True Food Kitchen - Pasadena

4.6
1240 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Organic
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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LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was my second visit to this location and I loved it just as I did the first time I visited. The food was amazing and fresh! Service was amazing.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Had an online reservation for 6:30 PM. Waited almost half an hour for table. Clearly reservations were not important that evening. Seated inside but when I asked if we could sit outside due to the noise we were told no even though there was one empty. Odd and left a poor impression from a fan of that restaurant at that locale

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N
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the many healthy options at this place! They can accommodate many different dietary needs! Relaxing to sit outside on the patio!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love "True Food" its everything I want in a restaurant, especially the high quality ingredients
Everything we have had there has been delicious and as a bonus its all really healthy :)
The craft cocktails( and/or the non alcoholic "refreshers") are a must try!

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RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

True Food is amazing. The way they combine flavors is so unique and creative. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional.

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MF
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I drove for Diamond Bar to meet with a friend/client. My friend/client gave me the opportunity to select and it was with out a doubt True Food Kitchen. It never disappoints.

I was disappointed with one of your host who completely ignored me. I waved her down and acknowledged me and said to give her a minute and never came by.

I disappointed because I also personally know her. Call me if you want to know who. 562-254-5555

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AD
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I'm always introducing new clients/colleagues to TFP. Taking another client to TFSM on Monday.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Elevated experience, the team at True Food are living the mission and delivering the value with heart and good vibes. Our server Amanda was great and brought some extra California sunshine to our dining experience. Eating well and making a difference while doing it. Recommend highly!

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Responded on 12 July 2019

We're so happy to hear that you had a great time dining with us! Amanda is a rockstar and we are lucky to have her on our team! We hope to see you again soon Cynthia!

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PP
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

this was the first time eating at True Food Kitchen, I ate there with my son who typically isn't a fan of vegan style food but he was able to find something to eat and enjoyed it.

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Responded on 12 July 2019

We appreciate the feedback Patrick! Come back and visit us again soon!

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JS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I brought two friends who had never been to True Food Kitchen before and they were as impressed as I was on my first visit. The food is so good (but expensive) and healthy! The wait staff couldn't be nicer. It would be a nice touch if they added something small as a special occasion treat at the end of the meal.

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Responded on 12 July 2019

We appreciate the feedback! And we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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SG
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Their food is fantastic and innovative. We had a great time. It was hard to hear in the dining room because another group was very noisy and that room has hard surfaces. But worth it to enjoy the food! One of our favorites because it is so healthy. Our waitress was perfect -- attentive and helpful.

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Responded on 12 July 2019

Thank you for stopping by! We're happy to hear that everything was great! We hope to see you again soon.

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SM
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is a fun restaurant with great variety on the menu. We took our extended family with vegan and gluten free needs. The only problem was that or teenage granddaughters ordered burgers that were too rare and had to be sent back. I think the waiter should have asked how they wanted them. Next time the granddaughters will know to make the request. I would most certainly go back.

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Responded on 9 July 2019

Thank you for the feedback SteveM! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food but long wait
Servers were helpful but didn’t seem to communicate with one another
Pricey meals

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Responded on 9 July 2019

We appreciate the feedback and we always strive to get better!

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CY
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food Love this place; It never fails to impress!

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Responded on 9 July 2019

Thank you CurtY!

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RW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came specifically because of the 25% 4th of July discount. We were seated right away. The hostess was very helpful when we asked to be seated outside and in a specific area.

Amanda was our primary server and she is a jewel! We appreciate that the servers covered for each other so we never lacked for attention and, of course, the food was very good!

It made for a wonderful start to our Independence Day. Thanks for doing what you do and serving what you serve!

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Responded on 9 July 2019

It was our pleasure to have you with us on the Fourth of July RickW! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Always delicious! Great service!

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Responded on 9 July 2019

Thank you!

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C
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

As always, True Food Kitchen from Pasadena, has the worst service from all their branches. I've been in San Diego, Santa Monica, and the service is pretty well, bus these guys from Pasadena really need to improve.

They took care of some drinks and entrees but still... you know.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the patio seating. Special cocktails were great. Lots of menu choices even for vegetarians and good was wonderful!

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Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you so much for coming by Joym! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Inside was too loud. We had to move But good food and service

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Responded on 3 July 2019

We very much appreciate the feedback! Thank you.

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S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We love this restaurant for their fresh food and organic choices and love the seasonal menu changes - we visit regularly and appreciate that they have great cocktails that are on the healthy side as well. And with our range of friends - everyone can find something quality to eat here no matter what kind of lifestyle/diet they are practicing -keto/vegetarian/vegan, etc.

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Responded on 3 July 2019

We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us Shalala! We hope to see you again soon.

