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“First foray onto Frankfort Ave in Funky Fishtown”

Root Restaurant + Wine Bar
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Ranked #498 of 4,718 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 40
Description: ROOT is a restaurant + wine bar that serves a fresh take on Italian, Spanish and American cuisine. We offer wines from all of the great regions in the world, Spanish inspired Gin-Tonics, inventive cocktails and a great selection of craft beers.
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Description: ROOT is a restaurant + wine bar that serves a fresh take on Italian, Spanish and American cuisine. We offer wines from all of the great regions in the world, Spanish inspired Gin-Tonics, inventive cocktails and a great selection of craft beers.
Reviewed 13 March 2018

As a lifelong Philadelphian, you tend to stick with tried and true places, rarely venturing past the boundaries of what used to be a "bad" neighborhood, but Philly's Fishtown is now hopping, so we middle-aged couples wanted in on the act. We tried Root as our first foray and we were not disappointed. The food and the service were excellent.

Our chicken liver pate on toast was TDF (to die for) and we also loved a "naked" gnocchi and an apple/walnut/farro salad.

Drink choices were lovely, too. Our server was there when needed and not there when not needed. Water was constantly refilled (thank you) and we just felt comfortable and enjoyed the evening. We'll be back.

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We ended up in this area of Philly because we read an article about a pizza joint near here. We walked the neighborhood a bit looking at the menu's as we were looking for a place to have a glass of wine and a bit of food. We ordered the warm olives, the Pan Con Tomate and the Steak Tartare. The service was excellent and friendly. Our food was delivered timely and accurate to what we ordered. The taste was excellent for each of our dishes. The ambiance in the restaurant is geared towards date night but still very comfortable.

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Thank Brian G
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Greg R, Owner at Root Restaurant + Wine Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

From cocktails to food, our dinner here was perfect. We tried some of the snacks, cheese and salumi, they were all wonderful.
We all ordered different plates, but everyone was happy! I will come back for sure.

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Thank Angela S
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

Root is one of the recent newcomers to Fishtown/Kensington's ever evolving scene - what a foodie gem!

Celebrating great news, we explored this wine/tapas bar, next to Fetta Sau & Frankford Hall (they opened in March).

Spectacular! Brainchild of dual, young, ambitious talents: chef extraordinaire of NYC acclaim, Nick Kennedy, and gregarious front of house host, Greg Root (Starr Restaurant secret weapon) - the food, wine, & ambiance are a dream. Accommodates all $ ranges and tastes; popular happy hour AND they've networked to add monthly pairing classes for the curious! Designed by skyline-changing, relatively nascent Stokes Architects (La Colombe, Le Peg Brassiere at Fringe Arts

Tuesday 7PM dinner was perfect for us, avoiding the late night/weekend rush. Service was impeccable. Warmed olives, anchovies, crystallized aged Goat gouda with chorizo Ibérico, pork & beef meatballs, spinach & ricotta mushroom gnudi....Argentinian malbec.

Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I have been coming to this restaurant since its beginning and I can't say enough about this place. It's located on the Frankford Av corridor in Fishtown. each and every visit you are greeted by the host/hostess and Greg the owner always checks in and makes sure you are being waited on. The bourbon sidecar is my favorite cocktail and the food is always cooked to perfection, the burger is the right size paired with the right amount of fries, the lamb chops are also another favorite. Open for brunch on Saturdays & Sundays the lemon ricotta pancakes and the breakfast sandwich are 2 of our favorites. Greg the owner has a great and well organized staff that will make you come back time and time again.

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Thank James T
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