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The Root Restaurant & Bar
The Root Restaurant & Bar

The Root Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.therootrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (248) 698-2400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James Rigato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Root Restaurant & Bar will cater any event large or small. Chef James Rigato and staff catered under their company Ripe Catering for 3 years before opening The Root. Please contact The Root with any inquiries regarding your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Root Restaurant & Bar will accommodate large parties in house as well as book the restaurant for private events, weddings, showers, work parties, brunches and any other gathering. There is also a private business dining room in Royal Oak, MI that The Root will book for private events and meetings. Please contact The Root with any inquiries regarding private dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Jenn Rigato (248) 698-2400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elizabeth Lake Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The Root is located in The Village Lakes Plaza in White Lake on the corner of M-59 and Elizabeth Lake. There is a large, well lit parking lot surrounding The Root.
A word from The Root Restaurant & Bar
The Root Restaurant & Bar is a locally owned and operated business that showcases the seasonality of food and beverage in Michigan and its surrounding areas. The comfortable yet refined dining room and bar, accented with stained ash wood and limestone, feature an open kitchen and a chef's counter where the customers can sit and watch their food being made. Chef James Rigato's menu changes often and has a variety of options including a local grass-fed beef burger, house-made desserts, fresh seafood and in-house smoked meats. The Root Bar has 8 Microbrews on draft and a full selection of wines, bottled beer, alcohol and house cocktails incorporating a number of Michigan breweries, distilleries and winemakers. The Root prides itself on offering casual dining with a higher standard of food, beverage and service.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to the Root on a Monday evening. A little suprised by the service, and the food was just ok. Normally, very good but steak was chewy (tasty but chewy). Also, we had to ask for silverware and napkins when our bread came. Server never brought us plates for the bread. I know that is a little nitpicky, but just went along with the kind of average experience. We have been before and loved both the food and the service, so I am willing to chalk this up to just one of those nights."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Clearly this is a restaurant with great thought to the quality and creativity of the food. I did feel that some of the dishes would appeal only to a limited set of diners - like the fried boloney sandwich. Also some were 'over' spiced - Moroccan Chicken. I had the special fish - salmon. Great taste but almost non-existent side dish. Under the salmon was a piece of eggplant - very bland. Seemed like they had more dessert choices than entree choices."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times over the past couple of years. Always great food and great service! I love the idea of using Michigan resources! Will continue to return and recommend this restaurant. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Healthy food with grass fed beef good veggie choices and locally grown"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Root experience this week was my third time there, and the whole dining experience just keeps getting better. The food is utterly spectacular! My brother-in-law had a steak, and he said it was the best steak he's ever had. I had the sloppy joe and jalapeno sandwich with house fries. The jalapeno lent a unique texture to an already superb sandwich, and the fries were every bit as delicious. If you're an 'Eat Local' foodie, this is your place: all their wines and beers, and most of their food, are Michigan products. How they do what they do, for the prices they do it, is utterly mystifying. The Root rocks!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My wife and I both chose the tasting menu with wine and beer pairings. Everything was amazing and the alcohol pairings were perfect for each course. We were even given a free desert for our anniversary!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My sister and I enjoyed 8 courses of excellence. We loved the pork belly on the creamed corn and the steak. The beef was so tender and flavorful. Our scallop appetizer was perfectly cooked. My least favorite dish we tried was the bbq chicken with couscous and pickled egg. It wasn't bad, but not my favorite flavor pairings. We had the charcuterie board and beat salad too, both very tasty. Dessert was to die for as well. I had the banana cream pie. Not too rich or overpowering, just delicious. You practically had to roll me out of the restaurant, but it was so delightful. We love good food and couldn't have been happier with our service at the Root."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As long time and frequent diners at Root we always enjoy it. But I must say we were not thrilled about the latest menu change. The best salad good but we thought it was better in its previous cold version. Needs a better seafood variety."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Have been there food has been very good, but not this time."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We love The Root and go regularly. But Friday night was especially great. Our server Matt was awesome. He provided great service, was very knowledgeable about the menu and was also super friendly. We were with my sister and brother-in-law celebrating a couple things and he helped make the evening extra special. The food, of course, was incredible. The clam stew is so delicious and will bring us back very soon while it's still on the menu. Thank you for an excellent dining experience!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We went there for our anniversary and were impressed by the food and the service. The scallops were exceptional; the salad was very good; the Alaskan salmon over babecued celery root topped with kale and Korean coleslaw was an experience. The deserts were also very worthy. There were only two issues: (1) the music was loud and very upbeat making it seem more like a bar; and (2) we had the fixed price menu and although we were told the portions are smaller that way, there was still too much food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our family truly enjoyed our dinner. The choices were great, and our server answered all of our questions so nicely. and the wine choices for our courses were perfect. I have already recommended The Root to my friends"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Go to restaurant....especially with just the two of us for a great meal without having to get all dressed up, even though the food is 5 star. They have the best vegetarian options! My wife always gets the vegetarian tasting, and I always get something else, then like hers best and swear I will get the vegetarian menu next time.....but I never learn. I swear NEXT TIME I will try the vegetarian tasting. (It's just hard....everything on the menu is amazing.) The craft cocktails are great, and the wine pairing regardless of which menu you go for is always very good, and Michigan wines whenever possible. Just go!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love the place , love what's stand for and the health benefits of a great fresh meal.! Also an inspiring story !!