True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.7
989 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 11am - 9pm
Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
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Phone number
(626) 639-6818
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sebastian Pflefing
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colorado and Pasadena
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 989 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DP
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great coffee, terrific service. Outdoor patio was very pleasant. Our only complaint was that the bloody marys were super weak; almost like a virgin mary.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a lovey time to be had. Great company. Most of the food was good. Our server could have a little less judgement in her eyes and she didn’t mention our special occasion once. Second time coming. It was overall a great experience but I’ll probably find a new place to go.

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DV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, very expensive for what you get. Basic meal for 2 with coffee, $100.

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JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only negative was it was a rather chilly day and yes they have lots of doors, and they were all open.
We have been several times, and will come back.

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CT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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NE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

The food is delicious and healthy, but the service, the kitchen, and bar are very, very slow. The servers are very nice, but even a water is very slow. I have been to this restaurant 5 times, and the very slow part is consistent. Be prepared to have a very nice server, who doesn't do greet you, give you water, or anything else in a normal amount of time.

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b
London
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We have been fans of TFK, but on this and our previous visit last month we felt let down by poor service. Right from the start, no attempt had been made to reserve us a table in the Pasadena Room, as requested. While I realize this cannot be guaranteed, it came as a complete surprise to the greeter, who tried to persuade us to go across the patio to the Colorado Room, where food cools en route from the kitchen. But we waited for a table to open and finally got to be where we wanted. Then the service during the meal was indifferent and mechanical, with none of the enthusiasm so apparent at the TFK in Santa Monica. But the food was as good as ever, although one entree had to be sent back because it was too cold - not surprising, as the air conditioning seemed to have been set for high summer. I sense a place that is falling apart through incompetent management.

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BA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely evening with friends! Due to the breadth of the menu, there are options for various eating styles! We sat outdoors, by the fireplace and lingered over our meal. The food was fresh and delicious!

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GD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place. Great food! It is a fun place to go with friends and enjoy good food. The choices were good and the drinks are good.

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CC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice fresh food. Good wine. Makes a great time. The service was good. I always enjoy coming here.

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SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always go here for large gatherings with a reservations !

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LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique and diverse menu. The butternut squash pizza was delicious!

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S
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This must be my 6th visit. Waitstaff and hostess always friendly and helpful. I love their very healthy, flavorful menu. Only gave 4 stars for food as my dinner was not hot, but that is only sticking point. First time able to snag table on patio next to fireplace, which was cozy and warm.

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i
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great quality healthy food with friendly service

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

What a fantastic place! The service and the food are outstanding. Seriously tho - it is WAY TOO LOUD in there. You have to shout to here each other. I would invest in some professional sound dampening. Just sayin...

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Hawaii , here in town eating

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a beautiful space!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went there for my friend's birthday and even put a special note about it on my reservation and even called to see if they did anything for birthdays. Honestly kinda surprised that they didn't acknowledge it.

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L
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as always

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VC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food and excellent service. Plus the Pomegranate Mule was suburb.

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M
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. The highlight was the gluten free squash pie and dairy-free vanilla ice cream.

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JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

For a party of 7, 4 people were served on time, 1 was served 40 min into meal and 2 were served 1 hour and 15 min into the meal. We then had to chase down the server to receive the bill....and then brought the bill and cc to the hostess because they never came to collect the check. Terrible service and they compensated with an obligatory “I’m sorry” and a free green tea, which I didn’t want.

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DS
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Friendly staff. Awesome unique dishes!

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JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. I can't wait to go back and try something healthy and new.

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p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I go to this true food pretty often for about 3 years now. Honestly, the service went down quite a bit. The quality and friendliness of the food servers went down at least two notches from where they were 3 years ago.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but quite pricey.

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S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! I wish they had one in Encino or close by. I love the ancient grain bowl & the ginger tea. But everything is good. Try the cauliflower appetizer!

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JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

We love coming here and come frequently, however last night’s experience was not great.

The room we were placed in was so loud we couldn’t carry on a conversation (bad acoustics & too large of a round table for our small family). Our food came out a good five minutes difference from each other. We ordered margaritas and the waitress steered us towards skinny margaritas which were not as good as the regular ones we usually order. The bill was over $150 for our skinny margaritas, 2 orders of tacos, a side of shrimp, a side of rice and a kids pizza.

We hope we can return to good service, good drinks and reasonable ambiance on our next visit.

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a
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is usually very good, but this time my grains were way undercooked. Some of the veges were a bit overcooked. An off night for sure. I will go back and see if they've fixed this.

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MF
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I drive in from Diamond Bar. This place never disappointments with drinks or food. Well only one small disappointment...no wi-fi. At times I schedule appointments there to meet with clients, colleagues, or partners...NO WI-FI!

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a
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great, service was extremely slow throughout the entire meal. Took about 20 min to get a drink order and dinner was served to all except one person. 10 min later the food was brought out cold. They did try to make up for it and brought out a replacement meal that was hot.

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v
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The Hostess was personable and welcoming. Our server was friendly and attentive. Her knowledge of the menu helped us with making dinner selections. Our dinner choices were tasty, but the after-dinner conversation focused on the noise level in the restaurant and the difficulty we had hearing one another. Unfortunately, the overwhelming noise level was the walk away memory.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was on point and very professional.

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E
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Plenty of seating indoors and outdoors. The edamame dumplings were delicious even for non-vegetarians!!

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great artisan salad with pesto sauce Yum! A bit pricey, but delicious with salmon added. Great green juice drink. Brussel sprouts good, but small portion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a birthday dinner for seven with an outdoor table. The service was very slow and some of our party were kept waiting a long time for their orders. Food was good. I’ll go back and try it again on a smaller scale.

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L
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter, Brian, was fabulous and very patient. Answered all questions re gluten free options. Very friendly attentive and professional. We liked him and the food so much we returned the next night to try additional food options. Helena did a ver good job handling our orders. All in all true food is on our recommendation list for friends traveling to Pasadena.

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DO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It ruled! Love this place - it was nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of LA proper on Halloween. This vibe was perfect

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SL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re visiting Pasadena and have been here twice as we liked the meals we ordered and wanted to come back and order other dishes. The wait staff was very professional and helpful. We ate in the middle “courtyard” which was very pleasant. Overall a great experience.

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