True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV

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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 Bowl, 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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful food, drinks, ambiance, and a fun fireplace to gather around after dinner.

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Responded 9 hours ago

HI! Thank you so much for the review. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our fireplace seating! We look forward to hosting you again soon! - Jeremy

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AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the menu choices, cocktails, beer and wines, and of course the desserts (like the chocolate mousse!). The servers are friendly, engaging, and knowledgeable and will get the manager if they cannot answer a specific question. This is our Date Place❣️

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Annette! Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. Your feedback is very valuable. I am glad to hear that you enjoy your time with us! Please ask for me next time you are in, I would love to introduce myself in person! Best, Jeremy

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation and was seated as soon as we got there. The wait staff was outstanding and knowledgeable of the menu and more than willing to help answer questions we had. Our food was promptly delivered and was delicious. We’ll definitely be back soon.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

That's quite the compliment! Thank you so much for your loyalty and we look forward to continue serving you outstanding recipes for a long time to come. 

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G
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with friendly staff.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

That's quite the compliment! Thank you so much for your loyalty and we look forward to continue serving you outstanding recipes for a long time to come.  Best,

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is amazing. I’ve eaten several times during my visit to San Diego. Great options for people who are vegans. The service is great- in fact beyond great.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Beth! Treating our guests like family is simply what we do here, as we are honored to have you as a guest, and we want to make that clear. Thanks for visiting and please come back again soon! -Jeremy

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great staff

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thank you for the review!

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l
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 13, 2020

Hi Lovegoodfood! Thank you so much for the review! - Jeremy

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Book Club met at True Food Kitchen and had a wonderful, welcoming experience. We appreciated the excellent service and the server's willingness to give us separate checks. Also, our drinks and food selections arrived promptly so we could all enjoy our discussion and the delcious food at the same time! We will be coming back and recommend couples as well as small groups, like ours, visit True Food Kitchen in Fashion Valley.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 13, 2020

Thank you for visiting True Food Kitchen! We're happy you received top-notch service, and encourage you to return for another fun dining experience in the future.

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A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was just okay at best with a general lack of appropriate seasoning and no unusual flavors. The prices were high and the portion sizes very small.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 10, 2020

Hello, We're sorry to hear that your recent visit with us didn't meet your expectations. TFK prides itself on fresh food and quality ingredients and follow the EWG's Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen, which means we prioritize purchasing organic vegetables and fruits and source high quality proteins. We price accordingly to highlight these foods while making delicious meals. We would love to see you again and guide you through ordering so that you can enjoy all that TFK has to offer. Stay True!

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s
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. The food is fantastic. One last thing the menu is eclectic and exciting.

L
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at True Foods. The Sunrise Bowl was DELICIOUS!!!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Loma321! Thank you for the review! I am glade to hear that you enjoyed our sunrise bowl! Best breakfast in town! Have a great day!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so amazing to finally find a restaurant to eat at with food that will bring health and vitality to my body. It’s also so delicious! The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, we will definitely be back!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Great food and equally-excellent service are what we love to offer, so it's beyond gratifying to know that we are succeeding! We truly appreciate your kind words and compliments of our various menu items and the people who serve them. See you next time! Thank You!

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LF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love True Food Kitchen period, although food took longer to come out then usual but customer service was the best. Thank you for excellent service

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for sharing your experience online! Our team is glad you had a five-star visit, with patient, orderly service, and we appreciate your feedback on our unique offerings. Please come back again!

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D
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

I love True Food, the food is amazingly delicious! But, this visit the service was not good at all. We were constantly looking for our waiter and when we did finally get his attention he didn't seem like he even wanted to be there. My husband and son were delivered their food and after about 15 minutes I finally got the waiters attention to ask where my food was, he wasn't even apologetic about it. I finally got it almost 1/2 an hour after my family was served, it was delivered by I'm assuming the manager who also was not apologetic. He asked if I needed anything else and I ordered another drink, which I figured he would go up personally to get since I had waited so long for my food, but no, I once again after 15 minutes had to flag down our waiter for the drink who looked like he couldn't be bothered. I hope this is not the new standard at True Food. I will probably give it one more try because I love the food, but if I get treated like that again it will be the last time I go there.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Debbie! I am sorry to hear about your recent visit. That description is absolutely not our standard. I would love to set you up with lunch or dinner on us. I hope that this is something I can do for you. The best way to reach me is via email. Just let me know when you would like to join us and I will make a reservation and take care of the tab. Thank you again for bringing this to my attention, Have a great day!

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M
Oklahoma City
25 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fresh, seasonally healthy and delicious menu! Wish we had one in OKC!

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Miss, Thank you so much for the review! I am glad you enjoyed your time!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overpriced and very slow service. So many tables crowded inside it is difficult to walk around.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 4, 2020

Thank you so much for your feedback. We will use this for ongoing coaching and to create a more relaxing dining experience for our guests. We do hope that you give us another chance in the future. Take Care!

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G
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience.

DP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and interesting food choice - something a little different!

CS
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone and everything was excellent!! The cauliflower polenta is a HUGE win!!

