True Food Kitchen - Fairfax

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$30 and under
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Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch. Excellent service. Delicious food. Relaxing and fun!

CK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Amazing, very friendly service and good food! High recommendation!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The restaurant was fine, the server was very friendly, the food was good but the evening was soured because even though we made a reservation we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. We were told that our table had been given away to a different party who did not have a reservation. What is the point of making a reservation if it won’t be respected? Members of our party had hired a babysitter and had to cut short the night given the 30 minute delay. No apologies were made nor any efforts at compensating us...it was very disappointing.

LS
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought some new peeps to this place and as always, they LOVE IT! Such a great concept with some tasty options!

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food as always!

PB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The place was rather noisy, at times I had a difficult time hearing my friend who was sitting across from me. I was disappointed that the server came with one check. She did not ask beforehand if we wanted separate checks. The food, however, was very good, just a little pricey for the amount.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Hi Paula! Thank you for the feedback! We will address with the staff reading our guests to see what their needs may be regarding splitting checks. We are glad you enjoyed your food! Hope to see you in again soon!

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CA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I love True Foods but I do wish the set-up were a bit different at times - I made reservations for two and they sat us in the middle of the corridor / walkway that leads to the bathroom/kitchen. We constantly had people brushing past us on one side and were practically on top of the table of people that sat to the other side of us. Also, the food is always great but be prepared to spend a pretty penny here - our meal was two entrees and one very small appetizer and a modest bottle of wine - total was around ~$120.

PD
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Patricia!! We true-ly appreciate your loyalty!

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B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very energetic atmosphere. The food is 100% anti-inflammatory, which looked like health food. What we ordered was delicious but much of the menu was a bit intimidating. It was a crowded Friday night. Not recommended for a quiet date night. Fun for friends.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Bryant! We TRUE-ly appreciate your loyalty!

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SF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is spectacular, as always, as are the servers. A little overpriced, and a little noisy. But neither of those issues keeps me from going repeatedly.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Susan! We TRUE-ly appreciate your loyalty!!!

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e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious, fresh food. a good choice of non-alcoholic drinks, and just-right service. Yes, I'll be going again.

J
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is amazing and they are able to easily customize meals for dietary restrictions.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Jess! We TRUE-ly appreciate your loyalty!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress made our lunch very special with her pleasant smile and exceptional customers service. One of the female managers visited our table to make sure we were please with our food.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Jenny! We TRUE-ly appreciate your loyalty! Hope to see you in again soon!

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VL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sweet potato glass noodle bowl was yummy. Not crazy about the pickled mushroom caps, but otherwise very flavorful. My friend had the fish tacos and said they were good. Squash pie was delish. Service was outstanding.

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Responded on November 26, 2019

Thank you Vienna! We TRUE-ly appreciate your loyalty! We look forward to having you in again soon!

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the herb hummus (portion is small, but tasty), roasted squash pizza, Korean glass noodles (very good) and edamame dumplings (again small portion but soooo good). Cocktails were low on alcohol but tasted good. We ordered the ginger margarita and beet the John cocktails. Enjoyed our food.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you Bumblebee!

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JG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food and is always very consistent. Love coming here and feeling good about what I eat while also tasting good. The service however continues to be an issue. This last time the problem was with the host stand. We came without a reservation for a party of three because open table was showing a lot of openings. When we got there they said it would be a half hour wait. So I literally got on my phone and made a reservation for ten minutes later and was seated immediately because now I had a reservation. It makes no sense. Food service is ok but usually have to remind wait staff for things like water and that part of the order hasn’t arrived. I like this place a lot but would like them to work harder to fix service issues.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you Jennifer, we appreciate the feedback, and we apologize for the mishap with the seating. Hope to have you all in again soon!

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LN
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & experience. My friends and I lingered a bit long at our table talking but they were super accommodating to us. Avocado toast was great.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us! You can stay as long as you like!

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FM
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

But only with the understanding that they are going to spend a lot of $$ on not a lot of food. I am not expecting heaps of food. But I was shocked that my lunch amounted to more than $30 and I just had one entree (curry with salmon). I understand that the quality of their products and food is worth more than your average restaurant. I just wish there was more of it.

Very energetic atmosphere. Busy and loud! But we still managed to talk over it.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

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B
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I’ve eaten here several times. The menu is unique. The food is good and the drinks are creative. The servers are friendly. However, the noise level is so extreme, I might not go back. We could not carry on a conversation without shouting. We went at lunchtime, thinking the noise wouldn’t be as bad. But that was not the case.

