True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

4.6 based on 609 reviews
Cuisine Type American
Price Range $30 and under

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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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  2. Brunch
  3. Kids
  4. Desserts

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4.6
Excellent
Based on 609 reviews
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Moderate
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
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3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was awesome- no complaints there. Unfortunately, I had a reservation for two at 7 and we were not even seated until 7:45. It would have been MUCH later, except we finally agreed to being seated outside. It was 50 degrees. And steadily sprinkling. I was extremely offended when we agreed to sit outside (after basically repeatedly being BEGGED to do so), the hostess jumped up and down and made a big happy scene- like we were doing her such a big favor by being one less reservation out from under her. It was extremely off-putting. We had to choose to either sit by the heater under no cover on a wet bench, or sit under an umbrella with no heater in sight and be dry (neither the umbrellas nor the heaters move). We chose the later and I ate my meal with a wool sweater and two fleece Patagonia jackets on- and a wool scarf. It was uncomfortable and not how I wanted to eat my expensive dinner. I ordered two starters as my main and asked for them to both be brought out at the same time. One was brought as an appetizer and the other was brought with the rest of the tables mains. I know this is small, but it was the icing on the bad-experience-cake. As I said, the food was great. But we never got an apology, no acknowledgement of the obvious weather (we were the only table seated on he patio), and overall the service was bad. And the food was WAY too expensive to have to deal with lackluster service. If you market your restaurant as upscale , I expect upscale service and treatment. I was so disappointed and WOULD NOT recommend dining in.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place! Everything we ordered was fresh and innovative and delicious! Service was pleasant and prompt. Appetizer was a super tasty guacamole with kale and citrus and seeds. I loved it so much I asked for the recipe and the sweet waitress got the chef to write it down! So nice. We each had a rice bowl and both were outstanding! Dessert was a flourless chocolate cake with coconut ice cream!!! Even the coffee was good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

good value, good food, good service....a perfect place to meet friends for a glass of wine and a snack or a meal

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Who'da thought a vegan pizza can taste that good?! Had the butternut squash, kale, almond ricotta pizza. I'm not vegan by any means but I could be if I could eat that pizza everyday! My kids had the grass-fed burger and the turkey burger and my husband actually ordered a chicken breast dish and liked it! That is impressive all in itself! TFK is now on our go-to list when in Santa Monica. The service was great, too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to TFK many times and one word that comes to mind is consistency. Every time I visit everything is top notch and I'm never disappointed. The menu and cocktails are inspired and there is something for everyone. I highly recommend it and I'll be back there again soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was probably the best restaurant I've ever been in. Great experience and the waiter was exceptional. For being my first time there my waiter even gave me a free desert! I don't have a single bad thing to say about this place. Totally recommending everyone here!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Kale-Aid veggie drink is so tasty and the squash pie with coconut whipped cream is awesome!

5.0
Excellent
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the tastiest, healthiest yet inexpensive meals I've had in the US! Sustainable Seabass, broccolini, sugar snap peas, roasted mushrooms, whole grains, umami sauce 👌#recommended

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice food and service. Good experience before flight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing fresh healthy cuisine...we loved everything we ordered ... the butternut squash with ricotta was incredible and my favorite. Also the grilled seasonal chicken salad with dates is really yummy , the humus plate , chia pudding is tasty and they good lattes. Wish there was a True Foods in my Westlake Village neighborhood.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely amazing from start to finish!!!! LOVED IT!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoyed the scene ... food tasty and fresh, Great tea service and skinny mageriata!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All is delicious and healthy. Drew my server for three meals is amazing and even remebered me and my preferences. The place is a great find and go-to - You leave feeling you eat healthy and light - the help (especially Drew) are all kind and helpful.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The sea bass was WAY TOO SALTY! You would think with this being a health-conscious restaurant, that sodium levels would be of concern. The dish could've suffice on 1/3 the amount of salt that the chef used in preparing this dish. I expect high sodium levels in American chain restaurants but not at True Food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved the fact there were vegan options on the menu. I had vegan butternut squash pizza and it was great except for the fact the crust was a bit burnt. It didn't take away from the flavor, though. My boyfriend had the ancient grains bowl and that was really good also.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely a 'Millenium' restaurant (and we aren't!) Noisy beyond belief, and a high energy vibe. Food was good, but it was 'plopped' down in front of us. No one returned to see if we needed anything, or if our food was acceptable. Babies all around us crying🙁

