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  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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (29)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (28)
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Creative Cuisine (28)
Local Ingredients (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Casual (23)
Romantic (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Worth the Drive (18)
Tasting Menu (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Healthy (15)
Vegan (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Organic (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Seasonal (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Cozy (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
People Watching (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was good, but our group preferred a wider variance of menu choices.

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great lunch at Root yesterday. Ryan did a great job serving and the kitchen was great as usual.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

The tables for 2 a little too close ! The food delicious. We were given a little bit of champagne to celebrate our anniversary and that was a great gesture. Thank you !

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food was very good, and the service was excellent. We always enjoy eating at The Root.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Our usuals for brunch didn't disappoint. The Chicken and Waffles are to die for. Chicken is tender an juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside! The bacon is the best I've had but you have to like salty. Happy Customers!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Sunday brunch is outstanding!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The Root is always amazing! I wish that they were open for breakfast/brunch all week long!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This is our favorite spot for wonderfully prepared, fresh food!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This restaurant is one of our favorite ‘special occasions’ locations. We especially enjoy sitting at the Chefs Table and try to book it when we can. Excellent food that features Michigan grown/raised products.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Organic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful girls night to celebrate a birthday. Our waiter, Chris , was knowledgeable and patient.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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...

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food and service were great!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

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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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great, as always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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 3, 2018

First date. Great place

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vip
 (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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Detroit)·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 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Detroit)·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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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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