True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
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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Always good food. Nice place to meet a friend for lunch at the mall. Veggie crudite is a must!
Our waiter Jeff made some excellent food and wine recommendations. It was fresh and delicious and healthy.
Thank you Jane!
Excellent, creative, fresh food. Many, many choices.
A busy place. Glad we had reservations! A little noisy but the food was great and service was excellent! Will definitely come again!!
Thank you Adel!!!
We were outside and the music was still loud enough to make conversation less relaxing
Thank you Tim!
True Food is always consistently good. Fresh, tasty, healthy and ever-changing menu delights me every time. Always enjoy the latest seasonal offerings. Great place to eat when we don't feel like cooking or bring visitors who enjoy health food. Innovative cocktails too.
True food kitchen is my favorite! Their Santa Monica location is the first one I ever visited and I think it is still the one I like the most. Service, food, and environment were all great. 10/10 would recommend this place to anyone in the area!
Great, love the food and specialty elixirs. Was great to catch up with a girlfriend.
Food came cold, server dropped food on pants -never apologized, heaters kept off. Awful experience altogether.
Overall everything was good- service was a little slow though.
Thank you Andie, we are always focused on our speed and appreciate your feedback!
Seems like there were lots of new menu items since we last went to True Food Kitchen. The seasonal items were so fresh and unique. We savored every bite of our meal.
Thank you Aimee!
We had a party of 6. Excellent service - even brought us small cup tastes of the butternut squash soup when we showed interest in it! wonderful & 2 of us ordered bowls. Offer GF pita bread to go with the soup (extra charge for this or any other bread). Many GF & DF options. Edamame wonton soup also fabulous. 2 of the 6 of us asked for ketchup & they were all out! (????!) FYI, corkage was $15. Overall great & we’ll keep coming back when we’re in the area.
This is fantastic Marie!!! Thank you!!
We always enjoy coming to True Foods in Santa Monica. The food is dependably good, service is always friendly, and the noise level is low so that it’s easy to enjoy your conversations. Also, it’s located in a fun area that you can enjoy before or after your meal.
Thank you very much!
We got some great vegan food here
A good place, dynamic, modern, friendly. Good food options, service very good. Maybe for the value, some plates could be more well finished, and I recommend to reserve a table in advance.
Thank you Carolina!
When we got there, the waiter read a list of all the things the restaurant ran out of. Then came back and again excused himself because there was no kind of bread or chips to go with the hummus or ther kale guac.
The waiter took more than half an hour to bring out some beers that were ordered.
I was disappointed that the menu looked so good but the location was out of so many dishes
Absolutely delicious. Beloved by picky two year olds and even pickier adults. The Korean noodles were a delight.
Awesome to read, thank you!
The food was wonderful as was our waiter CJ. He was very personable and helpful. Great experience. Always enjoy the food. Thanks!
Thank you Robin!!!
This was a truly outstanding restaurant and the best dining experience of our week in Southern California. Every dish --and drink-- was delicious!
Wow.. amazing to read!
Great atmosphere and the food as well as the service were fantastic
Awesome Lulu. Thank you!!
True Foods is our "go to" place. As a vegetarian, I love the food. But the service is what I love the most after the food. But the atmosphere, especially when it's warm and you can sit outside, is awesome. Also, I love that they have a full bar as opposed to just beer and wine, which is often the case in Santa Monica.
Most of all, I love that they're so nice and accommodating. I'm sure it's a trickle down from the Manager, Logan Doub, who makes the place run like clockwork!!
Hi Mark, great to hear from you! Thank you very much!!!!
Love this review!!
The food, drink, service is always the best!
Great place for families, a date, brunch, solo . . .
If you like good, clean, delicious food then this is your place.
Very nice evening. The food was excellent as well as the service.
Great service, a we some food, they even went above and beyond to fix something that was off!
Amazing to read Samantha. Thank you!
Great food and service
The vegetarian/ vegan bowls and entrees portion a bit small and not filling and the temperature of the cauliflower polenta was just warm and not hot , the roasted cauliflower with harrisa sauce also very cold and not appetizing
The service was very fast and attentive
Thank you Shirin!
Love eating here. True Food Kitchen is at the top of my list of favorite restaurants. Food was great and I love how their menu has symbols showing what’s vegan, gluten free, etc.
This used to be one of my fave places for good healthy food. It was gross. Food was bad. Mushy, not fresh, added mayo to everything. They lost their flavors and vibe. Place was filthy. I had sweet potato on my shoe from the floor. Service was bad. Please return old place.
Hi Terry, I know we usually hit the standard that you are expecting... let's invite you back and show you how great we are. Please send me an address so we can send you a gift card. Thank you!
Great sunny lunch on the patio. Healthy entrees.
I love TFK. Food is always good and flavorful. Tonight was no exception..... the exception was the EXCEPTIONAL service we received from EVER. She made a good experience GREAT!
Thank you very much for letting us know about Ever!! We will give her some love this week in appreciation. Have a great day!!
Made a reservation for my birthday dinner and we had an amazing time. Our waitress was the nicest human being and was super helpful with her recommendations.
Overall my friends and I were satisfied.
Just one thing, because of Saturday night, the restaurant was totally full. Then, we were waiting long time for just one single cake as a dessert.
We will make sure to get the desserts out faster for you next time!!
Food was awesome, but service was very slow. We had 4 kids at the table and the wait to place an order was entirely too long. We had to occupy them as long as we could in between. Wish the server could have been on top of things just a little better. We came at a time when there were many open tables.
I would also add one thing about the food: FANTASTIC BUT... Not very clear on cashew allergies. The server could do a much better job identifying which foods contained nuts or asking if anyone has an allergy and which items to avoid. We had a close call.
Hi Jazz, as a father myself I am very empathetic to allergies as well as timing. Out of curiosity was the server presented with the allergy at any point? I just want to make sure we coach accordingly. Thank you!
Amazing. Get the original ginger Marg not on the menu
I love that one too!!! (but I love the new one also!)
Come here all the time, almost every Sunday. Service is fantastic, love all the servers. We come with friends and their young kids and service is always accommodating and friendly and not bothered by the kid issues.
Big open restaurant, food is solid and healthy but potions are not too filling for the price.
Our waitress was Daphne. She’s so insightful, patient and just the best! I really hope to sit at her table again soon!
Wow, we will make sure to give Daphne some love!
Loved the food. Service was great. Over all it was a great experience.
Thank you Deborah!!
Great gluten free selection and a nice aesthetic!