True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

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Pull up a seat for some in-season goodness, the fall menu is back at True Food!

True Food Kitchen is a health-driven restaurant and bar inspired by a philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. True Food’s seasonal menu emphasizes wholesome, seasonal ingredients with thoughtful preparations to highlight the natural health benefits and flavors of each ingredient. From thoughtfully crafted cocktails, such as the Citrus Skinny Margarita, made with fresh-pressed citrus and organic tequila, to nutrient-dense dishes like the Edamame Dumplings, Korean Noodle Salad, Ancient Grains with miso-glazed sweet potatoes, Grilled Fish Tacos and an antioxidant rich Flourless Chocolate Cake, True Food Kitchen’s menu celebrates variety and caters to every food preference with an assortment of delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Don’t go there after 8pm actually don’t bother
They’re not interested in serving customers they’re interested in going home
A wonderful talented chef and some wonderful staff are being let down by a few unprofessional servers there
Higher management Not aware of what’s going on here and it’s a shame because it could’ve been a nice place

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded a day ago

Thank you for speaking on the phone. Once I receive your address I will put a gift card in the mail Thank you!

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PL
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hummus appetizer and refreshing drink!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting Patty, see you soon!!

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a great choice for vegan and vegetarian selections. Loved the new Fall line up with the delicious sweet potato pizza.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded a day ago

Thank you for the feedback!

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LL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as usual, and great service. This is my daughter and my favorite place to stop for a healthy meal. Totally recommend.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded a day ago

Thank you LiLi!

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. And two of our party had birthdays and received gratis desserts (which we all
shared). thank you for that.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 12, 2019

Thank you Esther!

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to spot for out-of-towners. Here they can capture the Santa Monica vibe, from the fresh herbs by the door, the thirst quenching beverages and delicious, healthy food. The inside-out Quinoa Burger is my favorite. Don't miss the gluten free desserts. Squash pie!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you so much.. see you soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was awful. Couldn’t get out waiter if we tried. Hostess literally had her butt cheeks hanging out of her skirt. She would bend over and it was super inappropriate. Dishes not cleared. Drinks came after our food. Get it together.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you!

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MG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Good food and selections. Service was excellent. Overpriced for what you get. Good for a casual hang with friends.

CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Flavor, flavor, flavor. Really delicious. We sat on the patio. Great service but I wish that they had more umbrellas available. Sun was pretty intense.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you Christine!! That back patio is tough in the afternoon, but we are working on a solution. Appreciate it!

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KN
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional and the service was great. I will come back

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank you Karine!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pricey entrees bad dessert watery cappucino

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant!! Coolest options

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 31, 2019

Thank you!!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliably good service and fantastic healthy food. One of my favorite places

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on September 1, 2019

Thank you!

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J
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Of all the true food locations I’ve been to in Arizona and California - the service at this location is consistently below par in comparison. I’ve even received a response from this location the last time I had sub quality service - saying they wanted to make it right and for me to reach out to them. Problem is - they didn’t tell me who to ask for and how they planned to make it right. Seems poor service starts at the top - at this location.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 18, 2019

Hi John, You can contact myself, Logan, the General Manager directly by emailing ldoub@TrueFoodKitchen Thank you

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k
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love The food and the ambiance here, this time we went and I was disappointed at the restrooms being so dirty.
Service was great and waiter very friendly.

k
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fresh, healthy food with great vibe. Loved it.

S
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent but the restaurant is way too cold; everyone is sitting with jackets, sweaters etc.

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was quite different and really good. You can tell they source food from great venues. The staff were all really pleasant and happy.

L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love this place! There are options for every type of eater: picky, kids, comfort food, curry, health nut, etc. I got the Panang Curry with added tofu this time, and it was a 10/10! Exactly what I wanted for a hearty meal with tons of flavor! The curry comes with rice on the side, and I just add it right into the bowl. I was dining with a friend who is doing "Whole 30", and our waiter was super helpful in finding her something to eat within her guidelines. The waitstaff here is always super kind. Looking forward to the next time I get to head down to Santa Monica and dine here.

AS
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food with a great wine/cocktail list. Can be a great place for a family dinner or to meet up with friends. Highly recommend!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thank you Anja!

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a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food is phenominal, which is why I keep going back. However, the service is always lacking. It takes way too long for the servers to take orders, or bring a requested item, such as a napkin, fork, side of salsa. Also takes way too long before they clear plates once finished, and bring the check. Seems like they need more servers, they are spread too thin.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hello, since you seem to come frequently come say Hi to me and I will ensure great service from here on out!

