took a genuine interest in our feedback. As a result of her descriptive recommendations, we tried many new foods that evening and thoroughly enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our waiter did a great job of explaining the menu. We chose three items from the Charcuterie section of the menu, they were all fantastic. When I go back I will probably just make a dinner out of the many charcuterie selections. The crispy pig ear salad was also very fun and tasty. My only complaint was the booth seating was low in comparison to the table. Two thumb up from my stomach."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Pleasant, interesting decor. Wait staff truly friendly and very helpful. The wait staff was invaluable to the experience because the menu had many terms on it that needed clarification. If there is any criticism at all, it would be for the lack of explanation for the social section of the menu, along with it's sausage menu beneath it. The restaurant is impressive and the food, once you know what you're getting, is grand."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Atmosphere was nice. Although the food was unique it was not that good. You don't get a lot of food for the price. Really expensive appetizers. All of the wine is really expensive with not to many options for moderately priced wines. Overall great service; however, the food is what will keep me from going back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Delicious and thoughtful menu for those who get excited about charcuterie and house house sausages! I loved the face bacon! Service is casual and knowledgable. A little too lax at times, 20 minutes to get our beer and wine to the table. Overall, very please and would return!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I've eaten at Root before and wanted to impress my dining companion. I understand amuse bouche and that it is gratis. I was not amused but rather disappointed. We ordered salmon and chorizo from the starters and the salmon had no flavor, however, the condiments that accompany the meats on the board were interesting. My companion ordered the Korean short ribs and I ordered the chorizo dusted scallops. The ribs were tough and the scallops were TOO SALTY. I was so disappointed because otherwise the scallops were prepared well but the chorizo dust could not be scraped off. The wait staff was attentive and they might have addressed our complaints but it was so loud and uncomfortable in the restaurant that I could not wait for dinner to end."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Everything at Root was simply amazing. Not just another trendy place...the food is absolutely winderful. Up beat and lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Truly, dazzling is the best word we have found to describe our recent meal here. Everything on the menu far exceeded our expectation. We are experienced, adventurous foodies, and no other restaurant's menu has left us so puzzled and intrigued. Each course was surprising, fantastic, and uniquely prepared and presented. Great care is taken with preparation of seemingly simple items, pairings are thoughtful, and creative. It seems Chef Lopez possesses a knowledge of food and flavor relationship that renders preconceived notions obsolete. Someone with a deepest understanding of the foods themselves and of the human palate, unencumbered by formal training concepts, at play in the kitchen. Truly dazzling. As the neon sign reads, EAT. HERE. NOW."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Very unique and difference experience as far as meal choices, which would make some diners uncomfortable, but the comfortable quiet ambience equaled it out."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If you are willing to spend more than $40 per person...this is the one and only NOLA Hot Spot"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had dinner for four on a Sunday evening, the restaurant was nearly empty but the service was still just OK. The food was good for the most part but portions were small, presentation was original but over thought."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our third visit to Root. The Chorizo and Rillettes apps w many-flavored accoutrements was fab. The steamed whole fish was excellent. Sadly tho the lemon fish (Cobia) sous vide was poor having a muddy river bottom flavor. The Manager kindly comped the $29 cost. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I pride myself in being a New Orleans foodie- been there done that everywhere! I can even say that all the big chefs have personally made me a meal. After saying that- this place tops the charts! Service, food, atmosphere wins all the way around! So impressed by everything. If you are not into good food, this place is not for you- you have to ENJOY eating and bring people who like to eat. This place should have huge lines waiting to get in! ITS GREAT!! Late night fun, I can't wait to go for lunch too and check out Root Squared. WOW a great dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Root provides a great dining experience with a unique selection and presentation of food. Certainly different to the area however, very good. If you are not afraid to step out of the box then you should give the Root a chance. The service was outstanding. All staff members and I do mean all staff members made certain that everyone at the table was taken care of and did not need anything. It was very impressive that each server was not afraid to take care of any table not just the one assigned to them. A great dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I'll start by saying the food was excellent. The waitstaff, however, needs a lot of work. It was 20 minutes after being seated that we could even put our drink order in; the waiter that took our drink order wouldn't take our food order, insisting that another waitress take that order. Following that wait, it was another 15 minutes until we could put in our appetizer/entree order, where the waitress attempted to explain what a clay pot was to my fiancée. Another 20 minutes before our appetizer appeared. 30 minutes after the appetizer, our main course arrived (1hr 25 minutes after being seated). After we scarfed our food because we were so hungry, it took another 15 minutes after asking to get the check after. I won't be coming back, ever."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "When we couldn't order everything on the menu, our wonderful server, Rachel, helped set us on a course through the beginnings (don't skip liver mousse or pickeled tongue), to the salad ("duck hearts that taste like tiny morsels of steak") & ended in a smoke filled dream (get the scallops). We also couldn't resist the goat cheese cheesecake... Root lived up to the hype..."