True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

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1271 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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KD
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner outside on the front patio. Excellent food that was fresh and flavorful.

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table outside in the courtyard which was preferable to sitting inside due to the noise level indoors. The food is guilt free and creatively healthy. It’s one of our favorite places to eat in Pasadena. Do go if you are calorie conscious, ingredient conscious, vegan, etc.

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

It’s never disappointing having a meal here the atmosphere ...food and cocktails are fabulous

2
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good

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

So loud inside we could barely have a conversation. The kitchen doors were propped open - wondering if closing the doors could help mitigate the noise.

VA
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love this place, but will never dine inside again. So loud! Party of for could barely talk to each other. Otherwise wonderful

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

I LOVE True Foods. The food is amazing and the staff are great. My only complaint is that the space is too loud.

YA
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. My family and I were here celebrating our son’s birthday and everyone enjoyed themselves. The clueless chocolate cake and the vegan vanilla ice cream was outstanding. Our server Nicole was also fantastic. We will be back soon! :)

LA
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had been to the True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica, so we knew the type of food that they serve. The Pasadena location is on the western end of Colorado, with plentiful street parking.
There is plenty of outdoor seating on their front patio and their courtyard. We opted for an inside table as it was pretty warm that day.
Amanda was our server - she was so warm and friendly and had great energy. I had the Garden Scramble with Sausage - very tasty. The Cobb Salad was also well received.
This is a great place to go if you want clean, healthy food. It's a bit noisy if there are screaming kids seated nearby (as was the case when we were there), but it's a fun, casual atmosphere.

DC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh, healthy and delicious choices. The watermelon lemonade is a must! Every time I leave after a meal, my tummy has a smiley face and is saying 'thank you' for healthy choices. Love-love-love TFK!!

MR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

True Food Kitchen provides an excellent night out. The food is healthy amazing, and my party enjoyed a wide variety from the menu. Besides the delicious food, the service and atmosphere were top notch. A definite frequent spot for a great night out.

SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food and super nice people taking care of you! Loved everything about our experience!

c
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and vibe. Good location for a meeting place

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Responded on August 5, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

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L
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Portions are small. Ordered a “Medicine man” drink. Got a small size glass. Not what it used to be. Won’t order again. Made reservations requesting a secluded quiet spot. Waste of time. They took us to the busiest part of the building on the right where the bar was. We asked for a table in the shade and were told it was RSVP’d. So was ours! Hostesses not friendly, with attitude.

NR
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the mushroom pizza (repeat purchase -- my favorite on your current menu). My husband liked his turkey burger. We shared the flourless chocolate cake for dessert which was really yummy -- just a perfect topper! The chicken satay appetizer was OK, not great. Service was a little slow, but not a problem. We'll be back -- very satisfied overall!

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Responded on August 5, 2019

We appreciate the feedback Nancy, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great people they care about your experience and equally care about what your putting in your body as you do for yourself

BJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Pasadena location is lovely with both indoor and outdoor seating and is frequented by a healthy lunch clientele. My "home" location is in Walnut Creek, CA where there are some kitchen differences. I ordered the Ancient Grains bowl with shrimp - one of my favorites! Where WC grills their shrimp, the Pasadena kitchen sautés the shrimp and adds a mildly spicy sauce. I prefer the flavor of simply grilled fish and meats. I did not think to ask but would be curious to know if grilling is an option at Pasadena.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for the feedback!

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TO
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 15 and all loved the time there. Great food, great service.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for dining in with us! We're glad that everything was great!

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m
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noise level was a little high due to large table nearby. Food was good and service was ok

DP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good with plenty of healthy options. The service was great and our waitress (Morgan) was very friendly, attentive and personable. A great place in Pasadena for lunch or drinks.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you David! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very pleasant. No pressure to order or leave. We stayed and enjoyed brunch as long as we wanted.

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Responded on August 5, 2019

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our brunch! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

This was our second time visiting. The first time we loved it. Today we found everything overly saucy and overly dressed. As if they were trying to disguise the flavor of the vegetables with sweet and sticky sauces for people don’t actually like eating produce. It was not our favorite. We will not rush back...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Birthday
No big deal menu was just ok

SC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service - both great! The noise level inside was just crazy loud. It made the experience less appealing. I’d sit outside if it’s not too hot.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Love the hummus, server Emily have us extra pita bread. My kids love the Margarita Pizza. I ordered the salmon, it was perfectly cooked.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

We're glad that you enjoyed our delicious food! We hope to see you again soon!

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R
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly waiter. Food was amazing! Prompt service. Will definitely return!

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Responded on August 5, 2019

We're so happy to hear that you had an amazing experience! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance for a large family get together.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for dining in with us! We hope to see you again soon!

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DS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This is the first time that we had slow service and they forgot to box one of our leftovers. We didn't discover this until we got home.

B
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best thing about True Food is that the food is actually good. And interesting. It's priced well, the staff is good, the setting is attractive and it's well located. The one room to the right of the walk-in entrance, however, is really LOUD (not just "energetic"). The room on the other side of the entrance, not so much. It won't stop me from going back, because everything else is on the money.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

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

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JL
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the healthy choices of great tasting food at True Food! And the pet friendly policy in the courtyard will be yet another reason we who’ll be back.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you so much for coming in! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to this location and I loved it just as I did the first time I visited. The food was amazing and fresh! Service was amazing.

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Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you so much Laura!

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s
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Had an online reservation for 6:30 PM. Waited almost half an hour for table. Clearly reservations were not important that evening. Seated inside but when I asked if we could sit outside due to the noise we were told no even though there was one empty. Odd and left a poor impression from a fan of that restaurant at that locale

N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the many healthy options at this place! They can accommodate many different dietary needs! Relaxing to sit outside on the patio!

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Responded on July 26, 2019

We're happy to hear that you love our food! We look forward to seeing you again soon Nicolette!

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JC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love "True Food" its everything I want in a restaurant, especially the high quality ingredients
Everything we have had there has been delicious and as a bonus its all really healthy :)
The craft cocktails( and/or the non alcoholic "refreshers") are a must try!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on July 26, 2019

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

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RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

True Food is amazing. The way they combine flavors is so unique and creative. Can’t wait to go back.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Rachel! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional.

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Responded on July 26, 2019

Thank you so much!

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MF
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I drove for Diamond Bar to meet with a friend/client. My friend/client gave me the opportunity to select and it was with out a doubt True Food Kitchen. It never disappoints.

I was disappointed with one of your host who completely ignored me. I waved her down and acknowledged me and said to give her a minute and never came by.

I disappointed because I also personally know her. Call me if you want to know who. 562-254-5555

AD
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always introducing new clients/colleagues to TFP. Taking another client to TFSM on Monday.

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Responded on July 26, 2019

Thanks Alex! We hope your clients and colleagues enjoy True Food as much as you do!

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CM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elevated experience, the team at True Food are living the mission and delivering the value with heart and good vibes. Our server Amanda was great and brought some extra California sunshine to our dining experience. Eating well and making a difference while doing it. Recommend highly!

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on July 12, 2019

We're so happy to hear that you had a great time dining with us! Amanda is a rockstar and we are lucky to have her on our team! We hope to see you again soon Cynthia!

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PP
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was the first time eating at True Food Kitchen, I ate there with my son who typically isn't a fan of vegan style food but he was able to find something to eat and enjoyed it.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on July 12, 2019

We appreciate the feedback Patrick! Come back and visit us again soon!

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