True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.7
1652 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen Pasadena is now open with patio dining. As we carefully and conservatively re-open our restaurant, we continue to honor our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and staff. Our patio will look different as we’ve made critical adjustments to accommodate for social distancing, enhanced standards and safety measures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1652 people are saying
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vipFoodiePalette
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First, it felt safe to eat there. Additionally the butternut squash soup was awesome - came piping hot and just the right amount. Really a healthy option and I really appreciated our waiter who didn’t rush us...knowing I hadn’t seen my friend in months.

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vipCalifornianInTexas
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love True Food Kitchen! The best food and outstanding service with a great outdoor ambience and I can bring our golden retriever! It’s the essence of the ideal Saturday brunch!

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Frequentdiner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was surprised at the number of tables available. We had to ask for,paper menus as the app would not work for us. The food came quickly but the steak in the steak tacos was almost too tough and overcooked to eat. My friend ordered salmon and said it was good.
I am no recommending it based on this and past experience. However it is good to know there is a place with plenty of outside seating.

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vipnatalief
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True food is always a go-to for me. The food is consistent and delicious; I always know I can get a healthy meal that tastes amazing, and great service.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded 12 hours ago

Hi Natalie! Thank you so much for leaving a great review. We're happy to hear we provided great service and food! Hard work certainly does pay off. Thank you again! TFK Pasadena

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WILLIAMG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

excellent salmon and excellent vegan options as usual

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you, WilliamG! We're grateful for your patronage and we look forward to serving you again in the near future. Best, TFK - Pasadena

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

TFK has a new system where you barely even need the waiter. You can order all of your food from your phone and they just bring it out to you. Make sure you coordinate with the people at your table so you don’t have appetizers coming out last. Overall great place and I’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe eating here. Definitely will be back.

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JamesM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice atmosphere, completely compliant with COVID considerations. Service excellent but food somewhat overpriced. Two small shrimp tacos for $19.50 and a garden salad for $13.50?

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our waiter was super helpful and nice. Perfect place for a Great dinner and a good time!

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LADine
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious healthy lunch. Order and check were done through my cell phone, so very contactless, except of course, meals brought to the table.

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SusanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was terrible and we talked to 3-4 different people to help us with our order. The server we had was perky and friendly but the whole experience was a disappointment. I wanted a second drink. Asked for it and it didn't come in a timely fashion told the hostess I no longer wanted it. In spite of all this, we still left a $20 tip.

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LisaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was very nice, but chilly!!!!!!

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Responded on November 12, 2020

Thank you for joining us, Lisa! We hope to see you again soon! Justin Chavez General Manager 626)639-6818

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal for lunch very much. The service was great, the food delicious and it felt safe and distanced from other tables.

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vipTunaFan
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming back here to eat. The food is fabulous but our server, Jo aka Jo-Jo is THE BEST and makes our dining experience so much better!

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Responded on November 12, 2020

Jo-Jo IS the best! Thank you for your loyalty and for this wonderful feedback! See you again soon! Thank you, Justin Chavez 626)639-6818

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Mandy
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Made reservations for 7:45pm but didn't get seated till almost 8:30pm and it was raining outside with no cover for the guests. We had stand under a patio umbrella crowding a couples table so we could avoid the rain. Ordered appetizers but didn't get them until after our main courses came out. Our waiter was great so she made up for the various inconveniences but I probably would not come back.

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Responded on November 12, 2020

Mandy, My name is Justin Chavez, I am the General Manager. I am really sorry that we were not able to provide better accommodations last weekend. I am grateful for your feedback, and would like to extend an offer to you to return to visit us again. I would like to make reservations for you and show you the 5-star, VIP experience that I know we can provide. If you are willing to give us another chance, please reach out to either myself, or Alex at the restaurant (626)639-6818. Thank you

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vipMermd
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had special dietary needs and our server Rohana went beyond to make my dining experience great

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always kills it. Food is fresh and healthy but still has good sized portions. We got the seasonal salad, noodle bowl and burger and they were all amazing

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see you again soon! Best, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Salmon was over cooked 2x . Service was poor .

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on November 10, 2020

Good evening Opentable Diner, We would love the opportunity to discuss your experience in further detail, in hopes of turning it around! We pride ourselves in hospitality and quality, so hearing that we fell short in both areas is disheartening. Thank you for leaving a review, as we look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Justin Chavez TFK - Pasadena, General Manager 626-639-6818

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shandaW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The friendly service made the patio sidewalk worth it.

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Responded on November 6, 2020

Thank you for choosing us, Shanda! We hope to see you again soon! Best, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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vipJonJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I pre-ordered for pick-up thinking this would be a lot faster. I was wrong. I was standing in line for 8 minutes! There was another person behind me and one in front of me. There wasn't even an acknowledgement about the long wait. I probably won't return to this True Food. Very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Food was good but service was not appreciate - missed the order - didn’t bring items - no refills

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Responded on October 31, 2020

Hi, my name is Justin Chavez. I am the General Manager. We pride ourselves on great hospitality and service. I am terribly sorry to hear that we dropped the ball on this occasion! Please give us a chance to make this up to you. I'd love to have you join us again and to show you the Five-Star experience that we strive for. I'd love to speak with you directly. Justin Chavez General Manager 626)639-6818

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Mavis
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great restaurant, awesome food! Would highly recommend!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 29, 2020

Thank you for choosing us, Mavis! Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal. Hope to see you again soon! Take Care! Justin Chavez - General Manager 626)639-6818

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food! Friendly staff. Easy, no contact ordering and paying. Felt as safe as dining could be right now.

