True Food Kitchen - Newport

4.6
1097 reviews
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Enjoy the Good Earth Kale Cobb in celebration of Earth Month & $1 from each salad sold will be donated to support the EWG.

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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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us on Mother’s Day for bubbles & brunch and a special gift for Mom’s. Make your reservation at TrueFoodKitchen.com

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Easter Brunch & enjoy our special Chef’s Feature Strawberry Quinoa Pancakes.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1097 People Are Saying
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Orange County
287 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I like this restaurant, but it was definitely not one of their best days. Too loud to sit inside, so we took a table on the patio. Asked about a fish dish, waitress neglected to mention it was raw. It was not bad, just not what I thougth I was ordering because there was no clarity in her answers. She was pleasant, but I did not want to wait for a re-do. Another day!

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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for the loud guy next to us who was complaining about his work. Seating is a little too close for comfort if you want to have a private conversation, or not have to listen to someone else’s

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Laura made the entire evening fantastic with her attentive service and fantastic energy and smiles all evening. She recommended wonderful dishes for us to try, since this was our first visit. The food was delicious and not weighed down with a bunch of unnecessary sauces. Every item we had tasted fresh. My wife loved the key lime mousse dessert. I was able to have a pleasant conversation with my wife. We will certainly be returning.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True food kitchen never disappoints but visit was perfect. We were celebrating for our friends bachelorette party, and our server was fantastic!

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k
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and vibes!

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OC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay but extremely pricey for lunch. For 2 people our bill came to almost $50--and we ordered the least expensive items on the menu. I know Newport is a high end area but I feel like that is a bit price gouging.

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1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated very quickly for a business lunch. the restaurant was busy, but the wait staff was very attentive and provided recommendations. we had a fabulous meal and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend the restaurant and if you visit while the Spring menu is available I highly recommend the grilled salmon.

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K
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and unique menu seasonal choices. I visit whenever I am in town

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

Great food, nice atmosphere, and the staff all seem to care. Great for families and larger groups

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CP
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent 3 hours at the restaurant and the service was great. The food was delicious and the waitress was very helpful and pleasant

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Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Fresh food!

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I am a fan of TFK- my one of the most fav restaurants. This place offers innovative and healthy food options coupled with outstanding taste!

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ML
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go with the family and friends if you have the range from vegan to meat eater. There is something for everyone on the menu and fun cocktails as well!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

I have come here a lot and this by far was the worse experience in regards to service and food. The menu items were under cooked. When we mentioned to the server about it she said she would bring us another one and by the time the other one came it was almost 30 minutes later. She barely came to ask us is we needed anything else or even offer the dessert menu, we had to ask. Overall very poor dining experience

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k
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We arrived before our reservation at 6 pm and decided to sit outside on one of the couches and enjoy a cocktail. All the couches had dirty plates from the previous customers. We chose a couch and asked for the dirty plates to be removed. The busboy said "yes" and walked away, never to return. We then asked a passing waiter if the plates could be cleared and that we wanted to order a craft cocktail. He said "yes", took our drink order and said the plates would be cleared right away. 15 minutes later, the plates were still there and no drinks.
Our reservation time came up so we moved inside and were seated at our table. Two of oJr party ordered the grass fed burger which had great taste but not near worth the $17 price for a small burger and a side. Our waitress was kind and courteous but only came to our table twice. Once to take our order, and then deliver the check. True Foods continues to disappoint at the service level and the food (even with a new menu) is mediocre at best. I have given this place multiple opportunities to be better but they just can't cut the mustard. Far too many better choices available in the immediate area

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y
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great at accommodating severe food allergies for a 4-yo in our party

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

Great food, great service!

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JL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good. Waitress was friendly but the drinks and food was slow to arrive to our table. She did remove the cost for dessert for the wait tho so I gave 4 stars.

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s
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I appreciate a healthy menu however the Cobb salad I ordered was ok. The corn looked freeze dried and the portion was small for the price. The dressing was off. I think the menu can be more robust and offer sides for free with the small entree portion.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on April 4, 2019

Suzy - we appreciate the feedback. The Cobb Salad is brand new to the menu as of April 1st. Will you contact me directly so we could discuss further? My e-mail is nancy.geden@truefoodkitchen.comm Thank you!

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the Brussel sprouts! My tried and true is the Kale salad with shrimp added.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on April 4, 2019

We appreciate the awesome review!

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a great time here!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you, Anonymous!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

One person’s appetizer came out first, minutes later two others came, and the forth person did not get their’s at all. The kitchen missed it, so we passed on it as the entrees started arriving. Two folks ordered pizza with GF crust; however the bottom and edges were burnt. The missing appetizer was taken off the bill, then before leaving the restaurant supervisor/manager brought the missing appetizer as a complimentary to-go item. The person who did not get their appetizer was also the same person that had a burnt pizza.

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MA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great venue for a Gluten-free family member, and those of us who aren't. There is something delicious for everyone.

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G
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is very unique with its wide range of healthy food.

I had the Fresh Ingredient salad which was tasty but had some ingredients that were unfamiliar to me. I wanted to try something different.

My friend had the Quinoa sandwich which was good. He asked for kale but was served sweet potatoes instead. He did not complain so the waiter did not have a chance to correct the mistake.

