True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV

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

Service was subpar. This is such a neat place. Great decor and ambiance, but the people working there were very rude and acted as if it was an inconvenience to seat and serve my date and I. Food was excellent. Service was terrible.

LP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and tasty food. Always a good choice when dining here.

TE
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great location and food. The outdoor seating was great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

We were there to celebrate a birthday which I wrote in the reservation and the hostess reiterated. Our waitress did not seem happy and it seemed as if they were short on the wait staff, not sure. We ordered our appetizer which seemed to come out fairly quickly but our meals took forever. It was almost an hour from when we were seated to get our meals. Then we waited to get it boxed. The birthday was never acknowledged at the table so why ask.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New seasonal menu and brunch options were appreciated. Service was friendly but not especially attentive. Edamame dumplings were great. The beet and goat cheese flatbread was a bit dry and the pesto was a bit over powering.

C
San Diego
161 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed having our dinner outside by the firepit! It was lovely! The food was fresh, healthy and delicious. We treated ourselves to the Rose Infused Gin - heavenly!

f
Detroit
176 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beet burger was fabulous. This restaurant has a lovely philosophy of clean food and beautiful wines. Great outdoor seating. Can’t believe a restaurant this enormous can send such amazing food, wine, and beer out of their kitchen.

SD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to restaurant when we want a delicious and healthy meal. Everyone in my family loves it, including the grandkids!!!

i
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I went here for a business meal on a Friday with five colleagues. I knew we had to make out lunch meal quick, so I called the restaurant ahead of time to place our orders and have them prepared by the time we arrived.

We arrived and we literally sat down and the food was served to us. It was pretty amazing service and we were in and out of the restaurant in less than an hour.

I namely chose the place because they have a variety of healthy options, especially vegetarian ones. It’s also a pretty lively place, so it kept the conversation light and lively.

LJ
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not as good as it used to be, flavors are not as pure and distinct. Prices have gone up, quality has gone down.

1
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service.

CL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside where it is more quiet.
Always good food.

LP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was friendly and knowledgeable.

LA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice location. Great service. Mediocre food

OT
San Diego
99 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were at the restaurant early, so it was very quiet. The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menus items. We thoroughly enjoyed our Ancient Grains bowl with its interesting combination of flavors and textures. One of us added shrimp and the other added tofu. We definitely would come again.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was horrible!
Waitress made mistake our both orders.
After she brought again food was not warm.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I specifically asked the waitress to included the coconut lime Crema sauce with the beef tacos we asked her to box for us but when we got home we saw she had not! So annoying.

DB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the fresh seasonal menu here and the staff is always so friendly!

T
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love True Food Kitchen. The kale cobb salad and Korean noodles were outstanding. The new cauliflower polenta was a little bland in my opinion but everything else was spectacular. Will definitely be back!

ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time in True Food love It !!was my boyfriend first time there he really enjoy and like the food

D
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was truly superb.

TI
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place. Food was delish, service awesome. Just a little pricy.

LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Our server was attentive and everything we ordered was delicious. A lovely date night spot!

LM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have lots of food sensitivities, and this is one of the only places I can safely eat. I took my mom who does not have food sensitivities, and she just loves the food.

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a party of 5 and could barely hear one another over the noise. Enjoyed our food and the waitress was sweet and attentive. Know that we’re older (60-70) women too so take that into account! It’s a happening place!!

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I ordered the grilled fish tacos. I was served the world's smallest fish tacos (only 2) and a bowl of beans. Cost $20. My wife had a chicken wrap (very large) and salad. $15. What's up with that???

A friend with us is a vegetarian and enjoyed his meal. He may be back. I doubt if I will.

