True Food Kitchen - El Segundo

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544 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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WA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It was my first time here and the food was delicious, the servers were great! I am definitely coming back!

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is always good at True Food. However, this was the second time we were there where it took almost 39 minutes to be served our food after ordering. Also, my wife’s dish was too spicy and there was nothing in the menu to notate that this was s spicy dish. I loved my spicy dish, but she had to send hers back.
The wait staff and management were very good and handled it very well, very accommodating, very friendly and professional. Overall, this is one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

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LG
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at True Food Kitchen. The food quality was excellent and the menu was very diverse.

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JN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Used to be one of our go-to places, but lately we've found that there aren't many options on the menu that work for us. It's disappointing that a place that had been very accomodating to multiple food restrictions in the past (when my wife was on a restricted diet due to concerns with allergens passing through breast milk to our infant son) now has trouble identifying any viable options that aren't loaded with garlic.

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RT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the hearty kale salad with tofu; fresh and delicious! Our wait person was attentive and patient, and let us linger for a couple of hours over special teas with no pressure.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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b
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I often dine at True Food and I am always happy about the service and the food. This time, unfortunately, my friend and I ordered the cauliflower polenta bowl, and we both got the wrong dish (the cauliflower appetizer). We were so busy talking that we did not fully realize it until we got the bill. I think the problem was that our server was in training, and she wrote the wrong order. Also, she was kind of rushing us a little bit, taking away stuff without really asking if we were done.

In summary, I will still go back but I think the restaurant needs to do its training differently or offer a discount to patrons who are part of the training.

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N
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For lunch or somewhat casual dinner place is reasonable. Service staff not really into it. Its my job so I will take your order feel.

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JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food is pne of my go-tos for a business lunch.
Eating healthfully, having good service and enjoying the ambiance at reasonable price are attributes I look for in my choices.

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

Good service

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MV
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

True Food was so so. Super slow service. I went for the organic/clean food. I like they have meat options. Several selections looked good. Just wasn’t great.

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DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Worst service ever.. 90 minute wait to get our food...

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ES
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was yummy and healthy, seating outside was perfect. Friendly service

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is great with open space.
The amount of food is not enough for boys, but it is for me.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was subpar. Waited very long for food and when it came out it was burned. Shocked they let it leave the kitchen that way but was there for so long who knew how much longer it would be to make it not burned.

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GD
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went on Mothers’ Day, which, I know, can be problematic. This time it certainly was. We were greeted and seated promptly, and our waiter took our order.
We waited, and waited, and waited. After what must have been about half an hour (and we had 3 young children with us), the manager came over to apologize for the delay and to tell us our food would be the next out.
It was, and was pretty good. Two of us had the cauliflower “polenta,” which we really enjoyed. Two had the Korean sweet potato noodles, which they both though was pretty bland and OK, butt uninteresting. The children had teriyaki chicken and had a split decision. The third child had pizza, which all 3 children enjoyed.
On top of that, we had ordered an appetizer, which I think was forgotten. We waited quite a while before being told that they were out of it. Why couldn’t we have been told that much earlier?
All in all, fairly good food, but a very disappointing experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Mother's Day Brunch with a vegan/vegetarian friendly menu. They easily accommodated our special request for the kids. The food was tasty and well prepared.

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TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite of mother and daughter! Lovely light sangria with starter combo “for the table”. Delicious and creative. Salmon and quinoa delicate and tasty. Excellent service.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on May 13, 2019

So glad you enjoyed the food and had a great time!

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VM
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the menu for vegan options. Delicious almond ricotta on the pizza. Enjoy the spacious, airy environment.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on May 10, 2019

So glad you had a great time and enjoyed our food!! Please let us know the next time you are in to visit :)

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We arrived and our group was seated and we waited like 15/20 minutes before someone took our order. The food was fresh but something was missing. But it’s ok I won’t be dining there anytime soon.

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d
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For starters, I really like the food at True Food Kitchen. It's fresh, different and always good.
Our server was fabulous. She was very pleasant with a great personality.
This wasn't the first time I've eaten at True Food Kitchen in El Segundo and I've also eaten at the one in Newport Beach. I've never been disappointed and will definately be coming back.