We liked the sparkling water that the restaurant provided.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on April 4, 2019

Gary, thanks for taking the time to review us. We appreciate the feedback. Please know I will be sharing the mistake on the side with our Chef Team, and we will take it to heart. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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N
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

family meal with both vegans and omnis! No stress enjoyable as promised

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AZ
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great option for those that have to eat gluten free!

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I really enjoyed my last trip to True Food Kitchen. all the options are healthy made with quality ingredients. i had the butternut squash pizza which i will be so sad to see leave the seasonal menu as it was truly fantastic and the best portion size ive ever had from there. my friends both got the salmon which they said was very good but also a small portion considering the price. the space is so pretty i love the patio out back and the service was great, i ordered based off our waitresses recommendation. also our water glasses stayed promptly full. overall it was a wonderful dinner.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Extremely loud

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on April 4, 2019

Thank you for the review. We apologize if the restaurant was too loud for you, as we do try to keep an upbeat environment. If there is anything we can do to improve the noise on your next visit, please let us know.

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R
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My family and I have been dining at True Food Kitchen since it opened. The True Food Kitchen in Fashion Island is our "go to" venue for ALL of our special occasions. We have celebrated dozens upon dozens of birthdays, anniversaries and other events there with both family and friends. And, we often entertain there for business purposes.

For the above stated reasons, I was excited to celebrate my 72nd birthday there on Tuesday, March 26th. As usual, we made a reservation through Open Table and mentioned that we would be celebrating my birthday on the reservation form. And, when we were greeted by the host upon arrival, my wife mentioned that it was my birthday.

Food, ambiance and everything else was exceptional. After the meal (which was GREAT) the waitress asked if we wanted "coffee and desert". My wife mentioned that it was my birthday and the waitress responded with a strange response of "Really, it's your birthday?" as if she believed we wanted a free desert.

My wife was more offended than I. As a 72 year old investment banker, I am not affected by servers who may not have the best customer skills. However, my wife was mad and insisted on showing the waitress my driver's license showing my birthday 03-26-1947.

I would have never brought this up but believe there is a reason for services like Open Table. One of my published books is titled "The Magic of Selling" and is all about providing a "world class experience". It is well known that people who have a good/great dining experience may tell a couple of people. People who have a bad or disappointing dining experience may tell dozens about it.

Unfortunately, this was not a world-class experience.

Finally, we were very sad to learn that Jason Vonk is no longer the General Manager at that location. He always made us feel welcomed and very special.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 30, 2019

Rainmaker, we are absolutely appalled to hear about the service you experienced. I am going to message you directly in hopes of making this right for you.

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KM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect l. Service, food, atmosphere. I had the kale salad with salmon and the vegetable appetizer (shown in photo ) Both were Delish! Can’t wait to bring friends back and try other dishes.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 30, 2019

KarenM, we can't wait for your next visit! Thank you for the kind words on our food, people, & ambiance! We appreciate it. I love our salmon. If you're a fan of fish, try our Red Fish Entree next time! It's my favorite. We look forward to serving you again very soon.

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O
Orange County
78 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service! First time here; we’ll be back!

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Responded on March 30, 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review!

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S
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and cocktails.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

Thanks, Sipper! Appreciate the shoutout!

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M
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The food was delicious! I love the vegetarian options and really strong flavors. The food is a bit expensive and the portions aren't huge, but it is worth it because it tastes so good. I am hoping it was a fluke, but our service was HORRIBLE. Two tables sat after us, and their food came out 20 minutes before ours. It took almost an hour for food to come out, but I don't think they usually have such crappy service. I would eat here again.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

Michael, what you experienced absolutely is a fluke. Can we chat about it more so I can make this right for you? I'll message you directly.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place---the food is DELICIOUS and the non-alcoholic drinks are truly Refreshing!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 30, 2019

MjBNeal - thank you so much for the great review! We look forward to serving you again next time!

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w
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly a wonderful experience. It's so nice to experience healthy food that is so delicious. We had a few mishaps with our order, but they did everything to make it right. I highly recommend saving room for the sweet potato pie, it's remarkable. It's a bit noisy due, perhaps, to poor acoustics, but it lends to the bustling, friendly atmosphere. We are HUGE fans of Dr. Weil and will be back for sure.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

We appreciate the kind words, weninvegas! We look forward to serving you again in the future!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, but the food was just ok for the cost of the meal.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

We wish the food could've been better for you. I am going to reach out to you privately if you're willing to share your feedback. Thank you.

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P
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Have all the way from WA to meet my daughter for lunxh and we selected this as our fav! Great food. Great service. Great value. Thank you!!

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

Pickie, very cool that you were visiting us from the Pacific Northwest! Thanks for giving us a shot, and we are so glad you loved us! Come visit again soon!! - Nancy

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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It was very nice that the hostess made my girlfriend feel special on her birthday. Our waitress was great at first but she started to slipped at the end. We had to wait for our dessert. It took 15 minutes for her to finally bring it to us. We had to asked for it “ToGo.” She made excuses and joked how the staff fell asleep back in the kitchen. If known,I would have given lesser tips. I had already paid otherwise I would have given her less.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

Anonymous, thanks for sharing your experience. What you described is mortifying for us to hear, and we are embarrassed. Can you please contact me directly at Nancy.Geden@truefoodkitchen.comm so we can make this right for you?

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MD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always love going to True Food. Healthy eats and plant based options. Love the special drinks offered.

True Food Kitchen - Newport
Responded on March 27, 2019

We appreciate the kind words, MkyD!

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