True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
1200 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Hard to hear, very loud during dinnertime. Appetizer avocado dip with kale, black bean dip & hummus, pretty good. My chicken dish sauteed was a bit spicy, dessert of vanilla ice cream with chocolate cake was great. Definitely healthily stop.

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E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Father’s Day dinner there!

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g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We were seated 10 minutes after our reservation time, as if it was normal. We were seated on the edge of the outside courtyard, essentially outside. It was cold, drafty, and while some people may like that, we did not. I said to the hostess that it was too cold twice, maybe three times, and she did not respond. We ordered 4 items. Hot water, Asparagus salad, Salmon, and the "grass-fed" burger (no mayo). Water was served within 10 minutes. Then came the burger and salmon 30 minutes later. No Asparagus. I mentioned to the waiter that I had ordered the asparagus and he said he would get it. I told him that it was too late. The burger did not have mushrooms, which it was supposed to have, and as a person who grew up on a cattle farm, this was the second worst hamburger taste ever in my probably 55 years of eating burgers. I ordered medium, it was well done. Dry, tasteless, and lacking in texture. It was at times hard to tell that it was beef. Bad breed, poorly cooked. My wife liked everything except the salmon, which I tasted and agreed. It was not a good quality fish, so no perfection of preparation could remedy that. The cucumber salad was good. I would like to give them another try, but there are so many more options for the area, that I really doubt that they will get one. Union is great. Even the burger at The Blind Donkey is way better for 40 percent less price. If you don't get quality fish, why bother? Fish Wives has that, Osawa has that et cetera.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

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QZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very kind and accommodating. Our party was caught in traffic and even though it was a holiday the staff was courteous and assured us that they would hold a table and seat us when our party arrived.

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CK
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service is always good, but slow. Food is not too bad...some good choices. Great ambiance but really need to clean those tables and floors. Sticky tables and dirty floors (swiping food crumbs off the table to floor) becomes a real turnoff.

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TB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

A little bit of a rocky start with nobody coming to the table for 15 minutes, but made a nice recovery. Overall a good experience, we will be back.

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CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the concept, love to atmosphere. Food is certainly delicious, and I love that they have so many healthy options.

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d
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and venue, nice location. Pretty noisy, hard to have a conversation, but to be fair, people were having fun and enjoying themselves. We'll go back again.

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CJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the healthy food choices and their interesting flavors. Service was excellent. Was a bit loud for us, but it did make it feel sorta fun. I have the ancient grains and my hubby the inside out quinoa burger. Think I liked mine better.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

First of all, I didn't know for those who visit for the first time get 25% off. The server didn't mention it either. I had made reservations via online. When we arrived, we had to weight about 20 minutes. There's no place to sit, and Sunday was super hot and sunny. Tip: Have tables with shade so customers can sit. If there is somewhere to sit in the restaurant while waiting, then have the hostess direct or walk them over to the waiting area. Once we were seated, it took a while for the server to come by. The server took our orders well and recommend some items on the menu. It took a while for us to get our food, but I do understand because it look a little busy. While we were eating, it took the server a long time to come by and check on us. We are not a large party of 10 - 20, nonetheless, we are quite a large group, so a few of us needed refills. Tip: Check on the tables at least every 5 - 7 minutes to see if anyone needs a refill. The waiter did notify us that he was going on a break and his peers was going to take over. (That is good. Kuddos) The waitress seemed little more approachable and welcoming. Tip: Customers don't need to know if they are going on a break. We want to know who will take of us as customers.

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m
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Personable wait staff. Food was very good. Like the outdoor atmosphere!

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T
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting to watch the kitchen at work since we were seated next to the glass wall offering a full view. Food was varied and tasty but not extraordinary. I wasn't able to order my first choice because they were making a new batch I think. A bit pricey ($70 for 3 entrees and a couple drinks and tip) but we might return again for a "date".

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KB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Pasadena location because of the abundance of shaded outdoor seating. The staff is friendly and attentive. I was offered a sample of the soup which I ended up ordering. It is these simple touches that make for an elevated experience.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you so much Kristan! We hope to see you again soon.

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MF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing delicious healthy food, and the nicest staff of any restaurant I’ve been to lately... hard to believe it’s a chain restaurant.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you for the kind words Molly! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed our food and friendly staff! Come back and visit us again soon.

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S
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love True Food Kitchen! Always consistently delicious! We’ve never had anything bad or iffy there. Choices for everyone. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free & ‘normal ‘ eaters! Go check it out. You won’t be disappointed! My fav is the ancient grain bowl.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you Shari! It's great to hear that you love our food! I'm sure we will see you again soon.

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TH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were introduced to True Foods by a friend a few months ago and thought it was great. My daughter loved it so much that this is where she wanted to come for her celebration and we were not disappointed. Service was great as well!

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E
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food. Everything is so filling and delicious! Usually with great service. At this last visit, the server was pleasant but not as the usual standard I’ve received at TFK

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, the food and selection is very healthy and excellent quality.
Our server, Simara, was extremely helpful , friendly, and always smiling. Shine on.
My only suggestion is two steak tacos is too small a portion for someone with an appetite.
I suggest provide three tacos and raise the price a little bit if necessary.
The ambiance is beautiful with many plants.
Thank you so much!!

