True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

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$30 and under
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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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J
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and innovative menu, as usual! Love the winter selections and the regular options as well. Thank you

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing edamame dumplings we had 4 different dishes. All were superb in color phenomenal in flavor and some nice playing as well. Truly the place for a great meal

AD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good, especially the green sauce made of cilantro, the waitress was fantastic, but the noise volume made it very difficult to have a good conversation.

BB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love the food! My favorite is the Ancient Grain Bowl. My friends favor the salads and sandwiches. The flourless chocolate cake comes with coconut ice cream! Yummy! We shared the dessert which was more appropriate after a hearty lunch.

GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at True Food Kitchen always leaves you feeling great! The ingredients are so fresh and healthy! There are a great number of vegetarian and vegan options.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service...first visit to this location...just as good as Wisconsin Ave location!

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great! But a little too loud. Music should have been softened. Or maybe some noise absorption panels

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’m not sure why we put notes in open table that it’s a birthday or celebration. Restaurants and servers – well actually, it’s the hostess to blame for this one. Do not relay it to the waitstaff.

They forgot our birthday request. Food was way too salty! I had the Seabass and all I could taste was a layer of salt on the fish. I ended up taking my futon because I could not finish it there. Just a pet peeve but the waiter was clearing the table before all of us were done – especially us ladies. Please wait until everyone is done eating then clear the table.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, our waiter was very cheerful and the food was great!

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great atmosphere

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grabbed dinner with a friend on a Saturday night. The place fills up quick so definitely would recommend a reservation. Food and service were great - prices are a little expensive but it’s worth it for the quality!

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was fine. Service was horrible. We ordered an appetizer, asked about twice, then about main courses arrived and the waiter said “the kitchen is backed up, your appetizer will be out soon .” We cancelled if. What a ridiculous excuse.

My wife finished her meal before me. Waiter took her plate (good) then asked if she wanted to see the dessert menu while I was still eating (bad).

Then I finished and he brought the check.

A few minutes later, he brought the dessert menu.

When I complained and gave him feedback he said “what can I do to make you happy.” He didn’t offer anything. Manager never came by to apologize. When we paid he said “If you ever decide to come again, dessert is on me.” How’s that supposed to work without a coupon of some sort.

He was the most inept waiter I’ve ever had. And inept management for not coming by to apologize.

DC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Asia, our server, was great

HH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love True Food Kitchen. The food is very tasty and healthy. I love the assortment of teas and drinks. Love, love the squash pie. I have dined at True Foods on a number of occasions and I have never been disappointed. I love the Ballston Commons location. It is very convenient and parking for $1 for 3 hours makes it so much more attractive. I will return again and again.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat! My friends and I spent way too much time searching for a vegan-friendly restaurant, but True Food made it totally worth it. Good energy, good food and excellent service.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. One of my favorite health conscious restaurants.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and fresh! Love health options...our waiter was awesome! Very friendly and professional, and available!

R
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but delicious

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch with a friend. Food was tasty, healthy and came out quick. Service was top notch.

WB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sara was fantastic!!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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p
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Totally worth going. Everything the 6 of us had was different and good. Great service!

GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food. I have Avocado Allergies, and didn't remember seeing that Avocados were part of my dish. Otherwise it was just awesome dining experience.
Thank You

EI
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner experience. Food and service were outstanding

OP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service needs to pick up dishes when one is done and also don’t ask a customer to pass you the plates you need to pick them up please it is general etiquette. Food is great attitude is good and pleasant. Atmosphere is good.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food for everyone.

l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Nice outside table and yummy food

a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

True Food reported me to Open Table to failing to honor a reservation that I did honor. I even said I had a reservation upon arrival.

Food was okay, but not well-described on the menu.

f
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the great food, drinks, and service! We look forward to our next visit.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

The children’s menu was not impressive. It was very limited and zero breakfast options.
What? No eggs? No waffles? No bacon?

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place for an evening meal. Lots of noise so if you are looking for a quieter environment I would avoid this restaurant. Service was very cheerful and helpful

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to True Food in Ballston three times and have always had a wonderful experience. Tonight in particular, after leaving and probably being about a block away, our server came running up behind us with my sweater that I accidentally left on the back of my chair. He really didn’t have to do that, but he must truly be a kind and caring person. Always great to see positivity in the world! Looking forward to going back soon and hopefully being able to say thanks again.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We got greeted and seated pretty quickly on the patio as requested. It took well over 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged that we had been seated. Once our server arrived she had a great smile and took our drink and appetizer order. We have dined plenty of times at True Foods and knew exactly what we wanted. Service was slow - our appetizer came out almost 10 minutes before our drinks. Once our drinks arrived we had completed the appetizer. Dinner came quickly after our drinks but when we asked the food runner for some water and hot sauce we never saw them again or our server. She only came and checked on us about 15 minutes after our entrees arrived. We asked again for hot sauce and waters. She quickly came back with it. Food was delicious but it seemed like the server was more interested in chatting with the bartender than making sure we had what we needed.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good, although the kale guacamole was pretty bland. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job. Only wrinkle was that the kitchen finished making our appetizers about a minute before our entrees, so everything we ordered arrived at nearly the same time.

CO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

V
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

First time to this location. Food and service as good as any other TF i've been to

DG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I just didn't find the quality of the food to be very good. The flavor was lacking and it seems like they are trying to hard to "be healthy" and haven't achieved good tasting food. I am a proponent of healthy eating but eating healthy can also taste good. I won't be going back.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jonathan was a star server! Attentive yet not hovering, took a picture of my friends and I, and even gave us desserts when he found out we were celebrating. I’ll be back!

JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

service was incredibly slow. took 35 mins to get a drink.