True Food Kitchen - Bethesda

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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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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I usually have a fantastic experience at the Fairfax location. However, my experience at the Bethesda location left much to be desired.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have eaten her many times. The food was bland and very disappointing.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for a long, casual meal. Food is outstanding but service was slow. Will happily return, but with that understanding.

T
Washington DC
304 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service terrific. Food excellent.

NA
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

KA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and a wonderful dining experience !! Would definately recommend and will go back again.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant surprise. Food was excellent. Super fresh, healthy and so many different options. I can’t wait to go back!

WF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

n
Washington DC
85 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

I'd recommend the food for take out. The noise and the service were awful.

n
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food as always. Lavender iced tea? I am in love!!

BE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

I
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant is large and airy. There is plenty of light and space between the tables.
The food was excellent.
Service needs to improve.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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!)

a
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

MN
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love True Food Kitchen. Everything is fresh and has wonderful flavor. We always enjoy dining at this restaurant when we are in town.

K
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

JF
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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!

LB
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LH
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

NN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

The noise level is always a problem at this restaurant.

e
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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.

C
Adelaide / SA
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

PR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING food and sevice! Would recommend for anyone who wants fresh new takes on healthy food!

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual atmosphere with great food, service was exceptional, noise level was higher. Overall great experience.

BE
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

KG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Food was fresh and extremely, well-seasoned. I will be back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and quality food.

DD
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

IB
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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

Unusual and excellent food. Wish we could eat here more often!

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

delicious HEALTHY food, great vibes, awesome staff, and cute aesthetics. what more can we ask for, right?

D
Sydney / NSW
129 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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

DC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for providing holistically sourced, nutritional, plant based, GF meals for this nutritionally aware family.

l
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!! I hadn't been in a while so it was good to return.

RB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food mediocre. Summer menu is awful & overpriced. Waitress very good. Early dinner, so noise level not yet horrendous. Very disappointed!

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