True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
1101 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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CC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good, they were busy so the service was a little slow. They had a nice pick from vegan to vegetarian. Also some gluten free. The wine selection was limited but what they had was good , they also had a big pour selection which I loved.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location, amazing and healthy food. Options for everyone. Will 100% come back!

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MA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Too loud. We had a reservation, and the restaurant seated us fairly quickly. My friend and I ordered a pizza each, and they were scrumptious!

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A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Burger not as god as expected. The kale salad and sweet potato has delish. As were the drinks. Beet vodka martini and red sangria. Dessert choclate cake very good.

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TV
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 15 had a fabulous birthday brunch. Service and food were great!

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k
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm obsessed!! While many people would think it sounds boring, this place makes eating healthy easy and cool. Bathrooms are beautiful and to me that says a lot about a place. I will keep coming back when I am in the area. Food is prepared fast, which is great!

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice vibe, energized waitress and good food...

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food seemed mushy and our waitress was forgetful with our order.

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CC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was very attentive all through our meal — but we had to wait a long time for him to ask if we wanted dessert and then to bring our bill. The food was excellent except for a side order of Kale Salad that had far too much salt. My wife said she’s noticed a similar pattern on our previous visits. Her Lasagna Bolognese was excellent, and my Mediterranean Chicken Pita sandwich was very flavorful. We started off by splitting a Chopped Salad that’s tasty and refreshing with nuts and sliced apple along with the greens.

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SG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were great but I requested a booth and was given a small table located right next to the front door which was busy and loud.

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BT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really well made salads and cocktails. I'll be back!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Food! Beyond Excellent Service! We went to this restaurant on a very busy Saturday night and got great food and excellent service. It was so good we went back Monday night and had the very same experience! Keep up the great work.... and please open a True Food in Connecticut!

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J
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

In comparison with other True Food locations Pasadena service could improve. For example timing was inconsistent, coffee served but no offer to refill, entre delivered missing a sauce but long delay in delivering sauce so lunch getting cold.

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

absolutely delicious! refreshing and exactly what was needed in a world of fast and fried.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Specifically ordered gluten free pizza, came out not gluten free but didn’t realize till after I had a couple of bites. Obviously had to go home immediately but they made us pay for the salad before we left. As regular customers we will not be back.

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RI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service! Always delivers great value , rain or shine!

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LS
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are excellent. But the noise level indoors is bad. Still with going though!

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always but the noise level on the west side room was intense last night - wondering if there are any acoustic modifications that can be made to improve the experience.

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LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

we need more of these healthy food options and less fast food

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dairy and gluten allergies, so it was a pleasure to not eat contaminated and delicious food!
Thank you.

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MR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Brought a few friends here and sat outside. The food was great as usual. Service was a bit shaky starting off but got better. Love this place!!

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DS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Good food, service was okay, very nice but not very attentive. The atmosphere is modern, hip and cool, which makes it a crowded place, so the noise level was extremely high. It's very open setting + the wood flooring just doesn't absorb noise and we were having to talk very loud just to hear each other, horrible setting for a business meeting.

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food Kitchen in Pasadena is my favorite restaurant to the point that I do not dine elsewhere. Incredible food that is both healthy and delicious, great cocktails, and dessert. The waitstaff are incredibly helpful and friendly. Just an amazing place!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of five with a reservation. We were seated promptly and had server attention immediately. The food was reasonably priced and every dish was delicious. The kale slaw was particularly and surprisingly tasty. Overall, would recommend to anyone - vegan, vegetarian, or not.

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ME
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was okay! But it was just super noisy !

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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Reservation was at 6. Didn't get seated until it was almost 7 PM. Food is mediocre at best and overpriced.

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GF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic! Loved the menu! The food was delicious. Our server had great suggestions. The food could've come out a little quicker - but that may be the impatient Angelino in me. We will definitely return. Thanks!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the open area and great food where they have vegan options. It’s one of my sisters and moms favorite places to eat. The primarily because of the alwayswas freindly and happy faces and experience.

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HC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Back ground noise was too loud. No the fault of the resaurant the diners!

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LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

True food told open table that I did not show. But I did and was kept waiting by poorly trained hostesses. The I was offered a table outside when I’d booked a week ahead and requested a particular table indoors.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome food! Great ambiance, especially the view into the open kitchen!

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m
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stylish and comfy, with great vegan and omnivore options for everyone in the family. Saw couples on date night, friends hanging out - and several families. The servers are cheerful and charming - every single one. The place was slammed because of the holiday weekend. And while service lagged a little, everyone was upbeat and eager to please. We had a glitch with one dish which was rectified as soon as possible. Now, to the food. The cauliflower is insane. Vegan butternut squash pizza is maybe my favorite pizza ever now. The kids had plain cheese pizza - and you could hear the crackle of the crust. The lasagna was spicy and delicious. We don't live in Pasadena but we will definitely be going back soon. So grateful to have a place like this that can please the whole family.

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Y
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at TRUE FOOD KITCHEN was simply excellent!! The ambiance is awesome and the service is amazing. I'm looking forward to returning!!

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. The problem was that even with a reservation, there was going to be about a 20-30 minute wait. We opted to sit at the bar, and were able to make it to our next event in time. People hovered over us, though, ordering drinks. Don’t expect to get in and out of there on a Saturday night, even at 6:30!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food but poor service, sadly. 30+ minute wait with a reservation.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious, our server was fantastic but checking in and waiting over 35 minutes for our 6:15pm reservation did not make us happy. Why bother with a reservation if its going take that long to get seated? We had a concert to go to at 8pm so I thought having a reservation at 6:15pm would give us plenty of time to not be hurried. This was not the case, so for that, I would be hesitant to recommend restaurant to people and would think twice before going again.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met some friends from out of town for dinner and drinks. True Food Kitchen did not disappoint. We were greeted by friendly staff as soon as we entered the patio. Our server in the bar was prompt and friendly. Once we were seated our waiter, Antonio, was upbeat and seemed to be thrilled we were at his table. And, as always, the food was amazing.

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KN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love this restaurant... just a little disappointed on how close they put the tables together on Valentines Day. Great service and food! This particular True Foods could make some improvements to improve the ambiance

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall the service was amazing and the food extremely flavorful! Every portion was filling and the recommendations from the server were great. Look forward to coming back again.

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TB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was relialble as always. we particularly enjoyed the Brussel sprouts appetizer dish.

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