Family supper club. "We had such a memorable time!! the service was unassuming like being served by your younger siblings, a homey feeling, then the food came.. wow this is a defiantly grown up food. The only reason I am reviewing is that we had two younger dinners with us 9 year girl old and the boy “a hard 12” grumpy kids and so over the vacation thing. Before we ordered, from the kitchen came won tons with three sauces. Now the kids are eating quietly thank you god!! Then came the tater tots “three sauses” finished with a mac an cheese, kid are full and happy and out for the night. Now the misses and myself can sneak out and dance!! Much appreciation to all at roots!!! You made our night!!!"
Green goes beyond the menu at this Union Square restaurant, where the food, decor and surrounding hotel all radiate with sustainability..
A green-friendly mindset ripples through this restaurant, with a fountain, leaf-patterned carpeting, caramel-colored, faux-leather upholstery, maple wood tables and vine-like sconce lighting. Soothing music and bronze-leafed artwork further create a tranquil backdrop for the space despite it being located in the lobby of the Orchard Garden Hotel. All diners--from businessmen to those merely seeking an appetizer at the bar in the entrance--receive a warm welcome.
This mostly organic restaurant features fresh, seasonal menus with a focus on locally grown and sustainably raised ingredients. But Executive Chef Russell Rummer ensures that eating healthy does not mean going hungry. A bowl of carrot ginger soup is enough for two. The Alaskan black cod, served atop a butternut squash risotto, almost melts in your mouth. Nearly every dish has a crispy garnish and subtle Mediterranean flair. The wine list, in keeping with the eco-friendly theme, includes more than 20 organic or sustainably made offerings.
Not worth the Ikea-esque furniture inside.
I took an important client here for a blah blah business meeting, thinking after the stress of the meeting we could relax, get some good SF eats and have time to talk about future plans.
Well we had time to talk alright...
- took 40 min. to get sandwiches to our table (restaurant almost empty)
-stoner waiter brought fries out almost 1/2 hour after lunch was over
-better sandwiches as Lee's downtown for under $5- not saying Lee's is good just better
-order of scallops was so well cooked, restaurant has invented the "raisined" scallop, those little puppies were like rubber ducks when kitchen done with them
-service great if you've got Alzheimers or severe ADD
...and like to waste your dining dollars.
I'd come back here for lunch or dinner if I was too wasted to walk any further uphill on this street. to Vignette or Masa's. Even you stumbled downhill to the Subway you'd get a better meal and a little color in the restaurant.
This lil restaurant has NOTHING going for it except location.
Tried it twice and never again.. I was really hoping that we could add Roots to our list of frequent organic dining restaurants. After giving it a second chance, I have to say that I would not eat there again. The dining room is unappealing, the food is not very fresh and the service is below average. When you walk in the front door from the busy street you can go to the hotel front desk on the left or the restaurant on the right - there is no door or formal entry way. The space should really be the hotel lobby and not a formal restaurant. Both times we ate at Roots the dining room was fairly empty (three other tables and one person at the bar). To be fair, we do really enjoy the french fries and fried artichokes and if you go between 5-7pm you can order a wine for around $9-$12 and get a free appetizer for around $6-$8. BUT, the bread is stale, the Grilled Tofu tastes like a salt lick, the snap peas were overcooked/mushy, and the Fettucini- Chicken- Artichokes was extremely bland and overcooked (the chicken was not fresh nor were the English peas). The table next to us had scallops and a fish dish that both smelled extremely fishy in a not so good way. Our server was overwhelmed taking care of three tables at a time, messed up our order and really lacked the skills to serve customers. The host was very friendly but he had a blotchy face (rash like) and sniffled as he wiped his nose and then handed us our menus and wine. The chef should try to get some honest feedback from customers on the food and service to help this restaurant live up to its potential.
I HAVE TO AGREE-.
I was suprprised to see this listed as having a grand opening as we went there last fall for my birthday.. Wanted to support the Green movement.
The place seemed sort of like an after thought-not a real restaurant. ( I get the Ikea analogy) The waiter wwas super nice and just like the previous writer said- the apps were great. Try the fries! Fantastic. Salads etc. Great drinks too! THE came the main course: UGH! AUGH!
NO FLAVOR.. Pretty unbelievable really.. Usually I would just let it go but it was inedible so I asked to speak to the manager as they should know. Two out of three of us had worked in restaurants before and know this can sink a place. The manager neer came out but they did comp that dish.. My suggestion for the place is 1) taste what they cook before sending it out! 2) put a screen or some kind of room divider up so you don't feel like you are eating in a small hotel lobby. Kudos to the attitudes of the service- they were great- friendly etc.. We wanted to support a green restaurant - hope they get it together.
Great appetizers, Main course- blah.. My girlfriend an I love going to trendy restaurants and this place was no exception. It was reminiscent of the store IKEA with bleach wood everywhere and beige with accents of dark brass. Its very pretty but pretty small as well. There are only 15 tables in the whole place and most only seat two. The bread served to snack on before the meal with an olive smear was great and the salads were incredibly tasty. (we had the asparagus salad, and the arugala salad, delicious!) However the main course left something to be desired, mainly taste. I had chicken with peas and pureed potatoes. My girlfriend had sea scallops with grits and a dark sauce. Both were bland and definitely left us wishing we had stuck to the appetizers. The whole meal was around 70 and not worth the money.
Bar and Happy were great with Darrin. We found that Darrin or bartender remembered us from or last visit and was glad to see us. He was funny and professional and with great bartending skills. Thanks Darrin for taking care of us
Nice and Clean. I bring my associates here on a regular basis and always find the restaurant clean and tidy. The menu is very good with lots of choices. Something for everyone. It's a great place for a casual business meeting and the staff is very hospitable and give good service.
Worst food in a long, long time.
I've eaten here twice now and both times were horrible. The food is bland at best and all tastes the same, the
atmosphere is seriously lacking and the wait staff is not helpful at all. I should have guessed when both times I went were on Saturday night and the place was less than half full. The only reason I'm giving one star is because the first time we ate here the "Manager", Fritz, was so wasted that at least we got a few laughs. Do not waste your time or money on this place.
so good!!!!!!!!!!!!. we've spent a few days in san francisco and were starting to wonder where all the good food was. well, roots is a great start! not only is the food amazing, it's organic. also, the waiter had great recommendations on where to go in the area. delish!
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