True Food Kitchen - Bethesda

4.5
814 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
Top Tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
At True Food, we have a simple philosophy: serve seasonal, honest food that tastes really good. We’re a group of health-minded people that care about what we put in our bodies, as well as the footprint we leave on the environment. The ingredients coming in the back door are clean, mostly organic (we follow the Dirty Dozen) and never fake or artificial. Whether you're into the latest superfood salad or just want a pizza and burger, you'll find it here. Want a blended juice or a martini? We've got both. The chefs make everything from scratch, which means you'll know what's in your food and where it came from. At the end of the day, it's all about great food and great service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 9pm
Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(240) 200-1257
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Jalen Jones
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Woodmont Ave
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Bethesda Metro stop on the red line.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 814 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
N
Washington DC
3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is rather bland for the cost. The cailflower was great. My wife had a glass of Pinot Gris. She wanted a second glass, but the bottle ran out. The waitress ordered a taste of another bottle, but never followed up to see of that was what she wanted. Asked for some hot sauce, never received it. Nice place for Bethesda, but could be a lot better.

Report
Helpful
MH
Washington DC
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very nice food and service, but the noise level is way above “energetic” — “deafening” and “unpleasant” are more accurate descriptors.

Report
Helpful
JB
Washington DC
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I love True Foods. The food is wonderful! I like the healthy options. The noise is unfortunately PROHIBITIVE!!! I go there either at off hours, or if I can guarantee a table outdoors. I really hope they put in some sound panels because the noise is so bad I will not go there if I have to sit inside during a busy time. I would dine there regularly if they did something about the noise.

Report
Helpful
LM
Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My second trip to this restaurant, though the first visit was probably last fall. This time I started with the charred cauliflower. It was a generous portion and served with a savory sauce that completely masked the cauliflower's natural flavor. Still had a little 'bite' to it. Sauce amount I would call a "good coating". Main course was Moroccan chicken which was a good portion of meat (bones:no, skin:yes), enough for a second meal (for me). It came with some roasted carrots, fig puree, a few bits of olive and a sauce, the proportion of which was equivalent to what comes with the cauliflower. There were no carbs included (i.e. rice, potato). Had rhubarb crumble for dessert which was good, but had too much crumble which was too dry & crunchy, not sweet & buttery as it should be. Servers were friendly and had good timing. I noticed a lot of families there, many with small kids, which is fine, but the overall noise level is quite high. Not much to say about decor, except a lot of hard surfaces which exacerbate the noise problem. There are long, padded benches along the window, but other seating consists of hard metal chairs or stools. It got quite crowded while I was there, and by 7pm (on a weekend night) the dining room was full. If you plan to go around that time, definitely make a reservation.

Report
Helpful
V
Washington DC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could not have been happier, such an excellent place!!!!

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was very good as well.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
1.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Overpriced food. Poor service.

Report
Helpful
SC
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Waitress was perceptive; food was good (except the cauliflower which was great!); the restaurant is too noisy.... I had to yell most of the meal and came out horse. I went last year for my bday and had the same experience. I tried to get outside but all the tables were taken. Overall good and I would definitely go again if I can sit outside!

Report
Helpful
CH
Baltimore
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great healthy menu and wonderful artisan cocktails. The dessert (summer berries was a unique combination, including black rice...amazing!). Service was a little slow at first, but it was at the tail end of Friday lunch rush, so not unexpected. Will definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious, the wait staff terrific. The noise level is way too loud. We had to yell to be heard.

Report
Helpful
RS
Washington DC
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, as we are fairly frequent patrons, the food was fantastic, and the service outstanding. We have several food alergies, and we have difficult orders, lots of dishes and food to go, but it was handled with the utmost professionalism and smiles from the staff. Plus, the food is so well prepared, even when deviating from the menu to accommodate the alergies. It's a great place to visit often.

Report
Helpful
CO
Washington DC
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Go for the food, but tolerate the noise. Still too loud here for anyone that wants to hear their dining companions. Food portions are just right if you order appetizer AND dinner, but don't expect to take leftovers home. Dishes are full of flavor and creative combinations of food. Service is friendly and speedy, always checking back for water and clearing only when you are obviously finished not rushing to get you out of this still popular wait in line restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
3.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Extremely loud, as I had heard. Took 40 minutes to get water. Food interesting and ok.

Report
Helpful
HP
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner and glass of wine on my birthday. We sat outside as it was a lovely evening.

Report
Helpful
LS
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday brunch was terrific. The food was great and modifications to menu items (poached eggs vs sunny side up) were made with a smile.

Report
Helpful
EN
San Francisco
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Acoustics is really tough. A very loud space.. It was hard to hear my friend/the waitress..

Report
Helpful
l
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I like a menu that lists calorie counts. Food is always creative, fresh and tasty. the industrial design and high ceilings make for a very loud environment - you can't hear the background music, which may not even be necessary because it is loud. sitting outside is preferable when the weather cooperates

Report
Helpful
F
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I really enjoyed eating at True Food! The food was delicious and fresh and innovative!

