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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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Overall Rating

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4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Organic (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Casual (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Notable Wine List (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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·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!

Tags: Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Organic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Cozy
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·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·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 :)

Tags: Healthy, Organic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·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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·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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·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.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·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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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 19, 2017

This is a really nice restaurant with a really great food. It's small. Probably only 35 seats including the bar. I found it to be expensive. I had a scotch an appetizer and an entrée and with tax & tip my bill was over $60. I would position it in the future as a special occasion restaurant.

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Our group enjoyed our visit! The food was wonderful, and service was great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Delicious food, thoughtful presentation, excellent service, reasonable prices-thank you! We literally picked this place at random while visiting Vermont -turned out to be a wonderful experience. We stopped in for lunch and found a small, trendy room that was inviting and intriguing. There was only one other couple already seated but during our stay the room filled up-it appeared, with locals -- but the thing that impressed me was that our host sat us at a nice window table on the opposite side of the room. One of my pet peeves is when they will seat you right next to another table even if the whole place is empty just because it's more convenient for the wait staff. I knew right then that this place would be interesting.
We started with the baratta w/ pesto and micro greens ... delicious.
My wife ordered the Mushroom Ravioli. Generously filled, flavorful tender pockets, obviously hand made pasta, delicious.
When I asked if the salmon was wild they assured me, I could tell she was thinking " of course, why would we ever serve farm raised"
So, grilled Salmon with pesto aioli over sweet potato hash. The dish was just perfect. Delicious. Just the right combination. The Salmon was cooked perfectly, tender and moist throughout... the glaze and the aioli were just right for the dish and the hash rounded out the whole experience nicely. I am not a sweet potato fan but I really enjoyed these.
Throughout the meal the wait staff was friendly but not bothersome...and quite knowledgeable and proud of their food. They described it well and commented on their own favorites....even commenting on how they loved the chefs plating and presentations.
With such a nice meal we had to indulge-
Mocha Creme brûlée for me and Chocolate mousse cake for my wife. Delicious perfection!
My only disappointment was that they didn't offer espresso...but the regular
Coffee was very good!
All in all a wonderful experience and a great meal. We will definitely return again someday when in the area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Recommended by friends for our anniversary. The food was really good. It's a very small place with limited seating. Other than the people at the bar being really loud, the place was fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Sons Birthday

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We live about 50 miles from Rutland and not familiar with restaurants in the area, so asked for luncheon recommendations on our local listserv. Received about 15 and 2/3 were for Roots. We were not disappointed. Pleasant atmosphere, excellent service and good food. The food is locally sourced and includes vegetarian and gluten free options

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

We ran into Rachel (I hope I have the name right!) by chance while we were discovering the wonders of the beaches in Rutland. We were planning on dining at Roots, and she suggested we book with OpenTable. We showed up with guests staying at the Paw House Inn, and had the most memorable experience ever! The food was outstanding, and after our meal we booked again for another night. I had the pasta, and had it again the second time. I am trying to replicate the recipe tonight, with smoked organic sun dried tomato pesto and boar sausage. We are foodies from Canada, and it was such a pleasure to have Rachel to guide us through the menu and wine list. She is a gem! What a pleasure it was to meet her. Thank you for everything!

Hélène

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Great food and great drinks. Service was great too! If you want a nicer dinner in the middle of downtown Rutland, this is your place.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Roots is "The Place" to dine in the greater Rutland area. Wonderful, creative and healthy meals. Excellent wait staff. And the best Bar Tender around! I've been many, many times and never had a bad experience. Love this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Simply put, one of the best meals I have had recently. Locally sourced ingredients, great menu, VERY gluten free friendly (I have celiac) and outstanding service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 23, 2017

My wife and I had dinner and if was wonderful!!! Service was excellent and the prices were very reasonable...Next time we are in Rutland, we will go certainly go back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great creative in house made dishes. Reasonable portions and great deserts! Friendly staff that knows how to provide exceptional service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Always love eating at Roots. Food is great and Karri,the bartender, is super.
Love the local food and the creative dishes.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

excellent as always -- wait staff make you feel welcome from the minute you arrive until the time you leave - almost feel like a member of the family :) enjoy coming here as often as I can.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Special occasion evening and did not disappoint. Service from Carrie was friendly and at tentative.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients
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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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 (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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