True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC

4.6
692 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.

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
  • 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
What 692 people are saying
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vipGayleG
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only Brussels Sprouts better than mine! We always have the ancient grain bowl with chicken too. Super safe outside with heaters and super healthy!

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vipDanat
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love the outdoor seating options.

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Responded 2 days ago

Hello Danat, Thanks for the comment and stars!

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RShah
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and restaurant itself was so nice and had a very calming atmosphere. Our server Sara was the sweetest person and made sure we had everything we needed and more. She made our “friendsgiving” so so fun, and I would go back again 100%.

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Responded 2 days ago

Hello RShah, Thank you for your feedback, It makes me very glad to know you had such a great experience. Sar is indeed awesome and I'm happy she took such good care of you. Take care and we hope to see you back soon!

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SumeerC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the entire experience. The restaurant was big and roomy...lots of space. The noise level was very low and we could have a conversation without needing to shout. The food was amazing. Everything tasted really well. We ordered vegetarian options mostly, and they tasted very good.

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Responded 4 days ago

Hello Sumeer, Thank you for your review and it makes us all very glad to know you enjoyed your experience all around as that's all we strive for. We hope to have you back soon again. Take care!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and good food. Seemed to improve from my last visit a few weeks ago. Overall a good establishment as I visit regularly.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your comment and stars. It makes me glad to know you had a great time with us, we strive to provide that on every visit! And we hope to keep that standard for you on every time you come back. Hope to see you soon in again, take care!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the seasonal salad, very good and filling.

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Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We hope to see you back soon!

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WilliamF
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Yes we were entertaining out-of-town visitors and thought true Food would be a good experience for them. The wait staff tried very hard to make your experience as pleasant as possible and we’re very, dating.

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Responded 7 days ago

Hello Wiliam, Thank you for your review! Let us know how we can get that fifth star next time!

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KarenS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere, conveniently located within the mall.

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Responded on November 19, 2021

Hello KarenS, Thank you for your review and stars! We hope to see you soon again!

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vipkimc
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on November 19, 2021

Hello Kimc, Thank you for your review. We are very happy to read it! We hope to see you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love the food i order a kale salad and add chicken was delicious and the place is beautiful and enjoy my lunch. The waitress was very nice

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Responded on November 18, 2021

Thank you for your comment and stars! It makes us very glad to know you enjoyed your dinning experience with us all around. We hope to see you back in soon!

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MicMac
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and service! Food: Many good, healthy and delicious selections.

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Responded on November 9, 2021

Hello MicMac, Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to see you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant but Ashley our server was awesome and so friendly. She really made it a delightful experience.

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Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you very much for the stars and your comment. Ashley is an amazing team member and she'll be happy to know you mentioned her! We hope to see you back again soon!

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Anonymous
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only thing that gets in the way for us at TF is the noise level. We'd be there all the time otherwise -

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Responded on November 2, 2021

Hello and thank you so much for your comment and stars! Next time you're in please, let our host team and/or management team know that you would rather get seated in a quieter area and we'll try our best to accommodate you so you do want to be here all the time! We truly appreciate your feedback and hope to see you soon. Take care!

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OlivierS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Will go back again. Very nice setting on the high deck terrace.

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Responded on November 2, 2021

Hello Oliver, thank you so much for the comment. We'd love find out how to win a 5th star from you next time! Hope to see you back in soon, take care!

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vipBorisD
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular menu. Love this place! Consistency between other locations is surprisingly great.

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Responded on November 18, 2021

Hello Boris, We appreciate your comment and stars! We hope to see you back in again. Take care!

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Matthew
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

Food was great.

Drinks took a long time to arrive and showed up right before the food came.

The QR scan code was difficult to use and at no time did the waitress check in.

Overall the waiters were very nice but seemed to lack experience and awareness of certain situations.

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Responded on October 25, 2021

Hello Matthew, Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your food. I truly apologize for the delay in getting your drinks and the lack of attention from your waitress. This is absolutely not the standard we hold ourselves to at True Food Kitchen. I would love to hear more about your experience so that we may correct these mistakes in the future, if you'd be willing to give us a call. I look forward to hearing from you, thank you.

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vipPremonsdaydinp
San Diego
87 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seating, tables spread out, doors kept open for good ventilation, staff wear masks. Food was fresh, you can taste the quality of the ingredients/vegetables. Our server was awesome, checked in with every single table in her section. Food came out fast, short wait.

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

Hello Premonsdaydinp, Thank you very much for your feedback. We do strive to provide our guests all you described so it makes me very glad to know we accomplished it for you. We hope to see you again many times!

