True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

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Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

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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JS
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Love the healthy options and the keto menu options. Great service too; the waiter was very helpful with choosing a dish (it was our first time at the restaurant). I will certainly go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Waiter forgot everything. We were there st an off time.

h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was slow for a lunchtime when it wasn’t too crowded. The food was great as ever.

SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's delicious healthy food. Just a bit noisy for conversation.

NM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

TOO LOUD! Will not plan another Saturday evening reservation. Waitstaff person assigned to too much. Had to ask kitchen/ host staff "where are our drinks?" Sent home with pie on the house acknowledging poor service. The food is good but most everything else was not good

DK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! We don't have one where we live so always look for one when traveling! This is my second time to go to this one - it was excellent as always!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went after an work event of positive vibes, motivational speakers and just overall, good peeps and this place had the best staff and food! Everyone so sweet and nice and the FOOD.......ahhhhhh fresh, flavorful and freaking delicious, so much so I want to drive another 2 hours to go back SOON!!

thank you all who served the table from Richmond, we appreciated you!

OT
Washington DC
220 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a health food place. Seabass was solid but nothing special. Guacamole and brussel sprouts appetizer were very good. Limited wine list.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The portions of food were on the small side for the amount of money that we spent. Two glasses of wine and two entrees totaled $78 and that was without the tip Food was good but not outstanding. I realize they are trying to make healthy food and accommodate many people’s food sensitivities however I feel they should step it up a notch since we have many outstanding restaurants in our area to choose food. Service could also be improved. Communication between our server and the bar broke down and we had to wait awhile for our wine. Mine didn’t come until after we started our meal. Hope they can improve.

GP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! I love that the menu changes periodically so it is always a new experience when I visit.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is not as good as in the Fairfax, VA location.
The salmon in my dish tasted fishy, indicating it was not very fresh. Server was notified but did not say anything.
My husband noted that the flavors in his dish were not up to par with the Fairfax location. We both have had these dishes before.
The patio area is very pleasant. Hopefully the kitchen will work out the glitches.

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe because it was brunch, I was a little taken aback by $9.50 apiece ($19.00) for two fish tacos. I’ll admit they were delicious and plentiful. Steak tacos are two dollars less. Generally, though the prices are only seem high if you look at the ingredients. Seems as if protein is getting cheap and veggies dear. Then there’s the apparent premium for “eating healthy.” We liked the bright & cheerful space. Our server was obliging, but got our drink orders wrong and brought us the wrong check. The hostess team was welcoming, and doing an excellent job of keeping up.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Now my favorite neighborhood restaurant

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable experience. The lead waitress was excellent, but it appeared that some of the rest of service was still working out the new restaurant kinks. A good experience and would return.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So fresh, so flavorful and wanted to order what I had AGAIN to go! Amazing! Please come to Charlottesville, VA!!!

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and service friendly, however, a few too many people swinging by to see how things were. Once is quite enough.

T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a very nice dinner here, the food and service were good. I'd recommend and go back.

h
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

It was too loud but all other aspects were great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family dinner before taking daughter to college.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was a tad uneven.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for brunch on a Saturday morning. I have been to another True Foods location and absolutely loved it! While this location was also very good, the service wasn’t as good as we had experienced at the other location. May have been due to the brunch rush, but a little disappointed in the service.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Amazing service that was well-timed and friendly and delicious food.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I just keep coming back, I really enjoy myself each time! My only comment- the speciality non alcoholic drinks always take so long to come out. By the time it gets there I always forgot that I ordered one.

O
Washington DC
66 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a tasty and healthful meal that won't break your wallet, dine at True Food Kitchen. I had the quinoa salad, and it was very good indeed. My companion had the Korean Bowl and ate every bit. The service was just as good as the food. When the wine I ordered (by the glass) was not available, the server brought me a generous sip of the alternative she recommended. I will certainly be back! It's great to know there's a local place with food this good at reasonable prices. Three cheers!

BB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful! We couldn't have been more pleased with our appetizers, bowl, salad, and sandwich plus the delicious summer drinks. Reasonably priced and definitely healthy. Will definitely return on a regular basis.

j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Really loud. Great cocktails. Server was really nice but a little busy. Had a good time. Would def go back. But the music was def too loud.

g
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. It was healthy and beautiful, creative and reasonably priced. Service was great. The place was very lively with great energy.

MT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The freshness and combination of the ingredients are awesome.

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service and food were good but the noise level was too much. Don't plan on having an important conversation.

ND
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

First let me say that I am overall a big fan of the True Foods concept and execution. I have been to three of the local locations many times, have also ordered takeout and the only fault I've found in the past is the noise level.

In the Washington, DC area, True Foods has recently expanded from dinner service only, to adding a weekend brunch, and now is open for both lunch/dinner daily. I suspect some of what happened on our visit was due to growing pains.

When we arrived, we asked that our party be sat outside rather than in as our reservation reflected. The staff was accommodating, although we began our evening being waited on at the outside bar (she was awesome). One of our party members ordered a drink right as our group transitioned to sitting down to eat, and it took for asks and almost 40 minutes for the drink to arrive. There appeared to be confusion between who was doing what in the transition. Salads requested with dressing on the side arrived fully dressed, then with no dressing at all. That same person didn't receive her mail course (the salad) until everyone else had finished their dinner. Worst offense was my beloved flatbread was bland, the kale salad, which is normally garlicky, had no flavor and my turkey burger was overcooked.

I'm not sure if the problem was with the wait staff or the kitchen--I suspect the latter, but I'm disappointed. I had an out of town guest I was hoping to show off the restaurant to and instead will wait a bit before returning to see if some kinks are worked out.

v
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and ambience were excellent. The menu has good variety. I wish the hummus weren’t served with white bread, however. Also, I would like to see a feature about what foods are seasonal and local.

EV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I had been here once before and the service was fine. I love the cocktails and the healthier menu. I went on Sunday night and the service was awful. Our server was really slow to greet us, bring drinks, take our order, and check back/ process payment. She missed two of the drink orders and just generally seemed to not really know what she was doing. She was very nice, but it still made for a really unenjoyable dining experience for our small group with a few young kids.

OT
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I have visited other True Kitchens and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and food. I was a little put off by the waitress who was not clear on the menu.

This was a birthday dinner and my friend asked for a straw. He had to retrieve one.

DP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, fascinating menu. What we order was fresh and creative,, healthy and tasted wonderfully.

EP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

It was way too loud. We couldn’t hear each other across the table and even our server couldn’t hear us and commented about the volume of the music.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The cauliflower appetizer is my favorite!

EK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff all around. Great refreshers and food!

JB
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is excellent. I had some questions and our server treated us with kindness, respect, and took her time. I'm so grateful for that! Everything is fresh and delicious! The gazpacho had more heat to it than I expect (spice, not temperature) and I was able to get some naan to help alleviate the heat! Thank you!

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