True Food Kitchen - Bethesda

4.4
951 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 9pm
Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
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Phone number
(240) 200-1257
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jalen Jones
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Cross street
Woodmont Ave
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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
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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For people super conscious about healthy food, and some new tastes, food options, it would be great. I am older and a little less into risk-taking in my food choices.

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E
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date and I had brunch on Sunday. We sat at the bar. The service was attentive and friendly; the food (poke bowl and salmon) was very good; prices are reasonable. The restaurant was pretty full, but not too loud and is very pretty. We enjoyed it a lot.

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j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend, who is a serious vegetarian, joined me for an early dinner. We ordered three appetizers and each of us had a bowl. All of our choices were delicious. There were enough leftovers for each of us to have dinner the next night. I highly recommend True Foods for healthy and interesting food.

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CK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Never again will I darken the doors of True Food but maybe you'll feel differently. If you enjoy being treated like dirt by the self appointed local teenage princess slumming as hostess and if you like having your waitress disappear after taking your drink order, never to appear again then this is your restaurant. Curious? A detailed explanation is in order.

On our reservation we had requested a quiet table; instead, we were seated adjacent to a table with a baby. The baby was seated in the isle between our tables, so close that the back of its highchair was touching our table. I reminded the hostess that we'd requested a quiet table and asked her to relocate us. Instead, the local teenage princess had the gall to argue with me! and refuse to reseat us, saying there weren't any other tables available. When I pointed out two empty tables near us she eventually capitulated but bypassed the adjacent tables and seated us at the other end of the space in what seemed to be the loudest part of the restaurant. Retribution for daring to ask the local teenage princess to be reseated? It sure seemed like it. When, again, I asked why we couldn't be seated at one of the other open tables in quieter locations (we could see four open tables) we got a series of lame and conflicting excuses handed out to us in an imperious and patronizing tone as though she was doing us a favor to deign to speak to us. In hindsight we should have walked out then.

We gave up, our middle aged will thwarted by the haughty superiority of the local teenage princess. When our waitress arrived we were still fuming but had hopes that a nice glass of wine would cure our ills. Order placed, we sat back and waited, and waited, and waited. Nada. 10 minutes, 15 minutes, who knows? Finally the manager arrived to inform us that our waitress had left because her shift was over and he would take our order!

In closing, reader, be warned, True Food should be renamed True-ly Awful.

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D
Sydney / NSW
114 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Overall True food is a good restaurant. Our recent experience, some of the items we typically love to get were not as strong as they had been in the past. We will try them again in the future but this visit was an average one.

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JS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food for all types of dietary and personal taste

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MC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, as always. Sometimes I find the servers bring the courses too quickly, with the main curses arriving before we’ve finished the appetizer. And the noise level is quite high, unfortunately. But the food is excellent and I’ll definitely be back.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love eating here as there are so many options for someone who follows a paleo-type diet. I love that they actually have a dessert that is both gluten and dairy free!!

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P
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Fabulous super fresh tasting food. Excellent choices for gf, vegan.
Only wish the air conditioner wasn’t so cold and it could’ve been a lot quieter. That would be nice.
Enjoyed it!

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HM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

On the expensive side. $18 to $20 for a lunch entre? That price is too high for the taste and quality of food

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

My Teriyaki shrimp quinoa bowl was absolutely delicious. So was the edamame dumplings. Just the right flavor.

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BG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Decent food - poor service. We like True Food for the range of healthy options. However, service is usually lacking. a drink - containing staining beet juice -was delivered to us table already spilled on the side and bottom of the glass. when i asked the drink waitress to take it back and bring me a clean glass - i didn’t care to drink it with a napkin to prevent stains on my hands - she looked at me like i was nuts, didn’t apologize and never brought me a new one. our main waitress didn’t show up until dessert time - had to ask the food delivery people to get me a beer - and she never came
back to ask how our food, drink or anything was. it was a birthday so i didn’t want to make a fuss, but again a disappointing trip just to get decent food. the place could do SO much better, including by adding. some type of sound absorbers.

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GR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It is noisy and busy, the food takes a while. I ordered fish tacos, did not appear really or high quality fresh to me.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome gluten-free and dairy free options. Thrilled to have yogurt with my steak tacos and ice cream with my flourless brownie! True Food is the best.

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G
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 4

My family normally loves True Food..we order it through door dash all the time. It was the first time we had actually eaten at the restaurant itself and unfortunately, it wasn't as we were used to. We went on Sunday for Brunch and sadly, the service was slow, the food which was supposed to be warm was cold and the options weren't as we had hoped. We had friends in from out of town with their 6 year old.. not a picky eater..and there was really only one item on the kid's menu that was sweet....no pancakes, French toast or waffles (there were banana pancakes on the regular brunch menu but that wasn't an option for them since she's not a banana fan...ok, her one picky thing..she hates bananas) Almond Butter sandwich was on the kids menu but that's not a great option in my opinion for the only sweet offering so their child was disappointed and ended up with pizza. Not great since that's the go to for every meal for kids.
We got the endemame dumplings which were fantastic ..the rest was just so so... avocado toast with a fried egg could be SO much better with a drizzle of chimmichuri sauce or anything with an herb to spice it up..the egg was cold..sad! This is normally a favorite in the way of food for us ...but we were definitely disappointed.
Not going to brunch here again but will stick with it for dinner.

