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Root

4.3
720 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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About

Revitalized - Revamped - Rebooted!
Located in New Orleans' historic Lower Garden District, Root is a Modern American restaurant focused on traditional flavors and techniques. Chef Phillip Lopez is the culinary force behind Root's progressive flavors, forging new ideas in food preparation, techniques, textures, and service. His passion for the art of the meal fuels his fascination with food creativity. Root is the chef's story, each dish approached with ingenuity, conviction and soulful sourcing of the highest quality ingredients to produce sharp, clean, and bright flavors. Serious yet playful, Root offers the "WOW" factor with Chef Phillip's own spins on classic favorites, always maintaining a respecting for the flavors of the food. Our mantra: Eat. Here. Now.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner

Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm-10pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm-11pm
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Phone number
(504) 309-7800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Phillip Lopez
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Catering
Rebel Restaurant Group Catering will create menus and prepare dishes, to order. Please send all inquiries to events@rebelrestaurantgroup.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Felicity Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in this great City of excellent dining experiences. The food is always interesting and delicious; the wait staff is knowledgeable and just attentive enough to make the time enjoyable. The charcuterie board is always a treat filled with exceptional and unusual treats. Wonderfully consistent.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Place was empty on a Saturday night. That should have been a warning for us. Backless stools at the tables, freezing blowing air in dining room. They said they could not adjust temp. We decided to move to a table outside.
Drinks were good, wine very expensive for a small glass. Steak came out raw and fatty. They had excuses for that.
Duck bun was gross. Bread was stale.
Chick pea dish and grits and crawfish were good.
Waitress was chatty but strange.
Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Save your time and money. There are so many better choices.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2017

I had high expectations from the reviews and I was left completely underwhelmed. I will not dine here again.

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1.0Dined on April 27, 2017

Stay away!!! We finally walked out. Poor service. Not friendly. Waited 40 minutes for a cheese platter which never came because the waitress forgot to write it down. when we spoke up we where treated rudely by the MANAGER. You can do far better. Worst experience we have ever had dinning in NOLA.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

waitress was super nice and knowledgeable. the service was extremely slow. food was awesome, except the beef/oyster tartare. we loved the crawfish and grits, and the face bacon was very good.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Kind of pricy, but incredible food prepared very creatively. Definitely a unique experience. I would go again

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Root is one of my favorites in New Orleans. Chef Lopez has put together an outstanding menu and the cocktails are sublime. ❤️

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Delightfully delicious, as always! First time at new location and not disappointed. Wonderful, warm staff...amazing charcuterie and cocktails...always worth the price, though more reasonably-priced wines by the glass would be appreciated.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We dined there a year ago . The food was amazing then . This food experience was aweful and we will never do back !

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

I had a pleasant experience eating upstairs on the balcony. The waitress was very amicable and explained everything served to us. I wasn't too impressed with the food, but it wasn't bad.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Fantastic experience ate outside on the balcony. Waitress was very helpful and explained each item on the menu. Was an outstanding tasty tapas/appetizer feel. Each with great unique flavors. Yum

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Relaxed atmosphere, attentive staff, authentic menu presentation.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Amazing experience. Very creative and thoughtful menu.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

OMG! We've never had more fun or enjoyed better food and drinks. Truly great place! The sample plates were delicious and unique. Unbelievable service. Drinks were out of this world, Do not miss this place. Best in NOLA!

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2017

The food was good, but the service was very odd. We enjoyed our time, but will not be returning. Sometimes I just want to eat my food without being best friends with the waitress.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2017

What a great place. Presentation was fantastic and not just for show. Food was delicious. You have to get the charcuterie and cheese. They make their own meats. It's crazy good! I usually skip the reviews but this place blew me away. This is how you have a fun night and eat at the same time.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Uncomfortable seating. Wine was very overpriced. Food was pretty good. Awkward service from odd waitress who went on and on describing the food.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2017

Horrible, awkward service. I think our waitress was on cocaine.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Amazing food and staff. Very friendly. Loved it. Will be back.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2016

My girlfriend and I went to Root the night before my birthday to celebrate and eat a fancy meal out of town. Brittany was a very helpful and personable server. She explained every dish in great detail. I loved the experience of getting a drink and a charcuterie plate to start and just continuing to order small plates until we're full. We probably took 15 minutes to establish a plan for what order we would get everything. I LAUGHED at how good the Leonard Cohen was. The Sundae was divine too. Thanks for helping me ring in the new year and my 25 birthday. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

I went for a date with my partner and we had an absolutely amazing time. We started with the cheese plate and wine and it was so well paired and wonderfully explained. Our waiter was top notch. For dessert we had the sundae and it was to die for! I highly recommend this place!

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Uncomfortable seating.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2016

Fabulous space, attentive service & delicious/beautiful food! Low key vibe w/high quality food.

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1.0Dined on September 27, 2016

Appetizer was good. All main courses at the table (soft shell crab, pork chops) and the accompanying cooked vegetables were served cold. Pork chops had a lot of fat which if properly cooked would have been rendered, but they were not even fully cooked. Serving them cold made the situation even worse. I will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone, quite the contrary.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2016

With friends meeting after 45 years; found "Root" online and it did not disappoint. Had the charcuterie/cheese board = excellent selections, presentation, tastes; duck sticky bun and pickled peach salad also good with unexpected inventive attention to fresh food. Friends also had soft shell crab and beef/oyster dish and said they were excellent. Waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. Drinks are expensive. And they don't serve coffee??!!??

