True Food Kitchen - Fairfax

4.5
1665 reviews
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Top tags:
  • Healthy
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
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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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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been a longtime customer of True Food Kitchen, but notice the quality has diminished somewhat. It used to be exceptional, not it’s good. I also think they could do a much better job at pacing the food order: when I order a salad and an entree, I have to remember to ask them to bring the salad first, otherwise it all comes out at once. Lately, the food is served within minutes of ordering, clearly an indication it was prepared ahead and kept warm. While tasty, it looks that way too.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated right away at the table we requested. Service was efficient, helpful and unobtrusive, which is perfect. All the food arrived at the same time and was delicious as always!

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JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The environment, service and food were all perfect! I had the chicken wrap and sweet potato side and my wife ordered the lasagna (portion was a bit small). Highly recommended.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you Jose! We hope to see again soon!

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SJ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh, tasty, and reasonably priced. Specialty non-alcoholic drinks were excellent, and service, especially on a busy Sunday was great. My wife and I will certainly come here again even though the restaurant is over 20 miles from our house.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks you for joining us Steven and for making the journey to visit!

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MO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

too hard to talk to each other
the noise seems to bounce around
otherwise a great experience

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Pinehurst
12 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderful drinks, fantastic friendly waiter :)

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P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

There were 8 of us, two with allergies and they were very accommodating. Everyone enjoyed the food but the waiter, while very nice kept bringing us other folks drinks and meals. It all worked out which was good but it was unnecessarily confusing. Made a special request for seating and they were also accommodating for that as well.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food excellent. Service quite slow.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Very loud inside made conversation difficult.

w
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We sat outside to avoid the noise inside. Plus it was a nice night out.

The food was good as always. It just tastes cleaner without the fried stuff.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was on point. The lavender float WOW!!!

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DE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very bad experience with hostess, server and food. Hostess told me it would be a 30 min wait for the patio, when clearly there were 4 two top tables available. Server did not know which white wines were dry. Salad came with an avocado that was not ripe and inedible. Will not recommend this location.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for joining us! I apologize for the mix up at the host stand. We would love to have you back for a better experience. Please feel free to reach out at your convenience jt.taylor@truefoodkitchen

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vegan and gluten free options while maintaining taste and texture. The Korean noodles are amazing. Very good cocktails too.

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JE
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed with the host. We had a reservation with OpenTable, we showed up on time and requested an outdoor seating . We were told it would take 15 minutes and that we would get a text message which never took place. After 20 we noticed there was plenty of room outdoors. We checked again and host was distracted talking with coworkers and did nothing. Then a nice waitress asked us if we needed help and sat us immediately. Food was good, but we will think twice to come back. Food 4☆ host ZERO.

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Responded a day ago

Thanks you for joining us! i apologize for the mix up at the host stand. We would love to have you back again. Please fee free to reach out at your convenience jt.taylor@truefoodkitchen

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Two cockroaches - I killed one and the other ran off

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for coming, but we do NOT have cockroaches in our restaurant, this is completely false.

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JN
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will go back; very nice and friendly. Great food

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SD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We surprised my husband at TrueFood with family he hadn’t seen in a long time. He was so happy to see them and the servers and manager helped us celebrate with impromptu free appetizers! The staff there are extremely knowledgeable about each and every ingredient and they clearly care about their patrons. My favorite place to eat!

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for joining us Susan! We hope to see you all again soon!

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R
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been to several of the True Food locations (Ballston and Merrified/Mosaic). Up until the last two meals, we had always enjoyed the food and the experience. The last two have fallen short. We have often ordered the ancient grains bowl. The sweet potatoes (diced with misto dressing) had always been excellent. Not in the last two times. I ordered fish tacos at Ballston that were bland, with beans that were part of the dish that were beyond bland, Spending $70 for lunch for two and not having a good experience is not worth it.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for joining us! I apologize on behalf of the True Food in Mosaic that you didn't enjoy your dishes. We would love to have you back for a better experience. Please feel free to reach out at your convenience jt.taylor@truefoodkitchen

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MR
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Going to True Foods was an opportunity to try a restaurant which catered to more healthy food and also see how it differed with other places which I have gone to. This place did not disappoint me and I even had a inside out burger that was recommended to me by another members of this party. The food was very tasty and I would be interested in going there again. If there was one negative thing I experienced, I would share that while the service was good, I asked the server to separate the delivery of the food so I could enjoy each course. I was not finished with this starter when my main meal arrived. Also, I asked for a specific dessert and the server wrote down a different dessert and it had to be returned for the correct one. Otherwise, everything was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A bunch of 20 year olds standing around socializing and paying almost no attention to the customers. If I was manager, I would consider cutting staff budget.

