True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica

4.4
1092 reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica is open for dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. Choose from our regular lunch or dinner menu, or a variety of takeout value meals for 2, 4 or 6 people, family-style packages for four people and wine bundles & alcohol to-go. Our staff is following stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures as well as completing daily staff wellness checks to ensure a safe dining & takeout environment. Order online at TrueFoodKitchen.com

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1092 People Are Saying
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4.3
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Food

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vipChalaS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was great food and loved the kale aid but was frustrated because the service was slow. It seems like management could make it more efficienct for servers to take table in a certain section instead of having them all over the place. With outside dining and indoor dining there should be servers designated for outdoor diners and servers for inside diners in designated sections. Hope that makes sense.

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vipPegNYC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had lunch there yesterday for the first time post-pandemic. Two of the three people in our party got sick. One of which is very sick, requiring a visit to the emergency room. Everything about the experience was a disaster!!!
Snarky hostess, long wait after ordering before food arrived. Once the food was finally delivered the server couldn’t wait for us to be finished so they could turn the table.
HORRIBLE!
Don’t go there - so many other great options in SM

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service and miscommunication with the staff and waiters. So disappointed, this place used to be AMAZING. everything took ages and was less than mediocre unfortunately:/

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vipLiketodine
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The waitstaff was nice but the service was extremely slow. The table wasn’t cleaned properly, still had ketchup on it from the last diner. The carrots didn’t look like they were cleaned properly. Otherwise, the food was pretty good, just a very long wait time to be served.

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vipyntbom
Los Angeles
139 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The veggie cobb salad was good. My date's chicken sandwich was dry. The food is pricey but consistent with the area.

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Priscilla
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch with my girlfriends on a Saturday and it was lovely. We were seated inside, which was well-ventilated and had lots of natural light. Our server was great, and the food was on the healthier side, and still very satisfying.

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Sassyjayee
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent place for a business lunch. But it is sitting outside on a fairly busy street

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jimmyf
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very healthy options . Great prices good cocktails

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Felt very safe too. Would recommend for any occasion.

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GFGA
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Not enough waiters and waitresses. One person for the whole outside area. Could not accommodate a large group.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience1

I go to True food all the time, but they were out of everything yesterday; and that def changes the experience and us wanting to come back to this location. This happened one other time in Santa Monica, so it makes me question next time I plan to reserve.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good aa it get

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LAtoDC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Severely understaffed due to Covid. Quality of food was fine but not as good as I remember. Server was incredibly kind but service was absurdly show. Will not be returning anytime soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

From the drinks to the apps and main plates, everything tasted AND looked delicious! The staff were great and the ambiance was comfortable and pleasant.

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JeanneT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived when the restaurant opened on Sunday. We were seated outside near a heater, so it was nice and cozy and the weather was very nice. The food was excellent and the service was great.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 25 May 2021

Thank you Jeanne!

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vipSusanH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Although my waitress properly wrote down my drink order as vodka with lime in a martini glass, the bartender made it a martini with vermouth and I had to send the drink back and had to wait 20 minutes before the drink was remade properly because the bartender was too busy waiting tables. Completely understaffed and ill-equipped to handle servicing us properly. We had not been to this restaurant for a couple of years and felt quite surprised at the decline in service. Additionally for having charged $26 for salmon the portion was extremely small and very little perception of value. My husband’s lasagna portion was very small as well.

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vipTrennisW
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Staff was great. Very attentive. Food was very good.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 26 May 2021

Thank you!!

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JamieJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The food was not great, did not have much taste at all and they were missing lots of things on their menu.

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vipClaireL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I used to love this place and the last couple of times I went, it's been a disappointment. My husband literally said as we left, "What happened to them?" It's not just the pandemic--things were going downhill before then. I had to send my (clearly microwaved) casserole back because it wasn't hot enough, we got separate menus with different items on them, neither of the two heat lamps they tried to use worked . . . the sweet staff was trying their hardest but they were inexperienced and there just doesn't seem to be anyone at the helm. I think I'm done going there.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 May 2021

Hi Claire, I can understand those frustrations for sure. Not making excuses, but we have been working through.. a lot. However, I am confident that we are on a great trajectory and would love to serve you again and show you how much progress we have made and will continue to make. Thank you

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vipLauraJ
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun ingredients & full of flavor!
I'm gluten & dairy-free and there's a lot to choose from on the menu. Recommend the charred cauliflower & shrimp tacos!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 18 May 2021

Thank you Laura!

