Root and Barrel Kitchen

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$30 and under
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American
Southern Inspired Provisions. Focusing on fresh, seasonal, southern ingredients. Fine wine, hand made cocktails, domestic and craft beer.
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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a ghost tour and choose the restaurant because of location, but we are going back because of the food, service, and ambiance! A very enjoyable meal.

C
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Root and Barrel before seeing Lonestar at the Smoky Mountain Center of the Performing Arts. It was our first time there. The fried pickles appetizer will be an every time order in the future. Best we ever had!

We had great burgers and were out in plenty of time to get to our show. We will definitely be back

SW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere is great. Entrees and salads very good. Desserts however were WAY overpriced. The size of the dessert for the cost was very inadequate. Also the quality of dessert per the cost was a disappointment. Service was okay but not over and above the norm.

JM
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat on the patio and enjoyed people watching from the table. This is our go-to restaurant when we are in Franklin. Food is always delicious.

p
E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a pleasant dining experience all around. Service was great as well as roast chicken and hamburger. Booth was very comfortable and cozy. Would definitely return.

EO
Miami
75 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal with friendly servers. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the bartender John with his great knowledge and stories. Meeting new folks as well made the dinner fun.

SK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised with our experience at Root & Barrel. After reading several negative reviews I almost cancelled our reservation. Food was very good and our server Jackson was excellent. The bar was very lively and we stayed for after-dinner drinks.

PJ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We were promised a booth, did not get one. Went here because we had heard so much about there trout. It was not on the printed menu even though it was on the online menu. We were told that the menu had been updated but they had not yet updated the online menu. Asst. Mgr. said he would comp part of our meal - never came back to our table and nothing was comped. Will NEVER go back there.

Have a friend who will not eat at any place that has a "Help Wanted" sign in the window. Did not notice that sign until after we dined. Wish I had seen it as we entered - we would have left.

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had reservations at 630. At 8 walked out no food. Poor management. Out of lots of food on the menu. May not ever go back.

L
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were lucky enough to score the table for two at the front window. We had a great view and quiet conversation. It was perfect for us. The Hostess was great. She kept our water glasses filled. Our waiter, Jackson, did a terrific job. He was one busy guy covering the patio, our table and other tables in the restaurant. As busy as he was he happily made recommendations and took great care of us. One definitely should make reservations!

CS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely slow, waited over an hour for dinner to arrive
The chicken dish had no chicken just a lot of fried bacon and you get
5 micro slices not a whole chicken breast.
Was not impressed with the food r the service.
Restaurant itself was quite nice.

SK
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good but the service was very slow because one of the orders was brought out to table incorrect and the had to make the correct one. No compensation was offered because of the long wate

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussel sprouts appetizer was so flavorful! Goat cheese paired with crispy bacon and a balsamic glaze,.... you can never go wrong!!❤️

A
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The Salmon was over cooked. Onion soup had had toooo much rosemary and other spices. Brussel sprouts were soake with too much basaltic vinegar and goat cheese. Caesar salad was pitaful. The prices were a bit high for the quality of food. Chef used toooooo much salt. This was first time back after the initial opening. Will not be back.

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We have been to the restaurant five times since coming back to Franklin on May 24. Two of the five times were terrible.

Today was one of those times. Today it took 50 minutes to get our breakfast. We watched as a table of six who was sat after us get their food and leave before we ever saw any food. With tons of apologizing and hearing it’s the server’s issue or the manager’s issue or the kitchen’s issue, we were discounted ONLY 10%. There was no offer for free Mamosa or Bloody Mary drinks. Comping us a measly 10% was hardly worth “adjusting” our bills.

There aren’t many great restaurants we would be proud to take close friends and guests. Enduring a bad experience 40% of the time, we have to take Root and Barrel off of our list!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been several times. Food is great!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice server. The food was excellent! Loved the side as well! Great find in downtown Franklin!!

KO
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal. Food and service were top notch.

OT
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 4

We were extremely disappointed. We sat over 90 minutes before we got our dinner even thought the restaurant did not seem to be overly crowded. Three out of the four of us had cold meals. We were at the restaurant two times earlier over the last two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed the value, the food, and the service. Our third trip was very bad.
Neither Scott or Jeff were onsite to accept our grievances but Angela, our server, tried her best.

JL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. The service is excellent. Sweetest waiters/waitresses ever. Very nice comfortable atmosphere. This is one of the best places in town!

