True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

4.6
1155 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica is currently open with dine-in and carry-out service. As always, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our guests by following the guidance of the CDC and local health officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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PaleoMama24
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience1

True Kitchen advertises on their site that they can do Paleo and Keto, but so can any restaurant do that by holding off on the bread and white potatoes. There was nothing special like Paleo or Keto alternative breads or sauces--none. They did have dairy free ricotta and cheddar, which was nice. The chicken sausage was tasty. I have celiac, and unfortunately I got a reaction from the food, as I guess something was contaminated. Some in my party were very happy with what they ordered and enjoyed the flavors. . . The service was very slow. We had a party of 7, were one of the first groups to arrive, and about 15 other tables of people, who arrived after we did, got their food before we did.

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vipnancyg
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fabulous service, great craft cocktails. Healthy food that is delicious.

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vipnancyg
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service from Caleb. We enjoyed our meal and will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a casual date night on my birthday. Everyone had their own vibe and it was very inclusive. People working on laptops, friends smashing cocktails and overall just great space. Reasonable pricing for honest quality food that taste amazing! J was really great too.

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vipMichaelC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine out a lot. Since COVID bad experiences have been common with staffing and other issues. On the contrary, our dinner at True Food Kitchen was outstanding in every way.

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I live in the state of Washington. We decided to have lunch with a close friend at the True Food Kitchen (TFK) in Santa Monica. We made a reservation for 3 on Open Table. An hour before our reservation I received a phone call from a director at True Food Kitchen. The director called to let me know that they could not prepare hot food due to an equipment problem in the kitchen. He didn't want us to be surprised or disappointed when we showed up for lunch thus the phone call. He was very apologetic. He then told us that certain items on the menu would be available. I thanked him for the heads up and we decided to have lunch at TFK even with limited menu choices. When we arrived we were quickly treated to a complimentary starter of edamame guacamole dip with pita chips. We all ordered grilled chicken avocado wraps which were delicious! Our server was very attentive, helpful in explaining the menu choices and very enjoyable to talk to. The whole dining experience was really enjoyable even with a limited menu. The staff did a wonderful job and we look forward to eating at TFK again.

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upsidedown
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were such huge fans of this restaurant for a long time. But something has shifted. Food was no where near as good as it used to be. Noodle bowls way overdressed and too oily. Kale Cesar not great. Dumplings still amazing. It's such a shame. No real changes in the menu for many years. It's no longer amazing, just good.

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Anea
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I really liked the ambience and overall service .

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Jack
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

This restaurant needs to adopt a simpler QR code system for ordering as we've never had problems at other restaurants. This is a much more convoluted system than it needs to be and the worst any of us have experienced.

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vipCurtY
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect Sunday brunch w my college-aged daughter. Great food, drinks and service. I loved the garden scramble!

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Bella
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent for salads

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HollyA
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The servers and hosts were so accommodating and friendly. The server and trainer checked in on us the perfect amount of times and our food and drinks were brought out in a great timely manner.
At one point one of the chefs was yelling at one of the kitchen staff members about a gluten free pizza and it kinda made the vibe awkward and I felt bad for the staff.
But other than that the ambiance was really really nice! Would love to take my family here again

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EcoVeganGal
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was wonderful, though a bit pricey. Patio is nice, especially with the heaters at night. Service was great, but on the slow side. It took about 40 minutes from the time we sat down to get our appetizers.

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vipNewLA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Super slow service :(

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JenniferC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ancient grains bowl was amazing! Lots of tasty vegetarian options. Not great location, no view but all in all I would go back knowing I would be well fed.

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOPBill
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

If your outdoor seating is going to be limited to the West, get some decent umbrellas. Your current ones are worthless. Great being outside but experience is ruined because you are baked by the sun…not to mention glare of the sun.

Courtyard seating was much more enjoyable but for some reason it is always closed.

