True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.7
369 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 369 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoreyH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My quinoa pancakes were delicious, and although they came with a whipped cream that I had requested to be left off, the order was quickly and graciously replaced. My family thought their meals were fine but nothing great. Lovely place and great service but the food will not bring us back.

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Responded 13 hours ago

Thank you for the stars!!

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vipArlingtonDiner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food here is excellent, but don't expect a quiet meal. It was Mother's Day weekend and we took my parents for dinner, and the music was uncomfortably loud. Like, concert-level loud. The thumping bass and high volume made conversation difficult - we repeatedly had to ask our server to repeat herself. My father asked several times if it could be adjusted (especially the bass), but to no avail.

So, bottom line, if you like their menu, go! If you are looking for a quiet, romantic spot, look elsewhere.

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vipDanielle
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom is hard to please. When she visits we tend to eat out and she is not happy with the rich and unhealthy food we usually go for. For Mother’s Day I decided to bring her to true food and she couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it. Everyone (even my dad and husband) loved and enjoyed their food and we all left feeling full and satisfied. I have been many times before and have never been disappointed. I always get the teriyaki bowl because it is so good but this time I had the glass noodle bowl with shrimp and it was amazing! Great ambiance - clean - efficient and good service.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 13 hours ago

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was nice and clean! A fresh look! The attention of the waitress was amazing! The food was delicious! My party of 9 , we all had an amazing meal.
I highly recommend the hummus and the banana pancakes!
We will be back!

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Responded 13 hours ago

Thank you for joining us!

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RobertR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of choices that included several options for my vegan wife. We ate at a True Food Kitchen near Dallas, TX and ordered almost the same menu as the menu was the same. But we took home five carry out containers because there were four of us in Texas and only two in the Virginia location. Still a good bargain.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for joining us, Robert!!!

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viparlingtonian
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was especial but service was okay. Very noises even with tables set at social distance

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us and providing feedback on your experience - we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve - we hope to have you back in soon

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vipClaire
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space in Ballston Quarter, especially as the weather is getting warmer. I love the versatility of the place- fun for brunch, date night, or drinks & you can dress casual or cute & still fit in.

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Responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you Claire!

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SueunF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The service could have been better. The server did not offer coaster or straws, did not provide the check when asked.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 29, 2021

Hi SueunF, Thank you for your feedback on your service - we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve to make our service better- we value feedback as it allows us to grow and make experiences better for all of our guests thank you Anne

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TommyT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food is creative and good. Servers need to be educated about treating customers. Our server watched a member of the party spill a drink which was served in an incorrect glass. There was no offer of a towel to clean up nor a replaced drink. Servers seem very inexperienced. Not communicating well. Sort of like an awkward high school student serving you.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 29, 2021

Hi Tommy We are happy to see your positive comments about our food and we appreciate that you pointed about how you were served. We apologize and please be assured that we are thankful for your constructive criticism as it will influence how we continue to strive to deliver truly remarkable service.

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vipAragon
San Francisco
231 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I like the concept of True Food Kitchen and as a chain, service varies by location (mostly not good). This was my second or third visit to this location. This was probably the best service I've ever had a True Food Kitchen and I've visited many of them. My primary waitperson was excellent - smiled, attentive, friendly, and helpful with menu information (which rarely happens at these places). I'm sorry I don't remember her name, but she was superb! Maybe Ashley or Kimberly?? Even the maitre d's were quite wonderful - personable, great laugh, friendly. The food? I generally have the same starter which is the edamame dumplings - great, as usual. I had my first True Food hamburger and it was OK. It was actually cooked medium rare (a good thing), but it's a hamburger, so the taste was acceptable. Dessert was the flourless chocolate cake and when I requested no ice cream, the waitperson said the chef provided two additional small cookies, which were wonderful. An enjoyable visit to a True Food Kitchen for a change.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for your kind words - thank you for joining us and we hope to have you back in soon!

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LynnP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and a great location. The options were perfect.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 19, 2021

WE are very proud of our store and the plates that people enjoy when visiting, thank you for the positive feedback Lynn!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff was great. We had to wait an additional hour for our reservation which was super frustrating but the staff was extremely apologetic

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you for joining us - we apologize for the wait time and appreciate your understanding

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Delicious! Healthy options!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you for the stars!

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vipLadylion
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, including for the health conscious eater!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 19, 2021

Thank you Ladylion we appreciate your positive feedback, Please come see us again for our spring menu change!

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vipMeggieD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! He loves his job and it was exciting to dine with him!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 16, 2021

Thank you for the positive review Meggie, we are really lucky to have such a great staff and are glad they were a highlight of your experience!

