True Food Kitchen - Bethesda

4.6
1679 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Bethesda is open for indoor dining, patio dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. All reservations will be seated at indoor tables. Patio tables will be available only on a first come first serve basis. 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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1679 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RR11
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ancient grains change not as good as original. Shrimp were tough. Didn’t have the wine we wanted. Alternative wine not preferable.

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GeorgetteB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calm and friendly environment, tasty food, kind waitress.

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eileenm
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food with excellent choice of vegan and vegetarian dishes.

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michaelz
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Blake was a very good and polite waitress. The food was also good. It could have been hotter.

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ERINAF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

It was my son's birthday and he was so disappointed. We had to ask for our waiter because no one came to our table. Food was great but the service very poor. I like this place but my recommendation is that everyone should be treated equally.

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AshleyS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have loved True Food Kitchen in Arlington. The Bethesda restaurant was a big disappointment. It is located on a noisy street, the food (even exact dishes I’ve ordered in VA) were missing components and then overcooked and dry. And my cocktail was pretty flavorless. The special appetizer (cauliflower) was outstanding- what I had been expecting but virtually every other aspect was super disappointing.

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TDHjj
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

disappointed that a fresh side salad was not part of the entrée dish. Entree: lasagna was more like an appetizer portion. The entree salad Quinoa: was good but needed more vegetables. Pizza should have been served with a side salad.

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MarkV
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Cauliflower was excellent. Edamame Guacamole was flat no flavor. steak tacos was creasey and overcooked. sweet potatoes were undercooked. Poke Bowl was spiced just right and was excellent.

Price was toooo high for quality of food

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FlorenceC
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always the food and service were great. My two favorite things to order are the cauliflower and edamame dumplings which we shared and for main I also got a starter, the tuna lettuce cups. So good. I usually go for lunch or in between shifts but last night round 7 was full and loud. Hard to hear each other without speaking loudly which made it hard. But we enjoyed it!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded 7 days ago

FlorenceC, Thank you for the 4 stars. We are very happy you enjoyed our cauliflower and edamame dumplings! Please let us know next time about the noise level and we will try and find you a quieter table. Thank you!

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vipKrassiG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

I like this restaurant in all of its locations. Had not visited the Bethesda one since the pandemic started. While food and cocktails were great as usual I was thrown off by the staff in front - the three or so host/hostesses. Their attitude frankly was unacceptable. We asked for a table outside (there were at least 2 unoccupied we could see ) only to be told that these are reserved for people with dogs. My friends are still a bit wary of eating indoors. We were however seated indoors and although the ambiance was nice and cool we also noticed a party without any dogs being seated at the outdoor table. Not sure what the selection process is here but this is not a night club and if this is how you treat people with reservations not sure what to think of walk ins.. Note to managers- train your front staff better. Next time this happens I will ask for the manager.

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sharon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Becky was excellent as our server. We were 2 vegans and 2 carnivores. All enjoyed the food.

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MiguelV
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great and tasty (yet healthy food choices), superb services. A bit on a noisy side.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded 7 days ago

MiguelV, Thank you so much for the review. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to serving you again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We tried to eat lunch at True Food Kitchen. Had a 1:00 reservation and when we arrived the hostess said there was a 20-30 minute wait. When we questioned such a long wait for a reservation, we were told that they had many guests and there wouldn’t be anything available for 20-30 min. No “ I’m so sorry for the inconvenience” or “I understand this is a long wait for a reservation, I apologize” I told her we would have to leave because we didn’t have enough time to wait and then eat lunch. Received a follow up email from Open Table wondering why we missed our reservation. My rating is based on the experience we had with this restaurant.

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YangC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean, efficient, and delicious. We enjoyed the working lunch at True Food. The waiter attended to our warmly. Will return to True Food soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal.

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JaneT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful flavorful food. Our party of 4 had different entrees and the combination of flavors in each dish were complimentary and extraordinary. The only reason I rated the noise level as moderate was that we chose to eat outside on the street side of the building and we could hear the cars.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded 7 days ago

JaneT, Thank you so much for the 5 stars. We appreciate the review and look forward to serving you again!

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Marco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a pleasure to eat the delicious and healthful food at True Food!

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vipSabrinaStar
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place stays one of my favorite restaurants in the area! Its so good, every single time.

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vipShoeHog
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food and service, whichever TFK I visit!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded 7 days ago

ShowHog, Thank you for the 5 stars. We appreciate the review and look forward to serving you again

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vipscott
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the idea and go there often. Don't always love the execution. Waited in a long line of people waiting to be seated with no apparent receptionist to seat us. Doesn't give a strong sense of correct management. Our waiter was exceptionally good though. The portion for the grain bowl was way too small for the money.

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JennaL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, way over priced. I’m all about organics and paying more for high quality food, but this was just taking advantage of where the price should be. Portion size was super small - wouldn’t go back because of these reasons. Other options in the area!

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vipLeslieH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I used to love this restaurant but the last two times- onea delivery and then in the restsurant, the food was only ok.