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F
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

True food kitchen has a great variety that will satisfy vegan, vegetarian, and meat eaters alike!

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Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you so much Fred! We hope to see you again soon.

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J
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The asparagus salad and charred cauliflower is the best. Skinny organic margaritas are amazing delicious made with fresh ingredients. One of my favorite places in the world

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Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you so much Jerry! Please come by and visit us again soon.

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K
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A great spot for casual, relaxed dining. Not as crazy about the quinoa burger but always love your veggies, humus and wine!!!

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Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you Kitkat for coming by! We hope you visit us again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food still tastes good but the portions have shrunk so much since our last visit. The service was below par, the chairs were oily and table was not clean. It was my favorite restaurant but this experience will keep me away for a while.

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food here is so fantastic! The pizzas are particularly excellent.

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Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you so much!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sofia is absolutely delightful! She was super friendly, sincere, and knowledgeable with the menu. She was also very patient with us, since we had different dietary restrictions. She really made our visit to True Food a wonderful experience! In fact, the Pasadena True Food has the best service among the other two True Food Kitchens I've been to (Denver, El Segundo). Big thank you to Sofia!

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Responded on 25 June 2019

It's so great to hear that you had a wonderful experience with us! We are very lucky to have Sofia on our team! We hope to see you again soon.

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R
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Overall "Good" for casual dining. The biggest flaw would be the noise level in the indoor dining area. We went for dinner and sat in the indoor dining area. The talking noise level is extremely loud. We had to speak very loudly to one another at our table in order to hear what was being said. I was actually warned about that from a friend of mine and it turned out to be so true. It's obviously the acoustics within that dining room, needs work.

Food was good. Service was ok (unfortunately our waitress was not too happy to be there). I will go back but request outdoor seating.

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TH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, tasteful combinations you would not expect but delicious. Quiet upscale crowd, nice mix of young and old. Service was superb and quick. Definitely would return.

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T
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food! The services is excellent,
They are friendly and always ready what the client need.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for the kind words Tita!

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PT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another great visit for HH with exemplary service.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you Pat!

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

The food is overpriced for what you get. The service was mediocre at best. The wait time for our food was unacceptable. The noise level was ridiculous, we could barely hear what someone at our table was saying - must be something with the acoustics.

LAST time I will be going to True Food Kitchen!

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L
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Really good healthy food and The Key Lime Mousse was the best!!

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us Lynda!

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F
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience as always the food was amazing. And our server had provided a wonderful time.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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PT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love their Happy Hour now on top of their great food menu and service! Everything on the HH was delicious and we had the margaritas then ordered the mushroom veggie pizza which was delish. Great service as always so will now start coming more and spreading the word.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

It's great to hear that you're in love with our Happy Hour! Thanks again Pat!

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a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

black coffee was expensive; cobb salad and mushroom spinach pizza...excellent,

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you Aitabemashoo! We greatly appreciate the feedback!

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E
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food delicious & health. Service good. Noisy, even on the patio.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

Thanks for stopping by! We greatly appreciate the feedback.

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Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Hard to hear, very loud during dinnertime. Appetizer avocado dip with kale, black bean dip & hummus, pretty good. My chicken dish sauteed was a bit spicy, dessert of vanilla ice cream with chocolate cake was great. Definitely healthily stop.

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Responded on 25 June 2019

We greatly appreciate the feedback!

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E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful Father’s Day dinner there!

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Responded on 25 June 2019

We're so happy to hear that you had a great Father's Day dinner! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

We were seated 10 minutes after our reservation time, as if it was normal. We were seated on the edge of the outside courtyard, essentially outside. It was cold, drafty, and while some people may like that, we did not. I said to the hostess that it was too cold twice, maybe three times, and she did not respond. We ordered 4 items. Hot water, Asparagus salad, Salmon, and the "grass-fed" burger (no mayo). Water was served within 10 minutes. Then came the burger and salmon 30 minutes later. No Asparagus. I mentioned to the waiter that I had ordered the asparagus and he said he would get it. I told him that it was too late. The burger did not have mushrooms, which it was supposed to have, and as a person who grew up on a cattle farm, this was the second worst hamburger taste ever in my probably 55 years of eating burgers. I ordered medium, it was well done. Dry, tasteless, and lacking in texture. It was at times hard to tell that it was beef. Bad breed, poorly cooked. My wife liked everything except the salmon, which I tasted and agreed. It was not a good quality fish, so no perfection of preparation could remedy that. The cucumber salad was good. I would like to give them another try, but there are so many more options for the area, that I really doubt that they will get one. Union is great. Even the burger at The Blind Donkey is way better for 40 percent less price. If you don't get quality fish, why bother? Fish Wives has that, Osawa has that et cetera.

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