True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.6
48 reviews
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True Food Kitchen is a health-driven restaurant and bar inspired by a philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. True Food’s seasonal menu emphasizes wholesome, seasonal ingredients with thoughtful preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient. From thoughtfully crafted cocktails, such as the Citrus Skinny Margarita, made with fresh-pressed citrus and organic tequila, to nutrient-dense dishes like the Edamame Dumplings, Korean Noodle Salad, Ancient Grains with miso-glazed sweet potatoes, Grilled Fish Tacos and an antioxidant rich Flourless Chocolate Cake, True Food Kitchen’s menu celebrates variety and caters to every food preference with an assortment of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
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J
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, amazing food and love the charred cauliflower! Loved the outdoor patio!

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a
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on the patio and it was absolutely a stunning night. We had fish tacos, panang curry, good earth cobb salad and the always incredible edamame dumplings. Food and the staff were great. It's one of our favorite restaurants!

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M
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

We had requested a quiet spot for our hearing impaired guests and we also had a reservation. A table outside was available but given to a group with no reservations. The hostess was not interested in improving our experience but your waitstaff was wonderful in working with what they had to offer. I love True Foods but the meals overall were disappointing and not as good as I usually enjoy in Fairfax, Naples or Scottsdale. I’m assuming it has to do with the settling in factor of a new restaurant.

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K
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love true food!!!

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EM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very good cocktails, pizza ok but not outstanding. Not too noisy at 6 pm. Similar to other True Foods Kitchen restaurants.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at True Food is always good and the vegan options are great!

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JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I met two friends here for lunch. Made reservations and I arrived a little early and was seated immediately even though the restaurant was busy. The server immediately came over and asked for my drink order. I explained I was waiting for two more people to arrive and she said "no problem", came back quickly with my drink and said she would watch out for my friends and return again then, which she did. Food was fantastic! Our choices included Good Earth Kale Cobb salad, Ancient Grains Bowl with Tofu and Cauliflower Polenta with Shrimp. Generous servings which looked as good as they tasted. We lingered a long time after our meal talking and were not hurried along by anyone to leave. A wonderful experience all around.

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OT
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good and healthy food. The cauliflower polenta was excellent. There were definitely some growing pains since the restaurant is still a bit new and there was some confusion about who should seat me when I got there and the server was confused about which substitutions were allowable (a friend wanted to hold the cheese on her dish since she is vegan), but overall it was a good experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!! Delicious food - thank you Stevie!

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was mediocre as was the main entre.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food. Good service. Lots of vegetarian options. Very noisy, however.

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GE
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had wonderful meals, food was well prepared and delicious, good service. Only issue was the noise, very noisy and a drip from the ceiling from an AC vent which we told 3 people about.
Overall one of my favorite places.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. I have been to Fairfax location numerous times and one time in Bethesda and order same thing usually 90% of the time. The portion of the meal was almost a half size of the Fairfax and Bethesda location. The very 1st time I visited the ancient grains and quinoa were undercooked. A little disappointed. Hoping for the restaurant to be aware of these things and take actions, so I can continue coming back and enjoy my go to dish.

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l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor area. Easy parking in the Ballston garage.

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TP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent, unfortunately, I can't remember her name.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

the food was.....so bland. Does healthy need to mean bland? I don't think so, but they haven't proved otherwise

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LP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service too! Waitress was courteous and so was ALL staff! Thanks!

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Responded on June 13, 2019

THANK YOU FOR DINING WITH US!

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JC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service is excellent. Ambiance is hip and urban.

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Responded on June 11, 2019

Thank you for dining with True Food!

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h
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted that one of my favorite restaurants from Mosaic now has a Ballston outpost closer to me. I tried the steak tacos which were fabulous.

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you for dining wit us! We hope to have you in again soon!

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Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food taste and presentation was amazing! Our server was not very attentive. It was clear this restaurant was overall very well staffed and committed to a high class meal experience. We will definitely be back.

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Responded on June 11, 2019

Thank you for dining with us! We hope to have you back in soon!

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SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I didn’t find the service to be nearly as good as the Fairfax location. Everything took forever to get to our table. Our appetizer came at the same time as our entrées. Refreshers got there right as we were starting our meals, even though we have been sitting there for quite some time after ordering (we ordered them as soon as we arrived). Hopefully they just need a couple of months to work out the kinks.

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Responded on June 11, 2019

HI Stephanie, thank you for your review and feedback, we are dedicated to improving daily and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know where we can improve! We hope to have you back in soon, and wow you with amazing service!

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KM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is tasty and healthful, with lots of choices! (same with drink options). Was there to catch up with friends I don't see often, and noise level of the music as well as other diners was high and made conversation a little more challenging than I expect for late dinner hour on a Tuesday night. Server was friendly, but not very attentive -- she had to be reminded to bring drinks after the food had arrived. Had to be asked to refill water, and took a while to respond to that request and bring water.

