True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek

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Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

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 Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and healthy

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Responded 16 hours ago

Thank you!

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MB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Celebrating my husbands 73rd Birthday, everything we ordered was delicious! The squash pie was outstanding!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded 3 days ago

Happy Birthday to your husband Mary and so glad you loved the pie!!

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JC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 3 meals were delicious. So tasty! Just the right amount.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Joan!!

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a
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

kept coming back here
edamame dumpling the best

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! The edamame dumplings are a serious True Foodie favorite!

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food and service are always slow

KB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

If you prioritize being trendy and modern, then this place would work for you. It was bigger than it looked online (a personal letdown), and it was very busy and noisy when we went (granted, it was a Friday night). They kept our reservation and the service was pretty good; people were friendly. The food was pretty good, but it was overpriced for the portions served. The options were pretty healthy and seemed local, so I would recommend it if you're health/environmentally conscious or vegetarian/vegan. However, most of the food was very "hipster" and I was hoping for more of a balance with traditional options. Interesting drink menu also.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hi Kaitlyn, I just sent you a private message and would love to discuss your recent visit with us, thanks for the feedback!

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NR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great place to meet up. Food fresh and tasty.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 9, 2019

Thank you Nadine!!

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Although I do love True Food Kitchen I noticed that the chopped salad with chicken I ordered was really skimpy with the lettuce. I was very disappointed.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Hi Mary, I just sent you a private message and would love to discuss your most recent review. Thank you!

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CB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love the food at True Food Kitchen, so many healthy choices. My only issue is the noise level, it is so loud in there it's hard to hold a conversation. I recommend eating outside on the patio, it's a little quieter out there.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you so much for the review. I'm happy to hear you love the food as much as we do and thank you for the feedback on the review - we're looking into ways to lessen the noise :)

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! Never a disappointment.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you so much for the 5 stars Kristin!!

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EB
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Believe it or not, best burgers here. Turkey burger was outstanding too. Perfect meal at a great location with parking.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you so much and we love our burgers too!! Next time you'll have to try our Unbeetable Burger made from roasted beets, chickpeas, and quinoa....soooo yummy!

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is great , the service is acceptable . It is a little too noisy , the price point is high .

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Rachel!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious...in an upscale mall setting. Choices for vegans and carnivores.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Glad to see you enjoyed your time with us Jonathan, thank you!!

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DD
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

It seems like the service gets slower and slower. I love the food here, but when you order a starter as soon as the waiter gets to the table and it takes 20 minutes to get the item, it seems really slow.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

They put us on the porch area which was fine except it was chilly, the tent has big gaps. I gave their fish another try and again I was disappointed extremely over cooked. Waitress was fine, not very attentive, the food came out in a timely manner but cocktails took some time

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for your feedback. I've just sent you a private message and would love to right this wrong with you.

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LG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food for all types of dietary restrictions.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you Laura!!

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TT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great people.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

We love our food and people too! So glad you had a great time with us :)

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was way over salted

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Responded on November 1, 2019

Hi, I just sent you a private message and would love to hear more about your experience. Thank you!

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DM
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The wait staff is ALWAYS patient, professional, considerate and friendly.. I have eaten here 20+ times. Brought my 30+ year old nephew for the first time and he loved it as well. We shall return!!

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Responded on November 8, 2019

So glad to know that you love us!!

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b
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We sat outside for an evening meal and it was terrific. It is so much quieter than in the main dining room. The food was fresh and delicious! I loved my ginger margarita. We really like the interesting food combinations. I had a COBB salad with tofu, my husband the fish tacos and our friend the burger. We were all pleased with our meal!!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

So great to hear you love the food and ambiance as much as we do! Thanks for the feedback!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you!

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JH
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was unique. There were many unique vegetables and grains.
It was very loud at the lunch hour.
The host sat the two parts of our party at separate tables.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and service. It’s not inexpensive but we always enjoy our meals and leave feeling good about what we’ve just put in our bodies.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

So great to hear! Thank you!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food and quality

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you!!

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TS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Too noisy. It was really hard to hear others. Sound proofing needed!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Terri, I promise we're working on it!

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d
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love your food and service.....Thank you True Food...you are THE BEST!!!!!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you so much!! True Food really is the BEST and we have the BEST guests!!

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r
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal and Brittany, our server was a delight! My only issue is that twice when I made an Open Table Reservation for this restaurant I got an email from you accusing me of not showing up for my reservation. which has never been the case!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you so much for letting us know about the OT error. We'll cover it with our team and look forward to seeing you on your next visit!

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J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service was slow. The soup came when we were ready to leave. We received about 6 chips with the kale guacamole app. We asked for more. The chips also came when we were ready to pay. Disappointing!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and feels healthy every time. Love the ambience

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 8, 2019

Thank you so much!

