The Root Restaurant & Bar

4.5
1997 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Root Restaurant & Bar is a locally owned and operated business that showcases the seasonality of food and beverage in Michigan and its surrounding areas. The comfortable yet refined dining room and bar, accented with stained ash wood and limestone, feature an open kitchen and a chef's counter where the customers can sit and watch their food being made. Chef Dan Cline's menu changes often and has a variety of options including a local grass-fed beef burger, house-made desserts, fresh seafood and in-house smoked meats. The Root Bar has 8 Microbrews on draft and a full selection of wines, bottled beer, alcohol and house cocktails incorporating a number of Michigan breweries, distilleries and winemakers. The Root prides itself on offering casual dining with a higher standard of food, beverage and service.
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Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food and service were very good. Our wait staff was very attentive. The noise level was very loud and type of music playing did not fit the setting and ambiance. It was loud and really ruined the experience for us - we were ages 21 to 65, even the youngest of us felt the music was awful. Management might want to rethink the music and loudness level. I would like to recommend Root to friends, but I don't know anyone who would enjoy the experience because of that one factor.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Will definitely return soon and hope to have the same waiter! Really enjoyed every sip and every bite, from appetizer to dessert.

CM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

So disappointed in the food, meat was over cooked, French fries looked like all the scraps.
Was so excited to take my Mom and was so disappointed.

D
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I’ve been here before wasn’t impressed but thought I’d try it again. This visit was worse than the last time. It was a Wednesday night and the place was empty. It took our waiter 10 minutes too come to our table and another 15 minutes for us to get our drinks. He never took our order but brought us someone else’s food! We ordered the taco special and it was horrible. The waiter didnt even offer to replace it. Then it came time for dessert and 3 out of the 6 options were not available. Not sure how this place got restaurant of the year a few year back. It’s horrendous!

W
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Biscuits and Sausage Gravy are on point.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, staff was great! Perfect place for a date night with my husband without the kids! We will definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was great but the food was over priced for the quality and taste. The ribeye steaks were bland, the salmon over cooked, and the greens under seasoned. The onion soup was delicious though. We’ve visited before and had a better experience with the food. We were hoping that we had found a nice local place to dine but it looks like we’ll be heading to Novi or Troy in the future.

SS
Detroit
119 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unassuming but great food every time. Service was terrific.

s
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always different chef choices and specials to choose from. Have visited The Root at least 6 times and each time has been better than the last time. Monk Fish was the chef special and I wish it was on the menu permanently.
Highly recommend a visit and trying one of the chefs choices but anything on the menu is fresh, locally grown and fantastic.

K
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time that we have been back in a long time. This time, service was much better, the food price point was much more reasonable. Tanya our waitress was warm and accommodating to me and my family. She even helped my daughter pick the sloppy joe! The hostesses were also kind.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was really nice and we enjoyed the seating. However, we’ve been going to the root for years and this was the first time our food was honestly terrible . My husbands steak was not seasoned at all , my fish, which was the special had very little flavor as well... my friends Brussels spouts were not cooked even the second time they brought them out and on both the banana cream pie and the peanut butter pie had a crust that was inedible. Several people in our party wanted the Mac and cheese and were told it would not be ready in time for our dinner. Our reservation was at 4:30 and we didn’t end up ordering until 5:15 or so, a normal dinner time and it still wasn’t ready. The drinks were great and our waitress was great... again, this was odd considering we’ve never ever had a bad meal here until this past Saturday and it was just disappointing considering it was my birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the house menu meal and several drinks on the patio on a Friday night. Though the kitchen times were a bit slow the service and the food was terrific. The brussel sprouts were too spicy for me but they were able to swap them for one of the other options without any issue which was much appreciated.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very slow for a weekday

BW
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice meal and service, but not a wow. Open for a long while, needs a wider menu and additional warmth in the atmosphere . The staff also needs additional education in the menu

JP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

So disappointed! Our party of 4 all set for great food and a good time for one of our birthdays. We inquired whether we would get bread with appetizers - manager begrudgingly brought bread but pushed hard for "special bread" for $. The baked brie was so small it was barely sufficient for one person. Scallops appetizer was gritty. Entrees were tasty, thank goodness. We expressed interest in strawberry pie dessert but were told we could not get a piece until the last piece of blueberry pie was sold. They did bring us a piece begrudgingly. The server was clearly unhappy to be there. At one point, she asked the "birthday person" if she "...was done picking at her food?" i.e. not eating fast enough. Our group often go to Matter of Taste and Gravity and had great hopes for this restaurant. So disappointed!

