Roots The Restaurant

4.8
413 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(802) 747-7414
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Donald Billings
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Catering
Chef Donald Billings and staff are happy to cater private events. For more information please contact info@rootsrutland.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Center St.
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Parking details
Ample street parking and public lots are available.
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Public transit
The Bus provides access from Killington and Castleton. For route information, please visit www.thebus.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 413 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Roots is by far one of my top five favorite restaurants ever! My husband and I always pay a visit to Roots when we are in town. We recently had lunch there and ordered their pork tacos, which were to die for. They were so good that we ordered them again for pick up the following day. If in town, you have to go to Roots... you will not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Our second visit in 2 months and both times the food was exceptional. High quality ingredients, great flavor and balance. Will be back next time we pass through Rutland.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

fabulous service and the food was wonderful other than the carrots were a bit undercooked- overall- excellent

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

As always the food, service and ambience were excellent. Melissa was amazing as usual. Thoughtful remembering us and our preferences. One of our favorite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We live 1.5 hours away and try to go to Roots for special occasions! We live in an area with a ton of food and restaurant options, but none of them compare to Roots! The food is amazing, the service fantastic and atmosphere is casual and relaxed. It's the perfect place in our option!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Had the same server who remembers the family. I do not recall his name but he always take cares of the family and make us feel at home.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

We had an excellent meal at Roots. The food was fresh, served hot (or cold, depending on the dish) and thoughtfully presented. Our server told us about the preparation and ingredients, which was informative. She also accommodated our request for a different table, suggesting a walk while we waited. Good idea that also sharpened our appetites.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Loved this place! Food was great and wait staff delightful. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Always enjoyable ! Service is outstanding and you are never rushed - plenty of time to enjoy a cocktail and visit before dinner ( Carrie is the best behind the bar ) Food is delicious and plenty of gluten free and veggie options to choose from along with many local products. A favorite !!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I’ve been to Roots a total of 4 times and I live about an hour away. What first drew me in was the farm-to-table ideals that the restaurant has. The food is all high quality and they try to stick to in season ingredients, which totally adds to the charm of the place. I will say that since the menu rotates, a few dishes that I fell in love with haven’t been on the menu the next time I went. Although that’s disappointing at first, Roots quickly makes it up with all of the delicious, new, seasonal dishes. I highly recommend stopping by Roots for lunch or dinner, you won’t be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Everyone on staff is personable, fun and efficient.
The food is amazing!

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2.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I had the black bean burger. It was mushy and nothing special. I do not recommend it.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Good meal as always, my clients were impressed and will return.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Our favorite place. Food is always good tasting and service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Our first time at Roots and it was an excellent experience. The meal was delicious as were the desserts- good to have gluten free options. Will definitely return and highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

As always, Roots delivers with food that was amazing. Melissa, our server, is very personable and makes us feel very welcome. Keep going back to try everything on the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Worth making reservations or sitting at the small bar... Roots is farm to table and cozy and quaint and the food is fresh and creative.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We both ordered salads that were not run-of-the-mill. Delicious, fresh, balanced.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Fantastic lunch!

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Been dining here for years. Long term staff that we can call friends. Food is always top shelf. Seasonal menus. Definitely tops in the area.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great food and service as always .

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The food at Roots is always amazing! I had a spinach and shrimp salad, the shrimp was marinated in maple balsamic. Mouthwatering!! My friend had a maple tofu sandwich, she loved it. We were able to visit comfortably and our waitress, Melissa, was right on top of everything. Love Roots!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Just about everybody in my family can find something they like here, and it is on our list of favorite places to go out to eat in Rutland. Food is inventive, a bit off the beaten path, but put together with care and sensibility for how the ingredients complement each other. The food is beautiful to look at, and delicious to eat. Our special dietary needs were readily accommodated. Can't recommend anything in particular: the menu varies by season and what's available, and we just pick something that sounds good. Don't think you can go wrong no matter what you order! It's all well prepared and presented. Service is outstanding.

