True Food Kitchen - Chicago
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.
LOVE how healthy the food is at True Food Kitchen! Was in Chicago for 5 days and ate at this location 2 times! My only complaint is the GF Bolognese Lasagna had ENTIRELY TOO MUCH Spinach in it, both times we ordered it. Last year, I was at this location and ordered that meal, it either had no spinach or much less. I was so disappointed this year when I ordered it and it was overloaded with spinach. I love spinach but this overpowered the entire dish. On an awesome note, the Squash Pie did not disappoint. We ordered that both nights and enjoyed every bite.
Excellent food! Great cocktails!
Thanks a million, Damanda!
Best table on the House.
Louis was our server. He was professional, polite and helped us make great food selections. I had a wonderful time celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. :)
Hey Shelly! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know how much you loved your visit. I will be sure to let Lou know how great he did. Please tell your boyfriend happy birthday from us, and I hope to see you in here again soon. Cheers!
Delicious healthy food, with fantastic cocktails
Great place for healthier food options. Friendly staff.
Thanks for the great review, Edward!
I have a lot of food allergies and they were so accommodating and kind. It made the whole meal and experience even better. Love eating at this place!!
Thanks a million for the awesome review!
Sweet potatoes drowning in sauce
Phil was such an amazing waiter! He made our night
Thanks for the review! I'll be sure to let Phil know of his fan base!
We went there for dinner. It was very loud. Some dishes were too salty. But the edamame dumplings and the pizza with sweet potato were very good. Service was ok.
I first tried True Food in Los Angeles and really enjoyed the experience. The food is made fresh; very healthy options and nice portion sizes. They also good vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options that don't sacrifice flavor or portion size. Although not vegan, the Chicken Sausage Lasanga is one of the best dishes on their menu. I also enjoy the Avacado Toast during brunch. Both dinner and brunch here are good!
Casual ambiance with high food integrity standards. Fresh ingredients with more than the usual number of vegan options. Great service, full bar, moderate noise and most importantly amazing food. Beet flatbread to start, grain bowls, sea bass - all good choices. A place to visit often.
AMAZING thank you
Thanks Hannah! YOU are amazing!
One of the best things about True Food Kitchen is similar to other chains. You know what you're going to get regardless of where you are. The food is predictably good but not wonderful, the service is good, the wine list is not extensive but interesting. In a major city like Chicago there are other, more creative, better choices, but if you want a dependably good meal, you can't go wrong with True Food Kitchen. It's also an excellent place to go with people with a variety of diets. We tend to eat vegan/vegetarian, and there are nice options. If members of your party are major carnivores, they too will find options. Likewise with gluten free, lactose intolerant, etc. Since we have family and friends in the Chicago area who are all of the above, True Food Kitchen is an obvious choice and everyone has a good meal.
The vegan food was all great. I wish I could try more menu items! I would say though, that the portions are small, especially for the price. But, this leaves room for desert. Best dairy-free ice cream I have ever had! We liked what we had so much that we ordered the Unbeetable burger togo!
Thanks so much for the review, Jennifer! I agree about the ice cream... soooo good!
Overall, ambiance and service was great. My only constructive feedback would be that the food was a little bland. I ordered the coconut fish dish, and felt like dish did not have enough acidity or spices. Consider using stronger flavours.
Thank you for your feedback. I have shared this review with our chefs. I hope to see you again, soon!
The food was great. I had the TLT burger and the tempeh was delicious. My bf had a quinoa burger which he also loved. Overall great experience. The service was also great.
Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how great your visit was. I hope to see you again soon!
The food was so fresh and amazing, so v/gf/allergy friendly! The waitstaff was lovely and the atmosphere is elevated but not stuffy. Highly recommend!
Thanks for the review, Red!
Food was great as usual. Service was a bit inattentive but overshadowed by how yummy the food was!
