True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.7
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245 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Good Vegetarian Options
True Food Kitchen is temporarily closed as we strive to do our part to prevent the spread of this pandemic. As things continue to unfold each day, we’ll be monitoring and adjusting our reopening plans and timeline accordingly. We look forward to welcoming new and returning guests into our dining rooms when it is once again safe to do so. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Stay healthy and well.

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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.3
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KathyS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the fresh, healthy selections. It's a little high priced for going regularly for us, but we've been there three times and have loved every visit and every food choice! Friendly managers and staff too!

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Responded on March 24, 2020

Thank you Kathy!

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TeenaC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was very nice. The food was great. We had to wait a bit for our lattes and the manager gave them to us for free. We will definitely come back.

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Responded on March 16, 2020

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

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Friendly hostesses and waiters/waitresses. Clean food that is flavorful and filling. Love they provide plenty of Vegan options. Got the Butternut Squash Pizza and it was vegan and amazing!

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Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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RobbieM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious and inexpensive, our widow table pleasant, and the waiter attentive. The seating is perhaps a little close. The person at the next table was able to overhear what I said to my friend and comment. She was being helpful, responding to a question I had asked about a particular ingredient but still...it made me wonder how much of our conversation could be heard. We were not speaking loudly. I will come to True Food Kitchen again, but go elsewhere if I want to have a private conversation.

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Responded on March 16, 2020

Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Unique and delicious food, warm and friendly staff, and a fun environment.

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PaulA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great, healthy options. Great drink options as well. Staff is friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend.

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vipFineDiner
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

First, I requested specific seating which was available and they tried to seat me in an area where I requested not to be seated. It was a birthday celebration and at no time was that acknowledged by the host or the waiter. The waiter was very inattentive. He came to ask about the food when we were practically done eating. He brought my tea- no spoon, no sugar or anything. The service was bad. The concept of the food is better than the actual taste.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you for feedback on your most recent dining experience with us, this is not our standard and we apologize that we missed the mark on our hospitality You may reach out to me at your convenience as we would love the opportunity to win you back as a our guest 703-527-0930 Thank you Anne

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vipNeilE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. The pizza and edamame dumplings were great!

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Responded on March 10, 2020

Thank you Neil!

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Jenna
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, very accommodating. Highly reccomend this restaurant for healthy eating!

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vipNeilE
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All good. The acoustics, however, tend to make the place very loud.

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Responded on March 3, 2020

HI Neil, thank you for the review, we appreciate the feedback! And hope to have you back in soon!

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eric
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thrilled to have this new restaurant in our neighborhood.
the food is great. service is wonderful and friendly.
thank you.

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Responded on March 3, 2020

So great to hear Eric! hope to have you back in soon!

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vipDEjay
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was our first time dining here. Really good food and great service.

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vipOCfoodie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I’ve gone to multiple locations of True Food and found this location had oversalted their food and the preparation was not the same quality. The service was also very slow and ultimately canceled my dessert because I watched my server take my order and get distracted taking orders from three other tables. I’m typically a fan of this restaurant but was disappointed I “broke” my rule of going to a chain restaurant when traveling. Doubtful I will do that again after this experience....

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Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you, oC foodie, for your feedback, I am so sorry we missed the mark on your service and food experience. We value great hospitality and I apologize that this didn't happen on your most recent visit. We would love the opportunity to win you back either for our location or another You may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you for time Anne

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vipDeniseH
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We both tried something new and they dishes were delicious. We did have some trouble hearing our waitress - it wasn't that it was too noisy - the acoustics were odd.

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CarolineC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Yummy food. Very fresh. Did take a long time to come out...was told because a lot of takeout orders.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food wasn’t great and no kid friendly options

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you for providing us feedback on your most recent visit, we want everyone to leave happy when dining with us, and we are sorry we missed the mark on your experience you may reach out to us if you wish yo share any further feedback 703-5270930 Thank you for your time Anne

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vipAP07
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is so good and their customer service is even better!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was great, but food is fair at best.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 19, 2020

Thank you for your review, We are so happy you enjoyed the service but we are sorry we missed the mark on your food. Please reach out at, your convenience. WE would love the opportunity to win you back 703-527-0930 Anne

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vipEkanshA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

That Ancient Grain bowl was one of the best dishes I’ve had in last couple of months.

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Responded on February 19, 2020

Hooray!! thanks for the review

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vipArlingtongal
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Squash pie was to die for. Enjoyed the Valentines prix fix: beautiful War of Roses cocktail, delicious fig & gorgonzola flatbread, tasty cauliflower polenta and the crazy good squash pie. Turkey burger also tasty. Very nice service as well. Will be returning.

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Responded on February 22, 2020

Thank you for the stars!

