True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.6
448 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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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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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CoCo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love True Food! Great value, delicious, fresh foods and clean, bright artful environment. On top of that, the customer service is top-notch.

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vipFuntimes
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fall evening to sit outdoors and enjoy the squash and goat cheese pizza.

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Responded 11 hours ago

Thank you for the positive review!

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vipAnotherHomeRun
Baltimore
134 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great choice for a casual business lunch.

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Responded 11 hours ago

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us, hope you visit us again soon!

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Heather
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! Food is amazing, with a wide diversity of delicious and healthy dishes. Servers were friendly and efficient. They have a nice outdoor space but it does fill up. We ended up eating inside but next to an open window and well-spaced from other diners. It was fantastic!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Heather!! Hope to have you back in soon!!

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vipTaylorC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have been to true Food kitchen on several occasions, and overall it has been excellent. However this experience was lacking. The waiter and wait staff was often absent and did not follow up on several requests after reminding them numerous times. Also the food was inconsistent. Probably just an off night but hope it is not a trend downward.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 21, 2021

Taylor, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, feedback helps us improve. At your convenience you may reach us at 703.527.0930 for Anne or Kevin, we would like to know more about your experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! Our server was so kind and the setting was lovely, food amazing! We really love it, thank you!!!

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Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you for joining us!! We are so happy you had a great time!!

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Third True Food visit, first at the Ballston location. Very consistent quality and service. The spaces here are fantastic.

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Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words Joe, please visit again soon!

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and enjoy the ambience very much! The food was unique and delicious!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality food lovely outdoor space

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vipJosephC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific spot for casual lunch. Plenty of outdoor seating.

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Responded on September 13, 2021

We are glad your enjoyed your visit on our patio, hope to have you in again soon!

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Marylander
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was partly okay. Appetizers that we ordered were good, guac and ravioli. The shrimp tacos need a lotbof work. Shrimp was just boiled, not sautéed or grilled. Not verg palatable. Pizza was tasty, small in size. I have to try other entrées to determine how the food is. But definitely would not recommend shrimp tacos. 😐

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was a very pleasant experience.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for joining us!

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vipAragon
San Francisco
237 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Abysmal service and some inedible food. I ordered the humus, the edamame dumplings, and the grass-fed burger. First, the humus and dumplings were delivered to the table next to me and they started to eat (nothing was touched) until they realized it wasn’t their order. Rather than prepare new plates, the waitress and the server decided it was OK to give me the dishes, anyway. I think not. That I had to explain to the waitperson why I needed a new serving during the pandemic (and the patrons who were served my food were not wearing masks) was a mystery to me. She seemed confused about it. Then, when the grass-fed burger arrived, it was uncooked – no where near medium-rare. I passed. When the primary waitperson came by about 10 mins. later and I told her it was raw, she asked if I wanted another one? That was a “no.” When the check came, the uneaten burger was still on the check. For crying out loud – really? S-i-g-h. I would like to support restaurants, but as the pandemic continues, we’re left with new untrained individuals and very little management oversight. I’m learning: just stay home.

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MargaritaA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat outside, which is great for conversation. Inside, the music is a bit too loud for good, intimate conversation. My date and I had our burger orders mixed up, so I ended up getting his “medium well” request and could barely make it through the dry patty and he got my “medium,” which he was too polite to say anything bad about. We also got a starter that was promised to have 6 pieces but came out with 5 and only one set of chopsticks was brought, so my date used a fork. Not the gravest of errors all these mishaps, but some things to pay attention to next time.

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Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you Margarita, for joining us and providing feedback on your visit- we appreciate you taking the time We hope to have you back in soon!

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CrysC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met a couple friends here for dinner and enjoyed a healthy meal with fun drinks. The outside atmosphere was great for the first cool day of the end of summer.

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Responded 7 days ago

So great to hear - hope to have you back in soon!

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Hank
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice service and ambiance, tasty healthful food. The outside seating area is very comfortable.

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for your feed back, we love that you enjoyed your experience, please visit again soon!

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brooklyngerry
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place healthy options!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Glad you enjoyed Brooklyngerry, hope you come back soon to try some of our new seasonal highlights!