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was terrific. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This place is a fantastic spot for natural, fresh, and original food. The starters and main courses had very well thought out combinations, and everything was full of flavor. The desserts were to die for! Beware, though, if you're not in the mood for a walk on the wild side. This isn't your granddad's restaurant."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "One of the most innovative culinary experiences of my life. A foie gras cotton candy lollipop with pop rocks in it is one example of what's on offer. The charcuterie also was excellent. The wait staff advises you to order multiple items to share family style - take that advice, as each item on the menu must be eaten to be believed. Only oddity is decor does not match the high price - ordinary decor, not white table cloths. It made it a nice break from Commander's, August, etc., - with much more innovative food and equally high food quality - but makes it more of a foodie pilgrimage than a place to bring a wife or client for a special evening."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Visit NOLA often and always book a reservation here. They stay ahead of the pack by creating dishes true to their ethic and aesthetic. Well tempered fusion of flavours excellently prepared, warm hospitality and charming service keep this place a delightful "must eat here"!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had a very entertaining even there for dinner. Staff was excellent and very attentive. Setting a little minimalistic on initial impression, but that grew on us through the evening. Menu choices are best described as confusing, as the trend to strange names for ingredients has been carried to a new level here. Had to have the waiter interpret just about everything. The food turned out to be exceptional, in creativity, presentation, and palate. Would definitely return for more, but sure would enjoy being able to make intelligent choices from the menu."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Loved everything - excellent charcuterie, scallops, and chicken wings. Extremely impressed with the different flavors. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Exceptional charcuterie even for non-meat eaters. Pickled vegetables are outstanding. My lemon fish was fresh but my wife's smoked scallops were remarkable. Don't skimp on desert. Also top shelf cocktails."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Food ,presentation was great. The handcrafted cocktails were a nice touch,we look forward to going back and exploring the menu further. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The food was not only delicious, but also the presentation was so creative. Great menu"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Veal pastrami was way too salty. Great food, great service, but the salt really distracted. We will be back..."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Be prepared for a different food choices. Not your typical restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "...overcome the fact that the wine list was not up to date (waitress sold me on her perfect pick but then found they were out of it, they were also out of her second perfect wine, she was very embarrassed and tried a third time which was in stock) the food was spotty and the only things memorable were not in a good way: duck was too salty to eat and Charcuterie was $10 for a very small portion of "eh." Root is very expensive for such a casual restaurant (dinner for 4 was $500 including 3 mediocre cocktails and one $78 bottle of wine). There was a lot of "wrong" and not much "right" except for the service. The Host at the door and the wait staff could not be any nicer."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had dinner with my husband and one son -- it was great for the guys. While I do eat meat -- man, there was a lot of meat! It was all fabulous, no doubt, but not a 'light' meal by any standard. We put ourselves in the pros hands and let them send out a board -- it was just chock full of artisan style meats, and fabulous. Prior to the board, my son had a duck dish that was probably the best duck I've ever tasted. My husband and I each had salads that were very unique -- layers and layers of interesting flavors on a very attractive plate."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We have been to Root many times, and this is a first, so hopefully it's an anomaly. We arrived for our 7:30 reservation, and were promptly seated, given menus, offered choice of water, and drink orders taken. We had two waiters, and the dining room was fairly full. Unfortunately, for most of the time we were there, we waiting loooong periods wondering where both of our waiters had gone. We had to request services from the bus boy, because there were no waiters to be found. There were long waits for food, but in between you would think that the waiters would check in with us and see if we needed anything. One of them did manage to show up after we finished the first bottle of wine to take an order for another bottle. We won't be back soon."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My husband and I went for my birthday and had a gift of a meal. Our server, Rachel, was knowledgeable, attentive, and considerate about the pacing. The charcuterie choices are mind-blowing. Over 40 items! And the pickling Root does is a revelation: Turnips, tomatoes, tiny snap peas, onions, every bite different and delicious. For entrees, my husband ordered the scallops in the cigar box and I had a delicate lemon fish. We didn't get dessert because we were happily stuffed, but next time we'll leave room. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This was our first trip to Root during our recent trip to New Orleans for the Jazzfest. We found the service great. The food was excellent and the menu choices very interesting. The chef puts together very different combinations that we found quite enjoyable. The wine list was well thought out with again some interesting choices. Root will be on our repeat list when we are at the 2015 Jazzfest."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food at Root was delicious and presented beautifully. The service was horrendous. We went during jazz fest, so maybe they brought in extra, inexperienced staff to compensate for the influx of people, but it was pretty bad. I want to recommend this place because of the food, but don't expect the service that you would receive at any other of NOLA's fine establishments."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "In a town steeped in NOLA style restaurants, this one was more like a NYC or DC experience"
    Dined on 5/1/2014