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True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront

4.5
4.5
140 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

7:00 PM


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 140 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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Hot Spot

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Contemporary American

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. AN

    AndreaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great, the service is great (although, out appetizers came out before our drinks, which was unexpected). My only complaint is that inside is very, very loud. It's a cavernous space and sound bounces around in there. I would suggest some sound-absorbing tiles or something else to dampen the sound - come winter, it will be impossible to have a conversation.
  2. JC

    JC10

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I was looking forward to the first time going to True Food in Gaithersburg because I had heard good things about the one in Bethesda. We sat on the patio, which is pretty. However, the seats are a bit hard. We were on a bench and after awhile, it did get a little uncomfortable. Our server was a nice guy, but he did have a habit of saying “he had us” but didn’t really. There were 4 of us but only 2 place settings. We asked for 2 more and after awhile just got the other 2 from another table so we could eat our appetizers. I ordered the bourbon and peach craft cocktail, which was very good. My husband ordered the ice tea, also good. We ordered the crispy cauliflower and the humus for appetizers. They were both excellent. It took a long time for our entrees to come. Our server kept telling us they were coming and he had us. They weren’t and he didn’t. I along with another person in our party ordered the sea bass. It was good but it was little bit on the dry side. My husband and the other member of our party ordered the chicken parmigiana. It did not look like the picture. The picture showed it was a lot of cheese and sauce. Instead, the chicken was dry and overcooked and it had minimal amount of cheese and sauce. They asked for extra sauce. Someone brought us sauce that was actually cold, as if it just came out of the refrigerator. I was disappointed. I’m hoping this is due to this still being a new restaurant and growing pains.
  3. TP

    TinaP

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Vegan options which is so nice. Service by Reagan is top notch Always!! Friendly and knowledgeable
  4. A

    Alicia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious, clean eats ! Great atmosphere and friendly staff.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dining
  6. MS

    MarylandSightseer

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This place is worth a try, especially if you are looking for healthier options with fewer calories. The menu was uninspired and not many choices I cared for. The recommended watermelon lemonade was not good. Enjoyed the Korean noodle bowl. There were at least 7 large shrimp in this bowl (additional charge)! Panang curry was tasty but quite spicy. They are still working out the kinks with freshman wait staff and issues with all food being delivered. All and all a decent meal for those looking for healthier options.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    For the class of food and price no was the greatest. The presentation in some of the dishes terrible not and eye satisfaction. I didn’t like my dish.
  8. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We loved our food, service and overall experience. Such clean and delicious, flavorful food. This outlet had energetic and professional staffers cheerfully working to provide great service. Surprising bonus was the excellent skinny margarita that I enjoyed. Will definitely return!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was very good as well as the service. HOWEVER the noise level was too high. I do not think I would return unless I could sit outside where hopefully the noise would be less.
  10. t

    theaterfan

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience at True Food Kitchen!
  11. P

    Pauly

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were great. Happy to have another location closer to our home as we would have to drive to Betheada. Will be back again for sure!
  12. RB

    RichardBI

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was good as well as service. What lessens the overall rating is the sound. Whatever they did is not working since it was way too noisy. Could not even hear our server. We indicated it was my daughter’s birthday on the reservation, but no reference was made to that at all.
  13. RG

    RakhiG

    Baltimore

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner at True Food Kitchen. The area is beautiful and the restaurant itself is clean and sleek. Our server Miguel was kind and attentive. All the staff was friendly and professional. We were there to celebrate our daughter's 18th birthday. She is vegan and had plenty of choices. We all enjoyed our food very much. Our teen especially loved the vegan strawberry cheesecake and ate every bite! Thanks so much, we will be back in future!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  15. AL

    AliciaL

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and good service
  16. E

    Emily

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was Navi (I hope I spelled this correctly) and he was amazingly responsive and accommodating. He made the enter experience truly delightful. Few people are so incredibly gifted at putting people at ease.
  17. MS

    MonicaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    I picked this location for a first date. Fire Alarm ran off the whole hour we were there. After dinner, we walked around the lake. The alarm was still going for 2 more hours.
  18. SB

    SaraBethY

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I love this concept of eating healthier food. There were a good number of vegan options for me which I always appreciate. The fire alarm sounded half the time we were there and the manager all gave us $25 gift cards, which was a nice gesture. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  19. DR

