Roots The Restaurant

4.7
734 reviews
$30 and under
Comfort Food
*During the COVID-19 restrictions, we have added a large open second dining room with widely spaced tables.
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 734 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DrewB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good, fresh food cooked in innovative ways. It is a treat for the pallet and the eyes.

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Map64
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the new bigger space. Menu fit everyone’s needs. Great server. We will be back.

KR
KatieRP
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. Best restaurant in Rutland by far.

WP
WilliamP
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were scheduled to eat outside but had to change owing to weather..
As always Roots has really good food. The pork sandwich is outstanding and the Ceasar Salad with chicken was said by my partner to be way above average.

KB
KimB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, private and mellow. Perfect for date night.

JJ
JanetJ
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, great lunch! The only drawback is the Covid 19 atmosphere but that’s not the restaurants fault. Recommend the pork belly, fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience was not only 5 star because of the food, our server Aaron was absolutely one of the major highlights of our visit.

We had the cheese board which came with a pepper jam that was ABSOLUTELY incredible. It has a kick, that was balanced when paired with the cheese. The other accompaniments (grapes, honey and tomatoes pesto) were great as well.
I had the scallops which were served with a warm
Cranberry/apple chutney, cheddar polenta cakes and arugula salad. Simply DELICIOUS!!!!

The pork dish was soooo tender and tasty as well.

We also tried several of the seasonal cocktails, they have a bartender that is a true artisan and mixologist!!!
Bottom line... great food, great drinks, great service!!!

BR
BillR
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were yearning for a good hamburger and we found it! We were over the moon about the brussels sprout app! The food was excellent and plentiful. The service was the best. We ate outdoors and had no complaints there either. We look forward to our next visit when we will reserve early enough to be inside and hear the music.

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Prince
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

JC
JenniferC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good we went back the next day for lunch!

PB
PeterB
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My wife and I enjoyed our dining experience at Roots. I had the Scallop special, my wife had the Salmon. We were both pleased with our dinner as it was very tasty and was wonderfully presented (it looked as good as it tasted). The only mild disappointment was I was still a bit hungry when I left. There were only 5 scallops on my plate. At $32 per plate I was left wanting more. But we had a wonderful evening out together. Thanks!

MJ
vipMaryJK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in this area. When I make my reservation at the place we stay, the reservation for Roots immediately follows. Food and service is great.
In the time of covid pandemic they did a great job making us feel comfortable.

MM
vipMarilynM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We requested a table outside but had to go inside to check in. We were then told we had to scan the menu while at the hostess stand. This was uncomfortable as we were not 6 ft away from others. We also did not have enough time to look at the menu. The fish tacos were mostly cabbage slaw w a very small piece of tasteless fish. Overall . We were disappointed .

PA
PollyA
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We three seniors didn’t want to forgo our traditional rendezvous-vous at our favorite restaurant despite the pandemic and are so glad we didn’t. We felt very safe there, had fantastic foods, great service and no rush. Couldn’t have been better!

MS
vipMonicaS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely patio, great food, great service! Will be visiting again.

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Dougie
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! I am a foodie and so is my husband and the service was impressive as well.

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vipFoodiefromct
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Donald Billings and staff never disappoint. Food and service outstanding and the outdoor seating was perfect as the weather was cooperating! Look forward dining in the new “art” warehouse soon.

DM
DanielM
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great. Great great great threat great great great

PM
vipPrettyMommy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The interior decor was REALLY blue and dark. Wait staff was fantastic. The chicken rolls were a strange texture, the pork was good, but the chicken dish was full of onions and the menu didn't state that.

TK
TinaK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the weather was quite cool, my husband and I enjoyed a delicious anniversary dinner under the awning. The food was incredible as usual, especially the salmon special. I hope they add that to their winter menu.

NH
NHJMC
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food just wish more options on menu. Drinks a tad pricey could of had more booze/less juice is only thing I can say for improvement. Overall would go back again.

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Ellie
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food were great! They were very attentive and delicious drinks. Was a little bright, maybe dim the lights in the evening.

TD
TerriD
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really appreciated the welcoming atmosphere of Roots. We ate inside and felt very comfortable doing so with the tables far from each other due to the social distancing regulations. There was also a very nice tented outdoor eating space. We enjoyed our meal from start (great cocktails) to finish (too full for dessert). Three of us shared the calamari which was delicious. I had salmon with sweet potato hash which I loved, but also tasted the other dishes at our table; the sausage risotto and the noodle bowl. All were very good. We will definitely be returning to Roots. Hopefully next time we will save room for dessert.

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LeanneC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outdoor dining was a nice change of pace for me. I enjoyed it very much. The food and service were also very good. An enjoyable experience all around!

JS
JessicaS
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Attentive and friendly weight staff. Felt completely comfortable with covid restrictions. We sat outside & it was wonderful and very clean.

JT
JoyT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good to very good fare, can be somewhat pricey (even bread costs extra).
$11.00 for a small glass of prosecco seems excessive. Still, we go to Roots
because of its quality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Roots always provides this each time we visit. The rolls are to die for and should be ordered regardless of your dining choice.

MC
MikeC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant for miles around. Fresh, locally-sourced items, knowledgeable staff, creative cocktails, excellent beer selection.

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vipSanj
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and ambience! We drove from Chester to Rutland just to dine here!

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Ron6986
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brian did an outstanding job on Saturday! He’s always pleasant and takes care of his guests.

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Ron6986
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brian was a great server. It was nice to watch the owner interact with his staff in such a positive way! Roots never disappoints!

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David
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Don't go if you are on a tight budget.
Do go if you want excellent food with a great atmosphere.

j
joshm
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as usual and the wait staff very friendly!

JD
JDD108
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! We highly recommend it!

BO
BonnieO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Roots is a favorite of mine. Yet we all agreed that being told we have just an hour and a half to use the table sets you back and takes the feeling of being out to dinner to a place of not being able to relax, or really enjoy the experience. I can understand limits needing to be set right now, but it definitely takes away from the experience.

BR
vipBakerR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food, very pleasant staff
our favorite place to go

nice outdoor seating

MM
MollieM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the server was very helpful!

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vipMokie
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The service was on par. The server didn't tell us specials for the day while we overheard him telling at another table. He also didn't offer desserts at the end. It was not a busy night, so there is no excuse for these mistakes in my mind. The food was ok. Nothing amazing but rather mediocre. It is too bad as we decided to try this place for the last night on the vacation.

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vuvvermont
5 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent from beginning to end. Very innovative dishes well presented. Service was also top notch. Highly recommend if you are looking for interesting dishes prepared with emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

SJ
SusanJ
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal and experience in these COVID times. Plenty of space outside for tables and the food was the usual great food and service was great too. Thanks Roots!

FAQs

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

Roots The Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.