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Responded on November 16, 2019

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I am a health conscious person that appreciates fresh, local, and organic food choices. There aren't many restaurants that match these criteria, but this is one of the rare few. The food was delicious and they had a wonderful variety. The environment is delightful, and the service was excellent. I highly recommend True Food Kitchen for anyone that wants to enjoy a meal out while eating healthy at the same time.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for joining us Jessica! Hope to have you in again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a pleasure to eat at True Food Kitchen. The variety, quality, inventiveness and flavor of the food never disappoints. I recommend TFK to everyone hands down. Seasonal dishes keep interest fresh, service is very good, drinks are fun and interesting. A plus!

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Responded on November 16, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great for lunch with a friend!

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Responded on November 20, 2019

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N
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my husband out to brunch with family to celebrate his birthday... love the great vegan options you have, just wish you could provide more on the kids menu

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Responded on November 13, 2019

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C
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The seating for my guest and I was cramped at our small table for two. I felt as though I was elbow to elbow with the person sitting to my right and the annoyance of being brushed by the coats of patrons walking by on my left. Everything was terrific except for feelings cramped the whole time.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks Chris! I apologize for the tight space table for you and your guest.

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GE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our go-to place for bringing friends from out-of-town. The food never disappoints. The noise level on a Saturday can make hearing in a group of 6 a challenge. On the other hand, the energy associated with the noise is all positive, and no one heard a one-year old when he wasn't happy.

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thanks Gary!

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D
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, outstanding healthy food. Excellent flavors with the right seasoning.

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Responded on November 13, 2019

Thank you for joining us Dave!

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F
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place to eat, meet friends, have a healthy meal. Only problem is the noise level; conversation was difficult with anyone not next to me. Otherwise a 5 stars.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 9, 2019

Thank you!

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CA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and setting!

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thanks Cassie!

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MK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food. Wait time was long.

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Responded on November 6, 2019

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SG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Although it is one of the noisiest restaurants you can try the food is amazing.

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Responded on November 6, 2019

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EG
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was my second time at this restaurant and I knew I had to bring my parents (Dad is super into this kind of concept) and they loved it. This was a dinner out for my kiddos 4th birthday and she had a blast!

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 6, 2019

Thank you Erica! Glad you all had a great time!

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S
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good but wrong food was put in my doggy bag.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 1, 2019

Hi Susan! I am so sorry about the wrong food in you to-go bag! Please feel free to contact me at the restaurant so I can get you the right item jt.taylor@truefoodkitchen

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W
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the food! My friend and I split an order of roasted beet n goat cheese flatbread, fish tacos, and the Korean noodle. Food was fabulous! Place wasn’t busy at all since it was close to 1:30, but I was surprised at the slow service. Maybe just an off day, usually service is much better.

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Responded on November 1, 2019

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A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the waiter. I see that the menus are changed out seasonally, so I missed seeing my Moroccan chicken. (In its place was Mediterranean chicken.) So, I ordered the salmon with quinoa which was great. My only quibble with many restaurants, including this one, is that they seat parties at adjacent tables when there are enough empty tables that could be utilized to improve privacy. We were seated directly next to a party of 4, so we moved one table away. Shortly after that, the host seated a party at the table directly next to us on the other side. There were a number of empty tables so I don't understand why hosts don't factor this into their seating choices. (The couple next to us was louder than we would have liked.)

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thank you! We appreciate the feedback.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a delicious meal

S
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our group of 4 tried this on Fri night. Only one of our group had eaten here before and he enjoyed it. We were all surprised by the 'health food' aspect of the menu - many of the items were more spicy (seasonings - not heat) than we expected. It was a bit of a challenge ordering but the restaurant was great about modifying the dishes we ordered. All in all we all liked our meals - but it took a bit of 'work' to find dishes we could start with. I guess we aren't as adventuresome as most people are. The fact that all of the dishes are described so thoroughly did allow us to modify them to our tastes. We will go back - now that we know what to expect - and can modify them - but it probably won't become a routine restaurant for us.
The ambiance was a bit on the noisy side - and luckily we sat next to the kitchen so we were out of the 'child' area and it was quieter.

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Responded on November 1, 2019

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Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night, our 30TH wedding anniversary! They treated us like royalty. I had lots of special food requests because of a specific food plan I’m on - no problem! Very accommodating. Impressive! We will be back very soon.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on November 1, 2019

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great healthy food with a ton of options!

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Responded on November 1, 2019

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MM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best CLEAN food!!! The service was excellent and I'm so glad she recommended I try the Teriyaki Quinoa Bowl. So good!!

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Responded on November 1, 2019

Thanks Marla! Hope to see you again soon!

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HZ
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food taste......very fair. It seems in the chief's mind, healthy and good food = boiled vegetables and fresh meat.

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Responded on November 1, 2019

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