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Responded on May 29, 2019

Thank you Steve! We love Simara and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here! Hope to see you again soon.

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F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've been multiple times for dinner and suggested we go there for a birthday lunch celebration. The rest of my party had never been, and really loved the place. They have wonderfully prepared dishes using the freshest of ingredients and their signature drinks/cocktails are fantastic...the Pomegranate Chia Limeade is divine! The beautiful space (plenty of outdoor seating) and friendly wait staff made for a lovely afternoon. An added plus ....valet parking directly in back of the restaurant. Great place to get together with friends for a leisurely meal.

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Responded on June 2, 2019

Hi Figlas! Thank you for the wonderful compliments! It's great to hear that your experience with us was lovely! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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MR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really rushed us through dinner

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TB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The edamame puffs were delicious as was the chopped salad with salmon added. A great combination of flavors.

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Responded on May 28, 2019

TracyB, It's so great to hear that you enjoyed our Edamame Dumplings! We hope to see you again soon, thank you!

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LW
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy menu and food that actually tastes good! Seasonal items, refreshing creative drinks, and fun atmosphere!

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Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you for the great compliments! We hope to see you again soon, take care.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this place! There is something for everyone - flatbread’s, salads, try the dumplings… One of my favorites! The food is always wonderful and I love the outside patio. It really does make for a wonderful date night with the twinkly lights. Every server I’ve ever had has been super nice and knowledgeable. Parking can be a bit of a hassle, because it is in old town Pasadena, but there are lots everywhere and if you drive around for a bit you will find street parking.

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b
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just ok. But service was great. They let us stay and talk for a long time which was nice.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi Barb, Thank you so much for the feedback! We greatly appreciate it and we strive to be better, take care and we hope you visit us again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Ordered guacamole and edamame dumplings for apps. Korean noodle bowl with steak, and teriyaki quinoa bowl with tofu.
Our server was friendly and attentive.
We sat outside, and the patio seating area (with heaters) made for a pleasant evening.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you so much for dining with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great experience!

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was so-so.

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A
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is great but it does happen you get your food warm or slightly less than warm😳!!! I love the place but this happens more often than none

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LT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, excellent service, but noisy. The menu was rather limited.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi LannyT, We very much appreciate the feedback and we always strive to be better! We hope you come back and visit us again soon!

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ST
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a reliably wonder dining experience. The food is outstanding as are their unique drinks. Atmosphere is really nice and service is always very good. This is a neighborhood favorite!

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi Sharon! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us! Definitely come by and visit us again soon, take care!

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S
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and new menu were fantastic with plenty of healthy and innovative choices to select from. I left not only very pleased but feeling great. The outdoor seating was also just so lovely as were the very thoughtful and friendly waitresses. Thanks! The only draw backs, unfortunately, were expensive valet parking, though nothing carpooling can’t fix, and the talking noise level was high enough to make it difficult to listen to conversations with those at one’s own table.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

We appreciate the feedback Sylvia! And we hope to see you again soon!

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

They need to figure out service. It’s slow and disconnected. We ended up with 3 of 4 meals cold and long delays in simple requests like ordering a glass of wine. Space and food a great tho.

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g
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was so super good,thats all i can say..go there will be super happy

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you Giovanni!

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son introduced me to this restaurant. I rarely go to a restaurant alone, except for True Food. I look forward to dining alone here, because I am celebrating a good meal.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi LydiaL, We're so happy to hear that you enjoy our food! Please come back and visit us soon, take care!

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i
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff did a great job in the middle of Mother’s Day busyness. Our server was fantastic, the best we have had in over 20 visits to this True Food location.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you so much for the compliment on our team and service! We hope to see you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately a disaster

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G
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious and high quality food. Wide array of options. Lively if not a bit noisy. $6 valet parking. Wine, beer, signature cocktails.

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great as always , I usually pick Fish ( excellent) this time I chose vegan pizza ( not a favorite) otherwise always the best experience

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Responded on May 24, 2019

We appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again soon!

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N
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great time, and our food was so flavorful and fresh! True Food had plenty of vegan and non-vegan options, so they easily accommodated my family of 5 and 1 baby. The location is such a cute spot!

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi Nicole, Thank you for coming by and we're thrilled to hear that your dining experience was great! Take care, and we hope you visit us soon!

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D
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love this restaurant. I come here at least 2 times a month and overall I wouldn’t change a thing. However, I made a reservation for Friday at 7:30 pm and my entire party was there at 7:15. Despite this we weren’t seated till just before 8. When I asked what the delay was the answer was that they had lots of reservations. What is the point of making reservations if I have to wait as long as people who are just walking up.
Food great, wait staff wonderful, value good. But must fix reservations process.

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Responded on May 24, 2019

Hi Dvdsonsoccer, We truly appreciate the feedback and we always strive to be better! We hope that you come back and visit us again soon, take care.

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