True Food Kitchen - Newport

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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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KM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu and great food

NR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, especially if you have food sensitivities or just want really fresh & clean ingredients. The butternut squash soup and butternut squash pizza were amazing!

TF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A good choice for something different. Chose it because of its vegan options. The noise level inside was high but thanks to the fire pit and heaters we comfortably ate outside in peace and tranquility. The server was great and appeared only when we needed him, so we were able to enjoy a leisure dinner. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was delicious. I had the lasagna bolognese which was tasty and filling. My vegan companions had the vegan bowls which they enjoyed. We shared the coconut milk ice cream and flourless chocolate cake for dessert which were both very good. I would go back again but would only sit outside

MJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We brought a friend who unbeknownst to us had a bad experience at the True Foods in Scottsdale and unfortunately her experience at the Newport Beach restaurant was equally disappointing. The steak on the steak taco was full of gristle. We won't be bringing her back to True Foods.

AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the staff was very nice! Will definitely be going back!

JS
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

like to new fall menu. always such pleasant servers!

AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Hostess staff and waitress seemed to move through molasses today. When we arrived, we gave our name and reservation time but it took multiple explanations to be seated and to arrive at the table that was actually meant for us. The waitress was slow in service and inattentive not only with our table but the two tables surrounding us. I watched the table next to us stand up and help themselves to empty water glasses and a water pitcher because they were tired of waiting. We arrived at the restaurant at 10:20ish yet we were not given the chance to place a food order until close to 11. We did not receive our food until close to 11:20. Every step was somehow incomplete or required us asking multiple times. It was a baffling experience. Not sure what accounted for it as there was no communication or compensation for the experience. Disappointed since I was the one who suggested we go to True Foods after several past good experiences.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on October 14, 2019

Andrew, we are embarrassed to hear of your experience yesterday. Please accept our sincerest apologies and know this is not our standard. I am going to message to privately to discuss further and make this right for you.

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C
Orange County
123 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our meal on the patio. Our server Nick was attentive and provided excellent service.
Love the Edamame Dumplings, the Seasonal Salads and a Pizza

KA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we met at 4pm for a business dinner, had a wonderful time, service was excellent

TF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Servers and waiters are often disconnected and it is hard to flag them down. Ordered a poke bowl and wanted chopsticks - had to ask 4 times as servers whisked by my table. Waiter nowhere to be found. Finally got up and got it myself. They offered a free dessert, would have just preferred attention to detail around my order.

TS
Louisville
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. It never disappoints. Hard to decide between so many fantastic options. There is always something new to choose among the seasonal specials. That along with the fantastic regular menu makes this a place to return many times. Highly recommend!

F
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a friends birthday in the patio on an outstanding and lovely day. Everything was perfect!

C
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very rude service.I was accused of filling up glass of their complimentary sparkling tea when me and husband had lunch there. Server told I was charged $5. First of all, service was slow and very thirsty so I took a small amount of their tea by the front desk. I felt very insulted.

FI
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was fresh, service was excellent and restaurant ambiance was strong

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Squash pie was amazing!

LD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

They got my order wrong twice and we had to wait forever.... food was good but not sure if I’ll go back again...

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!

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MR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alisa was great.. Thank you from Hudson and Marco

f
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

SO sad. We always love this place but this time was not good. Brussels sprouts were limp, not crisp. Asked for avocado, mustard & ketchup for burger- got none of that. My sister has pre-ordered a bday dessert for me - never came. Fish tacos undercooked. It will be a while before we return.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food selections are creative and tasty. Service was great.

DC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a good place to eat for groups with various dietary restrictions and preferences. The menu offered something for everyone from vegan to meat lover. Our party of five enjoyed all of their food choices except the wrap, which was a bit dry. I loved the flavors of my skinny, minty margarita and juicy turkey sandwich and highly recommend them.
I gave a lower rating overall because even though the food and service were very good, the noise level inside the restaurant is ridiculously loud which ruined the ambience. We will eat outside on the patio in the future in order to enjoy our conversation.

LA
Canberra / ACT
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Menus ingredients look great when receive dishes poor ingredients

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed immensely, as usual!

KD
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent in every way

M
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Highly recommend the turkey burger and beet and goat cheese flatbread.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful and accommodated when there was an issue with our food. Thank you!

SS
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious healthy food & the food choices have grown steadily over the years.
Their 'healthy' cocktails are unique & interesting. I had a ginger margarita that was very delicious.
Really the only downside is the noise. It is less noisy outside on the patio.

ES
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We usually love our visit to True Food but this time they seemed to have forgotten where they sat us. It was a very busy Friday evening so we were patient but my husband ended up going back inside to the hostess to let them know we had been waiting for a while without anyone even coming over to say hello and bring water. Our server was most apologetic and we were treated to a complimentary dessert. This being said, we would definitely make another reservation to eat at True Food.

BS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun atmosphere and delicious, fresh food. Our server was very knowledgeable and genuinely seemed to love her job. We sat on the patio and it couldn't have been more pleasant!

F
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! The noise level tends to be on the high side, with the music a tad on high side. Otherwise, always a great experience.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for the feedback, Fab2dine!

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CL
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

We went for lunch and were seated right away with a reservation. A waitress came right away

RP
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always wonderful services, clean-fresh food and a happy well trained staff.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Good food. Always a satisfying meal at True Food. Cocktails always seem “weak;” not much alcohol, though.

AP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great! I am on a strict diet, so the Korean noodle dish is fantastic, very tasty and only 550 cals.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you for the great feedback!

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SV
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy coming to True Food Kitchen - Newport Beach. Everything I have ever ordered is delicious and fresh and you can’t beat the excellent service. I highly recommend the restaurant to anyone who wants to eat healthy tasty cuisine. I’ll be back for sure again!

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, fresh ingredients. Friendly server but service was not great, food came and no silverware to eat with, pizza served and no bread plates to eat with. Had to borrow salt and pepper from the next table. Had to ask for our server 3 times to put in a drink order to go at the end.

AD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a disappointment. Drinks did not arrive until food was served. One entree was served almost 10 minutes after the others with no explanation. Generally not up to the standard that I have experienced in the past.

CI
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the tastiest food that fills and fuels with healthy and feel-good after glow! And the friendliest service!

c
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the curry bowl, grass fed burger with marinaded cucumbers and sweet potato hash browns. Also had edamame dumpling as an appetizer.
Everything we ordered was delicious. The food is better than we anticipated. Highly recommend giving this place a retry.

ST
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

of the 6 people in the party, the server got 4 of our food orders wrong. Kitchen seemed unorganized, and I'm' surprised there is no manager in the kitchen checking off the orders to make sure the food was made correctly and according to order. Even though the manager waived costs for the foods that were brought 15 minutes late due to incorrect orders, this is the 3rd time it occurred in the last 3 months I've been there (especially when it's business lunches). The restaurant needs to step up their management, it's a little irritating.

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