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True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront

4.5
4.5
184 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
True Food Kitchen in Rio Lakefront is currently open with dine-in and carry-out service. As always, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our guests by following the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Asian, Mediterranean

  • Phone number

    (240) 821-6660

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 184 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

Noise • Moderate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Fit for Foodies

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Contemporary American

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    tryit

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    True Food is predictably good food. I also appreciate the gluten and vegan options since I am unable to tolerate either of them. There is an expanse of healthy options. You almost can't go wrong
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The waiter was awesome. The hostess however was rude and condescending. This is my 2nd encounter with this woman and she was rude both times. She was rude when a member of my party asked where are table was and was rude to me when I got to the reservation 10 min early. This woman needs to be fired. It was horrendous. Love the restaurant but hate the hostess. Get a reality check true food, she needs to go. Both times I have talked to the manager and I don’t think they have done anything about her attitude.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 1 day agoI apologize about your most recent experience at the front desk. We thrive on creating a certain ambiance that's unique to our dining experience, and I thank you for helping me protect it. We will ensure that it stays. I'm happy to hear the rest of your visit was to your liking!

  3. PM

    PaulM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Just a great location and such healthy food! Love it!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 3 days agoI am glad you enjoyed our healthy and delicious food. See you back soon

  4. RJ

    RaleighJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A little pricey but overall a pleasant dining experience. The staff is top notch and everyone is professional and friendly. Kudos to the great people who staff True Food.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 3 days agoThank you so much for recognizing the team. We are truly blessed to have such a great team. Hope to see you back soon

  5. CC

    ChenC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is very tasty, but dishes are small for the price. Also AC was to high - we were so cold that we sat outside , and very loud inside although no full of people The waiter was extremely nice and agree to serve us outside even they just meant to close the patio. It is certainly recommended if you want a nice evening with a tasty and healthy food, but not too romantic

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 1 day agoHey, Chen! Glad you enjoyed the food, and that you were able to find the perfect spot to enjoy dinner. When the weather allows, and we're able to open up the windows it definitely helps with the ambiance.

  6. L

    Larosh

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Place is very nice. Food is aight. Good (maybe very good in spots), but nothing great.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 5 days agoHello, Larosh! Hopefully we can have you back in house soon, and we can recommend you an extraordinary dish. I very mush enjoy the Korean Noodle Bowl. Sweet, savory, and spicy!

  7. CS

    CorinneS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is very good, service was great.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 8, 2022Thank you Corinne Wonderful to hear! 5 STARS! Thank you for such a GREAT review.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The ambiance is nice and the food was good. The server took a little bit to come back to our table but overall, I would visit again.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 7, 2022I apologize about the inconsistency during your visit. I'll be looking forward to your return, and making sure you're properly taken care of!

  9. B

    Birthdayyum

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Philip our waiter made our time so special- great fresh food Our daughters birthday 🥳 was fantastic

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 7, 2022Phillip is an excellent member of our team who always goes above and beyond our expectations. I'm thrilled to hear your birthday felt very special! See you again soon!!

  10. DO

    DeeOne

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We enjoyed our food very much—the ancient grain bowl and Cobb salad were very satisfying. The corn soup was tasty with a bit of a kick. And we finished off the meal with a delicious mango tart. The only disappointment was that threatening weather had closed the patio seating and inside the restaurant it is very noisy and hard to have a conversation.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 6, 2022Super excited you enjoyed the wonderful food. The Chef Team works hard everyday to prepare & create great tasting culinary delights. We are working on adding outdoor blinds to protect our guest from the rain. Sorry for all that noise. I would think by next time you visit we will have installed new outdoor blinds. Hope to see you back soon.

  11. R

    roliR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was an okay experience in terms of service and ambience. The food tastes great

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 4, 2022Hi. Thanks so much for your review. Would love to know how we could improve & get those 2 other stars. My name is Chris. I would like to invite you back for an appetizer on the house. Please give us a call at the restaurant to make reservation. I would like to put a personal touch on your next visit.

  12. p

    pabby

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant, really good food. My only criticism is the noise level is extremely loud between the high ceilings, patron conversations, and the music. It would be better if the music was turned down a bit as it was hard to hear the conversation at my table, and this is coming from someone who has really good hearing!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 4, 2022Hi Paddy. Happy to hear you loved the food & service. So sorry for all that noise! Always now we would be happy to adjust the volume of the music. We certainly appreciate your feedback & hope to see you back soon!

  13. p

    peasantgeneral

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The food was good but not really worth the money.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 6, 2022Thanks for your feedback. We are always in search of balance & value. My favorite dish is the Ancient Grain Bowl...WOW...tons of balance...tons of value. I always recommend this dish for that reason. Hope to see you back soon.

