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About Roots The Restaurant

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.

51 Wales St.
Rutland, VT 05701
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Center St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(802) 747-7414

Website:
http://www.rootsrutland.com/

Catering:
Chef Donald Billings and staff are happy to cater private events. For more information please contact info@rootsrutland.com

Parking Details:
Ample street parking and public lots are available.

Public Transit:
The Bus provides access from Killington and Castleton. For route information, please visit www.thebus.com.

Executive Chef:
Donald Billings

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Roots The Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Seasonal (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Romantic (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in the area. I eat gluten and dairy free, and they are always very accommodating. The service is always excellent, and was outstanding this time. The lobster appetizer was large and delicious, and my main dish, though adapted for my dietary needs, was spectacular. highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Root vegetables and farm to table are the themes and the combination of flavors in every course was truly memorable. Worth the trip! Try the Chocolate Pretzel drink for dessert- amazing!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Excellent value -- interesting menu, always well-prepared with good local ingredients. Very friendly service and accommodating (but sometimes a little slow and disorganized -- we would have considered ordering dessert but ran out of time).

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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service3
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great Specials and as always, a lovely locally sourced menu. The service was excellent. Highly recommend this place as a high-quality member of the local food scene in VT!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Had a super waitress! Everyone enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Though my friend and I stayed long enough that I thought we should start paying rent for our table, the waiter was kind enough to ask us only occasionally, after we'd finished eating our delicious salads, if we'd like more tea or coffee -- but otherwise kindly, cheerfully, leaving us alone so we could catch up. The food has always been very fresh, very tasty, each time we've stopped in -- and my husband and two of his clients have enjoyed dinner there on my recommendation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We always love coming to Roots. The fun cocktails, fantastic local food and nice atmosphere always add up to a good dining experience. We each tried a different cocktail, shared the cheese fondue and had a variety of entrees. All good!!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Always delicious, great– did I say GREAT? – staff!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Tea, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2017

A wonderful dinner. I may have discovered the ultimate pork belly! Everything came together for a delicious experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Awesome food and service. Excellent selection of locally sourced food.

Tags: Vegan, Spicy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 2, 2017

We live in the Boston area, but Roots in Rutland has become one of our favorite restaurants. Fabulous fresh local ingredients that are carefully crafted into fantastic appetizers and entrees. The dishes are creative yet straightforward so the ingredients shine through. Try the Cheddar Polenta side ---one of our favorites. Great place for both omnivores and vegetarians!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We went during restaurant week and everything was amazing! Great service. Small so it doesn't get too loud. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Always very good and always very creative. Great staff. Thanks again.

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food4
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 (New England)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Excellent, attentive service. Food interesting and carefully prepared. Several vegetarian options. Wine list not large, but thoughtfully chosen. We come here occasionally for lunch, and we are always pleased with both the meal and the experience.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

If you want innovative farm to table food, this is your place!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

My wife and I took a dear friend to lunch – and were delightfully surprised to find such a gem.
The Cheese Fondue appetizer is to die for. All three of our salads were delicious – Greek Kale, Winter Greens and Grilled Caesar – I personally highly recommend the Grilled Caesar.
I had the Emu & Pork Sausage sandwich which was delightful – especially with the side of Hand-cut French Fries. My wife had the Corn Meal Crusted Cod sandwich – another delicious choice. Additionally the Chicken Cheesesteak with a side of Sweet Potato Hash also proved to be a good choice.
A nice Farm-to-Table restaurant serving local ingredients.
Looking forward to going again and trying it for dinner. Or maybe just stopping in to sit at the beautiful bar.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Excellent family dinner! Loved the cider and server Brian made an excellent wine recommendation to go along with my pork loin dish which also was wonderful. Lobster appetizer and Char were also outstanding. Brian is an exceptional waiter and made our meal that much more enjoyable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Organic
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food5
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We live in Woodstock, VT and were meeting friends from Middlebury so we split the difference and looked for a place to eat lunch in Rutland. Based on the OpenTable menu, this looked like a good choice. It was fantastic. Decor was simple, the service was prompt and friendly and the food was delicious. While we only had salads and sandwiches, the ingredients were fresh and the preparation creative. The dinner menu looks great and we will definitely venture back to sample it at night.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Organic, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Great find in Rutland. Food was good and fresh. Not many good restaurants in Rutland so I'm glad I found Roots.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Awesome selection of foods - plenty for vegetarians - lots of specials and great martinis - thanks Kerri

