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True Food Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Santa Monica
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395 Santa Monica Pl Ste 172, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3471
+1 310-593-8300
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

True foods has a great formula. a concise healthy menu. I have eaten almost everything on the menu and there is nothing that I would not order again. its cool, young and hip and is usually crowded. The restaurant is quite large with an outdoor patio, so the wait is rarely more than 10 minutes.

Thank casa360
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185 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The menu here is much like the name of the restaurant. True to being healthy and super fresh to the pick of the day. On the handful of occasions I have been here the wait was always only 15 - 30 mins. Having said that one can mill around the shops whilst online to a table. The menu is great... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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279 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had dinner with a group of about 15 people. Limited selection, small portions, overpriced, uninspiring food. Service was mediocre: the waiter was inattentive and refused to do individual checks because "it was too much work for him" but still slapped us with a 20% tip. We didn't want to make a fuss and paid, but certainly don't plan to go... More 

Thank cqfp123
Las Vegas, Nevada
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for a quick dinner. Had the fish taco. Good taste, but the seasoning got lost in the middle of the bite. Portion was good, but should have been presented differently. I would recommend this restaurant for a fun night out.

Thank LLL18
Santa Monica, California
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93 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

True Food Kitchen always has top notch service. The food somewhat can be hit or miss in terms of the quantity that you receive. Make sure to ask the server if you are looking for a bigger meal so you don't have unmet expectations.

Thank Justravelin86
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really happy that we found this place in Santa Monica. The food is really good (and healthy)! The service is excellent! Even the kids (12 and 8 year old) enjoyed the food. It was so good, that we went back the next evening ;). We really enjoyed the bowls. Altghough the place was rather busy, one evening we... More 

Thank Eve K
Henderson, Nevada
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I had a wonderful dinner at True Food. It deserves a number one rating. My daughter had the pasta bolognese which was delicious. I had the salmon which was very tasty and cooked perfectly. My husband had a meat dish which he enjoyed. My only criticism is that it took 45 minutes from ordering to get our... More 

Thank Sylvia T
Midland Park, New Jersey
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have to stop at this restaurant every time we travel to California! The food is really good and fresh, we are never disappointed. My daughter loves the Kale Aid. The kale guacamole and edamame dumplings are our favorite starters...

Thank milou671205
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the opportunity to visit last month while on vacation in Santa Monica. Definitely a great healthy spot for lunch, or a casual dinner..

Thank TheWorldTraveler2025
Santa Monica, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly never sparked joy! As a vegetarian I wanna be wowed. And delicous does not mean pricey. I been here a few times and never had a craving to return. Only came when friends invited me. And yet it never is a winner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 395 Santa Monica Pl Ste 172, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3471
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-593-8300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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