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great. It was my first time dining at TFK and I was really surprised at the quality and flavors of the food. Specialty cocktail menu was also unique, and drinks were great. Service from the bartender to our server was exceptional. Logan (manager) also took the time to ask us about out meal and discuss wines.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was very slow\nFood super delicious\nAll together a good spot to have fresh, delicious food for a good price!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Must be ready for very healthy delicious food\nUsually the service is spotty but had a great waitress

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great spot for fresh healthy food! Great service and comfortable venue.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in town for vacation and I found this restaurant online through reviews, and it was one of the only places that still had room on New Year's Eve. What a great choice! I loved all the fresh options, delicious cocktails, and atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Menu which will suit a wide variety of tastes. Nice atmosphere, service was great. Highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the food and the servers are on top of it. The last two times I've been there which have been at 3pm on a weekday and again at 11am on a weekday the food took a really long time to come out. It was reassuring that the server kept us updated and checked in often to let us know the status. The first time we were there they gave us a dessert and took one of the entrees off the bill. We felt taken care of at that point and were very thankful. That kind of care for their customers would have me coming back. I just hope the kitchen doesn't take long when I have a h-angry friend or co-worker with me.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food!!!! Fast service

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

after eating at their fashion island outpost this spot left much to be desired. the service was slow and distracted. they were not versed in their wines nor their flavor profiles of their dishes when we asked about a number of dishes. \n\nthey did try to correct the issues we had with two glasses of wine that were not the flavors we asked for but then double charged for the wine. we had to keep asking for our server and addressing with issues at our table which we are not used to at the FI location. \n\njust not a stellar night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic food. We had arrived from NZ and had struggled to find good healthy food to eat so were very happy to find True Food Kitchen. Service was excellent, ingredients were clean, menu was varied and the food tasted great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Diverse menu kept the gluten free vegetarians happy along with the burger eating teens.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What an amazing meal. This is one of the best places I've eaten in ages. The food is fresh and creative.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service and food spot-on as always! This is the restaurant where my kid orders a chicken stirfry and tells me the broccoli is her favorite part. Healthy, interesting, delicious. Kudos to all of you.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love it. I will come back for sure. Great healthy food and so tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place....our server was very friendly and on top of it!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very poor experience. We were seated by an open door on a cold day, the food came out slowly and not all at the same time. My lunch was stone cold by the time it arrived. \n\nThe waiter could not be bothered to check up on our order or to keep our water glasses topped up. \n\nMostly it was the service that let down the whole meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very tasty and unusual recipes. Service was friendly and efficient. Impressed with low noise level despite full house - suggests good noise reduction technology included in fit our design.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great New Years Eve dinner

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great but service was disorganized and we were one of the first parties to arrive for lunch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really delicious food, seasonal, local, well prepared.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

True Food is my default spot in Santa Monica--never disappoints. Casual ambiance, good value, and healthy seasonal options to satisfy a range of palates. And the 'refresher' drinks are always a treat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

So happy that I can make reservations on Open Table! Great organic food, service is always friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome, health conscious food that was so tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

