True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

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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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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice spot!

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BP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining is much quieter than inside. Food and service are excellent.

A
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!

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SL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome vegan food choices. Cant wait to come back to try other dishes.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Scott! We appreciate you taking time out of your day to write us a review. Please stop in and see us soon!

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BA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great vibe.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you!!

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m
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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:(.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your recent experience at True Food Kitchen. We would like to discuss your experience further in detail.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent, as always! I highly recommend the Seasonal Ingredients Salad. 🙌🏻

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on February 12, 2020

The Seasonal Salad is a favorite here at True Food Kitchen! Please stop back soon!

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on February 6, 2020

We take your review very seriously and we would like to further discuss your dining experience with us here at True Food Kitchen.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on February 6, 2020

We are obsessed with the pesto too! Thank you so much for dropping us a review and telling us what you think. We appreciate you!

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B
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on February 6, 2020

Brian, Taking the time to write a review and share your thoughts means a lot to us here at True Food Kitchen. Thank you Brian!

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DY
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The winter menu is wonderful. The popular fall menu items made a comeback for winter too. Always quality fresh and healthy food.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on February 6, 2020

DianeY, Thank you for stopping in and sharing your comments! Thank you!

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SV
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All food was excellent. Service was excellent too.

j
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

JU
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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.

f
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

l
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

MS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food with an emphasis on healthy eating. Just don't go during prime Christmas shopping time--parking was challenging, to say the least.

B
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

LS
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Recommend

EC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

B
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service is always slooooooow

CG
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

GS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The veggie bowl I had was beyond words delicious.
My friend enjoyed his meal too
Always good

CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

TJ
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great salads and excellent service. Very clean restaurant. Will come back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was delicious!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The GM is incredibly nice and welcoming. He gave us amazing service, was very happy and knowledgeable about the menu and what to order

LJ
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

MAX, our amazing server, was AWESOME!

LD
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

JP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

NG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food is so so. Service is great! Celiac friendly. Allergy friendly.

d
San Diego
108 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

A
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were great. Glad dogs are welcome. Food is very good.

JN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

d
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just tried this restaurant for the first time for business lunch. Terrific.

A
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.