True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

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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
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

A little noisy but good service and food

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 19 hours ago

Thank you!

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the dishes was not cooked correctly so we sent it back to be remade. Service was a bit slow with remaking the dish. By the time it came back out, everyone else was done eating. The dish was removed from the bill though which was nice. Besides that, waitress was amazing and the food was delicious.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Sorry to read about the missteps, but glad to read you enjoyed the rest of your experience. Thank you!

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BM
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We checked in with the hostess @ 7:37PM whom messed up our reservation (7:45PM) we ended up waiting to be seated after 8PM. Apparently the excuse was a mix up with someone taking the seat when they called my name. I’ve had a reservation to notice ppl had been walking in and seated, my reservation was not honored and missed. I’ve had to walk up, again to remind the hostess and a few excuses for this.

I’ve made an order with the waitress, as I change the order from the hummus to the fig flatbread, we end up getting both.

We sat behind the busy kitchen, where every 20 seconds, I can hear a man from the kitchen say “next please”. The restaurant has a cafeteria vibe, where the couple seated beside us had looked over at our dish while we had eaten. Loud, felt rush to order and go, opted out of main course.

The place is a fast pace establishment, food was good!! Other than the disorganized female hostess, lucky the male hostess was able to get us seated.

Healthy delicious bites. Recommend Fig Flatbread, the hummus order was good for a hotel snack. I would eat there for an express lunch bite, not for dinner. The prices was fair...the waitress made an error in omitting the hummus order, she should have taken care of it. I’ve decided to bring hummus back as a take out, so the starter dish was not wasted. It was a delicious hummus with a bit of spice.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for providing your experience, you definitely have given us some insight that we can use to do better next time. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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TJ
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are a family with various diets and there was something for everyone, very tasty dishes and the service was excellent.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Tom!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Valentines dinner here! Awesome food and great service

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for sharing your Valentine's Day with us!

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DH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food (satisfies Vegans and Meat Lovers), love the drinks and love the service ❤️

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Debra!

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VE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was excellent!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 15, 2020

Thank you Valerie!~!

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MT
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seemingly very natural, made from freshest ingredients. Imaginative menu items that really taste great. Knowledgeable, cordial and patient service. Though we are long-time Santa Monicans, this was our first time here. Easy BBB Line 7 or R7 bus ride from our home in Sunset Park area.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our group had an excellent dinner - vegetarians included. Everyone was happy with their entrees. The Brussels Sprouts appetizer was great. Service was efficient and unobtrusive.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you Lewis!

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a birthday

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 19 hours ago

Happy Birthday!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the first time there for me and my two friends celebrating my birthday. We were excited by the healthy versions of some popular dinners. We had the edamame guacamole with house made pita chips, turkey lasagna, burger and Margherita pizza. Even the drinks were delicious. We tried the juniper rose cocktails and Rx juice.

I’ll definitely be back here!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 15, 2020

Love to see you soon!

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j
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love that place. Mandatory stop every time I travel to LA. Very healthy and surprising food.

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

INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time. Was very good. Ate the Ancient Grains bowl. Enjoyed it and the restaurant very much.

P
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very busy February Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica; we were welcomed by a friendly, cool,
intelligent server named Kenny. Outstanding first courses included homemade creamy Tomato soup, and fresh from the
garden salads with 8-10 different veges in it.
Mains were superb with Salmon for some and Seabass for others. Light and tasty sauces were they key here.
Exceedingly fresh fish were wonderful and were cooked perfectly.....just a tad "underdone" making it
juicier and more flavorsome.
Young blonde hostess with movie-star looks was most friendly and informative.
Prices were very reasonable for the... SUPERB quality. Healthy ingredients are the difference maker, thankfully
P. Mahan

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

Looks like you ordered some great dishes!! Thank you for giving us feedback on how much you enjoyed them!

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CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great gluten free optjons

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 29, 2020

Thank you!!

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h
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Fish tacos were awful (did not eat them, should have sent them back and waitress should have offered to take them off the bill; lesson learned) though normally they are good. Service was mediocre at best. It was a Sunday so perhaps an off night. Usually am very positive about this restaurant. Will take a long break before returning.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hello, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your Fish Tacos or your service. We would love to see you again sometime soon and make it right. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service slow. Food was subpar to other locations. Dessert was days old with “fridge taste”

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

Good Day, I am very sorry that our food was sub-par. I have the Regional Chef, Executive Chef and General Manager looking into this as we make all of our food fresh. I would love to make this right and have you come back to this location. Open Table does not allow me to post my email but if you call the restaurant and ask for the GM, Logan Doub, he can give it to you and he can also take care of you. Sincerely, Nico Solomon Regional Director of Restaurants

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food, VERY LOUD Music. They were busy and not everyone at the table got served at the same time. Our server was friendly and pleasant. I would have given 5 stars if we didn’t have to shout over the music.

HK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place - only problem is that they allow (non-service) dogs, which is illegal.

LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
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 on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you Jane!

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DJ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 26, 2020

Thank you!

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

Fantastic!!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on January 23, 2020

Thank you!!

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AH
San Antonio
13 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 on January 20, 2020

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 on January 20, 2020

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 on January 20, 2020

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
6 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
18 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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
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
Los Angeles
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.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
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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