True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

4.7
596 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in San Diego is open for outdoor dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. Choose from our regular lunch or dinner menu, or a variety of takeout value meals for 2, 4 or 6 people, family-style packages for four people and wine bundles & alcohol to-go. Our staff is following stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures as well as completing daily staff wellness checks to ensure a safe dining & takeout environment. Order online at TrueFoodKitchen.com

Support True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 596 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting together with my nephew who was visiting from out of town!

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Dawn
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was okay, but nothing I couldn't prepare at home. Also, it was very overpriced.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 19 hours ago

Dawn, Thank you for the review and feedback. If you're ever unhappy with your meal please reach out to a manager. If you'd like to give us a call at the store, I'd love to hear details on your experience and help make sure others don't feel the same! We continue to strive to be better and guest feedback is an important part of that. Thank you, hope to hear from you soon!

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SusT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambience! We will definitely be back!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 19 hours ago

Sus, thank you so much for your wonderful review! We can't wait to host you again.

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vipSamS
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was fine, service was first rate but the noise level from the bar right next to where we sat was excessive and annoying.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 19 hours ago

Sam, thank you so much for your review and feedback! If you're ever unhappy with your seating please feel free to ask a manager or hostess to move you to a quieter table! We will always be happy to accommodate, your satisfaction is our absolute top priority at True. Hope to see you again soon!

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BobH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I have been looking forward to eating here for a long time. The decor is inviting and the menu looked good. Unfortunately, they are in the understaffed category of restaurants. I don’t care to malign the server who was trying hard, but caution folks to wait until they are better staffed for their own visit.

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Responded 19 hours ago

Bob, thank you for the thoughtful review and feedback. I'm so disappointed to hear that we did not fully deliver our standards in your first meal with us. I promise you that staffing is one of our main focuses at this time! If you would be willing to discuss your experience in detail, please give me a call at the store so that we can improve. Thank you again!

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vipJohndoe4
Central Coast
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Probably having difficulty staffing and training to serve more customers with the recent removal of Covid restrictions.
Beef Tacos came without the items promised. By the time they corrected the mistake, the other members of the party had finished eating. The beef was hard and cold. Food overall was ok to poor. Had to ask for water/drink on more than one occasion and it came out while we were already eating. Waitress tried her best to undo the issues (they offered a $5 credit) however it was not a good dinner experience for our family. Maybe just a bad day, but we regretted choosing this restaurant over others at the UTC

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 18 hours ago

Thank you so much for your detailed review! I'm so sorry to hear we disappointed this evening, these are absolutely not the standards that we hold at True. If you'd be willing to give a manager a call at the store we would love to hear more details on your experience and help make it right. Thank you, hope to hear from you soon.

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Disappointing
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food is fine, if a little bland, service is very slow

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 19 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback and review. We're always striving to be the best we can be so it's great to hear guest feedback to improve. If you'd like to give us a call at the store, I would love to hear more details on your experience to hear where we could have done better. Thank you so much and we hope to talk to you soon!

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Anshel
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service

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Responded 18 hours ago

Anshel, thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy you are a fan of our food and service. We hope to see you again soon!

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UTAustin
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food! Such amazing variety. Pricey though. Very very slow service, but our waiter was young and possibly new

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 18 hours ago

Thank you so much for the review and feedback. I'm disappointed to hear your service was slow, as this is not the standard we hold ourselves to. If you'd be willing to give us a call at the restaurant I would love to hear more details on your experience to grow and learn from! Thank you so much, hope to hear from you soon.

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vipSara
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Ancient grain bowl. My friends had the same and loved it.

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Responded 18 hours ago

Sara, the ancient grains is my favorite too! Thank you so much for the support, see you again soon!

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KaylaV
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is awesome for people who have gluten and dairy sensitivities. Definitely would recommend to friends and family.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Kayla thank you so much for your review! We have something for every lifestyle and diet at True Food.. Send all your gluten free and dairy free friends our way! Hope to see you again soon.

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vipdmfoodie1
San Diego
121 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was our first time back to True Foods since last March. We had a table outside and noticed tables were well placed. Our Server had a mask on the entire time. We felt safe dining here. We had the tuna lettuce wraps and spinach mushroom pizza which was excellent. Overall a positive experience with regards to service and quality of the food. After our meal, we were told to download a QR code for the bill, unfortunately you have to provide your cell phone. We ask the Server for the check instead of entering phone number to the universe even though she said True Food does not sell any information and it's safe. We paid with check which was more comfortable for us. Overall positive experience.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for your detailed review! I'm so glad that you could see we are taking all safety precautions to ensure the comfort and safety of our guests. We do also provide the contactless payment option through your phone number but if you feel more comfortable paying through your server you're always welcome to! I'm happy you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope you join us again soon.

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Jujubean
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mother Earth bowl is the best!!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Server was great! However our food took a very long time to come out

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you for your review and I'm sorry to hear your food took a while. Please ask for a manager in these situations so that we may assist and make sure you leave happy, full, and fed in a timely manner! I will be sharing your message with my team to work on some solutions. Thank you again we hope you join us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could eat at True Food everyday I would. I love the options for people with food restrictions! Seriously, it’s just the best!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you so much for the review! There's definitely something for every lifestyle and diet to love at True. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipTell
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Foods has a new menu and the items are yummy! The roasted cauliflower appetizer turns cauliflower into a delicious burst of flavors with pistachio & figs added. A recommended starter and the salads are flavorful and oh so healthy.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 25, 2021

Tell - Thank you for the review. It is crazy how good the cauliflower appetizer tastes. So happy you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Thank you so much for the review! Take care!

