True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options

OH MY SQUASH!! Pre- order your Thanksgiving Squash Pie for $25
Call 703-527-0930 pick up dates are 11/26-11/27
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
46 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and healthy menu items are its strengths.

C
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everything was really clean and creative and interesting. Although I am vegan and I saw a mistake on their menu. Their edamame dumplings are labeled veg but they have fish flakes in them that are baked in and cannot be removed. In that sense they are not vegetarian. Other than that my family got the soup which was flavorful but served lukewarm. The The cauliflower polenta bowl was creative and filling but slightly flavorless. I feel like I could have made it better at home by myself. The drink menu selection is really nice and they also had vegan eggnog. The servers and wait staff are all excellent. It's really nice to see more creative vegan friendly healthy dining out options available. I will try this place again and hopefully it will be better next time.

HB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never, ever write reviews, but our experience at True Food was one of the best dining out experiences we’ve had in a loooong time, and it deserves and stellar review from us. From the ambiance to the service (shoutout to our waitress Lauren who was wonderful) to the food—everything was amazing. The manager, Quinn, came by to check on us, which is such a nice touch. The food is incredible (the brussel sprouts are the best I’ve ever had), and the staff is so friendly. It’s our new favorite restaurant, and we can’t wait to go back.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Hope! We cant wait to have you back in!

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HE
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is excellent- flavorful and inventive. The noise level can be a problem. There is nothing to absorb the sounds and it can be very loud.

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Responded 6 days ago

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

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D
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess, to our server, to the decor, to the food - FABULOUS! The edamame dumplings are incredible. And, the rise-infused gin drink is yuuuuuummmmy.

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Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing True! We hope to have you back in soon!

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS!!!

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Responded 6 days ago

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

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RB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoy the service, the cocktails I've had are always really delicious, and I like how the food is both tasty, without feeling heavy after.

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Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for choosing True Food Kitchen!

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g
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with nice variety of items. Service was delightful. We had a wonderful time.

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Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you gman!!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The first salad (local ingredients - do not recall name) was not as good as the same salad I had in the TF New Orleans recently. Balance of flavors was off - probably the dressing.

OT
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente comida. Todo fresco. Un servicio excepcional.

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Responded on November 25, 2019

thank you for dining with us!

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V
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Both the butternut squash soup and gluten-free pasta bolognese are delicious and healthy. Every staff members we interacted with are wonderful people. My only issue was the loud environment. We had difficulty talking to each across the table. Other than that it was a great dinner. We will definitely be going there again.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

thank you for joining us at TFK, we hope to have you back in soon!

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OT
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Not quiet by any gauge. Pricy but you pay for that fresh quality.

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Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for joining is we hope to have you in soon!

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LC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

True Food is always a great choice! I had been there before, but this time our server told us about history/background of the menu. All dishes are geared towards an anti-inflammatory diet, ensuring you’ll feel even better after you leave. I definitely agree with that, and love dining at True Food!

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Responded on November 15, 2019

Thank you Lindsey, we are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to have you back in soon!

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M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a business partner for dinner, and True Food was the perfect venue. Our waitress, Erin, was delightful and gave us plenty of room for our business conversation. She also made excellent appetizer and entree recommendations. Because we dined on a Monday night, it was quieter than usual. Overall, I love True Food and I happily return on a regular basis!

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Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you Monika!

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J
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and innovative menu, as usual! Love the winter selections and the regular options as well. Thank you

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Responded on November 14, 2019

thank you Julie!

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing edamame dumplings we had 4 different dishes. All were superb in color phenomenal in flavor and some nice playing as well. Truly the place for a great meal

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on November 14, 2019

thank you for joining us! We hope to have you back in soon!

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AD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good, especially the green sauce made of cilantro, the waitress was fantastic, but the noise volume made it very difficult to have a good conversation.

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Responded on November 14, 2019

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TRUE FOOD!

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BB
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely love the food! My favorite is the Ancient Grain Bowl. My friends favor the salads and sandwiches. The flourless chocolate cake comes with coconut ice cream! Yummy! We shared the dessert which was more appropriate after a hearty lunch.

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Responded on November 14, 2019

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TRUE!

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GP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating at True Food Kitchen always leaves you feeling great! The ingredients are so fresh and healthy! There are a great number of vegetarian and vegan options.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on November 14, 2019

Thank you for choosing TFK!!

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, excellent service...first visit to this location...just as good as Wisconsin Ave location!

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Responded on November 14, 2019

thank you Scott!

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great! But a little too loud. Music should have been softened. Or maybe some noise absorption panels

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Responded on November 14, 2019

thank you Janner!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’m not sure why we put notes in open table that it’s a birthday or celebration. Restaurants and servers – well actually, it’s the hostess to blame for this one. Do not relay it to the waitstaff.

They forgot our birthday request. Food was way too salty! I had the Seabass and all I could taste was a layer of salt on the fish. I ended up taking my futon because I could not finish it there. Just a pet peeve but the waiter was clearing the table before all of us were done – especially us ladies. Please wait until everyone is done eating then clear the table.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, our waiter was very cheerful and the food was great!

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, great atmosphere

T
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Grabbed dinner with a friend on a Saturday night. The place fills up quick so definitely would recommend a reservation. Food and service were great - prices are a little expensive but it’s worth it for the quality!

P
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was fine. Service was horrible. We ordered an appetizer, asked about twice, then about main courses arrived and the waiter said “the kitchen is backed up, your appetizer will be out soon .” We cancelled if. What a ridiculous excuse.

My wife finished her meal before me. Waiter took her plate (good) then asked if she wanted to see the dessert menu while I was still eating (bad).

Then I finished and he brought the check.

A few minutes later, he brought the dessert menu.

When I complained and gave him feedback he said “what can I do to make you happy.” He didn’t offer anything. Manager never came by to apologize. When we paid he said “If you ever decide to come again, dessert is on me.” How’s that supposed to work without a coupon of some sort.

He was the most inept waiter I’ve ever had. And inept management for not coming by to apologize.

DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Asia, our server, was great

HH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love True Food Kitchen. The food is very tasty and healthy. I love the assortment of teas and drinks. Love, love the squash pie. I have dined at True Foods on a number of occasions and I have never been disappointed. I love the Ballston Commons location. It is very convenient and parking for $1 for 3 hours makes it so much more attractive. I will return again and again.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat! My friends and I spent way too much time searching for a vegan-friendly restaurant, but True Food made it totally worth it. Good energy, good food and excellent service.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. One of my favorite health conscious restaurants.

NG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and fresh! Love health options...our waiter was awesome! Very friendly and professional, and available!

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but delicious

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed lunch with a friend. Food was tasty, healthy and came out quick. Service was top notch.

WB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sara was fantastic!!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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p
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner experience. Food and service were outstanding

OP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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 September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food for everyone.