True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.7
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209 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options

OH MY SQUASH!! Pre- order your Thanksgiving Squash Pie for $25
Call 703-527-0930 pick up dates are 11/26-11/27
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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
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Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the healthy menu at True Food. My friend and I shared the roasted Brussel sprouts as an appetizer. We both had the winter immunity bowl which was beyond delicious.... highly recommend this restaurant!

p
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place! It was a little too loud (music could have been turned down a decibel or two) for comfortable conversation on Saturday night, but all four of us loved the food. The butternut vegan pizza was excellent, as was the cauliflower with dates and tahini. Tablemates enjoyed their entrees, as well; they had steak and chicken tacos and Korean noodles. Will return regularly.

A
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love true food kitchen. The food is reliably excellent. I like that they use in season produce and have simple dishes that are too complex for me to master at home. I highly recommend them for a healthy but delicious meal in a trendy clean vibrant environment. Service was also excellent with an eagerness to make recommendations based on the things I like. Thanks. See you soon

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish, healthy, perfect brunch!

C
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Headed to Ballston TF for the 4th time today since my previous visits were fantastic. Not sure what went wrong with today but the service was awful for our table of 5. Both our coffee and eggs took forever to arrive at our table and both were luke warm/cold. No one came by with coffee or water refills durint our visit. Servers were very forgetful and we had to ask for 2 -3x for items because they never came back w the requested item. Already done eating by the time our requested hot sauce arrived. Split checks were incorrect. Probably would try a different restaurant for brunch next time. Too bad bc they typically have great food.

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Responded 4 days ago

Chrissy, Thank you for your review on your most recent dining experience . My Apologies that we missed the mark on great service with your party At your convenience, I would love to speak to you further about your visit on Sunday you may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you, Anne

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AH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service with delicious and nutritious meals! I would highly recommend this and would love to go back soon!

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Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Ashley!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as always! This True Food Kitchen is the best one and I’ve been to several.

CH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Good healthy food, but very loud.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Cat, and we appreciate the feedback on the loudness, so we can be more mindful Hope to have you back in soon

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j
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, but cocktail prices were outrageous. Shocked to see an $18 charge for a plain old martini.

NI
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food - excellent staff - it's just way too noisy. My companion and I had to shout at each other to be heard across a small table. Everyone else was talking loud as well so I didn't feel conspicuous - but it was uncomfortable. I would go back - but I'd be sure not to bring my husband who is hard of hearing and would not enjoy it.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Healthy, tasty food. Quinn, the manager is great. Wonderful place to go if you have gluten allergies.

S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed everything we ordered and also really liked the atmosphere. It is very clean and open. You are not on top of one another. I thought the Kale salad with added grilled chicken breast was delicious. VERY garlicky but I love garlic. And the beet and goat cheese flat bread was very fresh and delicious with mounds of arugula. Generously sized as well. That could be an entree. Our service was polite and efficient. We will be back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love all the True Food Kitchens I’ve been to, but this is my favorite! The restaurant is very well managed, the staff is friendly, and the food is extra tasty! It’s smaller and quieter than other True Food restaurants, too.

e
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thrilled to have this great new food venue. Everything tastes great. Service is super and very friendly. Just happy to have a super new place in the neighborhood.

BH
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I liked everything about this place. The drinks were spectacular and the food was fast and delicious and healthy. I had the chicken sausage pizza which was BOMB. Can’t wait to go back.

s
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dinner with a group of seven. Wait staff was friendly and the food was delicious. Not too noisy, so we didn’t have to shout to hear each other. Nice selection of wines. I’ll be back and I highly recommend it.

KS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

50th birthday party

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food And our waiter was very helpful With menu recommendations. I would definitely return.

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Responded on 27 December 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Hostess did not realize both parties of reservations had checked on and left us sitting apart. Music was really loud. Food was okay

e
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vegan and vegetarian options

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 27 December 2019

Thank you for dining with us!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

True Food comes through again with a variety menu of wholesome entrees that appeals to all. And with appealing drinks and a hip and with it ambience. It’s been our go-to place in 2019 and a hit with our friends (of all ages and diets) every single time

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Responded on 17 December 2019

Thank you for dining with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

A good solution for my vegetarian daughter’s family birthday lunch!

