True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

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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.
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4.5
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4.5
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LJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant design is lovely with several indoor spaces with floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings that welcome a lively crowd to this popular restaurant. The food is well prepared, fresh and imaginative and you can spend more or spend less and still be satisfied by one of their delicious bowls or a side. The only reason I wouldn't recommend this place for intimate conversations is because acoustically all the sound bounces of the walls and you have to really struggle to be heard at all. If you go in off times, you'd have a great time of it. Just stay away from crowded weekends!

TT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 8. Everyone found something delicious to order. Food was tasty and fresh. Service was very friendly and helpful. We'll definitely go again.

DK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A reliable, healthful alternative. Love the outdoors space and fresh food!

NO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining and service as always. We have eaten here before, but brought some out of town guests for dinner. I tried something new to me, and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Great service too!

B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Was way too busy, and was obviously understaffed.... we got no attention. Ordered things that were forgotten. Food took forever. Never was even asked for waters, and waitress never checked in until food came. My entree was $17 and so small that it was placed on a bigger plate so as not to show how tiny it actually was. Normally i love this place but will NEVER go on a Sunday ever again

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for dinner last night and enjoyed some great food and wine at True Good Kitchen. The outdoor patio has a very nice ambiance! I love that dogs are welcome on the patio. Cauliflower polenta with tofu excellent!! See you soon.

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent except the noise level was a bit high requiring we speak loudly....which then contributes to the noise level.

AT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you Aubrey! We love having you!

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R
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had to wait 45 minutes for a table despite having a reservation. Next time the restaurant needs to make sure not to ‘over reserve’ or do something to mitigate the situation other than say ‘we are trying our best.’

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 17, 2020

Ryan, thank you for leaving your review. We want to sincerely apologize for having you wait an extended period of time to be seated for your reservation. It is a topic of conversation that is being discussed, and the service staff being coached on. We would be love to have you join us again, and allow me personally to see to your reservation. Please call Alex at the restaurant and he will be happy to get you settled. Most sincerely, Alex A 626-639-6818

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Our waitress forgot about our table, so service was poor. The people waiting to be seated or waiting for an opening were waiting in the designated waiting area. However, our table was in the waiting area apparently so we had groups of people gathered round our table talking over our dining experience, yelling to their friends, or complaining. It made it a very uncomfortable dining experience and i don’t see myself going back there in the future.

JF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service as always! Good choice of food. Delicious hand made hummus. The perfect healthy go to spot!!!

AC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

They have a lot of healthier options and it’s a good location.

AG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and attentiveness were excellent. We arrived a few minutes early and were seated immediately. Food was excellent.

s
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasadena is always the best, got to meet the chef from Santa Monica so will make a point to get down there.
The service in Pasadena is excellent... love this place.... wish there was on out in the West Covina area or Rancho Cucamonga...with that said only if the management from Pasadena could hire and train them....

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food and healthy ingredients. Nice open layout indoor/outdoor.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was nice but nothing was offered for birthdays.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 16, 2020

Oh No! Birthday's are special and should be treated that way. Our typical birthday gift, is a dessert, candle, and of course the birthday wish! We're so sorry for missing out on celebrating your birthday with you. Please reach out to one of the managers by referring to this reply and they will be happy to make it right. Thank you, Alex A AGM True Food Kitchen, Pasadena 626-639-6818

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I love the freshness of food. It was a bit too loud for conversations.

MP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We keep coming back!
That about sums it up!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thank you MaryP! And we love having you!!

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was well-trained, friendly and very helpful. The food was excellent from the appetizers to the entrées especially the bowl Items. We were there on a Sunday brunch very busy but our reservation time was honored.
On a moderate to high side for pricing but good value

B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

If you want to actually have a conversation, ask to be outside on the heated patio as on a Saturday night, the inside was extremely loud. But the food was wonderful! We went there again for brunch!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi Brenda, Thank you so much for your review. We also have side rooms that are a little quieter than the main dining room. Open Table does not allow me to leave my phone number or email but the General Manager of Pasadena is Justin Chavez. Please call and ask for him and he can give you my info too. Thank you for your feedback Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants

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v
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It was a busy Saturday evening. And while the staff we all very friendly, it was clear the kitchen was slammed and as a result, the quality was less than we’ve had previously and the waitress made mistakes.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 12, 2020

Good Evening visitor, I am sorry that this happened to you. We take so my pride in our food and beverage and I will be following up with the Pasadena team as this is not okay. I am sorry the service was also not up to par. Open Table does not allow me to leave my phone number or email but the General Manager of Pasadena is Justin Chavez. Please call and ask for him and he can give you my info too. Thank you for your feedback Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants

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MN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We like this place. The food is good. Ambience is great (though crowded) but inside rooms are SO loud you can’t have a reasonable conversation. Sitting outside us best but really need to check temperature, rain, and wind. Service has always been good.