HM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fixed perfect, but not too big of portions. Steak and salmon fixed perfect. Drinks were tasty and timely.

AS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

I will never go back! We were a party of 12. All except 1 meal was either cold or burnt. They we out of a lot of things. One in our party tried to order three times before he was able to order something they had. The appetizer was also burnt.

MT
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately I will not recommend this establishment to a friend. We made reservations for 7:15pm, and were seated by 7:15pm, we did not see a server until 7:30pm, we did not see our food until 8:45pm. We were very patient, the manager stopped by and said there was a backup in the kitchen and there would be a delay in getting our food. They should have told us this before we ordered, so we could decide if we wanted to stay or not. When our food finally arrived, the burger was at best room temperature and dry. The pork tips were so hard, the fork couldn't penetrate through the burnt layer. I really wanted to like this place but the only compensation received was when I noted the two unedible dishes. Server was good, but would disappear and not return for 10+ minutes. If you do visit this establishment, good luck. Maybe you will hit it on a good day.

I will say, they make the strongest drinks ever, well worth the price haha. A splash of coke with a glass full of crown, wooh.

EO
Miami
75 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service . Hard to find a casual yet food fabulous menu anywhere near what this restaurant provides. We have tried many restaurants in Western NC and Root and Barrel is worth’s the drive if you don’t live in Franklin proper. We see the owner and family on many occasions and they treat us as if we were best friends and valued customer every time. The staff like John at the bar are all special. If you haven’t tried this place then spoil yourself!!!

P
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience for a group of 8 on Mother’s Day! Not our first experience and definitely not our last!

B
E. Tennessee
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious. The wait staff seemed to be busy but the restaurant was not. lol Loud tv out on the patio area. But again, good food.

FC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here after my nephew graduated from college and it was wonderful! Everybody in our party cleaned their plates. It was so good, and we all said that we would definitely be back!

j
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are traveling through town and had an amazing dinner here. I had the trout and my husband had the salmon and our plates could compete with any restaurant in all the major cities we have traveled too. Keep up the good work. Great to see a place like this in a small town!

PC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

While the food and servicewas excelkent , the actual time spent waiting on our meal was close to an hour with only one other party present. Incredibly embarrassed as we had out of town family with us. Having said all that, we will try another night after several weeks have passed. Hopefully kitchen times will have improved.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday brunch

B
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaxson was an exceptional server, food was on point as usual. Never disappointed with a meal here. Looking forward to Easter Brunch!

S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It took our server over 10 minutes to greet us and another 10 minutes before we had our drinks. Bread was brought to the table after the salad course and there were only 2 pieces for 2 people. My husband's order was completely wrong. They did offer to cut the price. All in all, it was disappointing. We have eaten here many times, but this was, by far, the worst service.

C
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pricey for the Franklin area, but very nice atmosphere and service. Food is good but not spectacular for the price.

TE
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife ordered a meat tray ( an appetizer) as the meal. They did not remove the outer casing prior to plating -- very wrong. I ordered their special and was happy!

The drinks were spot on, the menu was excellent as for selections. I definitely will return to this restaurant when visiting Franklin NC as I live in Murphy.

HM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was cooked perfect and was very tasty, bread was very good and drinks were not weak. Nice place to eat.

R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Valentine’s Day for special occasion. Fixed menu. Had three appetizer options, out of one at 7:00! No bread offered or received. No salad offered or received. Lobster tails very small and served over gummy risotto. Osso Buco served over a very large bowl of cannelloni beans! Zero presentation! Bottle of $30 wine. Extremely disappointing meal for $150! We would never go back here.

CR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice to have an upscale restaurant in Franklin. It is one of the main things lacking in a small town.

CV
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful and artfully prepared. Service was slow. My glass of wine sat up at the bar for 10 minutes. My husband finally went up and got it himself. Server seem disinterested. We will give it another try based on the excellent quality of the meal.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, especially for the area! Scott (the manager), brings his experience from a Michelin two-star restaurant in Chicago, and it really shows.

We have eaten here twice. Both times the servers were excellent, with very good knowledge of the menu and just the right level of attentiveness. The food was almost perfect, and the staff has a good handle on food allergies.

We will be back!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food overpriced and not that good. Was just okay. Booths are very uncomfortable for sitting. Prices a bit high for area, quality and portion size.