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True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.7
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289 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen Arlington is now reopen with dine-in service. As we carefully and conservatively re-open our restaurant, we continue to honor our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and staff. Our dining room and patio will look different as we’ve made critical adjustments to accommodate for social distancing, enhanced standards and safety measures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this new normal together.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 289 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRene
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and excellent customer service to hostess and the wait staff!

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ElisaA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always ... the waitress was so kind and full of attentions! We were also offered a squash to try. Always the place to go !!! At this location in particular !

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for coming to our restaurant! We are thrilled you enjoyed your time and the new Squash Pie!

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vipPatriciaW
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was exceptional during coronal times!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Overpriced for food quantity and presentation. Need more dessert options.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thank you! We appreciate your feedback and sincerely hope you enjoyed our restaurant!

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vipBRW10
London
42 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

True Food has become our new favorite restaurant! Nice outdoor seating, clean, high quality ingredients, delicious and fabulous service every time!

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Responded on 11 September 2020

Thank you! We love having you here!

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vipChrissyVA
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very high quality, fresh and delicious. My only disappointment was in the quantity as the portions were on the small size.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thank you! We are happy that you enjoyed your food and appreciate the feedback!

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MalloryR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always delicious! I am always impressed with how they can make healthy food taste amazing! I will keep going back again and again!

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Responded on 2 September 2020

THANK YOU MALLORY

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CoBrA2168
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dining experience as always!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thank you for joining us!

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ElisaA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place great food great service . I would suggest more main course (meat and seafood) options as it is in LA...

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 2 September 2020

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US! We appreciate your feedback and hope to have you back in soon!

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fm110
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was incredible and they did a great job keeping us safe & comfortable. The menu is understandably limited, but still provides good & tasty options. Their digital menu is accessible with your phone, but they need to offer public wi-fi due to poor cell reception. A paper menu was provided for us to see the menu. Overall, another enjoyable dinner for us. We’ll be back again.

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Responded on 28 August 2020

Thank you for joining us!! We hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

For some reason I’m any empty restaurant we were seated next to the place the servers gathered to chat so we had to listen to their banter

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 3 September 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we appreciate your review, And will be more mindful of our conversations and seating moving forward. You may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you for your time

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vipArlmar
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, good spacing outdoors , nice service and kind waiter

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Responded on 28 August 2020

Thank you!!

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vipMarkNYC64
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I appreciate the overall goal of True Food but two cocktails and entrees (no sides, apps, or desserts) was well over $70.
This was only the second time I've been to a restaurant since March and taking into account the prices and the fairly bland burger I had, I may just stick w the meal delivery services, where a week of meals was better tasting and cheaper than True Foods.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, service charming and efficient. One problem...the QR Scanner doesn't always work...nor the "from-your-phone-bill-pay" So we ended up using paper menus and real money.

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Responded on 19 August 2020

Thank you for joining us at True Food!!

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SusanS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tables outside were well distanced. Nice to order and pay for food from app. Wish they had more choices available.

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Responded on 17 August 2020

Thank you Susan for joining us!

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tagamira
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, great food!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 4 September 2020

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Totally awesome! Patio was clean and food was delish!

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Responded on 4 September 2020

Thank you!

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LinaA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

The salmon was really overcooked and dry, but the potatoes noodles was good

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 11 August 2020

Thank you for joining us, and providing feedback on your dish. We hope to have you back in soon!

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside and it felt very safe, ordered our food on our phone and paid the bill the same way.
Tables spaced and everyone wearing masks!!
My shrimp tacos were delicious and my grandson ate his entire pizza!!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 11 August 2020

Thank you FOODIE64! We hope to have you back in soon!

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JeremyM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food great location great outdoor seating!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 6 August 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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AmaliaK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service and food very good. Only thing was the steak tacos were incredibly salty.

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KennyARL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. I like the quality of the food and there are definitely more healthy options than most restaurants. Great service, great food, and great ambiance.

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Responded on 1 August 2020

Thank you Kenny! Hope to have you back in soon!

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Natalie
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I'm always please with the food, and I appreciate now more than ever that they have outdoor seating available.

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Responded on 4 August 2020

Thank you for the stars Natalie!!

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Hungryforks
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Most food items either lacked flavor or were not the correct balance of ingredients. The food is very expensive for the taste, and same for the drinks. One was so bad that it was barely touched even though it was $15. I spent $180 for 4 people, and we would have enjoyed an average national chain a lot more. Gave this place 2 chances spaced 6+ months apart. The bright spots are the ambiance and the service, so come full and order the watermelon mojito or a beer. If you have to eat here, get a pizza. They do a decent job at that.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 28 July 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us, while we love that you enjoyed our ambiance and service, I am sorry we have missed the mark on the food, We are always wanting to improve and with reviews, it gives that opportunity. We hope to have you back in soon for another go, you can reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you again for your time Anne

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MKF1000
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience2

Our food at True Food was amazing as always. Our service, however, was not. The waitress we had was not at all friendly. We had to ask for water and she seemed annoyed by that. We were all wondering why she chose this career. Maybe she should reconsider. In the past, we have had fantastic service at True Food. We will be back, just hopefully with a different waitress!

