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About Root and Barrel Kitchen

Southern Inspired Provisions. Focusing on fresh, seasonal, southern ingredients. Fine wine, hand made cocktails, domestic and craft beer.

77 E. Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Southern, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday & Monday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
(*Online Reservations are not available for the Lunch shift)
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday & Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Brunch: Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Harrison Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 369-3663

Website:
http://www.rootandbarrel.com/

Parking Details:
We have parking available on Main Street as well as in the back of our building

Executive Chef:
Ken Naron

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Root and Barrel Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
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Fit for Foodies (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
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Disabled Access (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s day

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·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first experience at this restaurant since the name (and management?) change some months ago. First I want to say that though I checked "no" to the question whether I'd recommend the place to a friend, I might -- depending on what the friend was looking for.

The service, in my opinion, was only a little better than abysmal. We were seated promptly and given menus; we asked for water and said we'd wait until we decided what to eat before ordering wine. After quite a wait, our server returned and we gave her our order including wine. We ordered the fairly pricy filet, and said clearly "no mashed potatoes". We ordered the mac and cheese instead. After another wait, our server came and apologized that someone elst had picked up our wine but they would repour right away. The wine and the steaks appeared at about the same time, with mounds of mashed potatoes on each plate supporting the filets. The person who brought the steaks (not the person who took our order) offered us the potatoes to keep, suggesting one of the other side items. My wife told her she couldn't stand mashed potatoes on her plate so they went and removed them. The mac and cheese arrived next.

I don't want to belabor this further. Franklin is not a large town, but can easily stand a nice sitdown restaurant. Unfortunately, we probably won't be returning to Root & Barrel for a while. If we see reviews that indicate improvement in the service, we might give it a shot later. The food is good, but pricey; for the price the restaurant should offer more professional service.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere for a quiet dinner. Staff was friendly and eager to please. Food was excellent and plentiful. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Enjoyable experience. Very good coffee. Was never offered any bread...should serve some
bread with the meal. Should have a little specialty to keep people interested!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Service was good, food was okay. Short ribs needed salt and more collard greens, they needed vinegar. We loved the artichoke hearts.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was the 2nd time I’d been to Root & Barrel - we sat at the table for two at the front window which is a nice intimate spot; the night we were there there was a noisy group in the bar area so we were glad to have a quieter area. The food was good with ample portions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

We love Franklin, this was our first time here at Root and Barrel and won’t be the last. The food was on point. Had good beer selection and wine as well. It was little loud in there but was fun. I️ don’t know if they always have someone singing. But don’t let it stop u.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a great secret that needs to be advertised more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

What a find! We were in Franklin NC for a few days one being our 26 th Anniversary. We chose the Root and Barrel because of the menu and location. It was a wonderful night & a great meal. Portions are ample I had the Chicken Breast stuffed with Guda & my husband had the Mahi-mahi which was grilled to perfection. Our waiter was attentive but not hovering which I appreciate. Try this place for an excellent meat& fun time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

A little on the loud side. Had eaten there once before and it was great. The menu was lacking for an evening menu. Perhaps it was just the time of year?

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

It took awhile for our food to be served- but that was of no fault of our waitress. She was on the move and attentive. I noticed that most of the wait-staff was hustling and working hard. The food was very good and the atmosphere was what we were looking for. We were a bit disappointed that the Ribeye is no longer an option but they explained why. The Filet was very good and the Grouper Special was delicious- we will be back when we come to town.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

For starters we had the fried artichokes which now I am craving just writing about them! The prime rib was a generous portion as were the sides. We will be back at least one more time during our visit!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is a great restaurant and the servers make it even better! Wonderful food and Ambiance!

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Had no reservation, when got there..
Plus supposed to have reservations at 9 o'clock,, they stopped food service at 8:30..!!
Said had no record of my reservation..!!..


Next time I'll actually call the place and speak to a person...

So over all was bad experience in general!!!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

1st time here. Great looking place, good food and service was prompt but a little lacking in follow up. , Our server remembered the soup specials but never followed up with us and I guess just assumed that the Leak would be a suitable replacement - it was not. Other than that everything was fine. The sandwiches were outstanding.

I will try them again soon.

Oh, 1 negative - the parking is ridiculous....they need to re stripe the street to allow more cars and retailers should not be allowed to put up "Reserved for such-and-such" (with a threat of towing) and have 4-5 empty spaces in an already parking space lacking town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Seasonal, Healthy, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This restaurant appears to not want male customers.
There are two restrooms, both of which are available to females; however males are prohibited from using one of them.
My Reuben sandwich had only one thin slice of meat.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pork wing appetizer amazing.
Blackened shrimp overloaded with seasonings; tasted like sand plus the shrimp were soft

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good, great service & they even served us early. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We drive almost an hour to dine @ R & B and the food and service are well worth the drive.

