The Root Restaurant & Bar
The meals our outstanding.The meals our outstanding. Our favorite restaurant. We enjoy dining at the bar and at a table. Very friendlly staff.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMInteresting menu, great serviceInteresting menu, great service and atmosphere. The ribeye steak was not good. It lacked flavor and was tough. The salads and side dishes were very good.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFresh food always...Hands down-The Root has some of the freshest and most delicious food in the area.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFamilyAs always the Root was awesome! Had 6 guests from out of state and they all loved it!!6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best meals ever!My husband and I tried this place for the first time for my birthday and loved it! We ordered the the tasting meal with wine pairings so we were able to try a lot of things. It was all great. I really enjoyed the banana cream pie. There is a rumor that they are coming to Howell...I can't wait.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial place for a special nightThis wasn't the first meal at the Root. I chose it to celebrate our anniversary and it did not disappoint.
I chose to order from their tasting dinner selections menu. I started with the crab cake appetizer. Flavors were so complex in every dish that my palette was treated with every bite. Next course was the asparagus salad which had mushrooms, red quinoa and sun flower seeds in a bright dressing. Main entree was their Ancho honey trout on a bed of spinach with potatoes and a rich creamy sauce. We finished the meal with a brown butter maple gelato.
We felt we were experiencing a meal from Top Chef from its elegance and flavor. Chef James is a rock star and I highly advise you to treat yourself and attend a concert at the Root.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome as alwaysThe food is always amazing. They have a "taste" menu that offers two seperate options (one for vegans/vegetarians) and one for the traditional meat eater. (It's a 4-5 course meal: appetizer; salad; intermezzo; entree; and dessert) The portions for each course are generous --plenty to share with another person. Everyone that works there is very friendly. The only down side is that they forgot to serve the "intermezzo" of which is amazing when it is served. It's house made and very yummy.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMextra mealWe went there just for an extra special weekend meal for ourselves. As always the food was excellant and our server Tim was wonderful giving recommendations without pressure. Marvelous6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMVery, very good food withVery, very good food with a twist at very reasonable prices. Friendly wait staff. We were seated on a Saturday night exactly at our reservation time. My wife & I have now been there several times & this place is consistently good.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent regional/seasonal foodWe like dining here. Tasting menu, specialties and wine recommendation combined with a friendly staff. We will be back.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe celebrated our AnniversaryWe celebrated our Anniversary at The Root. It was our first visit. The décor was casual, but nice, evoking the theme of connecting with the earth. The wine menu was acceptably priced, offering a range of pricing. I would have liked to see more CA Cabs on it, but that is my personal preference. We were given the wine menu before we opened the dinner menu, so we ordered a bottle before we saw that there was an available chef's menu with optional wine pairings; If we had seen that first, we would have ordered it. We know for next time. The food menu was limited, which was challenging for a picky eater. But all at the table were pleased with what we were served. Favorite? The beet salad was awesome! I look forward to a return visit.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good food at reasonable priceThe food was very good. Portions were very big and surprisingly inexpensive.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat first experienceThis is a great restaurant. We tried this place because of a recommendation from some friends. It is a little bit of a drive for us, about an hour, but well worth it. The food was excellent and our waiter was incredible. He knew the menu inside and out. He could explain every dish and all the ingredients in them. I would recommend this restaurant.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Dining ExperienceAll courses great choices. Not the same
old choices. Service was also wonderful!!!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMout of the way but niceWas excited to try the place that won 2012 restaurant of the year in metro Detroit. It is out of the way but well worth it. The smoked pork shoulder was excellent and the beer sampler was tasty but I am by no means a beer expert. Atmosphere was quiet and classy, the only complaint I would have is that it is so popular it is hard to get a decent reservation time.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMSmokin'!A delicious meal, a lovely spot. Reservations as usual through Open Table online. We started with the pickled vegetable side as an appetizer, then had the pea and ramp puree soup, the orchard salad and the smoked meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Every dish, every item a winner!
On a visit last year I'd had an issue with a small-ish size of my entree; no complaint on this visit! The salad was gorgeous, and huge! And the smoked meatloaf was served in big, thick slabs over potatoes and grilled brussel sprouts. Tremendous flavors!
