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Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 1.85mi
  2. Distance: 3.25mi
  3. Distance: 3.91mi
  4. Distance: 5.00mi

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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (31)
Local Ingredients (29)
Creative Cuisine (27)
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Casual (24)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Seasonal (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (18)
Healthy (15)
Vegan (15)
Organic (15)
Business Meals (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Romantic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Authentic (10)
Great Beer (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Fun (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Cozy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 2 days ago

The food and service were great!

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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent as usual, except for the bread and rolls which did not seem fresh!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Detroit)·Dined 5 days ago

As always, The Root never fails to offer creative meals, local options, and a very knowledgeable waitstaff!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 7 days ago

Great, as always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great cocktails!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The Root always has a great menu selection of seasonal flavors and a welcoming knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Absolutely love this place for lunch, dinner, or brunch. They have a great selection of soups, salads, appetizers, main dishes and vegan options. They have excellent service.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Several of us had the best brussle sprouts salad and agreed it was fantastic. We'd go back just for that salad!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great Place In Every Way But Would Like To See An Even Larger Wine Selection.

Tags: Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Fantastic, consistent meal. Always something new and creative on the menu. A bit of a drive from Detroit but always worth the trip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 4, 2018

First date. Great place

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 (Toledo)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We LOVE The Root! It's our "go-to" choice for dining in White Lake!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Another great meal at the Root for New Years Eve! Best steak, pork belly and salmon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food is very good. The lobster bisque brith has a great flavor. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Buttermilk chicken crispy on the outside and tender/juicy on the inside. Warm beet salad was delicious as was the Brie puff pastry! Great indulgence to celebrate New Year’s Eve

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner with family and friends.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our second time at The Root and it was excellent yet again. Love it here. Will definitely come back. Such a treat.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Organic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

GreT food & Atmosphere. Our server was attemtive & loved the reminders of this reservation on my phone..

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The way the chef prepares his dish make anything taste good. I have eaten foods I would normally snub my nose at (vegan dishes, Brussel sprouts, foie gras) and loved them. Try something new! You’ll love it!

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The restaurant was noisy not cozy or intimate. The service was ok. The meal was at best average. Poor presentation or playing, potatoes on the cold side. The greens (Kale) was very tough. Dessert was complimentary since it was our anniversary. This is always a nice touch. There is too much competition around for restaurants for this to be an average destination.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Perfect place to meet friends. Service and food was excellent.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Over priced for the quality and quantity of food and ambiance.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very good food. Very accommodating to food allergies

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Romantic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I always LOVE the Root Restaurant, although I NEVER get the steaks. This trip I ordered the pork chop with spaetzle (which was magnificent), and at 6:30pm they only had the one pork chop left, so my husband and our friends all ordered steaks instead. All 3 of them complained that their rib eyes and strip steaks, while tasty, were so gristly they were unenjoyable. My husband has complained about this before, but thought maybe it was a fluke. Moral of the story: don't order the steaks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always a fantastic experience. Our waitress was amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Had the shrimp tacos and soft tortilla shells had a stale taste. Very unusual for Root. Been there many times and this was my first disappointment. Everything else was excellent

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I thought the tasting menu was excellent. My entree was a little overdone but the choices on the tasting menu or phenomenal. We had a great time.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Service was TOP NOTCH- Chris was an excellent waiter! Scallops, YUM, Banana Cream pie, YUM, TO DIE FOR marshmallow on top of the pie (like crème brulee topping.... Cannot even TELL YOU HOW GOOD THIS WAS!!!) Will return again! Perfect meal!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

My daughter and her husband were visiting. He's a foodie with gluten allergies. I'm a vegetarian. My husband is suspicious of anything overtly healthy. We all had wonderful meals and a lovely experience. Local foods are featured -- yay!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Appetizers, sides, main dishes and desserts are all exceptional! Beautiful atmosphere and one of the only restaurants that is quiet. My FAVORITE place and it’s a 30 minute drive for me but we’ll worth it! Don’t miss out on this one.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We both had the tasting menu, one with the wine pairing and the other with the beer pairing!! All the food was imaginative and tasty. Choices were allowed with each course so the seafood eater and the seafood hater were both happy. The pumpkin cheesecake with blueberry compote was an interesting pairing and was delicious the next day when we could have room to eat it! Server was knowledgeable and non-smothering.

Always worth the trip. Menu always changes, but always great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great as always! I love getting the tasting menu with the wine pairing.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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