True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek

4.6
1801 reviews
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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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JP
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

In a shopping mall with convenient parking next door and 3 hours free. Open design. Would have been less noisy outside. Excellent flavors and presentation. Many healthy choices including vegetarian.

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MB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious food!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

LOVE the Kale Aid and the Poke Bowl. Everything is super fresh and delicious. I love coming back and trying new dishes on the menu!

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RC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Enjoyed the experience!

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BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Love True Kitchen. Always look forward to the Grain Bowl - although this time the tofu was soft and mushy and the sweet potatoes overcooked and mushy. disappointing. The Edamame Raviolis were delicious as was the cauliflower appetizer.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I think asking for $6 to add tofu to a Korean noodle dish is high. I realize all prices are high because Broadway Plaza charges a lot for rent but still...would eat there more often if prices were lower. Atmosphere, service good outside. Too noisy inside for comfortable conversation.

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always FRESH and delicious! Plus it is a healthy choice for dining!

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Austin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

First flatbread corn appetizer was awful 4 pieces the Tom, corn pesto and cheese were on the middle two pieces. The two outer pieces had arugula only. Staff never bothered to stop by table. Then enter arrived. Always order Ancient Grain bowl w Tofu. You could tell a different chef this day. Tofu and sweet potatoes always sautéed. No this time. Very mushy. Sweet potatoes skin was left on. This ruined the whole dish. Couldn’t eat it. Serve red never returned(he) until she dropped off check. Guess he went in break so no kne bothered to cover our table. Just did take out the Thursday before. Food sat in back and by the time it came out it was cold. I had to leave. Spoke to Mgr and she could have cared less. She stated she would speak to staff. Didn’t offer to remake or credit my bill.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty and beautifully presented, healthy and great selections for all diets, including vegan. Ability to protein-it-up with variety of choices. Will definitely eat there again!

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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! It’s our favorite place to go. The people that work there are always nice and the food is yummy.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Rude hostess and didn’t have table for us after our reservation

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d
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Had fresh corn and heirloom tomatoe flat bread along with a wonderful salad.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love eating here. Our friend is allergic to nightshades. They took out their recipe book to make sure that her meal was safe. It was delicious

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy food!

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food Kitchen is an amazing restaurant! The food & service is always wonderful and the atmosphere is very pleasant,earthy and fun. So excited to go again and again!

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AH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I cannot recall our server's name, but she was so bubbly, polite and a breath of fresh air. Also recommended a fabulous sauv blanc! You are lucky to have her!

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M
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salmon was supposed to be medium but was a little overdone. The rest of the food was good as usual.

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

My husband and I met friends for lunch at True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek. It was our first and shall be our only experience there. We eat out several times a week and over the years I have only ever written a single negative review of a restaurant. This will be my second one.

On every score, our experience was negative. The menu was pretentious; the food mediocre and overpriced; the portions small; and the service appalling in spite of the fact the restaurant was not crowded.

Just in terms of the service, this was our experience: we were given only 2 menus for 4 people at our table and we had to request and wait for additional menus. We had to request silverware. Two appetizers, both of which required serving spoons, arrived with just one spoon. No one cleaned the table between courses and it needed it. The server presented us with one dessert menu for 4 people. After we ordered 2 desserts and only one arrived; we reminded the server and still the second dessert still never arrived. We gave up.

And finally, when I went to the restroom, I discovered there was no toilet paper, which in retrospect, seems on a par with the overall experience.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

I LOVE True Food Kitchen! Mostly from our experiences at the Phoenix location. Been there 5x. We go to the WC location about every other month. Food is always wonderful. Seasonal dishes too. I usually give them 5 stars but the arrogance of the hostess and wait staff tainted our experience. Our female server acted like she didn’t have time for us or the table next to us. She wouldn’t linger and listen while we were deciding on our final choices to order, wanting her input. She just abruptly left the table each time without saying a word. She needs to learn about “service”. This was not her first night. This location needs to find mature staff which I realize is a challenge given the spoiled adult kids in this area. We tipped her well hoping to encourage her to do better next time.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We had to wait a long time for our food.

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p
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Very interesting menu. Great selection of entrees. Lots of vegetarian options. Enjoyed the food, freshly prepared. The restaurant is big, high ceilings, with lots of metal and cement. Like being in an aircraft hangar. Not cozy at all. Very difficult to have a conversation with all the noise. We went on a Saturday night during the dinner hour. Next time will try an off-peak hour.

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MO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was outstanding but it is incredibly noisy inside.

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside where it was much quieter. When inside, the noise level made it hard to carry on a conversation.

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KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food good service but very loud. Consider making reservations the place is packed around lunchtime

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KR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is a convenient location to meet at Broadway Plaza. The dining room has high ceilings and is very loud for conversation, so we sat outside, which was pleasant. The service was just OK--no refills on water, for example. The food was tasty, although I found $5 for iced tea with sparkling water to be high, even for this locale.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food wonderful service.

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LC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The experience at any True Food is always a treat. Tasty and so healthy. This location is nice, great servers and food. The patio is not as noisy as the main room. The bar is spacious and bright.
I really enjoy the seasonal items.

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SB
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, interesting menu --some items a bit pricier than other places but definitely a lot of choices. Always good service!

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great overall. We ordered a watermelon and tomato salad but the tomato’s were not flavorful or ripe. Otherwise the meal was great.

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s
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we sat outside so very little noise. service was EXCELLENT. Food very good.

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. We wanted to split our entrees and without asking, they brought those items out on separate plates and bowls. Very thoughtful of them. We ordered lots of food and wanted to sample everything. There food is so fresh. We loved the Spicy Curry & the salads. This is my favorite spot to eat healthy and delicious food.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience when eating at the Walnut Creek location.

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KC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The food tends to be good every time, though my friend did not like the cauliflower polenta very much at all...no substance, and no polenta!! Just ground cauliflower. I did enjoy my Ancient Grain bowl a lot. For both however the amount of food for the price (15) was very, very small considering it is only vegetables - and grains in mine. In a relatively small oblong bowl our food covered the bottom 1/4 or so, maybe a bit more. I was hungry within about 90 minutes and we were there for dinner. Also, the level of noise is so high it was very hard to hear or understand our waiter and to hear each other talk across the table. I was pretty disappointed to be honest, as my last experience there was much better - better food to price quality and quantity for sure. Also, I ordered iced green tea and the waiter refilled it twice with black tea, saying the pitcher was labeled wrong. I am not sure if they were understaffed or if they are cutting corners due to how popular they are and thus not having the same need to impress with higher quality...I don't know that I will go back. It was my fifth time going there so I had called it a "favorite" for when I was in the Walnut Creek area.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Diamond was so thoughtful and amazing. She was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.

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l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great healthy food at good prices!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great place for a special meal. The service complements the amazing food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been before, but my friend had never been. We both loved it! Such good food and great service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was fantastic!!!

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PB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was the best we’ve had there. I always love the food. The cocktails seem to always have a very light pour of alcohol, but it was yummy.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE eating here but I can only eat outside. It is SO INCREDIBLY LOUD inside! It’s just sensory overload for me.

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