Report
Helpful
b
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with vegan and vegetarian friendly options. Healthy food that tasted superb.

Report
Helpful
M
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was not a dissappointment. Fresh and delicious. Too bad we can't change the noise level. Need to talk loudly to be heard.....

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

First time to True Food. We came for a relatively early lunch, so the noise level wasn't too bad. No complaints about any of the food -- I loved the tuna poke bowl, and we all loved the rhubarb-strawberry dessert. Not so wild about the watermelon lemonade, though -- will try something else to drink next time. There were many options that sounded interesting. Definitely planning to go back -- although I don't think I'll find anything there to beat the poke bowl.

Report
Helpful
TG
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Its a great restaurant for lunch, brunch or dinner. Food is always delicious and fairly priced with great portions! Our server was attentive and informative! My husband and I had a wonderful night out!

Report
Helpful
SL
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. I do not wish to write a review that is at least 50 characters in length. That is a policy that you should changed.

Report
Helpful
k
Washington DC
1.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

Ridiculously loud, we had to nearly shout to be heard across the table This was in the restaurant on a Tuesday evening about 7 pm. Given the number of restaurant options in Bethesda, I don't need to accept this level of noise and will not be returning.

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

True Food offers a creative and healthy option for restaurant dining. Wait staff is very attentive and helpful, and environment is lively (if a bit noisy). There are numerous types of innovative options on the menu, and portions are large (and pricing reasonable). Usually I have no complaints, but this last time I was disappointed in one of the "bowl" options--it was largely rice and little else. But all other times, the bowls have offered a terrific mix of different items. Overall, this is a great restaurant!

Report
Helpful
FB
Washington DC
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

I always enjoy the food at True Kitchen but the noise is becoming a problem; each time I go, it seems louder and harder to hear. Also this last time, when our drinks came, the delivery staff spilled the drink all over my friend. It took way too long for a replacement and no further mention was ever made. Just did not make a great impression overall.

Report
Helpful
Z
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is a little pricey ,but delicious. We had tuna tartare, eggplant with miso and the seasonal salad - one with tofu and one with chicken. And then splurged with the rhubarb crisp and ice cream. Everything was very tasty and our server was terrific. Wish it had a little better noise insulation though - when it filled up it was harder to have a conversation.

Report
Helpful
OH
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great concepts, seasonal menu. Seabass skin was crispy (love that) and the dish itself was almost good, except:
- the rice mix was too salty (unfortunately the mix was pre-seasoned and can not be "de-salted")
- the fish was not evenly salted; got a clump of salt at one place that hurt my tongue !

The charge for my flour-less chocolate cake was waived as a rectification.

Report
Helpful
OT
Tucson
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Very busy and noisy, but good overall!

Report
Helpful
w
Washington DC
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

while I used to like TFK ( went often in California), the noise level here remains annoying and the food seems kind of wan. The crudités were good as usual but the fish taco and the burger were both blah.

Report
Helpful
b
Washington DC
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not knowing what to expect made our experience a little daunting. Staff was friendly & helpful when they came to the table, or upon first meeting. We asked to be seated in a quieter section & that was accommodated. We got the impression that our waiter was new(ish) because he didn't know the menu all that well. The menu made it clear that healthy vegetarian choices were the focus, although options for meat & egg eaters were available as well. The smoothy options were terrific, but you couldn't personalize them easily. Leave out an ingredient or substitute was discouraged. Too many items couldn't be made mild or spicer. I cannot tolerate cilantro & that was very prevalent. The quinoa johnny cakes were delicious but needed more blueberries in the batter, not just decorating the plate. The Chicken sausage sandwich was very good & the right size portion. The salad with dates & chicken & a bunch of other healthy ingredients was also very tasty. I'm sure it would be too difficult for the kitchen to offer half-sizes. Overall, very good dinning experience, but review the menu before hand.

Report
Helpful
CC
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant dining experience in pleasant surroundings.

Report
Helpful
OT
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The kale salad is so great. I eat it there every time I go. The servers are very friendly. The food is very consistent and very good.

Report
Helpful
C
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved our food and drinks! Everything here is fantastic!

Report
Helpful
LV
Philadelphia
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I love that you have vegan options! Food was very good, but server seemed to mess up my companion’s order. We came for an early dinner and were glad we did because it became very loud in the restaurant by 7:00.

Report
Helpful
SS
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food - great service - but way too noisy for the 2-person business meeting I was a part of.

Report
Helpful
SA
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved everything about it Food ,Service Place! definitely going back❤

Report
Helpful
TH
Washington DC
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Very healthy, vegetarian friendly cuisine. Modern ambiance. Very loud indoors, quieter outdoor seating except for the occasional car/truck. Portions are generous and prices for Bethesda are reasonable. Lots of interesting cocktails.

Report
Helpful
CC
Baltimore
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second visit. Great food and atmosphere!

Report
Helpful
JD
Washington DC
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Healthy food that tastes fantastic. Lively scene with a good vibe. I've now been twice and look forward to going back. One of my new favorites.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
21