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vipErinL
Grand Rapids
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love that we can always find great variety and DELICIOUS choices within our dietary preferences and restraints (hubby GF, me vegan) it’s usually hard for us to agree on where to go, but if there is a true food near there’s no question! We also love bringing friends and family here anytime they are in town because the atmosphere is chill and it’s easy to carry on a convo while enjoying a great meal.

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Responded on February 22, 2020

Hi Erin, Thank you for your review! We are so happy you have found such great delight in our restaurant and we hope to have you back in soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Super helpful wait-staff, fast service, fun atmosphere

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for choosing True!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love True Food!!!

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Responded on February 27, 2020

Thank you for joining us!

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vipDupontEater
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Such healthy and delicious food! The bowls are the absolute best. Always enjoy returning but just know that it’s a bit loud and busy.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 27, 2020

thank you for joining us!

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vipGMnMD
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I enjoyed my meal at True Food; clean eating at its best so satisfying... one of my favorite restaurants

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are so thrilled we are one of your favorites

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Gretchinthecity
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Healthy tasty variety of food and lovely mix of cocktails and “mock”tails’

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 14, 2020

Thank you for your review, we hope to have you back in soon!

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vipGiggles
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, healthy food and friendly servers! Give it a try!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for your review!!

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vipMichelle
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Must try the Winter Immunity bowl! And of course the cauliflower is a must.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 9, 2020

So glad you enjoyed our new Bowl! Hope to have you back in soon!

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BethC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fresh food, delicious preparation, yummy hot and cold teas. My new favorite lunchtime spot.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you Beth, we hope to have you back in soon!

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vipJaydee
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We have regularly at True Food Kitchen in Arlington. It is one of our favorite places for lunch after church Yesterday, things seemed off. The special of the day was a vegetable dish with Lion's Mane mushrooms, farro and a sauce. The sauce was cold, I was expecting hot. The farro was not to be found and the overall flavour of the dish was meh. I should have complained at the time, but we were needing to leave for other things.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for taking the the time to provide feedback on your most recent visit with us! We are always looking to improve and with reviews we are able too! We hope to have you back in soon Anne

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Booked for lunch, busy and lively. Friendly and knowledgeable staff, a bit slow to start but excellent cold pressed juice and decent entrees, if a little bland - Sunrise Bowl and avocado toast.

Definitely recommend and will be back.

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Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for choosing TFK!!

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vipFamilyof4
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food is nutritious and there’s a nice variety, but everything I’ve had there is too salty. The place is also very loud and it’s difficult to have conversations, even at a table for 2 or 4. Service is great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love True Food! Love the Ballston location in particular. Food and service always excellent.

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vipWine4me
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the healthy menu at True Food. My friend and I shared the roasted Brussel sprouts as an appetizer. We both had the winter immunity bowl which was beyond delicious.... highly recommend this restaurant!

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Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you WIne4me!! We hope to have you back in soon!

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pattyp
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place! It was a little too loud (music could have been turned down a decibel or two) for comfortable conversation on Saturday night, but all four of us loved the food. The butternut vegan pizza was excellent, as was the cauliflower with dates and tahini. Tablemates enjoyed their entrees, as well; they had steak and chicken tacos and Korean noodles. Will return regularly.

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Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you Patty! We hope to have you back in soon.

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Angiec
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love true food kitchen. The food is reliably excellent. I like that they use in season produce and have simple dishes that are too complex for me to master at home. I highly recommend them for a healthy but delicious meal in a trendy clean vibrant environment. Service was also excellent with an eagerness to make recommendations based on the things I like. Thanks. See you soon

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Responded on January 21, 2020

Cant wait to have you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delish, healthy, perfect brunch!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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vipChrissy
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

Headed to Ballston TF for the 4th time today since my previous visits were fantastic. Not sure what went wrong with today but the service was awful for our table of 5. Both our coffee and eggs took forever to arrive at our table and both were luke warm/cold. No one came by with coffee or water refills durint our visit. Servers were very forgetful and we had to ask for 2 -3x for items because they never came back w the requested item. Already done eating by the time our requested hot sauce arrived. Split checks were incorrect. Probably would try a different restaurant for brunch next time. Too bad bc they typically have great food.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on January 17, 2020

Chrissy, Thank you for your review on your most recent dining experience . My Apologies that we missed the mark on great service with your party At your convenience, I would love to speak to you further about your visit on Sunday you may reach me at 703-527-0930 Thank you, Anne

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AshleyH
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful, attentive service with delicious and nutritious meals! I would highly recommend this and would love to go back soon!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on January 17, 2020

Thank you Ashley!

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MeganM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing!!!! I had heard good things and decided to go with my boyfriend for a date night dinner. The staff was incredible and very on top of everything. The cocktails are delicious and different than average. For the appetizers my boyfriend and I split the cauliflower. It was so good and surprising that it had no meat! I had the spaghetti squash entree and I would highly recommend it to everyone! Delicious and healthy meal with a beautiful setting and great staff.