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About Permanently Closed - Roots Bistro Gourmand

This restaurant is permanently closed. Rooted in the bistronomic revolution of French Cuisine, RBG, a non-pretentious New American eatery, pays homage to the simplicity of the modest bistro while infusing gastronomic techniques. We are surrounded by pure fresh, close to home ingredients that drive our creative menu. Our love for the art of cooking (and cocktails!) starts with the respect for the process, the ingredients, and the people.
This is your journey...

399 Montauk Hwy.
West Islip, NY 11795
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Gastro Pub, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Closed
Tuesday- Dinner 4pm-9pm
Wednesday Dinner 4pm-9pm
Thursday Dinner 4pm-10pm
Friday Dinner 4 pm-11pm
Saturday Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 4-11pm
Sunday Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 4-11pm

Cross Street:
Parkwood Rd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(631) 587-2844

Website:
http://www.rootsli.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment Thursday 7:30 - 10:30 & Friday 8:00 - 11:30

Catering:
Please allow RBG to cater your next special event. We are looking forward to providing impeccable service, thoughtful menus, and creative ideas. Please contact us.

Public Transit:
We are located at a walkable distance (10 min walk) from the LIRR's Babylon branch.

Executive Chef:
Philippe Corbet & James Orlandi

Private Party Facilities:
Please host your next private party at RBG. We are looking forward to providing impeccable service, thoughtful menus, and creative ideas. Please contact us.

Private Party Contact:
James or Louisa: (855) 904-5678

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Bridal showers, birthday parties, communions, business meetings, etc.

Roots Bistro Gourmand - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (41)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2014

Becoming one of our favorites although delivery was a bit slow and the place can get pretty noisy. Food and choices are outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2014

There are so many wonderful options on this menu! We had the pumpkin pasta with pork belly, the rbg burger, the Thai duck and a few small plates...absolute perfection! The cocktails were delicious (try the Bridgette Bardot) and the beer selection was extensive...offering my favorite: Innis & Gunn. The desserts were scrumptious and inspired by the season. We will be back here ASAP. We are looking forward to trying everything on the menu... At least once!Thank you so much!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2014

Our recent second visit was nowhere near our first. It was restaurant week which may be part of the issue, but still the change from visit to visit was noticeable. Food this time was good at best. Service was unfriendly (funny we had the same waiter as our last visit). Noise was ridiculous. There was actual shouting in the dining room. Don't think we will return, shame because based on our first visit we encouraged two of our kids to have dinner there. Someone needs to do something about the noise level and be more attentive when there are patrons causing a commotion. Overall, very disappointing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2014

Everything here was exceptional. We went for Restaurant Week having heard about this from a relative who has been there. For this week there was a somewhat limited menu, but still it was hard to pick just 2 entrees, appetizers and desserts! Want to go back to try the rest of the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2014

i hate to dine out restaurant week due to the crowds, and didnt realize it was when we made plans with our friends. the service wasnt as doting as usual, but the food was excellent as always. Our drinks were great, as was the meat and cheese platter. One of our favorite restaurants, highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2014

An eclectic menu that will not appeal to everyone. Service was very good, and the atmosphere was vibrant. My wife and I went with another couple, we felt more effort was spent on making a unique menu, and less on choices you would enjoy. It was worth going, but would probably not return soon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2014

We have been to roots before and it never disappoints. There was a special menu for restaurant week. That had something for everyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2014

We were able to enjoy a great meal here during LI Restaurant Week. The service started out a little slow, but was very friendly and accommodating. We were pleasantly surprised to find that they had a live acoustic guitarist performing and he was excellent! Overall our food was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2014

Excellent food and service fresh market choices and quaint atmosphere. Only downfall a musician playing and sound was loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2014

