True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.7
918 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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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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L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening under the stars with good friends, food and wine

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JM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this spot! They have amazing food options that are easily customized to fit most dietary needs. The staff is very knowledgable about the menu. Most menu items come as vegetarian or vegan that can have meat added to them. It's very loud at lunch if you sit inside, but the atmosphere is great!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

Went for lunch today. I’m a dog lover so I didn’t think much about there being dogs there! HOWEVER, people had their dogs on the chairs and at table level. We were sat at a communal table and after the initial guests got up, a new customer was seated next to us! He proceeded to put his dog on the bench right by my food. I politely asked him to have his dog next to him on the floor and he verbally attacked us?!? And continued for 10 minutes until I asked a manager to move him. I will likely not return and can’t believe the lack of regulation and rules! Disappointing and uncomfortable! Ruined our lunch completely.

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i
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Food is great, service is terrible! They are stealing on wine! 6oz and 9oz are the same little pitcher. But -- if you know how to handle slow servers, very young managers and to spot the stealing -- one should come back bcs food is awesome!

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful fresh vibrant venue with tasty creative food and drink combinations. Im not from Pasadena and looked online for a place to meet some people for the first time, and it was better than I hoped. The ambiance, service and the menu options were great! I like to eat heathy food in beautiful places, and this fit the bill!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

There was no wait when we arrived to the restaurant. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodated all of our modifications. The food was delicious, at always. The only issue was that our chairs were very uncomfortable. Other than that, it was a great night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a fresh healthy meal in a beautiful setting

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L
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. This is my go to choice and the food is consistent in all the locations.

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NF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fresh, seasonal and really delicious. Staff is great - friendly and knowledgeable. I always feel like They are friends. Food and service consistently great!

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LE
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food. Fresh and tasty. One of our good-to restaurants when we can’t drcide.

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c
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That seasonal ingredient salad is more amazing than ever! The summer version has watercress and broccolini. I added salmon and it was delectable.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bright and trendy energetic and healthy restaurant with a very nice atmosphere… A little on the noisy side but overall very good. A bright and trendy energetic healthy restaurant with a very nice atmosphere… A little on the noisy side but overall very good

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DS
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The edamame dumplings were really fantastic. I can't wait until the next time (and this, I am NOT sharing!)

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l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, but the portions were small and the prices were HIGH. Not sure if I would come back...

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

always very good and healthy - super interesting combinations...a bit pricey - but most dishes are labor intensive I'm sure...

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VS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite local restaurants. I really enjoy the food and appreciate all the healthy options. My absolute favorites are the edamame dumplings the ancient grain bowl!

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A
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, but one of my guests went through ordering three different things before they had something he wanted. The first two were simply out of the main ingredients.

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JL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the he night despite not getting a patio area table. Waiter made up for the reservation mix up by waiving the corkage fee. Nice touch.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and very accommodating for families with small children

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TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall really enjoyed the restaurant. Met a friend for lunch and sat inside. It was very loud and we had to sit right next to each other to hear what each other were saying. Loved the food and all of the options. Will go back again. May choose to sit outside next time.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great open-air seating and service. A delicious and unique seasonal menu- love True Food and will definitely be back!

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food! Been here several times and everything tastes so good and fresh!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I tried something new this time and that is why my latest review is not as high before. Unfortunately the grilled fish tacos were a bit lacking in taste IMO. But I do still love the chai orchata hot drink as per usual. My daughter tried the Korean Noodle salad (she added tofu) and it looked delicious. From the one bit I had it did not seem to hot so I am looking forward to trying it next time. She did say that she was glad she added the tofu to add more substance. Overall I still love the place and enjoy dining here at any time. The service I find is always pretty spot on and staff is quite attentive which helps to make up for choosing something on the menu that maybe was not as one expected.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is always tasty but I have to say the staff at this location truly goes above and beyond. Their knowledge, consideration, and attitude are exemplary!

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow and they never got one order correct. We kept having to send the server back for the right items or the items they forgot. For the money I paid, it was definitely not worth it.

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f
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us all ordered different things and we all liked everything. But the seating on a fairly warm day was problematic. First we were shown to an inside table, but we asked to be moved because the noise level was deafening. We could not have carried on a conversation. We asked for an outside table in the shade, which they found us. It was on the corner of Colorado and Pasadena and was still so much quieter than inside. The problem was that by the time we finished lunch, around 1:30, it was quite warm even though we weren't in direct sun.

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NL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is very good and so is the ambiance. Watermelon mojito was watered down and not worth the price.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Would definitely return

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at True Food Kitchen. I love their healthy & delicious options.

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MK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tacos were amazing! Very flavorful and just over 400 Cal. Major win-win.

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KS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We went back after a while and remembered why we stayed away for so long........ poor service. Don’t know what it is but it took 20 minutes to get a sampler of a wine. Tempeh burger was cold and just not upto the mark.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO good! Def wanna go back.

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DV
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great selection of healthy food that actually tastes good! Request a table on the patio - it's a beautiful spot to enjoy an evening.

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K
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Does not disappoint!! The atmosphere is upscale yet comfy all at the same time. A very open environment. The food was delicious and we received it very quickly.

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L
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is excellent! Fresh and well-prepared.The staff were attentive and friendly.

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to this True Food location in Olde Pasadena several times, always unique food, friendly staff and the patio is dog-friendly. The menu had many healthy and very tasty options. We like the curry bowl and the edamame dumplings, but this time tried a salad that was delicious. The chai seed pudding was so light and refreshing. They have a nice selection of wines and cocktails, as well as non alcoholic beverages.

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OT
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loud venue, slight delay in seating alrhough we arrived early. Food above par, Morrocan Chicken was excellent and worth wait. Sevice uneven with odd delays and pauses, but overall well done.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a tour at the Gamble House, a group of us came here for lunch. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and professional, and the environment was very comfortable. We plan to visit again soon.

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We went here for a birthday dinner. Had reservations and seated us right away inside. The noise level was very bad. We went and asked if we could move outside and they were very agreeable to move us. We waited about 15 mins at our table the were moved outside. Much much better! Ordered food and drinks. Food came before drinks. Which was a good wait. They comped the drink because it was so late. Food was ok. Nothing special except fit the chia pudding.
Overall a good place to go and sit back and take your time.

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JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I love True Food. The food is amazing and healthy and filling & the vibe is great too.

The service is so friendly HOWEVER they have some sort of issue with their process and now ALWAYS don’t bring your drinks on time. Or they forget silverware

IT HAS BECOME A REAL ISSUE. How hard is it to bring the drinks right away? I’ve had three times recently where the food has come before or right at the same time as the drinks.

Also it takes forever to get the check.

They’re clearly very busy which is great bc I really love True Food but they MUST fix their process so they don’t leave tables hanging. No matter how friendly the service is, when you aren’t getting your drinks in hot Pasadena until 20-30min after you’ve sat down, there’s a problem.

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