True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

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$30 and under
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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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LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Nice place to meet a friend for lunch at the mall. Veggie crudite is a must!

JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jeff made some excellent food and wine recommendations. It was fresh and delicious and healthy.

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Responded 19 hours ago

Thank you Jane!

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DJ
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent, creative, fresh food. Many, many choices.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 15 hours ago

Thank you!

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D
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you!!

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AH
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A busy place. Glad we had reservations! A little noisy but the food was great and service was excellent! Will definitely come again!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Adel!!!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We were outside and the music was still loud enough to make conversation less relaxing

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you Tim!

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HD
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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 - Santa Monica
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, love the food and specialty elixirs. Was great to catch up with a girlfriend.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food came cold, server dropped food on pants -never apologized, heaters kept off. Awful experience altogether.

A
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall everything was good- service was a little slow though.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Andie, we are always focused on our speed and appreciate your feedback!

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AL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Aimee!

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MC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 7, 2020

This is fantastic Marie!!! Thank you!!

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f
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you very much!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got some great vegan food here

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you!

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CV
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 7, 2020

Thank you Carolina!

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c
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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

AE
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Beloved by picky two year olds and even pickier adults. The Korean noodles were a delight.

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Responded on January 4, 2020

Awesome to read, thank you!

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RB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful as was our waiter CJ. He was very personable and helpful. Great experience. Always enjoy the food. Thanks!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 4, 2020

Thank you Robin!!!

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NU
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a truly outstanding restaurant and the best dining experience of our week in Southern California. Every dish --and drink-- was delicious!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 7, 2020

Wow.. amazing to read!

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LL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food as well as the service were fantastic

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 4, 2020

Awesome Lulu. Thank you!!

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 4, 2020

Hi Mark, great to hear from you! Thank you very much!!!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 4, 2020

Love this review!!

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n
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening. The food was excellent as well as the service.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 24, 2019

Thank you!

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, a we some food, they even went above and beyond to fix something that was off!

Definitely recommend!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 24, 2019

Amazing to read Samantha. Thank you!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 18, 2019

Thank you!

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S
New England
86 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

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

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you Shirin!

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on December 15, 2019

Thank you!

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 30, 2019

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!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great sunny lunch on the patio. Healthy entrees.

t
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you very much for letting us know about Ever!! We will give her some love this week in appreciation. Have a great day!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 18, 2019

Thank you!!!!

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 16, 2019

We will make sure to get the desserts out faster for you next time!!

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 16, 2019

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Get the original ginger Marg not on the menu

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 16, 2019

I love that one too!!! (but I love the new one also!)

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was Daphne. She’s so insightful, patient and just the best! I really hope to sit at her table again soon!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 10, 2019

Wow, we will make sure to give Daphne some love!

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DM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Service was great. Over all it was a great experience.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thank you Deborah!!

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gluten free selection and a nice aesthetic!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 3, 2019

Thank you!

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