Have been here a few time before and was always very satisfied. Went there on a Wednesday during Restaurant week. They seemed to be understaffed. Food Good service very slow and unattentive. I heard another guest complaning to Waiter about the wait and he responded that It was Restaurant week and that he should come in another time when it was not. When I left I mentioned to the Hostess about the service she said that it was restaurant week. I told her that was wrong anwser. Restaurant week is a chance to bring in new customers in hopes of bringing them back.
If I have never been there before I would never come back.
Sorry

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2014

Tried this place during restaurant week. The bar was small and cozy, though the bartender could have been a bit warmer. The food was good, not incredible. Risotto lollipops were tasty, unusual flavorings. Steak and cow au vin dishes were both executed well. The star here are the hand cut frites, with truffle and parmesan. Service staff got a little overwhelmed with customer volume that evening. We'd go back to try a burger as they looked good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2014

We waited over an hour after seating to have our wine and our first course served. In fact, I had to remind them that we ordered wine or I do not think we would have gotten it. Later, they served the incorrect first course. Once we brought it to their attention, they quickly remedied the situation, however they billed us for the incorrect item, which was more expensive. The food was incredible. For all of the aggravation they put us through I think they should have given something for free, such as a glass of wine, to make up for it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2014

My wife and I were very disappointed. While the ambiance of the restaurant seemed nice, the waitress was inattentive, never bothering to tell us our food was late or coming out or whatever, and all courses seemed as if they covered in a heavy burnt brown sauce, and nearly everything was too salty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2014

This was a restaurant week recommendation from a coworker. The amuse bouche was a corn soup shooter with basil and garlic mustard - actually tasted like mustard soup, no corn or basil. For the appetizer I had the Risotto Lollipops (actually bland fried risotto balls) and supposed butternut squash mole sauce. I wanted the sauce on the side. Well the sauce didn't have a hint of chocolate or kick as I was told by the waitress. Strangely enough it tasted exactly like the maple blood orange glaze that was on my duck entree. The vegetables with the duck breast entree were overcooked and mushy. The first knife they gave me was too dull to slice the duck without sawing it, but that was remedied. Dessert was the only good part of the meal.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2014

We love this place... We've been here several times and will continue to go back. Amazing food...take a bite, put down your fork and savor the flavor kind of a place. Each bite is better than the next and the leftovers the next day are just as delic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2014

My husband and I meet some friends for early dinner on Sunday night. It got to be very crowded and noisey.
My friend and I had a beef dish which we did not like but the others had the chicken and mussels which they enjoyed a lot. We hardly saw our waitress and was disappointed in the service, food took awhile to come out. I think I would try this again during the week.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 31, 2014

...had an off night. The food and service are usually excellent at Roots, however the service was well below par on my last visit. That plus a bottle of wine that wasn't too good made for a less than spectacular dining experience. Though it wasn't great, I will be back because it has been great on so many previous occasions. You should definitely visit this restaurant. I just want to make sure they stay on their toes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2014

We requested a quiet corner for a romantic anniversary dinner and Roots met all our needs. Quite section, great food and service. Wonderful evening

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2014

Awesome food!! Every dish from the Chef selection was delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Well worth a visit. We have already recommended it to friends and will continue to. Great decor andgood lighting too which set the mood nicely. Attention to details was evident all around.
The food was excellent, a well rounded menu have plenty of choice. Lots of enticing cocktail offerings an a decent wine menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2014

Always outstanding! The foi gras is my favotite and I order it every time I go. They always have unusual ingredients that blend together so well. I love this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2014

Wonderful restaurant .Food is very creative. Just a bit noisy.

