Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant

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Located in Roanoke's Historic Grandin District, Local Roots Restaurant celebrates the absolute best of the region, from locally-farmed vegetables and meat to the handcrafted dining room tables produced by area artisans.

Our roots are deeply embedded in the lush farmlands of Southwest Virginia. They are nourished by modern-day farmers who employ age-old techniques, hard-working heroes who nurture not only the people, but the land as well. We've gotten to know these local farmers and are better for it. They help us keep time with the rhythms of the seasons. Sun-ripened tomatoes in the summer, hearty root vegetables in the winter - we serve what is fresh and natural at the peak of its flavor.

Our roots are fed by a philosophy we call S.O.L.E.: Sustainable, Organic, Local, Ethical. It's a principle that guides us as we decide from whom to source our meats and vegetables. It also informs our beverage program.
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EW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wait. As soon as we were seated, we were greeted by our waiter, Abraham, and he introduced our waitress. (Can't remember her name. I think it started with an "A".) They were both excellent! We were served water and given our menus. Soon afterward, we were served a small roll and butter. Abraham was close by to answer any questions we had. After we placed our order, we had a short while to enjoy looking around the restaurant. The food was displayed beautifully on our plates and was a perfect temperature. My husband and I ordered different meals so we could share. When we told our waiter we were going to share, he brought small plates to make sharing easier. The food was absolutely delicious! We couldn't resist ordering a "no flour chocolate cake" with ice cream (which we shared). We loved the intimate feel of the restaurant and felt it was the perfect place to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded a day ago

Thank you so much for celebrating your 55th anniversary (congratulations!) with us and for taking the time to share your positive feedback. We're so pleased we could provide a delicious meal and great experience for such a special occasion. Thanks again for recommending us and hope to see you soon!

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KG
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish we would've come here sooner! Some of the best braised greens I've ever had, perfectly flavored and textured chicken liver mousse, and delicious French toast. Great Birthday Brunch! Can't wait to return with family and friends!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining with us and for your wonderful review. We're so pleased you thoroughly enjoyed your brunch experience. Looking forward to seeing you again on your next visit!

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T
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was our third visit to local roots (every year or two when we pass through Roanoke). The food is excellent, as is the service. My only complaint in an otherwise excellent meal was putting grouper at $28 on the “substantial” side of the menu. It was approximately 3 ounces of fish on a bit of rice. And 7 or so baby Brussels sprouts. It took up less than a third of the plate. Whether or not it was worth $28 or not is not the issue. I was hungry, and I was expecting a “substantial” meal and received “modest”. Maybe they could have increased the rice, and made it more of a meal. In contrast to your friend’s “substantial” pork, the entire dish was maybe 1/3 the amount of food. Fortunately, my wife could not eat all of her “modest” mussels. Why didn’t I say something? Politeness and not wanting to ruin the other diners’ meal. That said, everything was delicious, especially the pea hummus. The Carmenere wine was exceptional value. I’ll be back through Roanoke in two years and will try again, but I’ll ask the wait staff about size.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for dining with us recently and over the years as you travel through Roanoke. We also appreciate your positive review. We've informed the chef of your experience with the grouper dish, so we may make the appropriate adjustments. Certainly we don't want anyone leaving hungry after ordering one of our substantials. Thanks again and we look forward to your next visit!

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L
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this restaurant! Food is always great. Sometimes feel a little crowded with how close the tables are, but that’s not something that has ever kept us away!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you so much for your visit and your positive rating. Feel free to request a more private table when making reservations and we will do our best to accommodate. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What a delightful New Year’s Eve price fixe menu and wine pairing! The food was delicious and innovative. There was something for everyone. Our waitress, Beth was friendly and helpful as was the rest of the staff. The wine pairings were great, and they offer some unique cocktails as well. The dining room is a bit loud for conversations when busy. This was not our first visit and won’t be our last! It’s a place to go for consistently good food and service.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thanks so much for joining us on New Year's Eve and providing your positive feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had left very positive reviews on previous occasions and my opinion has not changed. Excellent food
and outstanding service once again. It is our favorite restaurant in the Roanoke Valley. Would recommend to anyone who loves good food and wine. See you again soon

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

We certainly appreciate all your previous reviews and visits to the restaurant. We're so pleased we can be a consistent choice for excellent food and outstanding service. Looking forward to your next visit!