All the menu has delicious food make sure you order the cauliflower.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was very poor. We were basically forgotten about for long stretches of time.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good but a bit salty. It has a fun, relax vibe.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Little disappointed. Food was ho hum, not as good as it read. Not bad but not great either. Pricy for what you get. As an example, as an appetizer I ordered hummus plate. It was ok, but what was irritating was that the bread they gave with it was so little it only got us about 60% through it so we had to eat the hummus with a fork! Plus I found the noodle portion of my dish rather small and how much can noodles cost? I left hungry.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Eating at True Food Kitchen is always a positive experience. Their food is fresh and fantastic -- with several options for gluten-free and vegetarian -- and the prices are reasonable. Plus, the service is good, the outdoor patio is lovely, and the coffee is superb. I highly recommend this place for everyone. The Mediterranean Quinoa salad is the best salad I've ever had - really! Everyone in my group of six found something delicious to eat (roasted brussels sprouts were a big hit for side dish), and everybody wants to go back. Our only complaint -- no room for dessert.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and outstanding hospitality. The food is healthy but not in a gimmicky way, it's truly delicious with menu options for all. Red chili noodles are fantastic with shrimp. Pizza was tasty. We also loved the spicy curry. Excellent meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As a new vegan I was thrilled to find True Foods. They have a wonderful variety of vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options as well as some meat choices so my entire family can enjoy it. Love the vegan butternut squash pizza and the Thai lettuce wraps, ok love everything! Everytime we go we get many things so we can enjoy the variety of taste! I do wish they offered a sugarfree dessert option like with coconut, dates or agave to sweeten. If going at a busy time make a reservation. Highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed our dinner at True Food Kitchen. The waitstaff was very pleasant and relaxed. The hostess was really accommodating with our seating and we felt like she really wanted us to be comfortable and happy. The food was great! We have a couple of vegetarians in the family and they found good options -- the quinoa inside-out burger and the noodle bowl. Non-vegetarian fare was great, too. We would definitely return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always: -amazing. Had the roasted cauliflower with pistachios and tahini. Also ordered just a side of grilled sea bass. They forgot about it and I didn't get til we all had finished our meals. That's my only complaint.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great space within the old SM Place - great food selection and wine menu - tried the one in El Segundo but like this one better

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and a very helpful server. Would definately be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great GF choices, loved the GF muffins and Pita. Nice decor, staff was very attentive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was well prepared and delicious, however the portion was a little lacking. Overall I did enjoy my experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service is great and food delicious. My only criticism is it took 45 minutes to get food after ordering.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I got an email saying 25% off on Labor Day, but in VERY small print, Santa Monica location was excluded. 😖😱

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Innovative fresh, seasonal food for all types of special diets plus fresh fruit cocktails. Extremely popular so make sure you book. So good we went back for lunch the next day. A refreshing change!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Five star food in a trendy hip environment with 2-3 star prices. So fresh and so delish. You're allowed to do a half portion of the salads and bowls. Yay. So I did a half portion of the albacore tuna salad (grilled tuna served rare) and half portion of the curry bowl (super spicy, I did not add any protein). This was more that enough food. Menu is huge. I really wanted to try the gluten free lasagna. Maybe next time !!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food options and courteous service as always.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Perfect and fresh prepared asian food. Nice place to go out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Restaurant tastes great but I feel like I'm eating in a mall.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We moved to San Diego two years ago from Arizona. While we lived in AZ we ate at True Food on a regular basis and loved the fresh, original cuisine. This week we were in Los Angeles and had the occasion to meet up with old friends visiting from Australia. We took them to True Food in Santa Monica expecting the same excellent food and overall experience we had grown used to in Arizona. We ate outside, which was fine. We noticed walking in that the interior space was on the dark side and there were warped boards like speed humps on the floor that two of us almost tripped over. These need repair. The chicken/farro salad we ordered was over-dressed, one of the pizzas was only ok and not cut clear through making the pieces difficult to separate, another salad (kale) was boring and the fish tacos one of us ordered was the highlight. We do not plan to go to this restaurant again. A disappointing, mediocre experience on almost all fronts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Nice service and awesome quinoa burger, butternut squash pizza and desserts.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed the food and the service was very good. Lots of healthy options as well as a kids' menu. It was a little noisy. Otherwise, great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious fresh and abundant. Kale guacamole is signature dish and very tasty. Also a meal in itself. Edamame dumplings lovely pillowy dumplings - very different and delicious. Fish tacos also perfect. \nTrue Food is a gen.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall really cool place. Ambiance is very low key; loved option for outside seating. My husband and I had brunch here. We really enjoyed our food- I had the organic eggs and avocado toasted sandwich with turkey, and he had organic eggs dish. Both were very filling and delicious. They also offer interesting mimosa and Bloody Mary drinks. Our server wasn't as attentive as some of the other restaurants we dined at in the area but overall good experience. Very tasty food!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Seating outdoors during lunch has it's drawbacks because of the bright hot sun.\n\nFinding a seat indoors at lunch is not always easy - waiters are very nice.\n\nA busy but nice atmosphere but why is there unfinished wooden flooring in part of the dinning room?...and why is there a small wooden speed bump I tripped on the way to the rest room? - the Rest rooms are clean and modern.\n\nThe food looked nice but had little taste.\n\nThe recipes are good but missing is real flavor and real smells...the restaurant didn't have any food smells to get me hooked.\n\nTrendy and close to the beach - yes...good food - not really.\n\nSweet potato side dish was tasteless but Kale was not bad.\n\nBooth of us had never eaten here before and probably will not return- why pay for just atmosphere?

