True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
Ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a good place to get good healthy food, even if you have a margarita or two.

AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

The table next to use had a rowdy dog party during which the dogs climbed all over the couches and tables and ate from True Food bowls and plates. The person manning the front desk said “any amount of dogs is okay in the patio.” I’m not sure the health inspectors would agree... It was an expensive and alarming meal. Not enjoyable at all.

NJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I met for Brunch. My friend arrived first, and the wait staff immediately knew where she was when I arrived. We shared avocado toast with a Prairie Mary and then banana pancakes with tea. Everything came already split into two separate servings. The food was delicious and the service was top notch.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

True food use to be more accommodating to making food for people who have allergies. Now, they’re becoming like a chain where they can’t or won’t. Maybe they’re just busy that night and can’t? But if this is something ongoing, I don’t see myself being able to go anymore which is sad because true food is (or use to be) one of my favorite restaurants. My server was great as she tried her best to accommodate my needs but she didn’t give me my receipt with the breakdown of food costs so I didn’t notice that she didn’t apply my coupon. Overall, not a great experience and disappointed for the value I had to pay.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

Everything was great but it took a while for the food to come out. The dood started trickling in instead of just getting it all at once. Everyone had their food and we still waited 20 extra minutes for my cousins food :(

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food - just like all other True Food Kitchens I’ve visited...

KS
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. A must try in Pasadena.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

Food was overly saucy with overpowering sauce and service was very slow albeit very friendly. Drinks were extremely backed up. We got our lemonade with the check.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I think the service was great! The food was fresh and delicious!

J
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Reservations were easy to make online. The service was excellent and the food was amazing!

VE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as Usual. Tonight we celebrated my birthday with friends from out of town.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on 9 January 2020

Such a wonderful review, and thank you for thinking of us for your Birthday! We hope to see you again soon!

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience4

This is a favorite and I go there frequently. Usually the experience is wonderful but I have noticed the service deteriorate. They have become slow, inattentive and inhospitable, sometimes borders on "attitudinal"- there needs to be some hospitality training.
The ambiance is very nice and warm. The food is excellent. I will go again, but I hope they recognize the service problem.

JJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only suggestion I have is, add some form of noise dampening in the room. Maybe ceiling baffles, foam pads strategically placed out of sight.
This is a common problem with most restaurants; nothing against True Food in particular. But again, like most restaurants, the noise level spiked and it became hard to hear the person 3 feet away from me.
Beyond that, the place is great! I would definitely go again.

L
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s a very cute place that servers healthy food I will definitely be back.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thanks you Liash! What a great review. We thank you for your patronage and hope to see you soon!

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DK
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We all had a wonderful time!
Our server was friendly, attentive and helpful!
A little loud and some kids at another table were singing loudly(not the restaurants fault) otherwise it was perfect!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious as always!

PF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The burger was a hockey puck, and the server did not ask us how we wanted it cooked. Pizza was greasy Kale salad was oily. Server was inattentive. We were running late for a show and the kids were hungry otherwise I would have sent all of the above items back.

OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, I had the lasagna and my sister had the fish tacos(seabass)

n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food great service! Wish they had a branch in calabasas!😊

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on 7 January 2020

Thank you, Nikki! Maybe one day! We thank you for your review, and of course invite you back to Pasadena! Happy New Year!

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S
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Server was very attentive, friendly, and professional. The food "drop-off" people and the kitchen were not so attentive, leaving food without checking on guests needs... like utensils; or not yet finished with the starter when the main course is delivered.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed True Food at Sip n Savor, decided to check it out. Party of seven, we enjoyed the hummus appetizer! All of us had different entrees and all were impressed with their meal! Highly recommended True Food. Only question, when are you coming to Charlotte?

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on 7 January 2020

Soon! We are opening new locations all over during the next few years. Keep on a lookout, and in the meantime come visit us again in Pasadena! Thank you for the great review, and Happy New Year!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service. Love this place.

J
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a good meal in a great setting and friendly staff.

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. We went on Christmas Eve for my son’s birthday and the restaurant was very busy. Glad we made reservations. Great selection for vegan and non-vegan appetites. We will definitely go back! Great restaurant.

NR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I had a great birthday dinner on December 20 with my best friend, introducing her to the restaurant. I had my favorites roasted beet and goat cheese flatbread appetizer and the grass-fed burger entree. Received a complimentary birthday dessert --- the fabulous flourless chocolate cake! A perfect birthday celebration dinner!! Plus my girlfriend really liked the restaurant and was thrilled that she can bring her beloved dog with her to the restaurant.

C
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Party of 10 little old ladies catching up during holidays. Beautiful restaurant, great service and good food. We were a bit noisy, but staff not bothered at all (probably more amused).

MI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

good food but pricey

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food option!

RM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant has really matured from its beginnings. They have found their rhythm so the service is spectacular! And the food, the food is delectable. All very fresh ingredients. I had a kale salad with pan roasted salmon. I don't know where they get that salmon but it had a beautiful flavor and it was cooked to the perfect temperature. Moist and flaky - I will obsess over that dish until I have it again. You bet I'm coming back!

MK
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and experience was amazing. My wife is vegetarian and I'm pescatarian. Y'all killed it. Tasted amazing and felt healthy.

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Holiday celebration.

M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Swonderful restaurant. Smarvelous food and very nice pleasant server!

C
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The ridiculous speech that they make their servers recite to first-time visitors was a red flag for us in terms of tone/pretentiousness, and it also overhyped the quality of the food right before we tried it. The menu has a strong selection in terms of veggie/vegan/meat options, but if you want "normal" beverages or sides, look elsewhere.

AD
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

As regulars, we love True Foods. Jo provided excellent service! The butternut squash soup was a perfect, savory and creamy non-dairy treat! But the floor was as sticky as a dive bar on a Sunday morning. Our shoes, along with the host, and other customers', stuck to the floor. It was very disappointing!

JS
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was so kind and helpful. The vibe was so nice, food was great and menu is ridiculously inclusive to all diet types.

True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
Responded on 7 January 2020

What a great review! Thank you Jessica. Our team loves to hear positive feedback. Happy New Year, and we hope to serve you again soon! Best,

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RJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Tasty and innovative fresh food. Convivial setting. Convenient parking lot for reasonable service charge.

SC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Totally delicious. Fun and lively Great service.

FR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I hosted a group of 10 teenagers (well, near adults). Half of them were nearly an hour late and the servers were wonderful. Kids were thrilled with the food. My husband and I sat at a table separate of them. Both were terrific.

MD
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love their commitment to healthy food and local suppliers. Their Korean noodles were AMAZING, took me right back to when I lived in Asia. If you have sensitivity to noise, it is a hard place. But fantastic restaurant!

SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was really great and attentive. Beautiful place to sit outside and have a Sunday brunch! Delicious cocktails as well.