True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

4.6
1011 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Good Vegetarian Options
Casual
True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica is open for no-contact pickup + delivery in accordance with local guidelines. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together. From stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures, daily staff wellness checks and socially distant seating to face masks on all staff, single-use recyclable paper menus and contact-free mobile ordering options, True Food assures every guest a safe dining environment.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1011 people are saying
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AmandaG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The menu has changed and some of my favorites/staples have been removed. Bummer! Food was good Ans service was great.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Amanda, What are your favorites? There is a good chance with a little notice we can make them happen for you!!! Let me know so we can get back to five stars! Thank you Logan General Manager

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Lauren
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I really liked the food and options at this restaurant, however, the drinks were pathetic. I don't expect to pay $13 for juice. There was little to no alcohol in any of the drinks - we tried a couple different ones. I will not be back for this reason, good food - terrible drinks. They also offer no happy hour menu, even though other True Food locations do.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 20, 2020

Thank you Lauren for the review. I am so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your cocktails. We take pride in ensuring our beverages are of the highest quality. I really hope you do decide to try us again as I would love to make you a cocktail personally. Please ask for me by name and I will be sure to make your experience worth 5 Stars! Thank you again Lauren and I really do hope we see you again! Logan

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vipyntbom
Los Angeles
135 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Delicious vegan options with creative seasoning. Loved the food.
It was pretty cold outside during COVID.....could use more outdoor heating.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 16, 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback. We are definitely working on the more heating, we always want you to feel comfortable. I am so glad to hear you enjoyed the food. Can't wait to server you again. Please ask for me the next time you come in, I would love to ensure you have a 5 Star experience. Thank you again, Logan

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vipilovefood
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great casual outdoor option during COVID- they have a great set up. It was efficient, clean, and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was awful and not how I Remember true foods to be, we ate in the dark basically and our drinks were just mixer

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 11, 2020

Hello, I am disappointed to read about your experience here. While our food is usually delicious I apologize that we missed the mark with you. I would love to make it right and show you how great we usually are. When you do choose to visit us again, ask for me; Logan, and I will make sure you get the meal you deserve. Thank you

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vipJD45
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good. There were 4 in our party, not 2. Food was tasty, good service

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

Thank you very much for the kind words. Please let me know the next time you are here. I would love to ensue you have an amazing experience and maybe we can reach 5 stars! Thank you again, Logan

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BettyL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with all the Covid19 protocols including contactless ordering and payment. So smooth and safe.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thank you very much Betty for the 5 STARS!!! We take the safety of our guests very seriously and am so pleased to hear you enjoyed yourself! Looking forward to serving you again! Logan

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Added a review on Yelp but to summarize on here, I'm a big fan of True Food but on this one occasion the Beef Tacos we're chewy, need not so good and the side of beans was a side of juice with minimal beans.
The manager has reached out to apologize, which is very kind. Unfortunately this location was a one off fore so returning is not an immediate option. Will continue to frequent my local location though.

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vipSD19
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Mediocre service and attention to detail.

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

Hello, Firstly, I want to say that we are simply not okay with being mediocre. I am hopeful that you will give us another chance and I know we usually nail it. Thank you for the feedback.

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vipCharlotteD
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, nice to sit outside

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thank you very much Charlotte for the 5 STARS!!! Looking forward to serving you again.

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Tatiana
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love True Food Kitchen! It's one of my fav restaurants!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 27, 2020

Thank you Tatiana! I am so glad we are one of your favorites! Looking forward to serving you again!

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vipStanW
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In Santa Monica???? TRUE FOOD KITCHEN is a winner....Easy atmosphere and really good healthy food. We will be back.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 21, 2020

Thank you!! Can't wait to see you again soon!