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2.0Dined on August 19, 2016

Didn't realize that when they moved from the Warehouse District to above Square Root that they'd changed everything. Food was decent but over priced. Disappointing overall. Miss the old Root

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Honestly a disaster. The restaurant was not busy when we arrived. The server could not have been nicer but the food was way over rated and not memorable at all. By the time we ordered entrees around 8:30 on a Friday night the kitchen had run out of selections. What we were able to order was so slow the server was buying us rounds of drinks.
I am not usually this harsh as I travel a good deal and am usually forgiving but this is one I will not try again

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2016

It was my best friend's 28th birthday and girls weekend in New Orleans. The staff was rude, distant, had attitude, and took forever. There were only three other tables at the restaurant.. This should have been our red flag. They knew it was her birthday because my friend who wasn't there had bought champagne and the waiter brought it to the table. The food was terrible and my friend's steak was supposed to be medium rare and ended up being red. She sent it back and the waiter gave her so much grief. I even saw another waiter death glare us. We spent way too much money on a terrible meal with terrible staff and I would recommend any other place in New Orleans but this place.

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2016

It's unfortunate that I have to write this review but I feel that I have to. My husband and I went to Root for the first time about a year ago. The food was phenomenal, mind blowing. The service was even better. We couldn't wait to go back. We've to every 5 star restaurant in the city and this was one of our favorites. So, we decided to take my mother and some business associates for what we thought would be an equally amazing experience. Dinner was to be at the new location which we were excited to see. When we walked in with our party of 6, we were shocked to see the tiny bar stool table set for us. It was hardly enough for 4 people so we requested more room which still was very right and uncomfortable. To make matters worse, I'd say that aside from the cheese board, every single meal was mediocre at best. NOTHING like our first experience and after our second experience, I was actually embarrassed. Whoever was in charge of the changes that took place made a huge mistake. I will never recommend Root again and I feel terrible about it.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2016

We were a group of three tourists who came in for an early dinner on a local friend's recommendation. We made a reservation for 5:30 Saturday night and got seated right away. The waitstaff explained the menu thoroughly before we ordered as well as when they brought our dishes to the table. We opted for the snack board, pickled shrimp and deviled eggs, and the half and half charcuterie board. It was a nice selection of everything. Snack board had lots of interesting inventive things. Root is the tapas style menu and Square Root is the prix fixe menu.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2016

Great charcuterie and cheese board. Cocktails were solid and it was a fun atmosphere. Perfect for cocktails and upscale bar fare...

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2016

Chef Lopez is a culinary genius. Everything you could want in your dining experience, great location, friendly knowledgeable staff and beautifully plated amazingly delicious food.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2016

We didn't try the large plates, but the appetizers and small plates were creative, and the service friendly. Highly recommend the appetizer sampler! Perfect if you're looking for something special but still just a quick cab rice from the touristy Quarter--I'd send any of my friends here.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

The cheese board was terrific, and the salads were excellent. Didn't have any entrees. Wine was a bit pricey.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2016

The food was great, and our server was friendly and accommodating. The hostess, however, was rude. Root needs to reconsider having her be the first face customers see if she is regularly that condescending.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2016

Consistently good food. Service is always top notch, helpful without being intrusive. Root provides the "foodie" experience without being too over the top.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Was there a couple of years ago on an earlier visit to NOLA and loved it so went a 2nd time in a few day visit. Wasn't wowed as much this time but still enjoyed it.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2016

The closest we've been to a gastro-pub, we appreciate the intensity and delicacy of the offerings. We had the Grande Charcuterie tray ($85) to start, which was heaven for this paleo-dieter. We were disappointed they no longer had the terrarium on the menu but the faux gras lollipop didn't disappoint. Overall it loses stars for this Sunday evening 7PM dinner (Mother's Day) for being poorly staffed for this price point. Comparable meals at similar establishments feature attentive staff refilling water, answering questions, up-selling menu items and in our case, keeping the pint glasses full. They were clearly short staffed. But the innovative cuisine is well worth the adventure.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

overall food was excellent although felt the waiter could have explained the dishes in a bit more detail, like some of the entrees were clearly meant to be shared. the cheese/meat boards are wonderful but overpriced.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2016

My friend and I went to Root after it was recommended to us by a friend who travels often. We followed his advice to the detail and ordered all the charcuterie and also the foie gras. For drinks we ordered off of their cocktail menu, our drinks were lovely, light on the palate, and didn't shy from the booze. Lauren, our bartender, was so kind and attentive... the perfect balance of service and friendship!

The foilly pop, foie torchon coated in pop rocks and wrapped in foie gras cotton candy was the most exciting amuse bouche I have ever had. When the charcuterie board arrived, it was hand delivered by Michael, the Sous Chef of ROOT who creates and cures all of their meats in house. Hats off to Michael. The charcuterie were varied in meat and in concept and all of the accoutrements were perfectly paired. My friend and I both agreed that this is hands down the best charcuterie we have had in the states. Do yourself a favor and check out Root!

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