BC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Healthy and fascinating menu and warm service. hard to beat

CC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whoever the cook was on this day got it right. It was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. I received my food while it was hot – this has been a problem lately but not on this day. Our waiter was also attentive.

VS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our waitress did not portray any semblance to any form of attention nor detail.

Repeatedly—asked her for common fare for a restaurant seating—such as plates and water. And, we would have to ask again—some time later. The table next to us also muttered the seemingly inadequacies of the “experience.” The exact quote I heard from them was, “Let’s just hope he’s quicker with the silverware than she was the water.” She did deliver the silverware—sans napkins.

I come to this location—all the time. This time, I was extremely disappointed. Yet, I still left 20% tip—bc I did not want to financially hurt the supporting staff.

D
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch. Cocktails were fantast and tasted very fresh. It was extremely noisy, but we could still talk to one another. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. They were busy and service could have been a tad more attentive, but we never really waited long to order or request additional items. I highly recommend reservations.

RV
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Impossible to hold any sort of conversation due to irritant and excessive noise level!

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

I love the place, the food etc. The place it just so noisy, it's hard for anyone to hear each other speak. :(

W
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a fun restaurant but overall I didn’t find any of the food to be unique or blow your mind good

W
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I really was all set to like this place and its creative sounding menu but I’m sorry to say the food was extremely ordinary. My fish tacos had insufficient salad garnish and were almost tasteless. My friends bowls were also nothing special. Also, when we opted to sit outside due to the extremely high noise level inside, the staff gave us a hard time finding a suitable table though it wasn’t full. With all the restaurants in the area, I will definitely try something else next time.

DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Creative and tasty dishes; efficient and pleasant service. The only down side is the noise level: Conversations from adjacent closely-packed tables are easily heard as folks shout to be heard over the piped-in music and surrounding cross-talk. Not the place for business lunches or intimate dinners.

AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

It's the first time I have disappointed with my meal. I ordered the Cauliflower Polenta. I had it the last time I dined there and it was good...this time, not so much.

AC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy brunch options. Tasty food and great service!

Q
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have our seasonal favorites and stick to them until some new items roll around. Edamame dumplings are always good. Good wines and the flourless chocolate cake is sinful!

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service.

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Responded on 3 August 2019

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here before and prefer eating outdoors. There is an awning that stretches over the tables, that is useful to block the sun and rain. Although we have only eaten here in warm weather, we note that there are heat lamps for colder weather. Indoors is too noisy for us.

Food is great!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good as always!

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Responded on 3 August 2019

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MW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Very healthy and yummy, but expensive. Indoors feels too dark and cold. Outdoor patio nice but service was lacking.

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Responded on 3 August 2019

Thank you for the feed back Mary. I apologize for the service on the patio.

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F
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for my Vegan Sons 17th birthday that he really enjoyed and went the next day with his mom.

m
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Great, creative menu with a lot of variety. Good vegetarian options. Food came out decent, cocktails tasty, but service was very slow.

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Responded on 3 August 2019

Thank you! I apologize for the slow service.

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WE
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was really good but please improve the coffee or have the option of a dark roast as the coffee was week and for me and my family, a good cup of coffee goes a long way. Again the food was really good and I would definitely go again!

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on 3 August 2019

Thank you Will. I will check out our coffee and machine to make sure it is calibrated properly.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great, especially the edamame dumplings and summer corn & tomato flatbread. Service however was not very attentive. It was a long time before we could place our initial food orders. We received our food timely but wanted to order more and couldn't find our server. We then placed an additional order of the edamame dumplings but it was forgotten until we were basically finished eating. Despite that ambiance was nice sitting out on their patio.

True Food Kitchen - Fairfax
Responded on 3 August 2019

Thank you Marissa. I am sorry about the inattentive service. I am sure we can do better. Please feel free to reach out on your next visit. jt.taylor@truefoodkitchen

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