tFare: American Steakhouse
Food Quality: 3 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Attractive, clubby ambiance
Serves USDA Prime beef
Noise Level: Moderate - High
Dress: Upscale Casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy high end steakhouse food and clubby ambiance with a well stocked, full service bar.
Not Recommended For: Budget conscious diners who enjoy low end casual dining with lots of display TV's and the use of cell phones and other technology devices.
Recommended dishes: When available,The Prime NY Strip Steak; The Spice Crusted Yellow fin Tuna; and The Domestic Double Cut Lamb Chops.
Liquor: Full bar service with wine list of over 140 bottles --- largely California reds.
Roots steakhouse is one of the top upscale restaurants in Ridgewood, popular with high end steak and seafood lovers who enjoy being served an alcoholic beverage either before or during dinner.
Owned by the Harvest Restaurant Group, the Ridgewood location is one of three Roots Steakhouses in NJ, the other two are located in Morristown and Summit.
Roots Steakhouse gives off a typical steakhouse clubby ambiance with a masculine feel. The interior decor is attractively done up with dark wood paneling, large leather booths, coffered ceilings, and walls adorned with hand-painted murals.
There is an attractive bar area with three additional dining rooms. There is an open kitchen visible from the front dining room and bar. The bar area has a few high-backed booths for two, along with two large tables at the front windows. Keeping in line with Roots policy of technology devices best be kept at home, there are no TV's in the bar area. The third dining room is available for private parties.
The kitchen is run by executive chef Michael Pereira who comes with a steakhouse resume including serving as a regional corporate chef for the Ruth's Chris chain, and Chef at Roots Steakhouse in Morristown.
Roots Steakhouse serves USDA Prime beef. USDA Prime is the superior grade with exceptional tenderness, juiciness, flavor and fine texture. It has the highest degree of fat marbling and is derived from younger beef.
Service is attentive and professional with servers wearing jackets.
Roots Steakhouse is open seven days /week for dinner nightly, and for lunch Monday-Saturday, and for Brunch on Sunday
On busy weekend evenings, valet car service can be slow, taking as long as 10 minutes or more to retrieve your car.
(updated: November, 2016)
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