Trade Root Restaurant & Lounge

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527 reviews
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Southern
Trade Root Restaurant & Lounge at The Whitley, Atlanta Buckhead delights guests with inspired Southern cuisine with a wine cellar brimming with unparalleled premium selections. Executive Chef Marc Suennemann brings exuberance and imagination together with expert cooking techniques and the finest ingredients from across the region to his menus, offering dishes perfectly balanced, fresh and infused with flavor.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Please join us for our annual Easter Day celebration in the Whitley Ballroom. We will be serving our traditional holiday feast complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! Adults are $95++ and Children ages 5-12 are $50++. Children under age 5 are complimentary. 24 Hour cancellation policy.

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EA
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trade Route is not even your above average breakfast buffet. This review is for Sunday brunch service 1:00pm. If you're interested, I previously reviewed The Whitley's Thanksgiving Service, which is what your TR reservation will be for on Holiday days (hint: are there still reservations available???).

Trade Root provides the best service in a sublime diner atmosphere. It in no way resembles the former Ritz-Carlton Cafe, but it is easy to recognize the level of service and oh, the food. The bar has a short menu and may become my new hangout.

Although we were seated for the last hour of "brunch," every item we found on the roomy tables were fresh and fully stocked. We were knocked over at the thoughtful, fresh and healthy selection in front of us. We also notices what was not included: the breadth of starchy, floury, sugary and syrupy carbo-caloric attractions on any other breakfast bar. Yes, there was a small selection of house-backed pasteries and esoteric-and-wonderful jams. The omellette station is also a carving station.

The very BEST thing about this "buffett" is the 7-item short menu of items you order from the server. Ya know the items on other buffets that you crave, but can see they've been sitting too long? No problem at TR, 'cause you order tapas-sized "Buffet Enhancements," starting with superlative, oozing Eggs Benedict. All sooo hot and fresh. Mmmm. See the full menu is within this OT listing.

I made one special request: I learned late that one of our guests was celebrating a multiple-of-five birthday. I phoned the restaurant and asked if they could simply say happy birthday to her, since I know they would cause an Office Space offense upon request. Well, everyone and the F&B manager casually singled her out as they met our group, called her by name, knew it was her 25th and wished her well.
The inclusive price of $49 may eliminate some from this choice, but I recommend that anyone save their STBX money and treat your hungry family to this new gem.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My group was trying to find space for 11 dining at the last minute on a busy night. Fortunately this restaurant was virtually empty and we were seated right away. The nice surprise was how good the food was. My party seemed pleased with their selections. We were too full to try dessert. Prices were somewhat expensive compared to our hometowns, but not too far off for comparative dining options in the area. It’s a hidden gem in a luxury hotel.

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CB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

A shameful offer of nye. TERRIBLE SERVICE COLD FOOD - A COMPLETE RIP OFF

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SW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were there for New Year’s Eve dinner and dance. Had 9:00 pm seating reservation. We were disappointed by the lack of any ambiance that evening. The lights were not dimmed, with no soft music playing. We could have gone to Chic Filet and gotten the same service, with about as much ambiance, and saved $400.

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RC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We did not dine in this restaurant. They used a ballroom this year for Christmas brunch. Last year it was in Trade Root and was quite wonderful. Very special. This year it was just a bit above average. Nice, but kind of the same old thing.

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AM
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today my wife and I decided to try the fare at the Whitley Christmas Brunch. This was our first visit to this hotel since it became a Starwood property and we were a bit apprehensive about how the quality would compare to what we had been used to when this was the Buckhead Ritz. Without a doubt the experience exceeded our expectations. Several things stood out. First the staff could not have been more attentive and pleasant. Second, while the seating was in a large room, the spacing of tables was well done, the noise level of such a large room was quite moderate and the various food stations were nicely arranged. We sampled many of the food stations and every one was well presented and the food very good. A highlight was the desert station where customers could choose from an incredible array of artistically prepared and exceptionally delicious offerings. Kudos to the Director of Banquets, Mr. Clemons and his staff for a providing a great overall experience.

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MG
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

First of all, we did NOT dine @ The Trade Root Restaurant....we dined in one of the banquet rooms...thus this review is NOT about having an experience in The Trade Root Restaurant. We made our reservation for the Christmas dinner @ The Trade Root Restaurant...but they placed us in a large banquet room. Thus, the ambiance was diminished...in my opinion, when placing diner's in a large banquet room...the two-tops should have been placed on one side of the room and the larger "family style" tables on the opposite side. As we felt as though those folks with families (young children) were a bit too festive (clanking dishes & running about the banquet room). Perhaps, place the two-top tables in the actual restaurant...so they can enjoy their Christmas dinner without children running amok. Perhaps, re-think the table placements....

But on the positive note....the cuisine and food table presentation was simply superb....we loved the many choices and all the servings were scrumptious. The table service was "perfect"...very attentive... very pleasant & highly professional.

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OT
Atlanta
63 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We went for Sunday Brunch as a family celebration. The food was good, but not as good as brunches that I had in the past when this hotel was a Ritz Carlton. Overall, it served the purpose but was not memorable, particularly for the price point.

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l
Phoenix
96 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner at Trade Root. Our server Charles was wonderful and friendly. The food was outstanding. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Service was poor and food was horrible

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P
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I great find. The food and service were spectacular. I will definitely recommend this restaurant and I will be visiting again soon.

