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True Food Kitchen - Pasadena, Pasadena, CA

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
4.6
2500 Reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Pasadena 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 639-6818

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Nguyen

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (626) 639-6818

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Cross street

    Colorado and Pasadena

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage around the corner on Delacy that offers Free parking for the first 90 minutes. There is also street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,500 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for Brunch

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Healthy

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for Lunch

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Outdoor Dining

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Most Booked

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  1. TS

    TriciaS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    We ordered the hummus plate (one of our favorites) but this batch did not taste well, it had too much salt (overwhelming) and had a strong mustard/ vinegar taste. We are repeated customers, but this time we didn't enjoy our meal. The Ancient grain bowl was a bit cold and the flavors where a bit off. We did notice that we were not the only ones that had sent our hummus plate back to the kitchen, other then that the crafted cocktail (Watermelon Mojito was delicious and our waiter was a cool guy...
  2. VG

    VintageGuy

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service! We will definitely be coming back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It’s one of my favorite places for brunch/lunch. Healthy food w/ great service.
  4. WB

    WilliamB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the serving staff was wonderful, the hostesses helpful, and the manager extremely thoughtful.
  5. L

    beccaL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service! Unfortunately though, it seems like every time I come here, something I try to order ends up being sold out. Otherwise, we love coming here!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The options to sit outside or inside with the doors open is appreciated during the current pandemic times. We always enjoy the seasonal changes to the menu with the option to also have recurring favorites. As someone with Celiac, I am equally pleased with the variety of gluten free options. It's always a pleasure to dine here when regardless of being a regular diner or having food allergies, everyone can be accommodated and leave happy.
  7. R

    Roundmidnight

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I have been to True Foods several times and it’s become a mainstay. I learned on this visit that their menu is based on an anti-inflammatory diet. It’s always delicious, fresh, and very healthy. There are plenty of menu selections for carnivores, vegetarians, and vegans - something to please everybody. I also love their outdoor dining patio area. On this visit the service was a bit slow, but that’s usually not the case here. Highly recommended.
  8. L

    Luv2dine

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service. Tasty food - recommended
  9. j

    jimbo

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exceptional service. Friendly but not intrusive
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious and fresh as always. Ambience was very pleasant and the service was good.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    We ordered just 1 cauliflower appetizer and waited on that, but it came out with our entrees. Server checked by just once and never asked us if we needed anything else or how food was when kitchen brought out our food. She asked until we asked for the tab, which we even had to wait on. She was not in sight and we couldn’t ask for tab until we finally saw her. She was nice and recommended good entree - the sea bass - however, service overall was very poor.
  12. LM

    LeeM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was excellent. She was very patient with our mom who is vegan and sugar-free. She explained the menus in detail when asked. Food was delicious. However, the portion for the tuna tostada and cauliflower starter dishes could be larger for the price.
  13. KV

    KellyV

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so fresh and delicious, and it was presented nicely. We had very friendly and accommodating staff from entering to exiting. We absolutely LOVED the watermelon salad !!! We look forward to our next trip to Pasadena’s True Food Kitchen!!!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a group of 20 school alumnae all getting together for the first time for networking / socializing and everyone had such a great time, they want me to organize this every month!! I checked with the manager afterward to see if things went smoothly on their end and to thank them and they were so gracious. I want to commend the staff for doing such a great job for our large party.
  15. C

    Carol

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our meal immensely. The server was pleasant, the food was yummy, and we were outside, but in shade. It was a little noisy for us, but we are older and like things quiet, so for most people there would be no noise issue! The flourless chocolate cake was amazing.
  16. IN

    IrvinN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food! Alex was very friendly and knows how to make sure guest feels welcome.
  17. A

    Agnes

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent vegan food choices. I’m so happy for the vegan desserts, too. Finally a place in Pasadena where I can go as a vegan with my carnivore friends. Thank you.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely shaded patio on a hot day. Great service & outstanding food. I had the Chopped Salad with added Salmon with a light fresh Chardonnay. My friend had the spaghetti squash casserole with added chicken. She was so pleased with everything she is already planning on coming back to try other dishes. I’m a big fan of TFK and this is my favorite location. Beautiful restaurant, best servers and best CHEFS!
  19. V

    Victor

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Korean steak was tough and the seasoning was too spicy

