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Roots The Restaurant

4.6
383 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 383 People Are Saying
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jenniferj 
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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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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