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True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront, Gaithersburg, MD

True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront

4.4
4.4
488 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
True Food Kitchen is a chef-driven restaurant and scratch bar that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative medicine, to provide food that tastes great and is good for you. Our menu features food and drinks crafted with nutrient-dense ingredients and carefully sourced proteins from the world’s most responsible and sustainable growers, farmers and producers. Expand your palate with our Edamame Dumplings, grab a bite of comfort food with our Grass-fed Burger or Lasagna Bolognese, or enjoy lighter fare with our O.G. Tuscan Kale Salad with Grilled Sustainable Salmon. Regardless of the occasion, we know our Gaithersburg guests leave feeling energized, satisfied and most importantly, feeling great. Located in Gaithersburg at rio Lakefront, off of Rio Boulevard, next to Yard House. New flavors, new combinations, new obsessions. Come see us for something completely new and delicious.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Asian, Mediterranean
  • Phone number
    (240) 821-6660
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.
  • Area
    Gaithersburg
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 488 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Washington, D.C. Area

    Healthy

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

    Healthy

488 Reviews
  1. BWAL

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food but VERY slow service. Waitress kept apologizing that both the bar and the kitchen were backed up.

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  2. Gymrat56

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Shane was outstanding. He explained dishes to us accurately and with enthusiasm. He was attentive despite having many tables to serve. Food was served at a good pace. Butternut squash soup was hot and flavorful burger was tasty with a side of not too salty seasonal vegetables, panni was large , hot and tasty. Thanks again to Shane

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  3. EmmaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food 、good vibe、friendly service, I am so glad we have True food restaurant near my place.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you, Emma, for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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  4. TimothyR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent and love dining here.The salad quality has to improve it's not upto mark.

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  5. SkipP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Have dined there several times before but the Server was not at all good. Was considering having a large group for a birthday dinner but will not at this point.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded 5 days ago
    Hello SkipP, We're truly sorry to hear about your recent experience at True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront. We strive to provide excellent service and it's disappointing to hear that we didn't meet your expectations this time around. We appreciate your feedback and will certainly use it to improve. We hope you'll give us another chance to make it right. Best Regards, The Management Team

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  6. JudyD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food - Ancient Grains bowl always fresh and delicious. Wine by the glass a bit overpriced, bottles are more economical, but still pricey. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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  7. KarenW

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The tuna poke bowl is fabulous! The food here is always delicious and well-presented, usually with an interesting twist

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a recent find for me and I’ve already been 4 times. I really like the food and the ambiance that the restaurant has. However, the portions are kind of small. That doesn’t take away from my experience though.

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  9. customer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The acoustics were terrible. Sounds echo too much.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was extremely slow. The server took a long time to take our orders then It took more than half hour for our food to come out. They were out of a lot of items. It seems like they were not prepared and understaffed.

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  11. Grace

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    True food kitchens’s tuna tostada was quite bland, almost no seasoning at all. Chilly Cuke Crunchers Cucumber had the smallest portion I’ve ever seen. Overall the food was bland. In terms of service, our server never came to refill our water, we were there for 4.5 hours, not once did he came by to refill our water or asked if we want to order more cocktails. So that was a bit disappointing.

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  12. MarySterling

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us old colleagues and friends enjoyed a long overdue lunch at True Food Kitchen in Rio. I've eaten at True Food in Bethesda four times and enjoyed my experience each time. The True Food Kitchen at the Rio location was lovely, the food was delicious, as always, and our waitress, Fibi, was attentive, informative and friendly. Fifi did not rush us, which was important. I will highly recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.

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  13. fredR

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner. Had 8 people and all the apps and mains were fantastic. Deserts were very good too.

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  14. DeniseL

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was healthy and great. Service was also very good. We had a great lunch. We’ll come again.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 24 January 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, DeniseL! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront. It's wonderful to know that our healthy and great food met your expectations. We always strive to provide excellent service, and your feedback tells us we're on the right track. We're excited to welcome you back for another great meal soon. Thanks again!

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  15. DwanP

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice selection of brunch cocktails and food options.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 17 January 2024
    Thank you for the kindly review, Dwan. We hope to have you in again soon!

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  16. SteveM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have come to expect exceptional, which was delivered again.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 17 January 2024
    Thank you for the fabulous review, Steve! Hope to have you in again soon!

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  17. GOOUTTOLUNCH

    Washington DC

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten at True Food Kitchen a few times and it is always enjoyable.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 17 January 2024
    Thank you so much for the kind words!

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  18. DonH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Right size portion. Great healthy (and tasty) choices. Good value for the dollar.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 10 January 2024
    Thank you Don, for the 5 stars! We hope to see you back again soon!

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  19. Kira

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. Kids always love coming here for the pizza and my husband and I had the turkey burger and wrap. Everything was well seasoned and our server checked on us several times/refilled waters, etc… It was a great outing…never had a bad meal here.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 January 2024
    We appreciate your glowing review! We're excited to welcome you back and provide you with exceptional service again soon.

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  20. JeanB

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and ambience were top notch. The food was not good tasting. The portions for brunch were small and approaching tiny. Especially considering the price. I went home to fix myself breakfast because the huevos rancheros I ordered was inadequate
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 10 January 2024
    We're sorry to hear your experience was not up to par, Jean. We take all reviews into consideration and will address your concerns with our Chef team.

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  21. CND47

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience - large family group in the lovely private room at this venue. Service was wonderful - Keerthi, our server, was knowledgeable and welcoming! A variety of meals ordered - all fantastic!

