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Still Life Cafe

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135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2555
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I would like to like it....

It IS a neat cafe.... lot's of paintings, interesting books and Tin Tin cartoon books spread around. Service can be slow.... one of the owners both takes orders and helps to cook. They are French Canadian my wife tells me, she can tell from the accent (she would know, being a Quebecois ) My order... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 16, 2015
steveinla9
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los angeles, ca
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Springville, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

My wife and I went this restaurant on a Friday evening about 8pm. We were the only people in the place except for the owner and his dog. I was perfect. Great atmosphere, great food, perfect level of service, excellent choice of jazz music in the background and wonderful artwork depicting the Sierra Eastside. This is the second time I... More 

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Thank Patrick P
West Orange, New Jersey
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Had great lunch at Still Life Cafe passionately made by chef/owner. Unique space in beautiful old building. Husband and wife owners friendly and passionate about their food.

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Thank adhphd
los angeles, ca
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

It IS a neat cafe.... lot's of paintings, interesting books and Tin Tin cartoon books spread around. Service can be slow.... one of the owners both takes orders and helps to cook. They are French Canadian my wife tells me, she can tell from the accent (she would know, being a Quebecois ) My order sounded good.... African lamb sausages... More 

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Thank steveinla9
Sebastopol, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

I liked Still Life. The atmosphere is rather eclectic with tons of art work by a local artist for sale in one section and old jazz posters and other ephemera in the other section. Wine selections. The owners are quirky. Possibly because they are french, they believe food will taste better the longer you wait for it. The pine nut... More 

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Thank Mabbott
Odense, Denmark
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I visited this café on a Tuesday evening. Don't leave it too late to dine as there seem to be reports of variable opening hours, and there are not many other dining options in the neighbourhood. The café is charming - it has a nice ambience - and feels like a little piece of France in the South West of... More 

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West Sacramento, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

I had read mixed reviews but this was the second time I have eaten here. The food is very good. Relaxed atmosphere. I recommend it but only if you are enjoy kicking back and enjoying good slow food.

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Thank Chris K
Oregon
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

All I did was try to order a burger with no bun and ask a few simple questions about what was in some of the food options. The owner/waiter was completely put off that I wanted a burger without a bun and was unwilling to answer simple questions about food ingredients. It was embarrassing the why he spoke to me... More 

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Thank swkimmel
Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Having read the reviews we were looking forward to eating here but alas, we arrived at 7:45pm on a Tuesday evening only to be turned away in very Galic fashion by the waiter. Several other diners tried to intervene on our behalf, one even invaded the kitchen to speak to the chef but it was true, the chef was gone!... More 

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Thank Thoresway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

A culinary oasis offering French menu and a fantastic collection of art, some for sale. Try the French onion soup and the pine nut salat (vegetables mostly grown in the back yard) You want to enjoy this hidden gem! I go there any time I can.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Newport Beach, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Best Beef Bourguignon outside of Paris! Served upon these 2.5" thick egg noodles. Seasoned way beyond perfection with large parts of carrots and potatoes. If time is crucial as you drive north or south on the 395, order in advance. Have someone call on their cell/smart phone 45 minutes in advance of arriving. The Beef Borguignon was $24 or $25.95.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: 760-878-2555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

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