True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.5
480 reviews
$30 and under
American
True Food Kitchen in Arlington is open for indoor dining, patio dining, no-contact pickup & delivery. Patio seating is not reservable but we will do our best to honor your request. Our staff is following stringent sanitation and disinfectant procedures as well as completing daily staff wellness checks to ensure a safe dining environment. Order online at TrueFoodKitchen.com

True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, and that great tasting food and thoughtfully crafted beverages can serve as the foundation for a life well lived. From nutrient-dense staples and carefully sourced proteins to little-known superfoods, True Food Kitchen is committed to sourcing the most responsible, creative, in-season ingredients.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 480 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The QR code bill did not work—that was the only issue!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for joining us! So happy your overall experience with us was great!

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious options. Extra sensitive to food allergies.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Laura, hope to have you back in soon

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great and food was delicious. The restaurant was not crowded, they allowed us to take out time, and the food was very tasty. I’ll be back!

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Responded on November 17, 2021

thank you for the stars and review! Hope to have you back in soon!

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Heather
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I really enjoy the menu and food at this restaurant and our server was very pleasant. The only thing that marred this visit was the arrival. I had reserved a table for 5 and when we arrived we were shown to a table for 4 and told an extra chair would be brought for the end of the table. I was with my older parents, spouse and teenage son, and crowding us around the table would not have been a good experience. I asked for an alternative and it took a bit of time for this to get resolved, which it was, and we got a larger table that was fine. However, it would be nice when one has a reservation to arrive and find things well set up.

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Responded 2 days ago

HI Heather - so happy you enjoyed your overall experience and had a good time with your server - apologies on your seating and not being ready for you and your family We hope to WOW you at your next visit Cheers!

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MattB
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience5

Smallish portions and overpriced for what you get.

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Responded on November 16, 2021

HI Matt thank you for your review and for dining with us- we appreciate your feedback s it helps improve We hope to wow you on your next visit Anne

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great service! I loved being able to order and pay from my phone.

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Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you for dining with us!!

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SammyB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the seamless check-in process to the attentive service, our time at True Food Kitchen was nothing less than wonderful. We went on a busy Friday night and still received regular updates about our order and high-quality attention to dietary requests. Would highly highly recommend.

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Responded on November 16, 2021

So thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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BobM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Quite impressed. Good value for the money.

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Responded on November 16, 2021

thank you Bob1 Hope to have you back in soon!

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WienshetG
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was very good. The service was excellent. We enjoyed our time there

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Responded on November 16, 2021

THANK YOU FOR STARS!

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vipGregH
London
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

They have an awesome Sunday brunch. The avocado toast and the skinny citrus margarita are excellent.

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Responded on November 9, 2021

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us , please stop in again soon!

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JohnP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Food was mediocre and the bill was $110 for three people. No appetizers or dessert.

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Responded on November 8, 2021

Hi there John, We are sorry to hear that you did not receive a WOW worthy experience with us, at your convenience we would like to hear more about your experience in an effort to do better, our store number is 703.527.0930, please ask for Anne, Alex, or Kevin.

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northernvirginiadiner
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our great salads and sandwiches. Everything was fresh and tasty

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Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, fresh and tasty is was a strive for day in and out, please visit again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience4

We had 3 different unmasked servers approach our table touching things bringing drinks and chatting all without face coverings. It felt unsafe. In the interest of public safety, masks should still be worn. I won’t be back.

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Responded on November 9, 2021

Hi there, We are sorry to hear that we fell short on giving you a WOW experience with us and are interested in hearing more in an effort to improve as a team. At your convenience you can reach us at 703.527.0930 and ask for Anne, Alex, or Kevin.

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vipSteve
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for a casual lunch. Good fresh food. Good service.

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Responded on October 31, 2021

Hi there Steve, thank you for you kind words, we hope you join us again soon!

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vipSjgibs
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and my lemonade. My husband enjoyed his sad but would have preferred no cranberries.

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Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you for the stars!!

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AmyG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

Waitress was excellent and service was fast but food VERY salty. Very expensive as well.

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Responded on October 26, 2021

Hi Amy - So happy you enjoyed the service - however we missed the mark on your food experience, we would love to know about your experience - you may reach us at 703-527-0930 and Anne or Kevin will speak with you Thank you for your time Anne

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The garden bowl is so yummy and clean!

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Responded on October 20, 2021

Yeah! So glad you enjoyed it!

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jackiew
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great seasonal menu items! Delicious! Loved the speciality drinks too!

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Responded on October 20, 2021

Thank you for joining us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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Jennifer
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, good service and a great patio for outdoor dining

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Responded on October 20, 2021

Great to hear Jennifer ! Hope to have you back in soon!

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CathyD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

I have been to other true food kitchens - bethesda, west palm beach and boca raton and food was better at the other restaurants. Waiter very nice but very busy so service was okay

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Responded on October 20, 2021

Hi Cathy - Thank you so much for feedback! We appreciate you letting us know the areas where we can improve- at your convenience you may reach us at 703-527-0930 we would like to know more about your experience. Thank you for your time Anne

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Benjshdhdbdbdnn
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall great restaurant and ambiance. Staff was super nice

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Responded on October 20, 2021

Thank you for the stars!!

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JennE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So refreshing to discover a restaurant that isn't afraid the make fresh produce the star of the show!

