True Food Kitchen - Bethesda

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Good Vegetarian Options
Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1419 People Are Saying
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MB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

excellent service, food was terrific for this vegan/ vegetarian family!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent healthy dining

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great healthy food, lame pour on the beer from a bartender leafy husband with a glass of foam and everybody acting like they didn’t notice.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! We had a major parking problem, arriving, so we got there a little late by 4-5 min. The restaurant was extremely accommodating, got us a table as soon as one opened up. Food was excellent!

ZK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was 100% amazing we shared the arugula and tomato pizza it was so much better than we had expected. Then I had the teriyaki quinoa which was sooooo good and a decent portion size.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Fish tacos were cold and uneatable. Our guest returned them and ended up with a small side dish of baked beans for dinner. Sweet potato hash was also cold. The restaurant credited us for the tacos and potatoes, but the experience ruined our evening. Also, the noise was so deafening that we couldn’t have any conversation with our guest. Overall, a complete fiasco. Would not return. However, we love TFK in San Diego. A totally different experience there!

GG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Restaurant is noisy but pleasant. Service was initially a little slow (took several minutes to be greeted after I sat down, then approached twice about drinks). Staff was lovely and food I definitely want to eat!

SP
New Mexico
18 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

True Foods is one of our favorite restaurants. But we were a bit disappointed. I indicated that we were celebrating my husbands 40th birthday and requested a booth. They did not give us a booth and never acknowledge the birthday. The hostess seemed super flustered, one of our orders came out wrong, and they were out of coloring pads for our kid. The food however was delicious, except the kids pizza just seemed like cheap pizza.

R
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Restaurant was quiet. Service was very good. I’ve been here many times. Consistently high quality. Not the place to go if you don’t have money. I’ll be back.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly hostess and wait staff. Good came out very fast. Absolutely delicious!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Super slow service and average quality food since last time I visited

F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

WARNING!! UNACCEPTABLE!! My family had a reservation for four and was looking forward to a pleasant Saturday dinner together. BUT THEY ARE CRAMMING TABLES WITH PLASTIC CHAIRS AT THE FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT NEXT TO THE BAR AND TELLING PEOPLE WITH A STRAIGHT FACE THAT IS IS “REGULAR” SEATING!! ITS A CROWDED CAFETERIA. Very unpleasant. Also seems like they prefer to seat families with kids up there. My son had to keep his coat on during dinner because every time the door opened we got a cold blast. UNBELIEVABLY ARROGANT AND OBNOXIOUS.

DD
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good locally sourced and organic offerings. Acoustics are terrible though and you should consider if you dine with a group. The cocktail list is unique and tasty but a bit pricey too.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Manager was awesome!

MV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for a party of 6 at 12:00 pm. Walked in- seated right away. Server was great and very knowledgeable, and timely (we had 1 hour for lunch). Food was excellent! Better than I thought it would be. I would recommend and will be returning. Thank you!

AH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, wonderful atmosphere

e
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Wish you could do something to reduce noise level.

T
Washington DC
311 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun to introduce a friend to True Food and all the options on the menu. We appreciated the staff allowing us to sit and work on a project once we finished our late lunch - we didn't feel at all rushed which was very nice. Thanks so much!

VF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I’ve been here many times. The food is delicious!! Lots of scrumptious vegan and vegetarian options. Service has become slow and unreliable the last 2 times. Waters are very friendly. I would still go back for the fresh food, but they do need to improve service time.

JA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a great Sunday brunch with 7 adults and 2 toddlers. Service was above and beyond. Food was terrific except for beetburger, which was the clunker of the menu. Will definitely return!

IR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was beautiful, food was DELICIOUS, service was fabulous- food comes quickly, waitress answered all of our questions and was very friendly.

MT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Bethesda location is much more accessible than the Merrifield location because it is on a major street (Wisconsin Ave). I went during lunch and the noise level was much less than at dinner. I enjoy this restaurant because of the vegetarian and vegan options and I know I'm eating healthy. The service was competent and the meals were brought to our table quickly. The only suggestion about the food I have is add more seasoning.

OT
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

New server. Should not have been left on his own. The manager, as always, checked in and was attentive and helpful.

D
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is good quality farm to table food. Waiter didn't know answers to some questions, but was happy to find out. I would go back again, probably only for lunch though.

MA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad this place opened in Bethesda it is one of our Go-To spots. Always consistent food with great service. The one thing I will say is that is always cold , I always need a coat or something.

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Food was exceptional! Especially the squash soup and kale guacamole! I also love their mocktails and wine. Our waitress was so nice too! Very accommodating to our needs. Restaurant is also kid-friendly.

BV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food

g
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Doctor Weil's calm approach to health is certainly not reflected in the noise level of this restaurant-- at least the Bethesda location. When we came in we asked for the music to be turned down, and even though we went ona day when there were only a few customers, we had to speak with our voices raised. Most clients seemed to be women who were there to catch up with a friend or family member. The non-alcoholic drinks we had were outstanding and original. The food (chicken-avo wrap; beef tacos) were OK. The service was OK. but not very attentive. The numerous hostesses (4?) were kind of clueless why we would want the music turned down. The bill was overpriced. This is my third and LAST time in this location.

MJ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meals at True Food Kitchen never disappoint. The cheerful greeting at the door sets the tone. Service is gracious, the food is always perfectly prepared and the big plate glass windows let in tons of light even on a cloudy day.

CL
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

True Food does a great job with specializing dishes for those people with food allergies or sensitivities.

C
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good healthy food

k
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I waited more than 10 minutes and then finally asked a passing server if they could get me a glass of wine. I ordered the fish tacos and they had absolutely no flavor. Really disappointing. The restaurant was not very crowded but it was still quite noisy.

MD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a solid choice. Met a friend for dinner and to catch up. Our meals -the Cobb salad and ancient grain bowl with the cauliflower to start- were delicious.

h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

would I recommend True Food to a friend? that is a good question. I recommend the food which is healthy and creatively very tasty. the service was slow and non attentive with a drabness. the menu is pricy.
So if you like tasty healthy expensive food without the bother of service personnel being around, this is the place for you.

MI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service is very good but the noise level is quite high with echo so it is difficult to hear

LB
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love True Food and the Bethesda location. They took care of gluten free food for my celiac disease. And the restaurant didn’t penalize me for having celiac by charging me for flute. Free pita bread where they did in the king of Prussia location. This is one of my favorite restaurants! Delicious hummus, spaghetti squash and my husband loves his pizza !

MI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

interesting menu and good value. But the restaurant is noisy even on a Wednesday night.

OT
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food has become my favorite restaurant. Having just eaten at the one in Santa Monica, CA, I can say our local in Bethesda is superior. Delicious and consistent food. Healthy as well. Highly recommend !

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice friendly place

BE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My only complaint is that the restaurant is too noisy. I have to scream in order for my dinner companion to hear me. I avoid this restaurant sometimes because of how noisy it is. Otherwise I love the food. One of my favorites.