True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

4.6
1512 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 1512 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

It was really bad from beginning to end - just terrible. This place used to be good now it’s on its way down.

Report
Helpful
MK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really love True Food --as a vegan, it's difficult to find places in the South Bay that make delicious vegan dishes. We went to dinner with my dad several days ago and were greeted with wonderful service and very quickly prepared delicious dishes. The only thing that I would recommend to change is the quite sour portabella mushroom soup. Thank you to True Food for a great time!

Report
Helpful
CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the quality of food and flavor!!! I feel so good after eating there!!!

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food Kitchen is a must when in Stanford Shopping Center. Delicious food and great ambiance. It can get crowded so if possible, make a reservation ahead of time.

Report
Helpful
F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food and excellent service. Very noisy and a bit expensive, but it was a fun lunch.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, wish it could be a bit quiter

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

It took a significant amount of time to receive a single bottle of beer after ordering. Entree meals were brought out on top of the appetizers, before we were even half way into the appetizers. Appetizer plates then sat dirty on our table with the entrees for ages. We ultimately had to flag someone down to ask them to take them away. While the food was very good, the service was extremely poor.

Report
Helpful
g
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I think I’m shooting myself in the foot by giving 5-stars cuz wait times and noise level will probably increase if I do. But I love the concept, clean food, innovation, decor here. I’ve been extremely impressed by most (but not all) menu offerings. Im a healthy eater (usually), and I don’t feel yucky after eating here.

Our server was amazingly friendly and fun, this last time. Staff is generally notably accommodating, enthusiastic, progressive, aware (including asking about food allergies!👍🏽)

BUT THE ACOUSTICS MAKE FOR A LOUD EXPERIENCE. HARD TO HEAR CONVERSATION, esp across the table, so beware in case you have someone with hearing challenges, have someone who can’t speak loudly, or it’s important to listen carefully during your conversation. (Might be perfect option if you don’t want to hear ;-))

In Palo Alto, you can sit outside where it’s quieter and space heaters are available. But you’re basically in a (upscale) shopping mall parking lot; but it can work.

Please don’t raise prices so I can keep returning! :-D

Report
Helpful
d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. It was great to know that we could dine out on food sustainably farmed and healthy. The wine was also excellent and when we weren’t sure what to order, the waiter offered several tastings. The only negative was the high noise level.

Report
Helpful
MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is EXCELLENT! Prices a bit high. Loud and slow service at times.

Report
Helpful
s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

I like almost everything on the menu. Only problem is how noisy it is.

Report
Helpful
KD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food kitchen is our families go to dining out option. The menu has something for everyone. And everything on the menu is healthy, flavorful, and anti-inflammatory. None of us has ever had a bad bite here. We love this restaurant!

Report
Helpful
BS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I’m not what happened to True Food. We went for Mother’s Day. The charred cauliflower was okay, but the sauce was bitter. The chicken satay was okay, but the peanut sauce on the side was congealed. The asparagus dish was terrible. There was a white substance under the asparagus that was flavorless and added a weird texture to the dish, but the worst part was the “pickled” strawberries. I don’t know why this dish is on the menu. The boys ordered beef burgers. I won’t repeat their comments, but suffice to say they found nothing special about the burger. My curry with shrimp was delicious. One son got the chicken wrap that he said was bland. Another also got the chicken sausage and egg sandwich that he stated was good. For dessert, I ordered the key lime mousse and chai. The chai never arrived. The key lime mouse had those same weird strawberries on top (diced this time) and I couldn’t taste lime in the dessert. Each person took one bite of the dessert and laughed. It was not good and it was not key lime. I’m not sure what happened here. In the past, I have enjoyed the dishes at True Food. Service was average. Forgetting the chai and charging us for it was unforgivable, but we just wanted to leave at that point. Not sure I’ll be back. There is a way to make delicious, clean, healthy food that will make folks want to leave their own kitchen. This wasn’t it.

Report
Helpful
a
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a good menu, always hard to choose what to order! Everything yummy and healthy.

Report
Helpful
S
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Took longer than should for food to come. They seemed to be overly busy with takeout orders. A "polenta" dish had a minimum of actual polenta. Very noisy, even though not full.

Report
Helpful
L
Orlando
20 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a vegan person’s paradise!! I had key lime pie for dessert!! And it was soooo yummy. I’ve eaten here twice now and food never disappoints. So many gluten free and vegan choices!! And they change the menu often so always have new things. It’s a little loud, but other than that, it’s perfect!!!

Report
Helpful
MK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This healthy- fare spot is very conveniently located near Bloomingdales at Stanford Shopping Center. The food was good - very fresh, healthy, organic and generous portions. Unfortunately, the noise level in the restaurant made our family reunion lunch very difficult. We had to shout to one another across the table to be heard. Service was a bit frantic and overly- focused on upselling their drinks, specials & server favorites.
Don’t expect an intimate or cozy setting, but the food is good with many vegan- friendly options.

Report
Helpful
N
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere, and service were all great! I will definitely be back soon.

