True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

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$30 and under
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Good Vegetarian Options
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made a reservation for my birthday dinner and we had an amazing time. Our waitress was the nicest human being and was super helpful with her recommendations.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you!!!!

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T
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall my friends and I were satisfied.
Just one thing, because of Saturday night, the restaurant was totally full. Then, we were waiting long time for just one single cake as a dessert.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 3 days ago

We will make sure to get the desserts out faster for you next time!!

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JD
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Food was awesome, but service was very slow. We had 4 kids at the table and the wait to place an order was entirely too long. We had to occupy them as long as we could in between. Wish the server could have been on top of things just a little better. We came at a time when there were many open tables.

I would also add one thing about the food: FANTASTIC BUT... Not very clear on cashew allergies. The server could do a much better job identifying which foods contained nuts or asking if anyone has an allergy and which items to avoid. We had a close call.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Jazz, as a father myself I am very empathetic to allergies as well as timing. Out of curiosity was the server presented with the allergy at any point? I just want to make sure we coach accordingly. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Get the original ginger Marg not on the menu

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded 3 days ago

I love that one too!!! (but I love the new one also!)

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waitress was Daphne. She’s so insightful, patient and just the best! I really hope to sit at her table again soon!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 10 November 2019

Wow, we will make sure to give Daphne some love!

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DM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food. Service was great. Over all it was a great experience.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 10 November 2019

Thank you Deborah!!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great gluten free selection and a nice aesthetic!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Very nice server but inexperienced, made many mistakes on our order. Extremely slow in getting food to our table.

N
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have been at this restaurant many times. This was our first time leaving unhappy. Both of our entrees were missing items. My husband ALWAYS gets the salmon entree. This time it did not have the menu listed beets. My fish tacos listed an avocado salsa and roasted corn. At most I had a 1/4 tsp of avocado and 6 pieces of corn. Waitress didn’t return often enough (it was a busy evening) so we just ate what we received. Our appetizer pizza was good though!! Just left the restaurant disappointed.

GD
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food, however it’s very loud in there

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 31 October 2019

Thank you George!

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MB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Loved it! Way better than the Newport Beach one! So many choices for vegetarians like me!😍❤️

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 23 October 2019

Excellent to read Mitra!!! Thank you

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DF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 23 October 2019

Thank you Daniela!!

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SN
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place! I had only been to True Food Kitchen in Pasadena before, and was delighted to discover their Santa Monica location. A great place to get together with anyone, as their menu offers a vast array of the most delicious, healthy, fresh and beautifully prepared food. We were 3 people with very different tastes and dietary restrictions, and couldn't have been happier! Just like their Pasadena location, they have outdoor and indoor seating. The staff were friendly, and very helpful in answering any questions, and giving recommendations. Definitely try The Ancient Grains bowl! Every bite is heavenly! Thank you, True Food Kitchen!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 October 2019

Thank you very much! We couldn't be happier to make you happy!!! See you soon!

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AL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was fresh and delicious and the staff was super accommodating to our family.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 13 October 2019

Thank you Amanda!!

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BD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great spot for a business lunch. Many healthy options

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 13 October 2019

Love to take care of you on your lunch!! Thank you!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing fresh delicious healthy food. Great service, great atmosphere

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 19 October 2019

Thank you!!

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W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food
Great value
Service a bit late
Patio needs more shades

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 13 October 2019

We are plotting some design elements with our property manager to get more coverage on the patio, as you can imagine it takes some time. But hopefully soon we will have more shade!!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Patio seating is the way to go when the weather is welcoming. Great happy hour too!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 6 October 2019

Thank you!! We love our patio too!

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m
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was very pleased with their service for a large group! We had 11 people, and they were able to put alcoholic drinks on separate tabs for everyone. The food was also delicious!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 29 September 2019

Thank you for your review! Can't wait to see you soon!!

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I have had many wonderful meals at True Food Kitchen and last night was no exception.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 29 September 2019

Thank you Mark, we will keep the wonderful experiences coming!

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Z
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was very healthy but did not have much flavor. The Chai pudding was the best.

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

True Food Kitchen never disappoints! We were a party of 11 and we all ordered different dishes. Food came out at the same time and service was fabulous!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 6 October 2019

Excellent to read, thank you for the comments!

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LR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food and service. Nice atmosphere.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 6 October 2019

Thank you Lloyd!

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AG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Healthy, yummy food in a great location in Santa Monica. Best avocado toast in LA!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 29 September 2019

Thank you Amanda!

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FE
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Don’t go there after 8pm actually don’t bother
They’re not interested in serving customers they’re interested in going home
A wonderful talented chef and some wonderful staff are being let down by a few unprofessional servers there
Higher management Not aware of what’s going on here and it’s a shame because it could’ve been a nice place

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 September 2019

Thank you for speaking on the phone. Once I receive your address I will put a gift card in the mail Thank you!

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PL
Denver
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent hummus appetizer and refreshing drink!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 15 September 2019

Thank you for visiting Patty, see you soon!!

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Always a great choice for vegan and vegetarian selections. Loved the new Fall line up with the delicious sweet potato pizza.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 September 2019

Thank you for the feedback!

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LL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, as usual, and great service. This is my daughter and my favorite place to stop for a healthy meal. Totally recommend.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 September 2019

Thank you LiLi!

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All good. And two of our party had birthdays and received gratis desserts (which we all
shared). thank you for that.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you Esther!

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go-to spot for out-of-towners. Here they can capture the Santa Monica vibe, from the fresh herbs by the door, the thirst quenching beverages and delicious, healthy food. The inside-out Quinoa Burger is my favorite. Don't miss the gluten free desserts. Squash pie!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 11 September 2019

Thank you so much.. see you soon!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Service was awful. Couldn’t get out waiter if we tried. Hostess literally had her butt cheeks hanging out of her skirt. She would bend over and it was super inappropriate. Dishes not cleared. Drinks came after our food. Get it together.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service as always!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 31 August 2019

Thank you!

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MG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Good food and selections. Service was excellent. Overpriced for what you get. Good for a casual hang with friends.

CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Flavor, flavor, flavor. Really delicious. We sat on the patio. Great service but I wish that they had more umbrellas available. Sun was pretty intense.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 28 August 2019

Thank you Christine!! That back patio is tough in the afternoon, but we are working on a solution. Appreciate it!

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KN
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was great. I will come back

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 28 August 2019

Thank you Karine!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pricey entrees bad dessert watery cappucino

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant!! Coolest options

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 31 August 2019

Thank you!!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always reliably good service and fantastic healthy food. One of my favorite places

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 1 September 2019

Thank you!

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J
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Of all the true food locations I’ve been to in Arizona and California - the service at this location is consistently below par in comparison. I’ve even received a response from this location the last time I had sub quality service - saying they wanted to make it right and for me to reach out to them. Problem is - they didn’t tell me who to ask for and how they planned to make it right. Seems poor service starts at the top - at this location.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 August 2019

Hi John, You can contact myself, Logan, the General Manager directly by emailing ldoub@TrueFoodKitchen Thank you

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k
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

We love The food and the ambiance here, this time we went and I was disappointed at the restrooms being so dirty.
Service was great and waiter very friendly.