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vipChaundraP
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server and service was AMAZING! I for to take a pic of my sangria (red) but it was FANTASTIC!!! Will definitely visit again.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 19, 2020

Thank you so much Chaundra for the 5 STARS!!! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipStevie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best!!
Great service and great food!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 17, 2020

Thank you Stevie for the 5 STARS!!! Looking forward to serving you again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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AlexandraD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Waitress was busy and forgot a few things in our order, but food was delicious!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 6, 2020

Hi Alexandra, We really wanna be 5 out of 5!!! We will continue to drive our staff to perfection so the service matches the food. Thank you!

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EllisL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great except there were no paper towels and the hand driers were non-functioning in the men's room.

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FernandoB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place .safe . Good food.. a little over price but overall great I enjoyed

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on October 3, 2020

Thank you for the review Fernando!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere is great!! Love the kale salad and edamame guacamole

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 28, 2020

Thank you very much!!

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NewYorker123
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overall great ambiance, but the food is a bit bland. I found three fruit flies in my whiskey on the rocks -- I still drank it because I don't like to waste alcohol. Ordered a second whiskey on the rocks and it also had fruit flies. The bar needs to invest in better liquor pourer caps that are bug proof.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for the time to make your review, but I do find it very concerning. We pride ourselves on being noticeably clean and take extreme measures to ensure proper sanitation. Were you able to bring these issues up with a staff member? During our daily inspections we have not noted any pest activity and I want to make sure that our team responds correctly in the future. Thank you

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myhr
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Our family usually really enjoys True Food and have visited a number of locations. This was our first visit during COVID so we weren't sure what to expect and understandably, the experience was different. Ambiance was not great and the menu was very limited. This was all understandable due to COVID restrictions, but it was a disappointment. We will likely wait until after restrictions are lifted to visit again. Looking forward to it!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 30, 2020

Hello, I appreciate the time to write your message, as well as your repeated business. While we cannot control the restrictions implemented by State and County officials, we can control the menu! Fortunately TODAY we have added back some previous guest favorites such as brussel sprouts & roasted cauliflower. If there is a particular favorite that is still missing, please let me know and I am almost positive we can make it happen, with a little notice. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

I’ve been to True Food Kitchen probably 6 times and this time the food was so bad I didn’t eat it. Tasted stale and dry and off.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 21, 2020

Hello, As this seems out of the feedback we usually receive I was hoping to gather some more information. Would you be willing to provide more specific info so we can make it right? Thank you

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vipArlington
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I’ve been to True Food in other locations. First time @ Santa Monica location. Food was mediocre & not fresh. Service was helpful. Seated outdoor due to COVID but our table was all the way in the back & it felt sterile.

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julieb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Would have prefered to sit on the patio vs the mall, but completely understand the circumstances!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 21, 2020

Thank you Julie!

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HankHonest
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

TFK always satisfies and the staff are pleasant and courteous.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 20, 2020

Thank you Hank!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the waitress was very helpful enabling me to order off the menu to make a really wonderful brunch selection. The food tasted great, the quality is wonderful, I was unrushed and the coffee was bottomless. I will certainly return.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out to dinner for the first time since COVID started. They made me feel very comfortable. The tables were space out very well. Everything was socially distant and sanitized. Service was quick and friendly. Thank you true food!

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Savagediner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had read good reviews but even then was pleasantly surprised at just how good everything was - loved it!

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

Wow! Thank you very much

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really like it

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 2, 2020

Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cold no heaters

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Danny15Reef
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good experience but cost of meal was too high

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 27, 2020

Thank you! Hopefully we see you again soon.

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AnthonyM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great salad (the "Seasonal"), fresh and flavorful.....

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 25, 2020

Thank you Anthony!!

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DonnaV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect day and the grass fed burger was amazing!

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

Thank you Donna!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food isn’t as good as I remember ... and they have a limited menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love this restaurant. Wish they would open one in Ventura area

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MMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outside patios. Safe and sound. Nice to be in SM

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and cocktails and great service.

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viphappy
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous,flavorful, healthy food!!
You need to try it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was SO KIND and accommodating. Made dining here a wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and nice service

FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 593-8300.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 1011 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.