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We live out west, but have now been to Roots several times and can state that the restaurant offers consistently good food and service. We have brought family and they too have been pleased.
We also appreciate both their knowledge of special food needs (e.g. gluten sensitivity) and their willingness to accommodate special requests.
Keep up the good work, Roots!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2017

This is my second visit to Roots. The first was for dinner in the fall. Both meals were always excellent.
This visit was for my best friend's birthday....we get together, just the two of us, for each other's birthday and I thought I would try it for lunch. We had winter sangria (excellent) and she had roast beef and I had pork tacos.....We both loved our choices. We ended with dessert..a pumpkin crème brulee and a chocolate mousse cake. We weren't counting calories that day!
I would recommend Roots to anyone wanting fresh food, good service, and a nice atmosphere to visit!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The Cod was exceptional. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 16, 2017

As always enjoyed the food, staff is always pleasant. Ordered the Cod, it was good but missed the Haddock dish you used to have.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Have eaten here many, many times and always enjoy the offerings, tasty food and service. The bartender, Carrie, is a hoot, treats everyone as a returning friend and prepares tasty and fun cocktails. Carrie is one of only a couple of bartenders that can make an excellent Whistle Pig Manhattan.

Only complaint, which I informed the Host of, was that though I made the reservation a week prior to dining, the Host left a VM the day ( Valentine's ) of the reservation saying our table was booked for another party 1 1/2 hours after our reservation and that we would be expected to finish within that 1 1/2 hours. Totally unacceptable and bush league for a restaurant that purports to be fine dining. Host was apologetic and was receptive to my suggestion of having the restaurant eliminate their policy of planning / informing diners to spend only 1 1/2 hours at their table.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Disappointed because the 'mood' was set by receiving a call earlier in the day letting me know there was a time limit at my table (90 minutes). We had no intention of staying that long, but the call set the tone of the encounter. Tables are very tight together- expected in San Francisco, not Rutland, VT. Food was good, but overpriced.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2017

My husband and I (60's) took our nephew and his girlfriend (30's) out for dinner here while we were visiting them in Killington. It had great options for the vegetarian in our group (not just salads!) and also for the somewhat-finicky eater. All of our meals were delicious and beautifully presented. The service was friendly and great. Glad we decided to go here. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Not as good as in the past. Limited menu during the week. Surprised at this price for our meals we had to pay for our rolls! Pretty cheep for a restaurant on this scale

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2017

nice focus on both ciders and maple flavoring; well worth the treck down from Killington to visit!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Nice variety of choices

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Roots is always amazing! Never had a bad experience or meal! Love it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Fabulous Farm to Table restaurant with creative cuisine and friendly staff.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Always interesting specials, reliable quality. Can be noisy when full.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

This was our first time eating at Roots, and we will be back! Food was inventive and delicious with generous portions. Service was great as well. All around very well done.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

This restaurant offers great food and wonderful service. Delicious entree and very generous portions. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Excellent lunch for four. We all enjoyed the food, presentation and service. Will return soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2016

My nephew who used to live in Rutland recommended Roots to me since I had to be in Rutland to pick up my daughter at the Amtrak Station. We had a reservation and were seated promptly and greeted by Ryan, our waiter. I had the Calamari appetizer, and my daughter and boyfriend shared the Fondue appetizer and my husband the Black Bean appetizer. Cocktails, wine, and beer, served promptly, and my Cosmo was expertly prepared. Our main meals were delicious. I had the roasted Cod; my husband had the Ahi Tuna, my daughter had the Risotto with Emu. Large portions and wonderfully seasoned. I would highly recommend to try Roots and I look forward to returning when in Rutland.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2016

This is our third visit to Roots and each time I realize why I will drive 45 minutes to get there. Starting with a fabulous cocktail is always a treat. If you don't want one of their incredible creations, they will make anything that meets your needs. This is truly a restaurant where I am compelled to try an appetizer, entree and dessert as I feel if I don't I am missing out on something very special. The service is the best! Very attentive and always willing to help you if you are deciding between two items- their suggestions never fail you by the way. Can't wait to come back and order from the winter menu coming out Monday!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Attentive service. Food was flavorful.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We eat at Roots several times a month and would recommend it to everyone interested in a great experience. The food is always very good and the staff is incredible.

Tags: Casual
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