The Root Cellar

4.6
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Established in 2012, The Root Cellar is an organic restaurant in London Ontario’s historic Old East Village serving local farm-to-fork fare. Part of the Forest City Worker Co-operative and closely aligned with On The Move Organics and London Brewing Co-operative, we pride ourselves on working in the neighborhood we live in and love, while serving up the best of our local foodshed.

Our mission is to change the food system that affects all of us. We believe that food is political, that the choices we make about food -- what we choose to eat and whom we choose to support by doing so -- resonate through our community, economy, and planet. At the foundation of this project is a commitment to invigorating our community, discovering the plenitude of our local foodshed, supporting sustainable agricultural practices, and working cooperatively.
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TraceyL
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We brought friends from out of town. They loved the experience and thought the food was some of the best they have had. The service was terrific and our server offered helpful explanations and alternatives for certain items.

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ML21
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Visitors from out of town. Food was great - both what we ate and the other dishes we saw other diners having. Service fantastic and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing. Server was knowledgeable of everything on the food and beverage menu.
Vegan cheesecake is a must!

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CindyM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and ambience lived up to the reviews and description. Everything we tried was fresh and amazing.

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PatriciaL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed the fish of the day but would have like the plate to be more colourful.
My husband thought the curry could have been a little hotter.
Ambience was great, good value.
We would go again.
Great location near the Aelion Hall.

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IreneM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

We have had many delicious lunches at the Root Cellar over the years. Our group of 8 chose Root Cellar for a celebratory dinner. About 6 tables with customers when we arrived. Several staff were chatting with each other, 2 on cell phones. Staff serving the table beside us looked at our table several times but said nothing. It took 15 minutes to have our server come to our table, but it may have taken longer had we had not flagged her down. Person behind the bar stared into space and took her time pouring draft beer. Another 10 minutes.
My bison burger as usual was delicious but fries were cold. The special was not hot and lacked flavour, too much batter on the fish and cold fries. Salads lacked flavour. Beer was delicious.

Had the food been exceptional as it has been previously, our rating of Root Cellar would have been better but based on poor, unacceptable service, it will be a while before we all visit again.

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MarianneL
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Delicious, locally sourced food. We love this London restaurant.

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StephB209
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's always awesome there! Our server was fantastic! Food was delicious, as was the wine!!!

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OhioEater
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Yes, it’s good that there are restaurants that serve local organic food. That still means you have to cook and de-stem the kale, fully cook the rice, etc. Not impressed.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great fresh and local food. Service was very attentive and the atmosphere is light and fun in a nice retro setting. Would suggest that you consider pizza warming trays or serving on a warm pizza stone at the table as the amazing thin crust pizza loses heat quickly once it is brought from the kitchen. A fine eating experience and we'll be back.

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Mangoes
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, super friendly staff

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RandyP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Root Cellar is our favorite restaurant in London. My girlfriend and I have gone a few times now and have always been delighted with the food, service and atmosphere. We're especially pleased that the Root Cellar supports local organic farmers. This is a must try restaurant if you have been there yet.

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WEAD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Loved the local wine selections and their price! Food very good! Soup was great and home made fries in truffle oil were delicious!

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KathyB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, cozy atmosphere, outstanding food! We will continue to come back as there are many more items on the menu that we still want to try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was most professional and easy disposition of server was most helpful! Food delicious and served as we had asked. Would definitely go back, we were visiting from across eastern Canada as a pre wedding family dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Everyone in our party was very happy with their dish. There is something for everyone on the menu! Tres bien!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, food was excellent

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Eryn
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible service, welcoming atmosphere and outstanding quality food! Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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LornaL
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was my first time and I thoroughly enjoyed everything. I didn’t realize organic foods taste so different. Gooooood

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food, good local option for multiple dietary choices. Service was slow, but they were short staffed.

