True Food Kitchen - Walnut Creek

4.6
1764 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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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Server was fantastic!!!

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PB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great creative wholesome food in a clean bright atmosphere! I highly recommend the roasted cauliflower and the edamame!

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MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious kale guacamole and rosé wine! We sat in the back so the noise wasn’t too bad. Our server, Craig, was a love. Took half my TLT sandwich home, but ate the entire cucumber salad. Good food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the vegan options along with a varied (and delicious) menu.

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E
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I have dined here many times, but the service this time was particularly poor. We requested water for our table at least 4 times over the course of 40 minutes, it just seemed sluggish and non attentive on this visit which was disappointing as we had taken friends for their first try of true food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service from entering the restaurant through saying goodbye after paying out bill.

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MH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic healthful menu in a fun setting. The place is always packed, so we make sure to book ahead with OpenTable.

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RC
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot for vegan and vegetarian meals. The place can be very busy and quite noisy so I recommend reservations but the food is worth it. It's located right downtown which makes it convenient for all of the hot spots in Walnut Creek.

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SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend, who had never been there , loved it. I always love it. We enjoyed the patio area and were so pleased with the noise levels and enjoyed some furry friends st nearby tables.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day

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f
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

For our early mid workday lunch we had a nice overall experience, Parking was very convenient parking (free for first 3 hours) in adjoining parking complex, excellent, attentive, and friendly, service, apparently wholesome ingredients, well presented and prepared food. My Mediterranean quinoa salad was complex, well orchestrated, and allowed for extra ground pepper, to provide for personal palate preference; the grass-fed burger's vegetables were properly prepared, the patty was juicy and and the bun tasted fresh; the chia seed pudding also had a nice balance of flavors. We left nothing on the plates. On the way out, the place was packed, both inside and on the patio, on a rather warm day.
The open (no sound baffles) hard surface interior space was difficult to hold a quiet conversation in, both with the staff and from across the table for two. We thought about resorting to texting ... but are also considering lip reading or ASL for our return visit ...

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W
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Wanted to try a seasonal salad and wasn't impressed

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Way too noisy! The restaurant needs better acoustics. The food was delicious but expensive for what you get.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. A couple of the meals and drinks can be overpriced for the value, but overall a fabulous restaurant!

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l
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was not good at all. Waiter rarely checked in and wasn’t very friendly. We had to wait a long time for our lunch.

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NR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edamame dumplings were the best! Trying to make it at home now.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was outstanding.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food--especially the cauliflower! Overall a little loud and chaotic

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great everything except the noise level.

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CV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The place is TOO LOUD! I am not an old person. I don't have hearing loss issues. The place has not soft surface that will absolve all the noise from the kitchen and people. I found myself exhausted from shouting to be heard by my friend. My advice is that you put something soft on the ceiling above or add some cushion chairs. Something soft has to absorb all the noise.

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TK
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and fresh. Definitely need more dessert choices though, and I’m not even a huge dessert fan. A nice, fresh açaí bowl would be a nice addition!

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Been there at least 6 times and this was worst overall experience. Service very good but food was average. Not as good as in past visits. Portions were adequate. Main dining room is too loud and was to hot to sit outside.

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CB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My two friends and I all had different salads, and we all enjoyed them!

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C
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and genuine desire to provide good food to the community gets 5 stars. It’s loud and servers are stretched but still a great experience.

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EM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Small portions, high prices. The food is very average.

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JM
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place each and every time! Always a winner!

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CH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with delicious food and cocktails. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and gave us great service.

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GD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've had Fish Tacos many time before, yet was surprised at how good they were. We had a very nice experience out on the patio and enjoyed our special occasion.

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g
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Walnut Creek location is often busy and noisy inside. This is a “con” for me. Outside can be less noisy. Service on our recent visit was even slower than the usual slow-ish pace on a Thursday for lunch with reservations. Our server seemed distracted and was not very attentive. We didn’t get offered refills on water which was all we ordered to drink. My fish tacos were great, but my friend mentioned his chopped salad with added chicken was lacking in flavor compared to the norm. We continue to come back because we are looking for organic and GF options in addition to the usual great taste. We would visit more often if the vibe was cozier and quieter. The ambiance is kind of cafeteria and a bit sterile IMHO.

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MV
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious/healthy food and friendly, knowledgeable staff bring us back every time! These things outweigh the moderately high prices.

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DM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go here often, always good food

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CN
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Out of the first two thing I ordered including Salmon.

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TB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Based on previous visits I would rec True Food. But this time - we waited between courses for our entree for 55 minutes. Then the food wasn't as good as past visits. Really disappointing.

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HW
San Francisco
115 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is very loud, not the place for quiet conversations. The food is very fresh, tasty and made with care.

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JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

True Food is one of my favorite restaurants. The food quality is consistent and delicious. Now that you can make a reservation on Open Table you can make a plan and not have to wait forever. The wait staff is always pleasant however they have cannot be as attentive as other places because of how busy the restaurant is. For some reason getting your beverage, be it a latte, cocktail or lemonade always takes forever.
But...I love True Food..

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We regularly eat at True Food Kitchen in Walnut Creek. I always order Spicy Panang Curry. It’s always excellent with consistent flavor and spice. This time it wasn’t as good or should I say as great as usual. It was “off” a little and I just can’t put my finger on the problem.
My wife ordered Ancient Grains and she had to return the entire meal because it was undercooked. Also, the grilled portobello was missing from the plate. It was returned to the kitchen by a different server. Our server did not know what had happened and did not return to our table for at least 15 minutes.

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M
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a quieter meal, sit in the enclosed patio.

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