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

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  • 27
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Some Amazingly Lame Reviews

I was talking to my sister last night and The Still Life came to mind as we remininised about a South Pasadena Restaurant, Gino's, that was owned and operated by yet another European couple, where we often dined many years ago---So I did a Google, and yepperz, The Still Life is still up north of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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  • Reservations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I was talking to my sister last night and The Still Life came to mind as we remininised about a South Pasadena Restaurant, Gino's, that was owned and operated by yet another European couple, where we often dined many years ago---So I did a Google, and yepperz, The Still Life is still up north of me---and getting some very unkind... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We had their escargo for appetizer & cous cous stew with lamb sausage. Pretty amazing French (w/Algerian roots) dinner...in the Eastern Sierra...

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Long Beach, California
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have read some of the mean spirited reviews posted here with dismay. Those people just don't understand or appreciate the hidden gem that is The Still Life. For many years now, we always time our Long Beach to Mammoth departure so we can stop at The Still Life for dinner. Yes, the service is on the slow side but... More 

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Los Angeles
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8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Great French food and nice atmosphere. Best for dinner instead of lunch. Here are the details: DON'T be in a hurry, the staff takes it's time. Don't be insulted by this, they are getting on in years and will treat you like family if you're not rude to them. Give them time. Go for dinner. Stay in Independence. But a... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Like most of the other reviews I agree that the service was slow but the food is acceptable for a French kind of bistro in the USA Sierras. Not to everyone's taste but we enjoyed our experience albeit the owner displays a weird sense of humour. A tight menu which I applaud should allow faster service. The quality is acceptable... More 

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Palm Springs, California, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

When you are in a township of 660+ folks you do not expect to encounter fine dining in any way, shape or form. Well, what a surprise! We made a reservation for 6:30 p.m. on the recommendation of Strider at the Mt. Williamson Motel. We arrived at this tiny restaurant prepared to dine. It's small - a banquette seated perhaps... More 

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CA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We had heard about this tiny restaurant from friends and since we were not in a hurry decided to try it for lunch after visiting the Independence Museum. The sign on the door said closed and when we came in the waiter said he was keeping it open for us. Yes, we had called ahead for the 7 of us.... More 

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Dameron, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Who would have expected a French bistro—and a good one at that—in Independence, California?!?! I had onion soup and a skirt steak with frites and my companion had a salad niçoise and their signature cheeseburger, all accompanied by a very passable Côte du Rhone. Everything was excellent; the crouton in the soup was outstanding. As virtually every other reviewer has... More 

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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Fortunately for Still Life Cafe there are very few places in the evening to eat in Independence. Burgers feature large on the menu and the food is 'hit or miss' e.g. my pasta was tasty but my wife's 'croque monsieur' disappointing. The service was VERY slow and bad. Our waiter was an aged Frenchman (possibly a damaged relic of the... More 

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Encinitas, CA
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We are staying in town for a couple of nights before a hike and the hotel host recommended the Still Life, as it is the only place in town. He added that it's an added bonus that, being the only place in town that it is good too. And he was right. We walked down the almost empty street and... 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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