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S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at True Food. I really appreciate that no matter which location I go to, I know that the food will be excellent and healthy, and the service is attentive and kind. Thank you for yet another great experience!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you for being such a great a loyal guest!

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MF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

The hostess who sat us was very rude. We were about to cancel and leave until we met our server who was sooo great and the food was fantastic!! The hostess just needs to learn to not make rude comments and to be nice to people.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Hi Mallory, I just sent you a private message and would love to discuss your visit with us. Thank you!

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GW
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We eat at True Food often. Love it. This last visit was overall disappointing. Service was slow - had to ask twice for our hot tea order. Kale guacamole was not as tasty, and was delivered with burnt chips - we had to ask for replacements. Entrees took a long time to come out. I ordered chicken wrap - no flavor, poke bowl was good as usual. Butternut squash soup was delicious - the highlight of the meal. Server did apologize throughout and provided a $10 discount on our check and did not charge for the very late tea. Restaurant was very busy as is typical but never experienced this before. I hope quality and service are not declining. We will definitely try again.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Hi Gina, I just sent you a private message and would love the opportunity to connect. Thank you!

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JL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent, healthy, great tasting food. We were delighted with all three of our choices.
Friendly waiter. We were so happy to sit outside as the inside was way too noisey.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you Jacqueline!

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LK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food for all sorts of diets: Vegan, Gluten Free, and meat-eaters. But it's pricey. Our bill for just 2 people came to $70 without tip, and we didn't order anything crazy. The bill will creep up on you. The food itself was wonderful, which is the real reason to go here (in addition to the perfect location). But the noise level was loud (I was sitting right next to my friend, rather than across from her. If I had been sitting across from her, we wouldn't have been able to hear each other with the noise level). Also, our server was "meh." He seemed like he'd rather be elsewhere. We even noticed his tattoos and took an interest in them and made a substantive inquiry about them, and he was pretty dead pan (and not all that attentive overall). Finally, the people who greeted me when I checked in were a bit abrupt, and didn't even walk me to the table where my friend was already seated. So, True Food could sort out some of these rough edges. If I'm paying $70+ for lunch for 2 people, I'd like to be able to hear myself think and be met with outstanding service from check-in to final bill.

MR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Frequent visitor of True Foods however this meal was not on par with the usual service. Was told they were out of the seasonal dish that our food server recommended. The service was extremely slow; had to wave down our server a few times to get her attention and when our food finally arrived, it was cold. Disappointed this time. Not worth the high prices this visit.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Michelle, I am terribly sorry that this was your lasting impression and experience. I can totally understand your frustrations on some of the areas in which we dropped the ball in. I want to personal apologize and convey that this isn't our expectation or standards by any means. We take pride in ensuring our guest needs or exceptionally met and that our culinary creations are executed with the highest pride and standards. On behalf of team Walnut Creek we extend our deepest apologies.

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e
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my mom here for her birthday lunch and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The host was very friendly and the food was fresh, delicious and there was a variety of dishes to select from. We ate outdoors on the patio and it had nice ambience. We agreed we will be back to eat her again in the near future.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on October 17, 2019

Hi Thank you for your awesome feedback on your lunch experience today. We are glad you enjoyed and we hope to see you all real soon. Hospitably, True Food Kitchen Walnut Creek

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KK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious food. Efficient and friendly service. Accommodated a table of folks with both vegan and Keto dietary needs—without batting an eye. To top this off, there’s a creative cocktail menu and full bar.
One of my table mates was quite impressed and expressed several times that he wished there was a True Foods Kitchen in Portland, OR where he lives.
I’m not a lover of shopping malls, so the challenge is navigating the people traffic in order to enjoy this wonderful restaurant.

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hi Karen, Thank you for such a rave review on your most recent experience with us here in Walnut Creek. I can't say enough how much your experience and review mean to what we put into giving each of our guest time and time again. Stay tuned we have some fun exciting news for your friend as well..like they say sometimes dreams do come true so keep a look out or feel free and join our True Insider page at true food kitchen website to stay in the know and all things true food. Hospitably, Andre

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall ambience and quality of food is great. I always get the cauliflower and edamame dumpling appetizers.

Some items are overpriced - $5 to add 5 pieces of tofu to a dish?!

Service was a bit slow/sloppy. Food took awhile to come out. We were seated near a water machine and bar area and a glass shattered at one point, and water from the machine was splattered on my kids. Waiters were also careless about placing hot plates directly in front of my toddlers.

FY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good and the service was good as well. It’s one of my favorite restaurants! Loved the new fall desert!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on October 9, 2019

So glad you loved everything! You'll have to try our beet burger next!

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DM
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always delicious food... often times difficult to hear lunch/dinner guest across the table.. noisy room, poor acoustics... yet, ALWAYS worth it!!

True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek
Responded on October 11, 2019

Thanks DeeMo!

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