Roots The Restaurant

4.6
528 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 England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Roots new location. They kept the great service and friendly atmosphere while expanding to accommodate more guests. They are also always coming up with a new delicious drink for us to try.

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

We love the new location! As always, we had a wonderful meal with impeccable service.

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a
New England
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new space! As usual the cocktails were mixed to perfection and the service was attentive and friendly. I can't wait to see what that area grows in to!

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DW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will definitely be back! Great service, great food, and a cool atmosphere— definitely a Rutland hotspot!

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JK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The steak was AMAZING! My husband had the pork loin he said it was very good but not as good as my steak. We also had the cheese board that was also very good!

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PT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great meal.Our table was ready when we arrived- wait staff friendly and helpful.

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the freshness of the ingredients. The greens were especially tasty and added to most dishes.

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MI
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Salad lettuce was wilted which surprised me
Service by Brooke was great
Not crowded
Soup was delicious
Next time I will speak up about salad

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I
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Staff was very friendly and welcoming.

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KV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Roots is ALWAYS good. Food, presentation, servive remains top notch.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and eat here every chance I get, I am not from Rutland, so when passing through I try to stop. The food is so fresh and presented beautifully. I

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VL
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Greeted and seated right away. Cocktail and beverage menu very nice. Roots seems to utilize local ingredients and businesses around Vermont. Food menu was nice too. Would have liked to seen more vegetarian options. We had a group of 5 and everyone seemed to enjoy their food choice. The only complaint that was mentioned at our table was the quinoa salad. It was over peppered. Server was very friendly and attentive. Overall would recommend Roots.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Over all very good. Service could have been better, servers had assigned tables scattered throughout the restaurant which cause less availability. Wine prices by the bottle for Merlots and American Cabernets were high, should offer a few moderate priced bottles.

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LF
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first time at Roots since the move. We've always enjoyed the style and quality of the food, which is outstandingly delicious and beautifully presented. The service was outstanding- attentive without being intrusive. The new location is pleasant, love being able to step outside into the protected park area before transitioning to the urban environment outside. The interior is a bit clinical/industrial, with hard edges, though the colors are fun and help soften the severity. The one thing that is a problem is that the surfaces are hard and the noise is nearly unbearable when there are many people. It could benefit with some acoustical adjustments to soften the sound and make for a more pleasant experience. Until that happens we will probably limit our visits to less busy hours or do take-out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
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 on March 23, 2019
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 on March 22, 2019
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 on March 19, 2019
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 on March 19, 2019
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
15 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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