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
The food is amazing and service were amazing. The table was clean. The servings are hearty.
great food and great service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Foodie, Thank you for your review! Glad you enjoyed the visit. Hope to see you soon! -Kevin
We both had very good meals and loved our dishes. I did have a concern that some of the staff was walking around with their mask underneath their nose. Particularly the stuff inside of the kitchen that can easily see into. Other than that everything seemed very nice and our service was excellent
Dollayo, Thank you for your review. I am sorry for this safety concern as this is one of our highest concerns with everything going on. Will be making sure we are correcting this ASAP. Thank you and we hope to see you soon! -Kevin
The outdoor setting is very nice; especially for Covid times. Parking is right next door. The food was somewhat bland for my taste. I ordered curry and I was expecting a little more spice and aroma. Service was Ok. The cocktails are interesting. Overall a good place to go.
VegaS, Thank you for your feedback and review! We appreciate it. On your next visit if you would like to spice up the curry or any dish ask for some Sambal. This would instantly add heat to your dish. Once again thank you for your review and hope to see you soon! -Kevin
True Food is a blessing for those seeking seasonally sourced ingredients.
Stephen, Thanks for the review! Our seasonal items are delicious, and health driven! -Kevin
We frequent True Foods usually weekly and love the healthy food. However, when I ordered the Teriyaki bowl I usually sub forbidden rice instead of the brown rice. I noticed the visit before that I was charged extra, I believe it was 3 dollars? when I mentioned this to our waiter, he had the manager come over to explain that forbidden rice is more expensive then brown rice. I said I was confused as it is offered in the curry bowl which is relatively the same price but proceeded with my order. When we got the bill I was charged 5 dollars extra for the forbidden rice even though it was a sub?! My bill including 1 wine 9oz and 1 teriyaki bowl with chicken and 8 dollar tip was 51 dollars!
Pamela, Thank you for your review and kind words about the food. I ask you to call the store and speak to me directly. I am the GM of this location and how this was handled was incorrectly. Please ask for Kevin, and if I am not currently in store, the host stand can provide you, my email. I will make this right. I am sorry this happened and hope to hear from you soon. -Kevin
Food was great, as always! It took almost an hour for our salad and dinner bowl to arrive, though. The waiter was understanding and offered complimentary desert, which was nice. We sat outside, it did get little chilly around 6:30pm, but since we were dressed appropriately, we were fine. Definitely, will be back, as they have plenty of vegan options on the menu.
Ruta, Thank you for those kind words even with having to deal with that wait for the food. Appreciate the understanding. Please on your next visit ask to speak to the GM. I would love to meet you in person and do something special for you. -Kevin
Great service. Good food. It came quick and nice and warm on a cold and rainy day.
Steven, Thanks for the review! Nothing like hot food on a cold day! -Kevin
I was there to celebrate a friend's birthday and left not happy!
The service was terrible. It took a long time for a simple ice tea. Lunch was fine, the server, Karla, didn't check in once. We ordered dessert and a cappuccino. The dessert came, no cappuccino. We nibbled on the dessert hoping for the capps, but no, the cappuccino came after the dessert was finished! I wouldn't go back and will certainly not recommend, True Food Kitchen.
Great selection for all types of foodies! Best meal I have had in awhile
Jenna, Thank you for review. Glad you enjoyed your meal! I love our menu selection and am stoked you do as well.! -Kevin
Overall good food / experience. We waited a while to get even a menu - Friday after 1230 so a bit busy. Then the order came out wrong. The good news - our server was quick to respond and fix it, she was friendly and made it work. The food was excellent.
Jim, Sorry to hear about the wait, however I am glad you enjoyed your time this Friday! The food is excellent, and I am happy our staff fixed the mistakes that were made! Hope to see you soon. -Kevin
Food was delicious and fresh! Great Variety on the menu.
SR, Thanks for your review.! Our variety with the health benefits of different dishes is what True Food is all about! -Kevin
I love truefood Pasadena but I’ve been let down every time I come to this one. My tables hot food came out cold and bland. Our server forgot our check after we asked and was very difficult to get her attention. Never coming back. If you like true food stay FAR away from this location
Good afternoon I am truly sorry about your experiences in Santa Monica. I assure you, we take this very seriously. We have rebuilt the entire restaurant from the General Manager to the Executive Chef. The pandemic really took a toll on this restaurant and again. I am sorry. The good news is the General Manager and Executive Chef are not new to our brand. They are very experienced and know what needs to be done. I would truly like to make this right. Sincerely Nico Solomon Regional Director
Overall the experience was good. The only disappointment was the salmon which was just ok.
Daniel, Thank you for the review. The salmon should never be just okay, what about it was just okay. Would love for some more feedback so we can impress you on your next visit. -Kevin
Always a wonderful time at True Kitchen. Craft Cocktails were on point. Tried the new Honey & Pear flatbread. Some pieces were wonderful, some were not. Uneven on how everything was aligned on the flatbread. Turkey burger was fantastic with kale salad side. Shrimp tacos were delicious and street corn was fire. Overall, really good.