Report
Helpful
E
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Fantastic food with thoughtfully chosen ingredients. If you can get seated outside, it’s worth waiting for because inside is so loud that it’s painful.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Signs of age are beginning to upend what was reliably excellent food here. Go to Roasted Cauliflower signature dish with dates, pistachios, fresh herbs and harissa was much more limp and greasy than crisp and incredibl, with minimal nuts dates and herbs. Where have you gone old friend?

Tried two new dishes--asparagus with arugula and lemon ricotta up next. I love the intense flavor of the lemon in the same cheese on their lasagne, but on this salad the lemon flavor was almost nonexistent. Asparagus was well roasted, arugula fresh, but the dish did not pop and sing.

Finally, chicken satay with spicy hummus. Whomever was in the kitchen tonight seemed to lack TFK's usual flair for flavors. Not enough oomph or taste to order this again either.

My companion, however, chose right and had the tofu curry dish with chicken which oozed the perfect curry balance and intensity, crispy grilled chicken and veggies. This is worth repeating.

I haven't given up on this restaurant but this visit was a major disappointment.

Report
Helpful
MM
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went to True Food with my brother. He had a chicken dish, I had the chopped salad. Both were very good. Service was also very good.

Report
Helpful
G
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Best food on the peninsula. Flavors I cannot duplicate at home. Pricey but the place I want to be at for my birthday and any special holiday.

Report
Helpful
LY
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our meals in the past have been wonderful. Unfortunately, the seasonal Korean bowl was overwhelmingly salty. Love most foods, but have never had Korean food quite like this. We did bring home what wasn't eaten was even able to enjoy the pickled mushrooms when sauce wasn't so concentrated. Our only "miss" of all our meals at True Foods.

Report
Helpful
L
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible! Lattes arrived cold, asked politely for warmer drinks, they returned 10 minutes later with same drinks and they were still Luke warm! We asked for water which never arrived so I had to get up from the table and grab glasses and a pitcher from bus station. Dirty dishes were never cleared from our table and we had to wave down our waiter for the check after we sat waiting at least 30 + minutes after we had completed our meal. We were completely ignored.

Report
Helpful
P
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We've eaten here many times but this was the first time we tried brunch here. It was really disappointing, the portions were exceptionally small and the prices were exceptionally high. Nothing was outstanding which when we usually come for lunch or early dinner everyone is happy. Not this time 🤔

Report
Helpful
f
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Much too noisy with the open layout. Don’t like to shout throughout dinner

Report
Helpful
KH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My only complaint is the fact that they had no bathrooms that night and you had to go to Bloomingdales and it closed so then you had to go halfway thru the mall to go to the bathroom. It appeared the sinks were broken so why couldn’t they just buy wipes.

Report
Helpful
D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very very noisy, difficult to hear our companions—friends we had not seen in years and were trying to catch up. Service very hurried, no check back or water refill food excellent, but rest mediocre ...

Report
Helpful
OT
Jackson Hole
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place for a date night or with our kids. Great for breakfast lunch and dinner. Good wine list fun cocktails fresh healthy foods and options

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and drinks and great service. Very healthy food.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always look forward to our True Food outings!

Report
Helpful
E
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not so true.

Overpriced, bland, and altogether disappointing. I get their angle and I appreciate the fresh aspect, but usually organic/grass fed/non GMO ingredients taste better. The entrees were very bland and not worth the premium. Guacamole tasted like it wasn’t made fresh. Steak in tacos was tough and poorly seasoned. Chicken wrap was just blah.

Service was also really bad. They almost lost our reservation and even when we showed them the confirmation we had to wait. Slow wait staff. Our waitress disappeared after giving us the bill and I had to walk up to the cash register after waiting for 20 minutes.

Save your money.

Report
Helpful
MH
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Large menu. Healthy food very well prepared

Report
Helpful
AH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

When you eat inside, the noise level is so high you can't even think. Today, the weather was perfect and we ate outside so the noise level was perfect.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a lovely table outside but the kale salad had no flavor even with all of the ingredients. The lemonade had no lemon flavor tasted like water that looked yellow.

Report
Helpful
s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable open space ...fantastic fusion of foods that delight and surprise..great experience Definately coming back

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Terrible service and food came out cold

Waited 30 minutes for a coffee

Report
Helpful
B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great healthy food choices! Excellent service!

Report
Helpful
ML
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly and provided great service. The girls at the front were chatting and not very efficient. We arrived at 6:00 p.m. about 15 minutes earlier and was informed that our table as not ready. Even we saw there are empty tables. Waited until 6:16 p.m., we were given the same empty table that we saw at 6 p.m. Keep guests to wait in a windy Saturday afternoon is not cool! Food was great.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A great place for a gathering of friends or colleagues. The food is unique, each item on the menu is a well thought out, tasty and inspiring dish. High quality cooking and nutritious ingredients really makes it a True food for your body. The Place gets pretty crowded on Fridays and weekends, booking in advance is a must. Service is great and lot of grreat options for drinks too. A must visit.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
38