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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L
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Easy to stop in for a delicious healthy meal. Custom ordered bass on the cauliflower polenta then had the butternut squash pie. Just sooo good!

GB
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

How did I not know about this place? We all LOVED our meals, even more so b/c we felt good about the food! We had the fig & gorgonzola flatbread, edamame dumplings and charred cauliflower to start. The cauliflower was my fav - mint, dill, pistachios. YUM! We all tried something different. I loved my spaghetti squash casserole with mozz. It felt decadent, but was almost 100% veggies! I tried my friend's inside out quinoa burger - interesting with a DELISH sauce (almost like a tziki). Overall, totally impressed and wish I lived closer. Prices were good. For apps, wine, dinner, tax & tip we spend $45/pp.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorite Chicago places! Truly anyone with any dietary restrictions or preferences will find something to eat here.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks so much!!! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love True Foods, but one consistent issue is the lack of water brought to the table. We did not get any water at all. Only the wine/cocktail we ordered. I dine here often and this is a consistent issue. Please bring water to the table as soon as the party it seated. I've had to use my own water bottle at times and that's not good. Otherwise, everything is great.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for the review, and thank you for the feedback. Please feel free to ask any of out staff for water and we will be happy to bring it to you every time.

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Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I Love True Food Kitchen. Our waiter was lovely and attentive. The service was good and I liked the options on the menu. Normally, their food is great too but my chicken was a bit dry this visit. I plan to return again.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks so much for the review, and thank you for letting us know about your chicken. I will be sure to pass this information to my chef team, so we can ensure we are only putting out the best food. Have a great weekend!

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h
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lucy was the BEST server I have ever had at True Food Kitchen. I usually find the staff to be all over you until you order and then nowhere to be found. Lucy was perfect and offered great food and beverage suggestions and excellent descriptions. I am a fan!

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Responded a day ago

Heather, you are so amazing to give such an awesome shout out to Lucy! You earned her a free lunch! She was so happy to see your review. Be sure to ask for her next time, and she will be sure to take great care of you! Have a great weekend!

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AW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Beet Burger! And I always love coming to True Food!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks April! We love having you here! Cheers!

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MT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great. New menu item are fantastic! Go and enjoy!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks Michael! I'm glad you are enjoying our new Winter menu! Cheers!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome brunch and healthy options. Noise level isn’t bad!

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks a million! We are so glad you enjoyed brunch!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We dined for lunch at TFK for my birthday, and the wait staff were all very friendly and made sure to wish me a happy birthday.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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T
Chicago
132 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

All of our food was delicious. Let's get that straight. I would happily go back and order the same meal over again. The cauliflower and Brussels sprouts were addictive. My tacos were like no other and wonderful. The other 3 of us loved what they had.

So based on the above, I would recommend that place.

It is very bright, sort of cafeteria like, noisy when crowded and the drinks are slow. Our martinis were small and expensive. The wine comes in two sizes. Small and expensive.

The benches are comfortable. The chairs are Starbucks like.

Any recommendations I would make to a friend would be couched in the above.

That said, I plan to go back for the meal again, but maybe for lunch.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thanks, Teddy, for the detailed review. I am so happy you loved the food, and look forward to having you back soo for lunch!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was so attentive. Good was excellent

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Responded 7 days ago

Glad you had a great time! Thanks for the great review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! First time dining here and definitely coming back again!

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Responded on January 2, 2020

Thanks so much for coming in! We are looking forward to having you back!

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RR
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great place for healthy food choices and creative menu. Prices are reasonable. Service is subpar

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Responded on January 1, 2020

Thanks, Ro, for the review. I am happy you love our food, but saddened on the way you feel about the service you have received. I would love to hear more about the service so we can make the proper adjustments and deliver on the service standards our guests deserve. Please feel free to reach out tome at any time. Happy New Year! Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981

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FA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was just ok. The server was not great. We were excited about the fresh ingredients, but there really wasn’t any flavor to it. Portions are really small. It was way overpriced for what you get.
I had the poke bowl...it looked and tasted like they just threw a bunch of vegetables and fish in a bowl. Again, super fresh, but that’s it.

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Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you, Frances. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your visit. I am incredibly sorry we fell short on service and food. I would be happy to hear more about your visit and invite you to give us another try. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Happy New Year! Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love True Food. I meet/bring many people to this establishment

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Responded on January 1, 2020

Thanks, Jude, for being so loyal! We can't wait to see you again soon! Happy New Year!

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L
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Whether solo dining or in a group, the team makes you feel comfortable & welcomed. I’ve always had a fantastic time here. Thanks!

