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True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen

New American Restaurant, Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant, and Mediterranean Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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    Naz F. G.
    "The Edamame Dumplings will change your life!"(27 Tips)
    Allan M.
    "Bison burger is the best burger I've had in a long time."(18 Tips)
    Jeff D.
    "Be sure to try the Medicine Man (Antioxidant Blast)!"(6 Tips)
    kevin d.
    "all good: bison burger, sashimi tuna salad, kale salad."(13 Tips)
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  • healthy food
  • gluten-free food
  • trendy
  • good for groups
  • medicine man
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  • Tara C.
    Tara CunninghamSeptember 18, 2013
    Everything they say about the Edamame Dumplings are true, so so good! Watermelon salad is yummy and refreshing. Def coming back, there are a lot more interesting things on the menu I want to try!
  • Kiki
    KikiJune 10, 2013
    THE BEST! Food is excellent, they only serve what's in season so the taste and quality will be consistently great, plus there is something for EVERYONE. Excellent meme pour les non vegetariens lol!
  • Dëva H.heart icon on user image
    Dëva HolikOctober 27, 2014
    On weekends they serve breakfast later. Try the quinoa pan cakes or market scramble. During the week the fish tacos are great. Try the edamame dumplings daily soup or one of their custom drinks
  • Julia C.
    Julia CoolevaFebruary 17, 2019
    Great place for Vegetarians - interesting and tasty options. Prices are fair. A quinoa burger is on the pic - try if you a are a vegetarian. Kale Aid is also worth to try!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 13, 2017
    Need to start eating clean? This restaurant’s menu is dedicated to all things gluten- and dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. The miso soup’s forward umami goodness is only better with crisp veggies. Read more
  • Sana M.heart icon on user image
    Sana M.October 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    True Food Kitchen provides such great healthy meal options without sacrificing quality or taste. The edamame dumplings are a must! I'm also a huge fan of the Inside Out Quinoa Burger & the juices here
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 24, 2011
    Nutritious, doctor-approved eats that you can still brag to your friends about. Pair the avocado/tomatillo/cotija Angus steak tacos with one of their still-healthy-if-it-has-fruit infused cocktails. Read more
  • Rick N.heart icon on user image
    Rick NijhuisOctober 8, 2016
    Yummy healthy food. Edamame dumplings with dashi and truffle sauce & the seared tuna salad with grapefruit and avocado are both winners! 9/10
  • Danny V.heart icon on user image
    Danny VigilJanuary 28, 2016
    Yummy horchata and matcha drink. They have veggie options on the menu with good amount portions of food. Love the mood and decor of the place.
  • Skinny Girl Eatsheart icon on user image
    Skinny Girl EatsFebruary 16, 2017
    Matcha Horchata Latte was amazing. Tuna tartar starter was 🙌🏼. Everything that arrived to our table was colorful and healthy. Saw 3 celebs here as well if you care about that stuff.
  • Mary D.heart icon on user image
    Mary DawsonAugust 22, 2015
    The Huevos Rancheros was tasty, as was the curry although the veg was a little undercooked for our liking. Lovely atmosphere and service though! Would visit again.
  • Michelle S.heart icon on user image
    Michelle SNovember 20, 2018
    One of my favorite restaurants. The tempeh sandwich was pretty good but a little too much tempeh for me. Butternut squash pie was delicious as was brussels sprouts app.
  • Donna W.heart icon on user image
    Donna WhiteAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great gluten free options such as turkey burger on gluten-free bun or black bean quinoa burger. Can't go wrong, everything is delicious and healthy. Good wines.
  • Sheila M.
    Sheila MFebruary 7, 2015
    Great food!! Local, sustainable, healthy and delicious. Cucumber Honey Lemonade is very refreshing to drink. Super busy place, sit at the communal table to speed up sitting time.
  • Pamela L.heart icon on user image
    Pamela LealAugust 6, 2017
    Buddha bowl with cucumber noodles as a base instead of ancient grains 👌🏼😘 sparkling green tea & green juice drinks are reaaally good
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    Los AngelesJanuary 14, 2014
    One of the most extensive gluten-free options in town, including turkey lasagna and an “inside-out” quinoa burger garnished with hummus, tzatziki, tomato, avocado and feta.
  • Kimberly H.heart icon on user image
    Kimberly HJune 17, 2013
    Edamame Dumplings are delicious. It's a good serving size (4 large dumplings in an amazing sauce) but i could have has multiple servings as I just couldn't get enough of their goodness.
  • Global H.heart icon on user image
    Global HighlanderOctober 8, 2014
    Great healthy and nutritious food. Friendly and attentive staff. Great location in Santa Monica. Nice local canned beer.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunOctober 12, 2014
    Loved it! The bison burger was great, the refreshing juice (Bright Eyes) was very good. Edamame dumplings were comforting. Chia seed dessert was delicious. Look forward to its Chicago location!
  • tara K.heart icon on user image
    tara KirklandJune 11, 2012
    Everything here is fantastic! The menu changes often so it is hard to recommend anything, buy I have never been disappointed here, so go for it. The wontons were the best I have ever had.
  • Paul T.heart icon on user image
    Paul T.August 13, 2016
    Eat and drink healthy with no guilt. The pizza was delicious, my daughter had a turkey wrap that tasted just carved. The inside out quinoa burger was sublime.