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was truly fresh and delicious and the service was wonderful! A lovely evening!!

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Responded on 12 December 2019

SO happy you enjoyed your service and food! We hope to have you back in soon!

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GP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server Wayne was excellent! He was attentive throughout the evening and went out of his way to make certain that my husband enjoyed his birthday celebration, even boxing up a complementary dessert to go, when we declined to order.

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Responded on 10 December 2019

Thank you Gwenn! We will pass along to Wayne and hope to have you back in soon!

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g
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent service, great food, too loud!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 December 2019

Thank you for Dining with us! And for the feedback on the music we will pay more attention, hope to have you back in soon!

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t
Washington DC
133 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Returning via Metro from an evening event in DC, we had dinner at True Food, arriving about 21:45. Located in the new Food Court at Ballston, True Food offers pleasant surroundings and great service at this hour. On a Tuesday evening, the space was fairly quiet - it might not be so more near the weekend!
The menu offers several interesting items, noting all the calories, etc associated with all of them. The fish tacos were good as were my wife's salad with chicken. Wine offerings were good but not a huge selection. We would certainly return!

NE
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Innovative and healthy menu items are its strengths.

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Responded on 5 December 2019

thank you for dining with us!

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C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Everything was really clean and creative and interesting. Although I am vegan and I saw a mistake on their menu. Their edamame dumplings are labeled veg but they have fish flakes in them that are baked in and cannot be removed. In that sense they are not vegetarian. Other than that my family got the soup which was flavorful but served lukewarm. The The cauliflower polenta bowl was creative and filling but slightly flavorless. I feel like I could have made it better at home by myself. The drink menu selection is really nice and they also had vegan eggnog. The servers and wait staff are all excellent. It's really nice to see more creative vegan friendly healthy dining out options available. I will try this place again and hopefully it will be better next time.

HB
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I never, ever write reviews, but our experience at True Food was one of the best dining out experiences we’ve had in a loooong time, and it deserves and stellar review from us. From the ambiance to the service (shoutout to our waitress Lauren who was wonderful) to the food—everything was amazing. The manager, Quinn, came by to check on us, which is such a nice touch. The food is incredible (the brussel sprouts are the best I’ve ever had), and the staff is so friendly. It’s our new favorite restaurant, and we can’t wait to go back.

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Responded on 30 November 2019

Thank you Hope! We cant wait to have you back in!

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HE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food is excellent- flavorful and inventive. The noise level can be a problem. There is nothing to absorb the sounds and it can be very loud.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 29 November 2019

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

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D
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the hostess, to our server, to the decor, to the food - FABULOUS! The edamame dumplings are incredible. And, the rise-infused gin drink is yuuuuuummmmy.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 29 November 2019

Thank you for choosing True! We hope to have you back in soon!

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS!!!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 29 November 2019

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

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RB
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really enjoy the service, the cocktails I've had are always really delicious, and I like how the food is both tasty, without feeling heavy after.

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Responded on 25 November 2019

Thank you for choosing True Food Kitchen!

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g
Detroit
18 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great menu with nice variety of items. Service was delightful. We had a wonderful time.

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Responded on 25 November 2019

Thank you gman!!

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R
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The first salad (local ingredients - do not recall name) was not as good as the same salad I had in the TF New Orleans recently. Balance of flavors was off - probably the dressing.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelente comida. Todo fresco. Un servicio excepcional.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 25 November 2019

thank you for dining with us!

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V
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Both the butternut squash soup and gluten-free pasta bolognese are delicious and healthy. Every staff members we interacted with are wonderful people. My only issue was the loud environment. We had difficulty talking to each across the table. Other than that it was a great dinner. We will definitely be going there again.

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Responded on 20 November 2019

thank you for joining us at TFK, we hope to have you back in soon!

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OT
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent food and service. Not quiet by any gauge. Pricy but you pay for that fresh quality.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 20 November 2019

Thank you for joining is we hope to have you in soon!

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LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

True Food is always a great choice! I had been there before, but this time our server told us about history/background of the menu. All dishes are geared towards an anti-inflammatory diet, ensuring you’ll feel even better after you leave. I definitely agree with that, and love dining at True Food!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 November 2019

Thank you Lindsey, we are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to have you back in soon!

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