KG
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Apparently they’re in the process of turning over the restaurant. They were short staffed, so our wait for food was ridiculous...especially considering how disappointing the food was. In fairness, the steak and the beet salad were both decent. Our server and the new manager should be commended for handling the situation professionally and graciously, with smiles and apologies.

P
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for having vegan options! Also thank you to the chef for making a special garlic free dish for my husband. Will most definitely be back. We live 30 minutes away otherwise we’d make it a weekly visit.

CW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was not that good. Wasn’t a lot of taste/flavor.

The bartender put his fingers, over our drinks to pour out some of the drink. And then he added more to it. Unfortunately we drive a hour to try it out, we will not be going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and the service was excellent! Not pushy but very attentive. I brought my parents from out of town and they loved it! These foodies were very happy!

KD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found via reviews on Google. Brought friends from out of town and all of us were thrilled with the food, the service, the ambience. Thank you so much for a lovely evening!

TJ
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Since it was sold, its not the same Root.Limited menu so you have to go with the features which are also limited and $30+. We need and want an upscale choice in White Lake, Root could be that place.

K
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant it consistancy awesome. We always drive out here to eat and then go do our big food shopping at the Kroger.

TM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Root. Come here a lot. Would love to see a new menu. Will be back

k
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ordered the hamburger and thought it to be the best one I’ve ever had.
-Just delicious

JT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! I wish you offered crab cakes for brunch/lunch.

S
Detroit
36 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch and they let our dogs on the patio

SB
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Brunch reservation for four at noon on Sunday and there were fewer than a dozen seated tables; parents arrived first. Food and drinks were ordered together.
French press coffee and a mimosa took about 15 minutes to be served for my wife and myself.
Food took nearly 45 minutes to be served which were basic orders: salad, soup with a side of crispy bacon, the root plate and vegan hash.
Seems like either our server had forgotten to put our ticket in or the kitchen ignored it for about half an hour.
When the side of bacon arrived it was warm and flimsy so I asked for it to be cooked crispy. It came back half burned to an inedible char. I understand that it's thick-cut bacon and takes longer to cook, but there's no excuse for burning it. Bacon is a staple and very easy to cook correctly - especially when the restaurant was at less than 1/4 capacity.
I don't recall our server's name but she was young and presumably new. The buck stops with the manager or whoever is put in charge of quality control. Whoever that person is never checked on our table or I would have let them know at the time instead of this electronic feedback.
The reviews and pictures on Yelp all looked really great and perhaps it's a completely different restaurant for the dinner service.
Our service was horrible. The ambiance and quality of ingredients were excellent but are not worth the premium menu prices when the service doesn't match.

G
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to spend an anniversary dinner. My husband really enjoyed his prime rib dinner and when he says he would get it again...that means he really liked it.

T
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. I am a vegetarian and they accommodate by letting me order a side of the gratin potatoes which is usually served with the steaks.

DN
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Always interesting things to eat.

GL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Ran out of Chicken that someone in party wished to eat. Offered nothing in consolation given limited menu. Forgot a cappuccino. Was disappointing experience! Will not return.

S
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful restaurant and kids menu food with excellent quality and it is free on Sunday dinner

GB
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food ( as always ) for Father’s Day brunch - however, it took nearly an hour to get our food after waitress took our order.

f
Detroit
68 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up getting outdoor seating which was lovely. We ended up choosing the tasting menu which gives you 5 courses . The first course one of us chose the Sea Scallops and I chose the Brie encroute which came with an arugula salad and thinly sliced apples. Very well done...extremely delicious - almost licked the plates. The next course we chose the salad and the curried Brussel sprouts. Both were very good. Then came the intermezzo (lemon chartreuse sorbet to cleanse the palet) Then onto the entrees The fish of the evening was cooked to perfection and the fingerling potatoes were spot on. I chose the curried chick peas and cauliflower with jasmine rice. The flavor profile was delicious yet the rice was undercook and a little crunchy for my taste. The dessert was a banana cream pie w/roasted marshmallow and I had the blueberry rhubarb lavender pie. Both were great. As for drinks - the wine list is nice and chose one to suit the meal. There was a bourbon drink (forget what its' called, yet it's smoked) Overall a very lovely evening outside and the meal was fantastic.

f
Detroit
61 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. One of my favorite pksces

T
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chris is an outstanding server! Excellent balance in terms of conversation and business related to the dining experience.

LR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside and was wonderful. We ate appetizers, dinner, desert and had beer and cocktails everything was great.

PW
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu was a great sxperience

ED
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always good. you can count on a nice meal and great service

c
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of car friends get together each Wednesday and go to a different restaurant for lunch and have burgers.
This week was our 300th! To celebrate we picked an extra nice place to go and we were not disappointed!
Very best service and food! Recommend it highly!

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