True Food Kitchen - Newport

4.6
1151 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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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is always good here but my husband always leaves hungry because the portions are so small.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Audrey, our Server was Fantastic and fun!!

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow to seat. No reason for it. Waitress gave sample of soup The was scalding hot! Burnt the insides of my mouth and throat- blisters and sore throat. Salad was uneventful and bland. Resturant concept good, but Not impressed.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was perfect for a Sunday afternoon. We hang out with our friends. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Meals were very delicious, healthy, and fresh.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the awesome review!

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AK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming here for years. This time we were a party of 10 we were seated and served quickly. Drinks and food are always delicious. Staff are always friendly.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the awesome review, Adrianna!

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was so good. the food was great. the food also came very fast

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great review!

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Used to love True Food. However they apparently changed the menu recently and the choices are not very good or enticing.

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Responded 4 days ago

Jacqueline, we are disappointed to hear you don't enjoy our new menu choices. We take guest feedback seriously and would love to learn what you are missing / what you'd like to see on the next menu change. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at Nancy.Geden@TrueFoodKitchen.comm. Thank you!

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S
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great there. Love the Ancient Grains bowl. Delicious w so many flavors. Great patio.

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Responded 4 days ago

We appreciate the 5-star review, Shari!

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JB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All of the food and drinks were of very high quality. We sat outside where the heat lamps efficiently kept us warm.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you, Jen!

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VR
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Superb food, service and ambience! Highly recommended!

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Responded 4 days ago

We appreciate the kind review!

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LG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got the turkey burger and was great. Also loved de honey lemonade and the ginger tea

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Responded 4 days ago

Thanks, Lea!

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A
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites!
We are assured of fresh and delicious
Great food selections
Very helpful and friendly help, including the managers

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! We appreciate it!

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L
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great, fresh food. I had the chicken wrap w/the Kale salad that is on the Spring menu. It was delicious. Lots of fresh veggies inside. Chicken cooked perfectly and very tender. Flavoring spot on.
Also had the Ginger O drink. Super good.

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Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the awesome review, Linda!

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CM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat with friends and feel healthy. Good to know your body is getting great quality ingredients.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food as always. Love this place - fresh and creative veggie dishes

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f
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lasagna and pizzas were delicious. We also had a chance to chat with the manager who was very personable. Our server was also very attentive.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a birthday lunch and our server made us feel extra special. After being disappointed that the patio was closed, she had a birthday sign and flowers waiting for the guest of honor! She was so cheerful and helpful that it made the experience extra-special. Thank you!

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for the amazing review! I am so glad we could make your friend feel special on her birthday!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was so yummy! Lots of choices. Everyone I was with also enjoyed what they got!

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JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was delicious! TF never disappoints!

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Responded on May 15, 2019

We appreciate the awesome review!

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TG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We are already fans of TFK in El Segundo, so we were excited to go in NB. We had a res for 5:15 and arrived on time, but ended up having to wait about 20min (it was Mother's Day, quite crowded, and we didn't want to sit inside as it was a bit loud). Our server, Lauren, was AWESOME! Super engaging, attentive, funny, and suggested a couple new items to us that we ended up LOVING and wondering why we never ordered before. Thanks for great food and a terrific atmosphere!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on May 15, 2019

TriGirlLA - we appreciate the kind review! Our sincerest apologies for the wait on your reservation; we appreciate your understanding. Thank you for the shout out to Lauren - we will make sure she gets properly recognized for her outstanding service! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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l
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

True Food has great ambience, food you can feel good about as well as enjoy, and a friendly staff - but there is something about the service... it is almost always extremely slow, waitstaff is elusive with an air that it is 'supposed to be that way...' -- it's a lovely place to go for dinner, but only enjoyable if you're feeling patient and not particularly hungry when you get there...

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on May 15, 2019

Lisa, we are glad you find our staff friendly, but concerned that your service seems slow. We are a guest-first restaurant and clearly have missed the mark on your experience with us. If you don't mind sharing a little more of your experience, can you please e-mail me directly at Nancy.Geden@TrueFoodKitchen.comm? Thank you!

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but there was a hair in my salad.

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RB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We arrived 40 minutes before our reservation and checked in after that we walked around the mall and came back 10 minutes before our 2:15 reservation. The male host stated it would be 10 minutes and our table would be ready. However, 35 minutes had past, I went up and asked how much longer, and thankfully they called our name. The food was great, the service was slow, we did not leave until 4:45pm which is insane. I will not be coming back to this location. The one in El segundo is ran much more efficiently.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Rick, what you described is highly concerning for us. I want to make sure we make this right for you. If you are willing to discuss further, can you please e-mail me directly at Nancy.Geden@TrueFoodKitchen.comm? Thank you.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Had a spot by the kitchen it was fun to watch them make the pizza crusts. We didn't have pizza but it sure looked good! The Salmon was delicious and so were the umami burgers, had mine lettuce wrapped. Kale salad was a perfect side. The Cauliflower starter dish was so good would definitely get that again! Had the Key Lime mousse real refreshing! If you love chocolate the flourless chocolate cake is real chocolatey.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Wow, Rebecca! Thank you for the great review! Our Marg Pizza is one of my favorite dishes; I hope you get to try it next time! We look forward to serving you again very soon.

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DT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go there regularly and love it! Food is yummy and the service is great.

