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

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  • 34
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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 5
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  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
delightful, delicious

Had my wife not spotted the sign out front, I would have passed this great place for food and drinks. I'm glad she did, this restaurant stands out among regular roadside diners. The atmosphere is cool, there is a good variety of beers, and really great food items available. We both had salmon... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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English first
Southampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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Newport Beach, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Los Angeles, Ca
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Had my wife not spotted the sign out front, I would have passed this great place for food and drinks. I'm glad she did, this restaurant stands out among regular roadside diners. The atmosphere is cool, there is a good variety of beers, and really great food items available. We both had salmon burgers and sweet potato fries. Had it... More 

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Redlands, California
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

These people are indeed from France but have lived in Independence a long time. They advertised as open from 2 to 9, but when we called to confirm just before 3, the woman initially said, yes we are open, then someone said something and she said, oh, we are closing at 3 and will reopen at 4. When we arrived,... More 

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Phoenix
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The restaurant is French in many ways....decor, owner/cook is French, restaurant serves as a gallery, and the pet dog (he is adorable) will hang out with you during your meal. The menu isn't really French...a few exceptions but most of those items were unavailable the day we were there. The owners wait and cook...she does a phenomenally good job with... More 

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Conakry, Guinea
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I only stopped here for a drink, so I can't tell about the food, but I liked the place and Michelle, the owner. He's certainly not the average USAn bartender. He's a French guy who remains very French despite so many years in USA: laconic, outspoken, and not really caring too much whether you like him or not. Not the... More 

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Irvine, California
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Perhaps not the best Eastern Sierra restaurant - but certainly one of them. Then again that is not saying much as the Eastern Sierra is no culinary Mecca. Husband and wife team, she cooks well and while he deals laconic Gallic service, do not expect fast food (though it can arrive fast), the menu and drinks will vary according to... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Where else in the middle of the desert can you find a charming, relaxing cafe with paintings covering the walls and jazz music playing in the background? The food is incomparable and they have a great selection of beer and wine. Please note that this is the wrong choice if you are in a hurry and expect your food prepared... More 

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wellington, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Waited over an hour for terrible, over priced food. Only one other table so it wasn't busy. We had 9 people in our group and the plates were served 3 dinners at a time with 10 to 15 minutes between the next served. By the time the last 3 were served, everyone else was done eating. No apology or even... 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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