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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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  • BordeauxWines
    BordeauxWinesMarch 1, 2012
    When it comes to great food with real ingredients, TFK delivers. Satisfy your inner foodie and pair your dish with a Bordeaux. You won’t be disappointed!
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    Alice KamenetskyOctober 22, 2017
    Edamame dumplings are as good as everyone says. Ancient Grains bowl and sparkling tea are also very good
  • aimee k.heart icon on user image
    The chia pudding is magic. Gluten free, dairy free, no added is it so fabulously yummy? Magic.
  • Mila I.heart icon on user image
    Mila IoffeJuly 30, 2015
    Tried hummus, tuna wrap and curry all was beyond expectations!
  • Larry R.heart icon on user image
    Larry RubinDecember 29, 2014
    Great edamame dumplings, pomegranate lemonade and the panang curry plus de Mediterranean salad
  • Lindsey A.
    Lindsey AndersonMarch 20, 2015
    Delicious gluten free food. The staff is great and knowledgeable about celiac and restrictions.
  • Gary O.heart icon on user image
    Gary OsborneAugust 10, 2015
    Food good and interesting for vegetarians. Great for kids. Wait staff a bit stoned. May take awhile for different courses.
  • Sacha K.heart icon on user image
    Sacha KAugust 30, 2016
    Very good food! 😍 caution: they don't serve soft drinks
  • joel d.
    joel deganOctober 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The drink "the natural" is amazing. And all the food is perfect. Always always recommend this place.
  • Philipp S.heart icon on user image
    Philipp SpießbachNovember 3, 2017
    Fresh food with a lot of glutenfree options, plus a lovely service! Didn’t expect that in a mall.
  • Whit M.heart icon on user image
    Whit MaullOctober 23, 2016
    Incredibly fresh and tasty fare. Try the cauliflower and the tuna tataki.
  • Sam D.heart icon on user image
    Sam DDecember 30, 2018
    Spectacular, love the grass fed burger, animal style!
  • Darlene J.heart icon on user image
    Darlene JeffersonAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Delicious spaghetti squash lasagna, burgers, teriyaki steak, & juices! Great staff!
  • Siobhánheart icon on user image
    SiobhánJanuary 19, 2020
    If you’re into fashionable healthy food, you’d probably love it, but it was all mediocre to me.
  • Mat C.
    Mat CollisNovember 16, 2017
    Really nice food, great for vegans and gluten free folk. Lovely cocktails too
  • Lafan B.heart icon on user image
    Lafan BNovember 19, 2015
    For the entries: "Panang curry topped with shrimp, Teriyaki brown rice bowl with shrimp.
  • Natasha B.heart icon on user image
    Natasha BrittonSeptember 27, 2017
    Edamame dumplings are to die for! Also the flourless chocolate cake was yummy
  • Michael H.
    Michael HolzNovember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The squash casserole, lettuce cups, steak tacos, kale salad are especially jermazing.
  • Jon S.heart icon on user image
    Jon SanchezDecember 30, 2015
    the albacore was well done. braised ribs were satisfying, and the vegan pina colada was amazing.
  • Eric H.
    Eric HodelJanuary 20, 2016
    True Food Kitchen has extensive bar seating if you don't want to wait for a table!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 1, 2011
    Terrace umbrellas will shade diners this summer on the herb-infused patio at this healthy Santa Monica Place spot True Food Kitchen. [Ultimate Al Fresco List] Read more
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RJanuary 4, 2013
    Place is so cool especially the bathroom! Get the chicken an sausage pizza! It's amazing!! Great place to go!!
  • Kathleen A.
    Kathleen A.February 28, 2013
    The hummus is delicious and the farmer's market salad. Also love the drinks with St. Germaine.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityApril 29, 2011
    On May 7, an exclusive pre-opening event benefits VH1 Save the Music. Enjoy three-courses made with locally-sourced ingredients and two cocktails (Hint: try the Cucumber-Kumquat Skinny Marg).