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 (London)·Dined on October 11, 2014

The food is great! It's my favorite restaurant. I had the foie gras and the duck. The preparation of the foie gras was perfect.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 30, 2014

This is an amazing restaurant!! The diversity uniqueness and originality quality are 5 star. We had the price fix with wine pairing. Everything was simply delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2014

We are early on a Sunday evening. Not crowded, which was just what we wanted as we were meeting friends not seen for a while.
We ordered 8 bar plates………each one was SO tasty! The clams with chorizo sausage is amazing, the oysters were so fresh, mussles small and sweet!
Grilled cheese, beer shrimp, Steak tartar, the frites with truffle oil and parmesan, and the ribs that fell off the bone!! Srevice explained to us the way things were prepared and the sizes so we able to make informed decisions. We will go again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed the chef's tasting 4 course dinner. the flavors were outstanding. We felt like "this must be what it's like to be a judge on any of the food shows on TV. We would definitely go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2014

We had read about this place in the paper and wanted to try for a while. We were not disappointed. Everything, although typically very rich french style was not typical at all. The Charcuterie and Cheeses were generous and delicious. The Duck was exceptional (I believe one of their signature dishes) and the Marinated Steak was just as wonderful. Possibly some of the best Frites I've had in a while. Overall excellent experience and we are looking forward to going back for more as we will intentionally try to lighten our selections.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2014

A great place to celebrate a family member birthday. Something on the menue for everyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2014

Roots never fails to impress. Always enjoy introducing friends to Roots.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2014

we couldnt have a better experience if we had tried. from the the very beginning the bartender jackie couldnt have been more accommodating making us blue cheese stuffed olives for our vodka.
the food and service at dinner was fantastic all 4 of us loved every app we orderd and love our main courses.
a definite go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2014

The menu was very "quirky" and I think that could not make up their minds as to what kind if food they wanted to serve. DON'T get the Rissoto pops they are like bombs w/little taste. The coffee was cold and bitter. Service was good. Not what we expected.
The reviews were good-but we were disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2014

Throughout your dining experience you will find yourself saying "This chef knows what he's doing". Truly creative meals made with attention to detail at every offering. Excellent service and a comfortable atmosphere add to the experience. Not a traditional French bistro, you'll not find a hearty country French fare filled menu. This is a bit more elevated. You'll want to come back to try what you didn't order last time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2014

Great ambiance and decor! And the food? Terrific!! We started with small plates at the bar ... the seasonal pizza and risotto lollipops were delicious and generous. (You could easily enjoy a full meal experience with just the small plates.) For dinner, we had the scallops Reuben and steak frite. The scallops were seared perfectly, and played off well with the Reuben-inspired (house-made) sauerkraut, dressing and strip steak. My wife described the steak frite as "fabulous!" Dessert was the home-made ice-cream trio. I especially enjoyed the chocolate -- wonderful flavor and not overly sweet. A return visit is in order!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2014

Dinner was delicious! First we had two cheeses with toast that were great! I had quail, which was delicious and my husband had skirt steak, which he loved. Overall experience was great, but the food is the best in town.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2014

My wife saw a write up in Newsday and we took a chance on this unknown restaurant...good thing we did. Food was excellent. We tried the chefs tasting menu and each course was outstanding, and quite large for a tasting menu. Was slightly disappointed at the noise level in the dining area. Doors need to be closed between the bar and the tables. Excellent service. Very imaginative dishes. Tomato salad was out of this world. A little light on the martini pour at their price. Great evening, would definitely return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2014

Inventive, creative, imaginative cuisine!! I don't have enough adjectives to describe the wonderful meal we had. The octopus with bone marrow was incredible. The duck was beautifully prepared, with the most delicious sauce. Excellent service, knowledgeable but not pretentious. Nice selection of wines by the glass.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 29, 2014

We went for our anniversary and it was a spectacular evening.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2014

One of the best restaurants in Long Island. Delicious and unique cuisine and friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We especially loved the foix gras and oeuf appetizers. Can't wait to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2014

The cooking is talented and imaginative. The four course tasting menu with wine pairing for $80 is a steal. Better yet, we we told this menu changes daily.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2014

slow to get our wine. menu was not true to website. Disappointed that the lobster item advertised in newsday article was not available even though the article ran just two days prior. my wife and I will not be returning.

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