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About Root Restaurant + Wine Bar

ROOT restaurant + wine bar serves a fresh take on Italian, Spanish and American cuisine with fun and approachable wines and cocktails. Set in the heart of the bustling Fishtown neighborhood, ROOT provides service which is inviting, yet relaxed with a strong focus on hospitality. We look forward to serving you and your guests.

1206 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Spanish, American

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wed 5pm-10pm
Thursday-Saturday 5pm-11pm

Cross Street:
Girard

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 515-3452

Website:
http://www.rootrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Private Dining: The restaurant can be booked for private events

Parking Details:
There is street parking as well as a parking lot at 1320 North Front street which is a close 5 minute walk.

Public Transit:
Market Frankford Line; Girard Avenue stop

Executive Chef:
Nick Kennedy

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun 10:00AM - 10:15AM 1:30PM - 1:30PM 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Tue 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Sat 10:00AM - 10:15AM 1:30PM - 1:30PM

Root Restaurant + Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
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Bar Seating (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Tapas (11)
Fun (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Romantic (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
Casual (8)
People Watching (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

We arrived at 5:30 and had a lovely early dinner. Food, service and ambience were superb.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Took my wife here for her birthday, specifically mentioned that, and we were basically ignored the whole night. It was slightly busy but server was barely attentive, people who were seated after us were served their main courses well before us and all we got was a salad and a burger, nothing complicated. My wife went a significant amount of time waiting to get a second drink, which had noticeably less content than the previous drink. The food was decent and they did their best to accommodate my dietary restrictions but it wasn’t good enough to warrant us risking another 20-30 min of our time for dessert or to ever come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was fantastic. The size of the restaurant is teeny tiny, but very cool vibe. Sitting at the bar was a cool experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always enjoy going to Root. Nice ambience, fun to just sit at the bar and the food is good. I only wish they had a few more dinner selections. The menu is limited. I had the burger this time though...and it was excellent! Wait staff is friendly and its not too terribly loud so you can have a conversation across the table.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, People Watching, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Great food. Excellent location in the great neighborhood of fish town. Excellent service!! Highly recommend!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoyed our food,service and it was not too noisy for conversation . It was dark, a challenge for those of us who like to see the food that we eat!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing as always. Great service, high end food, creative dishes. Love it, the kids too.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious food , great service and loved the ambiance!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Always a great experience at Root!

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 (Key West)·Dined on January 27, 2018

8:30 reservation wasn't ready on time, had to wait 20-25 minutes, but owner was very accommodating in making things right. Complimentary meat and cheese board. Great wines, great service, great food. Will return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Organic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food is incredible and unique. The service is great too. I recommend most highly.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I've been to Root twice, and both times have been delicious! Highly recommend the breakfast potatoes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had planned on going out to a wine bar and having a few appetizers and cheeses at a cocktail table. I made a reservation for “bar seating” which I assumed would be a table of some sort in close proximity to the bar. When we arrived, we were seated at the actual bar top, with barely enough room for ourselves, yet alone food. I expressed disappointment and confusion to the hostess. After all, what is the point of making a reservation to sit at the bar? We left a bar stool in between us to place our things and to have some space to eat. 10min later we were asked to move down, I suppose so they could try to squeeze another “reservation” next to us.

I assume the manager realized we were disappointed, because he then came over to tell us how busy it was and that if a table opened up he would let us know. There was a small cocktail table open during almost our entire stay, which also confused me. He then never came back to apologize for not being able to accommodate us.

As for decor, it is dark and modern. The space is small and loud.

We chose Root to try somewhere new and perhaps trendy, but ended up very disappointed overall and unfortunately would not go back! This restaurant is a prime example of why we tend to stick to restaurants in Center City. Although it gave a nice try, it just does not measure up to better establishments. For a “wine bar” I found it to have a less than impressive wine list, as well as only about 4 or 5 cheeses to choose from on the menu. The only accompaniments the cheese comes with is a few slices of bread, honey and about 5 cherries. I also noticed they repurpose ingredients from cocktail garnishes to the cheese accompaniments to their appetizer snacks. The menu is surely lacking in variety. Not at all impressed.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Egg white omelet was fair to average.. no gluten free bread- coffee was excellent

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My first experience at root. The food and service was excellent. The staff was very nice and helpful. The environment was very comfortable and relaxing. Whoever create this setting did a excellent job. They even put candle with dessert for my friend’s birthday. I want to thank the staff for excellent service, food and drinks. I will definitely return to Root.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Small, cozy friendly environment with outstanding service. Appetizers are incredible and the unique menu was a big hit for our group of 8.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I can't say enough about this gem, I'm a frequent customer and always have a great meal

