Roots The Restaurant

4.6
494 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Wonderful experience for Valentine's Day 💖

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AR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 10, 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 7, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 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 24, 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 17, 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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TP
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! Rutland is lucky to have this gem in our town.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for girls night. Took a while for us to order (we were talking instead of looking at the menu) and not once did we feel rushed.
The place is amazing from start to finish. If you have not been, your missing out.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The meal itself was nice - however, the service (though friendly) was incredibly slow. Our meal took over 2 hours over a lunch hour and it wasn't because we had so many courses or anything. Dirty plates sat on the tables, the waiter disappeared for long periods of time, drinks weren't refilled, etc. It was disappointing - the food, when it finally came, was tasty - not amazing, but tasty. They didn't look short-staffed and we have a reservation (1pm on a Sunday) - the restaurant was busy, though not swamped, so we were surprised by how slow everything was. We were eager to love it more than we actually did, sadly.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Roots, and the move to the new location has been largely seamless. A few small things with the food - the potatoes in the (absolutely amazing!) lobster app were not quite as crisp as in previous outings, and the special panko fried cod carried a note of charcoal that was closer to black than browned - are all that indicate that the kitchen is upscaling and all that keeps this from being a straight 5-star review. The cocktails are creative and always well-balanced, and the food is well thought out, almost always spot-on in execution, and beautifully plated and seasoned. My wife swears by the lamb here! Our favorite local place in Rutland.

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RS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location! Has the same warm feeling but more spacious with water feature. Food is consistently delicious and does not disappoint at new location. Great setting for large gatherings too. Ross was our server and was very attentive to our needs.

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RL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner, great service

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very good, but the portions are small.

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JP
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The new location is a little hard to find being in a courtyard not right on the street, but once there it's great! And glad it's bigger so we can get a reservation! The cocktails we had were wonderful and the wine list had some great lesser seen wines. The braised pork was delicious. This is our favorite place to eat in Rutland!

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e
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the food. The appetizers were better than the entrees, we felt.

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HC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. The food is fresh and wonderful and the staff always excellent

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PJ
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We visited Roots while on a Vermont ski trip and found them on Open Table when I needed to book our evening meals. Our family found a wide variety of fresh and flavorful options. I had a salad with a good sized piece of salmon perfectly cooked, my husband had a burger, one son had ravioli with sweet potato mash and the other had a pulled pork sandwich with a side of tomato basil soup. It all was tasty and well presented. We would definitely suggest Roots, with one caveat that I think will get corrected as this is a brand new space. It is very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation, otherwise cool ambiance.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time in the new, larger Roots, though we'd visited the older incarnation several times. Wonderful lunch, kind and careful service without being intrusive. We'll be back!

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our server was very friendly and helpful.

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EK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere.
Wish there were more entree choices.
For instance there are two pork dishes and two emu? I would like more variety.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic date night. Great food and ambiance. We will be back soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful dinner and cocktails are the best!!!!

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MM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great atmosphere. Best place in town! Bravo!

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new location! Same great food and service but in a much larger spot. Looking forward to going back again soon!

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MR
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new space, great food and great atmosphere. Service top notch!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent dinner!

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