Roots & Revelry

4.4
279 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A fun, energetic tribute to American cuisine. Our dining room is bustling with high-energy just like our great Magic City. The menu boasts local and seasonal from farms throughout Alabama; the menu is ever changing as we make sure to have the freshest product on hand. Our dishes are fun, playful yet elegant with a feeling of comfort to them.

Roots & Revelry departs from the norm by modernizing fine dining. It’s haute with casual undertones, southern with international influences.
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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John the bartender is Awesome!

MM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Roots and Revelry for my birthday this past Thursday. I had seen the beautiful pictures and ads for this venue at the Sidewalk Film Festival last year and have wanted to go there ever since. The actual space is not as grand as the pictures made it seem and the acoustics were very bright and loud. Our waitress was wonderful and the food was really good. The appetizer we ordered was baked feta which was more marinara than feta, but the focaccia that came with it was so thin and buttery- divine!! We split a Caesar salad which was good and then I had the fish (which was trout that night. ) The skin was crispy and although I am not much of a skin eater, I ate most of it. The fish itself was perfectly cooked and the Hoppin' John under the fish was flavorful and delicious. My husband had the pork and loved it. We split a bread pudding for dessert and it was just enough for us each to feel satisfied. I had a drink before dinner that I can not remember the name of but I think it had "spritz" in the name- elderflower liquor and lavender with bubbles and fruit juice- again, delicious!! I wish there had been more people there for the excitement and people watching, but wonder if it would have REALLY gotten too loud if it had been more full! Overall, it was a lovely evening and a wonderful meal. Now, if we could just figure out to get my husband to quit looking at his phone!

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service (Mary Jane was a fantastic server). Highly recommend this restaurant

V
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

First of all, let me start by saying the food was amazing! We all loved our entrees and for appetizers we were wowed by the pb&j and the Hummus was unusually good. The place has a cool vibe and although it was loud and somewhat small it had a nice ambiance. The noise level was very high but we did have a large party with a Birthday next to us.
The problem was the service was very poor. The manager was great and checked on us more than once but our server was very odd, was not terribly attentive, did not respond quickly when we asked for things and later tried to bring us 2 cocktails at the end to compensate - we had ordered no alcohol, and although i do drink, I had intentionally not ordered a drink and she offered it to my obviously underage son. The meal took over 1.5 hours to come out. I am not sure that was fully under her control obviously, but she never brought us an update until we were visibly frustrated. The night was redeemed by the quality of the food - it really was excellent. I will go back, but if the wait was that long again without any obvious concern from our server then I would not likely return. Hoping this was an unusual night because despite the very poor response time by the waitress and a ridiculously long wait, the food did not disappoint.

BC
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Unique cocktail and beer options. Incredible food. Fun ambiance.

It was the first visit for my wife and I and we plan to come back very soon!

FW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were very impressed with our first visit so we wanted to return. Our 2nd visit was good but wasn't quite up to par with the first.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Service was great. Food was great with a diverse menu. Ambiance was great. Desserts were awesome. Our only issue was we over ordered. The portion sizes of both the appetizers and entrees were larger than expected. The net result was we spent more than we should have on dinner. Next time we’ll share appetizers and maybe even an entree or two.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal from the apps to the Kobe steak. The atmosphere and ambiance were perfect. 5/5, will gladly go back again.

PG
Tallahassee
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Food - good service - high energy. We had a lovely dinner!

JB
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular service. The waiter spent 15 minutes going over the ever changing menu with us. Perfect food and exceptional service!

JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The overall establishment was really nice, but a mix up that drastically delayed our order was not handled in a customer focused manner by our server or the Manager. 4 Tables seated after us all received their meals before us event though we ordered before they were seated. Asked the Server to speak with a Manager and she proceeded to check on other tables before going to get the Manager. Manager spent more time discussing their desire to improve in general instead of addressing our specific issue and providing assurance that he had attempted to confirm what happened and why. We were their for breakfast and the Manager offered a dessert as gesture.

OT
Birmingham
78 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing ambience, delicious food. I sat at the bar. The service was lacking today mainly, because the bartenders were busy. Overall, it was a good experience. I'll be back.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!!!

AB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, food was executed perfectly and very balanced. Wine selection was well thought out, and paired with our meal. One of my best dining experiences in Birmingham. The lamb was expertly prepared and extremely tender, and the PB and J is always a favorite. 10/10 will dine here again.

OT
Birmingham
78 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambience, outstanding service, delicious food.