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Lovefoodanddrink
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The food and drinks were creative and flavorful- trying a bit too hard to be trendy, but delivered on quality ingredients, presentation, and taste.

The alcoholic drinks were fresh and portions about right for the price point. We had the edamame dumplings which came in a light broth and a nice hint of truffle. One guest had the teriyaki bowl (exactly as described with robust vegetables), one had the Glass noodle bowl (much more spice than expected, but also more shrimp than expected), and the turkey wrap (the star in this dish was the hummus- who would have guessed?). Overall, all satisfying dishes that generated enough credibility to make the group want to return to try a few more.

Dining during COVID-19 is a unique experience and although I thought the restaurant did a good job creating a safe and comfortable experience, I did wait nearly 15 minutes for our waitress to come by so we could order drinks while we watched the staff congregate and chat at the bar... even so, the orders came our quickly, so the kitchen/bar teams were churning out orders. Also, when the waitress gave her standard greeting and asked if we had dined there before we said "no" she chimed "Welcome back!" It was so conspicuous that we listened when she did the EXACT same thing to the table next to us... clearly not listening to the response from the guests. She was nice enough, but also very slow (I noticed she had friends dining at the restaurant, so she spent most of her time tending to them- oh well!).

Bottom line- I would return to try a few more menu items and give another server a chance to prove that our experience was an outlier.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 4 August 2020

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience, we are always wanting to improve to better serve our guests, and we hope to have you back in soon!

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KgomotsoS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food and drinks! Always a plus to see hand sanitizer on the tables and every employee masked up! I will definitely be back!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 22 July 2020

thank you!

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CoBrA2168
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Very clean, tons of hand sanitizer, and distancing enforced (for COVID). Highly recommended and will be back very soon!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 18 July 2020

THANK YOU!!! We appreciate you dining with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great healthy food choices and specialty cocktails. The watermelon mojito was a perfect pairing with the Jackfruit wraps.

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Responded on 17 July 2020

thank you!!

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Ayona
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A chill restaurant with great food; highly recommend.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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LFMD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and staff did a great job with social distancing, etc.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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PemaLungta
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

What a great find! I loved the Vegan Spaghetti Squash Casserole, and I am not a vegan.
The music was too loud, but I find all restaurant music to be too loud.
Beautiful dining space and good social distancing practices. I found my new favorite restaurant.
PS Prices are reasonable and not inflated as many restaurants do in order to be pretentious.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for your review, we are so happy you found a new favorite! WE hope to have you back in soon!

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Alexa
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I enjoyed the menu and style of True Food, but I found the restaurant a little noisy and the service a little lackluster. That said, I would still return, but probably during "off" hours.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you Alexa, for taking the time to review us. We are always wanting to improve, We hope to have you back in soon!

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Bunny
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My friend's meal was incorrect the first time it came out, steak instead of salmon. It took at least 10 minutes for the corrected meal, with no compensation for the delay.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you, Bunny for your review and feedback, we appreciate you taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope to have you back in soon, we would love the opportunity to serve you again.

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ThomasD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my 1st visit to True Food, cool place, I’ll will go again!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 15 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience2

The table had a sanitized sign on it but it was clearly not clean - very uncomfortable dine in experience given the current environment

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sandym
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food, and healthy. Ate out on the patio. Felt "safe" and the server emphasized the "safety." Great experience.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 July 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

For it not to have had many people in the restaurant, our waitress was kind of invisible even though she was very pleasant whenever she was present, and accommodating. If you like lemonade, order the peach tea as the flavor of peach is practically non-existent. As my stomach is very sensitive to acidic drinks like lemonade, I couldn't drink it and had to ask for a replacement, which turned out to be ice cold and very refreshing watermelon juice. (assuming it was fresh)
The two diminutive beef tacos were very good (meat used was top shelf as were ingredients) but the accompanying salad, also diminutive, was tasteless. For $19.00 plus tax and tip, I guess that's what you get nowadays.
This is my second visit and I still think the prices are a bit over the top for what you are served. Will I return? Yes, probably.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 4 August 2020

Thank you for joining us at True Food Kitchen, we appreciate your feedback and will ensure more present service, we hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great healthy dishes!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 8 July 2020

THANK YOU FOR THE STARS!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time experience at True Kitchen during "RONA" season. The restaurant staff was completely great and made me feel safe during these strange times. The food was amazing and I will definitely come back again.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on 10 July 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so happy you had a great time with us

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True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 527-0930.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter is rated 4.7 stars by 289 OpenTable diners.

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