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Roots The Restaurant

4.6
382 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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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 382 People Are Saying
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4.5
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DavidK (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! Fabulous salads and great sandwiches.

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vipYoungGrasshopper (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious meal & wonderful Service!

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vipJPG7 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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vipLovetohike (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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PeteFellows (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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shep (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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Susieq (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Very pleasant experience... Great food, service and atmosphere!

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GregS (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Neve been disappointed with this restaurant. The service is excellent and the food makes you cry it is so good.

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Norcoh (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Tables too close to each other is only complaint.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

We were here on a date. No waiting to be seated as we had reservations. Very pleasant, attentive server that made some nice suggestions. The food was delicious-nice presentation. Nicely decorated inside with pictures and bold colors on the wall. Reasonable prices for good quality food. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

great little spot for dining. customer service was great. food was delicious with great presentation. unique menu items that are fun & tasty.
we ordered the fried calamari, new england cheese board, squash & maple soup, house made beet pasta raviolis, vermont burgers with fries, and salmon sandwich with quinoa salad.
highly recommend this restaurant next time your in the area.

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JoLa (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

I've always liked Roots. The people are great there too.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

First time visit. The food here was fantastic. An hour's drive away for us, but will definitely visit again soon, so that we can sample other dishes!

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Madrid (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

A creative menu, wonderful ambiance, great service. We had dinner before the theatre and the hardest part was deciding among such delectable sounding range of choices. The blacked carrot salad was a big surprise with about 4 whole carrots sliced the long way and blackened. I think they would have been better warm, and I could have done with one 2, but the tastes were balanced and delicious. My husband's cod was cooked perfectly and really fabulous taste combinations. My pork chop was cooked to toughness despite my having asked for medium rare. Otherwise, the presentation was lovely and all the accompaniments were perfectly balanced with the protein. I can't give 5 stars for the food because of the leather pork chop. Great resto. We'll be back.

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HeidiB (New England)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

The chef offers a very creative menu cooked with local products. Roots is a great place to go if you're looking for something different. The food was great and the service was very good and attentive as well. I'd recommend the poached lobster appetizer for something different presented in an artistic way. It was excellent. It's a small place. It's best to make a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

An interesting restaurant with an upmarket feel. The food was good and local produce was high on the agenda. Service was a little slow and the selection of beers limited. They appear to take a lot of care.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2017

I've enjoyed every meal at Roots. The food is excellent, and we enjoy the quiet atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

Great food! Worth the price. Nice visual ambiance. Place is a bit noisy, but in a way that prevented hearing conversations at neighboring tables. The place is small, so reservations are recommended. On a Tuesday night there were several more tables available.

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vipemc52 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

The food and service were excellent! The bar area is too small and they make you wait in a small, cold lobby for your table. My only complaint.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

Always friendly and inviting - food never disappoints ( best salmon in the city ) and service is excellent. Our favorite bartender must have been off this night ( she is forgiven ) but we did miss her. Hurry back Mrs. Tomasi :)

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on October 4, 2017

We were on vacation in Vermont and the B & B recommended "Roots" in Rutland. They were able to seat us early and the staff was very friendly and gave good service. Lots of choice on the menu with several vegetarian options. We shared a cheeseboard and had homemade pasta. Dessert was a tasty sorbet trio. We both had a drink and the bill was less than $100. It is a small place so recommend reservations as we were there on a Wednesday and all tables and seats at the small bar were full.

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Outstanding (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 1, 2017

We are from San Diego and are traveling through Vermont. We love to eat at restaurants that serve healthy options. We absolutely loved the Greek Kale Salad. The salmon entree and the cod entree were moist and incredible!! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 27, 2017

Roots was bustling prior to the Graham Nash concert next door, but the service was impeccably delivered. I didn't drink but my son who loves to had 3 drinks and the Jamison was definitely a heavy pour. The meals were beautifulyl assembled, and my only complaint, the polenta and the pork belly were somewhat over sauced and detracted from their crispiness, but that's just personal preference . I however ate every single bit. The steak with blue cheese my son had with caramelized carrots and a very well crisped baked potato was excellent. I loved the ambiance and had we not had reservations for the concert and if I was not the designated driver would have definitely spent another 1/2 hour.

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gardenmaster (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Surprising find in Rutland. Clean. Fun cocktails and wine. Great food!

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viplove2go (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

Absolutely superb cuisine and sublime cocktails. IMO the best restaurant and Rutland area and among the too 3 in Central and Southern VT.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

I would definitely be there again. I was on my second date with a lady and she liked it, too.

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