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J
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diane, Brandon, Jonas and others continue to supply a great experience that we make our special occasions location such as this New Year's eve event. Niall and his chef's crew provided a great tasty and wonderfully presented 4 course dinner at a fixed price including a glass of champion and an Amuse to start with. The root bisque was a delicious treat, the short rib I had was melt in your mouth flavorful and I loved the cream puff. Chad I love the Manhattan, appreciate your special attention to beverages as always. Thanks guys and ladies.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your support and kind words. We're so glad you thoroughly enjoyed the New Year's Eve menu. Hope to see you again soon in the New Year!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Would come back for the food. Service was fine. Wind would hit us every time the door would open. That curtain is weird and doesn’t work well

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for dining with us and for providing the feedback. We strive for excellent food and service and we're upset that this is not what you received. If you'd like to provide more information, we will work with our wait staff to learn and improve. Our layout has always been something we've had to work with as we do not own the building and are limited in what we can do. We'll continue to seek other ways to help block the draft. Thanks again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We walked in to a nice welcome and were seated immediately Abraham took good care of us at the table. It was our first visit and he walked us through the menu. Food was fabulous. Ambiance was wonderful.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so much for your visit and your positive rating. We're so glad you enjoyed the fabulous good and Abraham's service. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 29, 2019

Thank you!

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Roots has a great vibe and is truly one of my local favorites! The brunch on Sundays is amazing! Stopping by for a nightcap, having lunch, girl's dinners or date nights you cannot go wrong with Local Roots. Always fresh ingredients, amazing staff and menu draws us in again and again!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 21, 2019

Thank you so much - we're honored to be one of your favorites! Thank you for taking the time to share your rating and experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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LP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Local Roots is our go-to place to take friends from out of town, and for those who appreciate organic/vegan/gluten-free options. Exquisite food preparation, thoughtful service.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 17, 2019

Thank you so much for bringing in your friends from out of town to dine with us and for the positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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g
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the food was also great

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 14, 2019

Thanks so much for joining us and for taking the time to leave your positive review. We pride ourselves on delivering outstanding service and food. We're so glad this was your experience. Hope to see you again soon!

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thought my aunt made the best greens until I tried then at Local Roots. WOW!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 14, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and for the recommendation. We'd love to try your aunt's greens! Hope to see you again soon!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Absolutely love the food. Second time coming and love it even more than the first.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive rating. We hope to see you again for a third visit soon!

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C
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and wonderful wait staff. Very accommodating for food allergies too.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 5, 2019

Thanks so much for your visits and positive review. We're happy we were able to be accommodating to any allergies. We hope to see you again soon!

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed this farm to table restaurant in the Grandin area. Love the larger booth so family/friends can chat easily.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on December 3, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive rating. We're so pleased that the booth was a great place to chat with your friends and family. Feel free to request one when making a reservation and we will do our best to have you there every time. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Excellent unique menu served with a flair. Nice beverage selections too! Thank you!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 29, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for the recommendation! We look forward to seeing you on another visit.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great; food service and atmosphere. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and had great suggestions.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 24, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and for your 5 star review. We hope to see you for another great meal soon!

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JM
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Roots is one of our favorite Roanoke dining establishments. We are regulars.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my absolute favorite place to eat in Roanoke. I make the trip twice a year and my first priority is to get a reservation to Local Roots. The food is always incredible and prepared so well, that I have complete faith that the ever changing menu will not disappoint.

This is definitely the place I look to spoil myself and always order the charcuterie, the unique seasonal entree, and the must-have bread pudding for dessert. A true gem of a restaurant in Roanoke, I look forward to my return trip in June.

The wait staff and bar tenders are always exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Can not recommend this play more.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 19, 2019

Thank you so much for seeking us out on every visit to Roanoke and for taking the time to leave such glowing remarks. We pride ourselves in the ever-changing menu and love that you have full faith that it will be delicious whenever you're in town. Thanks again for the recommendation and we look forward to seeing you back in June!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ever changing menu of interesting and delicious dishes and cocktails; all in a comfortable and visually pleasant setting. The atmosphere can be loud and energetic, so don't go expecting a quiet evening. A great place for a date or dinner with friends.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and wonderful description of your experience and our restaurant. We hope to see you again soon!

