Root and Barrel Kitchen

4.4
155 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Southern Inspired Provisions. Focusing on fresh, seasonal, southern ingredients. Fine wine, hand made cocktails, domestic and craft beer.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southern, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
(*Online Reservations are not available for the Lunch shift)
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(828) 369-3663
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ken Naron
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harrison Ave.
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Parking details
We have parking available on Main Street as well as in the back of our building
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
What 155 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Root & Barrel had an interesting variety of foods which was what were looking for. Trout deviled eggs, Caesar salad with capers, filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and season vegetables. Service was good, nice decor, noise was a little above average but no biggie. Cocktails were decent not the best I had. Huge wine selection! Prices absolutely reasonable for the food portion sizes. We Will be back!

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We went there for brunch on Sunday only to discover they no longer serve brunch although it is still listed on their Facebook page. I ordered tomato bisque and the bisque was good but the 1/2 sandwich was soggy. My husband ordered a hamburger with fries and it was also soggy with cold fries. Our friend who ordered trout said that it was good. Both of the guys said that the desert (cheesecake and chess pie) was good but I noticed that the crust on my husband's pie was burned. Franklin needs another good restaurant so we were sorry to see that the food is less than average now. Root and Barrel does not seem to be able to remain consistently good. This has been a problem since they opened. Perhaps they cannot hire and keep a qualified chef.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We love this place!!! We have a home in Franklin and when we come to town it is our favorite. The service is impeccable, atmosphere good for any occasion, and the food is spot on . My adult son ordered his filet minjon “bloody” honestly they made it charred and beautifully rare. Don’t miss this great restaurant, our seafood special was salmon and was equally special. We’ll be back. Thank you Root and Barrel.

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2.0Dined on June 29, 2018

High price for food, no children’s menu. Nothing chocolate on desert menu. Will not be back

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The food was good but the portions too small for the price. About the only restaurant that I have been to that did not offer bread. My entree came with very minimal side items.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing food and staff! We had our 18 month year old son and they were so helpful and accommodating. A gem for anyone in the area on vacation!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This place never lets me down. Best restaurant in the region with great service. Enjoy

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

the quantity of food was too small and the flavor of my husband's food was disappointing. The service was great but we were not impressed with the dinner food

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Wonderful creative dishes, sides and soups - plus amazing burgers!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Had lunch with my wife and cousin. Easy parking, nice booth where we could converse. We had the daily special -- grilled ham & cheese on wheatberry bread and it was exceptional, along with house-made kettle chips. We will definitely go back if in the Franklin area.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a planned Mother's Day dinner that went from four to six people at the last minute. The staff were extremely accommodating. The food was excellent, including satisfying a rather picky 8-yr. old's pallette. Service was great. The meals all arrived at the same time and everyone was happy. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

From the start of the process I wasn’t pleased at all. When I called to confirm and make sure my open table reservation was received the young lady who answered the phone was rude! Very unprofessional! But by the day of our reservation I was sold! The manager called the day of just to make sure everything was set and offer a glass of champagne for the Bride! We arrived and service was great food was outstanding and over all experience was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

The Food is Always Great and the Service is fantastic. Love eating here

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, cooked to perfection! Awesome service from Holly our waitress!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Service was very slow. We were sitting for 15 minutes before our server came to our table. We had reservations and they were not very busy.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

St Patrick’s Day

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Love the atmosphere, service and the pimento cheese appetizer. We return here on every trip up. Thank you Root and Barrel!!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Had the short ribs over mashed potatoes with a demi-glace . Potatoes were cold. sent back to the kitchen. It was returned without the demi-glace. Short ribs were excellent. Wait staff delightful

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s day

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Unfortunately I do not remeber our bartenders name. He was a younger gentelman who said he has worked there awhile. He was fantastic. I asked for a old fashion and kinda told him how I enjoy it, after he listened too me babble about it he said trust me I make a great one! He was correct it was the best old fashioned I've ever had. On top of it we had the dinner feature of crab legs and ribeye. Our food was so tasty and again our bartender paired some red wine nicely for my meal. We were in town for a Tracy Lawrence concert and when we come back through y'all will def be one of our first stops! Thank you!

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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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