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Responded on October 13, 2021

Thank you JennE

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vipaps7
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service, great ambiance...I cannot say enough positive things about this fabulous restaurant!

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Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you APS7, we look forward to serving you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

We’ve been to True Food many times and have always enjoyed our experience. But last night was absolutely horrible. We were seated and proceeded to wait for 15 minutes to have anyone check in with us.
When we went to order our drinks they said they were out of the rum that was used to make the drinks. Then when when our meal came my food looked like it was literally thrown on my plate and my husbands sweet potatoes hash was dried up and shriveled. For the first time it felt we we’re eating low quality chain restaurant food.
It was shocking. My husband ordered a second drink during dinner that took an additional 20 minutes to be delivered to our table. All around it was a terrible enough experience that we will never go back to True Food kitchen.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on October 12, 2021

Good Morning, Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention - We apologize that not only did we miss the mark on your food but service as well. We want all of our guests to feel great hospitality while enjoying their meal and we are sorry that didn't happen for you and your husband. We would love the opportunity to win you back as a guest of ours. At your convenience, you may reach us at 703-527-0930 Thank you for your time, Anne

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DavidM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Ordering and payment options are really easy here.

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Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you David M!

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CharlieD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

True Food constantly sets the bar high on both product and service. Our server, I did not catch his name, was absolutely wonderful. It was date night and he was just the perfect amount of attentiveness and also gave us our space. Knew the menu very well and was very friendly. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals and like always it sits extremely well for the amount of volume that you get. I have no complaints and was thoroughly impressed from top to bottom. Also the cleanliness was second to none.

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Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you fore joining us Charlie! So happy you had a wonderful evening with us!

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TeriM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Overall, we enjoyed the meal. We ate outside on a high top table and it was pleasantly spaced. Service was mostly fine. My husband and I both ordered the lasagne and it arrived luke-warm in both cases. No one checked with us after the arrival of the food so I had to go find the wait person. We just wanted the plates heated up, but it took another 10 minutes or more for the meals to arrive. The lasagne was warmer this time, still not hot, but at least it was tasty. In the end, though, we were a bit surprised that the entree did not include anything else - no bread, no small salad or side and the portion of lasagne was not at all large, and the dishes cost $17 each. This does not seem to be excellent value. I know restaurant times are hard during covid, but still...

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Teri - Thank you for providing feedback on your most recent dining experience - we appreciate you taking the time to help us improve. At your convenience we would like to know more about your experience You may reach us at 703-527-0930 Thank you Anne

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vipShaypril
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

The food is always good but the service left a bit to be desired.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on October 12, 2021

HI Shaypril, thank you for taking time to review us - While we are thrilled you are enjoying our food, we apologize that we have missed the mark on your service. We would love to know more about your most recent experience, as it allows us to improve our service. At you convenience you may reach us at 703-527-0930, you may as for Anne or Kevin

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vipJonKevin
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience4

The only problems were that the front desk messed up our reservation so we had to wait 25 minutes, and the staff assistance was hit or miss (although he staffer was very nice).

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on October 4, 2021

Hi JonKevin, Although we do apricate the stars it sounds like we may have missed the mark and not delivered a WOW experience during your visit. at your convenience could you please reach out to either Anne or Kevin so we can learn more about your experience. 703.527.0930

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vipMSKW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside in the sunshine! Parking in the mall lot was $1 for three hours - can’t be beat! Our server Mercedes was delightful and very helpful. Everything was delivered. Could not have asked for anything better - especially since we ate vegan.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience dining in with us! we will be sure to pass along your kind words to Mercedes as well!

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CoCo
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love True Food! Great value, delicious, fresh foods and clean, bright artful environment. On top of that, the customer service is top-notch.

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Responded on September 30, 2021

Thank you COCO!!

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vipFuntimes
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful fall evening to sit outdoors and enjoy the squash and goat cheese pizza.

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Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for the positive review!

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vipVeryReliable
Baltimore
139 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a great choice for a casual business lunch.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 28, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us, hope you visit us again soon!

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Heather
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE this place! Food is amazing, with a wide diversity of delicious and healthy dishes. Servers were friendly and efficient. They have a nice outdoor space but it does fill up. We ended up eating inside but next to an open window and well-spaced from other diners. It was fantastic!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 24, 2021

Thank you Heather!! Hope to have you back in soon!!

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vipTaylorC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We have been to true Food kitchen on several occasions, and overall it has been excellent. However this experience was lacking. The waiter and wait staff was often absent and did not follow up on several requests after reminding them numerous times. Also the food was inconsistent. Probably just an off night but hope it is not a trend downward.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 21, 2021

Taylor, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, feedback helps us improve. At your convenience you may reach us at 703.527.0930 for Anne or Kevin, we would like to know more about your experience.

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vipMiguel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Food options are healthy, but not as tasty as we were expecting (especially for the price).

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! Our server was so kind and the setting was lovely, food amazing! We really love it, thank you!!!

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Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you for joining us!! We are so happy you had a great time!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Late review. Great place during the summer.

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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Third True Food visit, first at the Ballston location. Very consistent quality and service. The spaces here are fantastic.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words Joe, please visit again soon!

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SallyM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner and enjoy the ambience very much! The food was unique and delicious!

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you so much for joining us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter using the Order Online button. True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 527-0930.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter is rated 4.5 stars by 480 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.