True Food Kitchen - Chicago

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Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

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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j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is just ok. Service was not engaged and felt rushed

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a waitress that really knew the menu, offering good advice on selections.

OT
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was delicious! Fresh and healthy and beautifully presented. We shared quinoa banana pancakes, avocado toast and a bowl between three of us and it was the best perfect amount of food. Server was awesome and loved the atmosphere too very zen. Would definitely go back!

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. The best in the area!

M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was not very good this time. Waited for a waitress for quite a long time. Ordered gluten-free Pita and was brought regular.

C
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Our server was so patient and helpful! Love this place for special occasions as well as no occasions!

R
Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great atmosphere and delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, tasty food and very nice service

C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant. Love everything about it - the food, the atmosphere, the drinks, etc.

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Responded 6 days ago

Happy to be your fav, Caroline! Thanks!

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d
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

i ordered the grilled chicken avocado wrap and it had no hummus and no vinaigrette on it. i didnt realize this until halfway through a cold, dry sandwich.

AK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Service was great! Alexis is a great team member. She needs to be rewarded. She approached each interaction with a smile and made us truly feel welcomed.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank You Ash! I will be sure to pass your compliments onto Alexis and be sure she is rewarded. Have a great weekend!

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I
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent and appealing combinations of flavors especially where vegetables and their dressings are concerned.

JC
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

True Food is one of our favorites spots. Although the restaurant was not very crowded, our server was not very attentive. One of our guests had to go to the bar to order a drink. Other times, we had to flail her down to order additional items. She was pleasant, but not as attentive as we have grown to expect.

D
Chicago
285 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The place has fallen down abit . The menu is essentially the same but it just doesn’t feel fresh anymore . Not a go to place but adequate .

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I really wanted to love this place because they have quite a few vegan options in their menu but the food was just ok. I had the Korean noodles and the tomato arugula pizza and the noodles definitely needed more flavor. My husband had the Margherita pizza and the steak tacos and he said the pizza was good but the tacos were just ok. We sat on the high tops that are first come first serve and service was not that great. The server took forever to bring our menus and then he took awhile to come back and bring us some water. Then he took another long while to take our order and our food took forever to come and it was warm not hot. Overall, we didn’t have a good experience. If I ever want to try something else from their menu I would probably get take out. But I’m not at all impressed with service or food like I thought I would be based on other reviews.

JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Lots of delicious and healthy menu options!

LB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I'm vegan: apparently thereat was dry, but the rest was terrific, including drinks and coffee

F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great cocktails!

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Responded on November 18, 2019

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
20 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
4 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
44 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
79 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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