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CandiceM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server, Miriam, was very engaging and knowledgeable about everything on the menu from drinks to mains. She was able to suggest a variation on one of the appetizers I wanted to try to accommodate my dietary needs (since I could not have the crostini, but I could have the sweet potato chips) that ended up being a cross between two of the appetizers we were considering. The food was excellent and I will definitely be returning! It was the best dinner out we have had in a long time! :) Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

When "The Only on King" discontinued their business a few years back, they had recommended The Root Cellar. I brought my husband here for his birthday. Overall we had a great experience, however when our featured soup arrived we noticed there were no crackers or bread. We asked the server if we could have some, and she said it would cost us $2.00 for the bread (toast). When the toast arrived there was no butter, or anything on the toast, by then the soup was gone. We weren't certain ow of what to do with the plain toast I have just never really experienced this before, thought it was a bit unusual to not provide butter or a substitute.

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Nate
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic local spot with a compassionate local menu. Very vegetarian/vegan friendly.

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thomasdwyer
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Table settings are far too close, don't want to hear my neighbours talking!! Spead out the tables!!

There were not enough people in the restaurant to JAM us in as you did!!

We are regulars and should not be treated like this!

Was our anniversary, was hoping we could have an intimate dinner, NOT!!!

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Jayco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and experience. Only disappointment was that two of three main entrees were not available. Our party of eight considered leaving at this point however decided to stay due to keeping the special night out together simpler. No steak or cod was available?? Would have been nice to know. Felt somewhat cheated but the food we did order was very good. Would return.

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MaureenT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This little restaurant with its unassuming name hides a gem that anyone that enjoys great food should visit. The atmosphere is eclectic but cozy. We had a couple of appetizers that were delicious. I got to sample a craft ale before I ordered and then the main course came. Wow! I had a curry dish. My husband a fish dish and my son a burger. The food was absolutely excellent. Paired with the friendly staff, this restaurant is a hit and a recommendation from a self labeled foodie. Don't miss it!

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ConnorC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience3

Food was great. Restaurant cleanliness could have been a little better, but wasn't bad. Had my water served with a fly in it when I got there lol, but the server quickly swapped it out for another.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

I really like the atmosphere and food.. Just found it quite noisy.. Hard to talk over the noise

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Food and drinks were unique but not weird, tasted great and portioned well. Highly recommend this restaurant for a date, small group or just a nice meal.

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DelishDish
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Server was great, food was well prepared. Thank you.

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TracyF
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food! Loved the space! We had a great time. Would definitely come back.

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DianaC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved it. Six of us all loved it. Great food, fantastic wait staff, excellent beer, loved the ambiance. Too bad I live 1 1/2 hours away.

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JenP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is the best! The space is incredible, filled with local art and very unique design features. Staff are always friendly and their integrity in supporting local farmers and food initiatives is unparalleled in the region. The most ethical spot to eat in London, hands down.

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TommyT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my third time at The Root Cellar. This time I went with a friend from out of town. Perfect atmosphere to catch up. The tables are pretty close to each other but we went early when it wasn’t too busy. I had the bison burger with fries. The bun was perfect. Their fries are delicious, especially with the spicy mayo. My friend ordered the sweet potato pizza with jalapeños which came with fries. She upgraded to the truffle fries which were also delicious. Friendly, helpful and efficient service. I am looking for an excuse to go back soon.

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food not only for vegetarians and vegans; the buffalo burger or the steaks are delicious too. Cozy. Nice overall concept.

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CharlotteC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First time there and food was so fresh!
Cute restuarant love that they use local.

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TomB
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a reservation for 7 and we had great service and a great meal

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience4

Great vibe, great prices but the food wasn’t amazing. The steak was over cooked on both our plates and no better than what we would make at home but the outing was very nice otherwise and well priced

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SavouryCrumbs
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent locavore food, kind, friendly inclusive service. Our guests were very happy.

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Andrew
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food as always! We will definitely be going back in the near future :)

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