True Bistro

West Somerville

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In a Nutshell

Upscale plates of vegan food even meat-eaters can love, from housemade fettuccini to red curry with baby bok choy

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid for brunch. Not valid on Saturdays. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Menu is seasonal and subject to change. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$38.50 for a three-course dinner for two, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $65 total value)
$71.50 for a three-course dinner for four, valid Sunday–Thursday (up to a $130 total value)
$38.50 for a three-course dinner for two, valid Friday only (up to a $65 total value)<p>

  • One salad, small plate, or soup per person (up to a $10 value each)
  • One large plate per person (up to an $18 value each)
  • One shared dessert per pair (up to a $9 value each)<p>

The all-vegan menu, which is seasonal and subject to change, currently features small plates such as housemade sweet-potato ravioli with lemongrass-coconut cream and salads such as crispy artichoke with Israeli couscous and harissa. The soup selection changes daily. For the main course, feast on large plates such as red curry with tofu, baby bok choy, and blackened seitan with creamy grits. Dessert options range from strawberry-rhubarb cobbler to death-by-chocolate cake.<P>

True Bistro

The folks at True Bistro love animals. That’s why the chefs abide by a 100% vegan philosophy, taking care to craft meals without animal-based products. But they care just as much about humans. Which is why they pay as much attention to the food they do serve as to the foods they forego. Thus, flavorful slabs of blackened seitan, platters of sweet potatoes wrapped in smoked portobello mushroom, and glasses of 100% vegan wines leave diners rubbing their bellies in satisfaction and leave animals free to roam their habitats and focus all their energies on fixing the falling sky problem.

True Bistro began when co-owners Michael and Linda Harrison lamented Boston’s lack of upscale vegan restaurants and decided to do something about it. When chef Stuart Reiter hopped on board, their vision turned into a reality. Stuart spent time traveling across the globe, doing stints in the Peace Corps in West Africa and on a farm outside of Vienna. During his travels, he learned many indigenous recipes that succeeded solely with plant-based ingredients. He brought his experiences, as well as more than a decade of professional cooking, to True Bistro’s kitchen. Together, The Harrisons and Chef Stuart have turned True Bistro into an upscale spot for diners of all dietary stripes––an accomplishment acknowledged by Boston Magazine when it declared that the vegan food and wine “will satisfy even your most staunchly carnivorous friends.”

Customer Reviews

The ravioli appetizer is delicious!
Matthew G. · January 18, 2015
Awesome vegan options. Enjoyed the meal and got great service.
Scott L. · November 5, 2013
We truly love this restaurant, and appreciate the personal treatment we receive from the owner. Thank you so much!
PC M. · October 16, 2013

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