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True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

4.6
4.6
819 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in San Diego 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

9:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 431-4384

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Dunn

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • 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. We welcome you to explore our Group & Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (858) 431-4384

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee

  • Parking details

    Enter the Nordstrom parking garage off of Genessee Street. Stay left. Parking area 243.

  • Public transit

    Public transportation available thru MTC Transit, your stop is UTC.

  • Additional

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

What 819 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Healthy

  • San Diego

    Healthy

  • San Diego

    American

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  1. DM

    DinaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was great! Food was good & overall experience was awesome!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded 6 days agoThanks Dina! See you again soon!

  2. EC

    ElaineC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Love the pizza! We also have humas and peppers appetizers that were also good. Our waiter was friendly and made the experience awesome

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded 6 days agoThanks so much Elaine! Hope to see you again soon.

  3. S

    Scott

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal at this beautiful location. Staff is so friendly and welcoming. Food was amazing, had the shishito peppers to start, then the seabass and some cookies to take with us. Will be back!!!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 4, 2022Scott - Thank you for the 5 star review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us. We hope to see you again soon.

  4. BH

    BrittanyH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The food is always amazing. Waitress spent so much time trying to upsell. Every time she spoke to us she upsold something it wasn’t very enjoyable. She was rude once she realized we wouldn’t be ordering cocktails. We ordered 2 apps, 1 dinner and 1 dessert making our tab 86.00 + 22% tip. It was also my moms birthday, she didn’t even wish her a happy birthday or do anything remotely special let alone any sort of discount. Would recommend the food but maybe not the company policy to continuously upsell with poor service attached

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 3, 2022Hi Brittany. I'm sorry to hear about this. This is not how we do things here and you absolutely should not be made to feel this way. We only ever want to suggest things to you if we think it will enhance your experience here. Not to increase a check. It's unfortunate that that seems to be what has happened here. I will be discussing this with my team immediately. I hope you'll give us another chance and please wish your mother a happy birthday from all of us here at TFK.

  5. AD

    AmiD

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The seating outside was very uncomfortable. Cushions were old and dirty

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 2, 2022Thank you for the feedback and the stars. I'm so sorry about the uncomfortable seats. This is something I'm working on so I hope you'll be back.

  6. P

    Patty

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great friendly service! Nice place to celebrate a birthday.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 2, 2022Thanks Patty! And happy birthday!

  7. HN

    HaleyN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great affordable food

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 2, 2022Thanks Haley. We'll see you again next time.

  8. RB

    RebeccaB

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food! Healthy but very tasty. Lots of options on the menu! Wonderful atmosphere. Fresh food. Great place for gatherings! Clean. Staff is attentive and friendly. We will definitely be back!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on August 2, 2022Thanks Rebecca! Can't wait to see you again!

  9. E

    Enma

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love coming here. Staff is very friendly and food is priced well for its quality.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you Enma. We love having you!

  10. KP

    KenP

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We had excellent service. Food was above average, price was above average. Ingredients were outstanding. Ambiance was loud, you could hold a conversation albeit a loud conversation. Outdoor seating is limited which, for a place like San Diego, is a shame. Overall a good place to go.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 28, 2022Ken - Thank you for the kind words. We apologize for our limited seating the night you joined us. We had a private event buyout on our west patio that limited our seating. We hope you can join us again!

  11. SO

    SONJA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice environment Great service Awesome location

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 26, 2022Thanks Sonja!

  12. RJ

    RakeshJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We appreciate the great food quality. Its also revealing that True Food does NOT over use sauces to disguise real food flavor.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 24, 2022Thanks Rakesh. Great ingredients make great food and we try to let natural flavors shine. Glad you appreciate it. See you again soon.

  13. CC

    CarlosC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat healthy foot. Love their OG drink!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 21, 2022Hey there Carlos! The OG is my favorite. Come on back anytime!

