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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.
White Lake, MI 48386
American, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Elizabeth Lake Rd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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
I have eaten at The Root many times since it opened and always had a good meal, great service and good value, butI will not eat at The Root again anytime soon. When we first walked in, the hostess wanted to seat us immediately, even though we were early and the rest of our party hadn't arrived yet; She was annoyed when we wanted to have a drink and wait for them. Our server was pleasant, but did not appear that knowledgable on the dishes. In the past, I have always been impressed with the staff's knowledge and ability to accommodate special requests. We ordered the brussel sprouts appetizer, without bleu cheese, since 3 out of four have a dairy allergy; it came with bleu cheese on it, so we sent it back, My husband ordered the fish special, which was ahi tuna on soba noodles. He requested to substitute the noodles for rice, and was told not they couldn't do that and the server didn't offer any other option. He requested to speak with the manager, who came over and advised the same without offering any other option, other than to say that they only had a certain portion of rice and couldn't substitute. I can understand the portioning issue, but come on, it was white rice!!! My husband then asked for a vegetable and she said no, same thing on the portion side, so he finally said how about a salad? The manager agreed, and brought out a dish of plain arugula with about 2 radishes on it, which was pretty pathetic. All the main dishes then came out, and I have to say that compared to meals we have had there in the past, the portion sizes were tiny. I would call them appetizer size, not main entree size, especially for the prices they were charging.
All in all, we were very disappointed in the whole dining experience; I had heard that the original chef/owner was no longer involved in the restaurant and there was a new chef. I always considered The Root a higher end restaurant but they'll have to improve their service and selections if they want my business anymore!
We were there for a birthday, which came with a complimentary dessert for the birthday person. Service was great, as usual, including accommodation of my multitude of food allergies. Some new things on the menu (cocktails and food) along with the different daily specials. One of the more interesting cocktails was a hickory-smoke/maple/bourbon/cherry John Collins. Great wine by the glass selection at reasonable prices and variety.
Wow! This restaurant has it all! We loved the decor, the menu selection, friendly wait staff, and especially the food! Everything we ordered was nothing short of amazing and we were impressed by the creative presentation. Equally impressive are the reasonable prices. For a unique, fun, and welcoming dining experience, visit The Root. We will certainly be back! We only wish that the restaurant was located closer to home; however, it was well worth the drive.
It was an okay restaurant food was good but not great but still good. Beautiful place to dine but prices are pretty high for what you get. Not vegan friendly. I would suggest more menu options in general. I would go back though if it were special occassion and I'm willing to spend 30 or more bucks on things I actually want.
It was our first visit to The Root and everyone that attended was disappointed. It started out with the waiter spilling a glass of water on the table. We know that accidents happen but when the water went into our appetizer and we were not offered a replacement - that was our first disappointment. Our waiter seemed to disappear quite often - we had to wait 15 minutes for our drinks and then while having dessert we had to wait about another 15 minutes before we flagged down another waitperson to assist in bringing us our beverage. The food was only average but had the service been better, we may have enjoyed the evening and food more.
We've been wanting to go here for some time now and glad we finally made it. Overall, I'd recommend this place to all my foodie friends! The only disappointment was the lack of Pasta Bolognaise served to my wife. She doesn't eat a lot so it wasn't much of an issue. However, if I had ordered this for myself, I would have been real bummed!
We are looking forward to going back and will try the bar next time.
I had made a reservation, even though it was pretty empty on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Nice table. We ordered the Thai Tacos, yummy, but needed something a little creamy on it. Next, soup. My husband order the daily soup, Thai based -good. I had the onion which has a very strange flavor. Loved the cheese and crouton. Nothing compared to Peabody's onion soup! Next, the burger. I think I only like them on a brioche bun. To much bread for the small size burger. No paprika on the fries, it taste like nothing but powder on them...I was so disappointed. Service was great! Loved the music. Simplicity with the food would have been better...
Overall Great experience. We arrived a little early prior to our reservation and while waiting had a drink at the bar. The bartender made good drinks, but she seemed a little short with us when the bar was mostly empty, which I didn't understand. Our server once seated was great, so overall a good experience.
The atmosphere at The Root is great, especially given that it resides in a strip mall. The service was top notch and the food was very good. However, $25 for fried chicken seems to be a bit pricey as was the paparadelle with bolognese. I had the pork belly which was wonderful with the homemade kimchi and creamed corn. It was an appetizer and $14, but really was the best value as it was as large as the 2 entrees my son and wife ordered.
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
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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