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MelissaW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience here! I just wish we had eaten here before the last night of the trip so we could come back! Service was stellar! Also, as someone with a severe basil allergy that doesn’t want to be ‘that person’ and tries hard to order carefully to not be a pain, I was SO impressed that not only were we asked about any allergies, every time an item was delivered to the table it was stated that the dish was free of basil, no matter who delivered it. I have never experienced this before, but have to say that it was such a different experience to feel like they cared about me and I wasn’t being an annoying person with an allergy. It made it the perfect experience!

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Melissa, so glad that our teams hospitality WOW-ed you as much as this review did for us. Sometimes its the little touches that matter most, we are ecstatic about this review and hope to have you in again soon!

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DinB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful vibe and good energy. The wait staff was wonderful and the food was fresh and delicious.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Dinb!

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Megan
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super sweet server and was really patient with us when we took a while to order. food was great and i got a free cake because it was my birthday!

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Responded on August 10, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We recently went to True Food Kitchen for brunch and overall, were very happy with our experience. The food was flavorful and the portion sizes were ample. We felt safe inside the restaurant, as we were well-spaced from other diners.

Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked, but that may have been due to the restaurant being short-staffed.

We shall return!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for Gwenn! We appreciate your review and feedback ands hope to have you back in soon!

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BillyT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, tasty and healthy food and super atmosphere.

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Responded on August 10, 2021

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

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Michael
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Kudos to our waitress Mercedes. She did a great job!

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Responded on August 9, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, we will be sure to celebrate her hard work and hospitality!

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CBArlington
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food came overcooked they took back and replaced but still overly well done
Food there is typically better

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Aurora
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hannah, our server, certainly made our first dining experience at this restaurant a wonderful one! She was joyful and offered great suggestions from the variety of dishes offered. Everything was delicious! The key lime avocado was a perfect size to share! I will be back!

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Responded on August 7, 2021

WOW thank you Aurora, we will pass along your review to Hannah - we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and hope to have you back in soon

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LeoR
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a non-humid day. Our waiter Brian gave us great suggestions. The food was wonderful. Thank you.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Leo!

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vipNatalieL
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was good, everyone was very kind, prompt and responsive. The food however was a different story. I had a poke bowl and for some reason the fish was half-cooked (it should be raw for a poke). Portion was on the small side, but I need to watch my weight so it was fine. I also ordered the avocado pie.....it had a strange grainy texture....the filling was a bit grainy and the crust was also a bit grainy....it was supposed to be made with something I can't remember but not the traditional pie crust, which was part of the reason why I wanted to try......but the filling and the pie crust separately and together just didn't work. The taste for the pie was just not good.

My friend had the seabass, and she seemed to like it. The half salad she ordered was dressed too dry (actually, couldn't really see any dressing at all). I think the food had potential and could become better. It will have to be in order to stay competitive among other restaurants in the area.

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Responded on August 4, 2021

Thank you , Natalie for providing feedback on your most recent visit - while we are thrilled you enjoyed your service you received - I apologize that the same cant be said for your food experience. We failed to serve you a WOW all the way around and we are truly sorry- We would love to win you back as guests of ours, and you may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you for your time Anne

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vipBiged
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
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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Responded on August 3, 2021

Ed, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience - we miss the mark on your food and service experience and failed tp deliver a WOW experience - we would love the opportunity to win you back as guests at your convenience you may reach me at 703-527-0930 thank you for your time Anne

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Raddog
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately the rain came down on us as we sat outside, but staff helped us move under cover. Food was excellent! Highly recommend the avocado key lime pie!

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Responded on August 3, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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Shoppermom
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
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 on August 2, 2021

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 on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded on August 2, 2021

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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Responded on August 2, 2021

Karen, Thank you for dining with us and providing feedback on your experience with us. While we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience with your service- we missed the mark on the overall WOW experience for you and your guests, at your convenience we would love to hear from you. 703-527-0930 Thank you for your time, Anne

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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 on July 27, 2021

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.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on July 27, 2021

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
10 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
6 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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You can order delivery directly from True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter using the Order Online button. True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter also 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 448 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.