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Roots Bistro & Bar


4810 Hope Valley Rd
Durham, NC 27707
Phone: (919) 748-4739
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Photo of Sherry Franklin Sherry Franklin
Apr 30, 2019 5

We brought my parents to Roots for dinner and everyone had a fantastic meal. Scallops, shrimp salad, fish and chips and burritos were all delicious and priced right. The staff was courteous and attentive. I couldn’t have asked for a better meal and night out. Thank you, Roots!

Photo of Matt menefee Matt menefee
Apr 21, 2019 5

Great place for brunch! My wife and I have been going to Roots since they opened. Juan, the owner is super nice, and the food and service have always been great. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Photo of Jodi Jodi
Mar 31, 2019 4

Breakfast plate was good. The plantains were great. Went around 11 on a Saturday. It wasn't crowded. Service was good. Reasonable prices. Not fancy decor or atmosphere.

Photo of Josh Howe Josh Howe
Jan 16, 2019 5

This Guatemalan twist to food is really damn amazing. We tried a bit of most everything over a couple (admittedly pricey) drinks. Steak and eggs? Amazing. Homemade tortillas? Phenomenal. Fried okra!! So good. Even the dang beans and rice were notable and so so good. GO HERE.

Photo of Becky Crissinger Becky Crissinger
Jun 19, 2019 5

Love this place so much!!! Awesome for lunch, I get the grilled veggies every time and I’ve never had a bad meal!! They have a great selection of beers and when it’s nice out they have tons of space on the patio! The service is excellent! You must give it a try!!

Photo of Mike A Mike A
Aug 2, 2019 5

This place has a combination that's lacking in today's restaurants: great food and great beer. Highly recommend it!

Photo of Jeffrey Craig Jeffrey Craig
Oct 10, 2019 5

My family had a wonderful dinner on the Roots patio with a DJ playing enjoyable music. It was a perfect fall evening to dine outside at Roots.

Photo of giovanni Silva giovanni Silva
Sep 2, 2019 5

Very nice and chill setting. First time visiting. Will definitely go again. Great outside area.

Photo of EA H EA H
Sep 8, 2019 3

The food was good and price was reasonable, but the service was super slow. There wasn't that many people there (4 tables) and took an hour to get our food (there was 4 of us). If they can improve service, I would come back.

Photo of Josh Kruzich Josh Kruzich
Dec 23, 2019 5

I haven't had a bad dish or meal here. With light and fresh food, there are plenty of surprises to keep you coming back. While the venue isn't the coziest, they have a good beer selection and decent service. Personally recommend the Chile rellenos, Cubano, avacado slaw, and fried okra.

Photo of Anthony 012 Anthony 012
Dec 29, 2019 5

Very good location clean service are great delicious food 5 star totally recommended

Photo of Thomas Johnson Thomas Johnson
Jan 19, 2020 4

This is my third time to eat at Roots, and I intend to return. I have had their tamale dinner previously, and had Shrimp and Grits for breakfast yesterday. Food if very tasty, and just different enough from TexMex to be interesting. Recommend!

Photo of Pattie McAlister Pattie McAlister
Feb 3, 2020 3

The food here is delicious. It has a flavor that you would not expect, in a good way. I love the nachos. The service is very slow, so doesn't go if your in a hurry. But, if you have some time to hangout and wait, you'll love the food.

Photo of Brandon Jones Brandon Jones
Feb 21, 2019 5

Super tasty food, plenty of TVs, a great bar, and even a kids play area.

Photo of eeheath06 eeheath06
Dec 5, 2018 5

12/5/18 - I'm back. The food is wonderful and I can't stop talking about this place. The BBQ BabyBack Ribs were to die for!!! Please do not come here.... I don't want to have to wait in line once you figure out how good it is! I ordered the Blackened Salmon. It was great but, the veggie medley made it even better. My s/o ordered the churrusca and loved it as well! I'll be back!

Photo of April H April H
Jul 11, 2020 4

Really nice patio seating which means everything right now. Servers wear masks and are very nice. They have daily food and drink specials. I'm always satisfied and look forward to returning.

Photo of Kendra Kleinfelt Kendra Kleinfelt
Aug 8, 2020 5

The chicken tamales were AWESOME. If you're looking for authentic Guatemalan cuisine with an American twist come here. The service was spectacular.

Photo of Becca Sue Becca Sue
Oct 26, 2020 5

I ordered take out last week and it was incredible! I could eat the frigoles negros every day they are that good!

Photo of Gerald Pomeroy Gerald Pomeroy
Nov 24, 2020 5

Best meals I've had in the triangle. Try the tamales or the carnitas tacos. They do such a great job!

Photo of Brandon Stinson Brandon Stinson
Aug 23, 2020 3

Great Food. We were pleasantly surprised by the serving, however nothing else seemed to clique. Good sized place but the waiter seemed overwhelmed and distracted & it wasn't even busy. A few employees were walking around without masks and they literally were struggling with finding basic channels that we requested to watch due to the small capacity at the time. Maybe would be better when all of the pandemic stuff clears but I'm not sure. Would probably go back again begrudgingly however it wouldn't be my 1st or even 2nd choice

Photo of Lauren Halligan Lauren Halligan
Dec 31, 2020 5

I love the french toast breakfast combo! It’s the perfect amount of food for me and just the right balance of savory and sweet. Also the fruit cup side isn’t that 90% melon/cantaloupe garbage, but actually good fruits! Like strawberries, blueberries and pineapple :) staff is always friendly in my experience too

Photo of Stephanie Stephanie
Jan 28, 2022 5

Absolutely 5 stars, the quality of food service and atmosphere is amazing for the low prices and casual vibe. Chile Relleno is #1, have to mention the rice is also so so good and on point every time!! I am so glad they locally source! Thank you roots!!!

Photo of Arionna Stanley Arionna Stanley
Mar 27, 2022 5

Yummy af. If you want a Sunday brunch without the Sunday crowds this is the spot. Great portions great seasoning and excellent staff check them out. They do need to add bottomless mimosas though but I'll be back.

Photo of Nicholas Andry Nicholas Andry
Oct 12, 2021 5

We love this place so I'm not going to give them less than five stars. Just one thing...please get new faucets in the bathroom! How can anyone rinse their hands in a mere three seconds before the water cuts off? Come on guys! What's the point of washing your hands if you have to recontaminate them by touching the faucet over and over again? A faucet harboring the germs of dozens of butt wiping hands a day.

Photo of Chelsea Rodriguez Chelsea Rodriguez
Dec 18, 2021 5

So we move a lot for our jobs and have found that when a place like this in and around Durham has less than 5 stars, it means it’s good. So don’t overlook this based on ratings. This place did not disappoint. The food was great and the staff is very friendly. Had the pupusas and some other items that were just delicious. Will be our regular brunch spot.

Photo of Jeanette Powell Jeanette Powell
Dec 22, 2021 5

Great good for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Shout out to Sam for the excellent service. Will definitely dine here again!