SG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

I love this place but something must have been off this visit:-/the sea bass was way over cooked and rubbery. Drinks were ok but not consistent...two of us ordered the margarita and one looked like only juice and the other looked watered down.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 12, 2020

Good Evening StjonG, I am sorry that this happened to you. We take so my pride in our food and beverage and I will be following up with the Pasadena team as this is not okay. Open Table does not allow me to leave my phone number or email but the General Manager of Pasadena is Justin Chavez. Please call and ask for him and he can give you my info too. Thank you for your feedback Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I went out with my to kids for my birthday. We were sitting for 3a long time and hadn't placed our order. I asked a busser for help, and soon a gentleman who I assumed was a manger came over and took our order. So, we didn't order food for over 30 minutes after arriving, and we knew what we wanted within 5 minutes. The manager knew exactly what we wanted - the kids wanted to split a GF pizza with sausage and the fennel (which he said was sliced) on only half the pizza. The pizza arrived with half sausage and no fennel. When I brought it up with the waiter, she said the fennel is in the sausage. She took it back to the kitchen and brought it back with all sausage and half sliced fennel.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our serverElisa was warm, friendly and helpful.

The food was not only presented beautifully but was outstanding. Flavorful, complex and perfect quantity

TB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really great find! The staff are incredibly nice and accommodating. I had the Winter Immunity Bowl and loved it. Super delicious and healthy. Will definitely go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place !!

e
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh. Healthy. Imaginative. Dining at True Food Kitchen is always superb.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the ambience was great. Definitely going again

Z
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The food was great, the setting was beautiful, the service was good, the noise was deafening. The noise was so loud, we could not talk with one another at all. I would love to keep going to this restaurant but if I do, we will only sit outside where the noise level might be somewhat less.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Zoe, Thank you for your feedback as we do take it very serious. Please know we have multiple options for seating and always want you to be happy and comfortable. Please ask any Manager for a quieter area and we can almost always accommodate. Justin Chavez is the General Manager there and is Amazing. Open Table will not allow me to add my email but any of the Managers there can give it to you. Thank you again! Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants True Food Kitchen

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W
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, nice patio on a gorgeous day!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only hiccup was that I stated that this outing would be a surprise birthday late lunch and to include a birthday dessert. Then I reminded the waiter before the birthday guest arrived and he thanked me for giving him heads up. There was no acknowledgement of the birthday until after the check came. It was a verbal birthday greeting that was kind of an afterthought. No birthday dessert with candle. So even though the meal, service and experience was great, it all ended on a sour note because what I had planned was not executed accordingly. That essentially threw the baby out with the bath water for me.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance is perfect for SoCal and good was great

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was disappointed with the food on this visit.
My tomato soup was served room temperature and my friends sweet potato’s were also dry and cold.
My margarita pizza wasn’t cooked all the way through.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on February 4, 2020

Good Afternoon, I am sorry to be reading this but do appreciate the review as we always want to get better. I am sorry for the food you had here. I would like to give you my email, but open table does not allow that. Justin Chavez is the GM there and is aware of this. He can also put you in contact with me. Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants

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SB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE the new Winter Immunity bowl. Friendly efficient staff. Always great food.

SV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a good place to get good healthy food, even if you have a margarita or two.

AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The table next to use had a rowdy dog party during which the dogs climbed all over the couches and tables and ate from True Food bowls and plates. The person manning the front desk said “any amount of dogs is okay in the patio.” I’m not sure the health inspectors would agree... It was an expensive and alarming meal. Not enjoyable at all.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on January 25, 2020

Amber, thank for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience wasn't top notch as you dined on the patio. Certainly dogs jumping around and climbing on things would disrupt most people. We thank you again for bringing this up, allowing us to go over our pet policy. We do hope to see you again in the future! Most sincerely,

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NJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I met for Brunch. My friend arrived first, and the wait staff immediately knew where she was when I arrived. We shared avocado toast with a Prairie Mary and then banana pancakes with tea. Everything came already split into two separate servings. The food was delicious and the service was top notch.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

True food use to be more accommodating to making food for people who have allergies. Now, they’re becoming like a chain where they can’t or won’t. Maybe they’re just busy that night and can’t? But if this is something ongoing, I don’t see myself being able to go anymore which is sad because true food is (or use to be) one of my favorite restaurants. My server was great as she tried her best to accommodate my needs but she didn’t give me my receipt with the breakdown of food costs so I didn’t notice that she didn’t apply my coupon. Overall, not a great experience and disappointed for the value I had to pay.