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Roots The Restaurant

4.6
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681 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
*During the COVID-19 restrictions, we have updated our outdoor seating to include a tent as well as outside seating for guests.
Please check out our website rootsrutland.com for updated hours, 802-747-7414 with any questions.

*For parties larger than 6 please call for your reservation.

Roots mission is to create delicious food from fresh, local ingredients. Vermont offers an agricultural bounty of flavorful produce, meat, dairy and other food products that are staples of the Roots menu.

Roots is committed to providing affordable meals from minimally processed, locally grown ingredients, including organic crops and humanely raised, pasture fed livestock.

We are proud to partner with local providers Boardman Hill Farm, Hathaway Farm, Woods Market, Blue Ledge Farm, and other smaller scale produce, dairy and maple syrup providers.

Visit us at 55 Washington Street in downtown Rutland and enjoy a delicious, wholesome local meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 681 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
service
4.4
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NL263
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service; consistently sensitive to allergies and the new outdoor seating during COVID has worked well.

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Kate13
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat during the pandemic. Plenty of spacing.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Roots does a very good job considering the covid virus. We have lunch at Roots several times a year.
This time we were there for outside dining on a hot day. There was a steady breeze under the tent which kept the temps at a comfortable level.
The wait staff does an excellent job.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor setting is so beautiful and the evening weather was perfect. I almost forgot I was in Rutland.

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SallyS
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under the tent, wonderful meal and service. Healthy and fresh menu.

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MarkF
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roots is one of the areas best restaurants. Always consistent and always a great menu to choose from. The service is friendly and prompt. And they have a great selection of craft beers and drink specials. If you haven't tried Roots you owe it to yourself to check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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Iskiinvt
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food and service where awesome. Chip is the best.

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vipZacharymia
London
25 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and food. Will go back again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and presentation was perfect. Dessert was delicious. Outdoor dining was great except for the sun shining on my face. Beautiful setup.

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ChristineG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and professional, food was fantastic as always. Great job keeping clean and safe in this pandemic.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A+++ Everything was phenomenal!
Why we waited so long to come here is beyond us ! We will be back maybe next week !!

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AlanDI
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, nice location. Happy they are back open & serving.

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AngelaC
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is usually very flavorful, this was the only time I ever had anything slightly burned. Service was great, it was clean, cool ambience; this last time was the only time food was not five stars- but it has been up to this point.

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Sally
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement party

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AnthonyS
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The service and food were great. A little upsetting that I called ahead informing them of me and my wife’s anniversary and to have a bottle of wine on the table when we got there. Not only was the bottle not on the table, the server knew nothing of the request. Most likely poor communication. Happens all the time in my business. I’m only writing this review because I love the restaurant and hope this makes it A little better for my next visit.
-Anthony

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Kaylan
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and our server was very polite and attentive. The live music was a nice addition to the atmosphere. It was a great dinner. :)

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Jumbo
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Imaginative menu done well. Service has always been spot on when we have gone there. Outdoor Covid 19 sitting was delightful and very well done.

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DavidNW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Roots and it was great! The service, the food, the dessert celebrating our anniversary, we enjoyed every minute! Even the ambience with the outdoor seating under the tent was very nice and no concerns relating to covid. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice dinner in downtown Rutland.

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CHRISTINEM
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server was wonderful and the cheeseburgers were amazing as usual! AND THE FRIES!!

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StacyB
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to get back out and have dinner out for the first time since the Pandemic began! Thank you Roots for opening so quickly for outdoor dining!

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ChrisY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Very attentive staff. Worth the trip down from Killington. We will be back.

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vipMarilyn
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great find in Rutland, VT. Not only were dishes presented beautifully, but they tasted delicious. Service was very attentive

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judith
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful place to return, Roots surprises us every time with new delicious possibilities.

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emptynestor
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Overall, a delicious restaurant. However, all 4 of us were really cold - the room needed to be heated a bit more. Additionally, the restaurant's interior design/environment doesn't align with the amazing food, it felt like our table of four was in a hallway rather than a restaurant. But still worthwhile because of quality of food and service.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first experience at Roots as we were visiting from out of state to attend a show at the theater nearby.
Everything was excellent they atmosphere is very nice and inviting. We enjoyed the wide variety and selection of appetizers and entrees which are not all of the typical choices at all the other restaurants. We will definitely return to Roots when back in the area highly recommend!!

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CatherineM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was very good. Food was ok. There were 4-5 flavors to every dish and it was just too much. A little bit of editing would make the food better. The cooking was very good and meat was done well.

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Christine314
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, David, was great as usual!!
My cheeseburger was delish and the French fries!! Outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inovative, delicious flavors. Wonderful service, can’t wait to go back!

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GailI
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and our server was very helpful and gave us good tips for what to pick. Would definitely recommend to friends and go back again. Thanks!

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PlantPoweredLady
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Chef willing to accommodate and delight with vegan options and special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Not an intimate setting at all. A cramped and open setting and other patrons sit just 10 inches away. You have better space and ambiance at Denny’s.

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ChristinaD
New England
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recently visited with a close friend and we were able to catch up without feeling like the server was rushing us. Once done with our food we decided to move to the bar to continue catching up without taking up a table. The server and the bartender were both great, very friendly without being in your face. I had a burger with a side of sweet potato hash (YUM!) and my friend had the cod special which had a cauliflower puree side that was very tasty. We finished dinner off with the carrot cake which was delicious! We will definitely be back.

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vipKenk
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We arrived on time fir our reservation & were seated immediately. The service was up to par for an upscale restaurant & the food was very good. There were many vegetarian & vegan options.

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LGvermont
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service prior to arrival and all the way thru until we walked out the door. Can't wait to go back! The scallop special was AMAZING!

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vipphillyfoody
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, great service, varied menu with kid-friendly options (no explicit kids menu). That said, restaurant had high chairs but no changing tables in the bathrooms.

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vipBethW
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This review is difficult for me for a few reasons, not least of which because of something that happened before I even arrived. But first I’ll tell you the food was okay, the service very good, and the ambiance was comfortable. Maybe that’s harsh for Rutland VT, but I’ve dined at many restaurants in many places and know Roots is not excellent.

I had made the reservation many days before to be sure we had a table. 6:30 PM was the only reasonable time available, so I booked it. The morning of our reservation I received a recording on my voicemail that there would be a party coming for the table at 8:00 PM so I should be prepared to finish my meal by then. “Just want you to know.” In all the years of reserved tables this was the first time I felt unable to relax with my meal because I might be eating too slow or ordering too many courses!

I’ve been seated as a walk-in many places with the caveat that the table was only available for a limited time, and that’s okay, but I have never been told my reservation had time restrictions. I was offended by this, wasn’t able to fully enjoy my time there, and will not return at the risk of similar treatment.

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DavidT
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

First of all the service was excellent. The waitress was outstanding! Our salad and rolls were excellent also. The choice of potatoes with my meal could have been better.

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rugbymaycry
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Prices were a bit high, waitress was great so we left a great tip but the food was just alright, coupled with the high prices it wasn't really worth it to spend our anniversary there. Glad we went but don't think i'll be coming back.

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PauletteG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Venison chop Amazing!
Pleasant dinning experience.. service a bit slow.. though it's was acknowledge..

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Bill
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food drinks and service and very good value for the price

FAQs

Roots The Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (802) 747-7414.

Roots The Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 681 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.