  14. DR

    DRM29

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Favorite new restaurant at Rio! The food is healthy, inspired, and so delicious. So happy to finally have a restaurant with high quality healthy food in the area.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 2, 2022thank you for the kind words, excited to have you back in soon!

  15. MB

    MarkB

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Restaurant was hot Food was just okay Service was adequate if not exceptional

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 6, 2022Hi Mark. Terribly sorry it was too hot on your recent visit. Just let us know, we can always adjust the temperature. Would love it if you'd give another try. I know we can provide a much better experience. Feel free to reach out @ 240-821-6660. My name is Chris. I'd be happy to take care of you personally.

  16. GE

    GEM1

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lots of options for those with allergies or other dietary restrictions. The food is good this is my second visit to this location. The staff is very nice and helpful. My only challenge is that paying is always a brain exercise thrust upon you at the end of the meal when you have a had a drink or two. You pay online. The staff was helpful when I asked how to apply a credit I had and walked me through the process, but I always feel challenged (yes I am older) Just a note to be patient with us old folks.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 6, 2022Hi. Thanks so much for your feedback. Happy to hear your kind words regarding the staff & food. Regarding the QR Code & online payment...we are always able to simply bring the receipt manually & you can apply your rewards at your leisure. Next time you're here I can better explain. And always know we're here to help.

  17. S

    Synergy1

    Washington DC

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a nice dinner…cool vibe in the place. I loved the grass fed burger and my wife really liked her mushroom/spinach pizza. Overall the food was excellent. Service was good until our food was delivered, then she disappeared…so OK overall. The big negative was the Margaritas…we both ordered strawberry and are convinced they did not include the Tequila. The mix was also way too carbonated. We will go back again due to the food and vibe, but will order wine next time.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 1, 2022Thanks so much for your feedback. We are always willing to go the extra mile for our guest. Next time ask for Chris, I'd be happy to make your cocktail personally. Love that you loved everything else. Hope to see you soon.

  18. n

    nadinef

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Navi is. 10 star server!!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 7, 2022Incredible! 5 stars, thank-you. Navi is one of our server trainers that always goes above and beyond.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at True Food Kitchen. Our daughter chose to go there because it had vegetarian options for her and gluten free options for her dad. Also it’s our daughter’s 13th birthday. Great food and service. A slight bit disappointed that there was no acknowledgement of her birthday despite adding in the information on the reservation and mentioning it to our server.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Looks like we owe you a Birthday dessert. Hoping we can make it up to you soon. Thanks so much for celebrating with us.

  20. n

    newcook101

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I can taste how fresh the ingredients are, the seasonal menu items in particular. And the kitchen prepared the foods really well. Given that said, the service is a bit lacking. While our server was nice and enthusiastic when she was with us, she kept forgetting to bring us stuffs such as a plate for my son. When our drinks came, we couldn’t flag down anyone to get us straws, so we took that into our own hands and grabbed the straws from the staff counter right next to us. But to be fair, every restaurant is having hard time to fill positions. This is a rather typical experience at restaurants now. We are likely to be back, and hopefully service will improve.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Thanks so much for your patience with us. We are constantly working on our development at all levels. Next time you're hear please remind me of your experience, I would like to go the extra mile & ensure we WOW you! See you soon. Thanks again.

  21. N

    Notgoingback

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    The service was great the food was good. It was very pleasant outside, but hey should definitely get draft beer!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Well it sounds like you "are coming back." 5 STARS! Thanks so much for the GREAT review.

  22. HK

    HarveyK

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good experience overall. Food and service could not have been better.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Hi Harvey. Love the 5 STARS! Thank you for recognizing the team this way!

  23. M

    Mina

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had the most amazing meal last night at True Food. The food was delicious and so fresh!! I have to shout out our waiter Ricardo too. He was incredible. He really knew the menu well. Gave great recommendations and was very attentive.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on August 7, 2022Thank you for your kind review! 5 Stars, incredible. We are thrilled to have Ricardo's skillset on board! I'll be happy to see you again, soon!

  24. LY

    LYZX

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had brunch - wow was it delicious! Our server was very attentive and made good recommendations for our food allergies. It was my birthday and everyone was so nice!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Super fantastic. Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful review. Stop by again for brunch...we have a new promotion called Bubbles & Brunch.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not a large menu but the food was good and the wait staff were great. Will definitely continue going here.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Love. Love. Love. Thank you so much for the GREAT review. See you soon!

