True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

4.6
1059 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica is open for dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. Choose from our regular lunch or dinner menu, or a variety of takeout value meals for 2, 4 or 6 people, family-style packages for four people and wine bundles & alcohol to-go. Our staff is following stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures as well as completing daily staff wellness checks to ensure a safe dining & takeout environment. Order online at TrueFoodKitchen.com

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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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1059 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It was my second time in SM location. Very disappointed.
Waiter, the curly guy was so annoyed and was arguing with us regarding menu.
The food came cold.
We won’t go there again!

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CraigH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love going to TruFood and are thankful that they are back open! The food was amazing....as always! The team members are incredibly nice and responsive. Felt very comfortable!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded a day ago

Thank you Craig!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good time and an excellent meal. They are doing. A terrific job with social distancing and sanitizing. We are inside and felt very comfortable. Wonderful wait staf and the food was excellent as always. It’s a must when we are in Santa Monica!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you!!!

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vipjeff
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lizzy an excellent waitress

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 28, 2021

We will make sure Lizzy hears your praise!! Thank you Jeff

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vipToast
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Took 20 minutes to be seated, even with a reservation. They changed their menu for the worse.
Staff was reduced dramatically.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 27, 2021

Hello! I was hoping to find out what menu items were missing, as a lot of them we can still make happen! Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your concern, I am confident we can make it right. Thank you

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vipKimberlyK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

They changed their menu taking off the beverage, vegetable plate & main course panang curry bowl I used to get. Said no onions & no dairy, took a while for food & had to change soup after first being told no onion in it but there was. Server had to snatch it back from runner. Ordered cauliflower instead which came in hot plate but was cold upon biting into it. Main course salad came after wait with blue cheese in it, ate half & left the rest after not wanting to send a second dish back & being hungry. Left a good tip for server as not a lot of tables full & these folks need to earn a living but will not bother to go back.

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KerryC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Great service food was good but not hot enough.
No atmosphere I have been to other TFKs with much better ambience

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vipMTSM
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still in pandemic period. Well-spaced tables; everything looking very clean. Staff diligent about safety practices. We switched to veganism last year, and this will be one of our go-to places. Had the vegan double cheeseburger with sweet potato hash, cauliflower appetizer, tomato soup, and took home a piece of avocado key lime pie. All spectacular. Though our reservation was for outdoor, we changed our mind and the hostess helped us find the perfect indoor table. Very helpful service by Kenny.

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joeyp
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding and the service top notch. I love the entire menu. Can’t not order the Korean noodles!! The kale salad is ridiculous as well. Marg pizza, soooo yummy

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 21, 2021

I love the Korean Noodles too!!!! Thank you Joey

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PapkenP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was horrible. Food was prepared wrong, twice... Waitress ignored our request to move inside because she said only tables outside her area were available. She could not help us there...

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 20, 2021

Good morning. This does not sound like us at all, I apologize. I want to look into this and correct these behaviors. I tried to look up your reservation but I could not locate one with the name you posted from. Are you able to reach out so I can resolve for you and future scenarios? Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal - our server was excellent and the hostess was very accommodating to be sure we were happy with our table!. Could not have had a nicer dinner! Bravo!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 18, 2021

Wow! Thank you for the comments, love that you shared your experience with us.

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food, great service and a terrific place to go.....

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you "foodie"!!!! Cannot wait to see you soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Outstanding food for a good price. Staff is always courteous

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you!

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vipImpressed
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Really appreciate the gluten free options. Great service. Seemed COVID safe.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food! The menu offers something for everyone.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 11, 2021

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was amazing and bonded with my son over having braces. My date, my 12 year old 6th grader son to celebrate his straight A’s was lovely thank you making it special!

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vipiLo823
Central Coast
252 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Decided to take a drive down the 1 for Easter brunch. Ended up having items off of the brunch menu - the strawberry quinoa pancakes and the scramble. Took some of it home along with a slice of the avocado key lime pie. Service was good.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 7, 2021

Thank you!

