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Root and Barrel Kitchen, Franklin, NC

Root and Barrel Kitchen

4.6
4.6
357 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Southern Inspired Provisions. Focusing on fresh, seasonal, southern ingredients. Fine wine, hand made cocktails, domestic and craft beer.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 369-3663

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Walter Shepherd

  • Private party facilities

    We have availability for our Private Chef's Table room for 16 or less guests. We also have a back dining room with a projector screen available for up to 55 guests and also the whole restaurant is available for up to 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Hyland: (828) 369-3663

  • Neighborhood

    Franklin

  • Cross street

    Harrison Ave.

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 357 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Good for Groups

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    Great for Lunch

  • Asheville / Western North Carolina

    American

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  1. AT

    AmandaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Food was great but service was absolutely terrible. We had to ask several times for the same thing. Waitress wasn’t very attentive
  2. KH

    KarenH

    Mobile

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very Nice decor and unique menu. Would recommend you try if you are in the area.
  3. EM

    EMfromSC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    We made reservations, expecting a quite, fine dining experience. It was noisy, several customers had their dogs with them, etc. The lobster bisque was not hot, and not good. It may be ok for casual dining but we were expecting fine dining based on the reviews and the requirement for a reservation. Also, there was no option for a petite size meal. there is no way many ladies, children or some seniors to have to get a 14 ounce steak.
  4. D

    Denyce

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and delicious. Portions were good. Our server and rest of the staff were very friendly and efficient. We would come back again.
  5. EO

    EatOutExceptionally

    Western NC

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We frequent here often and Love the new menu and having great specials is awesome. We had the most fantastic Cabernet from a local winery Slanted Window Wines! John and his crew behind the bar and all the servers deserve kudos for being so attentive. We understand that the Slanted Window Winery has their own tasting station with great food nearby in Franklin. We will head there soon since we are always looking for unique and special places especially with great wine!
  6. TW

    ToniW

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great experience. Good ambiance and great food.
  7. JV

    JimmyV

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and service was outstanding. Have been going for year’s and food quality had been declining. The new Chef has restored my faith in Root and Barrel. Will definitely be coming back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    cumpleaños
  9. B

    Buff

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Five stars if the fish hadn’t been overcooked. Mango Chutney was 5+. 😁 Excellent server and bartender.
  10. ES

    EllenS

    Mobile

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect!
  11. MB

    MeredithB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found this restaurant on the Trip Advisor app. We (two couples)were visiting Franklin from Alabama. We started off with the appetizers-Fried mushrooms, pork belly and Brussels sprouts. It was all amazing. We each (couple) shared the Ribeye steak entree. They were cooked to our liking but could have used a little more seasoning. All in all, I would recommend and visit again.
  12. JG

    JohnG

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was top notch. The decor is modern industrial. All the people we encountered were friendly and helpful. We had a very nice experience!
  13. JF

    JonF

    Naples

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Very nice staff, excellent drinks and an overall pleasant experience. My food was prepared properly but my wife’s fish was over cooked….not horribly so but still over cooked. We would certainly return.
  14. c

    chip

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and so was the service. We will be back
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Root and Barrel is the best damn restaurant in Franklin North Carolina. The ambiance and service at this restaurant is unmatched by any other in the area.
  16. l

    lina

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our experience was good. Our chairperson Caleb was very polite, informative and accommodating.The dinner menu offers a diverse selection with the option to do small plates or enter courses. Our party did both. I would like the staff dress more appropriately for such a restaurant. The see a code description on the website is "casual" but the staff had no uniformity or neatness to each person's idea of casual. Would add so much to the dining e,patience if this issue was addressed.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very creative and delicious! Service was polite and friendly. Nice vibe.
  18. F

    Foodwarrior

    Western NC

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Corn chowder was cold and watery consistency. Wait time for food was excessive.
  19. B

    Biggs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Server was amazing. Soul bowl was very filling. Very flavorful.
  20. WW

    WayneW

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The restaurant knew it was our anniversary when I made the reservation on Open Table. I asked that flowers be provided as a surprise for my wife. None were provided. Big disappointment. Nothing was said by the staff. If they do not provide that service, they shouldn’t ask for “special requests“ when I made the reservation and I should have been told at the time so I could have made arrangements to get them myself.
  21. TF