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FV
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a farm to table restaurant - locally sourced high-quality foods prepared to consistent high standards. These folks love food and it shows in their meals! Each bite is bursting with flavor. They never disappoint. Vegetarian or omnivore, Local Roots offers up a delicious dining experience.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 16, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We're so glad you appreciate the amount of detail and effort we put into being farm to table. We hope to see you again soon!

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F
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It is a lovely meal. However, our service was a bit slow and we were never offered refills of our drinks.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We apologize that the service was below our standard as any of our servers should be offering to refill any beverage. We'll be sure to remind our front of house staff about this. Hope to see you again soon!

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BN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Says all the right things; local sourcing, farm to table etc, but was disappointed. My hamburger was dry and crumbly, with essentially too much going on to give it a distinguishing flavor. Undersized for price. Rosemary potatoes were excellent. But at $37 for lunch for 2 I expect something more.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thanks for choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to provide feedback. It's unfortunate that your server was unaware or did not offer to ensure your satisfaction. We should have offered to remake the burger (it's one of our most popular items) or replace it with something that you felt was exceptional. We're so sorry and disappointed you did not leave with us exceeding your expectations. We truly hope you give us another chance!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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RW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Roots was amazing. The food was delicious, the price was reasonable, the service was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and can see clearly why they have been a top restaurant in Roanoke for years.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, great service and wonderful ambiance!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening out with family and dinner was great! Well prepared, terrific service and wonderful ambiance. Definitely going back!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 6, 2019

We're so happy your family got to enjoy a great meal with us. Thanks for choosing us and for taking the time to share your comments. Looking forward to your next visit!

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b
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this restaurant with their innovative cuisine and good service. Unique in the
Roanoke Valley food scene. We are regulars but have to make reservation ahead of time
to make sure to secure a table.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on November 5, 2019

Thank you for dining with us regularly and for taking the time to provide your wonderful feedback! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local Roots was a delightful evening including excellent service from Andrea, delicious cocktails and good food. The restaurant was very busy and did get loud at this busy time. We did not have the best of tables but the food did not disappoint. We had one of the best servers that we have had in years.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thanks for dining with us and for sharing your experience. We're lucky to have Andrea on the team. Sorry you did not have a better table on this visit. Please feel free to request a table in the window or a booth when making reservations next time and we will do our best to accommodate. Thanks again - hope to see you soon!

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ES
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in Roanoke.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 30, 2019

So pleased to be one of your favorites! Thanks for the review and we hope to see you again soon!

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VC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very fresh and unique. Our second visit in two days. Would definitely recommend.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thanks for enjoying our food and service over two days! We hope to see you again soon!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We went for the first time for Sunday supper. The service was great but the catfish was underdone and the grits were tasteless and the consistency of paste. My husbands dinner of chuck roast was delicious and I didn't want to ruin evening by complaining on a special evening so I did not send back to kitchen. There needs to be seasoning on table if the chef is going to turn out grits like that and no lemon offered with fish. Truly disappointing

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thanks for trying out our Sunday Supper and for taking the time to share your experience. We are also disappointed that you did not have the perfect night out. Please do not hesitate to inform us if a dish in under-seasoned or not 100% to your satisfaction. We should have eagerly corrected the dish or replaced if we had known. We hope you will give us another opportunity to impress. Thanks again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative dishes with a lot of taste and beautifully plated. Andrea was attentive, knew her dishes and treated us like real guests. Local Roots is a family favorite, and it never disappoints. We liked the Sunday family style salad and sides!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and for taking the time to leave such positive feedback. We're happy you found the food not only delicious, but also creative. We're also happy you enjoyed Andrea's service. We hope to see you for another Sunday Supper or any other time throughout the week. Thanks again!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 22, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We hope to see you again soon!

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Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun flavorful menu in a quaint and charming location.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 19, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive remarks. We so glad you enjoyed the menu and our spot in the Grandin Village. Please come back and see us soon!

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JW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been to Local roots many times, and I’m always blown away with the quality of the food. The wait staff is always good and the food presentation is beautiful. And the food is always unbelievably flavorful

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 19, 2019

Thanks so much for all dining experiences with us and kind words. We hope to continue to blow you away on each future visit!

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Local Roots!

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thanks for the love and for dining with us. Hope to see you again soon!

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L
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic local place in Grandin Village that absolutely understands how to treat customers while offering amazing food.

Local Roots (Virginia) - A Farm to Table Restaurant
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thanks so much for your visit and positive review. We certainly appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you again soon!

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