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51 Wales St., Rutland, VT 05701
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Ranked #2 of 105 restaurants in Rutland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $30
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Center St.
Transit: The Bus provides access from Killington and Castleton. For route information, please visit www.thebus.com.
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88% Recommend
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English first
Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Great little restaurant with a very fresh and interesting menu. We ordered the cheese board--there were really good selections of local cheeses, pesto and pepper jelly. The gnocchi and emu sausage entree sounds a little odd, but it was just delicious. If I were to go back to the area, I'd just order that over and over again! Also, gracious... More

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New Hampshire
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We have a second home in Killington and consistently travel to Rutland to eat at Roots. It's on a quiet side street but the place is very "city cool" and offers a wide variety of very fresh, well prepared food. You can also make reservations, which is nice. The fondue and specials are always on our priority list. The staff... More

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Plymouth Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I were in northern Vermont in July for a family reunion but wanted to get further south before the end of the day for our drive back to Massachusetts the next day. We had previously booked a room at a B&B in Rutland and checked the restaurant options in their guest info for an evening dinner. We... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Roots is a friendly yet elegant restaurant. The food is some of the best I have had anywhere. We had a "side" of roasted zucchini that was so fresh, delicious, and expertly prepared, that I was blown away (zucchini, in my opinion, can be quite tasteless, and I only ordered it to get some vegetables into my children before they... More

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New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Roots is a farm-to-table restaurant and one of the better restaurants in the Rutland area. Unfortunately, despite the use of beautiful locally-sourced ingredients, their dishes often leave something to be desired. This was our third visit to the restaurant over the past year, and although the food could (should) have been great, sadly this wasn't the case. The bread for... More

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

On our drive up to Middlebury VT, my wife and I took the afternoon to enjoy Rutland. It's a friendly New England town with lots of little quirky shops and a few tourist attractions. Thanks to Tripadvisor, we settled on an early (for us) dinner at Roots. The experience was overall quite satisfactory, with just a couple of imperfections. We... More

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Glens Falls
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The atmosphere of the restaurant seemed nice at first but the mood was killed by the distasteful modern music playing. We traveled from NY to go here with high hopes of the "locally" grown food. Even if it was, most of it was tasteless. The calamari was rescued with a delicious spicy mayo dip. The duck was the worst I... More

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Hancock V
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Rutland are grand cuisine weren't exactly synonymous a decade or so ago. Things are changing fast in the old downtown area with a handful of eateries determined to ring the changes. Foremost among these must be Roots, with around 40 covers and a half-dozen seats at the bar, a seasonal menu and attentive staff, ensuring an intimate setting yet with... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We insist on eating at Roots at least one time every time we are within 50 miles of Rutland. Have been there approximately 10 times over the past 3 years and are never disappointed. The service and fresh, local fare are second to none. Salads, soups, sandwiches and everything on the menu are beyond compare. Make a reservation, as the... More

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Long Island, NY
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Last summer my husband and I visited Roots while on our first trip to VT. I had the shrimp salad and was delighted by that choice. Thanks to Jen who recommended that entree! So when we returned to VT on Sunday, April 13th we were anxious to revisit Roots for a great dining experience. They did not disappoint. The curry... More

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