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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Italian, Spanish, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wed 5pm-10pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Dining: The restaurant can be booked for private events
There is street parking as well as a parking lot at 1320 North Front street which is a close 5 minute walk.
Market Frankford Line; Girard Avenue stop
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Root Restaurant + Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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