The Root Cellar

4.7
158 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
Top tags:
  • Organic
  • Healthy
  • Local Ingredients
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Café
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm;
Saturday: 9:00am - 10:00pm;
Sunday: Closed

*please note that after 9:15PM it is just our late night menu available
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Phone number
(519) 719-7675
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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What 158 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
Ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my 5th time dining at the Roor Cellar, and every time I am impressed. Awesome food, great vibes, wonderful service. Definitely on my list if I am asked for unique recommendations in London. Love the map showing where all ingredients are sourced and the art from local artists! Really makes this a cultural hub as well as an awesome dining experience!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s always good food and service

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

I've been twice, and as a celiac I am always happy when I find somewhere that is conscious of gluten sensitivity. The food was unbelievable!! Especially on our second visit. I would recommend this place to anyone. They even had a Gluten-Free beer on the menu.

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AB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The veggie burger is like mushie beans with no chew to it. And that night they ran out of burger buns so it was served on two slices of really boring sliced bread. It was early Friday evening- how does this happen??! Everything else was fantastic - especially the beer, ambiance and the service outstanding. I’ve been here several times now and frankly the food always disappoints.

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

we love this resturaunt! they have some good vegan options. I had the veggie burger it was good but the bean burger was a little mushy. the food was so good that didnt matter too much.

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent but the only problem was they were out of chicken .

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went to the Root Cellar on Tuesday night this week. Service was excellent and meals were delicious! Will be back soon.

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NT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Great service. The pork belly was delicious. We will be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great, the food was also very good. The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because it was under seasoned and my wife’s Tofu was over cooked and dry. She did not eat it. Food was fresh portion size was perfect. Hopefully the cook just had an off day, I will go again.

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MP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good experience at The root cellar. People are amazingly kind and smiling. Decoration is beautiful.
The organic salads are huuuge and delicious, healthy and well presented. I can't find any word for the fries... Except absolutely delicious too.
You should try the smoothies as well. OMG I loved everything at this place.
Thank you!

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AV
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My first visit and I was impressed. The food was of excellent quality and the ambiance was great!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So unique, great atmosphere. Incredibly friendly service. Food was fantastic.

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AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Something for everyone. Increadible vegan dining and organic/sustainable. Would recommend to anyone.

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c
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very, very good and reliable! Even the veggies taste better here. Thanks you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great restaurant, food and service. Highly recommended.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food again! Love trying the different menu items...so far, so good. Server this time was a little more smiley, which was appreciated.

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JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Helpful service without intrusion.
Fresh food-fresh salad greens.
Very refreshing lemonade.
Excellent dining experience .

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VF
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even though the restaurant was super busy for a small place with two servers, the service was excellent and friendly. The food was spectacular. My friends and I are nonvegan but really enjoyed eating vegan for the night!

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GD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent. Our server was friendly and helpful (in helping with options). I would encourage her to smile a bit more; it would add a little to her overall service delivery.

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NS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for the Sunday brunch. Excellent food and service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went out with our daughter for dinner. The food and service was exceptional!!

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AJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love meeting up here for some delicious, creative, local food and drinks.

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WC
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time visitor to this Old East restaurant. Interesting, rustic decor, unique menu with something for everyone. Daily soup (broccoli & asparagus with chili oil) was so delicious I got some to go. Also had a yummy shroom wrap and my friend had the water buffalo burger on greens (nice option rather than a bun). Reasonably priced for fresh, healthy food. I'll be back!

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J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

everything was good. they had a couple large groups so service was slower than expected

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N
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

This was my second time here, but it was my first time with more than 2 people. I booked the reservation for a convocation celebration dinner, as my last experience at the Root Cellar was incredible. This time, the service was kind of slow considering that the restaurant wasn’t too busy. Last time I was there, they gave us pita chips and hummus as a complimentary starter; this time I was dining with 8+ people and they only brought one pita chip and hummus plate for all of us - we also had to ask a server for it. I found that a little odd and inconsistent to my last experience.

The food here is delicious and it’s evident that it’s prepared with a lot of care and attention to detail. It’s also a huge plus that most - if not all - of their inregients are organic and locally sourced. They are also very accommodating to any dietary needs with a lot of vegetarian or vegan options available.

Our server was very nice and patient with some of our guest (2 were a little hangry and picky eaters). However it would have been nice to have him check in with us a little more often.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for quality food and unique menu items. Great spot to support local and eat organic. I wouldn’t recommend if you’re dining on a completely empty stomach and looking for quick service. Go to enjoy the food and the experience of having real food cooked for you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a great place! Awesome cocktails, amazing food, and fantastic service!!!

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MR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Loved that the food was both organic and local! I’ve been wanting to eat here for awhile now and it did not disappoint!

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CE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Met all expectations. Great food!

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Enjoyed the meal. Will definitely return. Good time.

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RH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious clean food! Love the fact that the food is local and organic

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

It's changed since our last visit and I wouldn't say it's been in an improving direction. It was mid-week so perhaps the vibe/energy was just that 'middle of the week-slump day'. The food's flavour was nice but not the same 'umph' it was the last time we visited. Some disappointments but nothing that wasn't dealt with appropriately and willingly. In all fairness we don't go out that often but when we celebrate with meat-eating friends we have always recommended your restaurant because of the balance of the menu available to all parties at the table. The beer is never a disappointment.

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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. Its out go to date night/celebration place. Miranda you rock!

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FL
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall the food and service was great. We really appreciated our server's honesty and my cocktail was SO delicious! We also had a variety of dietary requirements in our group and there was something delicious for everyone. We will definitely be back!

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RH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was spectacular! We had the chicken taco cups and it was excellent. A very enjoyable experience

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great! Thanks for your help!

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BC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent vegan options and delicious food all around. The staff is friendly and seem to genuinely enjoy what they’re doing. I would definitely consider coming back and I’ve already recommended it to friends!

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Found it very noisy
Service & Food great
Would recommend

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C
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Staff are super friendly and very well knowledgeable about the menu. This is a great place to go if you have a family member or friend who is vegetarian or vegan. They even have Gluten-wise options. If you're not Vegan or Vegetarian though, don't worry. They have options for you as well, and they are good. The Truffle friends are amazing, and I would recommend those.

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LA
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good service throughout the evening. Everyone enjoyed four different entrees. I loved the smoked trout on sweet potato with dill cucumber salad. It was meal size and delicious.

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BH
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service and food as usual! Very quick service even though we didn’t mention that we were going to the Aeolian afterwards. Never been disappointed!

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