  26. JK

    JenniferK

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    First time eating there and probably won’t return unless I’m with others.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Hi Jennifer. Would like to know how we could improve or have provided a better experience. Feel free to reach out & ask for Chris. Would love the opportunity to regain your trust in us.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Priced on the high side for the food and drinks.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022We are always looking to establish the value & balance with pricing & portions. I hope you will return to try something new. We actually have a Social Hour from 3pm-6pm with some discounted pricing. Stop by...first drink is on me.

  28. FB

    FullBelly

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to the RIO location and I'm not sure why I don't go more often. The food is fantastic and the service is always top-notch. I love the menu. So many options and everything we've ordered has been enjoyed. I highly recommend True Food Kitchen.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you for the five star review! We appreciate your feedback and we're happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and hope to see you again soon!

  29. DV

    DaveV

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Nice place to eat. I ordered the Poke Bowl. The portion was generous and filling and tasty. My only complaint was I asked for more sauce twice to wet the brown wild rice and it never came. Otherwise, a good food. Could have been better follow up on the whether the sauce came out. I didn’t want to be a pest. So I give the server an average rating.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 23, 2022Thank you Dave for your feedback, we are always discussing and training for "accurate order". Thank you for your patience and see you soon

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 20, 2022Wonderful to hear! 5 STARS! Thank you for such a GREAT review.

  31. VC

    VanessaC

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Our waitress was super nice and helpful. She went above and beyond discussing the menu. Food was delish. Service was a little slow but we weren’t in a rush so we were fine with it. Would go again to try other dishes that sounded really good.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 19, 2022Thank you Vanessa for your feedback. We are always discussing & training "speed of service." Thanks for your patience. See you soon!

  32. IB

    IBlessedwith2

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. Food was delicious. Will return when we are back in the area.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 19, 2022Excellent! Love to hear it! See you soon!

  33. D

    Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Ok....the dish I ordered was spicy but not listed as such. Couldn't eat it. But, other dishes were really good.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 19, 2022Thanks so much for your feedback. So sorry you didn't enjoy your dish. Next time you're here ask for Chris, I'd be happy to discuss some other GREAT dishes. Until next time. Cheers!

  34. C

    Claire

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    This was our first time at True Food Kitchen - Rio. Two couples had four entrees and one starter -- everything was very tasty. The problem was the service was terrible. I asked three times for water with lemon before I got water. A fourth request was needed to get lemon. Similar problems with other drinks. The shared starter was timely, but we had to request plates so it could be eaten. We waited way longer than we should have for our entrees. I'm sure they are short staffed, as so many restaurants are these days, but that did not make it any more pleasant. Which is too bad because the food, when it finally arrived, was quite good.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Claire. Please feel free to reach out to me directly here at the restaurant. I would like to invite you back to TFK & ensure you are given better service. My name is Chris...please ask for me.

  35. TL

    ThorLokismom

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, fabulous service, love their outside deck

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 17, 2022Sounds like a recipe for success. Thanks for the review & hope w e will see you back soon!

  36. a

    als2015

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great food, beautiful location!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 28, 2022Yay! 5 STARS! Thanks for the GREAT review. Love. Love. Love it.

  37. TP

    TinaP

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and awesome food! Navi was amazing! Nice to have vegan options that taste delicious

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 17, 20225 STARS!!! Thank you! And we too, agree that Navi is amazing. Thank you for recognizing him! See you back soon.

  38. MB

    MorganB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is very fresh, light and tasty with emphasis on healthy options. Best hummus I’ve had anywhere. Nice contemporary airy atmosphere; very open inside and lovely outside dining overlooking the lake. Staff is very friendly and responsive.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you Morgan for the five stars! We appreciate your feedback and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Who knew healthy eating could be so good!

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you for the positive feedback! We love to hear that you enjoyed you experience with us and hope to have you dine with us again in the future!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We are big fans of True Food Kitchen, but the Gaithersburg location has a lot of work to do to be the caliber of Bethesda. After multiple visits here, the service is still sub-par. The wait for water for 10 minutes before having to ask another staff member is unacceptable. The wine we ordered took over 10 minutes as well with the same excuse as last time we were her, "the bar is back-up." At $54 a bottle, we shouldn't have to wait that long. The food too was fair. Everything we ordered we have had before with wonderful results. The salad was lacking dressing and the dumplings were bland. The pizza was delicious. A spoon was accidentally dropped on the floor by a server. She passed by it twice after dropping it and another server also passed by two additional times. That spoon continued to sit on the floor until we picked it up. At the price point of this restaurant, things need to improve before we head back to this location again.

    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on July 15, 2022Thank you for the feedback! We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. We are working hard to constantly improve and appreciate you taking your time to write this review. We hope to have you dine with us again in the near future!

FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 821-6660.

True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront is rated 4.5 stars by 184 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront

221 Rio Blvd 0221, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Asian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (240) 821-6660

  • 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.

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