The service was up to their high standards- helpful, professional, cheerful without being intrusive. I recommend The Root every chance I get- it's a treasure!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful DinnerIncredible Tasting Menu, Great Service, Really Nice Elegant Organic Atmosphere. Above & Beyond our expectations!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMNeighborhood gemI have been to the Root restaurant since it firt opened a few years ago. The food is consistently excellent and of high quality. The restaurant tries to use foods from local farmeres, which is a plus, both in terms of freshness, and supporting the local economy.
The menu is not extensive, but the creativity is escellent.
The wine list is very adequate .
the price is reasonable.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMFinally Got There.....AWESOMEMade/cancelled reservations 6+ times over the last few years. It was worth the wait, but wish we hadn't waited! We were early so went to the bar. It was packed but there was no lack of attention/service from several people checking on u. Craft cocktails were great.
My wife is not a vegetarian, but loves vegetarian food. When she realized everything she liked on the menu was vegetarian, she decided on the vegetarian tasting menu, and was not disappointed. (They have tasting menus both regular/vegetarian that you can get any time.)
Everything outstanding, overall knowledge of our waiter was great. Not enough characters left in this input field...I could go on and on. We will be back and look forward to trying one of their "feasts".5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Local RestaurantHad some friends in from out of state and wanted to try somewhere new. The Root did not disappoint. The food and service was great with the bonus that we were supporting local businesses. I will definitely be dining at The Root again as well as recommending to anyone looking for a great local place to eat!5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMEat, Drink, Be Merry and Repeat!!It has been a little while since we have been at Root, but I am pleased to say it continues to get better (how is that possible?) every visit. There are new and very tasty items on the menu based upon local ingredients, yet they keep the best of the things we still continue to rave about from the last visit. Their tasting menu and wine pairing flight continues to be a favorite and incredible value. Without a doubt they continue to be the best restaurant in the metro-Detroit area!!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat menuI always look forward to a meal at The Root. The food is fresh and fabulous - tasty and interesting. A real palate-pleaser that has a warm, comfortable atmosphere that makes it fun to catch up with friends and family.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial nightI took my 6 year old granddaughter to The Root to experience the Chef's Table. We were not disappointed. It was refreshing to see the level of professionalism in the kitchen and the attention to detail from not only the cooks, but the servers as well. Our server, Molly, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the menu and accommodated my granddaughter's request for plain sauteed scallops, broccoli and crab cakes. The crab cakes were delicate and the other ingredients didn't overpower the flavor of the crab. The scallops were sweet, tender and without a speck of grit. I had the charcuterie board. The smoked meats were moist and tender, and the walleye spread was exceptional. Topped off by gelato - it was a great dining experience.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed a delightful eveningEnjoyed a delightful evening with friends here. The food was fabulous. Same about the service. We could talk with one another without screaming and the pacing was fine. Great menu selections. What else could be better?5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMNot a negative thing to say.My husband picked this restaurant for his birthday. We were there on a Tuesday and each ordered the dinner tasting menu. He got the wine pairing as well. The food was exceptional, as was the service. Despite the distance, we will be back.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Food!We have been waiting for quite some time to get to Root. Glad we did! The food was absolutely amazing! This was one of the best meals we have had in a LONG time!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Bar is Set Too HighI really enjoyed my experience at Root. The food is great. The service is outstanding. The only "complaint" that I have is that it wasn't as good as the tasting I went to there last year. The tasting was one of the best food experiences I've ever had. There was simply no way the regular menu could hold a candle to the special menu. That being said, it was still a great meal, it just wasn't mind-blowing.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb!Excellent restaurant. Spot on combination of flavors in each dish. We did the sample menue with the meal pairings. It's a great way to experience the skill of the kitchen.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMLunchMy husband and I had lunch on Thurs. the 2nd. The food was wonderful !! Had a chicken dish and the salad of the day. Our waiter was nice but did not come back to see how our meal was and forgot the bread until the meal was almost over.. ( by the way the bread is delicious! We would definitely come back and have recommended it to our friends and family.. It truly is a wonderful addition to Restaurants in the White Lake Area...5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was wonderful!Everything was wonderful! All of the food was beyond my expectations.