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a nice time but the food took a really long time to arrive. But we were not in any hurry so we didn't mind too much. They surprised us at the end and took $20 off the bill because of the food delay. I was very impressed with this gesture.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hey Eric, Thank you for your understanding and happy to hear you had a great time!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner there and the food was excellent! Loved by all three of us. Food was delicious and fresh and I feel satisfied and healthy after the meal.

We then returned two days later for brunch with friends and we found the food at brunch not as tasty as dinner, although it’s the same menu.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you so much!

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation and waited 30 minutes beyond the reservation time to be seated. Then food took another 45 min and was disappointing compared to all the other TFK I’ve been to. Usually the flavors and taste are great but there was no flavor to my Teriyaki bowl and it was dry, hard to get down bc it was so bland. Sadly disappointed by this TFK.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello, we really want to make this right. While I feel we are usually great, it seems we missed here. I would love to invite you back and show you how True Food is consistently great regardless of location!

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JG
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5. Everyone’s meal came out correctly with the exception of mine. The manager corrected the problem promptly. The manager also removed the charges for both meals and gave me an additional credit. Bravo to the management of True Food Santa Monica.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you for the feedback Joe!!

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J
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service has some gaps in it regarding my food being brought ahead of my girlfriends.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 5, 2019

Thank you John, we do our best to make sure your meal flows smoothly. I will direct your feedback to our chef team so we can continue to uphold that standard.

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Overall it was a good experience only the spaghetti doesn’t look and taste like spaghetti at all. More like sauerkraut. Very thin and sauer. And the food wasn’t very hot. But a nice ambiance and a very good vision on good food and the planet which is why I recommand this restaurant.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hi Ellis, It is Spaghetti Squash, the size is kinda how the plant breaks up after cooking. However, we hope it was dlish!!

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MB
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at True food kitchen, the hostesses were nice and friendly, they gave us a table outside that we requested and sat us fast. The Server was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was just amazing! I’ll be definitely coming back.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you Marian!!

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J
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

True Food is one of my favorite restaurants. This particular visit didn’t go well, primarily because our server provided very poor service. I think it was an anomaly - but it was a disappointing experience nonetheless.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you for your review John. I do want to apologize that this visit was less than stellar. Whether an anomaly or not, we are not okay with it. Please reach out and I will set you up with an invite back. Appreciated!!

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AE
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and priced right for the area. The service was a bit slow getting food to the table, but the manager did come to the table to help out and everyone was very pleasant. I'd go back when in the area and suggest this to everyone who like healthy food.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you Alex!

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SM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. Amazing service and great food as usual!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

Thank you!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

Street Tacos that we’re suppose to have 3 were served with 2 - 10 minutes after everyone else had their meal. They said they would bring the third one out and it never came. Normally an amazing place with great food. Service was very disappointing compared to previous visits.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

Hi Mark, We have reviewed your comment and I want to apologize, I am not sure where the mishap took place but it is disappointing to hear none the less. Please respond to this message and I will set you up with an invite back to show how we can make it right. Thank you

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

It was very average. I’d say About the same as California pizza kitchen.

MG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good value - vegan and vegetarian options. Food was tasty, service was friendly and fast. Convenient location.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you Mike!!

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant. We were visiting with our son who has celiac and they were very knowledgeable and willing to help. The food was delicious and the service was top notch. I wish we had one near us!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 24, 2019

Thank you Bridget!

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Locale accogliente e gradevole. Personale gentile e professionale. Non tanti piatti nel menu ma molto buoni e con ingredienti di qualità. Eccezionale l’hamburger. Buoni i cocktail ma siamo rimasti delusi dal dolce che era buono ma nulla di eccezionale. In generale si mangia molto bene.

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting Santa Monica for only two nights. We discovered True Food Kitchen our first night and had such an excellent experience we returned for our second night's dinner. The host and wait staff were kind and accommodating. The food was simply AMAZING with special caution and care taken to manage our many food sensitivities and allergies. Our only regret is that we don't have a True Food in the metro New York area!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 22, 2019

We will be in New York soon!! Thank you for your words!

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LG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really great vegetarian and vegan selections as well as meat options for the none veg. Everything was super tasty and fresh!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 24, 2019

Lou thank you so much!

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! The food is consistently healthy and delicious.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on July 24, 2019

Can't wait to serve you again!

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