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MS
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible Gastronomic Experience

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on May 4, 2019

Thank you!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food.

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Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you!

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KY
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, only issue was that my co-worker ordered a protein style grass fed burger, and they brought out a bun. Had to wait about another 10 min, 15 minutes max after I believe the manager said they had already started cooking some other burgers and they would use that to bring it out faster.

He was very nice, the waitress was very nice. They comp'd the burger which was really nice of him.

It was my first time eating at a place like this. Coming from someone who is not a "foodie" I was impressed by the food, and the service.

Sufficient to say, I will definitely come back again.

FYI, it was the level of Customer Service, as well as the food that truly impressed me.

Thanks,

Ken

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you so much for your feedback Ken!

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CK
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the quinoa burger, grass fed beef burger and amazing pizza! Spaghetti squash and cauliflower starter dishes were both fantastic. Great drinks too.

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Responded on April 23, 2019

So glad you loved it all Cynthia!

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w
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a friend of mine who had never been there, but I go all the time. We started with my favorite, the crudités. I also got my favorite white sangria and my friend got champagne. By recommendation of our great waiter, Peter, my friend ordered the lasagna and I got the seasonal Good Earth Salad with shrimp. I sure hope they keep that salad on the menu. It’s amazing! The problems began once we ordered dessert - it was a comedy of errors, actually... We ordered one flourless chocolate cake to share, but it was taking a while. Peter came to admit to us that the kitchen had dropped the cake and were making a new one. We were in no hurry, so NBD. After a while, Peter returned with no cake... apparently our second one was mistaken for an extra and had been given to an employee. 😂 So, they were making another one for us, but rest assured, we would not be charged for the cake. THEN, when we finally got our cake, it wasn’t warm like it’s supposed to be. Of course we ate it because, chocolate cake. However, Peter also returned with a new whole new dessert with warm cake, as well as an additional $20 off the bill.
Throughout all of this, there was a lot of laughter amongst us all. Mistakes happen. It’s how you fix them that matters to me. TFK always gets it done correctly in the end - and the food and service are always amazing!!! I will always go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good vibes. Nice staff. Prices are pretty good, too! Definitely going back sometime in the future

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 23, 2019

We would love to see you again soon! Thanks for the review and feedback!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very noisy place, food is very average to less than average, waitress was completely rude as soon as I arrived there!
My experience was not good and it was my first time there

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P
Los Angeles
193 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food as good and varied. Sufficient for our mixed group of vegans and no-vegans. Service was at tentative and friendly.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere.. could not ask for better.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 23, 2019

Thank you!

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Extremely noisy,food took forever to get to us, food was so-so.will not return.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food does not make up for bad service. We had two problems:

1. Our waitress was very inattentive. She disappeared for long periods of time and, after settling the check, didn't come back with the boxes that were requested.

2. We were a group of 9. Six meals were brought to the table, and the other three didn't show up. After a few minutes someone (not our waitress) came to tell us that the chicken wrap was a new item, so the kitchen was still working on them (only two of the missing meals were chicken wraps). It took close to 10 minutes for the missing meals to be delivered.

In a recommendation to a friend I would say the food is good, but the service was bad at my latest visit.

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i
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was really disappointed with the edamame dumpling. Overall service was good but not excellent.

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MY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside on a beautiful evening for an anniversary meal, and it was quieter than being inside (where we were just a few weeks ago), though the inside isn't terribly noisy. The food is excellent, though the portions may seem a bit small for the price and for anyone looking for huge plates, which we weren't. But the food is special, and the bottle of Pinot we had was great (sorry, don't remember the name, but it came from the Willamette Valley). And the service this night was excellent, compared to our last visit, where it was a little marginal.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 9, 2019

I'm so glad you had a great time with us Matt!

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DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Loud dog barking

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EZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Wonderful food, excellent location, service a little slow

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

never fails to disappoint. a favorite hangout. always recommended for a memorable lunch or dinner.

True Food Kitchen - El Segundo
Responded on April 9, 2019

Thank you!!!

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KG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. We met to celebrate our birthdays and really enjoyed it. We will definitely be back.

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