The Root Restaurant & Bar

4.6
1885 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
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4.7
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Miami
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Cool place with good food... nice concept

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OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Not enough people in the restaurant need to advertise lunch

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t
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

First time back since they went under new ownership. Ambiance was the same, that has never been an issue. Salads were excellent but the soup and the shrimp entree had a little too much spice. Be careful when ordering the French onion soup as it is not a clear beef broth but rather a thick brown almost stew consistency (did not care for it). The drink menu was great.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food!, Great service! Will go back!

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OT
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasting menu was incredible

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A little on the pricey side but the food is locally grown or organic and it is very good. Good for a special occasion. Our server was very good, as they all have been on previous visits. I would recommend The Root.

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AA
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

I am at the root for dinner all the time, it is always a great experience, but this was brunch and it was terrible. My father got sick from the food, the service was awful, they changed the whole menu....would not recommend brunch at ALL

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Brunch was excellent but not many options without egg

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ED
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Service was great as well. Like the local supply of ingredients.

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OT
Detroit
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, as always! Crispy seared salmon with white beans and gnocchi with shrimp were both wonderful. Service was attentive. Love this place!

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JJ
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Service was very slow despite not being crowded at all. My fish dish came and reeked of ammonia - clearly spoiled. No idea how the chef didn't catch this while preparing.

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BC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time eating here. Food was Devine and the atmosphere was fun and inviting. It was very quiet when we went for brunch. Good prices for the quality food.

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D
Northern MI
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently good food, interesting menu with some old favorites as well as some more creative options. Portion sizes are generous. Waitstaff experienced and knowledgeable.

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JT
Detroit
40 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome brunch. The biscuits and gravy were outstanding. The breakfast sandwich is really good and so are the chicken and waffles.

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J
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the vegan chickpea curry entree. My waiter was awesome!

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GR
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything aspect of the dining experience was great - especially the world-class, reasonably priced quisine. We are returning customer and return for a good reason.

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DR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pork belly is the best! Great prices for flights during happy hour. Quality food.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place and the food is great! We love it there

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T
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They deliver Farm to Table perfectly. Every meal I have eaten here has been so delicious. Whether brunch, lunch or dinner. They NEVER disappoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Second time here. Last time the food was a bit better.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great place to eat when looking for fresh, healthy food choices. The kids had burgers/ fries, but the pork belly/ scallops dish & shrimp / grits were great! Great service & friendly staff make this an all around top choice.

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AE
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was excellent and nice variety of options for meat eaters to vegans.

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D
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants! Consistently great!

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service. Love The Root!!!

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KE
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

First time we tried this restaurant. We understand they also have a great brunch. Food was good, though it was a bit noisy due to a wedding party--causing the waiter to shout over the din to each of his tables.

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AC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

We’ve done birthday dinners here before and always loved it, but Saturday night was a mess. They’ve changed their tasting menu and no longer let you choose anything. The only entree option was fish—gross. There was a LARGE wedding group seated near us. They were extremely loud, kept milling around very close to us, and service was incredibly slow. Worst experience here yet, and I had water spilled on me a couple years ago. Won’t be coming back any time soon.

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K
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was awesome!! Their farm to table approach makes for great appetizers and meals. The Pork Belly was our favorite! The meals are a bit pricey, but because of the unique and fresh flavors, I can understand why! We’ll definitely be back!!!

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ND
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went on Halloween, when crowd was minimal. Service and attention was excellent. Very knowledgeable about details of wine selections, food preparations, and his personal tasting experiences with the menu. Taco appetizers were very good, as was the pork belly. Steaks were large, tasty and cooked perfectly. One diner felt the pork chop was too small, while the spaetzel dominated the plate.

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JT
Detroit
41 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome brunch. Some of the best biscuits & sausage gravy and chicken & waffles I have ever had. The service was top notch as well. I will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We tried The Root for the first time to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary & we had a fantastic experience. We ordered the chef tasting menu with a wine pairing. All of the food was fresh & delicious. Our server explained each dish and cleared our plates promptly. The wine pairing was perfect with each dish. We 100% will be back, even if it isn't for a special occasion. They had other items on the menu that were reasonably priced that we are excited to try.

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C
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at The Root (again), a little cautious since we heard there was a change in ownership recently. However, The Root did not disappoint. We had a delicious meal and great service, as always. I recommend the 5-course tasting menu with beer pairing. More than enough fabulous food and beverages. Hubby had the ribeye which was enormous and cooked perfectly. Our server at a bar high-top (our preferred table), Chris?, was attentive and knowledgeable. He acknowledged our anniversary with a couple extra treats, too. We have long been fans of The Root, and that continues under the new owners.

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P
Detroit
44 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time at The Root and we were not disappointed. We had the Chef's Tasting Special, along with a beer and wine pairing. OUTSTANDING!!

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TP
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good drinks good food great service. Christopher was very attentive.

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B
Detroit
105 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great experience. My wife and I had been wanting to try The Root for a while. We made reservations to celebrate a Birthday and Sweetest Day and we arrived a few minutes prior to our reservation and were seated immediately. Our Server was awesome making several recommendations and steering us in the right direction. We both started with a drink - She had a local Spicer's cranberry flavored cider, while I had an original Spicer's cider. For starters we both had soup - My wife French Onion and I had the soup of the day Cream of asparagus. Both were hot and delicious. For our entrees, my wife had the brick chicken and I had the trout special. These 2 entrees were prepared perfectly and in a very nice presentation. For dessert, my wife had the Banana Crème Pie and said it was ok but next time will have the Tiramisu. We finished off the evening with coffee which was delicious and hot. We strongly recommend The Root and will definitely be back.

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KM
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome all the way around! Excellent food, service and ambiance. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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AC
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The order took a while from drinks to our main course. It didn't seem too busy. The food was okay not amazing.

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JP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find. We were looking for a new local place and this is a find! The service is exceptional. The food is fantastic!

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CF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love everything about the Root, it is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is amazing and the service is spot on!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our first time eating at your establishment, on the recommendation of friends and family. It was my husband's birthday. And we truly enjoyed our experience! The food was fantastic and our server was spot on awesome! He knew his job! We were taken care of but not pestered. We will look forward to our next visit and have already handed out kudos about The Root! Thank you!

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