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Responded on January 1, 2020

Thanks so much for the awesome review! Happy New Year!

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R
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible as well as our server, Kevin!!

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Responded on December 28, 2019

Thanks, Rick! I will be sure to let Kevin know of his fan base. I know he'll be stoked. Thanks for coming in and have a Happy New Year!

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d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around good experience.

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Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank You!

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R
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a first stop when I arrive in Chicago.

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Responded on December 28, 2019

Thanks, Robin! Can't wait to see you next time you are in town!

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ND
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good the first night (butternut squash pizza and edamame dumplings) that we went back two nights later (Brussel sprouts and quinoa burger) and it was just as good!! I would definitely go back anytime that I'm in Chicago.

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Responded on December 28, 2019

Nicole, Thanks a million for giving us such an awesome review. I am so happy you tried something different on your second visit, and even happier you loved it just as much. I hope you make it back to Chicago soo, because we would love to see you again! Happy New Year!

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TR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that this is vegan friendly and hope you keep adding more entree’s.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for coming in and giving us a great review! We will be rolling out our Winter menu on January 8th which includes a Winter Immunity Bowl. It's vegan and it is delicious!

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You will never be disappointed when you select True Food for your dining experience! Healthy food, clean restaurant, professional staff that’s super responsive! Love the rotating menu with seasons as well!

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Denise! You may want to take note that we are rolling out our Winter menu on January 8th. Our Fig and Gorgonzola Flatbread is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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SB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food1service3ambience4

I went to the location in Oakbrook a few weeks ago and got the cauliflower polenta and it was Amazing. I ordered it again at the Chicago location expecting the same. It was not. Looked the same but not nearly as good. Very disappointing.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Hey Sara, Thanks for letting us know about your experience. I am so sorry your Cauliflower Polenta was not as great as it should have been. I will be sure to let our chefs know about your review so we can revisit the recipe and ensure it is amazing going forward. Have a great holiday and hope to see you again soon!

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MD
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love the menu here ... high quality and healthy ingredients that taste great! Service was top notch as well. This has become our “go to” Chicago restaurant. Love it!!

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Marshall! Thank you, also, for being loyal, and we cannot wait to see you again soon!

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JH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, fresh food that is healthy. I will come back.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for the review, Joseph! We can't wait to see you again soon!

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LT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The service was by far the highlight of the dining experience. The food was just okay. I would go back but True would not be at the top of my list.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I would love to learn more about your visit, such as what you ordered, or how it fell short of expectations. If you would be kind enough to share more details about your visit, please feel free to contact me. Thanks! Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981

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SD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Wonderful service. We had a guest who wa a first-timer. He was very impressed. We'll all be back!

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Hey Sara! Thanks so much for bringing in a new guest to enjoy the True Food experience. I'm so glad he loved it, and we can't wait to see you all back soon! Happy Holidays!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! The food was delicious! 10/10 experience.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks so much for the awesome review! Cheers!

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LO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food Kitchen offers fresh ingredients that are prepared well and delicious. I can’t imagine making a poor choice. It feels as though your food is prepared when you order it — not two days ago and reheated. Highly recommend if you are not a fan of typical chain restaurants.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Lorraine, you are too kind! I am so happy you love this restaurant as much as I do! We are excited to have you back, soon! Happy Holidays!

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LC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Healthy food well prepared. Good option.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for the review, Leandro!

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OS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious! Portion sizes are not too large, however they are filling. We came here after my brother's college graduation and they were very accommodating to that celebration.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks for the review, Olivia. And thanks for choosing us to celebrate your brother's graduation with. We are happy you had a great time. We can't wait to see you again soon! Cheers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food!

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Glad you loved it! Thanks!

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LA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any celebration! Also everyday dining. I celebrated my birthday there tonight and the staff and food were great.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Happy Birthday to You! Thanks for celebrating it with us. I am happy you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers!

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is already a bit of a task to find a restaurant to fit the food allergies that I already have, let alone more than one or two choices. True Food was a magical mix of delicious flavors and good wholesome food. The spaghetti squash with Mozzarella and chicken was delicious, as well as the flourless chocolate cake to follow

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for the great review, Tess! We are always happy to work with allergies and ensure you have something great to eat. We are looking forward to seeing you again, soon! Cheers!

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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Interesting, eclectic menu in a open concept room.

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Responded on December 22, 2019

Thanks for coming in, Peter! I am happy you enjoyed everything! Happy Holidays!

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n
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, attentive service and an atmosphere that allows for pleasant conversation. On top of that, the food is good for you!! What more could one ask?

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Responded on December 22, 2019

I can't think of anything else to ask for! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Cheers!

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j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
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!