True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
- 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
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
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.
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.
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.
My boyfriend and I really liked the ambience and overall service .
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.
Excellent for salads
A perfect Sunday brunch w my college-aged daughter. Great food, drinks and service. I loved the garden scramble!
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
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.
Super slow service :(
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.
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.
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.
The food and ambiance are great! We sat outside and loved it.
Hi justaguy, Thank you for the review! We look forward to serving you again soon!
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.
Thank you Carrie for the review! We look forward to your next visit with us.
Best server ever -he was from PA originally
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
Love this place!! Food and service are excellent!!
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.
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!
Thank you FabFoodie for the stellar review! We appreciate your loyalty and look forward to taking care of you again soon!
One of my favorite places for a weekend brunch in LA!
Thank you for the review! We greatly appreciate the 5-stars and kind words!
Good was average not worth the price.
Thanks, UteM for the feedback. We appreciate this type of information. We look forward to serving you next time!
Great food & great service, beautiful restaurant
Great service and food…
Healthy options add good taste with reasonable portion and cost. I will come back again for sure.
Delicious gluten free vegan pizza. Watermelon mojito and edamame guacamole are not to be missed.
Always delicious and healthy food!
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.
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 :(
Hi TatyanaA! Thank you for the 5-star review! We appreciate your patronage and look forward to taking care of you again soon!
Delicious food. Very accommodating to special diets. Great service. Outside patio is nice.
Hey TDM58, Thanks for the awesome review! We look forward to serving you again soon!
We enjoyed it, low key and easy place. Recommended.
Thanks, Justin! We look forward to taking care of you again soon!
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.
Hi lofamily, Thank you for yout kind review. We are always glad to hear about our guests' experiences. See you again soon!
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.
Thank you very much for the review!
Always fabulous tasty and healthy food - patio seating, nice waiter and spoke to a manager about how much we enjoy their catering as well as in person dining!
Thank you for the review. We greatly appreciate your kind words!
True Food SM never disappoints!! My favorite weekly go to
Hi Jennie, Thank you so much for being one of our frequent guests. Please let me know the next time you are in so we can make sure to do something special for you. We look forward to serving you again soon! Kindly, Larry General Manager
Service was very slow, we were seated and left a good 15 minutes before someone can to take our drink order; Shar stepped in and helped while our waitress was MIA.
Thank you for the review. We appreciate your honest feedback so we can continually work to be better for our guests. We look forward to serving you again soon!
Best salad I’ve had this year! Outside, near beach, not crowded and manager insisted on not charging me because of small mistake!
Hi Gwensgirl, Thank you for the gracious review. We were glad to take extra care of you after the cranberry mishap with your salad. We hope you choose to dine with us again soon! Kindly, Larry General Manager
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 4.5 stars by 1151 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.