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Responded on October 26, 2020

Thank you for such great feedback! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue serving guests like you. Safe and efficient are more common terms these days, and we are glad you enjoyed yourself. Best, TFK Pasadena

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DavidC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. We recently celebrated a family birthday on a cool weather night. The heat lamps kept us comfortable and warm. Our family experienced professional and excellent service from the hostess and server. I have already recommended your restaurant to my friends

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 27, 2020

Hi David, this is a truly lovely review to read. It sounds like what we work so hard at has paid off greatly. We're grateful you and your family were able to celebrate a birthday with us, We hope to have you back sometime soon. Thank you again! Best, TFK Pasadena

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AnnW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Brooke was exceptional!
And the food was amazing!

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Responded on October 29, 2020

Thank you for your kind review, Ann! We love Brooke - and are glad to hear that you do to. We hope to see you again very soon! Take care! Sincerely, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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vipTunaFan
Palm Springs
40 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love your restaurant and will be back. Our server, Jo -- is OUTSTANDING! The food is just FABULOUS!

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Responded on October 29, 2020

We love Jo - and will make sure that she is recognized for such a great review! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. We hope to see you again soon, TunaFan! Sincerely, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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vipCalifornianInTexas
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, always delight in this place! Everything on the menu is enticing!! Delicious! And all of it is so healthy good!!

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Responded on October 27, 2020

CalifornianInTexas! Yes! Thank you! We're thrilled to read reviews like yours. Delicious is what we do, and we're so glad you had the opportunity to join us. We hope to serve you again soon, Best, TFK - Pasadena

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Karen
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Had the most bad experience found hair in my food wouldn’t want to go again

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Responded on October 27, 2020

Hi Karen, we're so sorry to hear about your experience here at True Fook Kitchen, Pasadena. We would really love the opportunity to discuss what happened, and hopefully get the chance to invite you back. Please feel free to reply to this message, or contact the store directly. Best, TFK - Pasadena

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Mary
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid we used their app to order and pay. Service was quick and staff continually checked in on us. Food was delicious. Ordered the squash pizza, edamame guacamole, and the squash pasta. Got the Paloma to drink as well. Definitely will come back.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 27, 2020

Hi Mary, Thank you so much for the great review! We're thrilled to hear that amidst all the change we are still making great food and drink. We appreciate the compliment! Best, TFK - Pasadena

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PattyO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food Kitchen is always excellent. They have just installed a new process for customers ordering via a bar code embedded in each table. This was Night One of utilizing the system. There was a learning curve for the staff and the customers which was understandable. The staff was really helpful in getting my friend and myself through each step of the process (how do we indicate we want to split the salad, how to do split the bill, etc.). We felt like it was an adventure and left as happy as we do every time we go to True Food.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 26, 2020

Patty, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It's truly great to hear we are capturing guests like yourself even when we bring change to the table. Let's continue the adventure, together! Best, TFK Pasadena

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SherryC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience3

I ordered a salad with way too much dressing. The seasonal menu changes too often and my favorite dish got taken down which is disappointing.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 27, 2020

Sherry, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We want to apologize for falling short and serving a salad that was not to your liking. We would also love to understand more about your review, as it's guest like you who make us better! We look forward to discussing your experience with you. Please reach out to the restaurant directly, or feel free to leave a reply here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I usually love true food. I came in on a Monday night, so maybe the staff was rushing to get out. I definitely felt rushed, but would have given five stars if the food was fantastic. The burger was pretty good, but the salmon was okay. The sweet potato was cold.

When a restaurant says it closes at a certain time, it should close at that time and should provide excellent food up until it closes.

Will still come back, but was disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

First time ever the wait staff was not helpful. I had a reward for 15 dollars. She told me she applied it and she had not. She said it was taken off before they did the days total bill. She could have been more attentive. She never brought us salt, never filled water glass and ignored us unless I called her over.
I like TF in part because staff is wonderful. Too bad

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SoniaF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server was very attentive and accommodating. We sat outdoors due to COVID and they did a great job in the outdoor setup even for a hot day.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thank you, Sonia! We're so happy to hear you had a wonderful experience. We are always thrilled to hear how much guests enjoy our patio dining space. We hope to serve you again in the future! best, TFK Pasadena

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Rosie
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of my favorite spots. I love the food and drinks! It's great they have plenty of outdoor seating during these times. Our waitress Alissa or Olissa, was absolutely delightful. Just a lovely personality and took good care of us, even tho my friend has many dietary restrictions, Alissa was very accommodating and thoughtful.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you, Rosie! We love Alyssa*!! So much we even hired her brother! We're so glad to hear you had a wonderful experience, and I'll make sure to let her know of your review. Thank you again! TFK Pasadena

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Robert
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Healthy menu and outstanding flavors. Unusual combinations. Social distancing and sanitation observed.

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Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you, Robert! What a fabulous review!

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LinaS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Our waitress was the best. Just wished there was background music

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 20, 2020

Hi Lina, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I just messaged my entire team to ensure the volume is appropriate throughout the entire restaurant! It's sometimes the small things that make such a huge impact! Thanks again, TFK Pasadena

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Corbin
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Accomodating service, quality, delivery at a respectable price.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 29, 2020

Thank you for this great review, Corbin! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again very soon! Sincerely, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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WILLIAMG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was great as usual with salmon for me and vegan for my daughter and grand-daughter
I also like the reservation system

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you William G! We love hearing positive feedback, and appreciate you taking the time to write us a review. We are honored to serve patrons like you and your family. Thanks again, TFK - Pasadena

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance! Would definitely go back!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on October 29, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to leave this kind review. We appreciate you giving us and chance and we hope to see you again soon! Take care! Sincerely, Justin Chavez - General Manager 626-639-6818

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 639-6818.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 1652 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.