The place is small, but doesn't feel crowded, and the noise level is surprisingly muted. Ambience casual but elegant; feels friendly and welcoming. We go there for special occasions for a small group, or for a special lunch or dinner for a couple of us, or sometimes just for dessert (very yummy and elegant). Prices are in the very reasonable range for food of this quality.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Always love Roots! Saying goodbye to a co-worker who has accepted a new position elsewhere. She had been once for dinner. Her first time for lunch. She loved it!

Thanks!!!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Excellent food!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Roots is one of my favorite restaurants in the region, and it's my "go-to" place for lunch with friends and business associates. The food is reliably fresh, well presented, and the servers and kitchen go out of their way to accommodate. They are a small space and do get very busy, so I'd recommend reservations, even for lunch,

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Many gluten free choices for all courses. Everything tasted great. Generous portions but still has room for dessert. Staff all worked well together making sure you have a great experience. Right around the corner from the Paramount Theater as well making it a perfect place for pre-show dinner!

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Hadn't been in a while, so thought we would try it. Service was great, but, food a little lacking. Seems chef is very adventurous with his mixing of ingredients and spices, and we did have a hard time finding something that sounded good on the menu. Many of the things we saw on the menu, either didn't look like they would be good together, (guessing at this, obviously we didn't try everything) or were some combination of sweet and savory. I for one typically do not like sweet sauce, or jams on my savory foods. The salmon seemed fresh, but not very flavorful, and I am glad I had asked for the sauce on the side. The sauce was too sweet for me. My wife had the cod, and again, not much flavor unless you added in all the sauces and condiments that came with it, which drowned out the flavor of the fish. All in all, not bad, just the combinations didn't really work for us. Except, we ordered the flan of the day, which was flavored with coffee, and that was exceptional. Just right. We also had the lobster appetizer, again not much "lobster" flavor, but the potatoes that come with it were good. The calamari, again, some kind of extra sauce on it, and not much flavor to be had from the calamari. Looked like a much more simple menu for lunch, burgers and all, so we might try again.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food, very friendly staff and nice atmosphere. Never had a bad meal here!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Roots has a reputation for locally-sourced and prepared food. Atmosphere is fun and the service excellent. As far as our food, the cheese plate appetizer was our undisputed favorite. Our main courses, as vegetarians, were less flavorful. Their roasted and glazed carrots were simply divine but the tofu in both our sandwich and noodle dish were not flavored well and simply too thick. A little more thought in preparing the tofu would have made both of these dishes sing. I would recommend this restaurant but with a caution for vegetarians to choose carefully.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Real real good! Waited a while to go, but we will go back for sure

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! Fabulous salads and great sandwiches.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Second visit to Roots and really love it. Interesting menu with awesome chef and bartender to pull it off. Will definitely visit again when in rutland.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious meal & wonderful Service!

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We've been to Roots many times and always have a great meal! One of the best places in Rutland!

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2018

Roots has a new menu with some great items. Last night we tried the ravioli which had a great sauce. My wife had a burger. The blueberry pie was a little on the dry side. The staff - Mel, Rachel and Kerry are all so friendly - they have been there for years - which indicates to us a well managed restaurant.

We rate Roots as one of the top three restaurants in which we have fined.

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

I went with a friend for lunch. Hoping to see my son, Ross Lalancette, who turned out to have the flu and was not there. Rachel waited on us and she was wonderfully friendly, congenial, and smart. The food was wonderful although my friend was surprised that the bean dish had no beans in it. Maybe would have been nice to mention this beforehand or give the "special" a different name.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

As always Roots doesn't disappoint and is now an institution in central Vermont. The people we met at the bar were as enjoyable as the food. And Rachel, Melissa, and Kerry took care of everyone like family. Thanks again.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

Birthday dinner. Excellent food. Innovative dishes. Good value. Excellent service. I’d say probably best restaurant in Killington Mtn region.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

I appreciated the variety of foods as some of us wanted meat and one is now eating vegetarian/vegan. There were several options for all of us. The restaurant was quiet although we arrived pretty early.

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