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b
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had eaten at True Foods in Denver. Want to see what Bethesda was like. Great food/esp vegan options! PleAse come to St Louis, MO !!!!

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SC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a great addition to Bethesda, we have been a few times and it is always a pleasure

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SM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service in lively atmosphere. Brussel Sprout and Cauliflower starters proved a big hit while interesting combinations of vegetables and proteins in main dishes played to universal applause.

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MW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Got to the restaurant early for reservation but was seated within 5 minutes or so upon arrival. I’ve always wondered why hostess takes you to the back of the restaurant when there are numerous tables in a more desirable location. Pet peeve. Server arrived within reasonable period and was pleasant enough. This is third time have eaten there and it will be my last. Drinks came out but mine without wine glass. It appeared that the staff running meals was having hard time getting orders to correct table. The wait time for food to be received was egregious and it was not worth having waited for. My dish was bland and my husbands was equally uninspiring. The noise level was also very distracting.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great as usual. Service needs a lot of help. Courtney the manager assured me it will improve. Waiter had no idea how to wait on table. Had to ask 3x’a for water. Asked for a tasting of a few wines and waiter brought out 3 glasses of diff wines and then told us it would be put on the bill. Timing of food was horrible. Everything came at the same time and food runners not only didn’t know who ordered what but they couldn’t even remember the table. I’ve been to the one in Va and it’s a totally different experience. It runs like a well oiled machine. Not giving up but service needs vast improvement.

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VV
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always when I'm in Bethesda, I always go to True Foods. This time I went for brunch and ordered additional food to go for my dinner.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love TrueFood! It’s a great option for treating yourself out to eat but without feeling guilty for the indulgence bc every dish is a healthy option! I leave here feeling satisfied but not grossly stuffed. 100% recommend. Good atmosphere and friendly staff.

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RS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fantastic, and outdoor seating is a plus. Even though outside is on 355, it's much, much quieter than one would think.

Food allergies handled expertly, and we had a very demanding order, with several dishes custom prepared leaving out items, and dishes to go, all completed without problem.

Ask for Tia to serve; very professional and so very wonderful.

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OT
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brussel sprouts were amazing and the mushrooms and miso glaze were a nice surprise. Very good service and delicious food as always.

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H
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Poke bowl was below average and service was really slow (not for the first time). My friend loves the quinoa burger though and the teriyaki bowl with tofu is pretty good too. Nice selection of wine.

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BM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have enjoyed this restaurant several times, returning for the high quality of its food (and despite it being a very loud restaurant). Our experience this weekend was disappointing because for each of our courses (appetizers, main, and desserts) the dishes for our party of 5 came at different times. For the main course, the last dish was at least 10 minutes after the first. This should not happen in such a restaurant (which also was not particularly busy on Saturday night).

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RB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. We had a 7 pm reservation and when we ordered, multiple items on the menu were already no longer available. It took over 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. When our pizza arrived, we had to wait for plates. When the plates finally came, the food was cold. Worse experience ever.

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PR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the fresh, healthy food! I had the Edamame Dumplings, so yum! My sister said that my girlfriend and I should get our own....and that was great advice! Loved the seasonal Squash Pie for dessert!

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t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Many in our group really liked their meals, which were the bowls and egg dishes. I ate the Med. Chicken pita which was a bit dry and oddly spiced.

Server was great and atmosphere is fantastic and the outdoor patio was a great place to eat and chat.

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AA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Too pricy for the quality you get! And it took the servers too long to come and process the check!

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RK
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is cooked to order and well worth the wait! I had the turkey burger and that was THEE freshest turkey I have ever had ! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

BUT, before that, I had the hummus appetizer with pita bread! LISTEN TO ME!!! I had an attitude when I ate it all. Seriously! I was SO good! Good job guys!

My only complaint was that the Kale Aid drink was WAY too strong. Cut back on the ginger and celery; they are overpowering. I had to dilute mine with water. :(

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a
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food very much—good value for the money and a varied menu with a lot of sustainable, healthy options including excellent vegan options. The vegan ice cream was killer. The kale guacamole was really, really good. I liked the calorie counts on the menu, and they had a nice wine and cocktail selection. My only issues were that it was loud and cold, and our pepper grinder was empty. We borrowed our neighbor’s and it was empty, too. We asked a server to bring us another one and IT WAS EMPTY TOO. A little more attention to detail seems in order.

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KG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations for 4 pm on a rainy Sunday afternoon. There were few people in the restaurant at this time. We were 4 co-workers that hadn't seen each other in quite a while so there was lots of catch up conversation, and the wait staff was wonderful about allowing us to take our time. We were not rushed or pushed at all and didn't leave until 6:30 when there were many more people in the restaurant. Food was delicious.

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AK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Have they changed the chef? The food was very disappointing.

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i
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

- great spot for a girls night

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is always good. The dinner crowd tends to be noisy.

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant, especially for special dietary needs.

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OT
Washington DC
145 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tomatoes and watermelon salad appetizer was excellent. The salads were delicious and server was very attentive!

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S
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food here is amazing. I'm not sure why, but our service was spotty. They had a hard time figuring out who our server was. Drinks were slow/then forgotten/then slow. Orders were taken late. No one came by to see if we wanted another beverage (and I would have ordered more wine...) Maybe just an off night? We'll try again.

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E
Tampa
129 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outdoors and enjoyed our food but we will not go back in cold weather because it was horribly noisy inside. True Foods needs to install noise reduction material.

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