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T
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant surroundings and nice servers help make TFK a great place to grab a healthy meal! Have had 2 lunches and a dinner there since they opened and I’ve enjoyed everything from a turkey burger to pizza to a teriyaki chicken bowl. I especially enjoyed the honey lemonade!

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Responded on June 11, 2019

Twofairs! Thank you for your review! We are so happy you have enjoyed dining with us!

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service from Ryan! Glad we ordered the pizza to start, as the entrees took a while. But overall very fun.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent! It was a bit noisy, but everything else was was more than to our satisfaction

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Responded on June 13, 2019

So happy you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

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AB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service! Yummy fresh flavors!

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you Art!

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AB
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent restaurant, amazing food and staff.

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R
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Kitchen is always a wonderful experience! This new location at Ballston continues the tradition of excellence. I had a delicious, fresh salad and seasonal cocktail for lunch. Loved it!

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Responded on June 11, 2019

SO glad to hear you had a great time with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stay healthy, have a full meal feel great when you eat here because of the beneficial ingredients used by the chef behind of these True dishes!!

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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J
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the newest True Food Kitchen location in Ballston Quarter. Menu and service just can't be beat! Tried a new dish and love the Salmon entree. So glad you recently opened!

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you Julie!

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FK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was horrible. Our waiter kept rolling his eyes at us and never came to our table to check on us after we got our food. I arrived at 12:30pm to check in for our 2pm reservation to request two tables outside and they said that it would be ready for us by 2pm. Upon arrival at 2, they had no table ready for us and made us wait an additional 30 minutes before we even got seated . I would never go back!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. I am so sorry you and your group had a less than ideal situation. At your convenience please call me at 703-527-0930

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was excellent, as we expected from our previous experiences at other True Food locations. The noise level was moderate. A little loud, but I don’t mind that considering it was a prime brunch hour. It was uncomfortably warm, however, from the moment we walked in. My husband and I had walked to the restaurant and opted to sit inside because we wanted some relief from the heat. Unfortunately, it was the exact same temperature inside as it was outside. The windows were open, making it stuffy and humid. Maybe they expected more spring-like weather and a breeze to circulate in the restaurant, but they should have been prepared to pivot to AC sooner considering how quickly it gets muggy in this area. I was so warm I didn’t even want to order a coffee (a big deal for me in the mornings). We’ll definitely be back, though, as we love the food and realize there may be a few growing pains in the beginning.

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed your food and service! We hope to have you back in soon!

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. And, it was just as good as the first one. Both locations in this area have been great for dinner and customer service.

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you!

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible if you have food allergies. My mom was able to have a really good tasting pizza for the first time in years! She was sooooo happy. Also, the restaurant wasn't freezing cold like a lot of them are when it is hot outside. Made for a wonderful Mother's Day lunch a week late. :)

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you Jessica!

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W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were pretty good. More variety on the menu would be better.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ingredients are all locally sourced and it’s reflected in flavor and freshness. I am doing the Whole 30 diet and the waiter was very knowledgeable about compliant foods and dishes on the menu.

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Responded on May 27, 2019

Thank you!

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NS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, charming server, and fun location in the new Ballston Quarter. The noise level was high and I wish they could do something about that.
We started with chicken satay which had a mysterious and delicious dipping sauce, which I think was pumpkin seed pesto. I had the GF lasagna which was cleverly deconstructed -- squares of amazing rice flour pasta laid on piles of lemon ricotta and spinach, covered with sausage-y tomato sauce and lots of fresh basil. It was really good. My husband had fish tacos which were all around delicious but we especially loved the pickled jicama.
Did not notice that the key lime pie was vegan so that didn't taste the way I expected. But all around an excellent dinner.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

HI Nancy, Thank you for dining with us! We are so happy you had a nice time with us and cant wait to have you back! Anne

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EE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For Mother's Day we had 2 reservations, but the staff managed to seat our party of 7 together. That was a big hit with my sister and I, the matriarchs of this gang. Our wait person was outstanding.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you Elizabeth! We are so happy you all enjoyed celebrating Mothers Day with us!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have frequented the Merrifield True Food over the years, but decided to try this one for Mother's Day since the Merrifield location did not have a reservation available near the time I wanted. The food is just as excellent in Ballston and the wait staff just as attentive and helpful. One advantage Ballston has over Merrifield is that the kitchen is behind glass; this provides for a somewhat quieter, and therefore more enjoyable, dining experience.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you Jerome! SO glad you enjoyed your visit with us! -Anne

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I could rate it poorly because then people wouldn’t go and I’d never have a problem getting a table!

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