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True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto, Palo Alto, CA

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

4.5
4.5
2789 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
True Food Kitchen in Palo Alto is currently open with dine-in and carry-out service. As always, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our guests by following the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 108 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 272-5157

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pernell Morris

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for any Catering Inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 272-5157

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Cross street

    Stanford Mall next to Bloomingdales

  • Parking details

    Plenty of Free Mall Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,789 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Healthy

  • Peninsula

    Healthy

  • Peninsula

    American

  • Peninsula

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  1. DD

    DoctorD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm always pleasantly surprised by the changing menu items and the amount of vegetarian options and the willingness to accommodate needs. We got the refreshing watermelon lemonade (summer special), the spinach portebello pizza, and the ancient grail bowl (substituted portebello with shitake). Mango tart was soo good! (A little more nuts in the tart crust would have been nicer). I would go back again for a healthy meal!
  2. JC

    JuliC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous vegan and gf options. The edamame guacamole and gf pita chips were amazing.
  3. f

    foodie4

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great food, waitress was so so friendly and the place was bustling For the quality of the food I’d return
  4. C

    Chlara

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Even though I specifically made a reservation for outdoor seating, hostess refused to accommodate this, and unwilling to seat us outdoors.
  5. SA

    SteveA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. We go here all the time and enjoy.
  6. KH

    KHLEE

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was really great. I appreciated we were seated even though one of our party was late arriving. We were never rushed and our server checked on us a couple times. Only change I would have desired if we had been asked if we wanted dessert before bringing the bill over.
  7. P

    Pelargo

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Jerome was a great waiter. However, he did miss out on more money because we were planning to get dessert and coffee after our meals but he did ask if we wanted anything and just set the check down and walked away. I suspect that would have added at least $20 more to the bill but we just decided not to bother if there was no interest in offering.
  8. KK

    KevinK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    This review will sound negative though my rating was neutral. I am a pet lover and respect pets , however dogs meeting other dogs created a loud disturbances several times. My guests with me were all disappointed with the barking. The food was good, though small portions for the price.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great, fresh food with lots of vegetarian options. Everything was great, except our waitress seemed to be spread this across tables inside and outside, which led to delayed service in getting our and checking out. It did not impact food arriving, which was key. Not much she could do about it, so this is not a criticism of her in anyway. Look forward to returning again soon!
  10. MK

    MaryKH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly delicous food that inspires one to cook and eat better at home!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food!!
  12. TN

    TraceyN

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food and changing seasonal menus. The quality is always fantastic and the recipe combinations are always interesting.
  13. FC

    FreddieC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A good place for hearty simple food.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded 5 days agoThank you for the FIVE STAR review Freddie! We really appreciate you! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  14. TL

    TracyL

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great, friendly service. If you order the Panang Curry Bowl, you may want to get the sauce on the side - the amount of sauce was too much for me.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded 5 days agoTracy, Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review! We really appreciate the positive feedback, I'm so glad you liked the food and service. We hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  15. CO

    COWC

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The chopped salad was totally different than other times. No manchego cheese; only 2 slices of apple , 3 dried cranberries-/big disappointment - first time I have been disappointed in this dish

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded 5 days agoI am so sorry your salad was not made properly, that is my go to meal here so I know how delicious it is when it's made correctly. I hope you'll come back and give us another chance. Please make a reservation on Open Table and introduce yourself to either myself or Krystal our General Manager and we will ensure everything is perfect. Thank you for your feedback, Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  16. SV

    SimplyVeg

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good ambience, good food and good service

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you for the FIVE STAR review!! --Lindsay

  17. j

    januarie200009

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food5service4ambience3
    Very limited Availability of items, options items were "sold out" it was saturday 545pm dinner reservation time, edamame dumpling wasnt as spectacular as walnut creek location

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022I am so sorry that our menu was limited on your visit, we do our best to make sure everything is available. We hope that you'll give us another shot so we can wow you with our food. Thank you for the feedback, Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was my Birthday! Kemani was our server and she was awesome!!!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022I am so glad you had a great time! Thank you for complimenting Kimani! We hope to make it a FIVE STAR visit next time! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  19. PT

    PeterT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and very friendly service. Thank you!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review Peter!! We appreciate the compliment about our food and service and we hope to be seeing you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  20. FD

    FooD

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    True Food Kitchen defies the paradigms regarding restaurant type/style and the relationship to the quality of the food. At first glance it would typically be characterized as a "fast-casual" restaurant in terms of the setup and ambiance. And in my experience there's a certain quality expectation for the food I would and did automatically assume or expect. Boy was I wrong! Here's why: 1) We were seated quickly, and our server came to the table almost immediately to begin the service. She was nice, attentive and very helpful throughout our lunch. 2) The menu was intriguing. It's not overwhelmingly big, and each dish is described in detail so you know exactly what's going to be included. 3) As it was our first time, our server took the time to answer detailed questions and made some incredibly helpful recommendations. 4) We decided to split the Lasagne and a watermelon salad, and it was way plenty for the two of us. However, the best part was that both dishes were simply delicious! We'll go out of our way to go back there again and again. Try it next time you're near the Stanford Shopping Mall.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you so much for the detailed notes from your visit, this really thrills us that your experience was so great! I am happy your food and service were amazing. We hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  21. HG

    HeidiG

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    It was very loud I could not hear the person I was with

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Heidi, I am so sorry about the noise volume, we are definitely a loud restaurant because of the open kitchen. We would like to recommend choosing a patio table or a table inside by the windows next time so it's not as loud. Hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  22. JC