BM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was looking for good clean healthy food...as mentioned somewhere. Tacos and burgers were not what i was looking for. I was disappointed and didn't actually eat there.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Bonnie, My name is Danielle, one of the managers here at True Food Kitchen. I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. We would love to have you back in and give you a great experience with the healthy food you had in mind. If you're interested please contact the store directly at 619.810.2929 and ask for me. I can set you up with a reservation and personally oversee your dining experience. We hope to hear from you soon! Danielle

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RR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is lovely. The service was outstanding. Our wait person went out of her way to take excellent care of us. We were a party of four people and all got different dishes. Everyone loved everything. The food is delicious. We will definitely be back.

OT
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was over the top good!! Server was really nice but the service was a little slow.

DW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large, fun group of ladies and the team at TF was amazing! The food was prepared to perfection with attention to several sensitivities and allergies. Everything was delicious and our evening was delightful. We were all impressed and will be sure to return! Thank you True Food team!

y
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Food Kitchen, especially the location in Fashion Valley Mall is my healthy addiction. Super happy that manager, Jeremy is back at this location. He and his team are extraordinary. If you've never been to True Food Kitchen San Diego, you should definitely go.

SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!I had the kale salad with a side of salmon and it was incredible and super healthy.

KD
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was nice to find a place where we could get some healthy organic food. We were both happy with our meals then we had a very expensive cup of tea!! Service was adequate.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience5

While the food was good, it took an hour before our appetizers arrived and another hour before our main courses arrived. We had three small children with us and they were getting understandably hungry and grumpy. We saw the tables around us getting their food, but for some reason we were not. One member of our party had to leave without lunch because he had to get back to work. The staff did apologize and comped our appetizers, but that didn’t seem to be adequate compensation. This is the second time we’ve been here and the wait was exceedingly long.

y
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience with True Food Kitchen, in particular this location in Fashion Valley, is always amazing.

The managers and their team look after the customers which makes for a great experience. It is the reason why I continue coming back again and again. I've not had one experience where the food wasn't well-seasoned. Always delicious.

The kale salad with salmon is my favorite! Yummy!

E
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I HIGHLY recommend TFK for anyone with a limited or restricted diet. I'm on the AIP diet and was delighted to find so many things I could eat on the menu. There's a 16-page PDF on their website about allergen information for EVERY ITEM on their menu! And, our server was simply fantastic. She listened to my restrictions and made suggestions for me. She even suggested an adjustment to a menu item that I didn't think I could eat and it was amazing! I told her at the end of my meal: it's so rare that I have the opportunity to overeat when I'm dining out, but I left the restaurant full and happy. True Food Kitchen is now a *must-visit* restaurant every time I'm in San Diego.

MB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great and lots of offerings for those with dietary concerns. Plus the food tastes great! Service is amazing. But, drinks can take some time to get to you.

AB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. So many healthy options that were creatively put together. We sat on patio and it was plenty warm on a chilly afternoon. Preferred outside because noise levels were lower. Staff was attentive but not pushy.

Loved the crafted cocktails. Wine list was good but a little slim on beer selections.

Great vibe and will definitely go again.

OT
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new menu/!

SB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love, love True Food Kitchen! Can’t wait to go back. The food and service were AMAZING!!!

H
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always great food. Fall/winter menu is the best!

SR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent, healthy food. I ordered the fish tacos and they were outstanding. Our waitress was good, and the place was hopping. I would definitely go back again.

SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our server brought our meals to us cold. I asked him for hot water and he never brought it and he barely checked on us.

MN
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great vegan options. Server was an absolute doll, I really appreciated her suggestions. Food tasted fresh although we did't care for one of the dishes. Overall it was great and I will be back.

GS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at TFK was amazing! Our waitress recommended the Ancient Grain Bowl for me (the Vegan) in addition to the T.L.T sandwich that was also amazingly delicious. My better half thoroughly enjoyed the Thai Coconut Sea Bass along with some nice white wine! The ambiance was nice and very comfortable, albeit a little chilly on a cool SD winter's evening. The hostesses and wait staff were all very nice and greeted us promptly and with warm smiles -We'll definitely return and try the rest of the amazing menu items and will recommend TFK to anyone looking for a healthy meal at a reasonable price. Thank you TFK, see you again soon!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Waitress appeared to be in a bad mood. Food took a long time to be served. They were out of lasagna. The hostess was very nice.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hello, My name is Danielle, one of the managers here at True Food Kitchen. I'm sorry to hear about your last visit. This information is valuable for ongoing coaching. We would love to have you back so that you can enjoy the lasagna that you were missing. If you make a reservation via Open Table or phone at 619.810.2929 please ask for me. I would love to personally oversee you're dining experience. We hope to see you soon! Danielle

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RC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Just the same complaints that I have with other places. The noise level OR MUSIC, is too loud for a group of four or six people to have a conversation.

True Food Kitchen - San Diego FV
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Reginald, My name is Danielle, one of the managers here at True Food Kitchen. It can get loud in certain areas of the restaurant, especially with our open kitchen concept. I always recommend one of our two dining patios for a quieter dining experience. We are also more than happy to turn down music for guests when requested. We hope to see you again soon, Reginald! Danielle

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