True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

4.6
1523 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

The hostesses are rude, and there is no place to wait.
I was seated near the kitchen area, and my guests and I could not hear each other due to all the noise.
I will not go back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This place is real hit and miss. Sometime it’s very good and sometimes really bad. Last night the we had to wait 15 minutes to get desert and it had melted. The Korean noodles had a really acrid taste to them. Either they need to clean their woks or they are adding toasted sesame oil too soon. They don’t have the right coverage model with waiting staff and therefore things take too long. It’s so popular which might be the reason it’s declining

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C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, lively atmosphere. Many tempting choices on the menu. I am gluten sensitive so I extra appreciated the large choice of gluten free dishes. I have been quite a few times. I am comfortable bringing out of town guests, who have always enjoyed their meal.
Can be noisy. No cell or wifi available.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really liked this place. Good food, many delicious vegan options. Wait staff was great!

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KJ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've never been a fan of the open floor/ barn-like atmosphere at True Food Kitchen because it's painfully loud in there and hard to hold a conversation without shouting. But... I accept it because the food is SO good. This time, however, I ordered something I've had at least ten times and it was chock full of onions. I hate onions and would have asked for this dish without them but I knew it didn't come with onions. I guess it does now (although they are not in the dish description). I spent my entire meal picking them out. And it feels like True Food has upped their prices. We only drank water, had one appetizer and two entrees (for lunch) and our bill (including tip) was $78. That's not something you do very often.

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat in Palo Alto. The food tastes great and the atmosphere is nice

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M
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. This is the first time we tried the pizza and it was fabulous. The crust was so light and delicious. I normally order the cauliflower as an appetizer but the pizza was also an excellent option.

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F
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was fantastic. The service was not great but the food made up for the poor service.

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

So loud (at lunch time) it was very hard to hear the waitress.

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DL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff, service & managers! Nice ambiance! Especially enjoy breakfast, drinks salads, pizzas on menu! Soups are so good & yummy!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

WiFi would be excellent

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
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.

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
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!

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
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.

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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OT
San Francisco
56 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🤔

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f
San Francisco
22 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

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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.

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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 ...

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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

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