True Food Kitchen - Chicago

4.7
1013 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Farm-to-table, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 10pm
Fri: 11am - 11pm
Sat: 10am - 11pm
Sun: 10am - 9pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun | 10am - 3pm
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Phone number
(312) 204-6981
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
State & Erie
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Detailed menu of delicious varied food. Excellent atmosphere & service.

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CD
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the meal and the service was amazing! I have been here before, and it never disappoints. There is something on the menu for everyone, their drinks and non-alcoholic drinks are all amazing and so tasty. I think the best part is the food is actually healthy - so even if you order a "heavy" option, you don't walk out feeling gross.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I eat here frequently. Overall it was very good. This visit, the service was a bit below par. But honestly it was not bad service. She forgot a request for an extra side and it was a bit difficult to get her attention. Actually the food for a friend was a bit weird. She had ordered a bowl of soup and it came without any bread or anything, just the bowl of soup. When she asked for bread, the server said, "We don't have any bread but we have toast." Um, I thought that toast IS bread, just toasted? Otherwise, it is a great place to meet up with friends

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OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! The food was great and so was the service!!

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JR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very tasty food. Great for lunch!

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OT
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food if you like that kind of stuff. I’d rather have a burger and fries. But it seems as though others enjoyed the fare

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous restaurant with super great food!!!
Will definitely recommend!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very knowledgeable and accommodating to our food restrictions

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f
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good, great healthy meal especially if you're looking for something light. Loved the edamame dumplings, but definitely on the expensive side.

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N
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I really want to like True Food Kitchen, but I just don’t think the food and prices are appropriately matched. Truly enjoyed my Sunrise Bowl, and would order it again. The roasted sweet potatoes , pesto, mushrooms, ancient grains and egg was a tasty combo. My dining companion ordered the Mediterranean Chicken Pita, which she enjoyed although the chicken was dry. Neither the kale salad or sweet potato hash adds much. The fresh juice drinks and cocktail we ordered were okay but pricey. So the $60 price tag for 2 means that TFK is not a regular everyday dining option for us.

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E
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have eaten at True Food several times. I ordered different entrees each time and they have always been very good. The food is relatively simple, slightly unconventional and tasty with a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. The atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant.
Prices are reasonable. I always look forward to eating here.

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JB
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. I didn't know that Dr. Weil had started this restaurant. The menu is varied and interesting. Very creative preparations.

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f
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here, so many choices for folks who dont eat meat, great drinks, teas...i coukd eat this kind if food every day.

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b
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live in the neighborhood and can always rely on this restaurant for good tasting, healthy food.

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LM
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious!!!!!!!
Interesting menu choices!
Waitress was lovely!

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PC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I like the look of the restaurant and the concept and this was a repeat visit. But this time there was a problem. When ordering a noodle dish I made a point of mentioning I didn't want any onions/scallions in or on the dish. The server asked if it was a "severe" allergy to which I replied no, but I didn't want them. Of course, the dish was brought to the table by someone else (maybe a floor manager) and there were the scallions. I commented on it and was asked what was wrong while I picked scallions off my meal. I'm sure if I would have made a stink it would have been taken away. But I was hungry and didn't want to wait to have it re-made. Our server saw my pile of scallions, apologized, and even said what a labor (sic) it was to place the order. The first person who brought the dish even came by the table on her rounds and removed my napkin of scallions. So--did they try to make up for the mistake? Nope. They could have brought a dessert with an apology, comped two beverages....lots of options. But nothing. Oh yes, how was the food? Good, not great and not that great of a value. It was my second visit and I'm not rushing to go back.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately our dining experience at True Food was disappointing. The highlight was the salmon and hot apple jack (though the drink was light on the bourbon). The lowlights were the tacos, burger, and overall service. Our server herself was fine but lacked support.

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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too loud. Otherwise I would hurry back. Flexible menu with many vegetarian options.

