True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.6
420 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Arlington is open for indoor dining, patio dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. Patio seating is not reservable but we will do our best to honor your request. Our staff is following stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures as well as completing daily staff wellness checks to ensure a safe dining environment. Order online at TrueFoodKitchen.com

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, and that great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. From nutrient-dense staples and carefully sourced proteins to little-known superfoods, True Food Kitchen is committed to sourcing the most responsible, creative, in-season ingredients.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 420 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBiged
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not great nor was service .

The “chicken avocado wrap” has no avocado. The tuna lettuce wraps had dealt small of tuna.

And one of our drinks arrived not until the food arrived.

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Shoppermom
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner was great except for the items missing from the menu which we've loved over the years. Three out of four of us dining last night are vegans, and your TLT sandwich and banana chia pudding are part of what we love best about True Foods. Please bring them back!! We appreciated the ease of making reservations and being able to dine outside.

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Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you Shoppermom for your positive words about our plant based dishes, there is always a change your favorites might make a come back during our seasonal menu changes!

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vipDanaC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an awesome meal at True Food with wonderful services!

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Responded 10 hours ago

Thank you for the stars Dana!

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KarenC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our server was outstanding and the food was delicious, but there were a couple of inexcusable exceptions—the sausage in my breakfast bowl was so dried out and hardened that it was nearly inedible. It was obviously not freshly cooked and from its texture and appearance, seemed to have been taken out of the fridge and (barely) reheated. Also, my napkin had stains on it. Our server was wonderful and made things right for us in light of those issues. I had not been to this location before and will give them another try because I have been consistently impressed by their other locations.

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KW80
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My friend and I were celebrating her retirement on a Saturday night with a street concert on the block, so the restaurant was busy. Service was a little slow, but our server told us at the beginning that they were backed up, and kept us updated. And when our drinks ended up really, really late, he took them off the check. We know many restaurants are short-handed these days; our food was served in a reasonable amount of time; we had plenty of things to chat about, so the little bit of delay was no problem. Our server steered us to the guacamole with edamame appetizer, which was great. We both had the salmon entrée, also great (except for some green beans in the mixed veggies that were a little too al dente for our taste). Overall, we'd definitely go back, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant to others.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us, we hope to have you back in soon!

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TroyV
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service, food and atmosphere were great. The server was extremely attentive. I will be recommending True Food to friends and family.

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Responded on July 24, 2021

Thank you for dining with us!

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imatechfan
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere; good service. Menu has a good variety of options.

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Responded on July 24, 2021

Thank you for dining with us!

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alocalandmomofthree
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Open Table reservations do nothing at this restaurant. It is first come first serve and True Food does not honor reservations, so I don't understand why they are on open table.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for joining us for lunch - all reservations are for inside dining and we try our best to honor requests for patio - we hope to have you back in soon!

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Courtney
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience5

After arrival we were greeted almost immediately, food was great though we wished the waitress be a little more attentive the time between drink refills and receiving the check was a bit lengthy.

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Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you for joining us, Courtney- we hope to have you back in soon!

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LeoR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for a Sunday Lunch and had Dalton as our waiter. Dalton was excellent, friendly and attentive. The food was great and fresh. The drinks were good. Overall great experience. The whole staff is great! Thank you!

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Responded on July 20, 2021

Thank you. for joining us Leo! Hope to have you back in soon!

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RobertS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like most places, the noise level prevented enjoyable conversation but the food and service were excellent.

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Responded on July 17, 2021

Thank you for joining us Robert!

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WilliamZ
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The quality of the produce in our dishes was exceptional.

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Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you William

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NickieW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was introduced to this inviting place in NJ. Everything was wonderful there and everything is wonderful in VA. From the decor to the food, to the service, everything about True Food Kitchen is amazing. We sat next to the kitchen and it was nice to watch the kitchen staff work their magic.

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Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for joining us NIckie!

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CamilleS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, atmosphere, food - but a bit pricey

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Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you CamilleS!

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vipMaureenS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good, all staff were pleasant and professional.

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Responded on July 11, 2021

Thank you, Maureen!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The manager made us feel embarrassed and unwelcome after rudely marching up to our table in front of the entire restaurant and reprimanding us for something that was not our fault. Additionally, she admitted that her own staff was not trained but failed to apologize. During this whole encounter my party was confused about her position because she did NOT introduce herself, just began scolding us like petulant children. If she would’ve politely introduced herself and told us there was an issue (caused by HER STAFF), it would’ve gone over a lot better.. however we were left wondering who this person even was. She never came back to apologize. I have never experienced such embarrassment at a restaurant, ever.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Mercedes was great and the young Beautiful hostess was wonderful as well. The food was “meh.” Mercedes made the experience the best and she was beyond knowledgeable and helpful.

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Responded on July 8, 2021

Thank you for joining us! We are so thrilled that Mercedes made such a wonderful experience for you

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vipJack
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Credit card charges were mixed up and my friend was told she couldn’t have eggs cooked the way she wanted. However, manager was able to take care of all of it, so it worked out fine. Food was okay, but not great.