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vipJulieC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I think they are just ramping back up post COVID. It took 20 minutes to get water, another 15 for drinks, and 10 more to order food. Over 30 minutes to order food is just tedious. We love this restaurant and will come back, but the service was painful.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 17 May 2021

Thank you Julie, we hear you and are still getting our team back into a solid place to dine. Thank you for your continued support and we will see you soon.

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elyse
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love everything about this restaurant. Great consistent food, friendly service and a nice atmosphere.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thank you Elyse! We look forward to seeing you again soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining mistake of our lives.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 17 May 2021

Good Evening, I do apologize for the frustrating expierence you had here. I am confident we can do it better and would love to invite you back. OpenTable does not allow for email addresses, but you can contact me (Logan) at 3105938300. Thank you

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vipfoodie111
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Yes, it was Mother’s Day. It was very busy. Even with reservations, we waited 30 mins for our table. Food took over an hour to arrive. We were there for almost 3 hours. Not completely their fault, as they were slammed. But the food wasn’t great like usual. It was advertised as Mother’s Day brunch, but the “brunch”
Items were only a few menu items. Lesson learned for next year.

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ChristineO
Denver
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Love True Food and their food is truly fresh and fabulous. It was Mother's Day and it was pretty chaotic for staff and customers. Definitely had a difficult time adjusting to a busy sunday. Felt badly for staff - our waiter was great but all our food came out at the same time. We love this place and I guess expect more since the service has been impeccable in the past but all is forgiven with Edamame Dumplings!!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 May 2021

Hi Christine! Being aware of the struggles we experienced on Mother's Day, I apologize. We had...prepared, but clearly not to an acceptable level. I would love to invite you back and show you how great we usually are. I am not able to provide an email address through OpenTable but you can contact the store via phone and ask for myself (Logan) or Ava and we will make everything right. 3105938300 Thank you

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vipJuanM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Mother’s Day experience could not have been worst. Arrived at 11:45 and we had to wait 10 minutes for them to sit us down. The service was AWFULLY bad… they took 1:15 hours to bring our food! At the end the discounted us the bill for the wait, but had a very tough time waiting so long and chasing our waitress! It’s Mother’s Day, of course it will be busy so they were not prepared at all!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 11 May 2021

Hi Juan, While we did take a stumble yesterday(probably a severe understatement), by you leaving this review I know we can make this right. Please check your messages as I have sent you one. Thank you

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KelseyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We frequent True food often. I know it was a very busy Mothers Day and they were swamped. Our reservation was for indoor and they said they could only put us outside 20 min past our res time. We were the first table out at mall entrance, not really part of the restaurant and we didn't dress for outdoors and it was chilly. Our heater was out if propane, asked several times with no one to change it so no heater. It took 45 minutes for anyone to say hello for drink order. drinks took 20 more minutes which was coffee and no one ever brought cream, apparently they were out. whole milk was brought about 20 minutes once coffee was cold. It took 1 hour and 15 to get our hummus appetizer and about 1 hour 45 to get our brunch. Pancakes were terrible and cold, banana pancakes just had a few bananas on top of very cold and dry pancakes. it took almost 2 hours and 30 min to get coffee 1 appetizer and 4 entrees, 2 of which were just a couple pancakes. Worst Mother's Day brunch and restaurant experience ever.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 May 2021

Hi Kelsey, Thank you for reflecting on your experience here. You leave a lot of actionable feedback that we can take and grow from. I am confident we can show you how great we usually are. OpenTable does not allow for an email address to be left so if you can, please call us here at the store and we can invite you back for a new experience. 3105938300 and my name is Logan. Thank you