    DaltonR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at this restaurant and the food and service was outstanding.
  20. LS

    LisaS

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly, inviting atmosphere and employees…eating outside thoroughly pleasant and food dependably great.
  21. AK

    AngieK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    My burger was cold and my side options were sweet potato or kale salad. I hate kale salad and I am allergic to sweet potato. He said I can have the tortilla soup. Didn’t tell me it was a $3.50 up charge. So I had a cold not cooked burger and a horrible tasting refresher drink. Not going back.
  22. RC

    RClang

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty, presentation was nice, and the fresh air dining was really cool
  23. AT

    AshT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Father’s Day
  24. KR

    KeithR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is my second time going to True Food. It was great. My in-laws loved it.
  25. RA

    RichaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food quality was excellent. Service was very slow on a very busy weekend but all tried their best.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was a bit slow due to a 40 person party, but our server Johanna was amazing. Thanks to her service I didn’t even realize the food was slow to come out. 10/10 would dine again
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food seemed rushed out of the kitchen -was undercooked and therefore tasted tough and raw-ish. Ordered the Ancient Grains dish. I love True Foods, have been to the locations in Naples, Chicago, Scottsdale, Texas, Bethesda and now Gaithersburg. I hope last night was an aberration.
  28. t

    theaterfan

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the porch tonight and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We even had a chance to chat with the manager who came around to be sure we got our order promptly and that we were happy. The food was delicious and came out hot and quickly. Highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    It was my son’s graduation diner, the server didn’t ask what was the ocasión or if we would like something special for him, once we finished our meal, we still had drinks, she brought the check without asking if we would like coffee or dessert. She wasn’t very attentive the entirety of our visit, felt like she wanted us off her table asap, though there were other tables that were there a lot longer than us: We asked for dessert menu after a while she came back and she said that there were no more dessert menu, she went ahead and told us what there was, it was hard to understand what she said. We left her a good tip, but honestly the service was disappointing, lack of smiles and friendliness, all the staff seemed super stand-offish. I have been to the Bethesda local and it’s super different. Just the food runners were friendly, smiling and nice. I am disappointed. There was a hair in my side dish, I didn’t eat the side just left it there. I didn’t mention anything, one because I didn’t want to ruin my son’s celebration; two: because The waitress already made us feel like out place, with her attitude I was afraid she might think we didn’t want to pay for for our food. Not sure if I’d be back to this location, which is a shame because it’s conveniently close to me.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was excellent the food delicious and the ambiance lovely. We will definitely be returning to eat here again! We highly recommend it!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The service was sketchy. the drinks were extremely expensive. The chicken Parmesan was dry tough and had no flavor
  32. n

    nadinef

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we love True Food Kitchen. Great for a vegetarian married to a non vegetarian Our server ( Navi??) was perfect. Great new Rio restaurant.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, but most notable was the very friendly and helpful staff. Overall a great experience.
  34. KY

    KingY

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food - good quality and enjoyed the beef burger and veggie burger. would have liked a warm bun vs one served at room temperature. The sweet potato could have been cooked a little more to provide some char Service - a little on the slow side but we were in no hurry, and it was relaxing for a Sunday brunch. It seemed like the staff was still new and have not developed the experience yet. Would come back soon for another brunch.
  35. A

    Andrea

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was fantastic just as the food. The noise level due to the structure of the restaurant was loud and made it challenging for members of our party to hear the conversation.
  36. DC

    DianeC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Overall the food was good although multiple items were not brought to the table hot/warm rather cold/room temperature. The flavor thankfully was good. Our server was really nice and very friendly.
  37. LT

    LynnT22

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Great food and service. Can’t wait to go back!
  38. RJ

    RichardJ

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very healthy and tasty food served in a fun, vibrant environment.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service and healthy food. Great for a girls night!
  40. CE

    ChrisE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our fourth time eating at the new Rio Lakefront True Food Kitchen and it’s a huge been a True Treat each time! My only criticism is the indoor noise level: way too loud when it’s busy. So I suggest sitting on the delightful patio, weather permitting, or dining early. To management, I suggest adding some plant walls to quiet the din and add wonderful ambiance to the dining room. (Either that or provide ear trumpets upon request. 🥴)

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 140 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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