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a lovely dinner at root. Service was friendly and attentive (we chose to sit by the bar - the bar tender was very busy but any time we needed to get his attention, we were able to). Food was simple and well executed - wish there were a few more small plate options (esp something green!) but other than that, the offerings were fine. Nothing wowed us but I don’t think that’s the point. It was simple, good food. For dessert, we had the brown butter cake... apples were a bit too sweet for my taste but the cake was delicious. Was also an easy trip from west philly via trolley/blue line. We’ve had a hard time finding nice places to eat in Philly (that don’t break the bank) so glad to have discovered Root. We’ll definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I continue to be amazed and delighted with my dining experiences at Root. From the moment they greet you and the server explains the evening’s specials to the incredible food offerings and enticing desserts to finish the meal, this restaurant always satisfies and exceeds my expectations. The Hostess always greets us warmly and welcomes us, then servers are friendly, professional and most accommodating. The owner, Greg, always makes an effort to welcome us and asks about the meal. The food is EXCEPTIONAL and the cocktails are as well. From start to finish, the experience is superb.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Had a decent time at Root. Nothing was bad, but nothing stood out. The happy hour deals were pretty good and the charcuterie pairings were great. The meatballs and potatoes were okay...wouldn’t order them again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was superb, wine delicious, service friendly and advice helpful.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a great experience at Root - from the food to the service. Hands down the best restaurant in Fishtown!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Root for brunch and dinner. We have been blown away by the quality of the food on both occasions. The food is seemingly simple, but the quality of the cooking and flavor profiles are outstanding. Great ambiance and decor. Friendly and helpful staff. Not a bad seat. Four of us sat at the corner of the bar on NYE, and we were easily able to communicate. Drinks were excellent as well.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service were impeccable! Highly recommend sharing many options. We were a party of three and split two cheese plates, fried chickpea appetizer and steak tartare. For our two cheese plates we chose a total of four cheeses and two meats. It was the perfect amount. We ended with a shared desert which was a great way to end the bday dinner. Highly recommend coming here for a lovely time with foodie friends!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My family really enjoyed dining on Christmas Eve at Root. The food was eclectic and we enjoyed trying lots of small plates. The restaurant was small and cozy and we really appreciated the low noise level and were able to have a conversation without screaming. We would certainly return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Michael Jay, the Maitre d’ was incredibly gracious. We had a small seating issue and Michael came over to apologize to us and then he sent us 3 of the most delicious small plates on the house. The evening got better and better from there.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food of small plates is always good...great breakfast brunch....but what is really outstanding about this place is the staff...always attentive, and accommodating.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

My friend and I had a lovely dinner, catching up, sharing stories, over drinks, wine, great appetizers, cheeses, salamis, and a main course. Service was excellent and attentive, thoughtful and caring.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We ordered several dishes from appetizers , salads , cheese and meats and entrees and we shared all of them. Every bite of food we tasted was amazing - they were delicately prepared and seasoned and cooked to perfection. The presentation was awesome. It was an experience and I highly recommend this place to all my friends.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Overall a wonderful experience and I would definitely come back! Their snacks, toasts, and cheese plates are divine and next time I am going to bring enough friends to be able to taste all the ones I couldn’t this time around!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I wish I could leave Root more than 5 stars. It was excellent in quality, service and taste. The small bites were delicious and fun for sharing, and the meals were the perfect in taste, and originality. So delicious my mouth is watering just thinking about it. The wine selection was also A++. The service was also super attentive, quick, and friendly.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Outstanding experience all around! Excellent food and service. Great cocktails and ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great spot for Brunch. Egg dishes are different and excellent. Love those Turkish Eggs.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The food here is phenomenal, Fishtown is lucky to have this place. Seats by the large front window are, obviously, very cold so we asked to be moved. This seemed to slightly annoy some staff, but it is what it is. The charcuterie choices are great and we thoroughly enjoyed the Pennsylvania cheeses available. The chicken liver toast is truly one of the best savory things I’ve ever eaten in Philadelphia. We’ve previously only sat at the bar, the young Irish guy is great. Overall, we really enjoy this place and the happy hour is great. We tend to eat early anyway so this works out as it is less crowded before 7. Wish there were some more cocktails (I realize this is a wine place), but I love the Sidecar, especially since it garnered me a blank stare when I ordered one at a local whiskey bar... Nice to have a spot that makes a great version of it. This is a good place for a first date, date night for a busy couple, good to bring coworkers to unwind, etc. I probably wouldn’t bring a child here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is the hidden gem actually it's not really even hidden to Fishtown

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at Root and we had a pleasant experience. Location was great, on the busy Frankford Ave strip, great for people watching! We sat outside ( inside is a-little small and stuffy when the doors are not open ).
Service was punctual, not informative of the menu items but polite( a bit robotic ).
We had 2 apps, 1 entree and 2 glass of wine ($12 a glass ). I understand tapas and how it works but, is this tapas for French people? Not for $80? Come on Root we are not in Ritten House this is Fishtown!!!
Land of the Hipster, gives a-little bit more bang for our buck!!! There was nothing super special that was on the menu that hasn't been done before.
I would be there at least once or week if the prices reflected the area and the portions sizes were a bit more satisfying.
Over all we enjoyed the food, presentation and service.
We most likely will NOT make this a weekly stop,
There are plenty of other restaurants in the area that will gives that "aaahhh now that was worth it!" reaction and not leave us like we were just robbed at gunpoint lol!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Made reservation at Root based on proximity to the Fillmore. Food was underwhelming and service spotty. Not someplace I will return to anytime soon.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Things got off to a slightly rocky start. I called to inform them that I was running late due to a horrendous traffic situation. The person on the phone said, "No problem and thanks for calling us." When I arrived, my table had been given away. There was a little back and forth between the host and I-nothing major-and I was able to find 2 seats at the bar. The meal itself and the service was fine. The portions are on the smallish side and are tapas-style, although there are large plates too. Good wine selection, decent beer list, and very interesting gin and tonic options. The place is cozy, maybe a tad boxy and very dark, but it adds to the ambiance. All in all, I'd recommend this place. Just keep in mind about the serving sizes. I will say that tapas in the US is nothing like it is in Spain. But overall, good spot in Fishtown.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food & cocktail / wine offerings complemented each other very well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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