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI cannot stop thinking aboutI cannot stop thinking about this place, it's amazing. We've found a new favorite restaurant, too bad it's 40 mins from our home. This restaurant is a must try.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMDecor and food exceptional.Decor and food exceptional. Presentation of food beautiful.....tasted great too. Will return and recommend to others.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed a delicious mealWe enjoyed a delicious meal and had fabulous service.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMVery nice menu mix. My wifeVery nice menu mix. My wife is a vegan and The Root always has a good vegan selection (and non-vegan for carnivores like me).4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place for date nightThe Root is a great place for date night - whether a first time or like my wife and I, a night away from the kids. Good food, nice atmosphere, and the staff are quite helpful. Make a reservation though, as I found out early on that walk-in of a Thur-Sat night is usually bar seating only. Easy enough to 'Open Table' The Root, as they call to confirm your reservation. Great overall experience.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMNot much I can say that hasn'tNot much I can say that hasn't been said yet, this place is awesome.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe always love going to TheWe always love going to The Root, the staff is always knowledgeable and the food is always excellent. The only big drawback is that it is in a cruddy strip mall location with a view of the parking lot. The mix between fancier fare and a laid back atmosphere with casual dress is fantastic for those who enjoy good food but don't always want to be dressed to the nines.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing. ItThe food was amazing. It was layered with complimenting flavors and sauces were fantastic. Only thing keeping it from a 5 was the bar. We arrived a half hour early to have a cocktail and all tables in the bar were reserved. We were told that the High tops were available first come first serve, but as soon as they were empty, a reserved sign was put on the table.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my second time comingThis was my second time coming to the root. Still a knock out. Suggest a chefs tasting because it gives the dinner a more rounded exsperience.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMStart to finish amazingWe had a great time! The appetizers are small but that was good as we wanted to try a few and still have room for dinner. Entree portion was huge and took most of it home to enjoy the next day! Also, the Woodie Harrelson (vegan blondie) was a nice way to finish the meal.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLocal food resources, creative menuMy first time lunching here after a somewhat disappointing dinner experience a year ago. Our server was great! The menu seems almost identical to the dinner menu, but it is creative and varied. To begin, cocktails were excellent. The bread basket is devine! The beet salad should be mandatory to order: it's perfect. Very ample portion and just enough dressing. The crab cake sandwich is a winner! Jumbo lump crab and not filled with bread crumbs. The bun was light and tasty. French fries are evil they are so good. I'm not a fan of the Mac and Cheese at all, but my guest loved it. The vegan dessert was better than expected and actually worthy of a repeat order. Just might give dinner a second chance after this great lunch experience.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great experience.We had a great experience. Extremely wondercul atmosphere. Very someone classy and cozy. Great food and good service.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMNot a lot of vegan diningNot a lot of vegan dining choices in the area. The Root offers a full menu and special events for vegan diners!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways fresh and flavorful,Always fresh and flavorful, The Root is one of our favorite restaurants and the fries and Bologna sandwich are both outstanding!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Gluten Free & Vegan OptionsAppreciate their extensive gluten free menu and that they are also always willing to accommodate my dairy free requests.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMA delightful dining experience!A delightful dining experience! Our waitress provided us with a relaxed atmosphere yet her timing was impeccable. The wine was devine, and the food was perfect.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious sauce on the troutDelicious sauce on the trout and pork. Friendly staff. Portions enjoyable size but not large. Love the local selection.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe mushroom soup was fantastic!The mushroom soup was fantastic! Very filling but not too rich and the seasoning was perfect...peppery and complimentary. I could have and should have made a meal of the soup and bread. I will definitely order it again if it is available. As usual, everything was very good. When I think about dining out The Root is what comes to mind. Money well spent on good food....and that's hard to say about anyplace else in the Waterford - Clarkston area.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome yet again! Food wasAwesome yet again! Food was spectacular - our table enjoyed the Pork Belly appetizer, Bologna sandwich and Salmon pate' appetizers, the followed with the honey barbecued trout, pork shoulder confit and char-grilled burger, all matched with a nice selection of wines. We've been here many times - always consistently very good .4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWhite Lake Township can beWhite Lake Township can be proud to have a location such as Root Restaurant.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM