19215 SE 34th St Ste 110, Camas, WA | Directions 9860745.596312 -122.476732
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 10pm
The artisan cheese plate at this unassuming Vancouver restaurant is small but mighty. Three rotating selections of hard-to-find cheeses are paired with a slice of almond date cake and plenty of apples for $9.50. At Happy Hour? The price plummets to $6.
best lunch I've ever had – I took a colleague here for a business lunch on the recommendation of a friend. I'd heard good things about Roots but had never been.
I had a HUGE portion of poached salmon over a fennel and apple slaw. The salmon was literally the best I've ever had, hands down. I don't know what they did to make it so good but I could hardly keep from making little nummy noises the whole time I was eating it. The slaw was extremely good too - crisp, fresh, with a viniagrette that also had fresh herbs.
My colleague had fish and chips and she also mentioned that hers was wonderful. Our server, I think her name was Kristin or Christine, was very attentive and friendly - it just made for a great lunch experience.
bait and switch? – 6 of us had brunch at Roots. 3 of us ordered the homemade corned beef hash with grain mustard. All of us got stringed beef over come cubed/chopped potatoes. No mustard, no evidence of corned beef. The beef was not fresh. Not appetizing looking.
Wonderful experience, great service, incredible value! – My husband and I went there a week ago for dinner - we'd never been but had heard friends rave about Roots. I loved the ambiance - classy but comfortable but the food was really the star of the show!
I started off with a pineapple cilantro margarita - it was spicy and delicious, well-balanced, a really well-made drink. My husband and I shared the crab and avocado appetizer with vermouth viniagrette - when it arrived we were both surprised at how many huge fresh chunks of crab there were. It was delicious and after we took a bite we both looked at the menu again because we couldn't believe it was only $11. It doesn't happen often, but I just love getting really fantastic food for a great price - it makes me happy. :)
Our server was very helpful and attentive as well - she knew her wine, offered me samples and helped me pick out a glass that went with my short ribs, which I had next.
They were served with some delicious greens, root vegetables and pickled horseradish - the ribs were
meltingly tender with the perfect amount of fat mouthfeel without it feeling fatty at all. Plus, once again the portion was huge - I had a full dinner plus a big lunch out of the leftovers. The amount of value you get for the price at Roots really amazed me.
Especially since our meal had that 'certain something' ...you know how you can tell when the chef really cares about their creations? It's hard to put your finger on but you know it when you taste it. Roots has got it. Thanks for a wonderful evening - we will definitely be back.
good food, bad service – This place is awesome. Roots and 360 are sister restaurants. Roots has excellent happy hour. I have been to lunch and dinner and Roots and always had good experience b/c of very tasty food. The service on the other hand is RUDE. The wait staff is very rude, slow and obnoxious. If they get some people who are friendly on the wait staff, they will have a good turn around.
Great happy hour! – I went to Roots last night for happy hour and was suprised to see a beautiful new bar. It is much larger with very comfortable leather chairs. The portions were quite large for happy hour and the food was great. The bartender was nice and extremly noligable about the food. I really have enjoyed every experience I have had at Roots and would strongly recommend it to any one who is a lover of food that doesn't come a can!
Why do people go to this place? – I've been 3 or 4 times within the space of a year and a half. I figure they're new, they'll get things sorted out. Evidently not. Went today for lunch, and in the midst of the meal was overcome with the thought "Why does anyone come here?" The service was bad, the food was slow, no free refills on drinks other than water, miniscule portions, and above average prices. I was discussing the place with another diner, and we were in agreement that the fish & chips were crappy, and to be avoided.
So, in short, there is really NO reason to go to this place!
Great find in Vancouver – Having lived in San Francisco and the Chicago area for many years, I was disappointed in the restaurant scene in Vancouver when transferred here. I was so thrilled to discover Roots--a terrific atmosphere (be prepared for a bit of noise, however), beautifully-prepared food, great wine selection, and fantastic service (our server managed to be very attentive while avoiding mid-bite conversation). Don't let the location scare you away--you'll be transported once inside--and parking is a breeze.
Somebody had a Brain Freeze – Ordered my favorite dish at Roots last night, their short ribs and was served a bowl of pasta topped with some stringy flavorless meat (I will take their word for it that it was short ribs but it could just as well been stew meat) in a very bland watery sauce. Apparantly they changed the dish about a month ago and to the waitresses credit she offered to bring a different dish but I elected to give it try (won't do that again). My wife's Chicken was excellent as was the Potato Soup so all was not lost. Why they would make such drastic changes to one of their signature dishes doesn't make sense. The restaurant review highights the Short Ribs and talks about the meat served in a Port sauce and falling of the bone, well there ain't no bone and there ain't no port sauce. It's hard to recommend a restaurant when you don't know if what you recommend and what they serve next time are even remotely similar. Maybe their expansion is distracted them but someone clearly had a Brain Freeze
Very nice restaurnat in suburban area – My wife and I learned about the Roots from Portland Monthly Magazine. As a regular customer at Higgins, we were interested in how ?Higgins? foods transformed in to a new generation of restaurant. The first impression when you are trying to find a restaurant is not so impressive especially you see ?UPS Store? and other suburban shops sharing same parking lots. However, as you step into the restaurant, you will be surprised by a nicely decorated interior and friendly waiters. If you are regular to Higgins, you will quickly notice that waiter?s dress code, dishes, and menu are very similar to Higgins. I ordered steam mussels, salad with anchovies ($1 extra), and duck. My wife ordered a salada and a salmon dish. We asked both dishes to be cooked as rare as possible. We both agreed that mussels were very good but Higgins version has much more depth and complexity of flavor. Salmon was cooked according to our request (rare) and it was well balanced with potato side dish. Comparing to Higgins version, we still found that Higgins still scored higher. The duck is Higgins?s signature dish and we weren?t expecting Roots to come close to Higgins standard, however, to our surprise, we found that Root?s duck dish to be par with Higgins version. We didn?t find salad any special. In conclusion, we highly recommend ?duck? at Roots. Since my wife and I prefer downtown living, we prefer Higgins but if you live near Roots or want to avoid downtown, Pearl district, or East side of Portland (e.g., Le Pigeon, Genoa, etc.), the Roots Restaurant and Bar is an excellent alternative.
WHAT?!?! $37 for overcooked Filet Mignon?!?! – Well we enjoy Roots and they have times of greatness and other times they fall flat. Actually each time I try to order a steak here it comes out bad. So - go for the standbys.... great salads (especially the spinach) and the pork is good, excellent happy hour - but do NOT order a steak. The special was filet mignon and I decided to try it against my previous flat iron debacle of the past. I usually order medium but specified I want it pink just not oozing blo*d and she recommended going medium well since they tend to cook on the rare side. Well, it came out and there was not a trace of pink anywhere. Well, it took awhile to get the meal and since we had kids with us - I just picked off their plate and nibbled on the steak. Well, the bill came and my "special of the day" steak was $37!! I figured it would be $25 and was okay with overdone as the rest of the meal was good - but $37!! I really should of made the chef stretch himself and cook it appropriately.
Good desserts - the creme brulee is creamy, decadent and ample, chocolate mousse cake is rich and oh so filling!
***FYI - the nixed the kids menus
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