  • Cindy P.heart icon on user image
    Cindy Purkey NakagawaAugust 7, 2014
    My fav place to eat...could come here everyday! Try the chia seed coconut banana pudding for dessert delish! 😍
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerSeptember 23, 2012
    The hummus here is to. die. for. A nice, quiet venue if you've been out wandering the promenade and are looking to relax. Do NOT ask for a Diet Coke. They brew their own sodas in-house.
  • Ale M.heart icon on user image
    Ale MaestrelliJune 19, 2016
    The food is divine! The atmosphere is buzzing, the staff friendly and helpful. It's the healthy choice that doesn't break your bank account! WIN WIN
  • Rachel Aubrey
    Rachel AubreyApril 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Natural is on the juice menu and is so simple and delicious. If you're going for fresh/sunny day, go farmers market salad. Cloudy day, try the Panang curry.
  • VEEV Spirits
    VEEV SpiritsMarch 19, 2015
    Don't miss the Grapefruit Mojitos at True Food Kitchen in Santa Monica! Plus the street tacos are out of this world good, and amazingly healthy.
  • Ben Z.heart icon on user image
    Ben ZweigJuly 18, 2015
    The edamame truffle dumplings are amazing but there aren't enough to share, so keep it to yourself.
  • Lizheart icon on user image
    LizNovember 24, 2018
    So many healthy, vegetarian options! We had the edamame dumplings, squash pizza, and chopped salad. All were fresh and delicious.
  • Jon. A.
    Jon. AthasAugust 11, 2014
    The miso soup with mushrooms is a must. Great combinations of ingredients. A good deal for a starter. Serves 1 very well.
  • Avner S.heart icon on user image
    Avner SchwarzAugust 19, 2017
    Fresh and very tasty. Fish tacos were great! So was the shrimp salad.. kids menu items a bit too sophisticated for kids...
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 14, 2016
    Seared tuna salad with Asian ginger sesame dressing $18, matcha green tea latte almond milk $4. Healthy, seasonal food
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.July 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This place gets BUSY!!! Try the gluten free pizza crust. Order your chicken chopped salad with grilled chicken, and you won't be disappointed.
  • Caroline B.heart icon on user image
    Caroline BlackSeptember 26, 2016
    Everything so fresh and healthy with beautiful flavours. Recommend the grilled chicken kale salad and the Greek salad houmous.
  • Lee S.heart icon on user image
    Lee SimpsonJune 13, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Undoubtedly he beat restaurant in Santa Monica. Try the edamame dumplings.
  • Nick D.heart icon on user image
    Nick DazeMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here like makes your body smile on a cellular level. But a serious fave is the Shaved Turkey Pita Sandwich thing. Delish. Deeeelish.
  • MacKenzie G.heart icon on user image
    MacKenzie GreenMarch 7, 2013
    This restaurant is beyond delicious! Best gluten free crust on a pizza I've we're had. I wasn't disappointed with the farmers market salad either.
  • kevin d.
    kevin doohanOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    if you're vegetarian, get the kale salad. If you're pescetarian get kale salad & salmon. If you eat chicken, kale salad & chicken. Basically, don't miss the kale salad. Trust me.
  • Ana Victoria C.
    Ana Victoria CalderonOctober 28, 2014
    gluten free pita bread and pizza is delicious! great option for anyone who is sensitive to dairy and gluten
  • Edward K.heart icon on user image
    Edward KSeptember 12, 2015
    The Penang curry by default has the rice mixed in, making it taste like a Thai Curry Congee. Save yourself and ask for rice to be in the side!!
  • Salman J.
    Salman JJune 3, 2014
    I love this place! A combination of great taste and healthy food.
  • Adam A.heart icon on user image
    Adam AshleyJuly 23, 2018
    Great place with food for everyone. Everything is really tasty here.
  • Naz F. G.heart icon on user image
    Naz F. GérdabiAugust 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Edamame Dumplings will change your life! I love this many options I have the hardest time picking from the menu.
  • Rami I.heart icon on user image
    Rami IsmailOctober 5, 2016
    Genuinely everything is overwhelmingly healthy and full of flavor, but a special recommendation for the edamame dumplings.
  • Lee C.heart icon on user image
    Lee CroucherSeptember 14, 2014
    Amazing service, friendly staff, amazing food - definitely try out the Bison burger
  • Lilaheart icon on user image
    LilaJune 24, 2017
    Great for brunch! Nice outdoor seating if it's not too chilly
  • Suzie L.
    Suzie LathamDecember 11, 2011
    The medicine man drink is refreshing; Side of brussel sprouts with a side of umame sauce is delish! And don't forget the banana muffin! Soup: chicken tortilla!
  • Joy
    JoySeptember 9, 2011
    So happy they opened this location so I don't have to drive down to Newport Beach anymore. Everything is excellent. You can taste the freshness in the ingredients. "Medicine Man" drink is my favorite.
  • Meira G.heart icon on user image
    Meira GottliebJune 30, 2018
    Fast service. Edamame dumplings were good (but small). The salad was very tasty.
  • Leah W.
    Leah W.August 9, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the chicken chopped salad and substitute the weird cubed chicken for their amazing grilled chicken. You won't be sorry!
  • Poppy B.heart icon on user image
    Poppy ByronMay 30, 2018
    Good grief, this might be the best vegan food I ever had. Wow! Options for carnivores too.
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