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  2. Distance: 3.25mi
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About The Root Restaurant & Bar

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 James Rigato'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.

340 Town Center Blvd.
White Lake, MI 48386
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Elizabeth Lake Rd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(248) 698-2400

Website:
http://www.therootrestaurant.com/

Catering:
The Root Restaurant & Bar will cater any event large or small. Chef James Rigato
and staff catered under their company Ripe Catering for 3 years before opening
The Root. Please contact The Root with any inquiries regarding your event.

Parking Details:
The Root is located in The Village Lakes Plaza in White Lake on the corner of M-59 and Elizabeth Lake. There is a large, well lit parking lot surrounding The Root.

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Rodgers

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Root Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Local Ingredients (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
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Worth the Drive (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Seasonal (19)
Casual (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Tasting Menu (16)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Romantic (13)
Vegan (13)
Bar Seating (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Organic (10)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Authentic (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great Beer (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Cozy (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

This was a disappointing experience. Knowing the Root had been Michigan's restaurant or the year in the past we expected much more. My partner has a chicken dish which was bland and I , having had a late lunch followed the recommendation of a couple at the next table to have a fried bologna sandwich. Dumb, I know, but I was not that hungry and found nothing tempting on the menu. Definitely not worth a 25 minute drive.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined 3 days ago

We've never had a bad experience here. Food is always amazing and the service is great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

I hadn't been to The Root in many years. It was my pick to celebrate my birthday. Service, food, cleanliness, and atmosphere did not disappoint. It was perfect in all ways. We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Always great food!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very pleasant w no wait :)

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We want to like the Root - the menu looks amazing to us...amazing! However, the past two times we’ve dined there - our meals were way too salty. Also, my mushroom entree was served at room temperature- disappointing. Bartender was great...the younger server seemed inexperienced...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had the tasting menu with a wine pairing. This was our third time having the tasting menu. I seem to remember the tasting menu being inventive and different than the regular menu, but now it is just allowing you to pick different items off the menu in 5 course fashion. Was more impressed with the creativity before but the food is still high level. Everything is always perfectly cooked. The seasonal flair is always fun and delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Menu includes locally obtained materials made in unique dishes with nice presentation. Server was helpful in suggestions and very attentive throughout the meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I had not been to Root in a while, primarily because we held my daughters graduation dinner there, and it was terrible. Even worse, it was my recommendation for that dinner because of all of the positive experiences I had had in the past (that, and my daughter is a foodie who had high expectations).

I am very glad I went back. Everything was great, including the special rabbit stew. My thai chili shrimp tacos were also extremely flavorful. I plan on returning!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We ordered the pork chop and crab cakes and it was an amazing choice. Along with the fine food our service was wonderful. Thanks for the great experience. We will be back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always fantastic food & service. The special soup, fish, cocktail and dessert are never a gamble. Try something new, you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Waitress, Karen, was quite helpful. Appetizer of wings was great. Entree of steak was tasty, but the insomnia I suffered from after led me to believe that what I assumed was a reduction must have had either coffee or chocolate. If so, I wish I had been informed.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 1, 2017

I had the tasting menu, seemed the chef was not watching the proteins and broiled cauliflower, there was a prominent burnt flavor. The staff did let me order something else for the cauliflower. The highlight was the banana cream pie. This is my 3rd visit, I’ve had better food in the past.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great service. Nice locally focused menu. Quality food. Moderately priced.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food with excellent variety - we were able to please every person in our 6 person party with an entree they enjoyed. Friendly and attentive staff. Would recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Organic, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Delicious food selection and awesome interior aesthetic. This is definitely a place to go to celebrate a special occasion with your loved one. The waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The Root always has delicious seasonal items on their menu. This evening they have a duck leg that was delicious. We were fortunate that they had one slice of their wonderful apple pie left. It’s amazing. The food is good from the appetizers to their entrees to their desserts. The craft cocktails are all made from fresh and local ingredients and we can count on them to havenintwetimg Michigan beers on tap. This night they had one of my favorites - Keweenaw Brewings Pick Axe Blonde.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waiter Brad provided excellent service, the food was amazing, and ambience dazzling. We loved it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Ok. Just not the same as it was when Chef Rigato was in the kitchen :-(

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have dined here before and went back for our anniversary dinner. We started with a charcuterie board and it was pretty good. I would like to see some type of preserves instead of the honeycomb for something new. A while back they served a lavender infused preserve with the cheese and it was Delicious with a hint of the lavender. Would love to see that come back!

Our dinner was disappointing. I ordered the New York Strip because last time I ate there it was sooooo tender and it melted in my mouth. This time it was tough and overcooked. It was even hard to cut with the steak knife. The greens on the side were cooked perfectly with a little crunch and good flavor. The potatoes were hot and tasty. We were also disappointed that the meatloaf was no longer on the menu. My husband ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and said it was good. Nothing spectacular.