  • Connor F.heart icon on user image
    Connor FergusonJanuary 22, 2012
    Some of the dishes come in half sizes, so if you can't decide between the curry and the chili shrimp, you can have both!
  • Theo D.
    Theo DavisJanuary 30, 2013
    You need to try the edamame dumplings. Don't think about leaving true food without at least one order of these babies.
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    Lauren DelfinoJune 1, 2015
    Healthy tasty food! Creative twists for drinks. The buffalo burger is a must!
  • Ercan B.heart icon on user image
    Ercan BalcıMarch 9, 2022
    Vegan options, particularly pizza were amazing
  • Farahheart icon on user image
    FarahFebruary 17, 2019
    Tomato & arugula pizza 8/10
  • Jocelyn
    JocelynJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Red Chili Shrimp - Delicious! Served with sesame noodles, with the perfect al dente bite!
  • Timm K.
    Timm KApril 11, 2014
    Cold natural drink highly recommended. Friendly service. Best espresso in town.
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    icelleNovember 19, 2014
    Delicious quinoa burger. Kale-aid was very refreshing. Healthy and organic foods!
  • Lau U.heart icon on user image
    Lau UApril 16, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Love matcha horchata tea. Good organic and natural place.
  • Don M.heart icon on user image
    Don MateosOctober 17, 2015
    Tacos are amazing, specially with steak. Apple soda is delicious!
  • Nada f.heart icon on user image
    Nada fouzanOctober 19, 2015
    I loved it very much.. try the honey ginger beer and the kale avocado hummus
  • Burak B.heart icon on user image
    Burak BekdemirApril 21, 2017
    Edamame dumplings with truffle oil are really good.
  • Mert S.heart icon on user image
    Mert SakaOctober 25, 2015
    No wonder why this place is rated 9+ on TripAdvisor. Great tastes, fast service.
  • Nikki D.
    Nikki DSeptember 13, 2012
    The ricotta cheese ravioli is amazing! It it both times and loved it both times!
  • Larry R.heart icon on user image
    Larry RubinDecember 29, 2014
    Edamame dumplings, panang curry, Mediterranean salad, tacos, the pomegranate lemonade
  • Rich G.heart icon on user image
    Rich GunnJune 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast is always solid. Here for lunch today - we'll see what happens! OOOOOOOOooooOOOOO!
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuMarch 2, 2014
    Everything is amazing. Get the kale salad and nut tart!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KJune 20, 2014
    Not a fan of the edamame dumplings. Spaghetti squash and tomato entree is so small it should be a side, not a main. Ginger Margherita excellent, tho.
  • Jocelyn
    JocelynJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Grass Fed Bison Burger - Amazing! Served with kale salad & sweet potatoes.
  • Reem A.heart icon on user image
    Reem AlkhathlanJune 27, 2015
    The Bison Burger is something else ... everything we ordered oozes freshness 💜
  • Sean S.
    Sean StonerDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The ginger Margarita is super delicious and refreshing! The bison Burger is superb.
  • Cheapeats I.heart icon on user image
    Cheapeats IncAugust 11, 2016
    Always a great healthy meal. Grilled fish tacos 😋 PLEASE COME TO NY!!
  • Jess K.heart icon on user image
    Jess KonoMay 20, 2015
    Must get the matcha honey lemonade! So refreshing!
  • Blaire v.
    Blaire vJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Never had anything bad here, I especially like the brown rice teriyaki bowl and the curry.
  • Alexander L.heart icon on user image
    Alexander LjungMarch 5, 2019
    No idea why this place has such a high rating. Interior and vibe are generic, food is mediocre. Edamame dumplings are good, not more. Cauliflower was bordering on bad.
  • Alieh Z.
    Alieh ZohouryJuly 19, 2016
    Try the Red Chili Shrimp!
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