True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
846 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
At True Food, we have a simple philosophy: serve seasonal, honest food that tastes really good. We’re a group of health-minded people that care about what we put in our bodies, as well as the footprint we leave on the environment. The ingredients coming in the back door are clean, mostly organic (we follow the Dirty Dozen) and never fake or artificial. Whether you're into the latest superfood salad or just want a pizza and burger, you'll find it here. Want a blended juice or a martini? We've got both. The chefs make everything from scratch, which means you'll know what's in your food and where it came from. At the end of the day, it's all about great food and great service.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 11am - 9:30pm
Fri: 11am - 10:30pm
Sat: 10am - 10:30pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
Happy Hour: Mon - Fri | 3pm - 6pm
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Phone number
(626) 639-6818
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sebastian Pflefing
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colorado and Pasadena
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BS
Los Angeles
3.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the food is so cut back that non healthy eaters might have a problem. Blueberry pancakes are not that great. On the other hand, hamburger was delicious. Squash soup was quite good, but, the portion was ridiculously small. I know the concept is to eat good food and feel good after the meal. That we did. But, allow small changes . If you are supporting people with food issues and only offer sweet potato hash or kale salad with burger, don’t charge to get a healthier side like simple green salad. Support my issue of having a low carb, non oily side.

I will return. But not often. Oprah, help us here.

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TA
Los Angeles
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall I absolutely love True Food Kitchen! My husband and I eat there often and it is there I usually meet friends. A friend and I had brunch this last Saturday and the food was fantastic as was the service. I had the heirloom tomato and watermelon starter and the asparagus toast, then returned the following day with my husband and we ordered the same thing. On Sunday, however, they had run out of the coconut lime yogurt served with the tomato and watermelon and had brought in some other brand. It was watery with quite a strong sour flavor that completely overwhelmed the fruit and we sent it back. Our server was fantastic, as usual, and we ordered the charred cauliflower in its place, which was quite good. The asparagus toast is delicious and I highly recommend it! I would love to see them bring in some good, healthy gluten free bread. My rating and review are specifically for this occasion. Most of the time the food is excellent and the service outstanding!

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BK
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Very enjoyable experience over all.

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LB
Los Angeles
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great and our waitress was a sweetheart. Only thing we did not appreciate was the attitude from the hostess. Where we were seated, the seats were wet and it was like pulling teeth asking the hostess to have the chairs wiped down. After waiting for 10 mins, no one came to wipe down the chairs and we had to look for any dry chairs around us.

The hostess is the first person the patron encounters so if she has an attitude, it can ruin the rest of the dining experience. Fortunately for us our waitress was a total sweetheart.

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OT
New York Area
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Tasty food and friendly service. The ambiance was not as nice at our later reservation because of staff rushing around prepping for the end of the night, and it was very cold in the restaurant! Overall though, a perfectly fine experience.

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CE
Los Angeles
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Charred cauliflower is fantastic. I’d also recommend the edamame dumplings. Great service and love that this restaurant is on OpenTable. The restaurant was busy at lunch so the reservation helped.

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L
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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KW
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat delicious healthy food. I really appreciate how great they are with people who have allergies and food intolerances. Great service and food!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food

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SK
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt was attentive and joyful, full of kindness and was very helpful! Food was increeeedible. If I weren't already a vegetarian, this place would instill in me a new delighting in the beauty of food well prepared to bring out its natural essence for humanity, that I would surely become vegetarian on the spot. Highly recommend!!

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m
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Service was slow, food was just ok and we go there all the time

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M
London
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, and the manager, Nico, saw to that!!! I had booked a table for 4 adults & 2 young children, a booth if possible. Nothing was available at the time we arrived, & it was HOT outside, so I did not want to sit in the heat. Nico came to my rescue, & seated us in a very cool, empty room!!! The kids enjoyed their 🍕& 🍔 & 🍨!
We brought, family members, that had traveled from Washington state, & they had a great experience!!!

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S
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance at True Food is friendly, classy and welcoming. The wait staff really gets in communication with you in an authentic way and they themselves look the picture of health! The food
is gourmet, health and very tasty. Each dish we've ordered over the last 3 times we've been (in the last month) has surprised us with the combinations and taste treats. We relax there, enjoy watching people, and love their healthy drinks- even the alcoholic ones taste light and healthy! It's our go-to place as a married couple and we've introduced friends there too. It's a good time!

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Portland
3.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

At 2pm the kitchen was out of cauliflower. The eggplant vegetable dish was not that good (to me). I was going to take it home and add rice but when the server took it away he apparently didn’t hear me say yes I did want a box. In which case, since I’d only eaten about 4 bites he might have asked if anything was wrong. And now that I think about it, the whole reason I chose True Foods was for the 25% off entire bill on 7/4 and I don’t believe I received it.

