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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OT
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday dinner was amazing. Thank you!

MD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Curry, honey lemon drink and the Hangover drink. Hummus and the kale salad is magical. You will love. If you don’t love you must be allergic to yummie.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waitress was excellent.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great place with many vegan and vegetarian options! Our favorite dishes include the edamame dumplings (buttery filling and delicious brothy sauce), spaghetti squash casserole (meets the craving for lasagna, but is easy less filling), and butternut squash pizza. The Korean noodles were a bit too sour for our taste, but not bad when you add a little salt. Service was excellent! Our server gave us free samples of their new squash pie that tastes like pumpkin pie.

S
Los Angeles
195 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and thanks for having the table ready for us.

KL
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual.

f
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

always enjoy! sometimes a little wait but it is worth it.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 7, 2019

We appreciate the 5 star review, Mike!

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LS
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was not great. Had to wait too long for a redo in food when I specified I can’t eat seeds yet they served me egg dish with seeded bread. By the time my food came everyone had eaten. No apologies or anything . I enjoy the food here but every time I come in which is now maybe twice a year the service is slow and lacking.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 7, 2019

Larissa, we are highly concerned that we did not treat your allergy with the appropriate attention it deserved. I am going to message you directly to discuss further.

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c
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newly vegan 14 yo grand daughter loved the menu something for all of us. When the waitrss found out she was a new veg she brought her some samples of other thins on the menu to try what a wonderful gesture

P
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and drinks are wonderful - especially if you're eating with friends with different dietary requirements. However sit outside! The noise level inside makes it very difficult to carry on a conversations/

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you, Petti!

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Server sucked

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 2, 2019

Anonymous, we are highly concerned that you did not enjoy your service experience. I am going to message you directly so we can discuss further.

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SL
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always, everything was delicious and we’ll be back soon.

KG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was very good as usual. Service was poor as usual. Started with the same issue we’ve encountered on every visit: No napkins or flatware on our table prior to food arriving. Second recurring problem: Some of our meal was delivered to the wrong table, resulting in one member of our group not having a meal while the remainder of us did.

These problems happen on every visit.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 2, 2019

Keith, we are concerned you are having service issues on every visit and want to make things right. I am going to message you directly to discuss further.

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CV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent place ... super friendly wait staff and manger ...

CS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go to place that never disappoints. They shined as I hosted 8 other people.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you, Christine!

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SW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hostess was haughty when we checked in, like we were not “cool” enough to be there, but server was top notch and really made it a wonderful dining experience! We had a little one with us and she was very accommodating!

SF
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. It was our first time and we will definitely be back. Thank you!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on November 7, 2019

Thank you, Sean!

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CI
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! We never can get over how much we love it! This time we had Naomi who was the most friendly, knowledgeable, kind and lovely server! The best food and the best service every time we come! I’d go every day if possible!

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not as good as before. Definitely something is going on. And got very expensive

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on October 24, 2019

Hi there. We are concerned you did not have a good experience with us. I am going to message you directly in hopes of discussing further.

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RP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food tasted amazing and the outside patio is a great place to have lunch.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on October 24, 2019

Thank you, Regina!

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a
Orange County
148 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the Ancient grains bowl, but it was way too spicy and should be noted on the menu.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on October 24, 2019

Amber, we are very sorry the Ancient Grains was too spicy. I suspect the miso glaze on the sweet potatoes was the culprit, as it can have a kick to it. We can omit this for you any time and hope you might try it again without the glaze, as it's our most popular menu item. Thank you for the feedback.

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KM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and great food

NR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on October 24, 2019

We appreciate the outstanding review, Nicole! Look forward to serving you again next time!

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TF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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 on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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 on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JS
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

like to new fall menu. always such pleasant servers!

AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I didn’t not get a bday dessert

C
Orange County
123 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Squash pie was amazing!

LD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!!!

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MR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alisa was great.. Thank you from Hudson and Marco