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The Independence

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Santa Monica
American, Pub, Gastropub
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205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311 (2nd Street)
The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
+1 310-458-2500
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Independence is an American Bistro offering delicious food and...
The Independence is an American Bistro offering delicious food and beverage in a fun and inviting environment. Our cocktails are made from the freshest ingredients. We welcome you to have fun and explore our menu. Cheers! The Independence
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  • 24
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food near walking street

We were in Santa Monica and went to The Independence after shopping on the walking promenade. We were surprised by the ambiance and great, inventive menu. Fun place, good food, and great bar. Will be back again

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
junobeach2
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Louisville, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Discovered this place after we had already eaten a snack. However, couldn't resist the sriracha wings with blue cheese. Before you go thinking that I've described sports bar fair ,hang on. I love sriracha so I chose the wings which were served with a thick quality blue cheese sauce. The menu, both food and drink, was varied, creative, and enticing.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A group of workmates went for an early dinner at 7pm. We ordered cocktails (decent) and wine (superb, although the waitress didn't know that Paso Robles was domestic...), before ordering some chili fries to share and appetisers for each person. My food arrived quite quickly - rack of lamb, which was very good, although the portion size was poor for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We stopped in here for a few drinks on our way out. I liked the industrial style and minimal interiors, as well as the feature bar. We sat at the bar and just enjoyed a couple of drinks. The music was upbeat and it wasn't too noisy. We didn't eat, but the food looked decent. Maybe next time.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We were in Santa Monica and went to The Independence after shopping on the walking promenade. We were surprised by the ambiance and great, inventive menu. Fun place, good food, and great bar. Will be back again

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

One of the best pad thai I've had! I visited this restaurant since one of the locals recommended it. Nice place with friendly staff, but the best is by far the food - very delicious.

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We used to come here quite a bit when it opened. Nowadays the service is so rude that it's just not worth it. There are plenty of other locations to get "Asian" food in this area. The last time we came in there was an issue with our order. We brought it up to the manager and they basically told... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Warm welcome, lovely staff and big portions. Correct pricing for simple Asian food. Cozy benches with good view on people strolling by. really recommendable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I stopped by here for lunch and had a wonderful vegetarian stir fry with Tofu. It was a generous portion and reasonably priced. I had a window seat so great people watching in Santa Monica

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

The food is Ok., not great but Ok. The service was overall good, the place is nice and quiet, price is accurate too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We ordered two meals with rice... should've just shared one! Tasty and decently priced. Get there a bit earlier, gets busy

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Additional Information about The Independence

Address: 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
Phone Number: +1 310-458-2500
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
Cuisine: American, Pub, Gastropub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401-2311
    (2nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: The MTA 4 line stops 1 block away from Buddha"s Belly at Santa Monica and Second Street. The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus lines 1 and 7 stop right by Buddha's Belly at Broadway and Second Street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighborhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-458-2500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Pub, Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, Romantic

Description

The Independence is an American Bistro offering delicious food and beverage in a fun and inviting environment. Our cocktails are made from the freshest ingredients. We welcome you to have fun and explore our menu. Cheers! The Independence
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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