True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

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$31 to $50
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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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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall the visit at TFK was just shy of outstanding. Within moments of stepping in the restaurant and claiming our reservation, one of the servers approached the hostess about the whereabouts of a table. The hostess responded with "what about it?" with a rude or confused intonation, this was not the way I wanted to start my visit. I had the feeling of the need to walk on eggshells around her that or not approach her for any need or concern. On the other hand the waiter and servers that I interacted with when we were seated were excellent. I appreciate the delicious food and drinks which also include European wines.

SA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place. Good value. Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend.

KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food offers fresh food, healthy and delicious food served in innovative ways. The only drawback is the noise level which is high. Otherwise, I love going there.

LK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were seated late for our reservation which was a bummer

LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As vegetarian, this place provides me with many options. I also think the food is lighter and smoother for taste bud.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, healthy and delicious food, what else can you ask for?

a
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love True Food Kitchen. The food is delicious and the service always top notch,

KF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very lively environment. If you are conducting a business meeting or a conversation where it's important to catch every detail, you may want to ask for seating that's in the back or near the windows. There's a great energy and active vibe.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my cousin and her husband who are from out of town. They’re both vegan and they absolutely loved it! Definitely coming back again.

DH
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very busy night, delayed seating by 25 minutes. Waitress overwhelmed but maintained good service

NJ
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was awesome. He had the chef make a hot apple cider that was so delicious. It was our 5 year Old’s birthday and we made a reservation two days in advance. Unfortunately we still had to wait 20 additional minutes. The pizza looks smaller but it was good. My only issue with True Food is the lack of getting a reservation or the way it is done.

w
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience1

The reservation system is pretty awful there. We consistently make reservations and then are told to stand in an awkward spot for ten minutes, even when there is tons of space. This past time was no different. 20 minutes after our reservation we were encouraged to stand at the bar. They called when our table was eventually ready but there is no cell service inside so we didn’t get the call. Would have had to wait 15 more minutes for a table but at that point we just ate at the bar. Disappointing.

Y
Boise
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was fine tonight, not as good as past experiences.
It was super noisy. There were 6 of us, and you could only talk to the person next to you as it was too hard to hear anyone further away than that.

PG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This time True Food was not very good. Food came with wrong items. Replaced and that had a long dark hair. the restaurant was clearly overwhelmed and very busy. It was a very poor meal.

LA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food is fresh, at least that. Salmon is delicious and good spices. Other dishes like the Mediterranean chicken were flavorless. Basically just salt and 1/2 an olive in my dish. Prices are a little high for the quantity and quality of food. Service is very good most of the time. I’ve been to true food restaurants in Boca Raton and now in California. Pretty good but could be better for the price you pay. Cocktails are delicious but not enough alcohol added.

b
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love the food, as always! Wish is wasn't quite as expensive. The waiter, Quinn, was a wonderful waiter. Do wish it wasn't always so cold in there, especially since it's now getting cooler outside. Love the menu, the flavors, the variety--hard to know which to select, but usually stick with my favs; the ancient grains bowl, grass fed burger, edamame dumplings and brussel sprouts are my top choices! I wish those recipes were in the cookbook. It was a bit of a sucker punch to call the cookbook and restaurant the same name since the majority of recipes are not those served. LOVE their green iced tea and squash pie!

CM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always love my food, service and time at true food. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sometimes the service can be a bit slow or dismissive whether the restaurant is busy or not. It really depends on who’s working that day.

TW
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our ancient grains bowls, with and without chicken. The server was friendly, but a little slow remembering my water and bringing the check. It's a friendly place and we appreciate delicious, healthy options.

T
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Great food that is also healthy, good service, but the noise level is unbearable. It is VERY difficult to carry on a conversation, it is even difficult to order because the waiters have a hard time to hear your order. There are simple and not too expensive acoustic improvements which could be and should be done at this restaurant. Until then we will come back only when the whether is good enough to sit outside on the patio.

S
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

While eating my butternut squash soup, I ate a piece of plastic that appeared to come from a plastic scrub brush or something like that. It was really unpleasant Luckily I was able to take it out of mouth before I swallowed it. The Manager initially was not that apologetic. He ended up not charging for my meal but did charge for my husband's meal. I have had unpleasant experiences like this at this True Foods. Not a happy customer.

N
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reserved a 7pm on a Monday night and the place was busy. The service team was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu items. The concept of the menu envelopes most foods that minimize inflammation in our human bodies. Sounds medicinal? Flavor and food combinations were delicious. Give it a try!

KE
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great healthy food and good atmosphere and feel to the restaurant

HJ
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience1

I made reservation way before, however, the server did not care.
I waited for a table for a long time.

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quite noisy but we LOVE the food! Both the omnivores and the vegans in our family are happy.

A
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was very poor and our food was mist up. Overall I give Zero for this.

Antonella

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We came down to the city because my girlfriend wanted true food before we went out for a friends bday. It took the server 13 minutes to acknowledge us. We ordered our drinks, app and entrees all together and we got our orders in this order: entree, app and then drink. He didn’t bother to bring us water until after our cocktails came out. Overall, wouldn’t go back again. Food was overpriced and the service was not good.

SB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

must have been an off day because the Brussel sprouts were overcooked and cold and the salad was overdressed. I also miss the rotating soup choices. It's still one of my favorite places to have lunch.

HG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food is always great, service can be variable but was great for this lunch. The noise level always too much, but too cold for outside this time.

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Halloween night and dinner with my husband (empty nesters)....perfect place to enjoy no annoying children!

m
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

the grass fed hamburger with side of kale salad is to die for! SO yummy. Thank you for making this :)

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the food, however, hard to have a conversation because it is loud.

B
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, and such a relief to have good vegan selections. The wait staff is very friendly. And the place is big enough to hold a lot of diners. The only downer is the loud environment. Music played at a pretty strong level and lots of chatter in this acoustically cavernous restaurant.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite local restaurant. We love the ambience and the very fresh meals. The servers are also very helpful and attentive.

SS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It is very noisy!!! Everything else is great, Pizzas, veggie burgers, Brussel sprouts, edamame pot stickers in truffle oil. Something for everyone...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Healthy and delicious!! Our waiter was wonderful as well.

MR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, as always.

RR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love this place! Menu, food, etc. are all wonderful. Service is mediocre but not terrible.

M
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Salad fresh and very good, chicken dry on it. Did not charge me for chicken. Excellent service. Nice vibe, music too loud in and outside.

b
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and I highly recommend this restaurant! The server was amazing and made our dining experience amazing!