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Responded on May 15, 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review, Dave!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my Birthday and I was being treated to lunch by a dear lady friend...reservation desk, wait staff, very nice, the only thing I would change is choosing to eat on the patio, the main dinning room way to noisy for my taste......the food OMG......we both chose the Cobb Salad and that awesome dressing....I also had, I think it's called the "OG" drink.....and dessert for the BDay was the Flourless Chocolate cake........the food 10 plus.........I will recommend and will be going back for that salad soon.....salivating as I'm sharing this review......thanks to all you lovely being of light making my Birthday (76) one of the best ever.......Merci

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Service was very slow

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DL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love the food and ambience, our waitress was awesome, but the girls that we asked to clean our table weren’t as friendly nor did they clean the table all that well with alcohol? So our table smelled like alcohol and our waitress noticed our table was wet with alcohol and quickly took care of it and apologized. She was great.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

University

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

True Food is an easy choice. Fun, lively atmosphere. Good, healthy food, reasonable value. For some reason they reported me as a no show for a recent reservation, but I cleared that up with Open Table. True Food is one of my "go to" options for out of town guests and smaller groups of people.

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a
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Wow had this restaurant changed and not in a good way! We brought a friend who was visiting CA for the 1st time and was embarrassed because we told her it was so good. Our server seemed relatively new and not trained well as service was very slow and unorganized and it wasn’t even busy. Our drinks took over 15 mins to get which the server said the bartender forgot. FORGOT?? How could she forget when it wasn’t busy? When our food arrived our friend took 1 bite and said these grains are not cooked thoroughly. We told our server and he apologized but she had to order something completely different because the kitchen was closing soon. She ordered the steak tacos which were just ok. My husband asked for an espresso at the end of dinner but the server said sorry that machine is closed down for the night. Ok? When we received the bill they charged our friend for the steak tacos which we asked the server to comp since they messed up her original dinner. The manager then came to our table to apologize for their mistake and comp’d the meal. We will probably never go back because their food and service has declined in the past years which is too bad. Their kale salad used to be “the bomb” but was soggy and kind of bitter. Not sure if they are mass producing everything now but I don’t think Dr Weil would approve of what’s going on at this location.

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

Amazing food. Never have been disappointed. Enjoyed the cauliflower and ancient grains bowl. Truly delicious!

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BH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a birthday lunch at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon. The restaurant was not full. Our orders were taken and then we waited and waited. Finally, we got our small appetizer, and waited expectantly for our food. The servers were bustling around and basically unavailable. We waited and waited and waited. At one point we were told ours was the next ticket up - but no food. Then we called over someone who was a manager, who told us our order had been set back because we had an appetizer (what???). Then, she came back and told us ours was the next ticket up. Still, no food. We began to complain more visibly. Others in the area were complaining also. Finally, the food arrived and it was fine. The server came over and said we would get a free dessert because of the birthday. We should have been offered more than that at this point, so she came back and offered four desserts, which we didn't want. Our lunch took over three frustrating hours. Not good at all.

The biggest problem with all of this is the no one on the staff owned up to the miserable delays. If they were short staffed or something and had told us, we might have been more understanding, but I am left to feel that this is their normal pace, and it is completely unacceptable. None of us will ever go back there again, and that's a pretty big statement for me.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on May 7, 2019

Barbara, I am so sorry for your experience on Sunday. We 100% take ownership for the delays you felt and want to extend our sincere apologies. I am going to message you directly in hopes of making this right with you.

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K
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really appreciate wide variety of VEGAN foods and desserts. Love❤

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R
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nancy, the manager, was great greeting us! shes amazing! food is great, service great...love True Food - happy they are adding different items !

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RH
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

good family restaurant with a lot of health options. After an initial wait we were seated. We liked the possibility of outdoor seating; the outdoor patio is very nice, we preferred it to the inside seating. We ordered the spinach mushroom pizza which was very delicious . As Entrees my husband chose the poke bowl which was a lot of quinoa and not a lot of poke.I chose the the good earth Health salat with Chicken, it was a huge portion and it tasted very good. Our waitress was supernice and very attentive.
Overall the hype about the restaurant is not justified. It is a good and healthy restaurant but nothing special.

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Responded on May 7, 2019

Thank you for the review, Rike! We wish we could've done more to impress you, though we appreciate the shoutout for the patio & service. I would love it if you would say hi on your next visit so we can show you what the hype is all about! - Nancy

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OT
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Another great dining experience at True Foods. We are eating more vegan/vegetarian lately and there are good choices on the menu with added tofu as an option for your protein. Love coming here after shopping at Fashion Island. The only thing is weve had a bad waitress in the past which recked our dinner but the last two visits we were lucky to get seated in a section with a phenomenal waiter/waitress.

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Responded on May 8, 2019

We appreciate the review and are concerned about your one bad experience. We hope every experience from here on out is only phenomenal. Please ask for me should you have any concerns in the future. Thank you! - Nancy

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SA
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice and healthy . good food, nice environment. excellent

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Responded on May 7, 2019

Thank you, Sandra!

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T
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice open ambiance
Wide selection of organic foods
Some of the meats were a bit tough
Interesting original creations.
Gets quite busy during dinner hours

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Responded 4 days ago

We appreciate your kind review, Traveler!

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