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G
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Family breakfast

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AC
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch was unexceptional. The food was just ok so it seemed quite expensive for what it was.

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CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Trade Roots, and definitely will be back. At first we felt the weekend brunch was a bit pricey, but by the time we were finished it was worth every penny. Service was impeccable. We will absolutely be back for brunch, and look forward to trying their dinner.

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ED
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The brunch is an overpriced joke. Leftover dry food to choose from. Seriously disappointed and will never eat here again. I will continue to eat at St. Regis' brunch instead!

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great little business lunch. Service was great and all of the sandwiches that the table ordered were timely and delicious.

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M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The place is difficult to find inside the Whitney hotel. It has a good environment, the food was good, the alcoholic drinks and wines pricy, the service was bad. Very slow, inefficient and talkative, too many times trying to see if everything was alright and if we wanted to ask for something else, no need! I don’t think I will return.

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AA
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Slow service, despite the fact that we were the only folks in the main dining room

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went to the Sunday buffet brunch. It was ok, not terrible or great. Most of the food was breakfast type foods (eggs, potatoes, bacon, breakfast pastries), some fruit, cured meats. They also had brisket, more potatoes, and salty broccoli. I wanted to see what the brunch was like. I am unlikely to return. Also, it was $50 per person rather than what I was told over the phone ($35, even though I repeatedly asked if that was the price for the Sunday brunch buffet and not just breakfast).

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The service was quite slow even though the restaurant was not crowded. I ordered a filet (medium) and two coworkers ordered salmon (rare), all which were overcooked. For the $ it should have come out the perfect temperature that we ordered.

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OT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and service was great. I wish they would update Open Table menu because it says brunch is $30 and I was caught off guard when bill came and brunch was $50+.

While I did enjoy the food and exceptional service I wish I had known brunch cost ahead of time.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Noisy jazz trio in dining area. Food was so-so. Heavy hand on smoked dates in salad.

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KE
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately the Whitley is not the Ritz and we were used to this place being part of the Ritz. Bit disappointed. Certainly overpriced in my opinion. Won’t be visiting again.

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RN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After attending the grand opening for Trade Root, I was excited to return for a full dinner experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and willing to assist with recommendations. The menu has a fun remix to the traditional Mediterranean cuisines.

Will definitely return.

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great but the restaurant was empty, we ended up sitting at the bar.

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v
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

food was fine (chicken Caesar), but the service was not good. Waited for 15 mins for a check with my hand in the air the entire time.....

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Hated the new renovation!! Looked at the menu- featuring pizza-and walked out!!! So sad!!!

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f
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The restaurant and bar have been redesigned and nothing of the old Ritz feeling remains. The bar is loud, very bright lighting, and few chairs to sit around with friends. The restaurant now reminds me of a school cafeteria and the menu is sparse in content and looks like a typical Holiday Inn dining room choices. In fact, Holiday Inn might be better.

Hope the new Whitly management team likes the new concept. I think most folks that liked the Ritz will run to the St Regis or the Four Seasons.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Eh. Staff friendly, but small menu —- and if you’ve got Just a few entrees, do them right. I think they’re just biding time here for a bigger name restaurant to move in.

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r
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Bring back the old Chef and menu. Shame on this property for changing the bar and restaurant for the worse. I don’t know what the management company was thinking. They should not have eliminated the Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. Stupid decision.

Also the menu on open table does not match the restaurant. I told this to the management last month and they said they will fix it. It has been a month and there has been no change. Sham on you. It has been a month! No excuses just poor management.

The service however from our waitress was exceptional too bad the menu and food wasn’t good and we will NOT be coming back.

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ED
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

The Cafe at the Ritz Buckhead has changed tremendously. The rich oak classic decor has be changed to a harsh minimalist look. There is no longer the famous Sunday lunch buffet, but a rather ordinary a la carte menu which is very overpriced. I looked at it an walked out. Apparently the hotel is going to receive further renovation and become the Whitley Hotel. It is a sad time for both patrons and wonderful employees alike to see this amazing classic die. Shame on you!

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KP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The only reason I marked lower on ambiance is that there were 3 tables of really loud people who all knew each other and were shouting back and forth.
The food was excellent and we had asked our server to go slowly between the courses and he did. Taste and presentation of the food was excellent. It was expensive for what we ate. But then the next morning breakfast buffet was $75, way overpriced for those who don't eat a lot.

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LM
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

They just open the day before

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

If you are looking for Sunday for Sunday brunch...go elsewhere.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was extraordinary, as always.
Every time we come in we ask the

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OT
Detroit
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our server Amanda was awesome. I wish I could say the same for the food. I had a pasta dish that was very dense and needed something to cut the texture. My wife just had a salad and baked potato. The baked potato was old and had been microwaved to heat it. The menu is very limited and does not offer a very good range of choices. I expected more from a Ritz Carlton.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Overpriced Brunch, Hotel food flavor, not personality, simply an experience I won´t repeat nor recommend. A $80 per person buffet should offer the best possible quality ingredients and a great preparation. Well, unfortunately that was not the case.

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JS
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Attentive service, good food selection, nice presentation

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R
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Ritz Cafe is consistently good. The best meal is Brunch and or breakfast. Dinner has a limited menu, but it is not bad. Cannot compare to breakfast.Service is always good.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an excellent dining experience

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