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OQ
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

True Food never disappoints. Food is healthy, creative and delicious. Wait staff is well trained and always attentive. This hold to the multiple locations I have been to in California, Texas, Georgia and the Chicago location. Possibly one of the best multi-unit restaurant brands in the country!

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Dubai
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

So I love this place, however yesterday the food was mediocre at best. Especially compared to what i am used to. Lets start by saying I was given thr wrong order!! And only because I get the same thing every time did I notice!! My real order arrived shortly after and the Ancient Grains bow with steak was not the same look as i had many times before. The steak has a weird dressing on it, the grains were way too much, there wasnt any snow peas .. just not the same. A bit disappointed but i guess once a place becomes very popular the standards kinda drop

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G
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Wish we had one in Pittsburgh. Service was great, food choices very good.

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JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was so creative and unique... Plus YUMMY!!

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l
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall, it did not meet my expectations.
Service was slow, waiter would disappear for long periods of time... and restaurant was not busy.
Food was good, not great. Seems overpriced for the quality. Dessert was the best part, flourless chocolate cake, which was free because we celebrated a birthday.

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ER
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve enjoyed dining here numerous times and love it. We love the fresh food and seasonal menu changes. Service is very friendly and professional- great staff! True Food Kitchen has become one of our neighborhood favorites!

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JM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Super nice staff, but the food was not good. I understand the “pull” of the restaurant- clean and healthy foods- but the taste was not there.

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AA
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and environment was awesome! Was there 4 days ent back 3 times! Breakfast lunch and dinner!
Loved the healthy yummy options!

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J
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved!! Can’t wait to return and try other offerings on the amazing menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The bass was juicy. I'm looking forward to the Moroccan chicken, and the Brussels sprouts can't be beat!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really liked the non alcohol drinks available. I did not see if gluten free pizza was available, but would like to see that so I could try the pizza.

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4
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food was fabulous!!!! Our server, Nicole, was very upbeat, helpful, efficient and friendly. I had a lasagna dish that was out of this world. Their chili was very tasty as well.

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RJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food and atmosphere. Server a little overzealous; actually would’ve been nice to see him a little less often. We felt a little pressured to be finished with our dishes before we were. But he was an excellent server and very nice. This restaurant is a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to go back.

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OT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant is unlike any other in the neighborhood. The food is very healthy and very tasty. I particularly like the Poke Bowl. My only complaint is that the noise level is loud and I feel that it has a lot to do with how the restaurant was built out.

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VB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has its own special vibe--cool, fun, lively--and great imaginative and healthy food options that are reasonably priced. Wonderful service. Will keep coming back. So glad it's in my neighborhood.

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TT
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It’s just too much imposed NOISE!
It’s a nice concept- and having frequented same chain in California we knew what to expect. However, this location’s noise level was just way too much! It was too hard to hear, talk, or enjoy pleasant friends. The food is good, the quality good, the service terrific — but must the ambient music be just blaring? Not a comfortable experience. Don’t think we will be returning.

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BT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely outstanding, highly recommended. Lots of vegetarian options

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SM
Milwaukee
38 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drove from MKE to Chicago to have lunch with our daughters. WOW! True Food Kitchen hit it out of the ball park. We shared a delicious bottle of wine and an appetizer of roasted brussel sprouts. Each of us ordered something different and each dish was delicious and unique. Everything is made from scratch, organic, and the care in preparation was obvious. My choice was a lasagna bolognese (with chicken) -- it was just fabulous. One of us had Mediterranean, one had ramen, and one had Japanese. They nailed each one. Our server was delightful and so was everyone else on staff. Nice atmosphere and very clean. Reasonable prices. Highly recommend. :)

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TR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I really like this place. There was a slight issue with my entree and the took care of it. I do feel at prime lunch time they need to have more hands on deck.

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JE
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really tasty healthy modern cuisine in creative stylish setting.

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BM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and menu options. We’ll definitely go back.

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GD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food is one of my favorites. With such creative cuisine and high-quality ingredients, I haven't yet gone wrong with their expansive, delicious, and healthy menu. I definitely recommend.

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