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JT67
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good for business lunch or relaxed family meals

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Responded on November 21, 2021

Thank you so much for your comment and stars! We hope to see you back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Lots of gnats circling our table Im assuming from the snake plants that are along the back of the tables.

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Responded on October 25, 2021

Hello OpenTable Diner, Thank you for your feedback, we are working on solving that issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you'll join us again for a better experience! We are always happy to relocate you or help address any issues in the future. We truly hope to see you back again, thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Flippant hostess after waiting almost 20 from a reservation. Cold pizza. Dark table tree lights out. Waitress seemed overworked and annoyed to request waters which were lukewarm. Cocktail took much longer than usual. I frequent this place often through Open Table at night and just walk-in for lunch. Never had a problem at that location in 3 years.

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Responded on October 22, 2021

Diane, So glad we could touch base on the phone today to review your experience a little bit more in-depth. With hospitality at the forefront of everything we do, we take your feedback very seriously. Please know we have followed up with all parties involved and intend to do everything possible to ensure this does not happen again. Looking forward to seeing you back in very soon and meeting you in person. Sincerely, Nancy & Scott

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vipAnneB
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Looooove True Food Kitchen. They had just switched over to Fall menu and everything we had was scrumptious! Roasted cauliflower app was so yummy. Server was delightful as well. Will definitely go again!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 22, 2021

Hello AnneB, Thank you very much for your review! It makes us really happy to know you had a good experience all around. We can't wait to have you back in soon again!

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CyndyB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Making a reservation helped provide a wonderful place to sit in this restaurant.
The food was delicious with lots of options to choose from; especially loved the butternut squash pizza!!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 22, 2021

Hello Cindy, Thank you so much for your kind review. The butternut squash pizza is definitely a must have for this season around here! I'm very glad to know you enjoyed it all. Hope to see you back in again!

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GregR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Greeters were unfriendly, unhelpful and boarder-line rude. Truffle, honey and pear flatbread was awesome. Sea bass was way over cooked, very dry but otherwise good flavors. Pokey bowl was OK but uninteresting.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 22, 2021

Hello GregR, Thank you for your feedback. I really apologize for not being able to provide you with the best experience all around. I'd love to invite you back to try us again so we can make up for last time. Please feel free to reach out to any of the managers through phone number, e-mail or in person and we'll make sure to provide you with excellent service!

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megant
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I’d eat here all day every day, delicious food and great prices.

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Responded on October 15, 2021

Hello Megant, Thank you for your review! It makes us so happy to know that! We can't wait to see you back in many more times!

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Demelsa
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was good and the service was good. The noise level was unbearable.
It was impossible to have a conversation with the people at the table.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 15, 2021

Hello Demelsa, Thank you so much for your feedback! We truly value it. I'm happy to know you enjoyed your food and service. I do apologize for the inconvenience with the noise level. If you do consider dining again in the future, and I truly hope you do, please let our host team known at door you'd like a quieter area so we can accommodate your preference and hopefully get two more stars on a next visit. Take care and we hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to True Food Kitchen after we saw a movie and stopped by to have a quick bite. We were seated outside and the noise level was fine. The waiter was friendly, cheerful and professional. It took a little longer than we thought to get our meal but enjoyed the food. Chopped Salad was awesome. We also liked the Edamame dumplings. As the waiter brought our check, she told us that the food would be on the house because it took so long. We didn’t expect it and were very surprised to receive a service like this. We would have come back because we really enjoyed dining there, but we definitely will and recommend to others.

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Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review with us. Your support is truly appreciated! We're so happy we were able to delightfully surprise you with a meal on us. We're always happy to own up to any delays that we may have caused. It's important to us that our guests leave happy! We hope we host you again soon, after your next movie date! Take care!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Though we had a reservation it took them a while to get us the table. This was second time trying here thinking may be we weren’t lucky first time. Same story, slow service, food ok but bot great.

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Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello and thank you so much for your review and feedback. I'm surprised to hear that there was such a delay in seating you, despite having a reservation. This is absolutely not our standard at True, and I'd really love to hear more details on your visit so that I may coach my team on the correct way to approach these situations. If you would be willing to reach out to the restaurant, I'd love to hear more on your experience. I hope to hear from you soon, thank you.

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vipLChessa
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good
Server was great !!!

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Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello LChessa, We really appreciate your feedback and are very happy to know you enjoyed the experience with us! Take care and we hope to see you back again!

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YumYum
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service is a bit slow considering they aren't THAT busy.

