True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
- 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
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
Love their food. Not sure why but it always takes a long time to get served a drink
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!
I could not have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend!
Love this place. Everything is so fresh & DELICIOUS!
Wonderful selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Something for everyone.
A great place to dine.
brunch was mediocre at best. not what it was pre-pandemic :(
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
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.
My wife and I love True Foods! We always have a good experience. The food is great and the service is wonderful.
Fantastic food, fantastic service, will absolutely come back next time.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.
Good fresh and healthy food in just the right portions.
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.
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.
Very good quality, healthy, great tasting food, and the service was excellent!
I love the ambience, food, service and value of this restaurant. It is consistently good and quite innovative.
Great food. Great overall experience.
A great place for natural, health-prioritized, AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS food.
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!
Liked everything about this restaurant.
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!
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!
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
It was a really pleasant evening. Felt safe and comfortable outdoors, and our waiter was friendly.
Great food in a fun outdoor setting.
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.
Great food and drinks. The service, however, was lacking.
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.
Love the food and ambiance!
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!
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.
Mike was a great waiter!
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.
Always excellent food and a wonderful experience! Thank you.
Food was good, but extremely overpriced for what you get. We had a great server, though.
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.