True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.7
961 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
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 - 9pm
Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

We love coming here and come frequently, however last night’s experience was not great.

The room we were placed in was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation (bad acoustics & too large of a round table for our small family). Our food came out a good five minutes difference from each other. We ordered margaritas and the waitress steered us towards skinny margaritas which were not as good as the regular ones we usually order. The bill was over $150 for our skinny margaritas, 2 orders of tacos, a side of shrimp, a side of rice and a kids pizza.

We hope we can return to good service, good drinks and reasonable ambiance on our next visit.

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a
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is usually very good, but this time my grains were way undercooked. Some of the veges were a bit overcooked. An off night for sure. I will go back and see if they've fixed this.

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MF
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I drive in from Diamond Bar. This place never disappointments with drinks or food. Well only one small disappointment...no wi-fi. At times I schedule appointments there to meet with clients, colleagues, or partners...NO WI-FI!

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a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great, service was extremely slow throughout the entire meal. Took about 20 min to get a drink order and dinner was served to all except one person. 10 min later the food was brought out cold. They did try to make up for it and brought out a replacement meal that was hot.

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v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Hostess was personable and welcoming. Our server was friendly and attentive. Her knowledge of the menu helped us with making dinner selections. Our dinner choices were tasty, but the after-dinner conversation focused on the noise level in the restaurant and the difficulty we had hearing one another. Unfortunately, the overwhelming noise level was the walk away memory.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was on point and very professional.

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E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Plenty of seating indoors and outdoors. The edamame dumplings were delicious even for non-vegetarians!!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great artisan salad with pesto sauce Yum! A bit pricey, but delicious with salmon added. Great green juice drink. Brussel sprouts good, but small portion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a birthday dinner for seven with an outdoor table. The service was very slow and some of our party were kept waiting a long time for their orders. Food was good. I’ll go back and try it again on a smaller scale.

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L
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Brian, was fabulous and very patient. Answered all questions re gluten free options. Very friendly attentive and professional. We liked him and the food so much we returned the next night to try additional food options. Helena did a ver good job handling our orders. All in all true food is on our recommendation list for friends traveling to Pasadena.

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DO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It ruled! Love this place - it was nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of LA proper on Halloween. This vibe was perfect

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re visiting Pasadena and have been here twice as we liked the meals we ordered and wanted to come back and order other dishes. The wait staff was very professional and helpful. We ate in the middle “courtyard” which was very pleasant. Overall a great experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They were 20 mins late for our reservation despite having promised we could arrive early to set up for our party. It was my daughter's 16th birthday and I dont think the 10 girls enjoyed having to stand in a corner waiting to be seated. Food was just okay.

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M
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is good but beware that it is “health” food so not everyone will enjoy the selection. I thought that it was a bit overpriced. My lasagna was excellent.

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SD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and Michel took great care of us!

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty. Eclectic variety. Something seasonal always of interest. Pricey

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The outdoor seating was very pleasant, noise level was moderate which was nice. The food was good, a little overpriced in my opinion. Portions were a bit small. The service was very poor, waited forever for waiter to take order and bring out food as well as take the check and bring it back. Overall, it was an okay experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love TFK!! The food is healthy and delicious. The staff are always friendly, helpful and passionate about their product. This makes for a great experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were amazing. Would appreciate a quieter place for good conversations.

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CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was innovative, fresh and delicious. The wait staff was attentive, very friendly and casually professional. My only issue was the noise level. Very loud and no soft surfaces to dull the sound. Conversation was difficult.

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RM
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

So so noisy! Food was meh - and not cheap. Service was horrible!

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JW
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This was my second time here. The food is amazing. They need more heating for the open dining. Love the open air eating but it became cool which impacted dinner.

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LA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great healthy, delicious options. Staff is wonderful. A bit too noisy but well worth the food.

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TY
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food came out late so the manager apologized and gave us a discount. I was surprised they didn't have their patio heaters going as it was a cold evening but I guess they put them away and couldn't them back out.

Food was good and so was dessert. This is still a consistent spot for us as we have many dietary needs and they seem to make it work.

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EA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

New Seasonal salad is not reaching the standards of the old one... disappointing

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CB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a great restaurant if you are looking for yummy, clean eating. Plenty of options (even for me who is a picky, clean eating Vegan) for all foodies.

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DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Recently three friends and I had dinner at True Food Kitchen, all for the first time, on the recommendation of another friend. We all ordered a different entree, and we were all very happy with both the quality and quantity of the food we were served. The taste, we all agreed, was excellent. The presentation, too, was very attractive. Our only complaint was the noise level, which made it difficult at times to hear one another. I would go back, definitely, but think that the next time I will ask to sit on the patio, if there are heat lamps, which the patio didn't seem to have the evening we were there. Still, the quality of the food and the reasonable prices make this restaurant a very good choice, if noise doesn't bother you.

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a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Needs even more umbrellas or angled umbrellas with wider coverage! Lots of sun exposure when I was there at 11 AM, but sitting by the kitchen area helped. Service is excellent. A recommendation would be a water pitcher for the table so we don't have to keep asking the busy waiters.

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing great food love that it’s good for me too . Highly recommend.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!

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NW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Service was to much. She came by every couple of minutes. People do not need someone next to their table this often. Also out of deserts very often. Tell that to people if you give them the menu. Not if they picked the desert that they are out of.

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TT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative menu. The adamame truffle dumplings were interesting but truffle oil shouldn’t be mixed with strong herbs such as basil and cilantro in my opinion. It is noisy for sure since it’s pretty busy but there are good space between tables. Food tastes great. They use good and fresh ingredients and well balanced flavors

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H
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this concept healthy eating no hidden ingredients all good for you food

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, tasted home made!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! I had the Cashew Pad Thai. I hate veggies, but they really spiced it up!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, but the service was a little slow. We had reservations and despite that, we did not get to order food until 20 minutes after sitting.

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S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time eating at True Food for all four of us and we all enjoyed it greatly. Even more impressive that our entrees were all so different: garden scramble, chicken salad, ancient grains bowl, and pesto pizza. It's rare to find a restaurant that can have such a range of options and do them all well. Bravo!

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was outstanding and our server even more so!

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience. Great options for vegans and non-vegans alike. Attentive and friendly staff. Lovely ambiance.

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b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I love TFK. The food is so yummy but also healthy and they have a good wine list. In general I don't have issues with eating at True Food but this particular time the service was not great. We asked for water several times and never got it and were not checked on often. The server was friendly but seemed distracted and we were disappointed in the service.

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