Root Restaurant + Wine Bar

4.7
289 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Spanish, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday-Wed 5pm-10pm
Thursday-Saturday 5pm-11pm
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Phone number
(215) 515-3452
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Kennedy
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Catering
Private Dining: The restaurant can be booked for private events
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Girard
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Parking details
There is street parking as well as a parking lot at 1320 North Front street which is a close 5 minute walk.
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Public transit
Market Frankford Line; Girard Avenue stop
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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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

What 289 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Always the absolute best!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Don't let the limited/simple menu fool you .. everything is unbelievably delicious .. you won't regret dining there!!!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I took my mom here and we had a great time. The gin-and-tonics were to *die* for, and the food was delicious and filling.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was great. Loved the fried chick peas

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2018

For food the place offers few selection, appetizers small. The selections are well done, but not very many. As one coming from the San Francisco area I was not too impressed with the wine bar, not wide ranging selection and expensive.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Lovely as always ♥️

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Mushroom burger is FANTASTIC. Would love to see more vegetarian/ vegan options on the menu.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

This was my 2nd dining experience at Root. I went for the Joe Beddia pop-up. Food and service were great, and ambiance was cozy as well. I ordered off of the Beddia wine list, and most of the Beddia food items. I ordered 1 Root pasta dish, which was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great meal and great staff -- highly recommend to anyone who is interested in a date night out in Fishtown.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was fantastic! Love the seasonal fare and unexpected flavors.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Good food, great ambiance - it’s a beautifully designed restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Their happy hour is a great deal, and their gin and tonics are phenomenal. Everything we ordered was delicious and our waitress took great care of us.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Root has been a favorite go-to spot of mine since the summer they opened. The food is always delicious and there has recently been some new menu additions that are very tasty and seasonal. Would definitely recommend the chickpeas, crispy potatoes, pan con tomate, meatballs, and gnudi. Recently went for brunch for the first time and that was also delicious! The omelette was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were similar to the crispy potatoes on the dinner menu (one of my favs!). Root’s atmosphere is also one of my favorite restaurant designs- so unique and tasteful! Overall awesome place like all of Greg Root’s restaurants!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great food. Nice ambiance. Excellent service.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

The food was creative and delicious. Our server was professional , friendly and knowledgeable. Our entrees were slightly delayed but not enough to complain about. Nevertheless, the manager apologized by providing an excellent cheese board which completed our meal. We would recommend Root and look forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great dinner spot, welcoming atmosphere and delicious cocktails.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The experience at Root for brunch was pretty good. The menu is really nice and the service was very good and attentive. It was super hot so we are inside and it was fairly cool and pleasant. The food was pretty good, though I would say it wasn’t as fantastic as some of the all star brunch places in Philly (which set a really high bar)! Definitely a solid reliable option inFishtown though. Really a very cute place ambiance-wise. I would say the highlights were the breakfast potatoes and the strawberry buttermilk cake (I seriously might go back just for that...). Yum! The drinks were pricey because they seemed very watered down and weak, yet cost the same as a high end cocktail anywhere else in the city. NOT a spot if you are determined to enjoy several cocktails.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Limited but very good brunch menu in comfortable setting with congenial and attentive service

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We sat at the bar facing the windows, great spot! The bar tender and staff were very friendly and inviting. The food was excellent. Get the chicken liver toast. I want to go back just for that. The chef here really know their stuff. He prawns are good too. Can’t wait to try more options on the menu and their cocktails.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great food and great atmostphere. If you like to people watch on Frankford Avenue, you will surely like this place.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We were there during a street festival so it was insanely noisy. The best thing about our visit was the food. The zeppoele was incredible.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always a fine meal with excellent service! We are looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

After finishing my wife said “everything we ate was really good. There’s nothing I didn’t like.” That about sums it up. Additionally, small plates and tapas gets pretty expensive but portions were more than fair and relatively inexpensive. Great weekday happy hour on food and drinks. Will come back for sure.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great spot, my only complaint is the space. It's just so badly arranged. Fitting in tables that obviously don't fit makes for an uncomfortable experience.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent Food and Service-

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We return to Root restaurant because, in our experience, every unique dish is superb. From the croquetta and ramp and mushroom zeppoli to the fried chickpeas and morel and ricotta toast, we were delighted.
I cannot emphasize enough how masterfully these dishes are created by the chef, we always are impressed. I highly recommend Root, not only for the varied culinary offerings, but also for the creative cocktails and vast wine choices. Once again, well done!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Always amazing food and service! The chick peas are the best thing I ever ate!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Shared a bunch of plates with friends. The kale salad and the cavatelli were great!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great time! Great food! We’ll be back to try the rest!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

As always, the food and service at Root is impeccable. We especially loved the cheese board, the leafy salad with avocado, the warm olives, and the toasts. Beautiful space, sexy nighttime vibe, gloriously fun servers. Also, this is my fave spot for brunch (ricotta pancakes, Turkish eggs).

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Very good food. We shared some small plates for appetizers, and they gave us the happy hour pricing as we arrived just before it ended. For dinner I had an excellent burger. My wife had something that looked quite unusual and tasted great (no idea what it was). For most of the meal the restaurant was extremely noisy as someone a table over was nearly shouting in our direction for an hour. Guess we should have complained. Finally, that party left.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

It was our second time at Root and it was even better then the first time! The food is amazing and the wine selection is top notch. We plan on going again!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

My wife, Danielle, and I had a really nice time. We live in the neighborhood, but this was our first time actually making it out to Root and we loved it. Ariel was a great server, very friendly and great with guiding us through the menu. Happy hour snacks were killer (That buffalo mozz toast was wizardry). Looking forward to coming back and super excited to check out Suraya. The new Beddia spot is super exciting too. Well done. We’ll see you again soon.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Pleasant meal.Delicious food and cocktails!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Overall it was good, I asked how they serve the gin&tonic thought same as in Spain. However not even close to that. My recommendation just have a visit to Spain to see how it is served ;)

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4.0Dined on May 1, 2018

We both ordered a burger. It came with fries. Fries were over salted and the burger was just okay. Expected better as the burger was $15.00.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Very cute restaurant. We went there for brunch, had a great meal

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is a good restaurant with excellent food but what makes it really outstanding is the staff. Amber made our day.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This is the second year in a row we have done Root as a birthday dinner, and neither time did it disappoint. The food is wonderful, the service was very friendly, the cocktails were great, and overall we just had a great time. We'll be back soon.

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