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CC
San Diego
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food. It was busy and the service was a little slow.
Wine selection was small but what they had I did enjoy.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and healthy. Atmosphere good but crowded.

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Los Angeles
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun, summery place to go for a casual but upscale dinner that is health conscious!!

Love!!!

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JL
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good night. Loved the inside/outside table and the salmon was excellent. Wish restaurant had not run out of the soup of the day but the server made up for the disappointment nicely. We’ll go again.

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LS
New England
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Foods Kitchen has become a go to place for us. We prefer outside seating because the noise level allows easy conversation. Indoor seating is sometimes very loud. The food has always been excellent, imaginative and fresh. It is a great place to go for a casual dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service- never disappoints!

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JS
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places for brunch or dinner. It’s fresh and hip. They have plenty of Delicious vegan options for me and my husband!

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TC
Los Angeles
3.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food tasted very good but the portions were too small for the amount paid for the meal. I think my salmon dish was $24 and the piece of fish was way too small in my opinion. Is it really too much to ask for more food? It's not like I paid $10 for the dish. I know the food is healthy but honey instead of sugar for a lemonade? I HATE HONEY!!!

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r
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. The food choices, quality, and flavor are exceptional. They do a great job hiring as well. Their staff are always friendly, know their products, and provide great service. The ambiance of the restaurant is peaceful, healthy and a great place to connect with people.

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JV
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food. Great service. Order the ancient grains bowl with salmon!

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OT
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful brunch with our family of 10. The starters, entrees and desserts were delicious! Fresh, local, clean, organic and wonderful. Cocktails were creative and tasty. This is a great place for every day dining and also special occasions. A cool bar area too with outdoor seating. Love it.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good, drinks were awful, service was fine, ambience was to-die-for. My girlfriends couldn’t get over how perfect every little aesthetic piece of this place is. Also they cater to vegans but will add meat to your meal and make it taste like it was meant to be that way, so each one of our dietary preferences/needs were met. If the cocktails hadn’t each been not overly overpriced (that’s fine I get it) but seriously undrinkably bad- it would have been a great value and a perfect bachelorette brunch.

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C
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance is great, the service is terrific but the star of this place is the food. I've dined here twice and had the sea bass. Served perfectly cooked on a bed of greens and quinoa it is truly balanced dish of tastes and textures that leaves me completely satisfied. This is a great place to eat.

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JG
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True food always has great tasting and healthy food and tonight’s meal did not disappoint. We sat outside on a balmy evening. Our waiter was professional and the rest of the staff was great. And the food was delicious. Such a lovely evening!

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E
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful experience as usual. Restaurant was a bit busy, but that would be expected on a holiday!

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OT
Atlanta
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and glad we made a reservation! It was busy but staff was good about keeping us updated due to the wait.

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C
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious healthy food. Healthy food, good for everybody from Vegan to meat lover.

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OT
Los Angeles
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had a great meal but as we were seated by the kitchen and the glass let’s you see in we wish we hadn’t. We watched the prep cook eat while she was cutting up cauliflower. We thought it was funny but watched her then take the cookies off the baking tray with her bare hands, stopping halfway to go put on gloves. After a few trays, she picked up a bucket that was full of water from under the sink and pour it out using her hands to ensure all the soap and water was rinsed out of the bucket. She then took the empty trays to the back to be washed and proceeded to remove more cookies with the same gloves she had just used to empty the dirty bucket of water. After the cookies were done, she moved on to sweet potatoes and used those same gloves to spread them out onto a large container full of roasted sweet potatoes. So everything she basically touched was with either bare hands or dirty gloves from the bucket water. Mind you, she was sure to pack herself some to go containers throughout her shift and take them back to the back room. I’m pretty sure there were a few health code violations happening and with an open kitchen- you would think she would be more prudent and adhere to food handling regulations. At one point a coworker let her know we were watching and she didn’t seem to care. We told the manager after we were done eating and he justified some of it and then said he appreciated us telling him and that he would tell the executive chef. And that was all. Pretty sure we won’t be back ever.

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MR
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. I've tried several different items on the menu over a few visits and everything has been great quality and tastes excellent. It's a little on the pricey side for a fairly casual restaurant but still a good value for what you get.

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RW
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always enjoy True Food; spouse is GF and they are always accommodating. great food, the bolognese was fantastic. thank you.

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L
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great service as always

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B
Columbus
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Food - limited menu

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free options; safe for Celiac

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was DELISH as always!

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j
Los Angeles
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was awesome and attentive. The food was delicious and the space is a wonderful design.

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KQ
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it was verry nice lived my server and food will be back today

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