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The restaurant features locally grown ingredients. Always top-notch food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is just top notch at this restaurant!! The wine was fabulous and they have an extensive Michigan beer variety. Most food is grown locally in Michigan and is sooooo fresh and full of flavor!! The service is just above and beyond and they are very well informed and knowledgable on what is being served. Would recommend this to everyone...the desserts just topped off the meal and were exquisite! Kudos to the chef and the owner. they have done a fantastic job!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was overpriced and the food was okay. Some items on the menu in certain dishes, I was not sure if I liked the combo. I liked the black bean soup very much, but would of preferred it with the beans, not pureed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent service and great food. A wonderful experience"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed the additions to the tasting menu. The fish special served with potato salad was delicious and summery. Good service! It is always a treat to eat at The Root!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food, service ambience is always stellar. Pork belly with kimchi was outstanding. Best cheese plate, very inventive."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always get a good meal here. You can't beat their burger! The rest of the family enjoyed steak, chicken and a pork dish, but I can't get past the burger. Cocktails are always a winner too! Mojito was top notch! I love that they don't add sweeteners and syrups. Great place for a special occasion, or just a nice night out."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was very good and the flavors and pairings were interesting. I like that they use organic and local food. But I went to a similar restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, with equally good food and local sourcing, but the prices were much more reasonable. I had tuna in both places and the Mt. Pleasant restaurant gave you more for a cheaper price. The other thing was the drinks. Very expensive and for no good reason... The restaurant is a bit loud."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything about this restuarant is first rate and top notch. We especially liked the "locavore" additude that the owner and head chef have for the ingredients of each dish. Truly *****"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The service and staff were great. The food was quite good, but pricey. The fish special was Artic Char done in a fish and chips style, but at $25 a bit pricey for "fish/fries". Even though we were offered a complimentary dessert to honor our anniversary that we were celebrating, we couldn't find anything outstanding to choose from, so we skipped dessert. Again, our waitress was right on top of it, asking if we would like coffee instead. Don't know if we would go again for dinner, but would consider for lunch if they are open for lunch. The restaurant is slightly noisy."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Been here twice. Each time had to request the manager regarding our food. Soup was tepid, had to be returned to be reheated. The Arctic Char was overcooked. The couscous was cold and this dish had to be sent back to be reheated. Had similar issues on our previous visit. Seems as though the ingredient combinations of the dishes are not harmonious, but haphazardly selected out of a hat and thrown together. My girlfriend said she does not want to return here."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love The Root! Reservations are necessary because it's so popular."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have eaten here three times, and although the setting - in part of a strip mall - is not unique, the menu is always interesting, fresh and locally-sourced. This is as good as it gets for an outer-suburbs restaurant. It's definitely worth the drive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I'd been wanting to try this restaurant for over a year so when my sister and her boyfriend came to town, I suggested we go there. All of our food items were delicious. Between all of us, we tried the baby octopus salad, baked brie, seared scallops, pork shoulder and chicken & dumplings. The affocado and banana cream pie were also fantastic. Our server was attentive without hovering and thoroughly explained the restaurant's mission and daily specials without hesitation or sounding robotic. The only thing we found funny was that after telling us the restaurant tries to use food sources in MI or as close to MI as possible, baby octopus is the very first thing on the menu! No biggie but we all enjoyed a good chuckle over that. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "After all we had read about this restaurant, we were disappointed in the food. Overall it was inoffensive but there was nothing very tasty about it. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Love this place. I've been here several times and have never had bad service or subpar food. Everything is fresh, well prepared and nicely portioned. Great for small groups or dinner for two. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants in the Metro Detroit area. Heard of the chef via Food and Wine and were impressed from the first time we stepped in the restaurant. The staff is knowledgeable on the wine, beer and drink menu's as well as on the food menu itself. Staff is always friendly and energetic. Food has always been phenomenal. We'd be in trouble if this restaurant was closer to home. After having a few of the 'upscale' restaurants treat us like we are not worthy (cough Coach Insignia cough), we keep coming back to The Root and enjoy it more and more every time!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food and great service! Outdoor patio is perfect for the beautiful weather!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food was great. Service amazing. We will be back"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food is so fresh and tasty. The soups are always fantastic and unique. There is a good variety of menu choices. Especially if you have dietary restrictions. There are very tasty choices for vegan and gluten free."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Had the Taco special - smoked chicken. Awesome taste, and a super value !"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This was our first visit to this wonderful restaurant. I read an article in the paper a couple of years ago about it being the restaurant of the year so I had been wanting to eat here. We decided to go here for our wedding anniversary and we were both blown away with how good the food was. Each dish ( I had the four course) was superb. We will be back and I have been recommending it to family and friends."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "They specialize in Michigan foods. Also serve vegan. Not a lot of entree choices fairly expensive "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We have been to the Root 5 or 6 times and have never had an average meal. Every meal has been excellent! Service is always top notch."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "If you love food, eat at The Root. Local and organic food is highlighted on an eclectic menu with something for everyone. If you've never even considered giving vegan food a try, this is the place. Their vegan tasting menu provided one of the best overall meals I have ever had. And I am definitely not a vegan. Great restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014