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  22. EatNRun

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always. We sat inside, for the first time. Our server was kind and accomodating. Hummus was outstanding! Brussels were amazing! AND, the salmon curry was scrumptious!
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 January 2024
    We appreciate your glowing 5-star review! We're excited to welcome you back and provide you with exceptional service again soon.

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  23. EldenP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love coming to true food kitchen. The service and quality is always above expectations. The food is always so good and fresh.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 January 2024
    We appreciate your glowing 5-star rating! We're excited to welcome you back and provide you with exceptional service again soon.

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  24. StewartC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Hi Very wholesome food. They do charge for refills of tea , Arnold Palmer.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 January 2024
    We appreciate your glowing 5-star rating, Stewart! We hope to see you back and provide you with exceptional service again soon.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It took almost 40 minutes after ordering lunch for the food to arrive.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 January 2024
    We apologize for the negative experience you had with your wait time. We appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration to improve the quality of our service. Thank you for leaving a review.

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  26. nicksim

    Washington DC

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had excellent wait staff. Some of the food was on the spicy side. All in all, it was very pleasant.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 15 December 2023
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  27. Gymrat56

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good but the portions quite small. I was hungry when I left the side of kale salad wasn't a salad just some chopped kale with no taste My vegetarian friend liked her grain salad
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 15 December 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, we appreciate the information and will work to incorporate your thoughts and suggestions. We hope to see you in again soon.

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  28. ValerieV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love Tru Food Kitchen, I got the OG burger and they had fingerling potato for the side , it was pretty good, the flourless chocolate cake and vegan ice cream was amazing as usual
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 27 November 2023
    Thank you for the great review. We hope to have you back in soon!!

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  29. agirlthatlovesgreatfood

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All the food was delicious. Server was very professional.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 27 November 2023
    Thanks for the great review,

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  30. ElsaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing, staff was very nice but was not as attentive as we would of liked because she was also apparently working the carryout food orders.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 25 November 2023
    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We can't wait to have the pleasure of serving you again.

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  31. SteveM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I expect a very good experience each time I visit. This visit was no exception to that. Service is wonderful, food always well prepared and delicious. Only minor issue was with our OG’s. It seems that either the honey was really reduced, or missing. It was just not what I had come to expect. Still, our evening was great, food and service perfect. Will return soon as the squash & sage soup is back on menu.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 12 November 2023
    Thank you Steve! We hope to have you back in soon!!

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  32. Rebeca

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to True Food Kitchen on many occasions and they never disappoint. Their food is healthy, tasty, and can range from the seasonal influences. So it's great to stop by every season to see their unique offerings.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 7 November 2023
    Thank you Rebeca! We hope to have you back in soon!!

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  33. Kira

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was great! Not too busy so we didn’t wait too long for our food or drinks. Always pleasant dining here.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 8 November 2023
    Thanks for the great review, Kira!

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  34. peach

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are vegetarian this is a good place to eat. The food is tasty although not plentiful with a higher price point for what you get. I would return to have a couple of items on the menu but it would not be my regular go to spot for dining.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 8 November 2023
    Thank you for the feedback Peach! We hope to have you back soon!

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  35. Lili

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice settings. The ambiance is also nice. Love the food which is truly delicate and delicious!
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 8 November 2023
    Thank you for the kind words, Lili. We hope to see you in soon!

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  36. FloJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a very quality food restaurant and the staff is knowledgeable. The simplistic design and the ambience was really good.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 8 November 2023
    Thank you for the kind review Floj!

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  37. Matt

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 30 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Was dragged here by some co-workers who were tempted by their cocktail list. Short of it, cocktails are fine, but the rest of this place is a sad excuse for dining. All of their so called "healthy food" has massive amounts of sugar in or on it (sauces, etc.), there's no normal interpretations of dishes they offer. I'm fine with places offering alternatives options like plant-based meats, or gluten free buns; but when those are the only options, it's ridiculous. I had 1 cocktail, a few bits of a mediocre kale salad, and walked out to go get delicious noodles across the street. My co-workers who stayed for their meal all said the food was not great and way overpriced.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 1 November 2023
    Sorry to hear your experience was not all that you'd hoped, Matt, but we thank you for the feedback.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is clean, well prepared and delicious. Servers are ALWAYS awesome. I love this place!
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 3 November 2023
    thank you so much for your kind reviewe! We hope to have you back in soon!

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  39. DonI

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a great choice for people who are looking for an organic/healthy food choice. The menu features a variety of food and is reasonably priced. Our server was very friendly and efficient and the noise level was a bit on the high side for me but still better than other restaurants with as much open space, that is you can pretty much see the entire restaurant from any seat-no high walls or barriers which makes for great ambiance. We were seated near the bar which also has two large screen TV's which is probably why I felt it was noisier than desired. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food and I hope to come back to try some of the other menu items in the future.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 24 October 2023
    Thank you for your detailed review! We hope to see you back in soon Donl!

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  40. KathleenD

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Interesting delicious food. Nice open space. Good location.
    True Food Kitchen - Rio LakefrontResponded on 22 October 2023
    Thank you, Kathleen, for the great review.

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 821-6660.

True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront is rated 4.4 stars by 488 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for True Food Kitchen - Rio Lakefront

221 Rio Blvd 0221, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Additional information

  • Area
    Gaithersburg
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Asian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (240) 821-6660
  • Private party facilities
    Whether you're hosting a celebration or corporate event, we welcome you to explore True Food Kitchen’s private dining and catering options, perfect for any occasion.
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