Rootstock Pours + Plates

4.2
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

Below street level in downtown Tallahassee, Rootstock is an intimate, wine-focused escape from the ordinary, inspired by the belief that the best things happen when people come together over good food + drink.



The rootstock is the nutrient-rich part of a plant that when merged with another, sparks new growth to create a heartier, more sustainable variety.



Our dream is to create a place where people come together to break bread over shareable fare, fabulous wine, and artisan cocktails. And by that sharing, discover the best of ourselves – together
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, great dining experience! Well located downtown with updated decor and a speakeasy vibe. Server was very attentive and knowledgeable. We split a number of tapas plates and a charcuterie board between our table and were not disappointed.

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RichardB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

On arrival at 6:30 on a Saturday evening,everything was delightful. We were seated in a booth, which would have made for convenient conversation. Unfortunately, by 7:30, casual conversation among the four of us was impossible. The noise level was so loud one needed to shout just to be heard by the person sitting next to you.

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SharonD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good!

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Tinafl
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Service was great. Food not so great. Although cheese board was good, the scallops were not good at all (except the cabbage they were on was great) - tasted frozen and we’re way too salty - and crab cake was terrible. Loads of filler and weird taste. For comparison, the crab cake at Il Lusso is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience, captain took care of us as we were celebrating a special recognition. Great spirits selection including scotch. As a scotch connoisseur I was actually impressed.
We ordered all of the food as family style and tried 2/3 of the items on the menu. We were very happy with all of them.

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Jeff
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

20% gratuity added automatically with no prior notice and no way to remove it. Food was good but a little salty. Service was just ok at best.

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Experience! We decided to choose this place due to last minute reservations but the choice was amazing! Food was full of flavor! There was a quite large party that was a little noisy, but the manager made us feel comfortable! We will definitely be back!

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Tasty
Central Texas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Parking was a bit of a challenge but it was worth the trouble. The food and service were both above Tallahassee par.

JC
JenniferC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Fried Brie salad plate was disappointing in terms of size. The brie was delicious, but the salad greens were really sparse. I order the salad in order to get my greens for the day, so I expect a larger portion than what basically looked like garnish.

The slow braised shortribs with truffle risotto, on the other hand, was perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent except orders got a little crossed up...

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Tally
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The location is somewhat romantic and mysterious and has alot of potential. We ordered the crab cake appetizer, beet salad and steak to split. Many things went wrong: 1) the wine took too long to get to us (both rounds) 2) the appetizer and entree was brought out together, before the salad. 3) After we finished the meal, the salad was still not there which we canceled. It still showed up on the bill and had to be taken off. The food was OK, but lukewarm in temperature. Also, higher service restaurants will automatically split the meals for people. We had to ask for a second plate. The servers seemed young and inexperienced. Hopefully, with time, they will pull it all together.

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Tom56
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service staff, food, and drinks!
Terrific value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great charcuterie+cheese board and wine list! Nice atmosphere, and something new and different for downtown. Bar looked great for grabbing a drink after work or before a game/event at the civic center.

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JGB1
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s like a secret hidden wine cellar on Adams St with a good selection of Tapas. The Fried Brie salad was a savory delight with caramelized pears, artisan greens, vanilla vinaigrette and honey truffle. Wow! followed by a grilled eggplant pizza with house made pesto, grated Parmesan, oven dried tomatoes on top of a cauliflower crust. The Cauliflower-Crust could've used a liberal olive oil dousing before the pesto was added. Otherwise It was a tinge dry but very flavorful. Impeccable table service and excellent value received. My dining “partner in crime” was simply splendid.

Rootstock Pours + Plates
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you so much for your review and suggestions. We take them all to heart. Hope to see you again very soon!

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ACollins
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I will say I've only been once and it was for the NYE event. For $95.00 they could have at least had dinner rolls for each table! My steak was super salty and the dessert was a complete miss! The salad and beef carpaccio were amazing though!! Overall the service was nice and the restaurant has a nice vibe but if Rootstock does another event there will be a lot to be desired.

Rootstock Pours + Plates
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you very much for your feedback. It's very important to us, and will be shared with our team. Our menu is ever-changing, so please stop by again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Rootstock with friends for NYE and it is such a great venue. The food, spirits, and atmosphere were terrific. I highly recommend rootstock for a date night out or a get together with friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, casual atmosphere.

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QuickLunch
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Never been and will not return. Mentioned a few times my colleague and I have never been and looking for good dinner. Had recommendations and ended up ordering off the menu with various options. One being the marrow canoe. Absolutely nothing in it. Along with some spread for bread, cheese etc. Major disappointment, was not explained well. Was meh food and service that kind of lacked. I think this is a place for the state Gov. folks downtown that want to appear hip and pay a bunch of money for nothing that is presented like it’s something. Pass on this. Lesson learned. Also seated next to a table with 3 suits (men) and one younger professional woman that was so lit and loud I think she was drinking all afternoon into the evening.

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DennisC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place. Great for a date night. Food was awesome. The Old Fashioned is one of the best in town.

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