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Still Life Cafe

135 S Edwards, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-2555
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Cuisines: French
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There were 6 in our group & everyone loved their food. The locals weren't really huge fans of this restaurant -- but don't listen to them -- it's undoubtedly the best dinner in Independence and would do well in any large city.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Still Life Café is an amazing find in Independence, CA. We were there to visit Manzanar National Historic Site. It was the café or Subway. Not even a MacDonald in town. The food and wine are superb. The atmosphere is nice with great pictures on the wall and good classical music. But the service is very slow. In France, you... More

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Aptos
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

It's not often that I pass through Independence, CA, but whenever I'm traveling on Highway 395 I make a point of dining at the Still Life Cafe. Though the menu is limited and service is slow, the quality of the food and creative preparation have never disappointed. Daily specials are listed on a blackboard, and on a recent visit included... More

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West Sacramento, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My son urged me to dine here - and I am glad I did. I am not usually in the area for a meal but...while spending the night in town, I had dinner here. Excellent dinner! My husband and I both had french onion soup, which we enjoyed very much. I had a salade nicoise and he had a salmon... More

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Oakland, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

What do a French/Algerian couple do when they leave France and come to the eastern Sierra? They open the best bistro with food and ambiance that can't be beat. The stilton burger is to die for and beef bourginon is heavenly. The wine list is extensive and excellent. It is located in an old historic building built in 1897 and... More

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Slow? Glacial. We had no choice - nothing else in town was open. We were given menus that seemed like lunch, very limited with only a couple sandwiches and salads. As we left after a worse than mediocre hamburger and monte cristo, we saw for the first time a blackboard hidden behind another table with several dinner specials... Another nice... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Food was mediocre, service was slow, pretentious atmosphere. Unattentive service. Bathroom was not clean. When we arrived at 5:15pm, the staff stated we had to wait outside for 15 minutes because they were not ready yet for guests. The French onion soup was good, but way over priced for $12.00. Wine was decent. Would not recommend or go back.

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Arcadia, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

We went for lunch on a Wednesday with only 1 other table of four. Entrees were not served at the same time so two of us waited and received our meals 15 minutes later. The onion soup and bread basket were the only items worth eating. The two small links of duck sausage were $18.00 and really not that great.... More

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london
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

We went for lunch and got there with one other table occupied. We walked in a were handed menus without the uninterested waitress saying anything. We took them and found ourselves a table. We were given quite some time to order. They were out of one item that we ordered we were informed 10 minutes later. It took more than... More

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Palmdale, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

What a nice surprise. The food was delicious. Had a nice glass of wine. The owner serves you. It is not an "American" style meaning you don't have a waiter waiting on you every second; no rushing. It was so relaxing to just be able to sit and talk. The menu is not very big, but the specials added to... More

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