Roots The Restaurant

4.8
865 Reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
*For parties larger than 6 please call for your reservation.

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.

Roots is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown ingredients, including organic crops and humanely raised, pasture fed livestock.

We are proud to partner with local providers Boardman Hill Farm, Hathaway Farm, Woods Market, Blue Ledge Farm, and other smaller scale produce, dairy and maple syrup providers.

Visit us at 55 Washington Street in downtown Rutland and enjoy a delicious, wholesome local meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 865 people are saying
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JeffA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

In a place (Rutland, VT) that continues to struggle economically, Roots offers a more urban alternative to the basic fare served by they competition.

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Monroe
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I found most of the entrees were sweet with either maple syrup apples or coconut.
More savory dishes.
Calamari was oily.
Not many choices in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for lunch today. Service was great and our lunch came out quickly and it was delicious!

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Sam11
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! My friends and I had so much fun catching up and relaxing on a Friday evening.

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vipVTfoodie
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many times and never disappointed. The service is excellent.

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LindaR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was a nice experience. Waitress was very attentive and the food was great.

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KimW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent, this was the first time I have had lunch at Roots and would defiantly go again.

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Jadehig524
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Completely blew us away especially the fondue. We were in Woodstock for a long weekend and it’s worth coming to VT just to visit Roots. Make sure to visit, the food and service are top notch and you may be lucky enough to catch some live music while you’re there.

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sharonp
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had lunch with a friend the day before and enjoyed it so much booked dinner last night. A wonderful gem in the city. Great food and service and the singer was very very good. Will return often. Thanks for such a great place!

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TomM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always! We enjoyed the food and atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the most dependably superior restaurant in town.

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CHKvt
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot with superb food and waitstaff-- can't wait to go back!

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Yummy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent and our server was polite and friendly. It was nice to find a great restaurant tucked away in Rutland . Definitely recommend it!!

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LaurieH
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roots The Restaurant is a great venue with delicious food and helpful servers. Always enjoy eating here when I visit Rutland (which, by the way, is a gem as well).

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vipRon6986
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The salmon dinner special was awesome! Ross, Trey and Chip took good care of us as we celebrated a happy event for our family.

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vipMarilynM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous farm to table good. Great service and fun cocktails. Good value. Will go again for sure.

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CLee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Roots for a birthday celebration. We had excellent service and the food was delicious. The speed of the kitchen was commendable. One of our favorite spots!

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ChalfontFoodies
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to eat outdoors as we had two dogs with us. Our waitress and food were outstanding. Highlights were the pork belly appetizer and the burger. We also had the pulled pork and a grilled Caesar salad with chicken. Everyone enjoyed their food. Excellent craft beer choices as well. Would definitely come back.

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MattR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, the food was fantastic.

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vipfoodlover
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The new Roots needs some help with ambiance. At the old location you felt like you were in a special bistro. Kelly made great drinks and everything was special, including service, servers and the menu. The latest space addition just adds to the feeling that the new location isn’t special. Not saying it is a cafeteria, but it needs help. The unique quality of the old menu seems to also have been lost. the risotto with shrimp was good. I did miss the emu,,, The cod was not only good but had the snazzy presentation of the “old” Roots. We recognize it is harder these days to run a restaurant given the staffing issues and provide great quality and service, but when you have a hit, sometimes it makes sense not to dilute it too much. Hoping the NEW Roots can become the OLD Roots but with more space. Our server went above and beyond. And it was her first night working there. She deserved kudos for doing a great job.

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vipJenRap
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a high top in the bar area and I think that is the best place to sit unless it is warm enough to be outside. The food was great along with a decent wine selection by the glass (we aren't beer drinkers). Our server, Lee Ann, if I remember her name correctly, was excellent which in these times of staff shortages a real pleasure to find.

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Sara
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter, the food was outstanding, and we sat outside, it was truly a wonderful experience. We will return.
Thank you Roots!

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MarkvB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are since 2020 in the US. This was almost the best outdoor dining experience we had!

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vipEllenThePlanner
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely loved the food. We are in Vermont (from the Washington DC area) to celebrate my guy’s very special birthday. This restaurant was a great choice. The food was delicious and offered somewhat unusual takes on well known ingredients. My only complaint was that we were at the back of the restaurant and my seat looked directly into the kitchen. That was unappealing and they should make some effort to put a baffle on the door or somehow obstruct the view for seated guests. / This afternoon, I received a confirmation call to make sure we would be coming in for our reservation. At the time of the call, I was offered very helpful and explicit information on where to park and where the restaurant was located behind the iron gates. Had I not gotten that information, I’m sure it would’ve been a less auspicious beginning to our evening meal. / if we are back in this area, we will make a point of visiting the restaurant but we will also make sure to request a different table location.

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kathleenb
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff members were accommodating, kind, and they work as a team. Food was delivered quickly and every item was delicious! We are heading there for the third night in a row!
(We are antique dealers from the ice house show in Ludlow.)

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JackC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, friendly staff, top local seasonal food choices and i teresting wines made this memorable

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LauraD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, excellent service, we sat outside. Will definitely be returning.

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DavidNW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Loved the outside ambience. Highly recommend Roots

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FairV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really delicious farm-to-table cuisine. Friendly staff.

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vipKevinM
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent, and the prices were very reasonable for the quality. Love this place. The corner where we were sitting was a little stark, and the lighting was a bit severe, but that certainly didn't diminish the overall experience. Can't wait to return.

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TurandotSingsLast
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Donald has upped his game over the past few months. The food is better than ever.
But, I Still wish he would change his menu more. I find it too dark inside for lunch, and too noisy if you want to have a business meeting.

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Susie09boston
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a nice dinner outside in the patio. The service was excellent. I had the salmon special which was served with an ancho chili sauce and Mango salsa over jasmine rice. There wasn’t as much heat as I was expecting with an ancho chili sauce and the mango salsa and jasmine rice did not add any exciting flavors to the dish. Having said that, I would return for another visit, and try another dish. My husband had the braised pork which was quite tasty.

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finny
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was tasty and beautiful. I would have liked a little more space from my fellow diners. There were quite a few bees around, which, not sure they can do anything about that, but it was a little stressful.

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BillyH
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Wait staff was knowledgeable and professional. Food was very, very good....

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and fantastic staff!!

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KevinB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Still dreaming about the brussel sprout appetizer. Everything was great from the service to the cocktails, apps, and main courses. Also had pork belly app which was delicious and cod over scallion rice for dinner. Wife had the salmon with soy glaze which was excellent. I highly reccomend! One thing to note....Waze took us to a side street. The entrance to this restaurant is through a gate on Washington Street across from Rutland City Hall.

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LindaP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from start to finish was amazing! Excellent food and service.

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Dougie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted as always with restaurant. From the service to the food, all was exceptional!!!

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vipRon6986
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I loved watching Trey become an awesome server. He is personable and accommodating! The salmon special was to die for last night, yum

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussels sprouts were so good! Next time getting my own! Great service, food was so quick!

FAQs

Roots The Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 747-7414.

Roots The Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 865 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.