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great!!!!!! Good been wanting to come here and finally great food pizza was o so fantastic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

True food kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. It has great vegan, vegetarian, healthy options, but also has grass-fed meats and a full bar. Service is great, beautiful healthy people dining, outdoor seating is optional that faces 2nd street with a cool ocean breeze. I'd highly recommend it!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing service and great food! Love the seasonal menu options.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was so nice to walk up and be seated right away because of our reservation with open table. The servers were very friendly and even though the restaurant was very busy he made us feel as if we were his only table. The food was excellent and fresh. Looking forward to going back.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you like $13 butternut squash and egg scrambles that have been sitting for hours and have no butternut squash, you will love it!! Poor food quality, and the staff has little to no comprehension of customer service.. Coming in at the end of brunch service appeared to have ruined the staffs day. Do not eat here..

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decent mid level place. A bit institutional for me but good. I'll go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We took our kids for dinner. We go to the location in Phoenix all the time, but this location felt more trendy and adult oriented at this location. Dark and louder music. It was fine to have kids, just not as comfortable as the Phoenix location.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband and I met with our friends, on Saturday Oct 15th, to celebrate my birthday. Just before we were able to put in our order, the restaurant lost all power. We waited for 15-20mins to see if the power would come back, but it didn't. We still had to pay the cover for appetizers, which I think should have just been on the house, and had to scramble to find a place to eat, at 8pm on a Saturday in Santa Monica. My friend had her infant son with her and I had to walk around on an injured foot. It was not a pleasant night and no compensation was offered. Just given a card to contact higher ups for coupons. Not good at all

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We sat outside for an early dinner. Our servers were nice, informative, helpful and efficient. The sangria was good but expensive. Jake guacamole was wonderful. Turkey burger and chicken salad were both delicious as was the flourless chocolate cake.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was one adult with five kids and the staff couldn't have been friendlier. I didn't know whether you had a kids menu but you did and with great choices on it too - amazing pizza, great turkey sandwich and perfect burgers. And then I got to have the spicy penany curry. There were a couple of spare desserts in the kitchen too which got brought to our table, so nice! Great service, good vibe, you guys are doing a great job... and I know to book now.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food just ok

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The vegan choices on the menu are really good. The only negative is that it is hard to have a conversation because the noise level is high.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The most negative thing to be said is the address does not show up on a GPS because it is not\non a street but in a 'mall'. Once the location was found, parking IS a problem. After these two hurdles, everything was better than very good. The greeters and the waiters make you feel special. The ambiance (no finished ceilings and duct work exposed) are more desirable to some and not others. The background music makes conversation at the table difficult. Once the food is served, the ambiance and background noise is forgotten. We were a party of four. The crudite plate was unusual and delicious. The four main courses and a pizza were all cooked to our liking and met or exceeded our expectations as were the deserts. Next time in Santa Monica, I and I think the rest of the group would return for more.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was dining with a friend who is vegetarian. We agreed on this place since it accommodated both our tastes. I had no idea where it was or what to expect. When I saw it was in the mall, I was a bit apprehensive. I thought it would be either fast food or trendy. But not to worry. We got a lovely table by the window where we could watch the people go by. The menu was fun and not overwhelming. The waiter was pleasant and helpful. I especially liked that even when the place filled up, it wasn't noisy at all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've always loved TFK

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

What a delicious meal! Really enjoyed dining there on our recent one-day stopover in LA. The food is fresh and solidly good and the service is just perfect - friendly and available, at all times!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I loved this place. Food was excellent. I had a cold and the waiter recommended a few items that were just what I needed. I also loved that there were so many gluten free and vegetarian items.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was great! Their kale salad was incredible. Lots of healthy choices, even vegan. Overall, a nice experience. Close to the promenade in SM, so a good place to hang out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

a very good modern cuisine, american inspiration, undoughtedly a good business formula andplan, but a litle bit to 'massif' for me to enjoy the food and atmosphere, also the music was to much 'present'

