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About True Food Kitchen - Bethesda
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.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Mediterranean, American, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bethesda Metro stop on the red line.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
True Food Kitchen - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
This was my second visit to True Food Bethesda, and I'd say I'm a fan. This restaurant still seems to be having some growing pains but I want to stick with them. I think they've been overwhelmed by the great response to this restaurant and they are adjusting. This time I was there for brunch but still had to have the guacamole (not on the brunch menu but you can order it). It is really good. I will return!
It was my friends bday.
I was disappointed that I had to ask for the candle that I had requested in my reservation and that it was lit in front of her rather than before it came to the table.
I also need to mention that our server subtly yet noticeably and unprofessionally paid a lot more attention to one member in our party, offering him (not to all of us) some wine to be paired with our hummus, brushing against his arm and just in general acting quite flirty. While we all just brushed off the incident with a smile of amusement, I’m sure I need not point out that her behavior could have provoked undesirable reactions.
Thank you for understanding.
This was our second dinner at True Food. Both dinners were exceptional and we're so glad to have a restaurant that offers something creative and fresh; with options for all, including the vegetarians and carnivores! I've been telling lots of people about True Food. Our server, Kyle, was super friendly and attentive.
One of the best places for vegan and veg food in DC at affordable prices. We love the charred cauliflower appetizer and the butternut squash pizza! The Poke Bowl is generous. The Ancient Grains salad was a bit bland - they need to pump up the spice level. Note that it is loud in there - the open dining room can make conversation a challenge when it's busy even if you are seated at a corner table. Nice touch: Etch-a-sketches for the kids to keep them occupied.
Everything was great, only complaint is some of the albacore tuna in my poke bowl was too chewy. Also the hostesses took a long time to seat us, even with our reservations, when we can clearly see open tables, including the one we ended up in.
The food is very good with many excellent vegetarian dishes. We enjoyed the zucchini casserole and lasagna, ordering both with the Bolognese sauce.
Our only complaint is the noise level. There is a complete lack of acoustical treatment. Every restaurateur wants a certain buzz vibe and is always hesitant about having too much sound absorbance in the finishes but to have NONE is shameful. Diners had to either shout across the table, which just made things worse for everyone, or lean across the table and still speak with a raised voice. All of this is a shame since the food is so good. Would definitely go back more often if the noise level gets fixed.
The waitress worked hard but it took about a half hour to get our food despite that we ordered as soon as could. It was not her fault she had too many tables. The soup was tasty but the other appetizer was cold and by the time we got our entree out spirits were dismayed. It was ok.
Second time at True Food, Bethesda — a lively place to have a quick dinner before two couples headed to the movies. We found the food really good — love the menu range, healthy and tasty cuisine; we liked the helpful suggestions of the server. Yet, on my two visits, I found both servers lacking in perception on our readiness to place our orders or how much info to download on us ... drinks, dinner, dessert. One stayed while we read the menu and decided on apps ... awkward. I’ll return, but it’s not a “go-to” for all occasions for me.
Absolutely delicious. The amount of selections for vegans & vegetarians is highly impressive. Recommend the squash pizza, teriyaki bowl, roasted cauliflower, squash pie and vanilla ice cream (for sharing)...won't disappoint. Only thing they're missing is a happy hour!
Very frustrating meal. We went on a Sunday morning and after getting a sample of the soup of the day we were told they had run out of it. Then as the 3 of our meals were delivered we were told they were out of tuna for my poke bowl. I ordered a pizza because we were in a hurry which was just ok. The garden scramble was pretty good but we had asked for it with chorizo and it came without. This is the second time we have had very slow service. Not sure it's worth going back.
I went to True Food for the first time with my mom. She got a scramble and I got a quinoa bowl and we shared a butternut squash soup. ALL were delicious and worth getting again! The service was great, the design is beautiful with wood and green and yellow colored materials. The silverware and glasses were clean (which is rare). The only thing I would change is the spacing of tables. I sat along the window and the tables were a bit too close and awkward. I could hear the people next to me complaining about their life drama while I was trying to enjoy my meal and conversation.