Erika, I am so happy you loved your food, but upset we fell short on our service. Please feel free to reach out to me to discuss your service in further detail so we can ensure we get it right next time. Thanks! Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981
Excellent salad. So-so pizza. Good poke- bowl. Out of all specialty beers at 6:30 on a Friday???
The food is very good. Not excellent but very good. However, the noise level is so loud as to be uncomfortable. I will take out food from there but don't plan to eat in the restaurant.
We would go back. Our friends really liked one of the deserts. I enjoyed the curry. The food came a little too fast
Thank for taking the time to tell us about your visit. We will definitely work on our timing of the food, and if there is anything else you would like to share about your visit , please feel free to reach out to me. Joel Ryan Assistant General Manager (312) 204-6981
Service was great. Food phenomenal. Highly recommend. Decor is cool Af
Rusty, thanks a million for the great review! I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Did not disappoint. A favorite go to for a girls night out quickie.
I'm so happy you enjoyed your visit. Cheers!
Fresh quality ingredients in well put together dishes.
Supposed to be quality food but tastes like vegetables taken out of the freezer.
Tami, We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. We do take great pride in what we do and we like nothing more than an opportunity to provide a better experience in the future. If you are willing please message me at brien.terhune @ truefoodkitchen.
Excellent scratch kitchen! Loved the entire menu! The butternut squash soup was one of the best I have ever had. The bowl was delicious!
Thank you for the great review!
Air conditioning too fierce, it was very cold. Presentation of the crudités was fabulous.
I have been to True Food Kitchen numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional. The service is exceptional. The last time I was there, I was dining with 2 old friends. One was going to be very late so we started without her. Although it was very busy, the staff never rushed us or treated us with impatience. We had a lovely time. The manager even stopped by to see how we were doing. True Food is always high on my list when deciding where to go.
Wow, thank for great feedback Pamela. We are happy to hear you had such a great experience!
True Food was fantastic! Everything was very fresh, light, and made to our liking. Our service was outstanding, which only enhanced our experience. We will definitely be back.
Thank you Sara!
Very good butternut squash soup, edamame dumplings, and we shared the Chicken Fennel Pizza.
Thank you Linda
Fantastic lunch - we thoroughly enjoyed the ancient grains bowl. Bravo!
Thank you Christine
True Food Kitchen was phenomenal! I arrived early for my 12:30 reservation. The place was crowded but there were some tables available as it’s a very large place. They seemed willing to seat me but I opted to have a hot tea at the bar. The bar service was excellent and the adaptogenic tea was delicious. My party of two was seated in a back table with a friendly server and a little less noise. I ordered the seasonal salad which was out of this world. Very fresh ingredients and amazing flavor combinations. I will dream of this salad for a long time! Can’t wait to return when I’m back in Chicago!
Great food and amazing atmosphere!
Fresh delicious food. Choice range was fantastic - from Vegan options to steak options. Super service. Modern friendly environment.
Thank you Patricia!
Absolutely fantastic. There is something (and great food) for everyone, whether you are plant based, GF, want a grass fed burger or a snack, it’s all there. This place proves finally that healthy, vegan, GF (with added fish and meat options) don’t need to be an almost take out/office lunch informal menu place, and instead can be beautiful , cozy, modern and refined enough for a nice dinner with candles. Wish we had them in NYC...:(
Thank you! We are happy to hear you had such a great time. We are opening a handful of new locations soon, we could be near you soon.
Great happy hour!!
Always a great meal and exceptional service. Favorites are ancient grains bowl and chicken wrap!
Good food. Especially liked the chopped salad with its large number of diverse ingredients and champagne vinaigrette. Sea bass also good and, like the chopped salad, accompanied by a wade variety of goodies-farro, baby boy choy, citrus-ed mushrooms, etc.
The waiter did his job efficiently and competently, but not very enthusiastically. He didn’t make much of an attempt at smiling or repartee.
Loud! That was the hardest part. Couldn’t have a comfortable conversation. And the bass in the background music at times felt like it was penetrating my skull. Painful.
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