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Responded on July 5, 2021

Jack - Thank you for joining us and providing feedback on your most recent visit. While we are happy we were able to fix the credit card transactions for you right away, we do apologize that we did not accommodate the egg specification you and your guests wanted. Thank you Anne

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Rebecca
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is great and they’ve got a variety of options that can accommodate different diets.

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Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you Rebecca!

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vipJimT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hosts, great servers, great food. Nice atmosphere.

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Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you JIm!

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QadiraH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious plant based options in a bright, cheerful setting!

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Responded on July 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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DavidB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service was slow but not busy.

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Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your feed back David!

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TerriR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

ate outside. very nice service, good food... definitely recommend. Celebrated a birthday and they were great. even free chocolate cake.

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Responded on June 28, 2021

Thank you Terri! We hope to have you back in soon!

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vipCarmel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience here at True Food Kitchen. We came to dine for Father’s Day & my family absolutely loved everything about it. We will be back!

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Responded on June 22, 2021

Thank you Carmel for the Positive feedback!

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vipKtina86
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our server literally never came back... Another server had to serve us after a while thank God for him!

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Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for joining us - we apologize on the lapse in service as that is not our standard - we hope to have you back in soon with wonderful service all the way through -Anne

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ElizabethP
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely wonderful! The food was flavorful and hearty. We had the Vegan Double Cheeseburger with gluten free bun, Chicken parmesan and grass fed burgers with buns toasted. Sweet potato hash was good but some of the potatoes weren't cooked all the way through. For dessert we had the chocolate cake with Carmel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Also, the vegan key lime pie. Delicious! Daniel was a great server. Very relaxed and accommodating. He checked on us frequently. I felt myself looking for him on certain occasions. But other than that, very personable.

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Responded on June 22, 2021

Thanks Elizabeth, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again!

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NeighborhoodVegan
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the plant-based options ! Really excellent food!

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Responded on July 2, 2021

Than you!

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DMillss
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Delicious food… good drinks. Service was not up to par. Communication between waitresses and bar was very poor. Drinks didn’t come and when they did come, they were wrong.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on July 2, 2021

Thank you for joining us - We apologize for the lack of communication on your beverage order, we would like to hear more about your experience. you may reach us at 703-527-0930 thank you again Anne

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vipAhop
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quick Friday lunch with a friend. Try the skinny marg - very refreshing!

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Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you Ahop!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for 40 minutes for our food and drinks. Just for the manager to tell us that it didn’t go through, and didn’t offer us a to cover our meal or free drinks. So we left. Really sad because I have been here before and had a good experience. But after yesterday sadly, I don’t think I can see myself coming back again.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on June 8, 2021

Thank you for your review and feedback - we apologize that we failed to bring you and your guests amazing hospitality during your visit We would love the opportunity to win you back as our guests. At your convenience you can reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you, Anne

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DemondL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Waitress not attentive to needs and the manager was working the dining room as if she knew it and had to.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on June 7, 2021

Thank you for your feedback on your most recent dining experience, we value our guests feedback as it allows us to better our restaurant- we hope to have you back in soon, as we would love the opportunity to win you back!

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MarinE
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the seasonal cocktails, it was delicious! Food was great, good fast service.

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Responded on June 7, 2021

Thank you, MarinE!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it always

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Responded on June 14, 2021

Thank you!

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vipElise
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, great food, great service!

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Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you Elise!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and customer service! Highly recommend! Also love the decor

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Responded on June 2, 2021

Many thanks!!

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Inkwizitive
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for your excellent service and ambience.

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Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for your kind words!!

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vipGreat
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I hate to give bad reviews, but this place was a mess. Tuna poke bowl says nothing about being spicy on the menu, but something was very much so. Had to re-order something else. The bottom of my pizza was burned, so every bite was like biting into a charcoal briquette. The drinks took 15-20 minutes to come out, and then only half came until we reminded them there were more. And the biggest transgression was a huge pet peeve of mine - they delivered the apps and entrees at the same time! Except for one app that came 5 minutes later. Come on, that’s Restaurant 101!

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Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us - we appreciate your review and are always looking for ways to improve our guests experiences- at your convenience we would love to hear more about your most recent dining experience you may reach us at 703-527-0930 thank you for your time, Anne

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KelseyR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Healthy food that actually tastes good! The vegan in our group picked the restaurant, but the omnivores were happy too. They had light, healthy dishes, and more filling food too. The calorie count was on the menu, so you can plan accordingly. And all the drinks were great, from the light refreshing teas to the beautiful cocktails.

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Responded on June 5, 2021

Thank you, Kelsey

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great service

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Responded on May 31, 2021

Thank you!!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great. The Avocado Key Lime Pie for wife's birthday was a big surprise. Thank you for a special and memorable time.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on May 28, 2021

Thank you Richard - we appreciate your review! hope to have you back in soon!

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 527-0930.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter is rated 4.6 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.