True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

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146 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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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
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Totally worth going. Everything the 6 of us had was different and good. Great service!

GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food. I have Avocado Allergies, and didn't remember seeing that Avocados were part of my dish. Otherwise it was just awesome dining experience.
Thank You

EI
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner experience. Food and service were outstanding

OP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service needs to pick up dishes when one is done and also don’t ask a customer to pass you the plates you need to pick them up please it is general etiquette. Food is great attitude is good and pleasant. Atmosphere is good.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food for everyone.

l
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice outside table and yummy food

a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

True Food reported me to Open Table to failing to honor a reservation that I did honor. I even said I had a reservation upon arrival.

Food was okay, but not well-described on the menu.

f
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the great food, drinks, and service! We look forward to our next visit.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

The children’s menu was not impressive. It was very limited and zero breakfast options.
What? No eggs? No waffles? No bacon?

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place for an evening meal. Lots of noise so if you are looking for a quieter environment I would avoid this restaurant. Service was very cheerful and helpful

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to True Food in Ballston three times and have always had a wonderful experience. Tonight in particular, after leaving and probably being about a block away, our server came running up behind us with my sweater that I accidentally left on the back of my chair. He really didn’t have to do that, but he must truly be a kind and caring person. Always great to see positivity in the world! Looking forward to going back soon and hopefully being able to say thanks again.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We got greeted and seated pretty quickly on the patio as requested. It took well over 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged that we had been seated. Once our server arrived she had a great smile and took our drink and appetizer order. We have dined plenty of times at True Foods and knew exactly what we wanted. Service was slow - our appetizer came out almost 10 minutes before our drinks. Once our drinks arrived we had completed the appetizer. Dinner came quickly after our drinks but when we asked the food runner for some water and hot sauce we never saw them again or our server. She only came and checked on us about 15 minutes after our entrees arrived. We asked again for hot sauce and waters. She quickly came back with it. Food was delicious but it seemed like the server was more interested in chatting with the bartender than making sure we had what we needed.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, although the kale guacamole was pretty bland. Our waitress was very nice and did a good job. Only wrinkle was that the kitchen finished making our appetizers about a minute before our entrees, so everything we ordered arrived at nearly the same time.

CO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

V
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time to this location. Food and service as good as any other TF i've been to

DG
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I just didn't find the quality of the food to be very good. The flavor was lacking and it seems like they are trying to hard to "be healthy" and haven't achieved good tasting food. I am a proponent of healthy eating but eating healthy can also taste good. I won't be going back.

m
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was a star server! Attentive yet not hovering, took a picture of my friends and I, and even gave us desserts when he found out we were celebrating. I’ll be back!

JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Love the healthy options and the keto menu options. Great service too; the waiter was very helpful with choosing a dish (it was our first time at the restaurant). I will certainly go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

service was incredibly slow. took 35 mins to get a drink.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Waiter forgot everything. We were there st an off time.

h
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was slow for a lunchtime when it wasn’t too crowded. The food was great as ever.

SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's delicious healthy food. Just a bit noisy for conversation.

NM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

TOO LOUD! Will not plan another Saturday evening reservation. Waitstaff person assigned to too much. Had to ask kitchen/ host staff "where are our drinks?" Sent home with pie on the house acknowledging poor service. The food is good but most everything else was not good

DK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants! We don't have one where we live so always look for one when traveling! This is my second time to go to this one - it was excellent as always!

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went after an work event of positive vibes, motivational speakers and just overall, good peeps and this place had the best staff and food! Everyone so sweet and nice and the FOOD.......ahhhhhh fresh, flavorful and freaking delicious, so much so I want to drive another 2 hours to go back SOON!!

thank you all who served the table from Richmond, we appreciated you!

OT
Washington DC
222 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good for a health food place. Seabass was solid but nothing special. Guacamole and brussel sprouts appetizer were very good. Limited wine list.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The portions of food were on the small side for the amount of money that we spent. Two glasses of wine and two entrees totaled $78 and that was without the tip Food was good but not outstanding. I realize they are trying to make healthy food and accommodate many people’s food sensitivities however I feel they should step it up a notch since we have many outstanding restaurants in our area to choose food. Service could also be improved. Communication between our server and the bar broke down and we had to wait awhile for our wine. Mine didn’t come until after we started our meal. Hope they can improve.

GP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! I love that the menu changes periodically so it is always a new experience when I visit.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is not as good as in the Fairfax, VA location.
The salmon in my dish tasted fishy, indicating it was not very fresh. Server was notified but did not say anything.
My husband noted that the flavors in his dish were not up to par with the Fairfax location. We both have had these dishes before.
The patio area is very pleasant. Hopefully the kitchen will work out the glitches.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe because it was brunch, I was a little taken aback by $9.50 apiece ($19.00) for two fish tacos. I’ll admit they were delicious and plentiful. Steak tacos are two dollars less. Generally, though the prices are only seem high if you look at the ingredients. Seems as if protein is getting cheap and veggies dear. Then there’s the apparent premium for “eating healthy.” We liked the bright & cheerful space. Our server was obliging, but got our drink orders wrong and brought us the wrong check. The hostess team was welcoming, and doing an excellent job of keeping up.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Now my favorite neighborhood restaurant

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful time.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable experience. The lead waitress was excellent, but it appeared that some of the rest of service was still working out the new restaurant kinks. A good experience and would return.

LB
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So fresh, so flavorful and wanted to order what I had AGAIN to go! Amazing! Please come to Charlottesville, VA!!!

JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and the service was excellent

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good and service friendly, however, a few too many people swinging by to see how things were. Once is quite enough.

T
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a very nice dinner here, the food and service were good. I'd recommend and go back.

h
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

It was too loud but all other aspects were great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family dinner before taking daughter to college.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Service was a tad uneven.

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