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding restaurant. We initially couldn't find the restaurant but on asking directions for the true food kitchen we were told you mean the 'best food kitchen'\nHow right they were!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The guacamole with kale and grapefruit is so good. Loved the ginger margarita.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love True Food Kitchen and its servers for their flexibility and acceptance of my dietary restrictions.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

They have recently changed the menu. I found the food to be not as good as in the past, but I definitely will try it again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Disappointed in the service. They never brought something we ordered (pita bread) and they were very slow in getting our drinks. Shortly after I said that I couldn't eat onions, the server recommended to me the sweet potato hash, which I ordered, which had onions in it, so therefore I couldn't eat it. The food was good, but the service and ambiance was disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very responsive and friendly wait staff, great food. Good cocktails too. I recommend the ginger margarita.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The air conditioning was broken and it made our party of 24 uncomfortable we did not have a pleasant day. Because it was hot

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always great food and quick service. We'll be back

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Enjoy sitting outside and Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.\nOur waiter was a know-it-all which was obnoxious a bit. \nRidiculous that there was only one beer option. how could that be?\nAlso out of many other things on the menu which seemed really weird.\nBut all in all a good experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I initially tried True Food's in San Diego under protest. I took one look at the menu and told my boyfriend that l wanted to eat somewhere else. He insisted and l gave in and l am so glad that l did. Do not let the healthy menu fool you. The food at this place is incredibly flavorful, fresh and delicious. So far l've tried the Moroccan chicken, turkey wrap, salmon and Chilean sea bass and l would recommend them all! It's great, healthy eating at a reasonable price. You will not be disappointed. While you're waiting on your food, try the ginger margarita. It's delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was fresh and tasty. Portion was small. Great service. Pricey.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love dining here as I always feel satisfied by the healthy menu items. Good service. Never had a disappointing meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my favorite place in Santa Monica. I visit it a couple times a week.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our food and drinks were excellent. Loved the variety in the menu. Lots of interesting and delicious things to try. One of our best meals in Santa Monica. Definitely a must see when visiting that area. Fast paced with lots of energy. Loved the open kitchen and prep areas to see all of the fresh ingredients that are used in the food preparation. Wonderful experience and meal.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was fairly average relative to the cost. You can get a better value at places like Mendocino Farms or Tender Greens for similar fare. The difference is that True Food offers waiter service. However, our waiter made such infrequent visits that we hardly noticed. We had to hunt staff down to get refills on water. It took forever to get ketchup for a burger and salsa for tacos. On top of that, they charged for lettuce and tomato that we requested for the kids burger. Total shocker! We found out when presented with the bill.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything always great that's why the place usually overpacked 😎

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were on a vacation trip to SoCal with our niece. Looked for a place within walking distance of our hotel and were attracted by the local food approach of True Food. We went two evenings in a row (first time was so good). Tried different menu items each night. All the food was great. Sat in their outdoor seating area both evenings. Pleasant (with heating as the evening cooled off).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great dining we love the health options and fresh local food. Very unusual menu. We love this restaurant so much even though we don't have one in Tucson where we live. We have visited the Scottsdale location and now the one in Santa Monica.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service to get your food is so slow it's ridiculous! It's never changed since the day they opened. You would think by now they would have solved the problem but it's always the same! Too bad because the food is pretty good and healthy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

So many tasty and healthy vegetarian options!!!... they also have great meat options for the meat eaters... Great job of combining fresh seasonal ingredients and creative yet simple culinary ideas to make tasty food. They have seasonal menus, we had the Summer menu... Can't wait to try other Menus... Also loved the professional & service oriented staff... We stayed late enough to see the diligent staff was cleaning the 'open kitchen area' Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so thank god they make that an important part of their Restaurant business :)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and read good reviews so gave it a try. We were very happy with our meal there were plenty of choices for people on restricted diets. The food and service was great. The flavours and freshness of the dishes was perfect. Some different dishes from the usual menus at most restaurants. \n\n Would highly recommend.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not for martini lovers! Food was very good, but drinks very weak. They serve martinis in champagne glasses! I asked if they had martini glasses and they said no. They also seemed slightly understaffed (perhaps unusual) and many small children were running around everywhere (not the restaurants's fault). But overall, not great for an adult evening out. Good for families trying to eat healthily!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Hostess said we would sit on patio and then gave us a table inside. Food wast made incorrectly twice. Server never offered us water or dessert menu. I love true food kitchen but this experience was horrible. They did give me my meal for free.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good family dining. Good choices for everyone