    JCSJr

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My birthday

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you for the review. --Lindsay

  23. C

    Corinne

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful healthy food! Well prepared and looks beautiful! Great servers who know about the dishes. We went with vegans who loved their ancient grains and teriyaki bowls and another had a Turkey burger grilled to perfection. PS: If you dine outside, whether at lunch or dinner, bring a sweater or jacket as there is quite a wind tunnel and even on a hot day, it’s chilly.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Corinne, Thank you so much for the amazing comments and the five star review! Your feedback makes me feel so proud of our food and service! I will make sure to share this with my team and we hope to meet you on your next visit! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  24. DR

    DamienR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an informal business lunch with a colleague. This is a great space for a conversation and the food is excellent. I thought it looked a little pricy but the quality makes it worthwhile.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on August 10, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review Damien, we really appreciate you. So glad your food was great! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  25. K

    Konagal

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jesus was our waiter. He was great! We loved the buffalo cauliflower appetizer. We ordered two dishes to split snd they split them for us. Great food. Will definitely be back!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Konagal, I am so happy you enjoyed your food and service from Jesus, we love him too! The cauliflower is one of my all time favorites! We hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  26. BH

    BruceH

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable and friendly !

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you for the FIVE STAR review Bruce! I hope you'll be back again soon! --Lindsay

  27. SG

    StacyG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor brunch.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review Stacy! We hope to see you again soon! --Lindsay

  28. RS

    RegS

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! And delicious food!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review Reg! We are so happy you loved our food and service! We hope to be seeing you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  29. DF

    DineFine

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic tasting food. Loved the watermelon salad and the edamame dumplings

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review! I am so glad you loved the food!! We hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  30. MS

    MinnieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food is excellent..waited for a while to order ..our main entree came first before our appetizer.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Minnie, I am so sorry to hear that your server did not properly course your table, our service is so important to us. I am glad however that the food was excellent. Please give me a call next time you would like to stop by and I'll make sure we give you the best service and give you a starter on the house. Our phone number is 650-272-5157. Thank you for the feedback and I know it'l be a FIVE STAR next time. Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and the service. Ordered a lot of vegetarian starters and entrées and everything was delicious.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you so much for the FIVE STAR review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your food and service, We hope to be seeing you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  32. OO

    OleOle

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    All of my other visits have been remarkable, but I think yesterday night might have been a busy off day as an order never arrived and we rarely were checked in on causing a delay in getting other needs met. I absolutely do love coming here especially for the Korean noodles.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit, I am so sorry that this last time was not our normal amazing service. I really hope you'll come back again soon and we can make it a FIVE STAR experience for you! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server, Jesus, was great. Always checking on us and on his game. We are visiting and have been eating our everyday. He has been our best server yet. Fish and Turkey burger were booth really good. The chocolate cake has a distinct coconut oil flavor that might not be to everyone’s liking. Corn soup was good.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your recent visit. I am so glad you liked Jesus, he is really the BEST! I'm glad you liked your food and I hope we can see you again soon to make it a five star experience. Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  34. A

    Alex

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Restaurant was closed even open table made reservation for us

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 24, 2022Alex, I am so sorry to hear about your experience. We close at 9:00 on the weekdays and 10:00 on the weekends, not sure what happened with your reservation. We do hope you'll come back to try us out again! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  35. AC

    AnneC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    True Kitchen is my go-to for lunch at the Stanford Shopping Center. The staff is friendly and professional. I am CRAZY for their kale salad! Their outdoor seating area is spacious, and fun for people watching. Check this place out!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022Anne, Thank you so much for the five star review!! We are so happy to have you as a regular guest. We hope to see you again soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  36. J

    Jay456

    Seattle

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and impeccable service.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much for the five star review Jay! We really appreciate it! See you again soon! Lindsay-AGM

  37. G

    Gracie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    There were many times “not available” on the menu. Furthermore, after when we placed our order, we were told 1/3 of our selection were also “not available.” Not sure why they ran out of so many choices. It was disappointing.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022Gracie, I am so sorry to hear that we were out of some of the items you wanted. We do our absolute best to keep up with demand, looks like we failed you that day. We do hope you'll come back again soon so we can meet you and give you a better experience, please call me at 650-272-5157 to make a reservation and I'll make sure it's all perfect! Thank you for your feedback, Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  38. G

    Grandma

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Very good place, great food and service. I was not happy about the table, very much in the back although I made reservations earlier.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much for the five star review!! --Lindsay

  39. AP

    AllegraP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing bowls and appetizer. Not to miss when at Stanford shopping center!

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022Thank you so much for the five star review Allegra, we really appreciate it!! See you soon! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

  40. P

    Pdxbarre

    Portland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our server was very pleasant. Two in our party had the lasagna and loved it. I had the smoked chicken panini, and could have done without broccolini in it, otherwise is was good. The kale salad on the side stole the show, with my dinner. Very good.

    True Food Kitchen - Palo AltoResponded on July 20, 2022I am so happy to read you had a great experience and that the food and service were good. I hope next time we can make it a five star experience for you! Thank you for the nice comments! Lindsay Amon Assistant General Manager

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 272-5157.

True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto is rated 4.5 stars by 2789 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 108 times today
Google Map for True Food Kitchen - Palo Alto

180 El Camino Real, Ste 1140, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Stanford Mall next to Bloomingdales

  • Neighborhood

    Palo Alto

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of Free Mall Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pernell Morris

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (650) 272-5157

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for any Catering Inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (650) 272-5157

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