True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.6
112 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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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

It was too loud but all other aspects were great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family dinner before taking daughter to college.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was a tad uneven.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
32 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
47 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!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Super loud. Drink orders and appetizers were forgotten and mixed up. Food was excellent.

W
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best place I know for a food to table lunch with fresh ingredients.

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

After being seated, we were waiting for service at the table for almost 20 minutes. Nobody offered us a drink or take our orders. However we noticed that people that arrived after us got service. After the long wait, we decided to leave. It was very disappointing and annoying at the same time specially because True Food at other branches has very good service.

OT
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, waiter was great /
Relaxing family dinner with my teens

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

Awesome I love everything

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

True Food Kitchen was fantastic! We were celebrating my best friends’ recent engagement, and she loved the entire menu. We had a tough time deciding, because everything on the menu sounded great. We had the edamame dumplings, which I highly recommend. We then tried some of the grain bowls, also delicious. Everything was fresh and bright. We’ll definitely be back!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One of the servers asked us how we were doing every 5 minutes. It was appreciated but disruptive.

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

Thank you!

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

So happy with this place! I go with friends and feel so full but not bogged down or sleepy like after a big meal. Everything here is delicious and it’s such a great place fore meeting up with friends.

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

True Food Kitchen is great because there is an option for everyone (I'm a vegan, my friends are not), and it's health focused which is always awesome. It's certainly pricey, but not crazy compared to what's normal for the area. The service wasn't super fast, but the staff was very very friendly and helpful.

NS
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with nice styling, fast service, and delicious food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great speedy service and great food!

EE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We weren’t disappointed with our experience at True Food, we just weren’t blown away. The food and drinks were good and they have a very creative menu. However, it was too noisy for a date atmosphere. I’m not sure if we’ll be back.

m
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The drinks and cocktails are good, although expensive for Ballston. Charred cauliflower appetizer was pretty good, but the flatbread was ok. My friend and husband found the beef burger pretty dry and without any dressing - we had to request extra sauce. My bowl was good, but $18 is a lot for a bowl. I might as well go to Cava across the street for half the price. We'll come back for the drinks but not the food.

C
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So happy they’ve opened a restaurant in Ballston! We had a great meal. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was yummy. We’ll be back soon.

R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have eaten at True Food at Mosaic and have really enjoyed the food there. This meal at the Ballston location was a disappointment. The fish in the fish tacos was very bland, only being saved by the items added. A bowl of beans came with the tacos. They were tasteless and were left uneaten. We will probably return to the Mosaic location, eventhough it is much further away.

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