Otherwise, the ambience is very nice and our waitress was great.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I came here this visit as a way to celebrate my birthday with my husband. I normally love True Food Kitchen and we try to come at least once a month - but the last couple of visits haven’t been the best. Mostly because it seems the kitchen is forgetting or changing components of certain recipes. For instance, we’ve gotten the Charred Cauliflower for 4 or 5 visits. It’s an amazing dish and the combination of sweet, savory, and warm flavors is truly delicious. But this time and the last it’s been completely missing ingredients - particularly the pistachios and the chopped dates, which are listed on the menu in it. And it’s not like the restaurant was out of the item... we asked our waitress if they had changed the recipe this time when it came without dates and pistachios and she said no, that the kitchen just wasn’t preparing it properly. Then took it back and brought it to us a few minutes later with the pistachios and some hurriedly chopped dates over top (both times this happened they were NOT super busy btw).
Additionally, there were two menu items (Summer Corn Flatbread and the Grilled Salmon with an arugula beet salad) that I guess the restaurant was out of Arugula that night so the Arugula was swapped for spinach. It wasn’t a terribly big deal, but I just imagined they would at least notify us prior to bringing out two of our dishes with an ingredient change. I actually chose the salmon specifically because I was looking forward to the Arugula beet salad that came with it. Had I known it was just going to be a spinach salad instead (which lacks the edgy, crispy, peppery experience of arugula) I would’ve gotten my regular go-to menu item of the Ancient Grains bowl in lieu.

The food is great. Atmosphere is great. Our server was great too. Just not sure what’s been happening with the kitchen and would appreciate a little more communication regarding ingredient swaps next time. Overall it was not a “bad” experience. It just simply didn’t leave me “wow”ed.

SD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. The food is always good and the staff so friendly. They also have fun unusual desserts. Today we had the lavender float and it was delicious.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refreshing beverages - lemonades, cocktails, etc. The brunch options are divine. I had the Sunrise bowl with steak added... yummy!!!

D
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been wanting to go here for awhile, it took awhile but I finally went and was blown away by the food. We shared the Kale Guacamole which was so fresh, loved it with the pita chips (much lighter). I ordered the lasagna, so flavorful for only 450 calories. My husband had the chicken sausage pizza, best pizza I ever had. I usually don't have dessert, but everything was so good and healthy I figured why not. So glad I did, I had the banana chia pudding, soooooo good. Also tried the Skinny Margarita, so light and fresh. Needless to say I can't wait to come back and try something else on the menu. If it's this good every time I go, they will have gained a customer for life and I'll make sure to tell everyone I know that is a must try!

f
Vancouver
83 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Lots of gluten free options

ML
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time being here: food is amazing! (Glad they have Vegan options.) Service and waitress attendance was great! Like how it almost feels like an outdoors feel when inside & I'm sure, vice versa.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, outstanding service!

VS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have eaten at this location and the one at UTC many times and have been happy with the service and the food in the past. Was meeting family at the mall before some shopping and a movie this past Saturday, so made a reservation at the Fashion Valley location for lunch. I think they forgot our order, so had to ask the waitress what was up with our food. After she left to check, the manager came over to apologize for the delay in our food. She said that they got slammed about the time our order was taken and she was sorry for the wait. So, okay, things happen, but how you take care of it is what matters. One of the dishes came out cool in spots and warm in others like it was already reheated. Told one of the staff and they took it back and the dish came back warm but the food was still not warm. The bill came and I thought at least they would take that meal off the bill or comp a dessert. Such a disappointment. Two people in our party were not happy to be there, to begin with, because they don't like the food, so our experience didn't help to sell them on the place. I think it will be a long time before I would go back. Too many great places to eat to waste time and money on a restaurant that doesn't care. On another note, dined at the UTC location about a year ago with my daughter who just came from the doctor and had a broken finger. The manager came over and inquired how she was and gave her a free dessert.

T
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, good food and fast service.

CJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here a couple times and ordered takeout a few times and it never disappoints! This most recent time I made a reservation for myself and a friend so were seated right away and in a nice little corner. Our waitress Brittany was FABULOUS! We had some food allergies and she was able to accommodate us - plus, she even made a dessert recommendation that we could eat: flourless chocolate cake with coconut ice cream WITH almond butter! Amazing!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great healthy meal. Excellent service.

SL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of excellent healthy food! our fav restaurant!

KY
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress Makenna was very polite and helpful. She helped explain the dish choices and provided recommendations. Food was very tasty and healthy. Good modest flavoring and contemporary flair of ingredients.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Food Kitchen is so good! I love that they have so many options and they all sound super tasty.

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