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True Food Kitchen - Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
4.6
2553 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen was founded in 2008 by Dr. Andrew Weil, world renowned Doctor of integrated medicine and creator of the anti-inflammatory food pyramid, with one simple purpose – to create a restaurant that serves delicious food and drinks without compromising on taste for health, or health for taste. Each carefully selected ingredient is crafted by a passionate culinary team to create meaningful food and drinks that are intentionally delicious and intentionally healthy. So you can cultivate your own food journey and trust that what you’re putting in your body is doing something good for you. True Food serves a variety of chef-driven dishes, craft cocktails and freshly pressed refreshers for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch made with ingredients from top purveyors who help reconnect the natural bounty of the planet with the food that’s on your plate.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 58 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 639-6818

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Nguyen

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (626) 639-6818

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Cross street

    Colorado and Pasadena

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage around the corner on Delacy that offers Free parking for the first 90 minutes. There is also street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,553 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Healthy

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for Lunch

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Outdoor Dining

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Most Booked

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  1. VG

    VicG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First time. Good, fresh, delicious, seasonal vegan, vegetarian, GF food in Pasadena with nice outdoor seating. Good variety of dishes, drinks. Relaxed setting. Noise level was a bit loud. Enjoyed a nice Sunday dinner with family. Glad we tried it! Julie our server was warm, friendly and helpful, we were happy with her recommendations:)
  2. BH

    BobH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We live in Los Angeles and periodically attend concerts at the Ambassador Auditorium. True Food Kitchen is almost always part of the Pasadena plans. The quality of the food was matched by, maybe even a bit exceeded by, the friendly and attentive staff. Paying with the App was complicated and not worth the trouble. Even though it meant our missing-out on a future Dining Discount. We'll be back.
  3. S

    Silverlakegirl

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I’ve dined here before and was impressed but this visit was disappointing. Food was average - I had Korean steak - it was tough and did not have enough flavor. My citrus margarita barely had any tequila so I had to order a shot to give it some heft. Originally I’d asked for a Cadillac Margarita but was surprised when the server said they didn’t have Grand Marnier, yet they bill themselves as having a full bar. Nevertheless, the vibe is lively and servers and staff are friendly.
  4. GB

    GloryB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always consistent- healthy food, terrific beverages- both alcoholic & non, beautiful presentation, great ambiance, attentive & friendly service! A go to restaurant in Pasadena, for sure!
  5. W

    Wonderful

    Los Angeles

    213 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    213 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were a party of five and Hank our server was a breath of fresh air, knowledgeable and terrific. The food as always was great.
  6. CY

    CYLiu

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    the food is not as good before. tends to be over dressed or overly salted
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    We love true food! We go all the time! Service is lacking for sure though.
  8. SC

    SusanC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Very disappointed in the changes they made to the Poke Bowl. I could. It eat it. The waitress was very nice and got me something else. Used to be so good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I made a reservation and asked to sit outside on the patio when I arrived. I was told that I had not added it to any special requests on the reservation. I was not given an option to wait for a patio table. There was no accommodation given to my request. I have been to other true foods location and usually feel the staff cares about the guests. That’s not how I was treated last night. On the reservation request, there is no option for patio seating. I called the store manager today and was told that I should have received an option to be seated on the patio but that I also could have requested it in the reservation. She didn’t really want to make it better for me at all.
  10. z

    z1466

    San Francisco

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding food and amazing servers. Friendly atmosphere and the menu is so varied, it's great for a group with different dining preferences. Sophia was our server and she was delightful!
  11. SM

    SallyM

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the menu and different choices of vegan dishes! Will definitely be back!
  12. HF

    HappyFood

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative, tasty food with many vegetarian and vegan options. Great drinks too. Plentiful seating, yet doesn’t appear crowded. Highly recommend.
  13. Y

    Yvonne72

    Seattle

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had family visiting, we all enjoyed lunch ☺️
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the food was delicious. Loved the fall menu additions.
  15. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food is always good. The ambience is dependent on the crowd and the service is okay not great.
  16. GW

    GingerW

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We’ve dined at True Foods quite a bit & was surprised that the server took a while before taking our order, although after that he was attentive. For the food, Unfortunately, the roasted Brussels sprouts were under-cooked and did not seem fresh & the salad was over-dressed. I hope this was an unusual situation.
  17. SC

    SassyCassieLady

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter did a wonderful job accommodating us and managing our party. He helped to make our birthday very special. Would recommend. 10 stars
  18. NF

    NickyF

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    TF Pas did a great job with our party of 10. Nice table, great service, no grumbles about 3 checks.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Concept of the restaurant is really good and the service is friendly/casual. I enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. It has a modern aesthetic with and open kitchen, giving customers a green and open feeling. However, I thought the food and its presentation was mediocre. Perhaps I would try again and order some of their other dishes.
  20. EL

    ElizabethL

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When it is storming or scorching anywhere else, Pasadena is always a haven with sunny skies, a mild breeze, and tropical temps in the '80s. We had been planning to eat here for the last few months but all sorts of other things got in the way, including the latest Covid restrictions that soured me on eating out. For our first foray back into the wild of it all, we decided we had to come to TFK. So glad we did. Delightful, crowded with festive brunchers like us, but not so packed as to be uncomfortable, we sat on the huge shaded patio. In fact, TFK is a sprawling complex of rooms and outdoor seating, lightly misted from above so the entire experience was cool and refreshing. Our servers, Cat and Kelly could not have been nicer. We never had to wait for anything and when we didn't know what to order or how to manage all of it, Kelly and Cat were right there to make it all happen. We had (see my menu picture) two starters, two main plates and two desserts. My Teriyaki Quinoa bowl was delicious -- I could taste the pan searing. My friend had the Ancient Grains bowl, one element of which were absolutely scrumptious miso-candied yam cubelets that I am going to try duplicating at home. The Roasted Acorn Squash Flatbread was a symphony of delicate flavors and the Brussel Sprouts were perfection personified. I cannot say enough about the quality of these dishes, and if I weren't on a perpetual austerity diet to stay slim, I would have had three more. As for the desserts, OMG. There are no words. The Squash Pie and Flourless Chocolate cake were divine, especially the latter which was made of such dark chocolate that it was almost black. Rarely do you get items of this quality. I had a latte and my friend enjoyed a lime and ginger concoction that was just right on this bright and cheerful day. I had a latte and my friend enjoyed a lime and ginger concoction that was just right on this bright and cheerful day. We plan to return regularly.
  21. SW

    SWAPNAJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good value for price. Wonderful flavor! Must try.
  22. HT

    HolliT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    So noisy, my friend and I had to scream to have a conversation.
  23. MN

    MNOPQ

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was so-so. The service even less so. An appetizer was delivered with no plates, so the deliverer had to find some. Then the entrees arrived before he returned, so the appetizer became part of the main meal. Then after waiting, had to ask for the beverages ordered, which were brought leisurely. Then after a decent wait had to ask for bill. Server mostly was unavailable, perhaps busy somewhere else, but it was essentially self service. The last time we ate there, the service was pretty much the same, and thought it was an off day. This proves that poor service is the norm. Summing up, rather very ordinary at best food, with terrible service.
  24. BC

    BrunchCheers

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new menu is full of new and new seasonal items. Loved it
  25. KM

    KarenM

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exceptionally wonderful time at True Food Kitchen. We try a different meal each time we come. We usually enjoy each one. The Lasagna is our new favorite. The Grassfed Burger and Chicken Sausage Pizza are also on our favorites list. The peach sparkling ice tea was very refreshing. The service is above outstanding. Jess is excellent and so attentive and friendly!
  26. K

    Kristina

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Seemed like a nice place. Vegan food was cooked well. All meat items were over cooked.
  27. BM

    BM2021

    Palm Springs

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly accommodating staff and a wonderful experience and great food !
  28. M

    lissashellM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must go. The service is amazing. Food outstanding.
  29. A

    Abbi

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    No iced teas… Green or black… No soft drinks even though there is a full bar… That’s a great way to get someone to not order your pizza which I heard are great. Ironically the lady at the table next to me got what looked like a rum and Coke or whiskey and Coke… Go figure? The bowl I got Had no grains in it… which I believe is just called a salad then ? I drank tap water That was served without ice and the glass smelled awful. Good evening ambience but I won’t be going back
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an appreciation dinner for my staff. Thank you for making it a special night.
  31. F

    Faceoola

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Disappointed on this visit. My server was too busy talking to her coworkers than taking care of guests. Maybe they were having an off day

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on September 4, 2022Hello Faceoola I am so sorry to hear about your visit with us at True Food Kitchen. It is definitely disappointing to feel not taken care of. My apologies for your frustration. I would love to discuss more details over the phone. Would you have time to discuss? Please reach me at the number below. Milissa 626-639-6818

  32. M

    Mike

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always enjoy my return visits! Got a break from the crazy hot weather with an indoor table this time. Food, service, choices, all good. The noise levelGets a little out of hand sometimes. I don’t enjoy sitting a table and yelling at the person I’m sitting next to, however, just to be heard. I’ve never equated loud with an automatic good time. I do try to avoid peak hours just for that reason. And, I’ll be coming back!
  33. TC

    TCMcD

    San Francisco

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    True Foods in Pasadena was a great experience. They have a fantastic menu and the service was also fantastic! They offer creative healthy dishes at reasonable prices that were more than satisfying. We will try a True Foods closer to our home. Strongly recommend True Foods!
  34. JC

    JohnC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance and food is always great at True Foods! We celebrated a birthday and the server could not have been sweeter.
  35. r

    robert

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Ordered sea bass and Korean steak. Sent both back - overcooked and tough. They replaced sea bass - better - and comped steak, as they should. But overall, quite disappointing, given price of these items. BTW, beware spice level on corn soup and watermelon salad. Hot.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on September 2, 2022Hello Robert I am so sorry to read about your disappointment, I would love to make this up to you. Would you mind speaking over the phone? I am available anytime. Milissa 626-639-6818

  36. KM

    KarenM

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The watermelon salad appetizer is so refreshing. The Korean beef with Forbidden black rice is very flavorful, healthy and satisfying. The sustainable salmon was cooked perfectly, tender and amazingly the best salmon I have ever tasted. Peach iced tea uplifting. Our server Christopher is excellent! We had a wonderful date night. The ambiance was very pleasant. Always one of our favorite restaurants. It's a must to go there frequently!
  37. MO

    MarilynO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere. Everyone there was so nice, friendly and helpful. Coming back next week with friends!
  38. KM

    KarmenM

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went on a Saturday with my mother for brunch. The breakfast menu is limited but is pretty good. Not sure if I would run there for brunch but the lunch and dinner is quite delicious. Also please have regular cream or half and half for coffee.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Birthday; amazing customer service
  40. g

    gloomy8

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    They set us 6 adults plus a baby at two high top tables for four so we were basically separated. Waitress could’ve explained ordering system to keep our food together or she could’ve just told us to order through her and not on our phones.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4.6 stars by 2553 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 58 times today
Google Map for True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

168 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colorado and Pasadena

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage around the corner on Delacy that offers Free parking for the first 90 minutes. There is also street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Nguyen

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 639-6818

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (626) 639-6818

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