True Food Kitchen - Chicago

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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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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

LOVE how healthy the food is at True Food Kitchen! Was in Chicago for 5 days and ate at this location 2 times! My only complaint is the GF Bolognese Lasagna had ENTIRELY TOO MUCH Spinach in it, both times we ordered it. Last year, I was at this location and ordered that meal, it either had no spinach or much less. I was so disappointed this year when I ordered it and it was overloaded with spinach. I love spinach but this overpowered the entire dish. On an awesome note, the Squash Pie did not disappoint. We ordered that both nights and enjoyed every bite.

d
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great cocktails!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thanks a million, Damanda!

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DH
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best table on the House.

S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louis was our server. He was professional, polite and helped us make great food selections. I had a wonderful time celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. :)

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Hey Shelly! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know how much you loved your visit. I will be sure to let Lou know how great he did. Please tell your boyfriend happy birthday from us, and I hope to see you in here again soon. Cheers!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious healthy food, with fantastic cocktails

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank You!

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ES
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for healthier food options. Friendly staff.

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Edward!

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p
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a lot of food allergies and they were so accommodating and kind. It made the whole meal and experience even better. Love eating at this place!!

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks a million for the awesome review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet potatoes drowning in sauce

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phil was such an amazing waiter! He made our night

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Responded on November 8, 2019

Thanks for the review! I'll be sure to let Phil know of his fan base!

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LS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

We went there for dinner. It was very loud. Some dishes were too salty. But the edamame dumplings and the pizza with sweet potato were very good. Service was ok.

JP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I first tried True Food in Los Angeles and really enjoyed the experience. The food is made fresh; very healthy options and nice portion sizes. They also good vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options that don't sacrifice flavor or portion size. Although not vegan, the Chicken Sausage Lasanga is one of the best dishes on their menu. I also enjoy the Avacado Toast during brunch. Both dinner and brunch here are good!

TN
New England
233 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual ambiance with high food integrity standards. Fresh ingredients with more than the usual number of vegan options. Great service, full bar, moderate noise and most importantly amazing food. Beet flatbread to start, grain bowls, sea bass - all good choices. A place to visit often.

HG
Surrey
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING thank you

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks Hannah! YOU are amazing!

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WW
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the best things about True Food Kitchen is similar to other chains. You know what you're going to get regardless of where you are. The food is predictably good but not wonderful, the service is good, the wine list is not extensive but interesting. In a major city like Chicago there are other, more creative, better choices, but if you want a dependably good meal, you can't go wrong with True Food Kitchen. It's also an excellent place to go with people with a variety of diets. We tend to eat vegan/vegetarian, and there are nice options. If members of your party are major carnivores, they too will find options. Likewise with gluten free, lactose intolerant, etc. Since we have family and friends in the Chicago area who are all of the above, True Food Kitchen is an obvious choice and everyone has a good meal.

AJ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theatre dining

JN
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegan food was all great. I wish I could try more menu items! I would say though, that the portions are small, especially for the price. But, this leaves room for desert. Best dairy-free ice cream I have ever had! We liked what we had so much that we ordered the Unbeetable burger togo!

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Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks so much for the review, Jennifer! I agree about the ice cream... soooo good!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall, ambiance and service was great. My only constructive feedback would be that the food was a little bland. I ordered the coconut fish dish, and felt like dish did not have enough acidity or spices. Consider using stronger flavours.

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Responded on October 29, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I have shared this review with our chefs. I hope to see you again, soon!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. I had the TLT burger and the tempeh was delicious. My bf had a quinoa burger which he also loved. Overall great experience. The service was also great.

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Responded on October 27, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how great your visit was. I hope to see you again soon!

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RH
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so fresh and amazing, so v/gf/allergy friendly! The waitstaff was lovely and the atmosphere is elevated but not stuffy. Highly recommend!

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Responded on October 29, 2019

Thanks for the review, Red!

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was great as usual. Service was a bit inattentive but overshadowed by how yummy the food was!