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NancyV
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their food snd it’s great to be able to get back to indoor dining!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Nancy, thank you so much for your review! I agree, it's so nice to have indoor dining open again. We have made sure to properly space out all of our tables so that our guests feel safe dining with us! Thank you for the support and we hope to see you again soon.

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Alva
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I like the menu True Food offers. As a vegan, restaurant options are often pretty slim. There are plenty of good options at True Food. I did not like the pay app function mounted in the center of the table. I tried repeatedly, but couldn't get it to work for me. In the end, I had to go to the bartender to ask their help with paying my bill. My only other suggestion would be to make your serving portions larger. As a vegan, I eat a lot of veggies. As most people know, you need to eat a LOT of veggies to be full and nourished. Don't skimp on veggies. They're not costly ingredients. Thanks.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Alva, thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy to hear you enjoy the vegan options we have. You'll have to try our new Vegan Double Cheeseburger if you haven't yet, it's delicious! If you do not want contactless payment, you're always welcome to pay your server the traditional way if you prefer. One last note: Our portions are weighed and measured by company-wide guidelines but you can always ask us to add extra veggies to your dish! We'll be happy to accommodate. Thank you again!

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FoodieJudy
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great place to go for healthy food and a lively atmosphere. Very flexible menu.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Judy, thank you so much for your wonderful review! So happy to hear you love our food and atmosphere. Hope to see you again soon!

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Lorena
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

the food was really good but the service was a little slow and we waited thirty minutes for the food to arrive

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Lorena, I'm so sorry to hear you had slow service this night. Thank you for taking the time to let us know, this is absolutely not our standard at True. I will make sure to work with the team to avoid this in the future. We appreciate the feedback and support, hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mackenna was our server and was outstanding and knowledgeable. Very energetic and happy spirit. The manager Grant was also amazing and checked in with us and made sure we were enjoying our experience. Appreciated all the extra care and attention. Definitely going back!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your rave review! So happy to hear Mckenna and Grant took such great care of you, we are so lucky to have them both on our team. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and loved our server, Mac or McKenan (sorry totally misspelled her name) and manager, Garret. The vibe, the food, the drinks 10/10 would recommend! ESP they’re dumplings! Would definitely go back again.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on June 8, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! I'm so happy to hear our team took such great care of you. We hope you join us again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding.

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KinneryG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Quantity was less for each item. Some of the menu items were not available...like the desserts etc

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KennethP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced, “trendy.” The lasagna was meh. In fairness, the others in my party enjoyed their burgers and wrap.

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vipmanacapuru
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

McKenna our server was great. Went out of her way to welcome us and make us feel at home.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome experience. Thank you

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vipClemmie11
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great alcohol selection

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JanaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great but we got sat right next to the servers station. Otherwise I would give 5 all the way around

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vipLYNN
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Amazing kale salad with blackened salmon. Delicious edamame dumplings! Fabulous charred cauliflower! Yummy vegan Key Lime Pie! Lots of amazing choices. We were in San Diego for one week end we ate at this restaurant 3 times! We just kept coming back!

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vipElkArcher
Seattle
48 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a "healthy meal" True Food Kitchen is a rock solid choice. Great menu selections and sizable portions. All of our selections were made from very fresh ingredients. The Kale Cobb was awesome, the Chicken Parm was huge and full of flavor. Our server was extremely patient and put up with our requests and silly behavior. She was a star!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 8, 2021

We love this review! Thank you for being silly and having fun all while enjoying our great food and staff. We greatly appreciate you and hope to see you again soon! - Scott

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EevaS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice but very slow service. Had to wait a long time to place our order.

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Katrina
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, fun cocktails, prompt service

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 7, 2021

Thank you Katrina! We appreciate your review. We hope to see you again soon. - Scott

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happytummy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Requested an outdoor table in the shade in reservation, but it wasn't available. Long wait

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing, drinks are even better and the service is the best.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you!

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vipPax411
Tulsa
38 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food. Excellent service. Enjoyable dining experience.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 5, 2021

Pax - Thank you for the review. We hope to see you again soon.

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quynhhuongd
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Superb service everyone were so polite and friendly from the waitress to the seated staffs. They are doing awesome service and we enjoyed everything. We come here so many times but we love this place. Prefect place for Friday night hang out or even at lunchtime

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 4, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review. We hope to see you again soon.

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MarciaDi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I ordered the turkey burger because it came with some interesting sounding sauces. The sauces lived up to their descriptions, but I would have liked more as the turkey meat needed help with flavor. It had none of its own. Both the accompanying sweet potato hash and lightly dressed kale salad were a delightful addition.
To finish off the meal with a touch of perfection, I shared a flourless chocolate cake and vanilla bean ice cream. Worth returning for!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on May 4, 2021

Marcia - Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon! - Scott

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Mellykh
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good. A little unevenly distributed among similar dishes. Service was excellent.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. We strive to improve everyday. We hope to see you again soon! - Scott

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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 4.7 stars by 596 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.