SS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the perfect place to hangout and talk! Incredible wIt staff and love the ambiance!

MT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the first time my husband and I have been here. We went for brunch and were pleased with the menu. Our server told us of the specials of the day and several recommendations. Our food was beautifully presented and brought to us in a timely manner. It was absolutely delicious, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! We will definitely go back again.

D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a late reservation and were very well taken care of.

MS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was friendly but on the slow end. Drinks arrived after all courses so it may have been a bar issue. Otherwise would definitely return!

MK
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Four of us met at Roots and Revelry for dinner reservations around 730. The PB&J (pork belly, cashew butter, and quince) was the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It was phenomenal. The rest of the meal was delicious as well, but the PB&J will be remembered for years. We also had the lumpia as an appetizer, which were crunchy and flavorful. The dipping sauce was quite tasty. Seared duck was tender and flavorful. The steak was lackluster- no real prominent or strong flavors. I thought it was overall bland. The roasted chicken was similar. I didn’t try the fried pork ribs but was told they were phenomenal. We had the “breakfast for dinner” for dessert. It was the perfect balance of sweet with the sweet cream on the side. The bread pudding was a little too firm on top, as if it had been baked too long.

JG
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food but noisy.

LM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I ordered the roasted duck breast which was a little under cooked for my taste. Also- roasted veggies would have complimented the duck better that grits.

RO
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The bartender Nick was great and very personable and knew a lot about different whiskeys

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was soo poor. we had a reservation at 10:30 and was sat immediately. It took 30 minutes to place our appetizer order and didn’t walk out until 12:15. The table next to us came in 45 min after us and walked out at the same time. I was so disappointed. The food and drinks were good, but I can’t stand bad service.

y
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. I loved the hanger steak. Everything was average. The server was too cool for us and too busy to be attentive. We tried everything.because of the great reviews I read. I ordered appetizers and what they call (bites). A second course, salad and and a greasy egg roll. The tiramisu was a thick unflavored cheesecake. If your looking for a twist on something your familiar with this is your place. The restaurant Devore is beautiful.

HM
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Only reason I’m giving this review 4/5 stars, is because the food service was incredibly slow! It wasn’t even really busy and still took over an hour to receive our food. Everything else was great!

RF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance are great. However, the constant unwanted visitors we had at our table made the aforementioned unenjoyable. My family and I kill 10 of the 12 fruit flies that visited our table. Once you solve the fruit fly problem I could recommend this restaurant.

HB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Interesting atmosphere in an old hotel. Very noisy though, not at all conducive to conversations. Maybe it was the wedding reception next door, but the service was very slow from the bar and the kitchen. When we got our food it was average; nothing outstanding. Our server was very nice and apologetic for the long wait. A one-time experience; we will not return.

p
Memphis
19 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were above excellent. The noise level inside was a little high do we decided to eat out on the terrace which was extremely nice. The weather was perfect. Highly recommend!

MM
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service left something to be desired. We waited over 15 minutes for a glass of wine - not exactly exemplary. Hoping this was just an off day for the server.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Another nice time at an awesome restaurant

PG
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food! Hidden jewel!!

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AH
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous meal with lovely atmosphere and wonderful service! Enjoyed several dinners here on the patio and I'm never disappointed!

TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. The PB&J is very good but filling. I had the flounder on a bed of hoppin john and it was fantastic! My husband had the ribs which were good but not great. The drinks were also good. Nice ambience. Would definitely recommend.

MC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

We arrived at were seated right away as we had a reservation. It was almost 10 minutes before a waiter came to our table. Was not friendly at all, never offered to explain anything. Took our drink order and it was another 10 minutes before they arrived. The service was horrendous, all through our time there. The noise level, well let me say you couldn't really hold a conversation without yelling. This was our first time there and it's a shame because I probably will not be back. You have a beautiful place and the food was good. Our waiter and noise forget it😕

OT
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch with food and drinks, nice patio/balcony ambiance. Definitely going back for dinner!

SS
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Loved the atmosphere. Loved our waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Kameron, was phenomenal! He was attentive and made sure everything went great. The food was superb. The location was incredible! Can’t wait to return soon!

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner for a party of 11. Food portions were very generous. Several had the Crispy pork ribs. Each portion could have served 2 people. I had spiced duck. Again very generous portions. We ordered several appetizers for the group. The only one I didn't care for was their signature PB&J. Too rich and hard to cut up. We would definitely go back again.

IC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We ordered at 6:40 food arrived at the table at 7:30p it was not very hot. We left the manager paid for our meal

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