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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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Romantic (4)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (2)
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Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2016

This was my fourth time at Roots and It will not be my last. The food is always spot on and the ambiance is relaxing and romantic. I ordered the braised pork, which melted in your mouth, and my husband ordered the chicken thighs, a classic and long standing dish at this restaurant. We also very much enjoyed and devoured the cheese fondue. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2016

We love Roots! If you're in Rutland or willing to travel there, put this restaurant on your go-to list. You will not be disappointed. The food is excellent and the service is to notch.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Always a pleasant dining experience - service is outstanding, food is very good and always a couple of specials that are very different from the regular menu and always fresh ingredients, prices are reasonable and you are not rushed, which I very much appreciate.

For those needing vegan and/or gluten free there are several options - and again, fresh ingredients.

I definitely recommend - you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2016

what a wonderful find! the color palette on the walls, the lighting, the excellent waitstaff were all part of a delicious and memorable meal. the lamb risotto was a rich and tasty meal while my friend's Vermont maple braised pork melted in the mouth. wish it were closer to home...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Roots is our go-to place in Rutland. We like it's offerings that change seasonally, the fact that it sources locally where possible, and the food, of course. And they mix a mean cocktail - I recommend the peach sangria, which packs a kick :)

Service is always friendly. The place can be a little loud on a busy night -- it's small, with brick walls. The management has tried to mitigate noise with a variety of acoustical buffers, but it's a better place for lively conversation rather than an intimate tête-à -tête.

It's almost always busy in the evenings... I recommend making a reservation!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2016

Easy to make reservation on Open Table. Food was fresh and well-presented and plentiful (but not an overly-large amount--"just right".) The service was friendly and professional and efficient. Very clean and welcoming place and staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2016

The menu has just changed and it is better than ever. The quality is outstanding and the quantity is perfect! The wait staff, in particular Kerri the bartender, make you feel right at home!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2016

A very nice and sophisticated farm to table restaurant. Our server was enthusiastic, welcoming and knowledgeable. The menu was inventive and unique. The food was served promptly and well. I am vegetarian (vegan) and there are options on the menu, but the server talked to the Chef and suggested a dish off menu. It was great. The desserts were disappointing for me but that is my only negative. They only had a sorbet option.

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

Artisan cocktails were top notch and not your ordinary drinks. We passed on appetizers this time because we knew the dinner proportions would enough this evening. She got the risotto with sausage and I had the beef special, which was flank steak frites. Both dishes were delicious, and wonderfully presented. Service was friendly and joking, and overall delightful. This is one of Rutland's best restaurants by far!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2016

The food is always delicious and reliably inventive. A wonderful range of options with something for every palate. The service is friendly and reliable. I have never had a bad meal in this place, and continue to go back for lunch with co-workers regularly when I am in Rutland.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Excellent food from local ingredients. Modestly priced. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Organic, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Outstanding food, service, and ambience. Great value for the quality and freshness of the food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2016

Roots is the quintessential farm to table restaurant!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Healthy food with a creative flare - very tasty! Especially loved the tacos and salads.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2016

The food at Roots is everything that everyone says it is. A very creative menu at reasonable prices.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 7, 2016

Get the scallops dish if you like scallops. Best I've ever had! And the staff is so very nice, attentive and accommodating

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 31, 2016

Very charming spot with excellent service and delicious food....soups were amazing! The only downside was space...every one was very close to each other.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Roots is a basic looking "Tavern style" restaurant. It is warm and cozy - restored brick and wood. The tables are small, with very basic coverings, and mostly arranged in a row - one side has a nice view of the interior and bar area, the other looks out on the street and traffic. But the food is creative and excellently prepared and presented. It has an " American style" menu, but the food is well seasoned and has creative accompaniments. Our service was friendly, attentive, and very helpful with the food selection. Wines selection was good and prices were very fair. In fact the whole menu was a very good value. Rutland does not have many upscale restaurants; so Roots is a standout, when compared to other venues.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Great reataurant with vegitarian options. Food and service were excellent. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2016

The service was excellent as always! So attentive and personable! And the tomato ravioli was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2016

Busy lunch restaurant with an innovative menu. Lots of different choices and daily specials. Service was professional and very efficient.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2016

One of our favorite restaurants in all of Vermont. Great staff, all local ingredients and a wonderful atmosphere. Beer and wine list is terrific, cocktails looked fun. I would not miss Roots when traveling thru Vermont.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Relaxed and welcome atmosphere, but the meal was disappointing. The ravioli had too many ingredients competing with each other, and the pulled pork with beets was too sweet. Portions were very few generous.

