True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.7
2063 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Pasadena 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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2063 people are saying
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vipClickClack
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We arrived on time for our dinner reservation and were seated within about 5 minutes. The restaurant seemed quite busy, so we were pleased at not having a longer wait to be seated. Our server greeted us very quickly after we sat down and took our beverage orders. The drinks arrived without delay and my wife and I ordered an appetizer and full-sized Chopped Salad, both to be shared between us. I also ordered the Lasagna Bolognese.

Our appetizer and salad came out within a reasonable amount of time, and we proceeded to enjoy both dishes. After we had finished the appetizer and I had polished off my half of the salad, my wife chose to hold off on eating her salad until after my lasagna arrived.

We carried on conversing for another 15 to 20 minutes before we realized that my lasagna still had not come out, and our server had not visited our table with an update. We finally managed to get her attention and asked whether the kitchen had forgotten about my lasagna. She darted back int the kitchen to inquire about it, and another server eventually brought it to our table.

The bowl containing the lasagna felt very warm, almost hot, whereas the lasagna itself was at best merely warm. I suspect that it had been sitting under a heat lamp for some time — but I was hungry and tired of waiting, so I just ate it rather than sending it back to the kitchen.

We don’t know whether the servers or the kitchen might have been short-staffed, or if perhaps my lasagna had been placed off to the side. However, I do think that our server got distracted and forgot to keep an eye on our table until we managed to get her attention and ask what had become of my entree.

Bottom line: We were seated quickly and our food tasted good, but the service can be inconsistent and spotty. That same summary description has also applied to most of our previous dining experiences at this True Food Kitchen.

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vipHenryB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love their food. Not sure why but it always takes a long time to get served a drink

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GwenR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at True Food. The fall menu update was great and Michael, our server, was fantastic.
Main complaint — the absurd ‘order your own drinks with your phone’ absurdity. Im sitting down with friends — the last thing I want to do is fool around with their poor UX drink menu. I’d MUCH rather tip my waiter!

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Brandon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend!

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vipShari
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Everything is so fresh & DELICIOUS!

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vipDaniel
Los Angeles
205 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Something for everyone.
A great place to dine.

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vipMatthewG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

brunch was mediocre at best. not what it was pre-pandemic :(

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LynnD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Waiter had too many people to look after. Sun was in our eyes and we didn’t like the side yard where we errr seated

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DianeK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The sea bass was TOTALLY overcooked as well as the brussel sprouts for 2 of our party who ordered it. Had to return it. And the Spicy Panang Curry although had a good taste, the veggies in it were minimal. The dessert was outstanding: flourless chocolate cake w/ice cream.
Service was great but all in all, the food was very disappointing. Not certain I will return.

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vipKamranS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I love True Foods! We always have a good experience. The food is great and the service is wonderful.

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JuXie
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service, will absolutely come back next time.

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Skipthis
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I ordered a salad that sounded great, but was bland and undercooked. If you have brussel sprouts in a salad they can’t be raw and these were! They needed much more cooking. I love their healthy selections but the taste needs to deliver too and it just didn’t. That said, the service was excellent, the green ice tea was the best one I’ve ever had. I’ll try it again, but it needs to much more tasty in addition to healthy.

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trixy400
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It would be awesome if large fans would be intalled outdoors. It is just too crazy hot and sitting indoor is not an option with Covid

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FrancesB
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant made sure we were outside and in the shade on quite a hot day. I love that they ask you if you have dined here before and when you say you have they say "thank you for coming back!" Our server was Allysa (sp). She was pleasant, accurate with our orders and responsive to our requests. Not to be left out - the food is exceptional!!

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Gozo
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lots of choices on the menu. Server was helpful and cheerful. Our table was only half in the shade, so it became rather warm. No ice in the water. Food was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy True Food’s meals and ambiance, especially the outdoors. I had the seasonal sea bass which was delicious but expensive. Drinks are tasty though after 2 margaritas, I didn’t feel like I’d had any alcohol (and I would know). But I always end up here because it’s consistently good with lovely servers.

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Pelly
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good fresh and healthy food in just the right portions.

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Evie05
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This very pleasant patio restaurant has delicious food in spite of it's super trendy location at the entrance to Old Town Pasadena. The service was also very lovely and sweet.

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Iamcor
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I made a reservation for 7pm at True Food Kitchen for outdoor seating and when I arrived I was offered a table indoors. I informed the host that I would wait for an outdoor table as I had requested. I approached the host again after about 15-20 minutes and was told that I could sit indoors immediately. I informed her that my reservation was for outdoors at 7pm. We were finally seated around 7:35pm for a 7pm reservations. That was disappointing, as was the chop salad, which I usually order and usually love. It had more dressing on it, no Marcona almonds, or they were chopped up?, and there were way too many cranberries. I miss the original chop salad.

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DebraP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good quality, healthy, great tasting food, and the service was excellent!

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vipLaurieS
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the ambience, food, service and value of this restaurant. It is consistently good and quite innovative.

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WillyD4
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Great overall experience.

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Starkat
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for natural, health-prioritized, AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS food.

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ScottR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's nice to have a restaurant to go to where the food is high quality and there are options for people with food allergies and restrictions. Great cocktails and dessert as well!

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vipReyna
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked everything about this restaurant.

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georgef
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my Team here for Lunch. They had a good outdoor Patio, which was important to us. The food was great. The service was good and the drinks were refreshing! The chocolate cake was amazing! Will definitely come back again!

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Stan
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and almost everything about it. They prepare food so well that even things I previously disliked (cauliflower, brussel sprouts) taste great. love the ambiance, decor, open kitchen. "Cat" and all servers have been great the 10 or 12 times I visited. I just wish I could get a Coke!

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Ayden
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

Nice ambiance but the food was mediocre and felt cheap, and I was hard to have a conversation indoor because of the noise level.I probably won’t be returning

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SilverlakeTransplant
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a really pleasant evening. Felt safe and comfortable outdoors, and our waiter was friendly.

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vipKristanB
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a fun outdoor setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really nice outing. We were seated a little too close to the next table for comfort during covid times. Some hiccups with drinks that were rapidly fixed. Food was delicious.

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vipLynneK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Great food and drinks. The service, however, was lacking.

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AnnieM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The ambience and menu choices are very nice. We ordered a couple of their specialty cocktails which were good. We were a party of six, and even though we had reservations for 6, they initially squeezed us into a much smaller table which was not comfortable. We had to ask to be moved to a larger table that we spotted and they accommodated. Some of the food was good and some was sub-par. One order was missing several ingredients and way overcooked. Without much complaint from us, the waitress noticed we were asking for the missing sauce, etc. and took the item off of our bill and apologized (without us even asking to remove it from the bill). So that was a nice gesture and showed great service.

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Taffy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambiance!

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KimberlyC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was INCREDIBLE. Seriously, I would have licked my plate had I not been in public. It was a bit noisy, but the service was efficient and kind! I will definitely be going back!

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ROSO
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crispy rice tuna, while highly promoted, fell far short of True Foods’ customary excellence. I would not order again, and I have never said that about any other TF item.

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vipJanice
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was a great waiter!

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SandiM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Food was OK just not my taste. The service was great. The main issue was the sound level. The stereo system overpowered our conversation to the point that we had to go outside to finish our discussion We asked to have it turned down but apparently no one knew how to do that.

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PSP60
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and a wonderful experience! Thank you.

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bradnish
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, but extremely overpriced for what you get. We had a great server, though.

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 2063 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.