True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter

4.6
464 reviews
$30 and under
American

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Good Vegetarian Options
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.

Support True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter during COVID-19

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 464 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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vipSjgibs
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Responded 7 hours ago

Thank you for the stars!!

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AmyG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

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

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Responded a day ago

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
16 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.

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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
1 review
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...

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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
48 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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vipGreat1stImpression
Baltimore
139 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This was a great choice for a casual business lunch.

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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
5 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!

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Responded on September 24, 2021

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

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vipTaylorC
Washington DC
4 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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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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vipjisforJoe
Washington DC
34 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.

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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!

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Responded on September 21, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Quality food lovely outdoor space

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Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you!

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vipJosephC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific spot for casual lunch. Plenty of outdoor seating.

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Responded on September 13, 2021

We are glad your enjoyed your visit on our patio, hope to have you in again soon!

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Marylander
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Food was partly okay. Appetizers that we ordered were good, guac and ravioli. The shrimp tacos need a lotbof work. Shrimp was just boiled, not sautéed or grilled. Not verg palatable. Pizza was tasty, small in size. I have to try other entrées to determine how the food is. But definitely would not recommend shrimp tacos. 😐

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside and it was a very pleasant experience.

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Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for joining us!

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vipAragon
San Francisco
240 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Abysmal service and some inedible food. I ordered the humus, the edamame dumplings, and the grass-fed burger. First, the humus and dumplings were delivered to the table next to me and they started to eat (nothing was touched) until they realized it wasn’t their order. Rather than prepare new plates, the waitress and the server decided it was OK to give me the dishes, anyway. I think not. That I had to explain to the waitperson why I needed a new serving during the pandemic (and the patrons who were served my food were not wearing masks) was a mystery to me. She seemed confused about it. Then, when the grass-fed burger arrived, it was uncooked – no where near medium-rare. I passed. When the primary waitperson came by about 10 mins. later and I told her it was raw, she asked if I wanted another one? That was a “no.” When the check came, the uneaten burger was still on the check. For crying out loud – really? S-i-g-h. I would like to support restaurants, but as the pandemic continues, we’re left with new untrained individuals and very little management oversight. I’m learning: just stay home.

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MargaritaA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We sat outside, which is great for conversation. Inside, the music is a bit too loud for good, intimate conversation. My date and I had our burger orders mixed up, so I ended up getting his “medium well” request and could barely make it through the dry patty and he got my “medium,” which he was too polite to say anything bad about. We also got a starter that was promised to have 6 pieces but came out with 5 and only one set of chopsticks was brought, so my date used a fork. Not the gravest of errors all these mishaps, but some things to pay attention to next time.

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Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you Margarita, for joining us and providing feedback on your visit- we appreciate you taking the time We hope to have you back in soon!

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CrysC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We met a couple friends here for dinner and enjoyed a healthy meal with fun drinks. The outside atmosphere was great for the first cool day of the end of summer.

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Responded on September 21, 2021

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

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Hank
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice service and ambiance, tasty healthful food. The outside seating area is very comfortable.

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for your feed back, we love that you enjoyed your experience, please visit again soon!

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brooklyngerry
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice place healthy options!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Glad you enjoyed Brooklyngerry, hope you come back soon to try some of our new seasonal highlights!

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MelissaW
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience here! I just wish we had eaten here before the last night of the trip so we could come back! Service was stellar! Also, as someone with a severe basil allergy that doesn’t want to be ‘that person’ and tries hard to order carefully to not be a pain, I was SO impressed that not only were we asked about any allergies, every time an item was delivered to the table it was stated that the dish was free of basil, no matter who delivered it. I have never experienced this before, but have to say that it was such a different experience to feel like they cared about me and I wasn’t being an annoying person with an allergy. It made it the perfect experience!

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Responded on August 31, 2021

Melissa, so glad that our teams hospitality WOW-ed you as much as this review did for us. Sometimes its the little touches that matter most, we are ecstatic about this review and hope to have you in again soon!

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DinB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful vibe and good energy. The wait staff was wonderful and the food was fresh and delicious.

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Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you Dinb!

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Megan
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

super sweet server and was really patient with us when we took a while to order. food was great and i got a free cake because it was my birthday!

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Responded on August 10, 2021

Thank you for celebrating with us! Hope to have you back in soon!

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vipGwennP
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We recently went to True Food Kitchen for brunch and overall, were very happy with our experience. The food was flavorful and the portion sizes were ample. We felt safe inside the restaurant, as we were well-spaced from other diners.

Our server was not as attentive as we would have liked, but that may have been due to the restaurant being short-staffed.

We shall return!

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Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for Gwenn! We appreciate your review and feedback ands hope to have you back in soon!

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BillyT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great location, tasty and healthy food and super atmosphere.

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Responded on August 10, 2021

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

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Michael
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Kudos to our waitress Mercedes. She did a great job!

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Responded on August 9, 2021

Thank you for the kind words, we will be sure to celebrate her hard work and hospitality!

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CBArlington
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Food came overcooked they took back and replaced but still overly well done
Food there is typically better

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Responded on September 28, 2021

Thank you for your feedback on your food - we appreciate your review to help us improve

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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 4.6 stars by 464 OpenTable diners.

True Food Kitchen - Arlington, Ballston Quarter does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://truefoodkitchen.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

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.