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highbrowhabibti
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ok, I love True Food, but if I am being completely basic AND HONEST -- it is just not the same without the crudite on the menu. Not for this plant-based foodie. It was just such a selling point. In any case, the food is still superb with options for anyone concerned about food allergies or otherwise. I particularly love all the non-alcoholic yet not just water drink options on the menu.

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justaguy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and ambiance are great! We sat outside and loved it.

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

Hi justaguy, Thank you for the review! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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CarrieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose vegan dishes, the veggie cheeseburger which was the best! The other dish was the teriyaki bowl that had rice, quinoa, bok choy, snap peas, rainbow carrots, and mushrooms, which was also delicious. The third item was charred cauliflower appetizer. The restaurant was very accommodating and understanding to our requests for sauce on the side.

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

Thank you Carrie for the review! We look forward to your next visit with us.

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vipSandyH
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best server ever -he was from PA originally

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KatieA
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our server neglected us for 15min while walking by our table yet never checked on us. When we approached it she just said ok and didn’t apologize or offer dessert gir us

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Food and service are excellent!!

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

Thank you!!

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vipMTSM
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

1. Highest rating on food (vegan spinach and mushroom pizza and avocado key lime pie) and attentive, friendly service by Dreden.
2. Mediocre rating on getting spendgo points credited to my account. Might have to do with the fact that I didn't pay bill through the app. At home I followed the instructions on the website on how to add points after-the-fact using information on the receipt. The webpage requires entry of formatted numbers that don't appear on the receipt. First, the receipt does not the contain a "receipt number" that matches the format required. I called the restaurant and the hostess said she would give a message describing my situation to a manager "Larry", who might be able to help me. Larry never called. I entered a help request through the spendgo website. Thankfully, within two days spendgo added my points.

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vipFabFoodie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed the Vegan Double Cheeseburger. I switched the set up with the Grass Fed Burger options. Deliciousness!!! The sweet potato hash was a bit mushy and under seasoned. Overall I had a good experience and the service was great!

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

Thank you FabFoodie for the stellar review! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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WellingtonL
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for a weekend brunch in LA!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 30, 2021

Thank you for the review! We greatly appreciate the 5-stars and kind words!

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UteM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good was average not worth the price.

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

Thanks, UteM for the feedback. We appreciate this type of information. We look forward to serving you next time!

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vipSweety14
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food & great service, beautiful restaurant

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

Thanks, Sweety14!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food…

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

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Healthy options add good taste with reasonable portion and cost. I will come back again for sure.

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

Thank you!!!!

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vipaksouna
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Delicious gluten free vegan pizza. Watermelon mojito and edamame guacamole are not to be missed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and healthy food!

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

Thank you!!!

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Trvlnmo
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Greeting was perfunctory and just seat was less than ideal with no options extended. Others seated were given options. Not too valued as a customer.

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vipSvetlanaK
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Decline in quality and value. As an example…Avocado toast came on thin dry toast (whole wheat version of Wonder bread), very little avocado spread :(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service

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TatyanaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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

Hi TatyanaA! Thank you for the 5-star review! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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TDM58
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very accommodating to special diets. Great service. Outside patio is nice.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 16, 2021

Hey TDM58, Thanks for the awesome review! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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Justin
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed it, low key and easy place. Recommended.

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

Thanks, Justin! We look forward to taking care of you again soon!

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lofamily
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great options for appetizers, entrees and dessert! Korean noodle bowl with tofu was yummy. Key lime pie with avocado was very tasty. Lots of families with younger kids there on a Friday night but with social distancing protocols that left tables empty, atmosphere was very pleasant.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 16, 2021

Hi lofamily, Thank you for yout kind review. We are always glad to hear about our guests' experiences. See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were super friendly and attentive, although it was also set up for an entirely contact free experience. The food was delicious and fresh tasting and came out so quickly! I had to wait a little while for my coffee, but they let me know it was just because they needed to brew some fresh.

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

Thank you very much for the review!

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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 1155 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.