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Responded on October 27, 2019

Erika, I am so happy you loved your food, but upset we fell short on our service. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss your service in further detail so we can ensure we get it right next time. Thanks! Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981

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DM
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent salad. So-so pizza. Good poke- bowl. Out of all specialty beers at 6:30 on a Friday???

JI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food is very good. Not excellent but very good. However, the noise level is so loud as to be uncomfortable. I will take out food from there but don't plan to eat in the restaurant.

B
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We would go back. Our friends really liked one of the deserts. I enjoyed the curry. The food came a little too fast

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Responded on October 27, 2019

Thank for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We will definitely work on our timing of the food, and if there is anything else you would like to share about your visit , please feel free to reach out to me. Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981

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R
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food phenomenal. Highly recommend. Decor is cool Af

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Responded on October 27, 2019

Rusty, thanks a million for the great review! I look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint. A favorite go to for a girls night out quickie.

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Responded on October 27, 2019

I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. Cheers!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh quality ingredients in well put together dishes.

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Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you

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TK
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Supposed to be quality food but tastes like vegetables taken out of the freezer.

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Responded on October 23, 2019

Tami, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. We do take great pride in what we do and we like nothing more than an opportunity to provide a better experience in the future. If you are willing please message me at brien.terhune @ truefoodkitchen.

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j
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent scratch kitchen! Loved the entire menu! The butternut squash soup was one of the best I have ever had. The bowl was delicious!

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Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for the great review!

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HM
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Air conditioning too fierce, it was very cold. Presentation of the crudités was fabulous.

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to True Food Kitchen numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional. The service is exceptional. The last time I was there, I was dining with 2 old friends. One was going to be very late so we started without her. Although it was very busy, the staff never rushed us or treated us with impatience. We had a lovely time. The manager even stopped by to see how we were doing. True Food is always high on my list when deciding where to go.

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Wow, thank for great feedback Pamela. We are happy to hear you had such a great experience!

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SB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food was fantastic! Everything was very fresh, light, and made to our liking. Our service was outstanding, which only enhanced our experience. We will definitely be back.

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Sara!

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LS
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good butternut squash soup, edamame dumplings, and we shared the Chicken Fennel Pizza.

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Linda

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C
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Fantastic lunch - we thoroughly enjoyed the ancient grains bowl. Bravo!

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Christine

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RV
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food Kitchen was phenomenal! I arrived early for my 12:30 reservation. The place was crowded but there were some tables available as it’s a very large place. They seemed willing to seat me but I opted to have a hot tea at the bar. The bar service was excellent and the adaptogenic tea was delicious. My party of two was seated in a back table with a friendly server and a little less noise. I ordered the seasonal salad which was out of this world. Very fresh ingredients and amazing flavor combinations. I will dream of this salad for a long time! Can’t wait to return when I’m back in Chicago!

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you!!

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L
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing atmosphere!

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you

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P
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh delicious food. Choice range was fantastic - from Vegan options to steak options. Super service. Modern friendly environment.

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you Patricia!

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LC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. There is something (and great food) for everyone, whether you are plant based, GF, want a grass fed burger or a snack, it’s all there. This place proves finally that healthy, vegan, GF (with added fish and meat options) don’t need to be an almost take out/office lunch informal menu place, and instead can be beautiful , cozy, modern and refined enough for a nice dinner with candles. Wish we had them in NYC...:(

True Food Kitchen - Chicago
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you! We are happy to hear you had such a great time. We are opening a handful of new locations soon, we could be near you soon.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour!!

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you

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K
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and exceptional service. Favorites are ancient grains bowl and chicken wrap!

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Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you

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KE
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Especially liked the chopped salad with its large number of diverse ingredients and champagne vinaigrette. Sea bass also good and, like the chopped salad, accompanied by a wade variety of goodies-farro, baby boy choy, citrus-ed mushrooms, etc.

The waiter did his job efficiently and competently, but not very enthusiastically. He didn’t make much of an attempt at smiling or repartee.

Loud! That was the hardest part. Couldn’t have a comfortable conversation. And the bass in the background music at times felt like it was penetrating my skull. Painful.

True Food Kitchen - Chicago
Responded on October 17, 2019

Thank you for the feedback it is important to us.

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