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

Nice selection of very different kinds of food

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Quiet late lunch - food great

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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2016

Lovely, intimate dining experience. Great place to have delicious food, friendly service in an atmosphere where you can converse without competing with loud music and/or tv screens. Love the use of local, healthy ingredients. We're from out of state but have been 4 times and always left feeling satisfied and very well fed. Great bar and overall very fair prices for what you get.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Always a great meal, fantastic cocktails, and top notch service. Tonight was no different.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2016

I did not like the atmosphere - small with crowded tables. Three of us had salads and they were good. Two of us had burgers and I must say that mine was the worst burger I've had in a while. It was way overcooked - one of us ordered medium and one ordered medium/well. They were both cooked the same. I believe the menu said the bun is homemade. It was nothing special.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2016

Amazing food and the amazing that it is in Rutland!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Dinner with my husband. Usually have difficulty finding a table,as not a drop by place. Definately suggest reservations. Always busy and the bar usually is always full with folks having dinner and the fabulous creative cocktails...Peach sangria was great. Upstairs room available for parties. Glutenfree and vegetarian options.
Salads large enough for entree. Never had a bad meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Always enjoy returning to Roots for their weekly specials and the choice of so many entrees. Everyone who joins us are happy to have had the chance to dine at Roots. We will return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 19, 2016

Wow, wow, wow!!! Paul and I came to Vermont to enjoy some spring hiking and fell in love with this area. The people are kind and cheerful, and the food, well . . . we have yet had meal that is less than stellar.

When you go to Roots, please have the cheese fondue as an appetizer. It will knock your socks off. It was so good, I suspect I'll be dreaming about it.

Paul ordered the beef of the day, which happened to be a tasty ribeye smothered with caramelized onions and mushrooms. Since I indulged in more than my fair share of the fondue, I ordered the seafood stew. They alter the seafood based on the season. Today it happened to be salmon, shrimp, and mussels. The broth was tomato-based. Perfect!

In a strange turn of events, it was Paul who was pushing for dessert. I'm not one to say "no" to sweets, so I ordered the blueberry pie, and Paul ordered the apple cobbler. Both were okay (edible, but not worth repeating).

The folks who work at Roots are incredibly friendly. They also happen to run on the slow side. I didn't mind too much because it was a comfortable place to relax, and also because I was in a food coma.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2016

I have gone to Roots many, many times since they opened because they offer a couple of vegan friendly options with a local flare. The problem is the past 5+ times I've gone the order comes back wrong. I asked for no cheese on my black bean burger sandwich, it came with cheese. We asked for the seasonal veggie that the waitress touted, order came with fries instead. We ordered guac. on a sandwich it came plain. Places that take your order without writing it down are fine and the servers are very nice, but at least remember what the customer ordered and get it right. It's rarely right. These are seasoned servers that have been here for years, too. Dissapointing & not enough vegan options...it's sad because I like this place, but my patience has run out for the price you pay for a meal here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 1, 2016

Meeting old friends from opposite ends of the state, Rutland was the middle point. Found Roots on the internet. We were surprised with such a delightful restaurant! The service was helpful and gracious. We had a hard time stopping our chatter to order, but staff was patient. We all enjoyed our food and one friend took home half for another lunch. The salads were fresh and contained interesting greens. The scallops were cooked to perfection...crusted but juicy and flavorful inside. The salmon was also delicious...light sauce and fresh tasting. Great coffee topped off our meal.
We closed the restaurant and again the staff was gracious with our slow movement.
We hope to return another day to savor the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 27, 2016

This was my 3rd visit to Roots Restaurant. Every visit has been we have had great food. We would highly recommend having dinner at Roots!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Have never been disappointed - food is delicious ! Service is top notch and the waitstaff is always cheerful and friendly. An added bonus to the menu is the number of options for those who appreciate vegetarian and/or gluten free. Always a special evening when you dine at Roots.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 22, 2016

I called ahead to reserve dinner for two friends who are celebrating a birthday locally and the surprise went off without a hitch. The wait staff was wonderful and the food fresh and fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 16, 2016

I was looking forward to dining at Roots because of the reviews I had read and recommendations from friends. Perhaps my expectations were too high as I was very disappointed in both the food and the service. Our server never refreshed our water glasses, took forever to take our drink orders, and basically did not give us much attention the entire meal. The calamari appetizer was bland and rubbery. My guest ordered the scallop special and the serving size was very small. My order of the tofu noodle bowl was lacking in flavor, except for the kale which was very bitter. Perhaps this as an off night for the restaurant, but I don't plan on returning.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 1, 2016

We are regulars at Roots. One of us is a vegetarian, the other an omnivore. Tonight was the first time that the food disappointed the vegetarian. Why? The Tofu noodle dish was too soupy. On top of this the boiled egg was cold!!? Mel, who is a perfect server, gave us a spoon to finish scooping up the broth. This tofu dish was a pad Thai knock off - however it failed. The previous tofu dish was so much better. We ordered two special crisp desserts with ice cream. The crisps were served cold. We asked our server, Mel, if this is the way it should be and she said no. She came back with substitute crisps which were warm and delicious.

The good news is that Kerri is an awesome bar tender. Her appletini is amazingly good. Every server is polite and welcoming. However, in the kitchen things are clearly in need of sharpening up. Our omnivore has found the emu dishes to be disappointing. However, the ravioli is awesome. We love the variety and creativity of the menu to be exemplary. Donald, we hope you will take this review as constructive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Every bite was delicious. Best tasting pork in those tacos I've ever had. Wish I could eat there every day!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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