Thank you for the review! The flat bread should be consistent throughout. Sorry about that, but love hearing the rest of the dining experience was perfect! Can't wait to see you on your next visit! -Kevin
Food was excellent, very healthy options, drinks were well-made and tasty but a little skimpy on the alcohol and over-priced. Pretty noisy in there but that’s to be expected in an open concept restaurant. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience as we had reserved a table for 10, the staff were attentive and we had a nice opportunity to gather friends & family together.
BrendaP, Thank you for the review. We loved hosting the group and will look forward to hosting you all on your next gathering. -Kevin
We thought it had potential to be great, but we were underwhelmed.
Michelle, Sorry to hear that we did not meet your expectations. What about your visit was underwhelming? Trying to see if this is something we can fix for future guest experiences. -Kevin
Good food, staff was very polite and accommodating.
Prices where reasonable considering the area, and the wait time weren't long.
A little on the loud side, but overall a pleasant experience.
Convenient for any group, that once an easy meal after a long day touring/walking around Santa Monica.
Denis, Thank you for your review. If it was a little to loud for you, on your next visit we can easily turn down our music volume a little for you. Just let us know on your next visit. Glad you enjoyed your time with us. Our food after a day of touring Santa Monica is a great idea to feed your body healthy nutrients it has just depleted. Hope to see you soon! -Kevin
QR code app to pay defaults to 15% tip but does not show that or give you chance to change until transaction is done. By which time we had separately given cash tip to waitress so as not to stiff her. So she got double tip for a so-so job. And restaurant never responded when I complained after.
Harvey, Sorry to hear about this and how we did not handle this incident correctly. The QR code does automatically set to 15%, but it does allow you to change it before processing the payment. On your next visit please ask for me so I can show you this (Kevin). Please call the store asap and ask to speak to Gabe and he can fix this double tip situation for you. Thank you for your feedback. -Kevin
Love their gluten free pizzas and lasagna. Save room for dessert!
Jennie, The LASAGNA is amazing. Well all our food is amazing, but I agree with you full heartily. Absolutely save room for a Cookies and Ice Cream or GF Chocolate Cake!!! Both are delicious. Thanks for the review Jennie -Kevin
Very delicious food. True Food is a great choice for healthy smart options. Because it is a chain thou the place is a bit cookie cutter in it's menu items etc.
Andy, Thank you for the review. I think we have some of the best food around town. Next time you are in try some of our seasonal options on the menu.
Brought my wise and and wonderful 97 year old friend there for lunch and we seated out on the lovely terrace. Food took a while, but the wait staff kept us informed, and aside from my poke being VERY light on fish, it was delicious, and my friend loved her Fall Salad. True Food has a great business model. I hope they can stay on top of it and not slowly degrade the way so many places do
Mark, Appreciate the feedback. Glad you all had a great time next time you are all together I hope its back at True Food and please say hi to me personally so I meet you all.
Delicious food and tasty combinations. Excellent Vegan, Vegetarian, and Fish menu selections. Highly recommend.
Carol, Thanks for the review! I am right there with you, our selection is amazing and love everything on the menu!
Excellent as always!. Love this place!
Adriana, Thank you for the review and taking the time to show us your love!
Dinner was delicious! The staff was friendly and the place was clean.
Stacey, Thank you for the kind words. One of our sayings is "Noticeably Clean". We have one of the best teams in the business! Hope to see you soon.
Food and service were both good. Were enjoying our meal and then a couple came and sat near us on the patio with a dog that whined and yipped for food the whole time. It was so rude of these guests and it really detracted from what could have been a great experience.
Mimi, Sorry to hear about this dinning experience. Please come back soon and ask for Kevin and I would love to do something to make up for this experience! Thanks for the feedback!
The fall menus is great! I love the cauliflower dish and the butternut risotto bowl. Delish!
Malik, The Charred Cauliflower is good, and so is the Risotto. Come back quick as we will only have the Risotto for a few more days.
The food is delicious and the service was top notch!
BesuP, Thank you for the feedback. Who was your server, would love to give them a shout out at a line up! Hope to hear from you soon!
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.
Paleo, Sorry to hear about this experience. We do have a Keto/ Paleo version of our menu where we can rework some of the dishes. I'm glad to hear people in the party loved the food, unfortunately sad to hear it did not meet you expectations. Would love for you to come back and give us another opportunity to exceed this expectations.!
Fabulous service, great craft cocktails. Healthy food that is delicious.
Fantastic service from Caleb. We enjoyed our meal and will definitely return.
Nancy, Thank you for your review. Caleb is an awesome server and can't wait to see you on your next visit.
Food and staff are terrible here. If you like truefood go to Pasadena or El Segundo. This location will always disappoint
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.
This is amazing! Glad your Birthday was special and thank you for celebrating it with us! Our atmosphere is something I enjoy being apart of each day. Hope to see you soon on your next visit!
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!
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 1184 OpenTable diners.
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.