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 25, 2022Hello Victor, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review on how your dining experience went. In efforts to make your next visit excellent, we will communicate this information to our kitchen. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  20. b

    beenthere

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I find True Food Kitchen is always a sure thing for healthy and delicious food and cocktails.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 27, 2022Hello Beenthere, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, and that you indulge in some healthy food that is equally delicious! Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to me.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly,knowledgeable, competent staff

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 25, 2022Hello OpenTable Diner! Thank you so much for your 5 star review, it means the world to us! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience, alongside some stellar service. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  22. R

    Rick

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Love True Food! Eat there often. Only issue yesterday was that the kale sides weren't available, and was told "we don't have any mustard" when I asked for it with my turkey burger. I will be back for sure.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 25, 2022Hello Rick, thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4-star review, we really appreciate it. In efforts to provide an excellent your next time around, we will communicate this information to our team. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  23. G

    Glutenfree

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Our starters were delicious- hummus with gluten free pita and a watermelon salad. I had explained to the waiter that I have a severe gluten allergy. I ordered a burger on a gluten-free bun. It arrived, I added ketchup and then I stopped. The roll looked so good- too good. It took five minutes for me to signal the waiter to ask about the roll. It was not gluten free. If I had eaten it, I would have been violently ill for around nine days. Close call- thought I was safe in this restaurant. Won’t go back for a long time. My husband didn’t like his Cobb Salad. The dressing was oddly sweet. Their wine list is disappointing too.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 20, 2022Hello Glutenfree I am genuinely so sorry in regards to your experience. We take great pride in our ingredients and being aware of our guests allergies. We missed the mark in this regard. Please allow me to rebuild your trust in our brand and location. I would personally like to invite you back in to enjoy your next meal on me. Please feel free to call me at your earliest convenience to arrange your reservation for you + 1. Milissa 626-639-6818

  24. L

    Lovely

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was really nice overall. The only real issue was the music was cranked up too loud to have a comfortable conversation.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 20, 2022Hello FFFF, We are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience all in all. In efforts to provide an excellent experience next time around, we will communicate this to our team. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  25. G

    Gwensgirl

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is so good! They have a nice outside patio. Really interesting and tasty dishes!

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 20, 2022Hello Gwensgirl, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us all around! Each and every day we strive to provide spectacular food, stellar service, and a beautiful ambiance, and we are so happy to hear that it was provided for you. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  26. KM

    KarenM

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    True Food Kitchen is highly recommended; and is our favorite place to go with very ventilated air conditioned rooms and a patio with umbrellas. The Grassfed burger is superb, summer waterrmelon salad is so uniquely delicious and the beverages are exceptionally healthy and delicious. Servers are the most hospitable and efficient.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 20, 2022Hello KarenM, thank you so much for your 5 star review & recommendation. It fills our hearts with joy! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed a SUPERB Grassfed burger, we are great fans as well! We love the fact that the servers contributed to wonderful dining experience. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  27. KC

    KevinC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservation at 1:15pm and we got there earlier at 12:45pm, the hostess getting us seated right away. Once seated our server Rohana came to greet us immediately and she is very sweet and attentive. It was our first time here and we tried Salmon Tuscan Kale salad, Grilled Korean Steak, Lasagna Bolognese, Wild Caught Tuna Tostada and they are all good. We will come back again to try their pizzas and others.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 20, 2022Hello Kevin C! We are so happy to hear that our hosts were able to accommodate your needs right off the bat, we really wouldn't have it any other way! We also agree that Rohana is an excellent server and we are so lucky to have her on our team. Thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to serve you, and we can't wait to have you again!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, kind and gracious service. A good value. We sat outside which was perfect in the early evening.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 25, 2022Hello OpenTable Diner! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a kind and detailed review. We strive to provide an excellent experience day in a day out, and we are so happy to hear that it provided for you. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  29. S

    Sunnyday

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch outside with family. We love the cauliflower with tahini and get it every visit! The special salads of the day were great. And the kale salad with salmon was good. Even the ice tea was fresh and delicious.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 21, 2022Hello Sunnyday, we are absolutely delighted to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your dining experience! We really wouldn't have it any other way. We also love the cauliflower, which is one of our signature appetizers that have become a crowd favorite. Thank you so much for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  30. b

    breezy

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess and waitress were super friendly and seated/served us fairly quickly despite it being busy!

