True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
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Outdoor dining is much quieter than inside. Food and service are excellent.
Disappointing service.. kale salad had excessive dressing.
Our server was subpar and didn’t put our order in and totally forgot our request for water and ignored the ice tea request. Manager only apologized but the general attitude was poor.
Food was delicious!
Awesome vegan food choices. Cant wait to come back to try other dishes.
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We are big fans of True Foods and had a wonderful experience last time, but quite different this time. Although our server was quite nice, his service and knowledge was not. A male manager who came to answer a question wasn’t quite up to par either. The food wasn’t even at it’s peak, which was evident when our two side kale salads came out different, one with cheese on top and the other with breadcrumbs. Yes, a very different experience:(.
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The food was delicious and the service was excellent, as always! I highly recommend the Seasonal Ingredients Salad. 🙌🏻
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Overall this was an underwhelming experience from start to finish. The hostesses were very busy chatting and not very welcoming. The waitress was friendly but really only an order taker and wanted the order immediately when we sat down. She seemed to be in a huge rush, which was weird because the restaurant was only about a 3rd full with plenty of service staff. The tomato soup was delicious but, everything else was lacking in flavor/seasoning. Disappointed.
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Food is great quality! Had the salmon with pesto . Requested no quinoa and sub with roasted root veggies. Sooo sooo good! Was seated immediately with reservations at 6. So many great food options. Good food! Quality ingredients and tasty!
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Nice, eclectic dishes, quick service, though our server changed after we were seated, and we waited a while for her replacement. Noise level was a touch on the high side, and made easy conversation a little difficult, but it wasn't unbearably loud. Would come back again.
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The winter menu is wonderful. The popular fall menu items made a comeback for winter too. Always quality fresh and healthy food.
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All food was excellent. Service was excellent too.
I brought a potential client for lunch. They have great options, both with meat and vegan. Good alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage choices. Wait staff is attentive and nice. It was rather loud which made conversation a little difficult, but it was fun.
The food was good but it took 30 minutes to get our meal and then we can get the server back again to pay for the meal. Also the restaurant was really cold and we were seated near the bathroom and I could smell the bathroom.
We’ve been True Food fans for a few years, and visited the Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and now the La Jolla locations. We were disappointed in the food and service at the La Jolla location. The flatbread was burned, the squash soup very watery, the teriyaki quinoa bowl was overly drenched with sauce and had just a few pieces of chicken. The staff seemed to have a difficult time delivering the correct food to the right tables. Unfortunately we brought friends with us and they must have wondered why we picked this particular restaurant.
My favorite salad has changed. I would order the chopped salad with chicken. Now, True Foods has two types of chicken for any kind of chicken dishes--one is chicken that has been marinated (and marinated with a lot of oil) and one that is cooked in a wok (with oil of course). I LOVED the salad when you could get cubed chicken breast in it. I have been told they made this change to make it easier on kitchen staff who across the U.S. only have two chicken recipes now. They told me if I gave advance notice, they could make it the "old" way, but I tried that once and the chicken breast was hot and the salad was cold (the chicken breast used to be cold and cubed). Not the same. This time I ordered salmon. The salad was great--the salmon was greasy. Salmon is naturally oily, so I do not understand why it had to be marinated or oil had to be slatered all over it. It wasn't even pink. However, the next night we ate there again, and I asked for the salad with salmon and asked for the salmon to be dry. The waitress said they had to put oil on the grill or the salmon would stick--I said OK but please please use very little. It turned out fine and we might put True Foods back on our list again for one of our go-to places. We used to LOVE it and went at least once ever two weeks.
Excellent food with an emphasis on healthy eating. Just don't go during prime Christmas shopping time--parking was challenging, to say the least.
Always delicious food and a great time when dining at a true food kitchen location. Our server was awesome, all the wait staff helpful and dinner amazing.
One of my favorite restaurants. Delicious food that doesn't make you feel disgusting, even if you've eaten several servings past your threshold. I do miss the seasonal apple soda though!!
Enjoyed our dinner - Very good food and prompt service
Only down side is it’s extremely loud -
We had a hard time getting our servers attention due to the noise all around the restaurant.....
Still enjoyed the meal and prompt service
Loved the food and the service. Had the pizza , the crushed tomatoes on it was awesome! Great choices for vegans! My only complaint, it that it is really noisy, there were 6 of us on the table and it was difficult to hear everyone.
Really wanted to like this place based on their premise and menu. Service was very slow and we saw multiple parties seated after us receive their food, eat, and leave before we received our food. GM and Manager tried to rectify situation. After all of that waiting the food wasn’t anything to get excited about. The one thing that was good was their tea-based Medicine Man drink. Our meal was comped by the GM but unfortunately we likely wild not give this place another try.
Service is always slooooooow
Their whole team is amazing! The food and presentation is outstanding! Jeremy the General Manager is phenomenal! He always makes the best experiences for myself and others!
The veggie bowl I had was beyond words delicious.
My friend enjoyed his meal too
Made a reservation for happy hour . They were ready for us. We sat outside where we could enjoy the trees strung with lights and be under a heater. The server was efficient and pleasant. We ordered from the happy hour menu and the dishes and drinks were of good quality and tasty. Casual atmosphere. Great for appetizers and drinks . Have already recommended it to friends.
Great salads and excellent service. Very clean restaurant. Will come back.
Great service and food was delicious!
The GM is incredibly nice and welcoming. He gave us amazing service, was very happy and knowledgeable about the menu and what to order
MAX, our amazing server, was AWESOME!
It's hard to find a truly healthy restaurant, True Foods is a breath of fresh air! Every dish I've tried has been delicious!
Great food and great service on the day we went. Highly recommend this place to all. They were very nice to bring out a little something extra for the birthday gal in our party of 5.
Food is so so. Service is great! Celiac friendly. Allergy friendly.
We dined at True Food after an exhausting shopping experience. We were lucky enough to be there during happy hour. Drinks and good $5.00, had the kale guac, chicken tacos, duo dips and ordered butternut squash soup. Our waitress Sarah was excellent. So nice to have calm, healthy dining experience at True Food our "go to dining" at UTC
Servers were great. Glad dogs are welcome. Food is very good.
I always love True Food. I love the concept & the food is always tasty. I like that they have vegan options.
I had the UnBeetable Burger which I had had in Scottsdale a few months prior, it was different than what I had there with a citrus slaw that was quite sweet. I didn’t enjoy the burger quite as much as I did previously. I think I’ll stick with my standby the Ancient Grains bowl in the future.
Just tried this restaurant for the first time for business lunch. Terrific.
Excellent food. Our server was. Great also. Was surprised that he was not yet 21 and had to have some one else pour my son’s cider. Will definitely go again
Went on a Saturday afternoon..the restaurant wasn’t too busy the time we came. The service was pretty slow, and the food was just ok, not worth the $100 bill we received for the five of us including three kids! I’ve been to True Food before and the service & food were pretty good. However this time was it less to be desired for. Maybe the restaurant was having an off day! Although I’m not sure if I plan to come back anytime soon.