True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
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.
I usually have a fantastic experience at the Fairfax location. However, my experience at the Bethesda location left much to be desired.
We have eaten her many times. The food was bland and very disappointing.
Great place for a long, casual meal. Food is outstanding but service was slow. Will happily return, but with that understanding.
We don't make it to True Food as often as we would like, but always delicious and we've always had such good service. Perfect place to meet a friend who lives in the area.
Service terrific. Food excellent.
True Food Kitchen was recommended by the hotel staff nearly when I asked for a place with vegetarian options (to accommodate a friend). The food was good, not spectacular. While there were plenty of options, I had a more challenging time finding something on the menu that didn't contain some ingredients I'm not fond of. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable, providing information essential for my colleague. Overall, I wouldn't oppose going back, but it wasn't a favorite.
Great food and a wonderful dining experience !! Would definately recommend and will go back again.
A pleasant surprise. Food was excellent. Super fresh, healthy and so many different options. I can’t wait to go back!
I love dining at True Food but wish something could be done about the acoustics. It is very loud and hard to have a conversation.
We enjoyed our meal at True Food Kitchen very much. Can't say much for the music which was on the noisy side. But the food was delightful. Squash soup, kale guacamole, spaghetti squash casserole, and Chilean sea bass were delicious. Our server was excellent. We'll be back!
I'd recommend the food for take out. The noise and the service were awful.
Delicious food as always. Lavender iced tea? I am in love!!
If you're vegan, vegetarian, or just like to eat healthy, you must try True Food Kitchen! I've been there 5 times in the past 2 months and I live far away! All of the food is excellent, the drinks are refreshing and the service is friendly and informative. This is my new "go to" spot!
The restaurant is large and airy. There is plenty of light and space between the tables.
The food was excellent.
Service needs to improve.
We love True Foods, esp the Edamame dumplings and cauliflower risotto. This time I had the avocado toast with egg but it was really disappointing. Instead of a nice chunky artisanal type bread it was a thin soggy sweet slice of something that tasted like it came from the Safeway shelves. Doesn’t fit with their normal taste. Both the hostess and our server were awesome (as they always are) so commend True Foods for either hiring or training well (or both!)
As a native Marylander, it pains me to say that the Arlington location is far superior to the Bethesda location. We got mostly the same foods, and yet nothing was as good.
We had a business lunch but it was so loud inside that we had to move outside to be able to talk and then the hostess forgot that we were out there and seated half our table inside and half outside. I like the food and the servers are always very nice, but the volume inside is unpleasant and they need to keep track of where parties are.
We love True Food Kitchen. Everything is fresh and has wonderful flavor. We always enjoy dining at this restaurant when we are in town.
Always love visiting this restaurant for brunch. Great menu tons of options, both for food and drinks. Everything is super fresh and you can tell. I highly recommend the TLT.
Service left a bit to be desired, took a long time to get our drinks, which we could see sitting on the bar. But outside of that everything was great as usual.
This was my first time dining at True Food. Our server was very nice and my husband and I enjoyed our dinner selection - Turkey Burger and the Lasagne. We also dined with another couple. The only negative was that we were seated behind the open kitchen and as more patrons arrived, it seemed like the noise level picked up quite a bit. We became distracted by the clanging dishes and the kitchen staff talking over one another (no doubt to get the orders in and served quickly). I would return because I enjoyed our very delicious and healthy food choices but would asked to be seated away from the kitchen. I'm looking forward to trying their weekend brunch!
Excellent food. Love all the gluten free options!
The manager assisted me with my dietary needs as well. Very accommodating. Love the restaurant! Best GF pita bread and hummus and guacamole
Overall ok but some sour notes.
Pros: calories on menu; varied menu options; really good fresh cocktails
cons: service only ok; tomato-watermelon salad had very few bits of watermelon; would have been improved with feta or goat cheese option; kale cobb had minimal gorgonzola and avocado; corn was dried rather than fresh/grilled (it's summer!); beef addition was steamed like for chinese beef/broccoli rather than grilled steak
The noise level is always a problem at this restaurant.
The food was good. The service was not. After we were seated no one came to take our order. We had to go ask a hostess to send over a server. We had to ask for water several times and no one ever asked if they could refill our glasses.
Our experience at the Bethesda location was disappointing. This was our first time at the Bethesda location. We have been to the locations in Arizona and California so we were really excited to discover there was a location in our area (we live in Columbia, Md). However, the service was very slow and our server seemed to be overwhelmed. She forgot our drinks twice. When we requested water she replied yes but it might be awhile because we are incredibly busy. Not exactly the service you expect for the amount of money spent. We had appetizers, 2 rounds of drinks, entrees, and desserts. This location isn't one that I'll be visiting again based on our experience. It was quite a hike for our mediocre experience.
OUTSTANDING food and sevice! Would recommend for anyone who wants fresh new takes on healthy food!
Casual atmosphere with great food, service was exceptional, noise level was higher. Overall great experience.
OMG! If you're VEGAN or VEGETARIAN or just trying to eat healthy, True Food Kitchen is for you. I'm vegan and their food is so delicious, so fresh, and presented so well. I highly recommend to anyone who appreciates a whole foods, plant-based diet that is well seasoned and tastes amazing.
Love this place!
Outstanding! Food was fresh and extremely, well-seasoned. I will be back.
Great service and quality food.
The edamame dumplings are divine. The steak tacos are good but it’s important to note my experience on each visit has been different as I prefer my meat rare and although I always ask it isn’t always served this way. Cocktails are good and they will allow you to customize. The acoustics are poor so not a great place for good conversation. The ingredients are top rate. With some tweaks and consistency and some sound absorbent materials, I would recommend to all on any occasion.
I’m a huge fan. Recommend to friends, whether vegans or vegetarians or not. The dishes are varied, different, delicious and beautifully presented. Service can be a little erratic. The young female server was not the strongest-seemed distracted, not in any hurry. Everything worked out once we received our drinks and food.
Unusual and excellent food. Wish we could eat here more often!
delicious HEALTHY food, great vibes, awesome staff, and cute aesthetics. what more can we ask for, right?
Dinner was good. The chicken I had was dry but overall the meal was solid. They were out of a few items - including a favorite Kale guacamole
Thanks for providing holistically sourced, nutritional, plant based, GF meals for this nutritionally aware family.
I love this place!! I hadn't been in a while so it was good to return.
We had a lovely Sunday brunch outside on a beautiful summer day. The waitress was very helpful when we weren’t sure what to order and everything was delicious! Can’t wait to go back!
Food mediocre. Summer menu is awful & overpriced. Waitress very good. Early dinner, so noise level not yet horrendous. Very disappointed!