The entree the Salon Teriyaki Bowl had very few vegetables. Strange for a "healthy" restaurant.
The salmon was a decent size and cooked nicely!

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Responded on October 8, 2021

Hello YumYum, Thank you so much for your feedback, we'll definitely take it into consideration as we are striving everyday to be better! We hope to see you back soon again. Take care!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a delicious dinner!!

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

Hello, Thank you very much for the review. It makes us very glad to know you had like your dinner so much! We hope to see you back in again!

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MaryG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dog friendly patio. Healthy and really yummy! We shared guacamole with house made pita chips which were great! I had salmon which was delicious and my husband had the power bowl with chicken sausage. We also really liked their house wines.

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

Hello MaryG, Thank you for your detailed review! Love all your dinning picks, great choices! And we do have a very beautiful wine list with great proprietary label options that are definitely a must try for wine lovers. Thank you for your support and kind feedback, we hope to see you back soon again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent. The noise level high and the QR code for ordering and paying a fiasco. They would do well to offer this as an option plus alternatives.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello, Thank you for the review, we truly value it. We apologize for the inconvenience with the noise level and the QR code system. We certainly have alternatives for ordering and check out, so if you consider dining with us again soon - and we really hope you do! - we should ensure to provide you with all that information and service efficiently. Also you can ask our hosts at the door for maybe a quieter section and we'll try our best to accommodate all your preferences!

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Linda
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Had the Restaurant week lunch menu: risotto and brussel sprouts. Risotto did not agree with me, maybe undercooked and too heavy. Brussel sprouts were delish. Ambience was good.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hello Linda, Thank you so much for providing us with your feedback! I'm happy to know you enjoyed the ambience and our delicious brussels sprouts, they are indeed one of the favorite dishes of the season! I'm sorry to hear the risotto didn't please you much. We would love to invite you back for a new experience and please introduce yourself to a manager; It would be our pleasure to take good care of you and make sure you love everything you have next time so we can hopefully earn 2 more stars!

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Newbie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The butter squash Soup was excellent.
Main course grilled salmon was nicely done. The only thing was the quinoa was a bit too salty for my taste and the vegetables was over cooked. May try other dish next time!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hello Newbie, Thank you so much for your comment and stars! The butternut squash soup is indeed so delicious, one of our most popular dishes this time of the year! I'm sorry the veggies were not up to your liking. Please introduce yourself to a manager next time you're in so we double ensure you love everything that you have! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Take care!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you so much for the stars! Hope to see you soon!

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KarenQ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chicken on chopped salad was very dry. Otherwise very tasty. Enjoyed my green tea. easy to have outdoor conversation…not too noisy. 👍

True Food Kitchen - San Diego UTC
Responded on October 6, 2021

Hello Karen, We truly appreciate your feedback and thank you so much for the stars! I'm glad you enjoyed your tea, the salad and outdoor ambiance. I apologize for the chicken that was not up to your liking. We would love to invite you back and please introduce yourself so we can take care of you and make sure your food is served to excellence! Take care!

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YumYum
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Even though their website says they are open until 9:00pm they actually close at 8:00pm on Sundays.
Since we had our reservation confirmation they begrudgingly seated us.
Delicious meal.
The server accidentally gave us another tables bill, then noticed it. We paid by a paper bill so I didn't get to receive True Foods Rewards for the $80.00 food and beverage.

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

Hello YumYum, Thank you for the stars and comment. It sounds like your experience was not exactly up to our standards and for that I truly apologize! I'm glad to hear you found your meal delicious and that your server caught the mistake in time to fix it. If you are a member of our True Rewards Program already or if you would like to sign up we can absolutely help you apply those points to your account! Please feel more than welcome to call our store/e-mail and it will be our pleasure to help!

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vipBellissima
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Family get together

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Responded on October 2, 2021

Hi Bellissima, Thank you very much for your review & please let us know what we can do to get that 5th star next time! We hope to see you back in soon for more family time with us!

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AnaT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Being vegan this restaurant makes you feel like home!

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

Hello Ana, We appreciate your review! We do have lots of amazing vegan options and it makes us very glad to hear you felt like home. We hope to have you back in very soon. Take care!

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vipAlpo
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little pricey but ok for the area. Dishes aren’t heavy but definitely tasty. World go again!

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Responded on October 2, 2021

Hello Alpo, Thank you so much for all the stars and your comment! It makes me really happy to hear you enjoyed what you had. We really hope to see you back soon for more super tasty food!

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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 4.6 stars by 692 OpenTable diners.

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.