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vipNicoleB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Nice healthy take on a lot of traditional food. Location in Santa Monica is not the best. Some good tables but many terrible tables

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 12, 2021

Hi Nicole, Hopefully we can find you a table you love, if for some reason you do not, just let us know and we will do our best to re-seat you! Thank you so much!

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TnAWet
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All the food was very good but the selection of food and drinks was very small.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 12, 2021

Hello glad you enjoyed the food, however, I do want the menu to seem more broad. Was there something in particular missing that you would have enjoyed? Let me know so we can make it happen!

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MatS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was stellar, and it was totally enjoyable.

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LaurenM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Roasted cauliflower was the bomb!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on April 6, 2021

Hi Lauren that you for the review! Appreciate your comments.

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TorieO
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dreamed of the Chopped Salad and Chicken Sausage Lasagna ever since trying them out last week. Unprompted, the portions came already split. Every bite was scrumptious. We’ll be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This is one of the worst experiences I’ve had. The food was literally disgusting. We are vegans

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vipCorbycorb
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fast and friendly service. Great location and food was very good. Nice selection of fresh foods on the menu. Will definitely be going back.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 31, 2021

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you so much!

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LauraP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious, healthy food. Service was a little slow, but I think because of Covid-19 regulations.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 23, 2021

Thank you Laura!!!!

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Frank
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food1service4ambience1

Food wasn’t great.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience5

A menu item was charged incorrectly on our bill. We pointed it out but they didn’t change it on our bill! Weird

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hello, Are you able to reach out directly so we can make sure your charge is reconciled correctly? My name is Logan and I am the General Manager, you can contact me here at the store at 310.593.8300. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Expensive tacos that gave me foos poisoning

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hello, I want to gather some information about your post. Are you able to reach out to me directly? My name is Logan and I am the General Manager, 310.593.8300. Thank you!

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CarolinaM
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food here. It’s always delicious and also healthy!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you!

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vipFrequent617
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Coffee was cold. Food was lukewarm. Waitress was delightful.

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vipGALEXAVIER
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Location, service, ambience, and alcoholic drinks were great. Food was just okay. A bit over seasoned for my taste. Squash soup was very good though.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on March 17, 2021

Hello! We want to be great in all aspects and want to show you that we are usually five stars! Let me know what I we can do to get you there.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I used to love True Foods and would go there frequently. Their food quality has gone way down hill. My Turkey burger, which used to be my go-to, was completely dry and flavorless and the side kale salad used to be served with shaved parmesan not plastic, fake, extremely poor quality cheese. Also, the kale salad started to turn that color when kale goes bad. I was very disappointed by the lack of care in quality and will not be returning to True Foods. I hope someone sees this review because I believe my honest perspective could shift back to the True Foods I used to know :/. Very very disappointed.

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vipTerryE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food. Nice outdoor area.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 28, 2021

Thank you Terry!

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Jac155
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Food was delicious. Server was friendly and helpful

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service. Went back the following evening.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 27, 2021

Thank you!

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vipKristieM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Not a lot of vegan or vegeterian option, was suprised

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Cherlev
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was annoying to use cell phone to see he menu. No paper menus were available for brunch items which is what we came for. Also did not have either half & half or soy milk for coffee. Otherwise very pleasant and so enjoyed patio dining.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you Cherellis. We usually do have paper menus available upon request. I will follow up with the team and make sure they are accessible. Appreciate your review!

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TastyGirl
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful outdoor dining experience! The food and drinks were delicious and the service was impeccable. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 was that the QR code menu was difficult to navigate. Fortunately our waiter saved us the trouble and gave us paper menus. Would highly recommend!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 20, 2021

Thank you! Hopefully we can get back to five stars next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Friendly staff and the food was top tier. Not too expensive either.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you!

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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 1059 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.