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This used to be our go to place in Santa Monica, food quality and especially service has been declining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great place and great service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This would have been a perfect experience if it wasn't for the raw chicken that showed up on my daughter's plate.\n\nWe also had the wheels stolen off of our bikes. This happened while we were dining. Again, not the best area to dine. Too busy, congested and not the easiest restaurant to access.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wow, what an incredible meal. I took my fiancé here for her Birthday and it was a spectacular night. We had the lettuce cups for starters and some delicious drinks, then had the burger and the fish tacos for dinner, both amazing. Dessert was lemon tart and chocolate cake - Lemon tart was out of this world good and the chocolate cake was amazing too. All this for under $100 including tip! What great service too. Good healthy good at good prices. Hard to beat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Fun, modern atmosphere and very attentive wait staff

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I just love the food. The edamame dumplings are so delicate and decadent. Love the variety of salads and bowls. You can eat healthy and still feel satisfied.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were disappointed in this restaurant. It was crowded and noisy and the service was very slow. I ordered a salad which pretty good, but the salmon that came with it was over-cooked and tasteless. The other dishes we ordered were OK, but very over-priced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food. Be patient with the service. Worth a return visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The restaurant was empty when we arrived at noon, but boy does it fill up quickly after 12:30pm. Lots of healthy choices on the menu. I chose the teriyaki bowl with an add on of chicken. I enjoyed my meal and the portion was adequate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great. Unfortunately there were some delays in getting our cocktails and food- the timing was way off as a second drink was brought to the table before someone even received their first drink. The dinner was brought to the table at different times as well- with a group of 8, it was understandable, but the manager said she would check on our order, and then disappeared. Overall the meal itself was delicious, but these were just minor things that were a little off-putting in the moment. I'd recommend going here & will be back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I really liked True Food Kitchen. Both my friend and I are very conscious of the ingredients and types of food we eat. We tend to eat healthy food and True Food Kitchen accommodated our preference. A good selection to choose from, outstanding service (David) and a great atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is wonderful, the service is great. We have been eating here since the restaurant opened and the meals are always good. My favorites are the Fresh Veggie Crudités and the turkey lasagna (GF) and the spaghetti squash casserole (GF). The menu continues to evolve and there is always something new.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was AMAZING! I had a tough time choosing a place and I'm glad I decided on TrueFood Kitchen. The staff were charming, food was delicious and the ambience was incredible. I would highly recommend this to any traveller or local.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress was horrible. At the beginning she came by our table every few minutes to get our orders, but after that we couldn't find her or she would ignore us when we did try to flag her down. The turkey burger I had was so charred it left a bad taste in my mouth. The mushroom pizza was so salty that I had one slice and left the rest. This was definitely not the experience I was expecting considering all the good reviews.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfect. Love this place. Very customer friendly. Great food that's also really good for your body. Servers are very kind and really know all the items on the menu in case you need help deciding what to order.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great good with fresh ingredients. Very friendly and attentive staff. We visited three times in one week - an excellent family restaurant!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious, healthy food - but I had an entree salad - priced like an entree - yet the portion was super small. I left starving!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food (had forgotten how good it was on the previous visit) and very friendly service!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Normally great but fell short this time. Cold lasagna - twice!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything we ate here was exceptional. I would recommend True Food Kitchen to anyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great meal with my daughter dinner before she flew back homevoverseas. I had the ahi salad and sparkling wine, she had the skinny margarita and the ancient grains bowl--delicious! We shared the hummus, which was fresh and the spicy enough. Great, unobtrusive service even though the restaurant was very crowded at 8 pm on a Wednesday. Highly recommend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful place to meet friends and have an excellent healthy meal. Great wine too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You will not find a bad thing in the menu. Everything is fantastic! Tasty choices, delicious drinks, fun choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good place for a cozy brunch in Santa Monica.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My first time to True Food on a recommendation by my daughter. All the wait people and hostess were very friendly. The food was delicious and the perfect portions. The wine list was very good and I particularly enjoyed a Chardonnay by True Myth winery. I highly recommend True Food and look forward to another visit when in the area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great veg friendly options; very organic feel