Tags: Great Beer, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have had several good meals, a few disappointing, and 1 great - this one achieved the 2nd great. It would have earned 5 stars if they had gotten it right the first time and the server was more considerate. After three of us sent back our salmon because it was literally RAW, it came back PERFECT! The meal was OUTSTANDING! My issue with the service, although decent, we had to track him down for another drink and he didn't bother to give us progress updates on our food. It took a long time for it to return. If he had told us they were recooking the entire meal we would have been less anxious. The fourth person in our party ate slowly in consideration of our plight but he was almost finished when ours arrived. As I write this, I wonder...if three of four have to send back their meal, would it be appropriate to take back the fourth and recook it also so everyone dined together??? That might be a public opinion question. Since I was one of the "waiting" I would vote yes.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The meat and cheese plate was great. The pickled veggies that are served with the plate are outstanding. They should offer it as a side dish. I had the chopped salad. This seemed very fresh but was not a true chopped salad. It was just a simple mixed salad. The fried chicken was moist, the crust was crispy but overall tasteless. The dish had no salt. Also, that evening it was served with collard greens (excellent) and mashed potatoes which were also under seasoned. My husband had the ribeye. It was large but not a prime cut of steak. He said it was seasoned well, he ate only half. We had the chess pie for dessert and were very happy with it. Wine by the glass was very good and reasonably priced. Saw many people order the burger. If I ever visit again, I will try that for my entree.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Root+Barrel is one of our go-to restaurants when we are in Franklin for dinner. Great menu selection, full bar, attentive staff, and just a great restaurant experience. Give them a try!!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

An hour drive but our 4th or 5th time back since our first dinner about 8 months ago, Obviously worth the drive.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Always great food and service. Friendly atmosphere that makes for a wonderful neighborhood gen. Best in Franklin area

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Attentive service, pleasant ambience. We had short ribs with polenta--excellent! -- and mountain trout--average. Wine selections by the glass were very good.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Met my son at the Root and Barrel for dinner along with my husband. I have eaten there is the past and since my son is a vegetarian I knew he could find some healthy choices for his dinner. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Disappointed with new menu. We ate here last year, just after it changed ownership/name. There were healthier options. Now it's catering towards typical southern "fatty" fare. Great location, staff, bar & decor.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

We love the food, service and friendly atmosphere. We try to eat there at least once a week.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 14, 2017

We always enjoy going to the Root and Barrel in Franklin, NC. Nice restaurant and good food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 3, 2017

Love eating at this restaurant! Our waiter was a gem...Casey! My only issue was that we made a reservation and they sat us near the kitchen. Two booths were empty but the receptionist would not let us sit there as some else had made a reservation...the booth remain open even after we were on our way out!?!?

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Fun, Tapas, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on July 2, 2017

Great brunch spot on Sunday morning. Had a really good omelette .. service was also very good.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on July 1, 2017

We enjoyed another nice evening at the Root and Barrel. Always a good experience. Will be returning often.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on July 1, 2017

Root and Barrel is the best full service restaurant in Franklin, NC.
They use locally sourced veggies and other ingredients.
The bar makes great drinks and often has unique house made concoctions.
Always enjoy our meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on June 25, 2017

Our first time here for Sunday Brunch and it was awesome! Great brunch menu Great Service.
If you want a special place to have a great meal in the mountains this is the Best!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on June 24, 2017

As always the food and service were great. We really enjoy Root and Barrel. It is reasonably priced, service is always outstanding and good choices for entrees.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent service. VERY interesting flavor combinations. A little pricy for small town BUT not for quality of food. Every small town needs a place like this.

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·Dined on June 19, 2017

This place is best in town! New menue is crazy good. Chefs burger is off the chart

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food is excellent. The bartender, Matthew makes the best handcrafted cocktails. We love going to the Root and Barrel for an evening meal or Sunday brunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on June 17, 2017

A great restaurant in the heart of downtown Franklin across from the Tartan Museum. Made reservations and got seated in a nice booth across from the bar. Ordered an appetizer of homemade pimento chess dip and fresh bread that was very good. The trout was very good and the desert of the hot chocolate with chocolate gelato was too die for. A problem at a nearby table was politely and the staff was very kind and knowlegable.

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·Dined on May 26, 2017

We had a large party & were accommodated w/o issue. Our server was sufficient. A different server stopped by a couple times & was eager to talk about the menu, what we should definitely try, where items were sourced from, etc. Drink refills were a little slow.
Appetizers were fantastic..try the pickles & the wings (which aren't really wings). Best entree was either shrimp & grits or chefs burger.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to stay for dessert & returned too late in the evening to enjoy after our show. (Despite a server saying we could come back for dessert until 10) Kitchen closes at 9.

Overall a great restaurant tucked away in downtown Franklin. Won't make a special trip for, but if I'm in the area, I'd return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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