Roots Restaurant and Bar

4.7
454 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
Fresh, seasonal and local food.
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B
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Not fancy, although expensive. But the food is awesome! Good service too.

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CL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best meal we have had out in a long time - everything the chef prepared was stellar with an explosion of flavor. Definitely will return

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CF
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Showed up early, no problem. Ignored at first, then Andrew did a great job as a waiter. A bit expensive but good food. Not great, but good.

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TO
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal, this time with a large group. That pastrami sandwich is a taste sensation!

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LH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere is always enjoyable, celebrated a birthday and everyone had a great time.

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MW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal(s) enjoyed by our party of 5. Salmon, pork and chicken dishes. All outstanding.

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l
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food

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SC
Los Angeles
161 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous food we are regulars I love the cocktails and the friendly staff and fish is always top notch

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L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s a good place for a celebration or just a relaxing happy hour with good selection.

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C
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt service, attentive server and delicious food.

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SC
Los Angeles
162 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a delicious meal and good service thank you

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AJ
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and atmosphere were fabulous! Can’t beat it in the East Vancouver/Camas area!

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MB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took Mom here for Mother’s Day dinner. She loved it! We all did! Food was excellent. Very attractive restaurant. The only critique I could offer was that due to it being Mother’s Day, the place was very busy, which caused the noise level to go up and the service to slow down.

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CA
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Yes I would recommend, however I was disappointed in the SERVICE this time. I have patronized Roots since the first day it opened (special invite to my then employer) whenever in area, and it has been a very good standby for celebrations with family. However this last time (Mother's Day Sunday 2019), the plates were brought out in this order: Husband and myself (pause aprox 2-3 minutes), mother-in law's husband (pause 5 minutes), Mother-in law! Any waiter worth his salt would have noted HER order (obviously eldest woman at table on Mother's Day) and made sure kitchen presented hers first if there had to be delays in bringing meals. We waited for her meal before we started eating so of course our meals got cold. The food itself was quite good, even if they did not plan enough for people ordering the German pancakes (MIL husband disappointed as is on no salt diet). I sincerely hope that they are not letting their standards slip, because when this occurs in a restaurant, people go elsewhere.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. A little noise coming from a very young child.

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LB
Portland
41 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always delicious. Always have a hard time deciding. The servers are friendly and attentive. Great place to dine!

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c
Hawaii
81 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They could use a little more staffing. Food was creative, using fresh ingredients.

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j
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had dinner, and while it was excellent, The tab for our party of 4, with only one person having wine, and only 2 glasses, was $275. We had the steak, the short ribs and halibut. All very good, as were salads and desserts. We chose the bar area because it's a bit easier to hear on that side. Very pleasant space. Wait staff was friendly, but a bit too attentive, with constant interruptions, asking about refills if drinks we said we'd had enough of. I think I'll stick to lunch and happy hour, when I'm not purposely looking to splurge.

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SC
Los Angeles
162 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely Easter dinner the risotto was out of this world with balsamic glaze and my kids loved all the desserts we ordered always a delicious meal

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r
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place with great service. Food is a little over priced for portion and quality but still a good place to visit. Will be back and do recommend.

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SC
Los Angeles
162 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had amazing salmon and polenta for lunch always my favorite go to place for a wonderful lunch

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a
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

nice, upper class meal. is louder then I would like. steak was excellent. chicken stuffed needed more bacon and cheese

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JF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner. Greg our server pampered us just enough without bothering us too much. The food, ohmygawd, best rib eye steak I've had in a few decades. The duck liver pate, superb! Will definitely be back for the next special occasion.

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ED
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already notified my facebook friends how much MaryRose and I enjoyed our 52nd Anniversary dinner at Root's. Our waitperson was Andy and he provided excellent service. Food was terrific and the Rack of Lamb was done to perfection. You can bet that we will be back in the future. Thanks again for making our 52nd good.

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D
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Please take steps to reduce the noise level. Very annoying.

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l
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and feel. Food is excellent value top 10 steak for sure

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DB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was s little off this time.

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TO
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special- schnitzel- was a delightful cold weather dinner. Had the creme brulee for dessert and it was lovely.

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TV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Happy Hour Menu. Dinner was wonderful. Service was great.

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G
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time coming here for Valentine's Day and well worth it. Asparagus appetizer was fantastic with polenta croutons. Wedge salad was tasty and plentiful and the scallop main course was cooked perfectly and complimented by garlic spinach and mashed potatoes. Highly recommend

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W
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cauliflower soup was delicious. Shared the chicken brie sandwich with a friend. A little dry and more bread than chicken. Fries great. But just would pick something else next time.

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

This restaurant has a lot of memories of my family meeting here, including my late mother. It is our favorite place to celebrate and absolutely worth the splurge.

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WD
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant was is stylish, the booth is comfortable, but the chairs are not very comfortable. There’s a draft that runs through the front of the restaurant. Liked the menu selections. Food flavor is very average, Hey Jack does a better job with flavors and creating an intimate fun dining environment. Before leaving Hey Jack, you can’t wait to return.

The pork chop served was beautiful, but average in taste. Nothing special despite sounding special. Doesn’t vanilla brined sound mouthwatering divinely delicious? Spoiler alert: It was just mediocre and what was disappointing was that it was served very rare. On the plus side: the presentation was elegant and the portions were generous.

The Petrale sole was nicely prepared, not overcooked with a crispy texture. The petrale sole had a standard presentation. I say this because this is how I serve it at home and I have no culinary training. Both the mash potatoes and spinach were over salted.

Service could be tweaked a bit. For one thing, we always appreciate it when servers welcome their customers and introduce themselves. There were gaps of time where we wondered where the server or our food was, but to be noted: everyone serving was polite.

It’s a decent restaurant, but when I take my guests out, I want it to be a memorable dining experience. If I am not plotting my return by dessert, the restaurant may be good, but not good enough to make a loyal patron out of me.

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TO
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love having breakfast at Roots. The German pancake is a great addition to the menu. It can be your main dish- or shared as a dessert after your eggs.

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EM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We made a reservation for Sunday Brunch, but if you get there right around opening you'll be fine. Big groups start showing up after that. The noise got to be a bit much. They've made efforts to curtail it, and we really weren't sure it was the acoustics or the people. Service was awesome. Very friendly. Ate every bite of our Spinach Eggs Benedict. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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JF
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s 65th Birthday. Roots never disappoints - from the liver patté with wildflower honey appetizer to the warm apple crisp dessert, all was delicious.

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SC
Los Angeles
162 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious nice the potatoe leek soup

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SC
Los Angeles
162 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous chicken and biscuit dish always a delicious meal

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DH
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great consistent quality. Rich does a great job.

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