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

There was a fire in the kitchen that day - something about a clogged vent and they had to shut down the kitchen . I had to wait 45 minutes for my lunch . Not a great experience . They could have offered a free drink or appetizers or dessert to offset my completely mediocre dining experience. I was not too happy sitting in a smoked filled dining room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Just discovered this gem of a restaurant. The menu is very interesting with lots of healthy options and variety. We had some questions about some of the dishes on the menu, and the manager came over to our table and was super friendly and informative about the food, the concept, and the owner. We will definitely make this one of our go-to restaurants.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Amazing food!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great , taste amazing \nOur waiter was accommodating and helpful \nLoved it a lot\nThis is my 2nd visit and won't be my last

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've always liked True Food, but I think we came on an off night. There was a wedding party that was causing kitchen delays. 7:15 reservations led to being seated at 7:40, salads arrived an HOUR later. If given the choice the El Segundo location is a better experience unless there's a large party on that day.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent food plus healthy; can't get any better!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Have been coming here faithfully for 4 years! The best food, staff & atmosphere. Do yourself a favor & go - for brunch get the breakfast burrito & for lunch/dinner start with the edamame dumplings! You will not regret it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great outdoor seating. Lively professional staff. Incredible food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great fresh food. Best Pizza. Great Staff. Try to sit outside on a nice day

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my second trip to True Food Kitchen and I loved it just as much this visit! The waitstaff is awesome and super friendly and knowledgeable. The food tastes super fresh and there was a great variety of options. The menu is seasonal so we saw different options this time than the last time we were here (which was winter time.) Love that they make a great effort to have meals that are organic and local but also can cater to dietary needs like vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. All around great place with great ambiance and we will definitely return again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

food was amazing, especially the chicken salad and margarita pizza. The location is convenient and easy to locate. Love the atmosphere too. The price is really reasonable and the service was greaaaat. Strongly recommended to give this restaurant a try, and it's best to make a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food, great location, great atmosphere. Love True Food Kitchen.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were seated in a decent time relative to our reservation, however the service was poor. We waited long periods of time before we would see our waitress. She would serve the couple next to our group (who arrived later than we did) without updates for our table. When I asked her opinion on the menu items she didn't really seem to have one. The food overall was good, despite being late. The quinoa burger was sloppy and disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great restaurant. Super food, super service. Had a reservation for seven people and we were seated right away at a nice, big, round table. Love TFK!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food at this restaurant is outstanding. Very high quality, high end ingredients. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. We had a salad, spaghetti squash casserole, and street tacos with grass fed steak that were all excellent. The kids had chicken teriyaki rice bowls which they enjoyed (even with the brown rice and quinoa snuck in ;)) . The pizzas looked delicious. The only reason why I have given the service a fair rating is that the service was extremely slow - we sat for about 15 minutes before we even saw a server, and then had to wait over 20 minutes for dessert! The restaurant though was very good about it, and even gave us a credit, hence the fair, not poor rating. A great hidden away gem in Santa Monica, away from all the tourist trap highly priced restaurants on the ocean front. We will be back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed this overall healthy meal. We were a little worried at first because it's a restaurant attached to an outdoor mall, Santa Monica Place. Our waiter was excellent and spot on his recommendations. Kale dip, edamame dumplings, teriyaki stir fry, bison burger, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp (ask for extra ice cream). I also asked for his recommendation on a fun, nonalcoholic drink. The pomegranate lime aid with chia was delicious. Burger came with a huge kale salad and a side of terrific sweet potato hash browns. We ordered two entrees for three people and it was plenty of food. So glad we made reservations. Line out the door when we arrived at 7:30pm.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for brunch. The egg dishes were quite good, but came with nothing! No toast, no potatoes, no fruit. And any sides you might want were not on the menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food. Good service moderate pricing. Would go back again pleasant expieriance

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

A dear friend recommended this place to me for my first date with this new guy. I arrived and fell in love with the overall atmosphere. It was beautiful! I was then seated and this is when my disappointment arrived. My plate setting was dirty and when I ordered a water there was a piece of food stuck on the side of my glass. My waiter wasn't enthusiastic nor going above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the service provided. I almost walked out before ordering, but my date really wanted to try the lasagna. So we stayed. He really enjoyed the lasagna, but that didn't make up for the poor service and sanitation presented.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was flavorful. The restaurant has an open concept as its layout, so it's a bit noisy but it's more lively than it is loud. Our server, sadly, was distracted and difficult to flag down. Still an enjoyable meal.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