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NatalieM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I booked on Open table for Mother’s Day. They left me a message to confirm. I called them back and they left me on hold for 10 minutes. I took a picture of my wait time. I called back and spoke to Jessica who put me on hold to speak to the hostess who never answered. She didn’t apologize, in her annoyed tone, she decided to take down my name. On the day of the reservation, we called because we were running late and would be there in 5 mins. They said no problem because we called. Arrived and was told our table was given away and we would have to wait 15 minutes. Btw I had a 2 year old and 8 year old with me so waiting is not great, plus they told us on the phone everything was good. There were about 10 other people waiting outside w the same problem. We finally sat down and ordered food right away. It took an HOUR to get our food - with kiddos and we ordered everything the moment we saw they waiter. They are doing a lot of take out and it seems as the kitchen and hostess are extremely overwhelmed. We are locals. We’ll be staying away until they figure out how to manage things.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 May 2021

Hi Natalie, I connect with your words on multiple levels. Firstly, as a father of a three year old I can relate to the waiting problems. Secondly, as the manager here, having guests struggle to get seated and then struggle to get food is not okay, and I apologize. However, I am confident that we can make it right and grow from poor experiences. OpenTable does not allow me to provide an email so please call us here and we can invite you back. 3105938300 and I am Logan. Thank you

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vipDavidM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Healthy food. Good sized portions. Service was spotty and the facility didn’t feel sanitized sufficiently.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 May 2021

Thank you for the feedback David. On the sanitation note, we do follow Department of Health guidelines and have passed our recent inspections with flying colors! Cannot wait to serve you soon.

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vipmaria
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is always so nice and it's great to see the food is as delicious as it was the last time we were there...a year ago!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 10 May 2021

Thank you Maria!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

It was my second time in SM location. Very disappointed.
Waiter, the curly guy was so annoyed and was arguing with us regarding menu.
The food came cold.
We won’t go there again!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 8 May 2021

Well.. this sounds horrible, I apologize for the frustration you had with your entire experience. I want to be able to make this right. Are you able to reach out to me, Logan (General Manager) directly at the store so we can address and resolve? 310 593 8300 Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food but the staff and manager were the BEST. Making a great experience for customers in challenging times. Even being short-staffed. Hope the rest of the people choose to come back to work soon!

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CraigH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love going to TruFood and are thankful that they are back open! The food was amazing....as always! The team members are incredibly nice and responsive. Felt very comfortable!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 6 May 2021

Thank you Craig!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a good time and an excellent meal. They are doing. A terrific job with social distancing and sanitizing. We are inside and felt very comfortable. Wonderful wait staf and the food was excellent as always. It’s a must when we are in Santa Monica!

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thank you!!!

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vipjeff
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lizzy an excellent waitress

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 28 April 2021

We will make sure Lizzy hears your praise!! Thank you Jeff

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vipToast
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Took 20 minutes to be seated, even with a reservation. They changed their menu for the worse.
Staff was reduced dramatically.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 27 April 2021

Hello! I was hoping to find out what menu items were missing, as a lot of them we can still make happen! Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your concern, I am confident we can make it right. Thank you

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KimberlyK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

They changed their menu taking off the beverage, vegetable plate & main course panang curry bowl I used to get. Said no onions & no dairy, took a while for food & had to change soup after first being told no onion in it but there was. Server had to snatch it back from runner. Ordered cauliflower instead which came in hot plate but was cold upon biting into it. Main course salad came after wait with blue cheese in it, ate half & left the rest after not wanting to send a second dish back & being hungry. Left a good tip for server as not a lot of tables full & these folks need to earn a living but will not bother to go back.

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KerryC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Great service food was good but not hot enough.
No atmosphere I have been to other TFKs with much better ambience

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vipMTSM
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still in pandemic period. Well-spaced tables; everything looking very clean. Staff diligent about safety practices. We switched to veganism last year, and this will be one of our go-to places. Had the vegan double cheeseburger with sweet potato hash, cauliflower appetizer, tomato soup, and took home a piece of avocado key lime pie. All spectacular. Though our reservation was for outdoor, we changed our mind and the hostess helped us find the perfect indoor table. Very helpful service by Kenny.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica
Responded on 12 May 2021

Thank you!

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FAQs

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 593-8300.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica is rated 4.4 stars by 1092 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Santa Monica does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.