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Joel
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every other table was filled so there was social distancing. The food was very tasty and the service was quick and efficient

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 6, 2021

Joel, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review of your visit to True Food Kitchen. We're happy to hear that you had a great experience and look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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Livi
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was really good, I think that the starters are a little expensive. I will come back in the future.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 3, 2021

Livi, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your visit. We're happy that you loved the food. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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KristenD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the healthy food options, fun drinks in the alcoholic and non-alcoholic categories, and friendly staff. Once the food is served they're a little slow to come back and check on you but overall a great, delicious experience.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 3, 2021

KristenD, Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review of your visit. We're happy to hear that you loved the food and drink selections from your visit. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!!

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vipGGirl
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was freezing inside and they could not seat us outside bc we had 6 people even though it wa empty outside. Still always a favorite.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 2, 2021

GGirl, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your visit. I will follow up with my management team and make sure we're paying attention to the temperature inside the restaurant. Unfortunately, with the set-up of the patio we're limited to 5 guests at a table. We're happy to hear that you still had a good visit. We look forward to having you dine again soon

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vipCurlz
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time… food was delicious and so fresh with beautiful presentation. Will definitely return!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 3, 2021

Curlz, Thank you for leaving a 5 star review of your visit. We're happy to hear that you had a great first visit to True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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vipPigsFly
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Healthy food done creatively and generously and practically but not to the point of absurdity. Fresh and flavorful. Superlative concept for a restaurant.

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MatthewG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was good, but some pieces were overly burned as if the chef really wanted to char it. The service was very good and responsive with the server being very accommodating with our two small children. I ordered a glass of "Chianti Classico" red wine. I was surprised when I saw the bill showing a charge of $18 for the glass of wine. I promptly asked the server about it, to which she quipped, "it was a full pour," without verifying that I even wanted a full pour. I am pretty sure it was not a full pour and it should have cost $10-12. I would never pay $18 for a glass of wine. It cost more than my meal!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 2, 2021

MatthewG, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review about your visit. I'm sorry about the lack of clarity on the pour size of the wine you ordered. We will be sure to follow up with the staff and make sure they are asking which size. As always, please ask for a manager when the food and drinks are not up to your expectations so we can remedy on the spot and turn around your experience. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

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BarbM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. We sat outside...it was quiet!

Can't wait to go back and I'll recommend to others.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 3, 2021

BarbM, Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review of your visit to True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. We're happy to hear that you had a great dining experience and look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent chicken sausage pizza and wonderful spaghetti squash casserole was great

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 3, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review of your visit. We're happy that you loved the Chicken Sausage Pizza and Spaghetti Squash Casserole. We look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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AnnaG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Delicious cocktails!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 2, 2021

AnnaG, Thank you for 5 star review. We're happy to hear that you had a great experience. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!!

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vipwabadam
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great unique tasting food. Everything is good here. And service is awesome.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on June 2, 2021

wabadam, Thank you for the 5 star review. We look forward to having you visit again real soon.

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SaraP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team. Great menu. Friendly. Clean. Delicious food. Really wonderful place!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 31, 2021

SaraP, We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for the 5 stars!!

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RachelM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food- great spot for outdoor dining.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 27, 2021

Rachel, Thank you so much for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with us on the patio. We look forward to seeing you again!

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ElaineP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. I really appreciate the vegan options and the fact that everything on the menu is clearly marked.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 26, 2021

Elaine, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review from your visit. We're happy to hear that you loved the vegan options on our Spring menu. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!

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FannyT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was meeting with a few of my girlfriends that I haven't seen in a long while. The atmosphere was perfect and our waitress was excellent. We started with the charred cauliflower for appetizer, WOW, that was soo good. We then order different things for entrees and everyone was satisfied with the selection. Dessert was ok, we ordered the avocado key lime pie which was but the crust was too hard to eat.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 26, 2021

FannyT, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review from your visit to True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. We're happy to here that you enjoyed your get together with your girlfriends and you enjoyed the service & food. My apologies for the pie crust being to hard to eat. I have spoken to our Head Chef and we will be looking into this. We look forward to seeing you again soon,

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BandLeader
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get-together. Wonderful!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 26, 2021

BandLeader, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your visit to True Food Kitchen in Bethesda. We're happy to hear that your family get together was a hit and you all had a great time. We look forward to having you all dine with us again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

True Food is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always stellar! Unfortunately, the service does not fall in the same category. It took forever for us to get our drinks. I saw them sitting at the bar for quite a while and almost got them myself. I guess each server is responsible for their own table and others don't help to run food/drinks. Maybe this is something the restaurant should review.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent visit to Bethesda. I apologize for the amount of time you had to wait for your drinks. We definitely fell short of our service expectations as it is everyone's job to run drinks and not just your server. Please contact me at the restaurant at your earliest convenience. Thank you, Matt Largent (240) 200-1257

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and excellent service. We were bummed that they were out of pizza for the night, but loved the Tuscan Kale salad! The hummus was very garlicky, in the best possible way!

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
Responded on May 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review of your recent visit to Bethesda. I'm so sorry that we ran out of pizza dough during your visit. This is definitely not something that we like to happen. We look forward to having you dine with us again soon!!

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 200-1257.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda is rated 4.6 stars by 1679 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Bethesda 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.