As the restaurant was busy, we opted to sit outside to better hear our conversation.... happily, there was a heater overhead and good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Such a find! I have found it hard to find honest , healthy food while travelling and thus hit the spot!! Absolutely delicious !! My 7,9 and 11 year old also loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great menu. Enjoyed the food. Casual and good

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Variety of food was good for vegans, vegetarians and standard , so it worked for everyone. Our waiter was prompt, friendly and met all our needs-great dining experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I decided to spend my graduation dinner at True Food and made a reservation. Having eaten there before I knew I had to make a reservation. However, when I arrived exactly at the time I made my reservation for, the hostess told me she would seat me when they were ready. Time pasted and I saw more and more walk-ins being seated. I reminded the hostess that my entire party was there and we had a reservation. She looked shocked as if she had forgotten about our party and showed us that a table being cleared would be ours shortly. Low and behold, a larger party walked in and was seated at that table. My family and I had to wait even longer. It took over 15 minutes to be seated and was closer to 9:45 before we had our food (our reservation was at 8:45). Overall, very disappointing experience considering I'm a loyal customer and wanted to celebrate my accomplishments at true food and was treated so poorly.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Be sure to specify indoor/outdoor seating in the notes section of the online reservation. We got stuck outside on a chilly night and the hostess was not accommodating or sympathetic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was great. Sat on the patio. Waiter checked in with us often to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

A good meeting place for a fun night

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent early dinner with 4 friends. Seated outside which was very nice, although it was a sunny day and we had to play musical chairs to trade time in the shade. Cool breeze so not really a problem. Food was excellent--very healthy and beautifully presented. The service could not have been better. Superb wait staff--focused, friendly, professional. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very interesting menu, very good service. A little too noisy inside. Was much better outside. Spaghetti squash lasagna was outstanding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dining at True Foods is an experience in creative vegetarian dishes that have delicious flavors while being healthy. Both the beverages and the main dishes are outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Excellent place. Also amazing to find a gluten free restaurant with so delicious food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious salads and appetizers. Everything is fresh and tastes great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Best in the West ;)

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

second visit; food was great and healthy, service outstanding. but the portions were noticeably smaller than previous visit. not sure if it had anything to do with first visit on a sunday and second on a saturday, both for dinner. \nbottom line i will return to the restaurant again.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Great cocktails supported by healthy and delicious food served by a knowledgeable and helpful staff

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Customer Service is on point. Edamame dumplings are amazing. So is the Chicken Chopped salad, which sounds boring, but I assure you is one of my favorite things on the menu. Seasonal desserts kill me because theyre always changing it up! When they have it, olive oil cake.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Food and drinks were really tasty and reasonably priced; variety was good, too. Specially liked the homemade non-alcoholic drinks. Place can be a bit hard to find for first time visitors as it is located in a medium sized mall.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

I don't know why I didn't get points when I dined here. And you're asking me to review.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I am on a special diet right now (gluten-free, paleo, dairy-free, sugar-free) that makes eating out a challenge. This spot had tasty choices I could enjoy and was happy to make modificiations - no sweat! Met friends for brunch. Food was tasty, volume was low enough that we could have a conversation without shouting. And service was wonderful. I would eat there again.

3.0
Okay
Dined May 1 2018

Fresh food!!! I wasn't thrilled with the vegan Pina colada, but the food was good.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

I love this place. I always get the Chicken Terriyaki bowl and it's always great. Tonight I tried the herb hummus and it was awesome, too.

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

super evening with two vegetarians, a red meat eater and a fish fan who ALL loved their meal .\nIts rare to get that response across that group.\nGreat ambiance and service complemented the meal.\nThis is one I will come back to...hopefully many times!

4.0
Good
Dined May 1 2018

Lovely service, attentive just non-intrusive. The Chili Shrimp pasta was a standout & highly recommend, right along with the marvelous flourless chocolate cake!\n\nThe patio has a nice ambiance & they were very flexible about moving us to a shadier table when needed. Give this great restaurant a try 😊

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