  14. LS

    LaurieS

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, great atmosphere, Great service. Edamame dumplings are amazing

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 18, 2022Thank you so much for the support, LaurieS! We are happy you enjoyed your visit so much and hope to see you again soon!

  15. SB

    SteveB

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Maddy & GM Scott were awesome and the food was excellent as well! The menu had a lot of great options and we look forward to coming again soon!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 16, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback, SteveB! It makes us very happy know you were happy with your experience. We hope to see you soon again soon!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! Great for vegetarian/Vegan eaters.
  17. L

    Ladybug

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Plenty of outdoor seating under shade or under bright yellow umbrellas for COVID dining. Love the cute lemon wheeled bicycle decor on the wall of the interior. Portions and flavors were decent and there’s lots of options for gluten free. You can also keep it vegan or add a choice of meat to the salads and bowls. There’s something for everyone’s tastes. Service was prompt and friendly.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 12, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words. Glad to hear about your great experience. Hope to see you again soon.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food & customer service!!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 7, 2022Thank you so much!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 5, 2022Thank you for the stars and comment!!

  20. K

    Kevin

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food, got there early so service was good.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 15, 2022Hello Kevin, Thank you so much for the comment and stars!!

  21. D

    Delicious

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, location, and staff! Although we arrived 5 minutes before closing (10 past our reservation time), everyone was very accommodating and polite. The food was delicious, and we made sure to tip well for being so nice!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 15, 2022It makes us very happy to know you were so well taken care of by our team. We hope to see you again soon!!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was terrific! The service was great and the ambiance was good as well. I will return.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 4, 2022Thank you for your comment and support. We're looking forward to seeing you soon again!

  23. S

    Speedo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, quality food, excellent service. Can't recommend too highly.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 2, 2022Hello Speedo, Thank you so much for your support! We hope to see you again soon!

  24. DM

    DebM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, wonderful food, servers attentive to our needs and sensitivities.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on July 2, 2022Hello DebM, It's good to read your name here again! We really appreciate the support. We hope to see you very soon. Take care!

  25. a

    angelat

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was very yummy. The reason for 4 stars is that my lasagna was luke warm even after sending it back. While I would have loved it hotter it was still very good and I ate all of it. They did comp me the meal even though I did not make a big deal over it. I thought that was very nice and great customer service.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 29, 2022Hello Angela, We appreciate your feedback. I apologize for the inconvenience and I'm happy to know our team was able to take care of you. We hope to see you again! Take care!

  26. GF

    GinnyF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, and excellent atmosphere!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 29, 2022Thank you for the comment and stars, Ginny! We hope to see you again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was terrific

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 29, 2022That's awesome to hear! Hope to see you soon!

  28. s

    sisid

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fresh food! The lovely servers make it an even better dining experience. Love coming here, it’s become a go-to in San Diego.
  29. KC

    KaitC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. Great food, drinks and atmosphere.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 25, 2022KaitC, Thank you so much for your comment and stars!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outdoors. Among our party of 3, we tried approx half of the menu. Service and food were excellent.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 27, 2022Thank you for the comment and stars! We are glad to hear you had a great experience. Hope to see you soon again!

  31. HS

    HighStandards

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This my second time at True Food Kitchen and the first time for my friend who was visiting from out of town. My Tuscan Kale Salad with shrimp was delicious as the first time I tasted it. My girlfriend loved her Kale Cobb Salad with salmon! Our food came out in a timely manner, we sat outside on the patio which was really nice, and our server was great! My girlfriend is from Colorado and when she found out there’s restaurant in Denver she got so excited!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 25, 2022Thank you so much for your detailed comment and stars! We are glad to know you enjoyed your experience all around. Hope to see you soon again here and maybe in Colorado too!

  32. w

    wundrland

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took my father for Father’s Day.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you for your comment and stars, Wundrland. We hope to have made your father's Father's Day even more special! See you soon!