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UyangaZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arlington True Food Kitchen’s service and food weren't excellent at all.
I ordered Banana pancakes - pancakes were burned out. My burger- I told my server that I would like to get my avocado on the side, but the burger comes with avocado, and I couldn't eat.
I still paid all my food and I put tips too. I could be mad that day but I don’t want to run my date and my day.
I am very disappointed.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 13, 2021

Good Morning Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention - We apologize that not only did we miss the mark on your food but service as well. we want all of our guests to feel great hospitality while enjoying their meal and we are sorry that didn't happen for you and your date. We would love the opportunity to win you back as a guest of ours. At your convenience, you may reach us at 703-527-0930 Thank you for your time, Anne

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vipTaylor
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I've been here a few times before and have really liked it overall. This time was also good although the service was a bit slow. I got the feeling that our server was at the end of her shift and was ready to get out of there -- while she was very nice and even apologetic in the beginning, she disappeared when we needed to order or get a water refill and didn't come back for a while. The food, drinks, and environment were great though.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 13, 2021

Thank you for the stars! We appreciate your feedback on your service, With reviews, we are able to improve and make our guests' visits even better!! Hope to have you back in soon!

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PamD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had ancient grains salad and my friend had the shrimp tacos. Both were fantastic.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on April 10, 2021

Thank you Pam!

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AyondelaN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service, will definitely come back. Beautiful restaurant.

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

So glad you enjoyed TFK, hope to have you back in soon for our Spring Menu!

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RobertT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from the hostess and our waiter Jamal. Had Easter brunch on the patio where sun, shade and heat lamps were available. Enjoyed spaghetti squash casserole, lasagna and chicken sausage pizza. Saved room for flourless chocolate cake and key lime pie. Worth checking out

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

Thank you Robert! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Easter Brunch with us, we hope to have you back on our patio again soon!

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Marly
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for clean healthy food the is the place. Their healthy food options are delicious!

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

Thank you for the STARS!!

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MKG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is AMAZING and healthy! Loved every bite and can’t wait to return.

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

W cant wait to have you back! Thank you for joining us!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All good, help was attentive and friendly.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very thing was amazing though the music took away from the experience as we were there with friends and it was hard to visit.

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

Thank you for joining us, and for the stars!

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JDFutbol
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Absolutely amazing. The service was great-they were so kind and so helpful!!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 26, 2021

Thank you for the stars! Hope to have you back in soon!

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vipClaire
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good ambience & brunch selection, with several options that are allergen-friendly (especially GF, DF, & vegan). Service staff is friendly and helpful as well.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you, Claire!

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Molly
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great vibe, beautiful ambience, and tasty drinks. I had a chai-infused bourbon which was delicious. The food tasted organic, clean and fun - I ate the charred cauliflower appetizer, sweet potato and mozzarella sandwich, and kale salad. I wish they had more entrées and house cocktails offered.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 24, 2021

Thank you, Molly! Look out for our new Spring Menu Launching 4/7

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ElenaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food and service are great!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 22, 2021

We appreciate the positive feed back Elenaf, and look forward to having you in again soon! -Kevin

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vipBRW10
London
44 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always friendly, attentive and efficient. Great menu and quality of food with a nice seasonable menu. Drinks are creative and delicious. Our new go to place!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 19, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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LinnieK
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE True Food Kitchen.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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vipLamJam
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Great food, great atmosphere and always a fun satisfying time.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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GinaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love eating at True Food. The food is not only healthy, it tastes great and the portions are generous. Highly recommend it.

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

Thank you Gina!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We were able to be dairy and gluten free as needed.

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

Thank you for the stars and Review!!

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vipKatyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good definitely recommend

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

thank you for the stars!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was decent place for date , good food, outstanding service very friendly. For drinks thou good wine selection but only 4 selection of beer that’s little disappointing cause I love beer.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you for stars!

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DJM069
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place that has a balance of vegan and non-vegan healthy options

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you! happy you enjoyed True Food Kitchen!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and great service. One of the best true food locations.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you- hope to have you back in soon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh flavors and overall delicious

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

THANK YOU FOR THE STARS

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ThomasD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice evening!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on January 30, 2021

Thank you Thomas!!

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The online app is really hard to use and unreliable--as our server pointed out. We had trouble ordering items and paying. The food quality was great but this feature will deter me from returning.

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

Barbara, Thank you for your review, we appreciate your feedback on ordering and paying. We are working on improving this new feature and hope you'll give us another chance soon! Thank you TFK

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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 4.7 stars by 369 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.