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“Fresh, high-quality ingredients. Vegetarian choices abound!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen
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Ranked #2 of 672 Restaurants in Santa Monica
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
Portsmouth, Virginia
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Fresh, high-quality ingredients. Vegetarian choices abound!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

True Food Kitchen is an oasis in which to hide from the noisy, gaudy, hyper-crowded Santa Monica Pier (EEK. NEVER going back there again, nor to the SM Beach. NB: we were brought there by family... thanks a lot).

I digress.

There was a 20-minute wait during peak lunch rush for a table for two, but there was space at the bar, and we enjoyed chatting with our very friendly bartender/server. We ordered the Farmers Market salad and a wild mushroom pizza to share. The salad was absolutely fresh and vibrant, full of flavor and different textures, and simply/lightly dressed so as to not cover up the goodness. A salad to remember and emulate. The pizza was excellent as well. The mushrooms had wonderful depth of flavor, and the crust, though not the very very best I've had, was delicious-- crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

We left feeling nourished and very happy, and reenergized enough to take on the rest of the family outing. Would return in a heartbeat.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Connecticut
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Enjoyed it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Clean and freshly prepared food. The roasted chicken and shrimp with coconut was good. Both are teenagers had the rice bowls with steak and like it.

Visited April 2014
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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Yummy and healthy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

I have visited here before and the food was good, it is nice to have swome fresh food and especially coming from a country that has amazing fresh food. This place definitely comes up to standard with ours! You get sick of the American chezzey crap and need to a have detox before going back to work! Service was great, food amazing, juices amazing, clean and tidy and quick food service.

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atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Amazing food, vibrant atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

The food is fabulous and fresh and atmosphere is fun and upbeat. We ate chicken and seafood and both were delicious.

Visited July 2013
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Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Should be one every 30 miles”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

This is how food should be appreciated, prepared, and then served. Even the decor is conducive for a nice dining experience. In January, I visited, a couple of times, a True Foods in Denver, and was thankful that this one was so close to my Santa Monica hotel. Both nights, I left the restaurant appreciating my experience.
I had the black cod one night and the winter ingredient salad the next. Both were excellent. The chia pudding was recommended by a friend; I had it both nights for dessert.
One night, I sat in a comfortable chair at the "first come first serve" community counter which also had good service.
True Food Kitchen is wonderfully forging new ground in the restaurant business! It's long overdue!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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