  33. LJ

    LaJollans

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day Dinner True food is our GO-TO family celebration spot. There is something on the menu for all of us! From cocktails & appetizers to entrees and delicious desserts we can count on a great meal together. The cherry on our sundae is KIT, he is amazing and always brings a smile to our faces :-).

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you for your comment and stars, LaJollans! We are so happy to know you had such a good experience on Father's Day. Having something for everyone is what we strive to do! Kit is indeed great, we are lucky to have him on our team. We hope to see you again soon!

  34. D

    Danat

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Consistently fresh and tasty dishes. Everything is on the healthier side but still flavorful. One of my favorite places in North County. Lovely patios that are quiet too.
  35. f

    foodiegirl123

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    We love this place and if weren’t for the manager and our server, would have given lower. We arrived at 5pm and were seated promptly. It wasn’t busy. We immediately placed our drink and starter orders and received them in a reasonable time. We placed our entree order and it took forever!! Way too long considering how empty the restaurant was. And we got our entrees at different times so we were all waiting for the last entree for 10 minutes as our food got cold. We requested no salt or sauces for our elderly mom, who cannot tolerate salt due to Meneire’s disease. When it arrived it was so salty and we had to send it back. The rest of us ate while she waited again. The manager did come over and apologize and they comped her order at the end and our server was amazing and apologetic, however, there was no excuse for this or how long our dinner and then our desserts took! The vegan gluten free strawberry cheesecake was not good. The edamame Guac, the dumplings, and salmon were very good and the salads, bowls, and limeade were great. This is the 2nd time we had an issue at this restaurant. Also, the music is too loud! You can’t hear yourself talk. If they just turned it down a couple of notches, it would make the ambiance much nicer. I wanted to give this a higher rating but I just couldn’t.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 21, 2022Hello foodiegirl123, Thank you for your honest and complete feedback. On behalf of our team I truly apologize for the inconvenience caused. There is no excuse for that and it should definitely not be taken as our standard. Please feel free to call the store and ask to speak with a manager as we would love to invite you back for a new experience where we ensure everything runs perfectly and take care of you properly. Hoping to hear back from you soon! Take care.

  36. P

    Prana

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat, wonderful service, great energy.W be back!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 14, 2022Prana - Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

  37. E

    Earlygirl

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a clean healthy menu! Something for everyone, even the picky ones. Great seasonal offerings and creative healthy drinks. Every time I’m in from NYC, I always want TFK!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 14, 2022We are so glad you choose TFK when you are in from NYC. We are looking forward to our summer menu, coming out 6.22.2022. Hope to see you here!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    True Food is too hipster and frankly weird to be a “go to” restaurant. Good wervice.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 14, 2022So happy you enjoyed the service and please let us know how we can get more stars on your next visit.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flavors were fresh, bright & delicious!

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 8, 2022Thank you so much for your review. We greatly appreciate the 5 stars! Hope to see you again sooon.

  40. L

    Lilli

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    The outdoor seating has no coverage from sun, and the hostess, was exceptionally rude and unpleasant. There were two hostess staff, and both were rude and unhappy. Our table service was excellent, very nice new waitress in training, and the food was delicious. The noise level surrounding made conversation difficult on the side patio, construction and a loud large group was deafening, much better after they left.

    True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTCResponded on June 4, 2022Hello Lili, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you had some unpleasant occurrences on your last visit. We'd love to make up to you and invite you back for a new experience. Please feel free to give us a call to the store and ask to speak to a manager so we can properly take care of you. Hoping to hear from you soon! Best,

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 431-4384.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC is rated 4.6 stars by 819 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

4303 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92122

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Enter the Nordstrom parking garage off of Genessee Street. Stay left. Parking area 243.

  • Public transit

    Public transportation available thru MTC Transit, your stop is UTC.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jamie Dunn

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (858) 431-4384

  • Catering

    Please contact us for more information.

  • 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. We welcome you to explore our Group & Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (858) 431-4384

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