Roots The Restaurant

4.6
514 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Roots" mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients. Vermont offers an agricultural bounty of flavorful produce, meat, dairy and other food products that are staples of the Roots menu. Chef Donald Billings is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown ingredients, including organic crops and humanely raised, pasture fed livestock. Chef Billings and Roots are proud to partner with local providers Boardman Hill Farm, Hathaway Farm, Woods Market, Blue Ledge Farm, Baba Louis Bakery and other smaller scale produce, dairy and maple syrup providers. Visit us at 51 Wales Street in downtown Rutland and enjoy a delicious, wholesome local meal made from the freshest Vermont products.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect experience. Delicious and interesting food, excellent and attentive service, nice quiet ambiance.

Very attentive and responsive to dietary restrictions related to food allergies.

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SS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Roots several times over the last couple of years and suggested Roots as a meeting place form some out of town friends for lunch. We enjoyed our meals and I really like the new location as it now overlooks a nice courtyard area instead of the street. Meal options are nicely balanced, properly portioned, and plenty of tasty and healthy options. Everyone in our group left happy.

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KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding. The dishes we beautiful and tasted fabulous. This is high quality dining at a reasonable price.

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I
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable evening - restaurant was rather quiet and our waiter put no pressure on us to chat less, eat more :) he was great. Food was delicious . Highly recommend.

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SS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Music is too loud and it is difficult to enjoy conversation. Foo was excellent. Thanks but I probably will not join you again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food
Excellent service
Too noisy

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had Brooke as our server. She made the evening extra enjoyable! The food was amazing. We started with the cheese board which we were surprised was a generous amount of cheese & extras. I had the duck breast which was perfectly prepared. My husband had the Maple Pork also delicious. The wine selection is impressive & we were surprised very reasonable in price. We had trouble finding it but a call to the restaurant had the person give us detailed directions and the gem of a restaurant was found! We will be back for sure!

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food!! Excellent Service!! I recommend Roots to folks all the time.

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new space is great and the food and service was excellent. Appetizer portion size should have been a bit larger. 5 shimp for $15 bucks seems a little steep but that’s my only complaint. Other than that all was great!

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants - love the new location. I also frequent The Bakery owned by the same chef - amazing soups every day and delicious baked good. Staff at both locations is very friendly and knowledgeable on how the food is prepared, ingredients, and wine pairings. Highly recommend!

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MM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice new setting. Excellent food and great service. A little expensive. Great cocktails

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WG
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the most innovative and delicious restaurant I have eaten at in Vermont.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance of the new location makes you feel like you are in a hip restaurant in the city. We happened to be there on the night that Tyler Florence was doing a show which made it extra special. Serving sizes were ample and the mushroom puff appetizer was one of the best things I have ever ordered at a restaurant. Love to have this gem of a restaurant in our town.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son for a special 7th birthday dinner. The meal was AMAZING. Great local food expertly prepared. Atmosphere was cozy and the waterfall was a big hit with the child. Staff was awesome and made my son feel like a million bucks.

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Rutland. The new space is great. I love it!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is impeccable. Cocktails delicious. Service is excellent. Love Roots.

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TK
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I usually do not respond to these requests, however, my wife & I really enjoyed our dinner at Roots. The menu was interesting, with an excellent range of choices, and the food was well prepared and presented. We were also impressed by the wine list, which, while not extensive, included selections from many regions/countries and some varietals not generally seen, particularly in a relatively small, independent restaurant. Finally, the service was outstanding.

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BR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place to see your friends

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AD
New England
73 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not being local it has been years since we last visited. The new location is larger but the colors and layout is familiar. We enjoyed our dinners, the options and the server - all were excellent. We’ve recommended finding an excuse to stop in Rutland to others and will continue.

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FF
New England
55 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We love Roots. We think the kitchen is top of the line and the menu varied and interesting. The welcome and the service amazing each and every time. However, the move to larger quarters and the ability to share the goodness with more people has created a noise level that can be uncomfortable, especially at tables away from the windows. Perhaps some fabric panels along the walls and/or ceiling would help. It's a great space, but really "alive". Did I say "we love Roots"?

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F
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent local food and excellent, personable and relatable waitstaff. Very versatile and awesome new place! Thank you

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TV
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Wonderful experience for Valentine's Day 💖

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

The food was creative and fresh. I was visiting Rutland from out of town and went for lunch. It was so good I returned the next night for dinner. Everything was delicious.

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

Great food, bit expensive for the small amounts you get though

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RL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good. However, I don't like eating my meal out of a bowl unless I'm having pasta, stew or soup. Very expensive. Incredibly loud in the restaurant

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MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location. The design is beautiful. It is wonderful having a “mud room” entry to the restaurant during our cold dreary winter months. With the dinning space being open, the cold air does not intrude into the area. The food was amazing as always.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had an outstanding meal and a one-of-a- kind experience at Roots! They use fresh ingredients, have a top notch staff and the new location is beautifully designed. We really admired the water feature they installed. And, the beautifully lit sapphire blue bar and the collection of objects on the wall just speak to you.

Great dining experience! We wish Roots team continued culinary success!

Kara and Jesse
Bedminster, NJ

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great lunch. The menu has a nice selection to include vegan and gluten-free items if you are looking for that. The BBQ sandwich was pretty awesome.

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HC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff who take an interest in the clientele and the food is outstanding. The local flavor of the food and beverages are wonderful.

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n
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant but no accoustic absorb. Loudness in bar are comes accross clearly at restaurant tables

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the new space!

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

The service, from the host that greeted us to each and every server, was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the atmosphere upbeat in a subdued and pleasant way.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have nothing but good things to say about my recent trip to Roots. The food and wine were outstanding, and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

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PB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very fresh and delicious. Drinks are awesome. All staff extremely friendly. Our favorite Vermont restaurant!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly nice evening. They sat us early and we really enjoyed the entire dinner. The apps and meals were fantastic! The desert was just OK, but the serving was large. Nice tap list too.

The entire family really enjoyed this restaurant. We will be back for sure. The server was very nice as well!!

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Will highly recommend. The drinks were top quality and creative. The food was perfect in taste, quantity and quality. The restaurant prides itself on local sources of ingredients and it shows in the taste and also the up best service and excitement of the staff.

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

Our reservations were for 6pm on a Wednesday. There are many tables in a straight row and only one couple sitting across from one another in the middle of the section. The waiter wanted us to sit in the table right next to them (about a foot away) and I requested to be at least one table away from the only couple in the restaurant.... So we got to enjoy a table directly across from the loud kitchen. No idea why they don't have a swinging door? Waitress was lovely, food amazing, but we only decided to get an appetizer and cocktail due to the experience we currently were having and to top it off the lighting above the row of tables was excruciatingly painfully bright. Felt like we were interrogating each other. We were out celebrating and this is not how we wanted to spend our evening. We love this new location, but we're going to have to enjoy the bar, high tops or booths. Think we'll give it another shot in the summer.

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S
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New location is great. Looking forward to warmer weather so can sit outdoors. Food always special!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Roots is either excellent or a bit bland. I have not had many bland meals thankfully.

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r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Staff is great. Food, quite frankly is hit or miss. (My most recent meal was a steak special that was very fatty, chewy and expensive). The space is attractive and roomy. Unfortunately, when they are busy, it is so loud it's difficult to have a normal conversation with your table mates. They really need to install some soundproofing on the ceiling and/or walls.

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