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 21, 2022Hello Breezy, we are so happy to hear that you were serviced in a speedy manner despite it being busy. Thank you so much for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  31. DN

    DanielleN

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and helpful staff and on top of it without hovering. Food is delicious and customizable to your dietary needs. It’s refreshing to feel full without feeling bloated when dining by out. Atmosphere is bright and airy.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 15, 2022Hello DanielleN, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience without a hitch, each and everyday we strive to provide organic, service! Thank you so much for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  32. JT

    JayT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was amazing! Upbeat, cheerful, engaged, anticipatory of our needs. She made a "great" meal a "great" experience! We thoroughly enjoyed our food and drinks,. Everything was fresh and tastefully prepared. The promptness, attention, professionalism, and thoughtfulness of all the staff was much appreciated. The only thing that was at all glaring was that the noise level was a bit too loud. It made conversation more of a shouting match than a loud conversation.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 15, 2022Hello JayT, so many splendid words to describe our server fills our heart with joy! We are delighted that you had a great experience all in all, we wouldn't have it any other way. We will communicate your feedback to our team in efforts to improve our noise level and ambiance. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  33. LH

    LinaH

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a good experience. And I always feel like I am getting a healthy meal. It’s a little bit pricey but I think everything is nowadays. Excellent customer service.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 21, 2022Hello LinaH, we are so happy to hear you had a beautiful experience with us. Each and everyday we strive to provide excellent service, alongside nutritious food that keeps you feeling good. Thank you so much for joining us, and we can't wait to serve you again!

  34. JH

    JenniferH

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was FANTASTIC. The food and drinks were great. We sat inside on a hot day, but still had that nice indoor/outdoor feel. I love that you can make reservations. Leave yourself enough time to park in the inexpensive public garage on the next block or use their valet behind the restaurant or self-park across the street from that.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely patio. Wonderful food. food alternatives acceptable, even encouraged. Small portions.
  36. LM

    LourdesMaria

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server Very vegan friendly Food is excellent and very appetizing

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 7, 2022Hello LourdesMaria, we are delighted to hear that you experienced some stellar service alongside some fantastic vegan food! Here at True, we strive to provide an exceptional experience regardless of dietary restrictions, and we are happy to hear that it was provided for you. Thank you for joining us, and we can't wait to see you again soon!

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    Unbelivable02

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Service very slow . Waiter changed our pizza order without letting us know the change was due to the kitchen not having basil . Very bizarre.

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 6, 2022Hello Unbelivable02 Thank you for your feedback. That does sound very bizarre in regard to your pizza. I genuinely apologize. Please accept my personal invitation to return and experience an additional pizza on us. We would love to rebuild your trust. Feel free to contact me directly at the number below to set up your reservation. Justin or Milissa 626-7639-6818

  38. RI

    RICHARDP

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reservation honored on time. Serving staff very helpful. Food tasty and well presented

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 7, 2022Hello RICHARDP, we are so happy to hear that our host team set the precedent for a great experience right off the bat. Here at True, we strive to provide stellar service and tasty food day in and day out, and we are delighted to hear that it was provided for you. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  39. KM

    KarenM

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    True Food Kitchen is definitely one of our favorite restaurants to go to for a celebration with family and friends or just a date night as a couple. The food is always fantastic and healthy. The service is very hospitable and attentive. The grassfed burger is a must. We try something new on the menu each visit and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend you try it and hope you love coming here as often as we do...and now our family and friends we have brought too!
  40. T

    Theatrebuff59

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This was my second visit - enjoyed my first so much I wanted to bring friends who live in the area and had not been here yet. I live an hour away Seating inside was so noisy we couldn’t hear each other speak. Our server was very friendly and polite but forgot requests for water, ice bucket, beverage refresh for guest not drinking wine. Entree arrival timing too soon - not finished with appetizers; asking if guest finished when he’s obviously not. Food is good - overall vibe is good I’ll be back - will ask for / wait for outside seating next time

    True Food Kitchen - PasadenaResponded on July 4, 2022Hello Theatrebuff59, We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us overall. Here at True, we have a certain standard that we strive to hit each and every time when it comes to our food, drinks and service. It looks like we definitely have some room for improvement, and we will make sure that we provide that for you the next time you join us. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to serving you again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 639-6818.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena is rated 4.6 stars by 2500 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

168 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Colorado and Pasadena

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage around the corner on Delacy that offers Free parking for the first 90 minutes. There is also street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Stephanie Nguyen

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 639-6818

  • Catering

    Please contact the restaurant for catering inquiries.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (626) 639-6818

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