We made a reservation for 8:15 with hopes for getting seated a little earlier with my parents. We got there at about 7:40, and there were plenty of open tables, always more than 5. Three very young hostesses with attitude said "we'll seat you at your reservation time." I said I understood, but if something was available earlier our party of 6 was ready and would love to eat sooner. As other reservations came in around us, we watched in confusion as they kept sitting two tops and three tops at tables for 6 so, voila, when our time came, it took awhile to find a table big enough. By the time we got sat, I was fuming. The server was great, she brought us a free appetizer for being new patrons, the food was delicious, and we were quite pleased....until 15-20 minutes passed between our plates being cleared and ever seeing the server again. Not being able to leave really let down what had been a redeemed experience. Would I go back? No. The food was very good, but I don't go out on a Friday night to be put off, perplexed, and stranded - it just wasn't fun.
Menus are seasonal currently using Fall 2017 that displays an array of fresh fare American Cuisine with a creative twist of Bowls, Entrees, fresh made Drinks & Teas. There's a large amount of Vegetarian & Vegan options & a few meat selections notating Sustainable & Grass-Fed origins.
We started with the Kale Guacamole Appetizer that by far is not your average Guac. What an inspired concept with non-traditional ingredients like Grapefruit, it tasty.
For dinner, my Companion ordered the Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl (1 of the 4 bowls offered) with options to add Tofu, Chicken, Shrimp, Grass-Fed Steak or Steelhead (Trout Family), he chose the Shrimp. I had the Poke Bowl that came with 2 different cuts of Wild Caught Albacore that was extremely fresh tasting. I requested a small serving of their scratch made Teriyaki Sauce that paired well with my bowl. Under the 'Refresher & Teas' section, we shared the Honey Lemonade (option to add Matcha) & a Pressed Apple Soda.
The huge open kitchen gives the customers a keen view on the culinary creations. The Bar (there's a couple of TV's), its décor & adjacent shelved wine cellar emanates a comfortable ambience with a Cocktail List stemming from fresh & organic products.
Weekend Brunch starts at 10AM, parking is across the street in a private lot & a garage down the street. Food was great, portions & prices were on point, a sociable atmosphere with service across the board being on a high note.
Was pleasantly surprised. Limited menu but just about everything we tasted had strong flavors. Portions varied but were generally ok. We were seated up front and it was very noisy, not sure if that would carry through the entire restaurant. On the whole impressed but if you are like me and like to try different things, the limited menu would keep me from being a regular.
FOOD IS EXCELLENT - Service needs major improvements - I feel our server did his best, but the kitchen/bar support is lacking - we tried to get drinks at the bar beforehand and after waiting 10 minutes for a bartender to acknowledge us, we gave up and went to our table. Once at our table, it was a good 15 minutes before our drinks reached us. When delivering food to the table, the "runners" did not know where to place meals - we had to request several times for appetizers plates/dishes to be cleaned off and had to ask several times for new silverware for our meal. Ordered wine and the "runner" came to the table with just karafes -- no glasses -- then had to fetch wine glasses. Servers and staff should BE PREPARED AND FORWARD THINKING.
My first experience at True Foods was in Austin, TX, and that experience was amazing (both service and food). This time around, in Bethesda, it was somewhat a letdown. The food was as it should be, flavorful, clean, healthy. The service however, was barely acceptable (at best). From a server who kept disappearing for very long periods, to the staff either forgetting to bring stuff we ordered, or letting us know towards the END of the meal that it was delivered to a different table. For a period when they weren't busy, you'd think they would have their act right. I shudder thinking what kind of service customers get when they come during peak period.
I am on the Whole 30 and had no problem finding an N/A cocktail, appetizer and entree that was compliant. No desserts were compliant however - something I highly suggest the kitchen consider. Otherwise, I have only positive things to say - it was healthy, delicious, and not overpriced!
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