The server was great except he forgot to give us our water at the beginning. Also, they used to serve a delicious warm bread but we never got any delivered to our table. Does that have to be ordered specifically now? He did explain the beer flight in detail and the Hubbie enjoyed most of the beers. There was an interesting Moscow Muele beer that I would try again.

They gave us a complimentary dessert because of our anniversary which was great. However they were out of the Tiramisu which I wanted to order. None of their other selections really sounded good. Maybe add a dessert with seasonal apples?

The noise level is low and it's very romantic and nice ambiance. I will definitely go back with their creative menu. However, I don't know if I would order the New York Strip again.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This used to be one of our favorite restaurants. We gave it one last shot tonight. The menu is confusing and mostly uninspiring, the food here used to be eclectic and fabulous. I've had friendlier service at an Applebee's. Not sure what happened here but I miss the place this 'used' to be. We won't be back.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had the chicken and waffles and the breakfast plate and biscuit and gravy. The chicken is so moist, the bacon is the best we've had and the gravy is excellent. We look forward to our great brunch at The Root!

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was excellent and service is top notch.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Creative menu and excellent steak. Pork chop was also great. Soups were simply delicious and different with a touch of spice.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overpriced for the quality. Root was amazing when they first opened. Since James Regato left, steaks okay, burgers dry, spices and flavors are off. Service always good.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I gave the restaurant a lower score for dinner because: The bread was average. The scallops were undercooked to my preference and a bit cold. Dinner took a long time to arrive.

Soups, salad and spaghetti/meatballs were good. Service was excellent, drink menu was well curated. I would go back. I would like to see a bit better focus on the meal execution, though. I’ve had brunch and lunch there before and was delighted. I enjoy the locally sourced, more natural/organic and grass fed (whole food) focus. Menu content is great and imaginative.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dishes were good, but not warm/hot enough. French Onion Soup was warm enough to eat right away whereas normally it needs to cool down a bit. My Chicken Pot Pie Soup was also just warm. My $10 squash toast was cold! Food is good and the dishes unique, but overpriced for what you get. Service was excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We have always enjoyed dining at Root, with it's unique dishes and focus on organic farm-to-table ingredients. But since becoming vegans in the last two years, my husband and I are very thankful this chef has offered an excellent vegan tasting menu. It is almost impossible to enjoy any fine dining with vegan options. Thank you and please don't ever eliminate this choice!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service. Food was really good, especially the crab cakes and the pork chop. I thought prices were very reasonable considering the quality of the food....we spent about $160 on dinner for four with an expensive bottle of wine. Will definitely go back

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Service was fantastic; the waitress remembered our party of 4 from a year ago. The chef always accommodates my many food allergies and I get an excellent meal. Lots of different beers and many wines to choose from, along with signature hand-crafted cocktails, and after dinner drinks. Lots of specials that change frequently and are very creative. The waitress had tried a lot of the food, so she was able to offer advice about what to get and what to pair it with. I’ve never had a bad evening at The Root — it’s always great.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Alot of the menu options are locally sourced. Waiter was very good. We ordered the thai shrimp tacos which were excellent and the evening special of korean style short ribs. The short ribs were not as described. They were very large and long pieces of meat. They were very so-so. Dessert of banana cream pie was a real disappointment; thick heavy filling.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Healthy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

I've been The Root's biggest fan since it opened. Prices and menu have changed several
time's since 2012. The Orchard salad is still my favorite and would pay the price. The new
menu seems to have to much spice in the dishes.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our 2nd dinner there with another couple last weekend and it was a great experience. Excellent service, ambiance and food, will go back soon.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a fantastic meal. The steak was phenomenal. We went for our anniversary. Our waiter gave us free desert on the house. Will be going back there again for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Organic, Great Beer
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food was outstanding, service was great. The server was knowledgeable about prep and ingredients!

Tags: Organic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Too expensive for the size/amount of food you get. The small plate items should be listed under appetizers (under your vegetables and more section).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was fantastic. We shared the pork belly and pepper appetizers. For dinner 2 of us had the white fish special and it was an explosion of taste...spicy and fresh. I would recommend the restaurant to everyone. The only negative is the location.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Healthy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I've been here twice now and loved everything I've ordered (and what my bf has ordered). Great restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, so you feel comfortable no matter what you wear or what you order. Service is clearly something that is taught well to everyone, from the waiters to the bus boys. I always appreciate good customer service.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We love the food and atmosphere here! It's a bit of a drive for us but worth it once in a while. We're vegan and love that menu items are no only available but clearly marked! Everything we had was fresh & delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our entire experience was excellent. The food was fabulous and reasonably priced. The service was also excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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