    TimF

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Comfortable booth in main dining area across from bar. Cool vibe and decor. Ceasar salad, pimento burger and shrimp risotto were all excellent. Appetizer rolls with honey butter were amazingly delicious. Server was friendly and knowledgeable about menu. Glad to see a place like this succeeding in Franklin. Will definitely go back!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 ✅️ would definitely recommend! Food was absolutely delicious. Service was helpful & made sure we had every thing we needed. First timer, but will definitely be back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience from the moment we walked in. Waitress was very knowledgeable and honest. Recommended the perfect dishes and desserts. Beautiful restaurant and the ambiance was perfect. Nice place for such a small town. Very impressed and will enjoy visiting Franklin again.
  24. B

    Bcfmarn

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything that we were able to order was excellent. However, at 6:45 on a Tuesday night, the first two entrees that we picked were already sold out! But the serving sizes were so large that the half salad was enough to split as was the salmon entree. Ordering the entree with the $4 split plate charge which gives both folks full side servings is a really nice option. We will definitely be back & would recommend this restaurant to our friends.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great find! We usually have dinner at the casino restaurants when we’re here visiting but they were booked. Root + Barrel had great reviews and the pictures looked amazing. Will be returning on next trip to the area! Great steaks, drinks and desserts! What a beautiful restaurant!
  26. WO

    WilliamO

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    This place has such great potential but it slaps you in the face when the food arrives. Amazing drinks delicious shrimp cocktail and main course of a filet med. rare received medium and the lamb shank both left something to be desired. It was the most o.k food I’ve spent that kind of money on. Could have been great… Hope they turn it around in the kitchen the foh was amazing not so much the back end
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    We made a reservation early in the week for the St Patrick’s Day menu. We were looking forward to the fish and chips or the corned beef and cabbage. However, when we got to the restaurant we were told it’s really busy; sat us at a bar table in front and to top it off, they were out of all the specials. We were extremely disappointed and a little angry. We stayed only because we thought we’d not be able to get in at Caffe Rel. it was our last night in Franklin and we were very disappointed.
  28. DB

    DanicaB

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was wonderful and our waiter was excellent! My daughter and I shared the salmon, highly recommend. My husband ordered the lamb and it was fall off the bone delicious. We were impressed with the ambience and the attentiveness of the wait staff.
  29. W

    Willyferd

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff was excellent, food was very good and ambiance was good. A little overpriced in my opinion, but it's good for a special occasion.
  30. G

    George

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent well presented food with excellent service. Great drink specials…
  31. CH

    CharlesH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and setting. Salmon and Trout were amazing. The Appetizer Pizza was also the best ever!!!
  32. JC

    JeffC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Small Plates and Entrees were wonderful and our server May was excellent as always
  33. R

    Roberto

    Des Moines

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and friendly people
  34. ES

    EdSand

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All four of us had separate Menu items and found them all to be excellent!
  35. JM

    JanM

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good and the service was even better! We will definitely be back!
  36. JC

    JosephC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    They were understaffed and not wearing masks. They were trying hard. We will return
  37. CF

    CathyF

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Such a creative chef! I had the Red Pepper shrimp with risotto, hubby had the salmon, both excellent! I also had the Brussel sprout appetizer which was delicious! Service was wonderful, especially during these times of lack of help. Highly recommend for a more upscale dinner experience in the Franklin area!
  38. CV

    CathyV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was good. Descent selection of beers on draft. The food was okay but a little high priced for what was received. Not a very distinct flavor felt like it all could have used more spices. It was okay.
  39. B

    Bbar

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thé rating would have been 5 stars, if the drinks had been better. The margaritas were not served in a traditional glass, and both people who ordered them said they tasted funny. One did not drink hers. The other mixed drink was said to be not good. The fourth drink was fine, but it’s hard to hurt vodka and tonic. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. Overall we really enjoyed the meal.
  40. JJ

    JJWEsq

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Struggling due to being understaffed but we weren't in a hurry, so it was OK. Enjoyed lunch very much!

FAQs

Root and Barrel Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 369-3663.

Root and Barrel Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 357 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Root and Barrel Kitchen

77 E. Main Street Franklin, NC 28734

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harrison Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Franklin

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Southern, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Walter Shepherd

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (828) 369-3663

  • Private party facilities

    We have availability for our Private Chef's Table room for 16 or less guests. We also have a back dining room with a projector screen available for up to 55 guests and also the whole restaurant is available for up to 200 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Charlie Hyland: (828) 369-3663

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